Many school children will be off school, starting today through next week for teacher grading day and fall break. So, I thought I'd put together a list of fun things to do with the kids on the cheap.
Pima County Public Library offers a ton of free activities from Wii gaming to drawing to Lego Club. Check the schedule here for specifics.
A really cool event the library is hosting next week is DIY Fashion Week for teens. The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. October 7 through 11 at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Teens will learn how to repurpose an old t-shirt, crochet with beads, create fashion with duct tape and more. Registration is required.
Call 594-5500 to register.
Here are some other things going on next week.
Monday: Vantage Bowling Centers is offering two hours of unlimited bowling when lanes are available for just $5 for kids up to age 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Vantage Bowling Centers include Lucky Strike, 4015 E. Speedway; Tucson Bowl, 7020 E. 22nd Street; Cactus Lanes, 3665 S. 16th Ave. and Fiesta Lanes, 501 W. River Road. For information, call 327-4926.
Tuesday: Movies are only $1.50 at Century Gateway 12, 770 N. Kolb Road; Crossroads, 4811 E. Grant Road and $1.75 at Oracle View, 4690 N. Oracle Road.
Wednesday: Science Lab: Electricity at Sahuarita Library, 725 W. Via Rancho Sahuarita. Kids ages six and up can learn how an electric circuit works and how to make an electro-magnet using an iron nail and a battery. It's at 3 p.m. Free.
Thursday: Park Place Kids Club at the food court of Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway. Storybook character hour presented by the A-Store and U of A Bookstore. Kids can create a craft and listen to a storybook reading with Maya and Miguel. 10:30 a.m. Free.
Friday: Monster Mash at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Scary snacks and costume contest. There will also be games and crafts. Costumes encouraged, but not required. For kids ages 12 to 19. Runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. 594-5200.
Saturday: Sonoran Desert Kids Club: Butterflies. Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Kids can search for butterflies and caterpillars and learn about the pipevine swallowtail, queen, blues and sulphur butterflies. For kids ages 8 to 12. Free. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Reservations required. Call 615-7855.
Sunday: Third Annual Tucson Pumpkin Toss, University of Arizona Mall, 1607 E. University Blvd. Watch more than a dozen teams from high schools, colleges or non-academic organizations compete to catapult a four pound pumpkin the length of the UA mall. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.