Deal Finder: Cheap Ways To Entertain Your Kids During Summer Break
By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder
Wondering how you will keep your kids busy all summer? Low-cost movie screenings, summer camps and community events are just a few ways that you can entertain your kids on a budget.
Learn more about ways to save on summer fun:
Regal’s 2018 Summer Movie Express
This summer, kids can enjoy some of their favorite movies on the big screen for only $1 through Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express program. For nine weeks, starting May 29 and 30, kids can watch family-friendly films on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
In Newnan, Regal Georgian Stadium 14 at 232 Newnan Crossing Bypass is a participating theater. Each week, two movies will play each day. Tickets are available at the box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.
Here’s the movie schedule:
Week 1 (May 29 and 30): Hop and Max
Week 2 (June 5 and 6): The Iron Giant and Curious George
Week 3 (June 12 and 13): Despicable Me and Ice Age: Collision Course
Week 4 (June 19 and 20): Storks and Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Week 5 (June 26 and 27): Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Week 6 (July 3 and 4): The Lego Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Week 7 (July 10 and 11): Sing and The Peanuts Movie
Week 8 (July 17 and 18): The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Ferdinand
Week 9 (July 24 and 25): The Secret Life of Pets and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
For more information, visit https://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express.
AMC’s 2018 Classic Summer Movie Camp
For eight weeks starting on June 6, kids can attend AMC Theatres’ 2018 AMC Classic Summer Movie Camp and enjoy a movie and refreshments for only $4 plus tax. The AMC Classic Summer Movie Camp is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. In Newnan, AMC Classic Newnan 10 at 87 Newnan Station Drive is a participating theater.
Moviegoers will get a ticket to a family-friendly film and an AMC KidsPack, which includes popcorn, a fountain drink and fruit snacks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to AMC Cares, which supports communities where AMC associates live and work.
Here’s the movie lineup:
Week 1 (June 6): The Boss Baby
Week 2 (June 13): Paddington 2
Week 3 (June 20): The LEGO Batman Movie
Week 4 (June 27): Ferdinand
Week 5 (July 11): Trolls
Week 6 (July 18): Despicable Me 3
Week 7 (July 25): Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Week 8 (Aug. 1): The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
For more information, visit https://www.amctheatres.com/summer-movie-camp.
AMC Theatres also offer $5 Ticket Tuesdays for all moviegoers. Movie tickets are only $5 with AMC Stubs membership. To join, create an account on the AMC Theatres website at https://www.amctheatres.com/ticket-tuesday?rel=tickettuesday_offer_op_promo.
From June to August, Main Street Newnan is hosting Summer NewnaNights, a monthly summer event series in downtown Newnan. The events will take place on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Greenville Street Park and will feature family-friendly music and entertainment, festivities and vendor booths. Summer NewnaNights will be held on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9.
Lego Robotics and Battlebots Summer Camp
The Coweta STEM Institute is offering a Lego Robotics and Battlebots Summer Camp from June 25 to 28. The hands-on science and technology program for elementary and middle school students will teach participants how to build and program Lego robotics and how to compete in competitions.
Students entering the 4th through 8th grades are welcome to attend.
Classes will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Moreland Elementary. The cost for the summer camp is $125.
To register or for more information, visit http://www.cowetastem.org/?page_id=41. Also, contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.
University of West Georgia Summer Camps
The University of West Georgia will hold several summer camps in Newnan this summer:
• Newnan American Sign Language Camp: This camp is for children ages 6 to 12 who want to learn foundational American Sign Language, which is America’s fourth most commonly used language. It will be held June 11 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of West Georgia Newnan at 80 Jackson St. in Newnan.
During the camp, students will learn the alphabet, numbers and other basic American Sign Language signs. They will also participate in educational, interactive and fun learning activities.
The Early Bird Registration Fee is $100 until May 11. The Regular Registration Fee is $125 until the registration deadline on June 4 at noon. Parents will need to complete a waiver form. Registration includes lunch daily. To register or for more information, visit https://uwgagenda.westga.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18STP4421K.
• Newnan Build-a-Brick Engineering Camp: Students in kindergarten through 4th grade can participate in the Newnan Build-a-Brick Engineering Camp, which will include builder’s labs, challenges and games. The camp will be held June 25 to 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the University of West Georgia Newnan at 80 Jackson St. The camp fee is $99.
To register or for more information, visit https://uwgagenda.westga.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SMD1567M.
Screen on the Square
Local residents can enjoy an animated, family-friendly film at the Screen on the Square event, which will be held Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. at the First Avenue Park in downtown Newnan. All ages are welcome to attend the free event. Families are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on and picnic meals.
Free Events at Coweta County Public Library Branches
Coweta County Public Library branches offer free events each month for toddlers, kids and tweens/teens, including story time, creative and educational activities, a Tween/Teen Lounge and more. For a full schedule, stop by your closest library branch or visit http://cowt.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/default/?rm=CALENDAR+TEST0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7Ctrue&dt=list.