Project Summer Frugal Fun Challenge Week 3: Science and Swimming in the Summer (Plus a Giveaway!)

by Kaley on June 28th, 2013

in free summer activities for kids, Giveaways

Project Summer

Welcome to Week 3 of our Project Summer Frugal Fun Challenge. Be sure to complete today’s easy task at the bottom to enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!  


We had family visiting this past week, so it was a full week around here.

But we still had time for some exciting adventures.

My 7 year old took part in a Science in the Summer week at our local library.  He learned all about genetics and came home with all sorts of DNA-looking activities.  Isn’t the library the BEST?!

We also went swimming at a friend’s pool several times, which leads to our next exciting development:

Our four year old learned how to swim!


This is the kid that wouldn’t leave the pool stairs last summer.  In the winter we signed him up for swimming lessons and it has been a joy to watch him fight his fears and DIVE into swimming (literally – he jumped off the diving board with no fear this week!).

And by the end of the week, those little orange floaties were history.


We also enjoyed an amazing fireworks display at our local park.  Honestly, I think it was the best I have ever seen.

I also loved watching my 1 year old’s reaction as he sat on my lap.  He was completely mesmerized.

And then he fell asleep. :)

 The Project Summer Frugal Fun Challenge: 

I want YOU to get involved with our Frugal Fun Guide.  I LOVE picturing you using my Summer Fun Planner as a resource.   This is a tool that I hope will help you have a fun and rewarding summer if you have kids (or grandkids or neighbors or nieces and nephews).  And even if you don’t have kids, there’s a little something for everyone!

So here’s what we’re going to do.  During the month of June, July and August, I am going to give away a $25 Amazon gift card to someone who joins the Project Summer Frugal Fun Challenge.

Here’s how to enter: 

Entering to win is easy.  At the end of each Project Summer post this month (there will be many!), there will be one method of entry.  If you choose to complete that task, you will be entered!

At the end of each month (June, July and August) I’ll randomly select one winner from the comments left on each of the posts to win a $25 Amazon gift card.  So that means the more you get involved with the Project Summer Frugal Fun Challenge, the more chances you will have to win!

Here is today’s task:

This giveaway is closed.

  • Leave a comment below sharing at least one frugal fun activity your family took part in during the month of June.  (Click here if you are reading this is an email.)

Click here to find even more ways to enter to win!

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Keri June 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Went swimming!

Pat June 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

We played dominoes and ate popcorn with ice tea here at home.

John June 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I set up a family tent in the backyard and my kids camped for nearly a week.

Renee a June 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I took advantage of the free bowling games for kids. And they even have me a rewards card with 20.00 credit on it and I used that for shoe rental and packed snacks and juice boxes

Renee June 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I signed up my kids (and myself, too) for our library’s reading progam. We went to a Science of Eating program this week at the library, too. My middle child is in a bookclub for 9-12 yr olds & had a meeting/craft session this week at the library. While he was in his meeting, my daughter & I read and played games the children’s library lets you check out with a library card. We’ve checked out some movies from the library, too, and had several free movie nights…we’re enjoying Steven Spielberg blockbusters of the ’80’s – The Goonies and Gremlins. It’s neat watching those movies with my kids, knowing I was about their age when I first saw them.

mbw June 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

It may not sound too frugal, but I bought my son and I swim passes for the summer. After nine times of swimming, we are swimming for “free” now and don’t have to think about if we can afford it or not. I always start saving for this early as the pool usually opens Easter for the weekends until school is out, the it is opens daily.

M. David June 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

My wife and I introduced our youngest daughter to the Walgreen’s balance rewards program.

Lou June 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

We went to a community Full Moon concert in the park. Fun! and Free!

Cami June 29, 2013 at 7:04 am

We went to an amusement park where the rides are all 25 cents each.

Kelly D June 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

I took my kids to our local lake & walking trail and we went walking and stopped along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch that I had packed.

Amie Phillips June 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Homemade Flubber (we made ours pink since I have 3 girls). I had all the ingredients on hand so it essentially cost nothing. They LOVED it and are still enjoying it thanks to keeping it in a ziplock bag.

Susannah H June 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

We bought the slip n slide that was on sale for $4 at Toys r us yesterday!

Janice K June 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

We visited the local airport where they let my kids sit in an airplane. Then we ate snacks on their deck and got to see a plane land, take off and land again. All for free :)

Elena Vo June 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

My family and I went fossil-hunting in the nearest park and learned so many great things about our county’s history! Afterwards, we went to my friend’s house to make dirt cakes using ingredients that we bought on clearance at the local store.

Debbie July 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm

We went swimming in our pool.

Gwenda July 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Took a family walk in downtown Bath, ME. to the waterfront park!

Robin July 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

We walked around the car show at the Dairy Queen. My girls love to pick out their favorite cars!

Robin July 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Oh- we also went to Concert Sundaes in the park and enjoyed the fireworks!

p.kopec July 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

we went to the beach

hue dinh July 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I signed up both my kids to swimming lessons, and they also have some swimming pass for free swim, it ‘s a joy for me to watch them have fun in a swimming pool. My older son also signed up the summer reading program at a local library, and my little one just only enjoying the water fun when we staying home :-).

Mia July 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

rented from red box, eat ice cream

amber July 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

we ordered a movie on our DirecTV, but it was free b/c of my points from the Viggle app

smilingme July 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

went to a kid’s festival and got a free goodie bag for both my kids. inside were samples and a kids’ mask. they love Shrek and one of the goodie bag had a Shrek mask!

Melanie July 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Went swimming and boating at the grandparents’ lake cabin!

Nicole T. July 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

We threw a great birthday “swimming” party for my son!

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