$1 Movies, Rewards for Reading, and Free Bowling … Summer Success


$1 Movies, Rewards for Reading, and Free Bowling ... Summer Success - Columbia SC Moms BlogSqueezing in some fun time in the summer can sometimes be challenging….schedules, cost, different interests, and so much more. For my family we’ve narrowed it down to three must-haves that are little to no cost to us.

Summer Movie Express

popcorn-1433326_1920This is one of my favorites simply because taking my family to the movies any other time can cost an arm and a leg. In the summer we can see fairly new releases for $1 per person. You read that right: $1 per person. Movies start at 10:00 a.m. (although I’ve learned that recently they have multiple theaters open and they stagger the start times just a little). Both movies for the week play on Tuesday and Wednesday. This summer the movie express starts on June 7 at Regal Columbia Cinema 7 on Forrest Drive and at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 on Bower Parkway.

This Summer’s Line Up:

Week 1
The Lego Movie

Week 2
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

Week 3
The Smurfs 2

Week 4
Despicable Me 2

Week 5
The Peanuts Movie

Week 6
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Curious George

Week 7
The Book of Life
Hotel Transylvania 2

Week 8
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Shaun The Sheep

Week 9
The Croods
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Summer Reading and Activities at the Local Library

baby-422759_1920Whether you live in Richland County or Lexington County your local library has some pretty neat events and activities lined up to keep you reading all summer long.

Lexington County Public Library:

All ages from birth to adult can sign up for summer reading with On Your Mark, Get Set, Read Summer 2016 and then work to meet set goals and earn neat prizes. In years past things such as free ice cream, free burritos, free books, etc.

Also, check out their calendar of events to find out what is happening at your local branch. There are numerous events every week that are usually free or very minimal cost to you. Check out a Lego Block Party, toddlertime, TeenScene, the Marionette Theater, SC Aquarium, and so much more. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Richland County Public Library:

Join the Summer Reading Challenge, meet goals, and earn prizes. Some prizes include coupons to help cover library fines, tickets to see the Fireflies, and so much more.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the many events going on at the local branches. You will find a wide variety of events offered for birth to adult.

Kids Bowl Free

bowling-237905_1920While this one does cost a little bit more, it is worth it; especially if you purchase the optional family pass so you and named adults can bowl too. Every day kids get to bowl 2 games for free from April 13 to September 5. All you pay is cost of shoe rental. I invested in an inexpensive pair of bowling shoes a few summers back so that has really made this an inexpensive, fun way for my family to get out of the house.

There are 2 locations in the Midlands: Royal Z Lanes on Two Notch Rd. and Anchor Lanes on Columbia Ave. in Irmo. Register today to get the most out of your passes.

What are your go to inexpensive summer vacation activities?

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Brandi Cade is a Christian, wife, mom, and Instructional Facilitator at a local elementary school. She is the youth coordinator and also teaches Sunday School for K-5th graders at her church. She married Mark in July 2004. Together they have 3 children: Bradley (10), Tori (8), and Aubrey (4). Bradley and Tori have taught her about parenting children with multiple medical needs. Fortunately their youngest is simply full of life and keeps Brandi and Mark on their toes that way. Brandi holds a BA in Early Childhood, an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and two Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies in Doctoral work in Instructional Leadership and Educational Leadership. As an Instructional Facilitator she works with teachers as well as students on best practices for learning in the classroom. Brandi loves the beach, music, reading, writing, blogging, sewing, and her new found interest: Bible journaling. Her newfound interest lead her to create the group Scripture Sketchers for local Bible Journaling fans. She hopes to turn this into a business within the next year or two. She is also a Beachbody Coach and works as an Independent Damsel Pro for Damsel in Defense.


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