2015 List of Summer Activities for Kids **Either FREE or Super Cheap**
Summer is here!
If you are looking for ways to keep the kiddos entertained this summer (without breaking the bank) check out our list of FREE or super cheap things to do with kids!
American Girl Stores:
Check out the American Girl Reading Program. American Girl stores will have special reading events throughout the summer where you can listen to a story, create a special bookmark, and more.
Barnes & Noble
All kids that read 8 books this summer can score a FREE Book from Barnes and Noble!
Step 1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.
Offer valid from May 19th and September 7th, 2015.
Sylvan Learning Centers
Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. In this program, your children read books and then take a simple 10-question comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book. The points can be traded in for prizes in their Prize Library.
Christian Book Stores
This summer Family Christian Bookstores are offering Free Summer Reading Program.
To earn a Free $10 Savings Pass, have your child read 6 Christian books and complete a book report for each title. Bring all 6 book reports to a Family Christian store to get a $10 Savings Pass. This Savings Pass can be used on any purchase of $10 or more. Valid for children 12 and under!
Chuck E. Cheese
Your children can earn 10 FREE tokens every time the 2-week reading chart is filled out. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free tokens.
Half Price Books
During the months of June and July, if a child reads or a young child is read to for 300 total minutes, they could win a $20 gift certificate. Learn more here.
H-E-Buddy Grocery Stores
Your kids will receive a package of cool prizes after they read 10 books. You do not need to live near a H-E-B grocery store to take advantage of this. Just fill out the form and mail it in. The package arrives in 3-4 weeks.
Check your local library. Almost all libraries do a story time for preschool age children every week throughout the year and do a special summer program that includes school aged children. (ie: Our local one has special guests and does a reading program where kids can earn prizes)
Pottery Barn Kids
Free gift for kids that attend 5 storytimes.
Scholastic Summer Challenge
Offers a chance for kids to log their reading times into their system to compete for the World Record!
Showcase Theatre Bookworm Wednesdays
Kids earn free admission to a movie in July just by reading and completing a short book report.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program
When your children read and keep track of 10 books this Summer, $10 will be added to their Young Saver Account for FREE!
Weekly Free Events:
Kids Skate Free
Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Join the Kids Skate Free Program and your kiddos will get free skating passes every week for an entire year!
Skate rentals are not included ($3 normally) and the age requirements and available times vary by location. Make sure to enter your zip code to find a location near you. Click on the rink name and you will see the restrictions for that location. Normally adults can get in free if the kids are skating. If your kiddos have their own skates – this awesome fun time can be totally free!
Kids Bowl Free
Sign up for the Kids Bowl Free program and your kiddos will each get 2 free games everyday this spring and summer. Shoe rentals are not included ($4 each for us) and the age requirements and available times vary by location.
Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.
Click here to find a participating theater near you.
For 10 weeks this summer Cinemark Theaters will be showing a different kids movie. All 10 movies can be purchased in advance for $5.00, or can be purchased separately at the box office for $1.00 per show. $5 Series punch cards are limited and are now available only at the theater box office while supplies last.
Sign your kids up for a Free Apple Summer Camp!
At Apple Camp, kids aged 8-12 learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This free workshop, held at the Apple Store, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly so sign up now for a super creative adventure.
AMF Bowling Centers
The Free Bowling Offer from AMF is back again this summer!
Simply register your kids into the AMF Summer Games Program program and they can bowl three games per day, every day, all summer long!
Microsoft Stores are offering Free Summer Camp Classes for Kids!
Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today.
Free activities throughout the year:
Lowes Build and Grow
Saturdays (usually every other Saturday) 10am. Register online ahead of time and get there just before 10am so they don’t run out. Children get to build a project and will get googles and an apron their first time and a patch to add to it for subsequent visits as well as a certificate.
More information: https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/
Home Depot Kids Workshop
First Saturday of each month 9am-12pm (get there early. Includes a free project, apron, and project pin.
More information: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?catalogId&langId=-1&pn=Kids_Workshops&storeId=10051
Make It Take It projects. Some require a purchase and some are free. For monthly schedule (says whether it’s free or requires a purchase on the schedule): http://www.michaels.com/Store-Events/store-events,default,pg.html
Free projects every Saturday from 11am- 3pm.
For schedule: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/store_locations/storeCrafts.jsp?f=m
Free Make and Take projects
May’s schedule: http://www.acmoore.com/images/upload/00_may11_stanchion.pdf.pdf
How to get to the current month’s schedule: http://www.acmoore.com/e-acm.StoreLocator.aspx
Free story time every Tuesday 11-11:30am. Kids receive a Book Club Passport on their first visit and a special gift after their 5th visit. To find a store near you (as well as seeing other kids events that they have): http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html?cm_type=fnav
If you have a Bank of America card, you can get one free admission (for the cardholder) to several different museums, zoos, science centers, and gardens all over the country for free the first weekend of each month.
For locations or details: http://museums.bankofamerica.com/
Free museums on certain days sponsored by Target.
For locations and times: http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031764
Chuck E. Cheese
Free tokens for turning in charts (a ton of different ones available), report cards with good grades, etc. If you are going anyway, you might as well get some free tokens out of it. You can also sign up to receive coupons via email from them (some of them can be combined).
More information: http://www.chuckecheese.com/promotions/
Free entrance to National Parks (many of which charge fees usually). June 21 (First day of summer) and September 24 (Public Lands Day) are the dates near summer.
Find parks: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm
More info and to find ones that are always free: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm