Free Lowe's Halloween Trick or Treat Event

Free Lowe’s Halloween Trick or Treat Event

Registration is now open for Lowe's Spooky Trick-or-Treat event taking place on Saturday, October 28, from 10am-1pm.

Register now for our spooky trick-or-treat event. Bring your candy bag, come dressed in a costume and get free candy at your local Lowe’s store from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on 10/28/23.

Space is supposedly limited, so make sure to reserve your spot if interested!

Last year, kids got free candy and were able to take pictures in front of a scary-cute spiderweb backdrop, so I imagine they'll do something similar this year.


Free Summer Events, Activities, Freebies for Kids

50+ Free Summer Kids Events, Activities, & Freebies!

With summer in full swing (woooo!), I thought it'd be a good idea to compiled a list of all the free kids summertime events & activities.

Check out some of these free events before summer 2023 ultimately ends (boooo!)

It's important to point out that while many of these are traditional freebies available each summer, you may encounter some offers are slowly rolling back out due to last year's shutdown. Therefore, I strongly suggest calling ahead and confirming your local establishment is participating in any of these.

Get freebies and discounts simply by reading books!

The free reading programs are always a big hit each year. Over 13 companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn, and many more reward good behavior by offering freebies and prizes for reading. Most stores have a free reading companies guide or tracker that you can print at home, fill out as your child reads over the summer, then turn it in for freebies!

Kids bowl free every day all summer long!

In fact, they get two free games of bowling! All you have to do is register ahead of time.

“It's about that time for the return of the favorite kids bowl free all summer deal! Sign up and your children will get two free games of bowling every day this summer. That's valued at over $500.”

Don't forget kids skate free during the summer too.

Multiple locations in 36 states offer free kids roller skating passes. If there are no locations near you, you can send a letter encouraging them to join!

Attend a free in-store kids event at multiple stores!

At least seven stores offer recurring, monthly in-store free kids events. Some of the most popular summer activities are from such stores as:

As more free events are found, I update them to the list so you never miss out.

Enjoy a show with cheap admission to kids movies (average $1) all summer long!

At least 17 different cinema and theater chains across the nation, both big and small, offer some sort of summer movie ticket admission deals. In many cases, you can either get free admission or super cheap tickets for G and PG movies. Some chains are also offering discounted concessions and snacks as well.

They're cheap, they're air conditioned, and they're all summer long!

Good grades and report cards freebies are a real thing as well!

Get discounts and outright freebies at nine confirmed restaurants and retailers! We've found another half dozen potential freebies as well

Enjoy a weekend outdoors during free National Parks admission days

The next National Parks free admission day August 25, 2019! Pay no entrance fee at any of our nation's 58 wonderful national parks scattered across the country.

Don't get lost, especially since most states give out free state road maps.

Go fishing for free during all 50 state's free dates!

While some states only hold license-free fishing dates early in the year, others hold multiple dates throughout the summer and even into fall! Check out your state's dates and then go reel in a fish or two with the little ones! These free fishing days are awesome. Take it from somebody who learned the hard way that you needed a license to fish πŸ˜€

Explore the outdoors for free by Geocaching!

Geocaching was one of my family's favorite activities back when multiple young ones were running around the house. All you need is a phone or GPS to access over 2.5 million free geocaches hidden all over the world! No matter how big or small your community, you'll be surprised how many geocaches are nearby!

Reuse old pieces with free LEGO instructions

LEGO has a huge, searchable database of free LEGO instructions to download! Put those old toys back to good use by building a long-forgotten LEGO or maybe even something new!


Free Noggin Membership

Free 30-Day Noggin Subscription for Summer

Nick Jr. is offering a free 30 day subscription to Noggin. Noggin features preschool learning games, full episodes of educational shows, books and activities led by kids' favorite characters. If your child enjoys this offer, then you can get the next 3 months for only $3.99, meaning you'll get 4 months in all for only $4.

We hope your kids enjoyed learning with their free subscription to Noggin through Noggin Cares.

Over summer, your children can enhance their skills every day with PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Blue’s Clues & You, and more.

