Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cheap or Free for Summer

Stunt RanchSummer is around the corner and in Central Texas, that means fun! For most parents and Girl Scout troop leaders, fun on a budget is the best kind of fun. Enjoy these 10 cheap or free options for your summer vacation.
Recommended by Keep Austin Beautiful, the Farmers' Market is both a volunteer and a shopping opportunity. Either way, your support will help reduce landfills in Central Texas. This opportunity starts June 2 and continues for many Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Celebrate our country's birthday at Fort Hood. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and the fireworks spectacular is at 9:30 p.m. A photo ID is required but admission is free.

Bring your picnic blanket, water bottles, snacks and the whole family to enjoy an evening with everyone's favorite orphan, Annie! Admission is free and parking is just $3 per car. Tip: arrive early to get the best spot on the hill.

Shiver me timbers and come see Austin Summer Musical for Children’s production of The Pirates of the Pedernales. The show is free and open to the community. 

Explore the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts like never before: with Girl Scouts! For only $35 per girl, your Girl Scout Daisies-Juniors can enjoy a full week of twilight camp. Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors who serve as Program Aides participate for free.

Ongoing: Tour a Fire Station
Many fire stations will provide tours to the public for free. Take your aspiring firefighter to get up close and personal with your local heroes. To get you started, here's tour information for Austin and College Station.

Starting at just $10 per tent, your group or family can hang out on Lake Brownwood this summer. Chill out in nature or challenge yourself by really roughing it. Email for reservations.

Art Center Waco is housed in the historic, Mediterranean-style, William Cameron summer home. Admission is just $2 for adults, $1 for kids ages 5-12 and free for little ones under 5. 

Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m., admission to the museum is by donation (suggested $1 per person).

Explore art at the University of Texas' Blanton. Every Thursday, admission is free!

On the first Saturday of the month, Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo boasts kids' art activities, live music and more! Admission is free.

Enjoy your summer!

-Cheryl Black

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