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Summer on a Budget in Philadelphia

As the weather heats up, parents and children across the city are looking for ways to cool off and have fun while school is out. Parents are hoping that this summer fun won’t break the bank. In Philadelphia, there are plenty of ways to spend a little while having a lot of fun. There are many ways to have summer fun including events, low-cost activities, and ways to splurge without going over the top. This three-part series will begin with free and cheap events going on in Philadelphia this summer.

Let’s start with free; as there are plenty of things to do in Philadelphia this summer at no cost.

1. Movies in the Park: Parks across the city are hosting free movie viewings, all you need is a blanket or chair (and some bug spray just in case). Find the full list here and remember many have food trucks if you want to sample a taste of the city.

2. Welcome America: The Wawa Welcome America Festival has many activities the week of July 4th. The festival culminates with a huge festival and concert on the parkway that is completely free to attend. Learn more here.

3. Free Concert Series: The Mann Center offers its Young Peoples' Concert Series. Pastorious Park has a weekly concert series. And Penns Landing has several concerts, some of which end with firework. All at no cost to you.

Everything in the summer can't be free, but there are ways to have fun for just a few dollars.

1. Ice Cream Fest: For just seven dollars per person, you can cool off with all you can eat ice cream at Penn's Landing from July 4-6. You can rest easy knowing all the money goes to charity, and walking from vendor to vendor will help you burn calories. Learn more here.

2. Museums: The Please Touch Museum is offering $2 admission the first Wednesday of each month, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art allows patrons to pay what the wish on Sundays. A nice way to get some air conditioning and work in some summer learning.

3. Night Markets: The Food Trust's Night Market bring food truck vendors to different neighborhoods around the city. Patrons can come out, sample different foods, and enjoy an evening strolling and trying something new. Learn more here.

4: The Movies: While the movies is usually not an option when the budget is tight, Regal Cinemas is offering family friendly movies for $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long. See the list of movies and theaters here.

There are so many ways to have fun in Philadelphia while keeping to a budget. Next time we will look at all the free activities going on daily in the city. Happy Summer!

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