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On the Cheap with Julie Henry

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer, here’s a list of free activities that will continue throughout the summer. There are also a few the adults will enjoy:

Saturday and Sunday

• Broadway at the Beach has a new LEGO summer Brickation exhibit that’s open every day during regular business hours (10 a.m.-11 p.m.) through July 17. Admission is free. This interactive exhibit includes a chance to build LEGO bricks and products, participate in games and challenges, and take photos with life-sized LEGO models. It’s set up near the Boardwalk Winery and Margaritaville.

• Every day this summer, kids can bowl for free (two free games per day) at Waccamaw Lanes at 101 Gray Drive. If you want to bowl with your kids, you can buy a family pass for a one-time fee of $24.95. With the family pass, up to 4 family members can also bowl two games per person per day. To get the free bowling vouchers and/or the family pass, you’ll need to sign up at

• On Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon (and every Saturday through July 31) The Market Common will be hosting a Farmers Market on Deville Street (behind Gordon Biersch). Admission is free. They’ll have fresh, locally grown produce and locally caught seafood available for purchase.


• On Wednesdays during the months on June, July and August, The Market Common will be showing free movies in Valor Park. This week’s movie is “Mary Poppins.” The movies start at 9 p.m. Beer, wine, popcorn and candy will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or a chair.


• The City of North Myrtle Beach is holding its Music on Main Concert Series from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Thursday night through Sept. 20. Admission is free. The concerts will either be on Main Street or at The Horseshoe (11 S. Ocean Blvd.). You can find the schedule at


Saturday and Sunday

• 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 that they can use to skate for free (Sunday through Friday until 5:30 p.m.). Skate rental is not included. You’ll need to sign the kids up for the free skating vouchers at


• Every Sunday this summer from 2:-5:00 p.m., the town of Surfside Beach will be holding “Sunday Serenades” in the gazebo in Fuller Park (corner of Surfside Drive and Myrtle Drive). Admission is free. The concerts will feature local acoustical singers and songwriters.