When skies are gray in summer on the South Shore. . .

(try to say that 10 times fast!)

Like I’ve said before, we literally live in this place where you never can tell what the weather is going to be like. Day by day, or even hour by hour, it’s as unpredictable as your two year old or tween’s mood.   It’s inevitable that we have a week or two in the summer that is rainy and dreary and pretty darn chilly.  That was this past week. And for those of you that took that week off from work hoping for a sunny, beach filled week, I am so sorry.  Sometimes I think it’s Gods way of protecting our New England skin.  You and I know that we were out there just a few days ago in the heat of the July 4th week burning the crap out of our  skin, and now we’re back to sweaters and jeans.  Only to repeat the process next week. . . . Burn, peel, repeat.

Anyway, back to the main point of this post, and that is, what to do with the kiddos when the weather isn’t so hot in the summer, and better yet how to do that and not go broke.  There are a couple of things I do at the beginning of summer and one of them is to stockpile a list of cheap indoor things to do with the kids when the weather isn’t cooperating.  I use my little notes section of my phone and label it “Summer fun list”.  Every time I come across an email or Facebook post, or someone tells me about a deal or adventure that sounds good I jot it down on the list.  Then when the rain sets in I consult the list.  Here’s a few things I’ve come up with.

  1.  Kidsbowlfree.com      If you haven’t already signed up you need to.  There is no catch.  All kids 15 and under can bowl two strings every single day during the summer for free,  all you need to do is rent shoes.  We’ve signed up for this program for the past 2 years and it’s so easy.  All you do is sign up, print the vouchers, and head to the bowling alley.  You can check the kidsbowlfree website to see if the bowling alley near you participates. There are 19 just in Massachusetts.
  2. https://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express Take them to the discounted movies.  Many movie theaters offer discounted movie tickets during the week for movies that were released a few months prior.  For my kids they really don’t care what the movie is, they love the experience of going to the movies.  Regal Cinemas in Kingston, MA offers $1 movie tickets for the 10:00 shows on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They offer two different choices each day. We went this past Tuesday and saw Monster Truck.  With a quick stop at Target for candy it cost me $5.00 for candy and 3 movie passes, and when we got out the Sun was shining again.  I believe many other theaters in the area do similar discounted days just check their websites.
  3. https://hmnh.harvard.edu/home  One that is on our bucket list that we haven’t tried yet is the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  A friend of ours told about this museum and how much her kids loved it so I looked into and put it on my “Summer fun list”  Its not super expensive at $12 for adults and $8 for kids but Sunday mornings during the summer from 9am-12pm it’s free admission.
  4. https://ssboston.macaronikid.com/articles/5825dc2bdafd905530a174a4/south-shore-playground-guide   What better thing to do on a cool summer day than hit the playground.  One of my kids favorites is Marshfield playground,  it’s great for older kids to play hide and seek.  Load up the car with some of their friends and they have fun for hours.  Add an ice cream or fro-yo to the trip and you are mom of the year.
  5. http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays  With over 85 different museums and cultural events available for free every Friday during the summer it would be crazy not to take advantage of this opportunity.  Whether it’s a rainy day or you just need to get out of the sun checking some of these places out is also on our “Summer fun list.”

Where do you go when the sun hides for a few days.   Do you stay in and watch movies?  Do you have a favorite thing that you love doing with the kids? Let me know.  I’m always looking to add to the “List.”

Thank you for reading, and as always “The sun will come out tomorrow.” – Heather