Summer can be expensive. Camps, vacations and summer outings can add up quick. Fortunately, there are free entertainment and inexpensive entertainment options in the Upstate.

Summer Movie Express: Regal Cinemas offers $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. This summer’s movies include Hop, Curious George, Sing and The Lego Movie. The movie schedule is available online at NCG Cinema in Spartanburg shows free movies select days of the week at 9:30 a.m. Find the schedule and list of movies at The cities of Greer, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest also show free movies in the park throughout the summer.

Kids Bowl Free this summer at Spare Time Entertainment in Greenville and Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg. Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling each day during the summer. If you want to bowl with your kids, a family pass is available for $29.95.

Miniature golf is a summer entertainment staple. In Greenville, bring your own ball and putters to McPherson Park where you can play 18 holes of miniature golf. In Spartanburg, you can borrow a putter and ball from one of four downtown businesses: The Local Hiker, Growler Haus, Paisley Paw or Little River Coffee Bar. The adorable nine-hole course pays tribute to iconic Spartanburg sites.

For kids, sometimes the simplest things are the most fun. Take a ride on the downtown trolley in Greenville. It’s free. You can find a schedule with run times at

Looking for a free date night? The Upstate Shakespeare Festival returns to Falls Park with “The Winter’s Tale” running through June 17 and “The Taming of the Shrew” from July 15 - July 29. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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