Summer fun for kids. Savings for parents.

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June 3, 2010 9:38:53 AM PDT
Even with all of our snow days this winter, school is finally coming to a close. And that means it's going to be up moms, dads and other caregivers to keep the kids amused for the summer.

Fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot to do that.

The library's a great place to start the hunt for cheap summer fun.

Many local libraries have summer reading clubs, where children can earn prizes, while keeping their reading skills sharp during the school break.

And if your child reads ten books over the summer, it can really pay off, thanks to TD Bank's sumemr reading program.

Michael Carbone of TD Bank in Philadelphia explains, "The summer reading program incents them to read 10 books. And if they read 10 books, we'll put $10 into an existing account or open a new account for them." The program is limited to $10 per child.

Movies are always fun in the summer -- especially when air-conditioned theaters provide a break from the heat.

Regal Cinemas are once again sponsoring their Free Family Film Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Arrive early to get tickets at the box office the morning of the show for classics like "ET" and new films like "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."

Also, check out the website Kids Bowl Free ( to find out which bowling alleys near you are offering two free bowling games for children each day of the summer.