Well, summer is almost here, and the kids will soon be out of school – you know what that means! All of us frugal moms have to find some cheap or more preferably, FREE summer activities for kids to occupy themselves with. Here are some great options for FREE summer activities for kids I’ve found:
Movies make great FREE summer activities for kids! Let’s all go to the movies…
Movies are great low-cost or sometimes even FREE summer activities for kids. Here are some options for movie viewing that I’ve found.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: 10 movies for only $5. That comes out to just $0.50 per movie! In addition, you can purchase tickets the day of for just $1.
Classic Cinemas: Check out the Wednesday Morning Movie Series – June 8th through August 10th, you can see G and PG rated films for just $1.
Harkins Summer Movie Fun: Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Tickets are on sale now with movies starting as early as May 30th.
Regal’s Summer Movie Express: This summer movie program is on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and runs for nine weeks. Admission is $1, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.
Sunny days are perfect for helping kids burn off energy and stay healthy! Best of all, being active doesn’t cost anything, making active adventures great FREE summer activities for kids!
AMF: Register your kids for Summer Games at AMF so they can enjoy FREE bowling. They can bowl three FREE games every weekday from open till 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from open till 4 pm. Valid May 23 through September 5.
Kids Bowl Free: Each kid will score 2 FREE games of bowling per day. Find a participating location near you and sign up now. Please note: Taxes and shoe rental fees apply and vary by location.
Kids Skate Free: Kids 12 and under can skate for FREE this summer at participating Kids Skate FREE Rinks. Go here to find a location near you and sign your kids up to snag their FREE skating passes. Hours and additional fees (including skate rental fees) vary based on location.
Be a book worm.
While it’s great to get outdoors and get active during the summer months, be sure to give your child’s brain a workout as well. Reading is the perfect way for your little one to stay mentally fit. Reading programs are great FREE summer activities for kids!
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Have your kids (grades 1st-6th) read books and answer the questions in the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal. Bring the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble bookstore between May 17th and September 6th, and your child can choose a FREE book from their selection on the Reading Journal list.
Scholastic Summer Challenge: May 9 – September 9, kids can log their reading minutes to earn virtual prizes.
Sylvan Learning Book Adventure: Kids in grades K-8 can search for books and read them offline. Then come back to quiz themselves on what they read and earn cool prizes.
Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program: This is a great summer activity for kids of all ages. Kids in 8th grade and under read for 15 minutes a day in June and July and log that time. Once they’ve accumulated 300 minutes, they turn in a completed reading log to earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks. High schoolers read a book in June and July, submit a review, and then bring that review in to the store in order to earn $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks.
TD Bank Summer Reading Program: Kids in grades K-5 can snag $10 by reading 10 books this summer. After they have read 10 books and recorded the names in the Summer Reading Form found here, take the form to the nearest TD Bank to have $10 deposited into a new or existing Young Saver account.
Pottery Barn Kids Book Club: Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. join Pottery Barn Kids for FREE story time Plus kids receive a special FREE gift after attending five story time sessions.
Is your little reader a LEGO fan? Go ahead and grab this freebie for kids, a FREE membership to the LEGO Club including (for kids 4-12) a subscription to Lego Club Magazine.