Summer is here! While there are lots of fun free things to do at home, there are also quite a few in our community. Take a look at all the fun, free and inexpensive activities our area has to offer to beat summer boredom. Many of them right in Wilkes-Barre.
Beginning in mid-June, you can pack the kids up for a kid’s movie every week at both R/C Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark Theatre in Moosic. R/C Movies 14 will show a free kid’s movie every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 through mid-August. Cinemark also offers a similar program with a movie being shown every Wednesday morning at 10. It’s only $1 per movie there or less if you purchase tickets for multiple shows in advance.
Also in Wilkes-Barre you’ll find a free storytime for children at the Barnes & Noble Arena Hub Plaza store. At 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, there’s a preschoolers storytime where there are stories and crafts which vary each week. You can pick up a monthly flyer in the store with all the different reading programs available. Be sure to check your local library too for their children’s programs.
Are your kids more of the active type like mine? Head to toddler and family roller skating days at Skateaway Roller Rink in Wilkes-Barre. Every Wednesday, parents/grandparents skate free with their children. It’s only $4 and rentals and a drink are included!
Do you have a little explorer? Take to the outdoors with the Luzerne County KAZ Passport! It’s a free program to help everyone get outside and get active. The 2014 KAZ Passport has 30 “passport stops” which are all local parks, trails, and events. You must register (at www.kazpassport.org) to earn awards and be eligible for prizes. Then just download a free passport and visit as many stops as you wish to earn awards as you gather and log the answers to each stop’s scavenger hunt question listed on the KAZ Passport or provided at events and walks. The more stops visited and successfully logged, the greater the opportunity to win prizes and earn awards!
I found many events above in our area’s free Northeast Pennsylvania Family publication. You can find many more events in that guide or online at www.nepafamily.com.
Hope to see you out and about this summer!
Story written by Kara Zoeller for the Citizens’ Voice.