On the Cheap | Inexpensive activities abound in June to keep kids occupied


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. There are a few for adults, as well:

June 14

On Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m., Hard Rock Cafe is holding a Birthday Bash to celebrate the opening of the first Hard Rock Cafe in London in 1971. There will be live music, mascot appearances, free cupcakes from Coccadotts, 71-cent burgers for first responders and military personnel, a chance to see the NASCAR Racing Experience race car and police and fire vehicles, performers from Legends in Concert giveaways and more. Admission is free.

June 15

Fun Warehouse at 2349 Dick Pond Road is participating in a national Kids Skate Free program this summer for kids ages 10 and under. Each week, the kids will get passes they can use to skate for free (Monday and Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m.). Skate rental is not included. You’ll need to sign up your kids for the free skating vouchers at http://kidsskatefree.com/.

June 16

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 until 10:20. This week’s movie is “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (PG). Go to www.stonetheatres.com/#/summer-movie-magic-grand-14/4584033968 for the complete schedule.

June 18

On most Thursdays through Aug. 6, 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 “Frozen.” Go to www.surfsidebeach.org/events/2015_events/movie_after_dark_2015.pdf for the schedule.

On the third Thursday of every month (June, July and August) from 7-10 p.m., The Market Common will be putting on free concerts in Valor Park. Bring a blanket or chairs.

June 20

From noon to 5 p.m., La Belle Amie Vineyard at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River is holding a First Blush of Summer Fest. Admission is $8, but if you bring three canned goods to be donated to local food banks, they’ll give you a $3 discount. The festival includes live music, wine tasting, a gift shop, food and drink vendors, and a vineyard tour.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.