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The lazy days of summer are quickly approaching. But what's a parent to do when the kids won't let you get too lazy, but you don't want to spend a lot of money entertaining them?

Well, here are some ideas: 5 things to do in metro Milwaukee this summer for under $5!

1. Take in a movie.

The Marcus Theatres Kids Dream Summer Film Series is showing kid-favorite movies throughout the summer at participating locations for just $3 per person. Popcorn and fountain drinks are also available for just $2.75. A much more affordable than usual way to enjoy a day at the movies! 

Check out the schedule of flicks here.

2. Beat the heat.

What better way is there to enjoy a hot summer's day than to cool off with some water play and then have some ice cream?

Bayshore Town Center is the place to go. The outdoor mall has a fountain where the kids can play and get soaked to their hearts' content. Then, as they dry off, you can take a short stroll over to Kilwins for an ice cream cone. Bonus -- on Wednesdays, you can upgrade your ice cream from a dish or cake cone to a waffle cone for free.

3. Fly a kite.

According to Scott Fisher at Gift of Wings kite store (with locations on the lakefront, in Greendale and in Franklin), Veterans Park, at 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, is one of the best kite-flying parks in the country. Why not grab your kids, their kites, head down to the lake, and try it out?

Oh, and after you've enjoyed your kite-flying for awhile, head into Gift of Wings for an ice cream cone!

4. Read, read, read!

It's always a good idea to encourage the kids to read over the summer -- gotta keep up those reading skills when there's no school in session. But, if you sign up for the Milwaukee Public Library's Summer Reading Program, you'll receive another perk for all those minutes logged reading -- free or discounted tickets to tons of local family hot spots, such as festivals, fairs, museums and even restaurants.

5. Take a dip.

The Milwaukee County Park System has nine outdoor pools to enjoy over the summer, and the price is definitely right! Only $3 for adults and $2 for kids (ages 3-11).

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