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6 Cheap Fun Things to Do with Kids Before the Summer Ends

BY: EDITORIAL TEAM | 6.30.2017 |

Maybe you're running out of ideas for kids' activities. Or maybe they're so overscheduled with camps and sports that you're worried they're missing out on good old-fashioned summer fun. Whatever the case may be, we've rounded up six cheap fun things to do with kids before that first school bell rings.

Since this is Groupon, our editors have hunted through our vast inventory of deals to find the very best ways to save on everything you do this summer. To illustrate how quickly those savings add up, we'll be showing you a featured deal in each category, then tracking the total money you'd save if you followed a similar itinerary in your town for summer activities for kids. Check it out:

1. Ride a Rollercoaster

Featured deal: Admission to Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, starting at $33.99

Savings for a family of four: $26 ($13/person)

About Lake Compounce Founded all the way back in 1846, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in America. Older kids will enjoy thrill rides such as the Phobia Phear Coaster, a triple-launch rollercoaster that features a heart-stopping "cobra roll" 150 feet in the air. For the younger set, head to Kiddieland, where you'll find more than 20 rides aimed at children 5 and under.

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2. Catch an Outdoor Movie

Featured deal: Admission to the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, VA, starting at $7.75/person

Savings for a family of four: $17.50 saved on a family four-pack of admissions

About the Family Drive-In Theatre: The only thing retro about this theatre is the drive-in presentation. Aside from that, it's equipped with a modern digital projection system, surround sound, and a lineup of current and soon-to-be blockbusters such as Despicable Me 3 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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3. Attend a Local Festival

Featured deal: Admission to the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, starting at $5/person

Savings for a family of four $20 saved on a four-pack of admissions

About the Great New York State Fair: From August 23 through September 4, the New York State Fairgrounds will be packed with dozens of food vendors, numerous livestock shows, and more than 60 carnival rides. Also set to appear are major musical acts, including the Beach Boys, Three Doors Down, and LeAnn Rimes.

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4. Go for Ice Cream

Savings for a family of four: $10 ($5/per deal for two cups)
About Penguin Ice Cream: Part of the fun of ordering the Thai-style ice cream rolls at this popular Manhattan shop is watching the work that goes into shaping them. As one Groupon customer put it, "Watching the ice cream being made and coming to life before my eyes was an incredible experience."
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5. Zip Down a Waterslide

Featured deal: Admission to Summer Waves Water Park on Jekyll Island, GA, starting at $15

Savings for a family of four: $19.80 ($4.95/person)

About Summer Waves Water Park: A 4.8/5 rating with more than 3,400 reviews makes this one of our best-rated waterpark deals, and it's easy to see why. There's something for everyone, from the thrilling five-story Pirate's Passage slide to a Shark Tooth Cave restricted to kids under 52".

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6. Visit a Museum

Featured deal: $16 for an admission and special exhibit package at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Savings for a family of four: $22 ($11/person)

About the American Museum of Natural History: About 5,000,000 visitors stroll through this massive museum's 45 exhibition halls, making it not only one of the largest museums in the world, but also one of the most popular. Color our users impressed: the museum currently boasts an incredible 5/5 rating with more than 1,800 reviews. This deal includes access to the current exhibition ¡Cuba!, which explores the Caribbean nation's beautiful wildlife and distinctive culture.

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Total Savings

If a family of four did all the cheap fun things to do with kids on this list, or found a comparable Groupon deal near them in each case, they would save about $163 this summer. The bottom line is, if you're looking for things to do with kids, it pays to check Groupon first.

Editorial Team
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