Do you have big plans for the family this summer? You may need to get a second job, as entertainment has become quite expensive. Theme parks and summer camps have become ridiculously over-priced. Even taking the family to a movie is outrageous.

Parents spend an average of $170 a week to entertain their kids during the summer, according to a new study. Once they're back in school, it drops to $66 a week.

U.S. News has a list of 12 free or low-cost summer activities, which include picnics in the park, camping, free concerts and children's movies, and traditional indoor and outdoor games.

If you live in the Greater Portland area, Macaroni Kid is a great resource for free or frugal things to do with the kids. There are also Macaroni Kid organizations for the Seacoast, Nashua, New Hampshire and other parts of New England. To find activities in your area, go to and type in the name of your city/town.

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