Summer fun can break your bank…or you can use the free resources in our community for an action-packed season on a budget.
Here’s the thing about summer vacation: your kids will need some stuff to do. Camps are great, but expensive. Video games can kill a few hours, but don’t feed their minds. If you want a great family summer without going broke, you need to use some of these great resources available in most communities.
1. The Library
If you’re not going to the library every week, you’re missing out on free books, movies and CDs for all your kids. Better yet, most libraries run a series of free activities all summer long.
Sun City Library 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. (951) 679.3534
2. Parks and Recreation
Parks and rec offer for-pay programs all year long, but many communities have free functions for families during the summer. Check the program and website for opportunities in your area.
3. Cultural Passes
This is a lesser-known library resource, but so great it deserves its own listing. Many libraries have season passes to local museums and other attractions for patrons to “check out” for free.
4. Summer Concerts (and Drama)
Many communities offer a summer series of free concerts, movies and plays at local facilities. Even if they don’t have such a program, you might find free matinee performances of normally for-pay events.
Service activities kill time while building self-esteem. Whether it’s a park clean-up or soup kitchen, getting your kids involved will be meaningful and free. Check with the Community Cupboard to see how you can help.
6. Free Museum Days
Check with local attractions, zoos and museums. During summers, many offer free admission on a set day each week or month.
7. Movie Series
Local theaters often run a series of free movie matinees throughout the summer. These are typically second-run films, but still a great adventure for the kids and break for the parents.
8. Hiking Trails
The parks and trails of our community offer plenty of opportunities to stroll and explore…and for kids to burn off that excess energy.
9. Holiday Celebrations
Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day all include community events ranging from fairs to parades to festivals. Many communities also host a local festival during the summer, with free fun for all.
10. Home Improvement Centers
Big-box home improvement centers Lowe’s and Home Depot have started offering free workshops for kids to learn basic skills. Sometimes you’ll have to pay supply costs.
You’ll eat anyway, so why not make an adventure of it? Combined with a free zoo day or trail exploration and you’ll have a memorable outing.
12. Kick Them Out
Cut off the screen time and send your kids outside to explore. Toddlers can learn about the backyard, while older kids get a wider space to roam about.
Some of the best free summer activities are unique to your community.
■ 1 stick Butter, Divided
■ 2 pounds (to 3 Pounds) Carrots, Peeled And Cut Into Thick Circles
■ 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Or Other Whiskey
■ 3/4 cups (to 1 Cup) Brown Sugar
■ 1/2 teaspoon (to 1 Teaspoon) Salt
■ Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add carrots in two batches, cooking for 60-90 seconds each batch. Remove from skillet.
Pour in whiskey and allow to evaporate 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium, and add remaining butter.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday December 1-2, 2012 (Always the 1st weekend in December!)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Location: Downtown Indio The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa.
History: It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association. The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival's tremendous success.
The Tamale Festival is filled with tons of excitement every year. Visitors delight in the scrumptious tamales and shopping, but also enjoy the following activities:
Carnival Rides & Games Parade, Kid's Petting Zoo, Rock Climbing, Inflatable Bounces, Tamale Eating Contest, Famous Tamale Judging Contest.
Festival fans also like to relax by watching the diverse entertainment such as traditional Mexican Folklorico Dancing and live Music on 4 different stages.
- 1 box Ditalini Pasta (very Short Macaroni-type Pasta Noodles)
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 whole Cut Up Fryer Chicken
- 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
- 2 whole Green Bell Peppers, Diced
- 2 stalks Celery, Diced
- 2 whole Fresh Jalapenos, Diced
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 can (28-ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Oregano
- Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste
- Parmesan Cheese Shavings, For Serving
Cook pasta in a pot according to package directions, being sure not to overcook it. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool. Toss in 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
The San Jacinto Campus Theatre Arts Department Presents:
Shakespeare weaves the farcical situations that occur when Antipholus goes in search of his long lost twin brother with the help of his servant, Dromio. Mistaken identity abounds and life turns crazy for the two when Dromio bumps into his own long lost twin brother.