It looks like the site is geared towards three activities:

  • Watch – 1000+ ad-free Nick Jr. episodes & original learning videos you can’t find anywhere else
  • Play – Designed to build skills and nurture creativity
  • Read – PAW Patrol, Blaze & Dora stories + Bob Books, the trusted learn-to-read series

Darn it. This looks like a freebie for actual children and not 40 year old adults with a juvenile sense of humor.

After the three month discounted subscription period, your account will be charged $7.99/monthly until you cancel. To avoid auto-renew charges, cancel at least 24 hours before the promotional offer period or current billing period ends.


Free Kids Summer Reading Programs for free books and prizes

2023 Kids Summer Reading Freebies & Deals

As long as you count the back of cereal boxes, I'm quite the voracious reader. I read on average two books a month and if your children are anything like me, they might be interested in this list I compiled of free summer reading programs! I've been updating this list since 2014 and was pretty surprised at how many of the offers still existed in 2023!

Below are all of the 2023 summer reading freebies and deals for kids! Most follow the “read X books, get 1 free” model, but there are a few that differ. Hopefully your little one enjoys reading or at least getting freebies πŸ™‚

I also have an idea I wanted to pass along. With some of these programs, you earn a free book off a list of available books. If your child reads this summer, but isn't interested in the freebies, consider donating them! School and public library are always desperate for books. Donating them to The Salvation Army or Goodwill is another possibility. Regardless, showing your child that freebies can be fun and helpful to others is a cool idea!

Finally, if you're still looking for additional summer reading resources, then I would start with this collection of summer reading information from the NEA.

Confirmed 2023 Summer Reading Freebies

Barnes & Noble – For kids in grades 1-6, get a free book after reading 8 books and filling out a Reading Journal by August 31. For adults, share your school's required reading list and get a free tall hot or iced coffee from the cafe. They also have coupons and discounts listed under the “Coupons & Deals” tab.

Books-A-Million – Read 4 books from their list and write about each book on this logbook, then take the form in-store to get a free water bottle.

Chuck E. Cheese – They have a ton of methods for kids to earn freebies, from good grades to sports achievements to reading in Spanish or English! This reading rewards calendar doesn't expire until 12/31/23 and gets 10 free Play Points with any food purchase.

Department of Defense – The DOD offers a summer reading program for military families & children stationed worldwide. In partnership with iREAD Summer Reading, library programs will include activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, incentives, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

For more information, please contact your installation library (here's a full list with direct links!) or email them.

Half Price Books – Registration is now open! Starting on June 1, children 14 and under who read 300 minutes over June and July (that's only 5 mins/day) will earn $5 free Bookworm Bucks and a camp stickers sheet. There are also additional summer reading activities.

Teens can also earn HPB Bookworm Bucks by reading any of the listed titles and writing a short review.

H-E-B – Texas children can take part in the H-E-Buddy summer reading club. They have to read 10 books, including 1 Read-3 book, and send in this form by October 1 in order to receive a “cool prize,” which looks to be a free t-shirt.

H‑E‑Buddy 2023 Summer Reading Program
10530 Sentinel
San Antonio, TX 78217

New York Times – Every Friday from June 9 through August 18, any middle and high-school student can read one article in the NYT and write in about why they read it or what interested them. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses and publish them here. Aside from broadening their horizon's and randomly posting some of the selected weekly responses, there doesn't look to be any “reason” to do this. Still, 15-year-old-Goob would have gone crazy over this offer so maybe there's a kindred Hiffer out there who would enjoy this.

Pizza Hut – This classic program lets children earn a free personal pan pizza in exchange for reading anything over the summer. Parents can sign up and track their child's progress online without any forms.

Public Libraries – Be sure to check with your local libraries, as they often host multiple weekly, monthly, and seasonal events and reading competitions.

Reading with the Rays – Florida children can read anything they desire and receive free baseball prizes! Each child who completes their Reading with the Rays game card is eligible for two (2) free Lower Reserved tickets, subject to availability. Other prizes include sticker sheets, snap bracelets, and arm sleeves.

