Summertime is in full swing. And as fun as that may be for kids, it can leave parents’ wallets longing to hear school bells ring once again.The First Coast has several activities to help kids stay entertained without breaking the bank, including: Music: 14th Annual Music by the Sea Free Concert Series: Pier Park, St. Augustine BeachGrab your family, some seating and settle in for a variety of free musical performances, running from May 11 through October 12, Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Each week, food from a local restaurant is available for purchase, or feel free to bring your own. Taking the trolley is recommended, as parking is limited. Music genres range from Motown to reggae and more. Upcoming concerts include: Wednesday, June 22 - Catch the Groove (Jazz, R&B) Wednesday, June 29 - Chillula (Pop, Dance, Reggae) Wednesday, July 6 - Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue (R&B, pop) Wednesday, July 13 - Jimmy Parish & The Waves (Beach Music) Wednesday, July 20 - Mr. Natural (Classic Rock, R&B)Wednesday, July 27 - The Grapes of Roth (Rock)
Movies:Movies by the Bay: St. Augustine Municipal Arena Don’t miss the Movies by the Bay series, where kids of all ages can enjoy free movies on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.. Bring a chair, blanket and snacks to enjoy these flicks under the stars: Wednesday, June 22 - “The Goonies” Wednesday, June 29 - “Pixels” Wednesday, July 6 - “Norm of the North” Wednesday, July 13 - “Goosebumps”
If there are any Star Wars fans in your family, you won’t want to miss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on August 3rd. Ripley’s Believe it or Not will host a “Star Wars Back To School” party before the movie where guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from Star Wars. The event will be complete with free mini-golf, games and prizes! The Star Wars soiree starts at 7 p.m.Night Owl Cinema: St. Augustine AmphitheatreThis summer, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre transforms into Night Owl Cinema, where guests can enjoy movies for free, with concessions are available for purchase. Gates open at 7 p.m., movies start at 8 and parking is free. Plan a fun and free night to watch:Friday, June 24 - “Minions”Friday, July 15 - “Labyrinth”Friday, July 22 - “Inside Out” More:Apple Camp: St. Johns Town CenterKid ages 8 to 12 can create movies or interactive books in these free workshops at Jacksonville's St. Johns Town Center Apple store. The best part? They can show off their skills by sharing their finished masterpieces at the Apple Camp Showcase afterwards. RSVP required. Space is very limited.2016 Workshops: Coding Games and Programming Robots, Interactive Storytelling, Stories in Motion Cummer Museum & Gardens: RiversideWith more than 5,000 items in the Permanent Collection and 2.5 acres of historic gardens (not to mention the traveling exhibits) every trip to the Cummer Museum is a new experience. There are several ways to enjoy free admission:All guests Tuesdays, 4 to 9 p.m., courtesy of Florida Blue. And the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Weaver FamilyCollege students Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with valid student ID)Military families Any time Memorial Day through Labor Day, available through the Blue Star Museum program
Nocatee Farmers Market: NocateeTo set itself apart from other markets, the Nocatee Farmers Market debuts a unique theme with top notch entertainment every month. Whether it's Jacksonville Jaguars or BMX Experience, families love stopping by for local produce, kids bounce houses & crafts, and meeting new neighbors. Open to the public, Nocatee Farmers Markets are held the third Saturday of each month on the Farmers Market Field at Nocatee Town Center.Summer Nocatee Farmers Markets: July 16 [Wildlife Encounters], August 20 [Sounds of Summer] No matter which activities you choose, remember to stay hydrated and have fun!To learn about affordable new homes available in Nocatee, explore nocatee.com or stop by the Nocatee Welcome Center.