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City of Pasadena
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Five ways to stay entertained this summer for less than five dollars
Summer entertainment costs can add up quickly. When you factor in the expense of gas, tickets/admission, food and the occasional souvenir, an afternoon out can easily become expensive.
But for a day of affordable fun, the City of Pasadena has several options. Here are five ways to stay entertained for five dollars or less:
1) Visit one of Pasadena’s pools. Between the three locations, there’s a pool open every day. It’s a great way to cool off from the summer heat, and with the water slides – including the three news ones at Strawberry Park – it is like having a water park just down the street from you. Admission is only $1.25 per Pasadena resident; for a family of four, that’s hours of entertainment for only $5.
2) Go to the Armand Bayou Nature Center. The Center is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the nation, and it is here in Pasadena. You can explore different ecosystems, hike the trails, see animals, go bird-watching, tour a farm house from the 1890s and more. No matter what your age, admission is less than $5. Tickets for kids (ages 4-12) or seniors (age 60 or older) are $2, and adult (ages 13-59) admission is $4. Kids under the age of three are free. Or, if you go during the afternoon on Sunday, June 17 or Sunday, July 15, admission is free for everyone!
3) Instead of renting a movie or going to the theater, come to the Friends Bookstore at the Pasadena Public Library or stop by their upcoming book sale on Saturday, June 9, and buy new movies for only $1 each. These movies provide the same hours of entertainment as movies at the theater, but for a fraction of the price. You can also stock up on books: hard cover books are $1 and paperback books are 50 cents.
4) Who needs a gym with all of the parks, walking trails, basketball courts and recreation facilities in Pasadena? For instance, the Strawberry Tennis Center offers 15 lighted tennis courts, a practice wall, lockers, showers and bathrooms. The court fees are only $2 per hour, Mon. through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or $3 any other time.
5) Seniors can enjoy lunch and a movie each month at the Madison Jobe Senior Center. Dates and movie titles vary, but the cost is $2 and lunch is served at 11 a.m. For kids and adults, the Pasadena Public Library and our recreation centers also host movie nights, where you can come enjoy snacks and a movie for free. For schedules and other details, visit fun.pasadenatexas.net.