Scholastic – Now through September 7, kids can log their reading time online as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading ‘Home Base' Program. Over the course of 10 weeks, kids can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.

Maintaining a reading streak will also unlock donations of 100,000 books from Scholastic to kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.

Showcase Cinemas – Bookworm Wednesday rewards your little one with free admission to a select children's film when they present a book report. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report!

SYNC – This free program offers free audiobooks each week to teens at least 13 years old. Two audiobooks are available each week through the Sora reading app now through August 2, 2023.

Previous Summer Reading Deals Unconfirmed for 2023

The items below were summer reading deals during 2018-2022. If I find confirmation they'll return this year, I'll move them up above.

American Girl – Select locations in large cities are being held for girls ages 8 and up. Kids get to decorate their own bookmark and summer reading log and can take home a doll-sized poster.

DOGOBooks – Ten participants who review the most books will be eligible to win a Prize Pack of seven books shown on the site. The next twenty-five participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 Gift Card.

LifeWay – Take your completed Summer Reading Journal to the register at your local LifeWay store to get one of nine books plus receive a free Bible, while supplies last.

TD Bank – We can't forget the classic offer by TD Bank! Kids in grades K-5 have from June 1 until Aug. 31 to read 10 books. They'll be rewarded with cold, hard cash in the form of $10 added to their free savings account.


Free Summer Movie Deals

2023 Summer Movie Deals, Discounts, & Freebies

Eagle-eyed Hiffers (holy crap, how did you get an EAGLE'S EYE?!) know that my current offspring count sits equal to the number of home runs I've hit for the Seattle Mariners this season. That said, growing up with tons of siblings, I have an inkling for what it's like with bored, moping children around the house. For you see, I myself get bored. A lot. And if your kids are anything like me, it must be insufferable to be around them when they have nothing to do. Plus it's hot outside. we need some cheap, air-conditioned entertainment!

As such, here's a huge list of all the free & cheap kids summer movie events! Almost every theater chain has a dedicated page advertising their summer deals, plus a helpful list of participating locations. So be sure to make sure your local spot is holding a deal before heading out.

I've included both nationwide and smaller, regional chains so as many Hiffers can take advantage of these deals as possible. I'm sure there are more, so please leave a comment if you find any I missed.

Confirmed Kids Movies Deals for 2023

Alamo Drafthouse – Their summer Kids Camp shows children's classics with tickets at $5, depending on location. Kids earn stickers for your Alamo Kids Club Prize Book and 100% of proceeds go to local nonprofits. You can even buy your tickets online, making this super easy and relaxing!

AMC Theaters – Bring in your kids and enjoy family favorite movies back on the big screen with our Summer Movie Camp. Get tickets for as low as $3+tax on Wednesdays and $5+tax on Saturdays at select locations.

Cinemark Century Theaters – Their Summer Movie Clubhouse is 8 weeks of $1.50 movies for kids every Wednesday from June 19 – August 12. They're also offering $1 off deals on kids; snack packs, large popcorns & large drinks during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes.

Cineplex – Saturday mornings, from May 13 – June 24, will feature Cineplex Family Favourites at 11am. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.99 per ticket.

Classic Cinemas – Running June 7 – August 9, take part in the Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Ticket prices are just $2 on Wednesday mornings, with all movies rated G or PG. Showtimes begin at 10:00am, but doors open at 9:00am where you can arrive early to meet some of your favorite characters and join in on the fun games & activities.

Georgia Theatre Company – Join them for the Summer Kid Show Series at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. They've got $2 admission, $2 drinks, and $2 popcorn. Doors open at 9:15am and sensory friendly shows will be available for all films.

GQT Movies – They're offering free family movies every Wednesday & Thursday at 10:00am from June 7 – August 10! Movies change each week and all seats are first come, first serve.

Harkins Theater – Each week from June 5 through July 28, see a family favorite movie for only $2 per film. As an added deal, you can buy a ticket to all 8 movies at once for $8, making each movie only $1!

