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      Free activities for your kids over the summer

      You don't have to drop a bunch of money just to keep your kids busy this summer.

      At the Lake Superior Village community center any child is welcomed to enjoy activities Monday through Friday. It's a free family program run by the YMCA, and they serve free lunch at noon with games and crafts until 4.

      "When they come in, if they want to take music lessons we'll make arrangements for that to happen, Ben Platt will do that," says Lisa Coombs-Gerou, CEO of the YMCA. "Or they can get involved with electronics, there's a big bench in there just full of electronics that the kids can dig into. And, there's supervisors that can help them get involved."

      One of your best resources for summer fun is right outside, playing at a local park. It's often the one most forgotten about, but just a couple hours a day will help give your kids some exercise, and social interaction with other kids.

      If you're looking for something more relaxed and informative try your local library. Kids can participate in regular story times, and a reading program.

      At the Peter White Public library, they have a children area, teen center, movie nights, arts and crafts sessions, and other special programs.

      "Next week the DNR is coming and they're going to be doing a fish dissection," says Sarah Rehborg. "They're going to be bringing in lampreys and letting them suck on the kids hands and there's going to be fishing crafts and activities."

      "This Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Watershed Partnership has donated a program," says Jessica Shirtz of the Carnegie Public Library. "A nature's day camp for ages 6-12 with a parent. They're going to spend a couple hours investigating nature."

      You can also enroll your kids at programs at the YMCA, and you can apply for a scholarship through them to pay for it.