Deal Finder: Low-cost ways to entertain your kids this summer
By LaTina Emerson, The Shopper Deal Finder
(Editor’s Note: With school ending on Friday, May 24, we reposted this story from earlier this month for parents looking for low-cost ways to keep kids occupied this summer.)
Summer break is almost here, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to keep your kids busy while they’re away from school.
During the summer months, entertain and educate your kids with low-cost movie screenings, summer camps, educational programs and more. Below are several cost-effective ways to occupy your kids this summer:
AMC Theatres’ 2019 AMC Classic Summer Movie Camp
Moviegoers will get a ticket to a family-friendly film and an AMC KidsPack, which includes popcorn, a fountain drink and fruit snacks. Here’s the movie lineup:
Week 1 (June 5): Trolls
Week 2 (June 12): Wonder Park
Week 3 (June 19): Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Week 4 (June 26): Peter Rabbit
Week 5 (July 3): Smallfoot
Week 6 (July 10): The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Week 7 (July 17): Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Week 8 (July 24): The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Week 9 (July 31): How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
For more information, visit https://amctheatres.com/summer-movie-camp.
Regal Cinemas’ 2019 Summer Movie Express
This summer, Regal Cinemas will continue its Summer Movie Express program, a movie series that features family-friendly films at a low price. Regal Cinemas is finalizing the details for this year’s program, and info can be found by clicking the link below. In previous years, the program has screened two movies a day for $1 each.
For more information on the Summer Movie Express, click HERE.
In Newnan, Regal Georgian Stadium 14 at 232 Newnan Crossing Bypass is a participating theater.
Verona Rosser Hope Center
The Verona Rosser Hope Center will be open all summer to entertain kids free of charge. From May 27 to Aug. 6, parents can drop off children ages 8 and older from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The newly-renovated youth center is equipped with facilities for basketball, dodgeball, video games, foosball and ping-pong, in addition to an art room and computer lab. Volunteers will be present to ensure a fun and safe environment.
Free lunch will be available from noon to 1 p.m. each day for all attendees.
The Verona Rosser Hope Center is at 91 Savannah St. in Newnan. For more information, visit http://www.hopeglobalnewnan.com/hginewnan/ or call 678-850-0582.
Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp
The Boys & Girls Club is accepting applications for summer camp. From May 28 to July 19, summer hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents should visit Boys & Girls Club locations to complete an application.
The cost to attend summer camp is $175, plus a membership fee that varies based on a family’s household size and gross annual income. The membership fee is $60 and up. Some families can get assistance with the fee through several health insurance companies: Amerigroup, WellCare, CareSource and Peach State Health Plan. Parents should call their insurance company as soon as possible and ask for assistance with the fee.
The summer camp offers activities by age groups, including games, art, recreation in the gymnasium or on the playground, field trips and STEM-focused lessons in the tech lab such as coding.
The Boys & Girls Club also offers a great deal on childcare year-round. Registration for the 2019-2020 After-School Program starts in July, but parents can sign up throughout the school year. The cost ranges from $60 to $135 for the entire school year, depending on a family’s income. The health insurance companies mentioned above will provide up to $60 for the fee. Call immediately to receive assistance.
If parents need their child to be picked up from school, there is a one-time fee of $15. Pick-up is available from Ruth Hill, Atkinson and Jefferson Parkway elementary schools and Smokey Road Middle School. Transportation is first-come, first-served.
The Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club is at 72 Wesley St. and can be reached at 678-423-0309. The Howard Warner Boys & Girls Club is at 55 Savannah St. and can be reached at 770-999-9151.
Musical Theatre and Art Camps
The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is offering musical theatre and art camps for local children this summer. The following camps are available:
Musical Theatre Camps:
• Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, June 17 to June 21, open to rising 4th to 6th graders
• Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., June 24 to June 28, open to rising 6th to 9th graders
(The cost is $200 per camp, which includes professional acting and musical theatre instruction, morning and afternoon snack, recreation time, daily performance opportunities and a camp T-shirt. The registration deadline is May 31.)
• Animals in Art, June 17 to June 21, open to rising 1st to 6th graders
• Exploring Modern Art, June 24 to June 28, open to rising 1st to 6th graders
(The cost is $150 per camp, which includes creating masterpieces and a one-of-a-kind T-shirt, experiencing a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, pottery and mixed mediums, and exhibiting their work for family and friends. The registration deadline is May 31.)
The camps will be held at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. For more information, visit https://www.thenixoncentre.net/summer-camp or call 770-254-2787.
Lego Robotics and Battlebots Summer Camp
The Coweta STEM Institute will offer a Lego Robotics and Battlebots Summer Camp from June 17 to June 20. Students entering the 4th through 8th grades will learn how to build and program Lego robotics and compete in competitions.
Classes will be taught from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Moreland Elementary. The cost is $125. To register or find out more information, visit http://www.cowetastem.org/?page_id=41 or email [email protected] or [email protected].
Youth Summer Day Camp
The Newnan Recreation Center will offer Youth Summer Day Camp for seven weeks in June and July from Monday to Friday. The camp is open to 5 to 12 year olds. Registration begins May 6. The cost is $100 per week. For more information, contact program coordinator Jett Smith at 770-254-3750 or [email protected].