By DARLENE HILSENBECK
School is almost out and that familiar cry will soon be heard: “When do my kids go back to school?” I don’t know of many families these days who have access to unlimited funds so here are some activities that your kids can participate in this summer that are hopefully not too cost prohibitive.
Fathers Day at Zoo is June 15. Dads are free.
June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Friday Night Movie Nights at zoo; $5 admission after 5 p.m.
Louisville Bats Kids Club, $20 and your child gets free admission to every home game Sundays, a backpack, free jersey, and free voucher for carousel ride or speed pitch and they get to run the bases after each Sunday game.
Free, registered kids receive two free games per day all summer long. For more information and lanes near you go to kidsbowlfree.com Hoosier Lanes Strike and Spare in New Albany is participating.
Bass Pro Shop
Offers free family summer camps that include arcades, carousel rides, and discovery displays that include ant farms, bird watching, and more. You can call the Bass Pro Shop in Clarksville at 812-218-5500 for more information.
Also, check out the new Kid’s Adventure Club. Stop by customer service and sign your child up. One time fee of $10. Membership kit includes membership card, the current months animal cards and an adventure box to add future cards.
Jeffersonville Free Public Library and Clarksville Library offer a good selection of free activities like story times, game days, etc. Most all of the activities are free. For more information call the library at 812-285-5630 for the Main Library or 812-285-5640 at the Clarksville Branch.
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library offers free activities for young and old. For more information call the library at 812-944-8464.
Falls of the Ohio State Park has many different activities over the summer months like Free Fishing June 7 at Sam Peden Community Park in New Albany and summer camps for kids-cost involved. For more info call 812-280-9970.
Jeffersonville Parks Department
Summer Program offers an assortment of programs and activities. It’s not free but the cost is worth it and they feed them breakfast and lunch.
June 16-July 11, ages 8-11; Cost $80 (Camp only); four-week program provides many activities for kids grade three through six. Participants will travel to the Aquatic Center on Wednesdays and field trips every Friday. Transportation provided. Call 812-285-6444 with questions.
Kids In Parks: Free program introduces children to creative play through physical activity in four Jeffersonville Parks. This program is only from 10 a.m. to noon each day.
Park locations to be determined.
Week 1 — June 30-July 3; Week 2 — July 7-11; Week 3 — July 14-18; Week 4 — July 21-25
Register at jeffparks.org. Call Program Director Nikki Dillon with questions at 502-639-3293.
New Albany Parks Department will have a wonderful guide available in print form and also in downloadable form. Lots of activities for kids like Saddle up and Ride, Pennies for Piggy’s, Girly Club, and so much more. For more information call the office at 812-938-5333 or download the guide at cityofnewalbany.com/home/290-summer-recreation-guilde
Vacation Bible School
Most every church in every town holds vacation Bible School. Enroll your children in some of the local programs, volunteer to help out! Most are free but most will take donations to help cover their costs.
You and your children can volunteer at local animal shelters, local charities, soup kitchens.
— Questions or comments can be sent to Darlene Hilsenbeck at MakingCentswithDarlene@gmail.com