Now that school’s out, you’re probably looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. Here’s a list of free and cheap activities that might help. Most are kid-friendly; there are a few for adults, as well:
• On Saturday and Sunday, the Native Sons Salt Games will take place at the old Pavilion site (between Eighth and Ninth avenues North at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk) and on the beach out front from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free for spectators; there are some fees if you want to participate. This event includes beach yoga, a paddleboard race, a beach volleyball tournament, tug-o-war, a bikini contest, a CrossFit competition, lifeguard challenges, live music, beer trucks and more.
• On Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m., Bass Pro Shops is holding a Family Summer Camp. Admission is free. This event includes free craft activities, free workshops (archery, bird watching, camping, shooting, fishing, and more), free homemade ice cream (Saturdays only), a free family photo, and other free activities (shooting range, shooting arcade, a catch and release pond, and more). Go to http://www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com/2014/06/free-family-summer-camp-bass-pro-shops/ for the schedule.
• Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common will be showing free kids’ movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. throughout the summer. They’ll also be selling popcorn and drinks for $1 each. This week’s movie is “The Croods.” Go to http://www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com/2014/05/free-summer-movies-grand-14-cinema/ for the complete schedule.
• On Thursdays through August 14, the Town of Surfside Beach will be showing “Movies After Dark” at 9 p.m. at Martin Field. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Rookie of the Year.” Go to http://www.surfsidebeach.org/events/movies_after_dark_2014_flyer.pdf for the complete schedule.
• On Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Children’s Museum of South Carolina at 2204 N. Oak St., is holding a Fun Family Luau. Admission is $1 (free for members). This event includes craft activities, music, games, prizes, and more.
• Art in the Park, an art show put on by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, will be held in Chapin Park on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Local artists will be displaying a variety of artwork, including paintings, woodwork, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery, and stonework.
JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap. http://www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com/