Money's tight and you and the family can't afford a big trip this summer. What do you do?

I'm sure that a "well kids, we are just gonna stay home this summer" isn't going to be sufficient enough an excuse.

Here are five things that you can do with the family that won't take too much time or effort.

1. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL

New roller-coaster this year! If only there was a way for you to go for FREE.

2. Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI

I've got a couple of young kids who have short attention spans. So you can't go wrong with a trip to a free zoo.

3. Main Street in Galena, IL

Voted one of the top Main Streets in the country, Main Street in Galena is perfect for a couples getaway or a girl's night out.

4. Starved Rock State Park in Deer Park Township, IL

Voted the #1 attraction in the state. Waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife. Starved Rock also serves up some serious amenities too! They were just recently voted "best lodge" in the Midwest.

5. "Dash For Cash" with Mountain Dew

97ZOK and Mountain Dew are giving you a chance twice a week to score $97. At the end of the summer someone will win $975! Find out where we will be next.