Summer Freebies for Kids
[Updated May 26, 2017] Want to have fun on a budget this summer? Check out these free (and cheap) summer activities to do with your kids (click each link for details).
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Apple Camp and Field Trips for Teachers and Students: Ages 8 to 12 can learn to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video, and creating an original soundtrack. Or, starting this summer, campers can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.
Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp: FREE camps include crafts, shooting gallery, casting pond, family workshops, campfire s’mores, photo, and merit badge workshops–all FREE! Please note that not all activities are available at all Bass Pro Shops. (UPDATE: The website has not been updated for 2017 so check with your local store.)
Home Depot: Hosts Free Kid’s Workshops one Saturday of the month- check the schedule for your local store HERE. Also they have Free Weekly Do-It-Yourself Workshops for older kids or parents including subjects like: How to install tile, Learn to Build a Grilling Cart, and more.
Michael’s: Love to shop at Michael’s? Why not drop the kids off for a little crafting while you shop? While it’s not free, activities are only $2 – $4 per child to reserve 30 minutes for your child to create. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. Click here and select “Kid’s Programs”.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Calendar: Keep track of your child’s reading progress or other summer goals, then take the calendar in to receive 10 FREE tokens. Check with your local store to make sure they participate.
Half Price Books Summer Reading Program: The Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program encourages children to read for at least 15 minutes a day throughout June and July. Once a child has read for 300 minutes, they can turn in their completed reading log to earn a free $5 Half Price Books Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month.
Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. there is a Pottery Barn Kids Story Time where members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first story time, plus a special FREE gift after attending five story times.
Lifeway: Your child can earn a free Bible or book by reading six books and memorizin six Bible verses over the summer. The completed summer reading journal needs to be turned in to a local Lifeway store to receive the freebies.
Check your local library for their reading program as well.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse– 10 different family movies this summer for just $1 per person, or you can buy a pass to see all ten movies for just $5 total ($.50 cents each). Click here to see the movies that are showing.
Megaplex Theaters Kids Summer Movies: Buy a pass online and watch 10 Weeks of movies for only $10. Individual movie tickets may be available at the Box Office or Guest Service Desk at participating Megaplex locations for $1.50 each. Click here for more information. (Sensory-friendly showings are available.)
Kids Skate Free Program: Register and search for participating locations in your area.
Trail Link: Use Trail Link to find local trails where you can go hiking, biking, and more.
Free Fishing: Go fishing! Takemefishing.org has a list by state of free fishing days and you don’t need a license to participate.
Click here for more frugal family fun ideas including these DIY Road Trip Activity Bags!
My e-book Summer Sanity: A Mom’s Guide To A Great Summer is filled with inexpensive and creative ideas to help you stay organized and have fun with your kids on a budget.
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Be sure to also check out my Report Card Freebies List here!