Free Summer Movie Discounts Freebies

Marcus Theaters – Join them June 13 thru August 5 while they feature a favorite family flick for just $3. Special sized popcorn and fountain drinks are $3 as well.

New this year to their Summer Kids Dream Film Series is the option to purchase a Kids Dream Passport, which entitles the passport holder to see each film at any theatre hosting the series for just $15.

Marquee Cinemas – Each week they offer family-friendly flicks, usually at 9:30 am on Tuesday or Wednesday, with regional sales and discounts. Click on your local theater to see a full schedule and offers.

Megaplex Theatres – Each location starts at a different time, on a date between May 27 – June 7, and they'll show 10 popular family films over the course of 10 weeks. Individual tickets are $1.50 or you can buy a 10-week pass for only $10, making each movie only $1! This years schedule has movies on Mon-Wed at 10am with sensory friendly shows at 10:30am.

Metropolitan Theaters – Get $2 admission to movies at 10am Tuesday and Thursday, starting June 13 – August 10.

Phoenix Theatres – Absolutely free select 10:00am showings of kid movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through June, July, and into August. Doors open at 9am and all ages are welcome. There's also a “special kiddie meal” available, but I'm not sure what's included in that.

Regal Cinemas – All summer long, watch select G or PG family movies for just $2 a ticket! Show dates are Tuesdays & Wednesdays and run from May 23 through September 6.

This deal is also offered at participating United Artists and Edwards Theaters.

Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children's Series is every weekday at noon from June 12 until August 24. Tickets are $6 and include a small popcorn and small drink.

Showcase Cinemas – Their Bookworm Wednesdays allow kids to bring in a book report (6 and under don't need this) in exchange for free admission. Tickets must be reserved in advance online and the promo runs from July 5 through July 26.

The best I ever got for a book report was the promise of no more book reports.

Ultra Star Cinemas – Finally, see a different movie every week at 9:30am for just $2. New movies are rotated each week and the deals run every Monday-Friday from June 19 – August 11.

So there you have it. Like I said earlier, please leave a comment if you know of any programs I missed.

Previous Summer Movies Deals Unconfirmed for 2023

Bow Tie Cinemas – Select locations are showing free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 25 to Aug. 21.

Paragon Theaters – Scroll down to find their Free Kids Movies promotion. In 2019 they offered free admission for 10am movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Seats are limited to first come, first serve.

Other Summer Freebies


Kids Roller Skate Free

Free Kids Roller Skating in 2023

Next up in our summer freebies series is a “OH DEAR GOD, JUST GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A WHILE!” offer for all those stressed out parents πŸ™‚ You can grab free kids roller skating passes good at a variety of locations in 36 states.

Once you locate a nearby rink, click their name to see dates, times, and age limits for their free skating. Register an account, then download the MyHownd app on your smartphone. This will be the app that lets you claim your kids free passes each week. Your first set of passes will be available in the MyHownd app on Monday morning following your free registration.

You will receive 2 Kids Skate Free passes per child, per week. These passes are only valid for one week and will automatically expire, but they're replaced with two new valid passes every Monday!

Some locations have a $4 signup fee to register. While not free, these passes don't expire until the end of the year, so you make your money back pretty fast.


Kids Bowl Free all Summer

Kids Bowl Free All Summer

It's about that time for the return of the favorite kids bowl free all summer deal in 2023! Sign up and your children will get two free games of bowling every day this summer. That's valued at over $500.

Not a bad deal if you ask me. Though to be fair nobody asked me. I guess that's what I get for being single, living alone, and working from home.

Too bad I still don't live at home, because my family are pretty big bowlers. Oh, we don't take the actual bowling part too seriously. We're more of a “who wants another round of nachos and beer?” type enthusiasts! πŸ˜€


Freebies for Good Grades

Freebies, Discounts, & Deals for Good Grades!

I was a nerdy, smart kid with my nose perpetually in a book and that trait carried over into adulthood. I'm the guy at the end of the bar more interested in reading my Kindle than socializing with strangers. Yet I've never been offered freebies based on how much I read or how smart I am! Oh, to be a kid again.

