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Keeping kids busy this summer on a budget

by: Julie Grauert, Jesse Grossi Updated:

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The end of the school year is just around the corner and keeping your kids busy can get expensive fast. A recent report found it can cost more than $600 to entertain one child for the summer.

Audrey McClelland is a mother of five and the founder of momgenerations.com, she said "the key things for families is to know what is around the cities that you love and live near and to be able to use that as great getaways."

Audrey shared her top spots for affordable family fun right on our own back yard: 

PAW SOX

A trip to Fenway Park can cost hundreds of dollars.  Audrey told us her alternative is a night at the Pawtucket Red Sox. 

Tickets for adults are $9 and $6 for children.  Future Red Sox players are at bat and sometimes current players hit the field too. 

LOCAL BEACHES

A trip to the Cape or the islands can be pricey, a day at a local beaches around Boston can be just as fun and Audrey said they even offer some freebies. She encourages parents to check out the beaches' websites, often there are free concerts and events going on:

Revere Beach

Hampton Beach

Castle Island

Hull 


A DAY IN THE CITY

Audrey says with some planning you can take all the fun of the city in without spending a fortune.

The Freedom Trail can be walked for free without having to pay for the guided tours.   

She brings her five kids to Faneuil Hall for the day where there is food for every palette and free music and activities. 

While you're in Boston you can have a picnic on the common and cool off at the frog pond's spray park.  There is no charge to beat the heat there. 

Boston Frog Pond

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The Freedom Trail