2018 List of Free Summer Activities for Kids
Summer is here so it’s time for our 2018 List of Free/Super Cheap Summer Activities for Kids. This list will be growing throughout the next few weeks so make sure to check back later!
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.
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. PROGRAM CLOSING 6/30/18.
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.
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). Save money using your local library.
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. Learn how to save even MORE with this program HERE!
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.
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!
Free activities throughout the year:
Home Depot Kids Workshop
First Saturday of each month 9am-12pm (get there early. Includes a free project, apron, and project pin.
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)
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)
Bank of America – Free Museum Days
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.