Summer fun savings for kids

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some of Louisville's favorite places for fun are offering ways to 'Stretch Your Dollar' this summer. From camps to movies and even a round of golf, there are definitely lots of options to keep the family entertained while keeping the budget intact.

'Science In Play' opens Memorial Day weekend at the Louisville Science Center. The exhibit caters to children 7 and younger and "one of the ways we're encouraging families to bring out their children all summer long is with these early morning play dates" Mark Sieckman said.  

Sieckman is a media spokesman for the Center and excited about the new options for families to save this summer. The 'play dates' are free on the first Tuesday morning of each month. It's for children 4 and under with a parent or guardian between the hours of 8:30 to 9:30. For children this age, it's a wonderful way for them to experience the center without older kids around. Plus it can indicate to parents whether it's time to invest in an actual membership at the Science Center.

Something else new this summer at the Science Center is a 'play pass'. It's $20 for a month and gets one adult and 5 children 8 and under unlimited weekday access. 

If you do decide to upgrade to a membership and if you visit the Louisville Zoo as well, it's worth it to consider a dual membership. It saves about ten dollars, if you're going to get memberships at both anyway.

For memberships at each location separately, they cost about the same as two family visits.  

If you're going to the zoo just once, ask about the Adventure Ticket, it includes admission to the special exhibits this summer including the Dinosaurs and Dora & Diego's 4D Adventure along with the ZooTram Shuttle and unlimited Carousel rides.

Members do save on camps at the zoo. A week will cost you $180 instead of $195. For the best value camp during the week of July 4 is a $35 dollars savings for members and non-members.  

If you're looking for a camp that comes with air conditioning, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is offering something new this summer. You can pump up your dance groove with some of the area's best hip-hop choreographers.  

Safiyyah Rasool is one of the area's top instructors and is director of the HipHop Dance Camp 2012. "If you are a dance lover and you really want to pick up your hip hop dance game, this is the place to come. Even if you're a beginner and you don't know about dance but you think it's something you want to try and have fun, Yes!' said Safiyyah, this camp is for you.

It's scheduled for July 16-20 and is $30 a day. Financial scholarships are available and applications are being accepted now.

For a guaranteed budget friendly experience, check out the YMCA Camp prices starting at around $90 for non members.

Metro Parks has camps for as low as $50 a week.

The Metro Parks system also has some of the cheapest rates around for golf and with 9 courses to choose from they're convenient no matter where you live. To get the kids involved, Metro Parks offers a great savings during summer holidays. Nine holes of golf for a family of 4 for just $20 dollars and that's with a golf cart included.

Reading is another great pastime for the kiddos and this summer at the Louisville Free Public Library the 10 book theme is ready to 'play ball'.   

There's also something going on at the Library about every day of the week.

Finally, for a night of family free entertainment check out the list of movies this year at the Iroquois Amphitheater here.

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