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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cheap Summer Fun in the SF Bay Area

The kids are out of school and you're already out of ideas for fun things to do with them? Here's the Frisco Kids guide to cheap summer fun in the San Francisco Bay area for 2013!

Kid bowl free - let the kids bowl every day this summer - for free! Join in the fun with a family pass starting at $25 for the summer.

Stern Grove - From June 16 through August 18, experience free Sunday concerts at Stern Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd. in San Francisco. In addition to the San Francisco Symphony, the Ballet and the Opera, there's a varied group of performers every week. And it's free! Pack a picnic and blanket, and get there early. More info on Stern Grove's 2013 season here and on kids activities at Stern Grove here.

Summer reading programs - I just did a blog post on the many summer reading programs you can sign up for. Your kids read = they win prizes. It's easy! And free.

Summer concerts and performances - Goldstar has tons of discounted performances for you and the kids. Check them out here. This website lists many free outdoor performances in SF, including Shakespeare in the Park (my fave) and other music festivals. More here. Free East Bay concerts can be found here. Free outdoor opera from Travel Is More Fun with Kids.

Free Bowling for Kids - get up to two games and free shoes (depending on location) every day for the whole summer through the Kids Bowl Free program. Details here.

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse - 10 shows for $5 paid in advance, or $1/show at the box office
Check the individual theater for dates, times and shows. The movies are all rated G or PG. Some of the movies featured include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs, Horton Hears a Who, Oceans, Happy Feet, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Alvin & the Chimpunks and more.

Take advantage of them at these Bay Area theaters:
 Fremont, Century at Pacific Commons
Hayward, Century at Hayward 
Newark, Cinedome 7 
Novato, Century Rowland Plaza 
Pleasant Hill, Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
San Bruno, Century at Tanforan and XD 
San Francisco, CinéArts at the Empire 

 San Jose, CineArts at Santana Row
San Mateo, Century 12 San Mateo 
San Rafael, Century Northgate 
Sausalito, CinéArts Marin 

Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek 14 and XD 

Regal Movies - Summer Movies Express. Get $1 admission for kid-friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to the 10 a.m. show. It runs for 9 weeks. The Bay Area is not well represented with theaters, but if you're going outside the area, look into this program.

Buy One, Get One Free Movies on Friday
If you have a Visa Signature card, you can get one movie ticket free when you buy two on Fandango for Friday night shows. Good once every 30 days. This is only good on Fridays through 8/2/13. You have to buy and use the tickets on that Friday. Terms and conditions here. 

Museums - many museums have free days once a month. Plus, your local library might offer museum passes you can borrow. Bank of America lets card holders into many museums for free the first full weekend of the month with their Museums on Us program.

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