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Summer activities for kids and teens

by wcnc

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 1 at 6:13 PM

Jody Mace

Cheap and Free Contributor

Expensive enrichment camps may be out of your price range this summer. So how do you keep your kids busy this summer? There are plenty of options in Charlotte if you do a little digging.

Free Technology Camp for Teenage Girls: You may be tempted to file this under "Too good to be true." Only it is true. Microsoft is offering teenage girls a camp, called Digigirlz, that will dispel stereotypes about girls in technology fields. They will learn what it's like to develop cutting edge technology. One of the locations this summer is in Charlotte. It will be held from August 3-6. Apply through this application.

Cheap Swimming: For a city its size, Charlotte doesn't have enough cheap swimming options. But here is a list that details all the free and cheap ways to cool off in some water this summer.

Free Bowling: Kids bowl free every day at AMF bowling alleys.

Free and Cheap Movies: There are lots and lots of cheap and free movies for kids this summer, both in theaters during the day, and outside at nights.

Barnes and Noble Reading Program: If your kids read eight books they're rewarded with a popular new book in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program.

Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County: No details are available on the 2009 summer reading program, but the library always puts on a good one, with plenty of fun prizes.

Cheap Italian Ice: If it's a Wednesday, and you're in the Lake Norman or University City area you'll be glad to know that Heavenly Ice is selling Italian Ice for a buck each on Wednesdays.

Cheap Charlotte Knights Tickets: The Knights have especially great deals on tickets for Tuesday games (Buy one, get one free) and Friday games (Friday fun pass package deal.)

For even more free and cheap summer ideas, check out the continually growing Cheap Summer list on

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