Summer Fun

Written by fellow Hoosier blogger Jen Murray at 4Tunate who manages to keep quadruplet boys entertained, you can grab KidVentures: 50 Outdoor Experiences of Wonder, Discovery, & Childhood Memories for only $4.99 and get some great ideas to encourage outdoor fun this summer. This book is quickly climbing the bestselling charts at Amazon!

How will you make memories with the summers they have left?Reasons You’ll Love This ebook:

- 50 Simple Ideas to Get Outdoors & Connect With Your Child
- Promotes Hands-On-Learning, Creativity, & Active Adventures
- Suitable Ideas for Kids Ages Preschool to Preteen
- Clearly Outlined Step-by-Step Ideas
- Seasonal Suggestions for Every Climate
- Additional Printables, Diagrams, and Resources

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Free summer reading programs are a great way to get your kids reading throughout the summer. Many locations offer prizes for completing reading logs.

Here’s a few places that offer great FREE summer reading programs.

  • Barnes & NobleRead 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal. Bring your completed journal to a local Barnes & Noble store to get a FREE book from their summer reading list. (May 21-September 3, 2013)
  • BJU Press: Sign up on line and complete the reading logs. Once you complete the log, you’ll get a FREE surprise, plus be entered for additional prizes. (Through August 13, 2013)
  • Book AdventureFind books to read, pick them up at your local library, take an online quiz, and earn prizes.
  • Carmel LibraryThe summer reading program kicks off on June 3rd for infants through 5th grade. (June-July)
  • Chuck E. CheesePrint your certificate online and complete it, then take it into your local Chuck E. Cheese to get 10 FREE tokens as a reward.
  • Greenwood Public LibraryRead books and earn prizes from wonderful sponsors such as Kohl’s, City of Greenwood, Sam’s Club, and many more.
  • Half Price BooksRead for at least 15 minutes each day. Once you’ve read 15 minutes turn in your completed log to Half Price Books to earn Half Price Bookwork Bucks. (June-July)
  • Hamilton East Public LibraryRegistration begins June 1st for the Summer Reading Program. Complete the requirements for your age group to get prizes like coupons for local restaurants and attractions, treasure chest toys, books, and more.
  • Indianapolis Public LibraryThis summer reading program kicks off with a FREE concert on June 1, 2013. Space is limited for the concert, but not the reading program. (June-July)
  • Pizza HutCheck to see if your school is participating in the Pizza Hut Book-It program. If not, you can still download activities, recipes, and more for parents to host their own reading program at home.
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Children can grab a reading list from Pottery Barn Kids. Read all the books on the list to get a FREE prize. (May 16-August 26th, 2013)
  • Scholastic BooksLog the minutes you read online to earn rewards. Set weekly goals and enter their summer sweepstakes. Plus, take extra challenges for bonus rewards.
  • The Wild BookstoreStop by The Wild Bookstore in Noblesville to get a reading log. Read the required books per week to get a FREE ice pop. Limit one ice pop per week. (June 1-July 27, 2013)

Make sure to check out your public library for more summer reading programs near you!

Know of more great summer reading programs? Tell me about them below! Plus, don’t forget to check out  more fun things to do this summer in the Indiana Staycation 2013 series!

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Summer’s coming and it’s a great time to enjoy family movies for FREE or cheap, especially on rainy summer days. Here’s a few great places to find FREE movies around town.

Free Summer Movies in Theaters

  •  Quality TheatersParticipating Goodrich Quality Theaters offer $1 movies Monday through Friday at 10:00 AM starting June 10th through August 9th. Also enjoy $3.50 and $4.50 kiddie combos at the concessions.
  • Regal Summer Movie Express: Participating Regal Cinemas will offer family-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 9 weeks. In Indiana, movies start the week of June 4, 2013 in Bedford, Carmel, New Albany, and Seymour.

Movies in the Park

  • Check our local parks and recreation department to see if parks in your area offer FREE movies in the park. Local participating parks include, but are not limited to:

Movies in the Library

  • Indianapolis Public Library offers FREE family movies throughout the year at various locations around town. Check the calendar for dates, times, and locations. Make sure you switch the category to movies to find them quickly!

Watch the Indiana Staycation page! Great summer giveaways are coming soon for your favorite Indiana fun spots. Subscribe by email to make sure you don’t miss one.

There are many easy ways to get free stuff online if you know where to look!

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Freebies | FREE Sun Care Kit

by Beth Montgomery on August 29, 2012

in Freebies & Samples

For a limited time you can get a FREE sun care kit which includes:

  • Free sun hat
  • Free protective lip balm
  • Free travel bag
  • Free sunscreen

To get yours, click the “Sign Up” tab on the left hand of the screen and fill out the form, then hit “Submit”.

There are many easy ways to get free stuff online if you know where to look!

**Protect yourself! When signing up for freebies and other ways to save online, if you’re unfamiliar with the website you’re registering with, please use a FREE voice-only phone number and alternate e-mail address to avoid spam and unwanted calls.

(Thanks Deal Seeking Mom!)

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This post is part of the Indiana Summer Fun 2012 series. Be sure to check out all the ways to enjoy Indiana in true frugal fashion this summer!

We can’t talk about Summer in Indiana without mentioning the Indiana State Fair, a celebration of everything Hoosier!

Each year the Indiana State Fair means:

  • Exciting Rides
  • Delicious Food
  • Amazing Animals
  • Outstanding Concerts
  • Unbelievable Shows
  • and Family Fun for Everyone

This year’s Indiana State Fair won’t disappoint, because they’ve added many new attractions like a FREE stage with festivities from 10 AM – 9 PM every day, Xtreme Action Sports Show, Family Fun Park, and Ciao Italia focusing on Clinton Indiana’s tremendous Italian population.

