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‘Frugal and Free’ summer fun tips from Indianapolis Moms

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Kait Baumgartner from Indianapolis Moms joins Daybreak with affordable enjoyment ideas for summertime

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Now that we are solidly into summer, families are searching for fun that’s both cool and low-cost. Indianapolis Moms can offer some help in your search.

“Kids are expensive!” Indianapolis Moms owner Kait Baumgartner told WISH-TV’s Daybreak with a laugh, as she explained the inspiration for the “Frugal and Free Sumer Guide.”

The guide includes at least 30 spots around central Indiana that offer a winning combination of enjoyability and affordability. During our Daybreak conversation, we focused on five.

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First up: The Treehouse in Plainfield.

“This is a huge indoor play area that’s absolutely free to go to. So you can explore, have fun and it’s just an indoor play,” Baumgartner says. “It’s like a big tree and they can go play at the playground.”

Holliday Park in Indianapolis is also on the list. “Start at the Nature Center, go do some hands-on fun activities,” she said. “They have a little tree house in there, pack a lunch, go to the playground, go to the park, check out the ruins and it’s absolutely free.”

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Indianapolis Indians tickets are not free, but Baumgartner says the meal deals are terrific.

“On Sundays, kids eat free. They get a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a Capri Sun,” she explained. She also points out the Tuesday dollar menu and half-price tickets on Wednesdays as great ways to save.

The family fun offered at Daniel’s Vineyard includes something for all ages. “Family trivia is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and that’s free. Also, $5 glasses of wine all day long,” she said.

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The final spot in our Daybreak chat belongs to Regal Theaters, which has a “Summer Movie Express” series.

“Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they have dollar movies,” Baumgartner says. She also points out there’s less of a pocketbook pinch if one of the films does not hit a home run. “Because if you have to leave early, it’s only a dollar.”

For the full Frugal and Fun guide, click here.