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Summer Fun On A Budget: Part 2 | Ramona's Money Saving Tips

From free bowling passes to $1 movie tickets, last week Ramona gave you ideas for several inexpensive activities to keep the kids occupied this summer.  Click here to see last week's tips!

Now Ramona is back with some more fun activities that make sure your kids' summer fun doesn't break the bank:

1) Go to and enter your zip code to find a skating center near you where your kids can go rolling skating.

2) KidsEatFreeCLT:

Sponsored by the Charlotte Observer, KidsEatFreeCLT is a portable menu guide that tells you where kids can eat for free (or on the cheap) on any given day of the week.

"No matter where in the Queen City you are located, great deals can now be found at your fingertips - simply click on the day and check out our thorough list of free and cheap dining options for kids."

3) Vacation Bible School: 

Churches all over the Queen City are hosting Vacation Bible Schools throughout the summer; the South Charlotte Weekly has compiled a list of some of them.

4) Spraygrounds, compliments of Charlotte Meck Parks & Rec

Each sprayground has been constructed with fun water features that you can run through, jump in or just sit down and enjoy. There is no charge, just come and enjoy!  The city's outdoor pools and spraygrounds will both open and close on the same schedule, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Facilities with Spraygrounds (Hours are 10am - 8pm)

Cordelia Park: 2100 North Davidson Street
Latta Park: 601 East Park Avenue
Nevin Park: 6000 Statesville Rd.
Veterans Park: 136 Central Avenue
West Charlotte Recreation Center: 2400 Kendall Drive

5) Outdoor Public Pools:

The Cordelia Pool and Double Oaks Pool offer free swim lessons.  But if you're just looking to cool off at the pool, admission is only $1 all summer!

Hours of Operation (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday to Friday: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cordelia Pool
2100 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205

Double Oaks Pool
1200 Newland Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28206

6) Reed Gold Mine:

Reed Gold Mine, the location of the first documented gold find in the United States, was the prime location to look for the illusive mineral until the great Gold Rush to California.

There’s no charge to tour the Mine or see the museum, but to pan for your own gold costs $3.

7) Billy Graham Library's Bessie the Cow:

It's free to tour the Billy Graham Library, and kids can enjoy Bessie The Cow.

"Bessie the talking cow offers a lighthearted look back at Billy Graham's life on a dairy farm. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy her fun quips, stories, and singing. Bessie offers instructions and tips for children before they begin their scavenger hunt through The Journey of Faith."

8) Summer Pops with the Charlotte Symphony:

During the summer, the Charlotte Symphony performs at Symphony Park (behind SouthPark Mall) on Sunday evenings.  Admission is FREE for everyone under 18!

9) And finally, don't forget about your local library!  This summer there are activities such as the American Girl Book Club, a Scrabble competition, sensory storytime, Frozen movie night and more: