Keeping kids busy on a budget this summer

By Derrick Rose bio | email | Twitter

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - School is finally out for summer and that means parents have the tough job of keeping their children active. It seems now more than ever, parents are trying to keep them busy on a budget.

On, WBTV found a lot of inexpensive activities and even some that are absolutely free.

There's been so much news about the libraries and the system losing funds. Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries still has it's free summer reading program for all ages. For anyone living in Harrisburg, Mt. Pleasant or anywhere North on 49, Uwharrie Books has a program that give kids snacks and gifts by simply coming in and telling about a recent book they read.

All the parents who have kids with A's and B's, take them and their report card to Wolfman Pizza this Friday for a free kids meal.

Everyday this summer, kids bowl for free. It's only at two AMF lanes: Centennial Lanes on South Boulevard and University Lanes on North Tryon. For anyone 15 and under AMF will cover lane fees and shoe rentals.

Finally, you can't have summer, without going to the movies. First, every Tuesday morning, AMC Theaters has family movies for just 1 dollar. Regency Theaters has an even better deal on family movies -- free family movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and some Thursday mornings.