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Take advantage of free summer fun with these ideas
By Penny Heater
Jul 16, 2009 - 3:15:51 PM

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Most of the time I love getting free stuff; the one exception being the ever-flowing free advice from my husband on how to better my driving.

You can only imagine my joy and deep longing to give my own free advice when in the course of one hour he recently rammed the back end of my SUV into the boat trailer, (big dent in bumper) and then, less than 20 minutes later, forgot his truck was behind him as he backed the boat down our driveway only to feel the raised boat motor ramming into the trucks hood, (even bigger dent). While I could barely contain myself, I would hate to leave my children motherless, so I stopped short of offering my own free driving advice.

Free fun is always tops on my must finds for summer and this year I have been able to find a few new favorites, like the free Kids Workshops at The Home Depot. While the age range is for 5-12, our 3 year old loved it. Not only is the lesson free, you get a kit to complete the project yourself totally free. And we’re not talking cheapy little projects. We have built a wooden birdhouse and can hardly wait to make the upcoming bean bag toss game in September. The classes start at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at all Home Depot locations. Visit for a list of upcoming projects.

Just when I think I can’t love the library system any more, they go and add yet another awesome program. So when you are visiting the free summer story time one Monday morning stop by the desk and check out a pass for free admission for two adults and accompanying children to the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center by just presenting your library card. The best part: you can enjoy a summer event that creates no sticky hands and requires no sweating or bug spray. Ahh air conditioning…

And all summer free fun doesn’t have to be about the kids. Parents with a funny bone can enjoy a free improv class at Theatre 99, home to the hilarious Have Nots. Space is limited to 15 so move quickly to get signed up at

As you are out and about enjoying these newly found freebies, if you happen to see a blue truck in the parking lot with a strange deep V gash down the hood, be sure to say hello to my husband and son, just don’t mention the gash. That’s my free advice.

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