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Free Summer Activity: Kids Bowl Free

Free Summer Activity: Kids Bowl Free

 

Kids Bowl Free is the perfect free summer activity for families across the U.S.  Participating bowling alleys offer two free games per kid per day, from May until August!

I admit I haven’t taken my kids bowling as much as they would like to because otherwise it’s just so expensive.  After paying for a couple of games for the four of us (my husband and I included because why should we miss out?) and paying for shoe rental, I am exhausted thinking of how much I spent.  But through Kids Bowl Free, I can guarantee two free games per day for my kids. 

I highly recommend heading to Walmart for a cheap pair of shoes that can serve as bowling shoes.  Buy something that has a light sole and only wear them for bowling.  You’ll save so much on shoe rental!  At $3 per kid each day we bowl, it adds up.  Instead, I bought $12 shoes for each of them and after 4 games, we would have paid that just for rental.  Now we will also have a spare set of shoes for the school year! 

Now what about the parents?  Kids Bowl Free has special deals for you too.  It’s not quite as awesome as the free two games a day, but you can get some significant discounts.  Take advantage and join in the fun with your kids – you deserve it and they will love it! 

(I also recommend buying a pair of shoes to serve as bowling shoes for you also if you plan on bowling…seriously you’ll be so much more comfortable too!) 

 

Free summer bowling for kids!

Summer fun in Springfield, Illinois with the kids!

 

A list of fun things to do in the Capitol City with the kids (Springfield, Illinois)

 

The Capitol City is known for its abundance of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and historical buildings.  Unfortunately this has little significance to my kids who are both under 5 years old and I’m sure you can relate. Luckily there is still plenty around to do while the kids are young!  Here is a list off the top of my head of some of our favorite sites to see and places to go in Springfield, Illinois:

 

Henson-Robinson Zoo (see over 90 species of animals including bears and primates, ride the train!)

Downtown and the Capitol area (beautiful architecture, water fountains, tall buildings, and a taste of “city”)

Ergadoozy Creative Play Center (perfect for a rainy day)

Visit a Park

  • Washington Park (large play ground, feed the ducks, go for a long walk)
  • Lincoln Park (Nelson Center with ice skating and other activities, younger/smaller childrens’ outdoor play area, frisbee golf, go for a hike)
  • Southwind Park (splash pad, two separate playgrounds, fishing pond, 2.5 miles of trails)
  • and many more!

Knights Action Park (water park, outdoor putt-putt range, go-karts, outdoor ferris wheel)

Springfield Library (or one of the surrounding towns – Chatham has an awesome kids’ area!)

Scheels (huge aquarium, $1/person Ferris Wheel, cafeteria area with $1 cups of ice cream, bowling, kid’s play area, animatronic presidents, and the list goes on)

White Oaks Mall (children’s play area, carousel, indoor glow mini-golf)

Springfield Lake (parks, watch the boats, skip rocks)

Lincoln Memorial Gardens (6 miles of trails through wildflowers and wildlife)

 

There is so much to do in Springfield, IL if you have small kids but sometimes it takes a little inspiration and a list to think of everything!

 

Still need ideas?

Head inside Barnes and Noble on Veterans Parkway for a LEGO Duplo table, children’s books area, seats for reading, and a stage to perform on.  Down the street towards the interstate, you’ll find a McDonalds with an indoor PlayPlace (and another one on south Sixth Street!)

Lowes has Build & Grow workshops for kids.  You may have to check in store for a schedule.

The Illinois Products Farmer’s Market is Thursday evenings from May 12 – October 13th at the State Fairgrounds.  On Wednesday/Saturday mornings May 13 – October 31, you can visit the Old Capitol Farmer’s Market.  Farmer’s markets can be educational and fun for the kids!

In August the Illinois State Fair will run for two weeks with rides, fun foods, and lots of entertainment.  It’s always a blast for the whole family!  I recommend taking a stroller or a wagon if you have little ones though.  All the walking in a hot day can really wear them out!

 

Do you have any other ideas?  I’d love to hear about them!  We love trying out new things!!! 

 

Halloween Word Writing Practice: Preschool & Kindergarten

Free Preschool/Kindergarten Halloween printables for teachers or parents - love this!

 

You may remember that I created a Halloween themed writing practice printable for preschoolers and kindergarteners last year and I have made yet another!  This one is similar but features a few different words and all capital letters.

Simply print out this page, help your child trace the letters, and explain what each word is.  For added fun, laminate the page or stick it in a page protector and use a dry erase marker!  Your child may also have fun with our Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe activity!

 

Words included:

BOO
SPIDER
TREAT
BAT
SPOOKY

 

Click here to print the Halloween Word Practice Activity (for free!)

 

You may print as many times as you need!  Teachers are more than welcome to print as well.  Blogs and websites who want to feature this printable please link back to this post, rather than directly to the Google Document.  Please view other similar printables here!

Writing Practice for Preschoolers: Back to School themed!

Back to School writing practice for preschoolers and kindergarteners - love it!

 

Hey there!  I can’t believe it either but school is back on the schedule!  My oldest is heading back for his 2nd year of pre-k and we’re so excited.  He loves it!  But I have to admit, we slacked a little on practicing writing during summer vacation.  To give Alex some practice writing this afternoon, I’ve created this Back to School themed printable and am sharing it with you!

Simply print out this page, help your child trace the letters, and explain what each word is.  For added fun, laminate the page or stick it in a page protector and use a dry erase marker!  If you need some more ideas to get back into school mode, check out our list of Free Back to School Printables.  We’ve also compiled a list of over 50 Healthy After School Snacks!

 

Words included:

BUS
CLASS
ART
FRIENDS
READ

 

Click here to print the Back to School Word Practice Activity (for free!)

You may print as many times as you need!  Teachers are more than welcome to print as well.  Blogs and websites who want to feature this printable may link back to this post, rather than directly to the Google Document.  Please view other similar printables here!

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