Looking for some inexpensive, air-conditioned options for your kiddos this summer? I normally wouldn’t think of a shopping complex as a great place for kids activities, but in the case of the Augusta Exchange on Robert C. Daniel Parkway, there are a few fun choices this summer:
1. Regal Cinemas: The movie theater in the Augusta Exchange is participating in Regal’s Summer Movie Express: kid-friendly movies for just $1, offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am. Can’t beat that deal! For the full schedule, visit this website: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
2. Michaels Kids Craft Club: This national chain’s Passport to Imagination Kids Craft Club is back this summer. This summer’s theme is about visiting museums around the country and doing crafts inspired by those museums. The website is a bit misleading– it describes the craft club as a two-hour event during which parents can shop the store. Instead, it works more like a drop-in craft area, and I found that they weren’t quite organized enough that parents were able to leave– I ended up needing to help my kids with their crafts, though some older children were able to do it on their own. My kids really enjoyed it, though, so for $2, we’ll be trying it again soon. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm, $2/child. http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-MichaelsUS-Site/Sites-MichaelsUS-Library/default/misc/passport/index.html
ETA: We’ve since attended a second Kids Craft day and it was led by a different staff person who was much more organized. I’m not sure if they rotate staff every day for it or not. I’m hoping we have the same staff there again next time we visit.
3. Chick-fil-A: The Augusta Exchange location is continuing to offer lots of family and kids events. This Thursday, June 26th, from 4pm to 6pm, they are having a “Lemonade Party” where kids can squeeze their own fresh lemonade, and decorate a chef’s apron or hat. http://www.cfarestaurant.com/augustaexchange/events/20140626