Doing more for less money along the Grand Strand

By Julie Henry

For The Sun News

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As always, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to continue to find ways to have more fun while spending less money. If that’s on your list as well, here are some events that will help get you started:

Saturday and Sunday (12/26-12/27)

The 35th annual Beach Ball Classic basketball tournament begins on Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and runs through December 31. General admission tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the convention center. Go to http://www.beachballclassic.com/ for the schedule.

Tuesday (12/29)

The Chapin Memorial Library is showing a family movie with sing-a-long from 4-6 p.m. Admission is free. All ages are welcome, but adults must be accompanied by at least one child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will be singing along to the movie Frozen.

Thursday (12/31)

The Market Common is ringing in the new year with a Southern Times Square street party.

Admission is free. This event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., includes live music, food vendors, a beer garden, a ball drop and fireworks. HTC will also be streaming the party in Times Square live beginning at 9 p.m. on the jumbo screen.

The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is holding a Noon Year’s Eve Bash. This event is free with paid museum admission ($8 for adults and kids ages 2+) or membership. There will be confetti cannons, music, art activities and more. The doors open at 9 a.m.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is throwing a New Year’s Eve Bash beginning at 7 p.m. If you get there before 8:45, admission is free. Otherwise, tickets are $15 ($5 if you buy a t-shirt or winter apparel from their retail shop). This event includes live entertainment, free party favors and a midnight margarita shooter.

Saturday (1/2)

From 9 a.m. to noon, all Home Depot locations are holding a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a Kung Fu Panda 3 spinning box.

Julie Henry is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap. http://www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com/