Free Fun in the Summertime
A number of free activities to make the most of your summer.
It's been about a week and a half since school let out and already the youngsters are getting a little restless. Once again, we’ve rounded up some fun (and free) activities to do this summer.
Movies by Moonlight
Braintree’s Family Flick Nights kicks off next Thursday, July 5 with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Carson Field at Braintree High School. Members of the Recreation department will be on hand with games for the kids to play prior to the start of the movie. The Buck-a-Buy stand will be open for business, with hot dogs, drinks, chips, and candy available for purchase.
The movie is slated to begin at dusk. Make sure you pack chairs, blankets, and plenty of insect repellent and enjoy a night under the stars. Two more Family Flick Nights are also planned: Dolphin Tale on July 19 and King Fu Panda 2 on Aug. 1.
The Launch at the Hingham Shipyard offers free outdoor movies every Thursday night during the months of July and August. Combining a mix of adult and kiddie fare, some of the movie offerings include Jaws, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Muppets, and the original Willy Wonka.
Adults looking for an inexpensive date night in the city will be happy to hear the Boston Harbor Hotel screens movies every Friday evening during the summer months. Enjoy such classics as Yankee Doodle Dandy, On the Waterfront, and The Magnificent Seven on the big screen overlooking Boston Harbor. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hotel, movies from 1987 will be shown for the month of August. Films include Dirty Dancing, Moonstruck, and the Steve Martin/John Candy comedy classic Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Free Fun Fridays
Once again the Highland Street Foundation is offering free admission to a number of area attractions all summer long. Every Friday, the Foundation offers free admission to five different venues. In the past, we’ve visited Plymouth Plantation and the Museum of Fine Arts courtesy of Highland Street and have been very impressed with the offerings.
The program begins this Friday, June 29, with free admission to Tanglewood, and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, among others. Visit the Highland Street Foundation website for a full listing of offerings.
Kids Bowl Free
The heat wave last week gave us an indication of just how hot it can get in these parts. What better way to keep cool and active than to hit a local bowling alley for a few strings.
From May through the first week of September, kids can bowl two games for free at participating bowling alleys thanks to the Kids Bowl Free promotion. You will still need to rent bowling shoes, which cost anywhere from $2.99 to $3.35 per child depending on location. There are a number of participating bowling alleys, with Boston Bowl in Dorchester and Hanover the two closest lanes to us here in Braintree.
Once you sign up for the program, you'll receive coupons via email each week. To sign up, visit the Kids Bowl Free website.