Yesterday I shared some ideas of how you could get started exploring your community as a Hometown Traveler. Today I’m going to expound on that a bit and give you tips so you can find what’s happening in your area so you don’t miss out on any fun.
Pick up a paper.
Find out what day your paper advertisers weekend or upcoming weekly events. If your local area paper is online you can check their website for upcoming free, low-cost or interesting events.
Sign up for Newsletters.
Many attractions have newsletters that are sent periodically announcing special events that they may offer. This is a great way to find out about free or community events.
Check out your favorite attractions on Facebook or Twitter.
Social Media is my favorite channel for finding out what’s going on in my community and also a great place to find out last minute details. I know some places haven’t caught on to the value of internet marketing so it an attraction that you want to follow doesn’t have an online presence right now, be patient, they probably will….eventually.
If you’re concerned about clogging up your Facebook page or Twitter stream, don’t fret. Both social media sites allow you to make lists so you can manage your accounts and stay up to date with the local happenings.
Libraries Offer More than Books
Our local library is a hub of excitement. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement but it is a great place for free programs- especially during the summer when many locations offer the Summer Reading Program. Call for a library program, check online or stop by your local library to learn about the speakers and events they offer.
While you’re checking out your library, consider the local book stores. They may offer poetry readings.
Bowl for Free
Do you have a nearby bowling alley? If so, it’s worth checking to see if they participate in the Kids Bowl Free program.
Many local cinemas also offer inexpensive family friendly movies over the summer. Some offer inexpensive movies all the time. We have a movie theater that typically charges $1 for movies. We rarely watch a new release, instead we opt to wait until it migrates to the ‘dollar theater’ which saves our family some big bucks.
Do you have a local theater? Ours offers inexpensive and free seating for their summer concert series which often consists of shortened orchestra and organ playing.
Party in the Park
Many parks offer special events during the summer months. It could be exercise classes, a concert series, Shakespeare, art classes or guided hikes.
Other Avenues for Finding the Latest and Greatest Events in your Community
Check out the local churches that often offer Vacation Bible School programs for the kids during the summer months and regular bible studies throughout the year.
Find out what’s going on at your local charities and lend a helping hand.
Do you have a local art museum or gallery? Find out if they have guest speakers or offer a lecture series.
What about upcoming festivals? Contact your state tourism office and ask if they offer a listing of all upcoming festivals in your state. They may not all be local, but most festivals are often free or inexpensive and a great source of fun, family friendly entertainment.
There are some ideas to get you started. Now it’s your turn- what sources to you use to find out what’s happening in your community?
This week, I’m joining several bloggers and participating in a Summer Bucket List series hosted by Honey of the Sunflower Schoolhouse. We’re each sharing ideas to help your family maximize your summer fun. I hope you’ll stop by the other blogs and see what fun ideas they are offering as well.
Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse
Joy @ My Home In The Smokies
Jeniffer & Melissa @ Sisters ‘N Cloth
Tara @ Feels Like Home Blog
Lisa @ Creativlei
Nancy @ Proverbs 31 Jewels
Jennifer @ Teaching Boys
Kelli @ Adventurez In Child’rearing
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