The most exciting new attraction through is for the brave at heart only. The Vertigo Midway Ride will lift 24 passengers almost 100 feet in the air, then swing them out over the rest of the Midway.  The Vertigo will cost you 4 Coupons, but promises to be exciting for thrill-seekers!

Admission Costs

  • Adults $10
  • Children 6+: $10
  • Children 0-5: FREE

**See Ways to Save below for discount admission options.

Why We Love Indiana State Fair

Why it’s great for families: There’s fun for all ages – animals, concerts, rides, shows, exhibits, and food.

What we love most: While we haven’t seen it yet, we’re excited to see the new Family Fun Park with a trampoline show, exotic animals, pony rides, and more for little ones!

Our Tips for a Successful Visit

Tips for Young Children & Infants: Bring a stroller and plan ahead for a hot day. Bring water, stop to relax so little ones don’t get over-stimulated and seek shade now and then if your stroller doesn’t provide it.

Tips for Older Children: Check out the shows. There are many that older kids will enjoy like Super Dogs where dogs provide hysterical tricks and stunts.

Tips for Adults: Make it a date night and enjoy the Midway at night, plus sample all the delicious food for your dinner.

Ways to Save

  • Park at Glendale Mall’s Rural Street and ride the FREE State Fair Park & Ride to avoid parking fees. or save $1 on fair admission when you ride your bike and use the bike rack on Monon Trail at 38th Street.
  • Plan ahead and pick up discount admission tickets for only $7 at Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Indiana Farm Bureau, The Marten House Hotel, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
  • Plan to go more than once? Get a Multi-Day Admission Pass from Walmart to save $12 in admission. It gives you (1) admission on (3) different days.
  • Visit Walmart to get special Midway Wristbands for only $18 before August 19th, plus a FREE Pepsi during your visit.
  • Stop by Meijer to get $1 off your admission with purchase of Fall Creek Jeans before August 6th.
  • Look in the Indianapolis Star on August 6th for FREE admission on August 8th and 9th.
  • Get $2 admission on August 7th and 14th for Turkey Hill Dairy $2 Tuesday.
  • Indiana State employees get FREE admission on August 9th with they present their Employee I.D. card.
  • On August 13th, admission is only $15 per vehicle, so pile in your car!
  • Military Personnel and Families get FREE admission when they present their military ID on August 16th.
  • Bring in a Pepsi Can on August 19th to get $2 off admission.
  • Checkout the Indiana State Fair Special Days & Deals page.

Plan a Visit

Indiana State Fair
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
WebsiteIndiana State Fair Special Days & Deals
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  • (5) General Fair Admission tickets (value: $10 each)

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This post is part of the Indiana Summer Fun 2012 series. Be sure to check out all the ways to enjoy Indiana in true frugal fashion this summer!

My Dad lives in Fort Wayne, so, after spending many summers there, I consider it my second home. While Indianapolis has that big city feel, Fort Wayne somehow manages to have the big-city fun while keeping the small town feel.

I believe I’ve mentioned our favorite attraction – the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, consistently rated one of the Top 10 Zoo’s for Kids in the nation and definitely a reason to visit Fort Wayne, but there’s so much more to do in Fort Wayne.

Another favorite stop of ours is close do downtown Fort Wayne – Headwaters Park. This park hosts many great festivals, concerts, and events, but tucked in the center is a fountain that doubles as a splash pad for kids. We’ve been to many splash pads, but this is my kids favorite, because the fountain shoots streams of water high into the air in the shape of a triangle, making sure to soak everyone nearby.

Another hidden Gem in Fort Wayne is Don Hall’s Old Gashouse, my dad’s favorite restaurant. When my dad first pulled up here for lunch I thought he was out of his mind. He parked in front of a small trailer and headed straight to it. However, around the corner was a beautiful outdoor deck overlooking the river and a gazebo for those who wanted more shade. But despite the fact that the food was cooked in a trailer, it was amazing, plus the view and atmosphere is even better. Make sure to enjoy one of their specialties – seafood, steak, or Cajun foods!

Located up in Northern Indiana, my family truly believes Fort Wayne is the perfect place for a quick getaway – for just one day or overnight.

Why We Love Visit Fort Wayne

Why it’s great for families: There’s so much to do for kids and adults of all ages – Science Central, Botanical Gardens, Fort Wayne Museum of Art. There’s even a Figherfighter’s Museum that’s sure to intrigue young boys (it does mine!)

What we love most: Definitely the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Headways Park.

Our Tips for a Successful Visit

Tips for Young Children & Infants: There’s so much to do, but remember to take breaks between activities so little ones can take naps. Many attractions are packed full of great things to see, but small enough you can get through them in less than 3 hours, so you could easily plan a morning and afternoon activity with time for naps and lunch in the middle.

Tips for Older Children: Explore Science Central! There’s so much hands-on activities that older kids will not only enjoy, but learn from as well.

Ways to Save

Plan a Visit

Visit Fort Wayne
927 S. Harrison Street, Suite 101
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802Phone: (800)767-7752
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One (1) lucky In Good Cents readers will win one (1) FREE Visit Fort Wayne prize pack valued at approximately $500 that includes:

  • One-Night Family Hotel Stay
  • (5) Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Admission Tickets
  • (5) Science Central Admission Tickets
  • (5) Botanical Conservatory Admission Tickets
  • (5) Museum of Art Admission Tickets

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