Summer's almost here, which means the clock is ticking on lining up activities for the kids. Do yourself -- and your budget -- a favor, and don't spend a ton of money to keep them busy.
Instead, take advantage of all the free and cheap summer programs offered by local and national businesses. They will keep your kids reading, bowling, making movies, watching movies and touring museums -- all without breaking the bank of mom or dad.
On top of that, Triangle-area libraries are kicking off free summer reading programs that reward kids -- and in some cases, adults -- for reading. Free book bags, stickers, weekly rewards and prizes, story hours, puppet shows, book clubs and contests are all in the works. Call your local library for details.
If you know of any summer-on-the-cheap programs, please leave a comment below so I can add it to the list.