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Enjoy summer activities on a budget

— Summer is here, and once the novelty of sleeping in late and homework-free days wear off, parents will start hearing the “I’m bored,” refrain.

Highlands Today has compiled a list of affordable, family-friendly things parents can do with their children. Some of these are special deals while others are free activities.

Summer kids series at Carmike Lakeshore 8:

The movie theater at Lakeshore Mall, Sebring, is showing kids’ movies Thursdays at 10 a.m., as part of its summer kids series, and the $4 admission a person includes the ticket, a kid’s drink and a kid’s popcorn.

It’s open to all ages. Theater officials say there are no commercials before the movie and it starts promptly at 10 a.m.

Here is the schedule of what is being shown: June 19, “Turbo;” June 26, “Despicable Me;” July 3, “Despicable Me 2;” July 10, “Nut Job;” July 17, “Lego Movie;” July 24, “Rio;” July 31, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman;” Aug. 7, “Rio 2.”

On Stimulus Tuesdays, a small popcorn, small drink and candy costs $2 each at the theater.

Summer kids series at B&B Sebring Fairmount Square:

B&B movie theater at Fairmount Square, Sebring, will be showing the following kids movies at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $1 a person.

Here is their lineup: June 26, “Kung Fu Panda;” July 3, “Despicable Me 2;” July 10, “Rio;” July 17, “Ice Age 3;” July 24, “The Croods;” July 31, “Madagascar 3.”

“Play Your Way” Thursdays:

Game Time arcade at Lakeshore Mall has “Play Your Way” from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. For $10 a person, patrons can enjoy unlimited play between those hours on most games. There are no tickets given out.

The company’s web site describes it as a “cheap arcade binge.” Those who have a VIP card, or have bought 1,000 tokens in total, are allowed access an earlier hour on Thursdays.

Children’s Museum of the Highlands:

The children’s museum on Ridgewood Drive in Sebring offers discounted admission as part of Thrifty Thursdays. Entry fee is $3 a person from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Admission is free on the second Friday of every month between 5 and 8 p.m.

Pool time:

The three high school pools are open for swimming. Admission is $2.50 a person.

Here are the hours:

Sebring High School, 1-4 p.m. from Monday through Sunday; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lake Placid High School, 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Avon Park High School, 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kids bowl free

Sign up for two free games for kids at Heartland Bowl from Mondays through Saturdays during the summer when open bowling is available by going to kidsbowlfree.com/ heartland.

Registration is open to children age 15 and under. Shoe rental costs extra. Parents can also sign up to four adult people and get two games as well for $24.95.

The bowling alley also offers kosmic bowling from 9:30 p.m. through midnight on for $10 a person on Fridays and Saturdays, and includes lights, music and two-and-a-half hours of bowling. Heartland Bowl also has deals on Sundays. Call 382-2643 for information.

Read like a champ:

Highlands County’s three public libraries return with their incentive reading program.

Kids who sign up, pledge to read a certain number of hours per week, and get reading log to keep track of their books. They get goodies for reading.

The libraries have planned special events too.

At the Avon Park Public Library, here are some of June events:

Reptile Discovery at 11 a.m. June 21. Bruce Shwedick, curator of reptiles at Cypress Gardens, will bring some of his slithery and scaly friends.

“Water, Water, Everywhere” at 11 a.m. June 26. The Southwest Florida Water Management District will talk about hydrology and there will be a fun surprise activity.

Musical Petting Zoo, at 11 a.m. July 12: Professional musician Denise Isaacson will tell the difference among many musical instruments.

Butterfly Gardens, 3 p.m. July 15: Master Gardener David Austin will talk about butterflies and their favorite flowers.

Mad Science: Up, Up and Away: Learn about air and pressure. Kids will do fun experiments.

The library also shows movies at 2 p.m. every Saturday. Beginning on June 11, the library shows a free documentary at 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Call the library at 452-3803 for more information.

The Lake Placid Memorial Library has these special events planned:

June 25, 1 p.m.—David Austin, county agricultural extension service: How to grow butterfly gardens

July 9, p.m. — Reading Boom! with Miss Kathy: Readings and surprising liquids, solids and gases

July 16, 1 p.m. — Fun Day at the Farm/by Happiness Farms: Readings, activities and crafts

July 23, 1 p.m. — Anne Reynolds — Archaeology: The science of digging

Free children’s movies will be shown at 3 p.m., following the programs

At the Sebring Public Library, here are the events planned:

June 27, 1 p.m.: Whacky wonders of Florida weather with Daniel Noah.

July 10, 1 p.m.: Butterfly gardening with David Austin.

July 18, 1 p.m.: Library Jungle sleepover. Kids are invited to come in their PJs, and bring a stuffed animal. There is a surprise guest.

July 24, 1 p.m.: Dress up as a mad scientist for this “fun celebration of science and geekdom.”

Aug. 2, 2 p.m. ‘50s sock hop featuring live band at the Sebring Civic Center. Dress in 1950s style. There will be contests, dancing and refreshments.

Free children’s movies will be shown after the programs.