Don’t let the recession suck all of the fun out of your summer. Instead, check out Target’s list of year-round free and discounted events it sponsors across the country (find the list at target.com/arts). In all, 120 venues in dozens of cities offer more than 2,100 days of arts entertainment at little to no cost.
Here are some highlights, but visit the complete list for deals in your own city and state:
Denver: At the Children's Museum, admission is free from 4 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Kids can play firefighter in the mock fire station, shoot hoops, buy groceries at the little market and build objects with real tools (mychildsmuseum.org).
Chicago: The summer-long Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park offers free family-friendly performances and activities every day through Sept. 4 (millenniumpark.org).
Washington, D.C.: For the 19th year, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is staging Free for All summer performances. About 17,000 freeloaders are expected to attend "The Taming of the Shrew" Aug. 27-Sept. 12 at Sidney Harman Hall (shakespearetheatre.org).
Los Angeles: The California African American Museum features free programs on one Sunday each month. Recent lineups have included theater and dance performances and celebrity co-hosts (caamuseum.org).