Published: May 14, 2010 11:50 AM EDT

There are several affordable options to keep your kids busy this summer without breaking the bank!

Let's start with activities that are completely free.

The library offers programs and events where kids can explore a love for learning!

Plus, you can check out books, dvd's and cd's to keep the kids busy at home.

All of it is free.

There are many local churches that offer Vacation Bible Schools and church camps for free.

And depending on your child's age, there are possibly volunteer opportunities this summer in our community where they can spend the day giving back.


Some low cost options include local craft stores like Joann Fabrics and Michaels.

Your child can learn how to sew, scrapbook, and create other arts and crafts.

Classes start around $35.

The American Red Cross offers babysitting training for kids 11 and older.

It's $55 and once your child has this vital training, they could even make money this summer.

Speaking of a summer job, the Red Cross also offers lifeguard and swimming classes at a low cost too!


If you're searching for a traditional camp experience, the parks and rec departments in Lee, Charlotte and Collier county are the best resource!

They offer many different opportunities starting as low as $40!


They'll get to participate in sports, swimming, camping...and a camp for children with special needs is also available.

More information:

American Red Cross Offers:

Babysitter Training Class for $55

11 years of age or older, Class in May, July and August

Provides youth with the skills every parent wants in a babysitter including safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency action skills. Youth must be 11-years-old by the last day of class to receive a certificate. The course costs $55.

The Lee County Chapter is also offering a babysitting CPR course. This class is offered seperately for $35, or in conjunction with the babysitting course for a combined price of $80. (CPR is subject to scheduling).


Lifeguard and Water Safety Training Classes on the Weekdays and Weekends:

Lee county Parks and Rec have a number of affordable summer camps. If you register online you save 10%

Day Camps, Specialty Camps, Special Needs Camps, Junior Lifeguard Program

Starting as low as $40 and up...

You could also get your family a Lee County pool pass for an entire year for 85 dollars, Daily fees start at $1.50 per person

Collier county parks and rec:

Camps start at $66 per week

Charlotte County is offering it's Summer Safari Camp Program, it starts May 26th: It's $350 the entire summer and there are discounts for each additional child. Weekly rates are also available.