couple of thoughts on the subjec of what is cheep for those "middle age" kids. If you community has a summer program for kids you know in the parks with arts and crafts, your kids can either attend or volenteer as "aides". Homeless shelters,they can help tutor or keep kids occupied. When I was young I can remember detasseling corn for local farmers but I was never successfull talking my own kids into it.4-H even for city kids. any other suggestions for cheep and or free things for kids in those awkward ages,too old for day care too young to work? Let us know.