Schools out for the summer! (Did you just sing that? Because I did.” Things are heating up, and the days are long and you might want to fill those days with fun activities. And that’s fine. (Although slow days are important too!)
But summer activities can have a HUGE drain on your wallet. So here are some free or super cheap things to do with your kids this summer.
Go to cheap movies.
I’m not talking about paying full price to see the latest block buster. I’m talking about free or cheap summer moves. Regal cinemas has $1 movies, Premier Theater offers a similar deal and AMC offers $4 movies that include a drink and popcorn.
Call your local theatre to get times and information.
Get a free Taco (possibly June 18)
Taco Bell is offering a possible free Doritos Los Tacos during the NBA finals. You can get the details here.
Go skating for free
Does your kid LOVE to skate? Mine do. Why not skate for free? You can sign your child up for a free skating pass. The times are usually limited, but it is free.
Kids bowl for free
Register your kid and get two free bowling games every week! Check out KidsBowlFree.com.
Get free Chick Fil A (July 10)
Dress like a cow and get a free Kid’s Meal from Chick Fil A! Cow appreciation day will be Tuesday, July 10. Get details here.
Free activities at Bass Pro Shops
These are always fun and my boys have always loved them. Bass Pro Shops offers some really fun family activities during the summer. These include free games and crafts, a family photo and prizes.
Get free LEGO plans
Unfortunately, the LEGO Shops have concluded their in store build days, which is so sad. But they are offering downloadable building plans for kids. You can get those here.
Go to the zoo
Many public libraries offer free zoo tickets for your family to “check out” see if yours offers that. Also there are free zoo days around the country this summer. Get more info here.
National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
St Louis Zoo in Missouri
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, California
Score free Chuck E Cheese tokens when you read!
If your child keeps a reading log he or she can score FREE tokens from Chuck E Cheese. You can find more info here.
Free builds at Home Depot
Sign up and get some free building days and supplies for your child during the Home Depot free build days!
Go to our National Parks for FREE! (Fourth graders and their families)
Do you have a fourth grader? You can sign up a family national parks pass for free! The program is called “Every Kid in a Park” and it’s amazing. You can see so many of the beautiful wonders America has to offer for free.
Free books from Barnes and Noble
If your child reads eight books this summer he or she can receive a free book from Barnes and Noble. Find out more here.
Wear flip flops, get a free smoothie
Let’s be honest, you’re probably already living in your flip flops this summer. So get a free smoothie from Tropical Smoothie on National Flip Flop Day.