Frugal Family: Summer Freebies and Bargains in Acton

Moms and Dads don’t have to go far to find free and low-cost solutions to summer boredom. There's lots to do right here in Acton!

Need some ideas of where to take the kids without breaking the bank? Here are Patch’s picks:

, 177 Main Street, Acton

This summer, admission is free every Friday night! Starting at 4:30 p.m. from now until August 31, 2012, kids can explore, build and create in the Discovery Museum and find their inner scientists at the Science Museum.

, 257 Main Street, Acton

On Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. this summer, arcade games will be half price.  In addition, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, games of bowling will cost $1 each.  (Family bowling ends at 9:00 p.m. After that time, it’s 21+ for $1 bowling.)

, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton

Free music has returned to NARA on Thursdays nights. Bring a blanket, picnic and enjoy the sounds of these popular groups:

Help Wanted Band, July 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Northern Fried Rock: The Hootchies, July 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

US Air Force Band of Liberty Concert Band, Friday, July 27,2012, 7:30 p.m.

Dixieland: Hot Tamale Brass Band: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

, 486 Main Street, Acton

The library has a number of fun programs taking place this summer. Tuesday night PJ Story Time at 7:00 p.m. for kids ages 3-7, Thursday Drop-In Craft Projects from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ages 3-7, and  Friday morning Drop-In Story Time at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-7 are just a few of  the weekly offerings.

Friday Morning Players are 5th through 8th graders who meet a 9:00 a.m. to rehearse a show that’s performed for the youngsters at Story Time. To participate, call the library at (978) 929-6655 and pre-register.  Shows take place through August 10, 2012.

Friday Night Movie nights continue to be held monthly at 7:00 p.m. Summer dates are July 20, 2012 and August 17, 2012.  Adults must accompany their children.

On Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., children may visit with Bo, a loveable therapy dog.

Special programs include:

Stuffed Animal Picnic, July 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Performance by magician and juggler Scott Jameson, July 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Interactive program with local author Melissa Stewart, July 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. (recommended for kids ages 5-10)

A full calendar of  these free events is posted on the Acton Memorial Library website.

, 305 Main Street, Acton

Do your kids love Joe’s? If so, stop by before June 30, 2012, and buy gift cards to use later in the summer. For every $50 spent, you’ll receive a free $10 appreciation card. (Appreciation cards must be redeemed wthin 30 days of issue.)

Which of these places will you visit? Any other suggestions for Acton families?















Michelle McMahon June 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The Happy Chocolatier is hosting Story Time on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. during the summer! Ideal for children ages 2-6, though older and younger siblings are always welcome. We’ll read fun stories about chocolate, ice cream and more! And as always, we’ll have samples of our signature chocolates, Cubze. Questions? Call us at 978-429-8485. This is a free event and we’re located at the Nagog Park Mall across from the Nagog Reservoir on Rt 2A in Acton. Cool and comfy inside, too!


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