There are a lot of other websites with outdated information on freebies for good grades. I only included offers I could verify to some degree, but I strongly encourage you check with your own locations no matter what! Since these restaurants are usually franchises, offers heavily vary by location.

Rewards via Report Cards

Allstate – Full-time students getting good grades qualify for their Smart Student Discount. They don't specify what constitutes “good grades,” nor do they say what the savings will be, so you'll need to ask your personal agent.

Amica – They have a form you can fill out requesting a good grade discount.

Applebee's – While not quite nationwide, they confirmed on Twitter that it's up to your local restaurant as to whether or not they give out freebies for good grades. Many of the largest Applebee's franchises offer an “A is for Applebee's” reward program, where students 12 and under can get a free meal from the Kid's Menu if they receive an A on their report card.

Your best bet is searching for “A is for Applebee's” on Google and then adding your city or state.

Many other freebie sites erroneously say this is a nationwide deal, but it's a great example of what kind of offer you can expect if your local franchise participates!

Baskin Robbins – They also confirmed on Twitter that giving away free scoops is “at the discretion of each franchise owner.” So call your local creamery!

Chuck E. Cheese – Anybody can print their Super Student Award πŸ™‚ It's a redeemable certificate for 10 free tokens per day, however a food purchase is required.

Coldstone Creamery – They responded to my inquiry with “Hi, our stores are individually owned and operated. For special promotions and offers such as this, please reach out to your local store.”

So it sounds like this might still be active on a regional basis.

Farmer's Insurance – They have a “good student” promo where full-time students in high school or college under the age of 25 may qualify for a discount as long as they have good grades.

Financial Institutions – Hundreds of small banks, credit unions, and even insurance companies offer rewards for good grades as well! I highly suggest checking the website of any smaller institution you're with, as well as asking your local branch. I've seen some small banks offering up to $25 for good grades! Others offered smaller cash rewards, discounts, and other prizes.

I wish these offers had been around when I was a kid. I would have made some serious cash!

Geico – They offer a “good student discount” on insurance that's available when driving aged teens maintain a B average or better.

Jason's Deli – They replaced their old JDPickleCards offer with a new Kids Cash system. Kids under 12 got a free kid's meal at participating locations.

Liberty Mutual – You'll need a GPA of B or better in order to trigger their good student discount.

Nationwide – Students drivers aged 16 – 24 who maintain a B average qualify for a discount on auto insurance. Homeschooled students also qualify if they score in the top 20% of a test's national performance.

Pizza Hut – Pizza Hut used to have a site dedicated to this, but I believe it's since degraded to a “location specific” freebie. I'd definitely call ahead and ask! Hopefully they still recognize the great and classic Pizza Hut good grades deal. Seriously, I can remember getting this freebie in the late 80s!

Each marking period, any child who has 3 A's or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Students must be present and the original report card must be presented.

Progressive – Save an additional 10% in most states just by maintaining a B average or better.

State Farm – Their “Good Student Discount” lets you save up to 25% if your teen driver gets good grades. These savings may last until your teen turns 25. Homeschoolers may also qualify with other options, such as submitting evidence they've taken certain national standardized tests administered within the past 12 months and ranked in the upper 20%.

Unconfirmed or Regional Offers & Freebies

Other sites report the following companies give freebies for good grades, but I've been unable to verify these claims on a nationwide basis. I've reached out to the following companies on Twitter, so please feel free to also message them and help get an answer πŸ™‚

In the meantime, before trying to redeem any of these below, I'd make sure you call ahead first.

  • Bob Evans – As of 2019, the Star Student program “is not a program that is currently active at our restaurants.”
  • Burger King – Free hamburger or ice cream cone for scoring 100% on a test. This sounds crazy regional, so I would contact your local BK to see if they're participating.
  • Cheryl's Cookies – Their Cookies for A's program is for K-8th grade students, but I can't find any information regarding 2022.

    A very popular program at Cheryl's is the Cheryl's Cookies for A's. Students present their report cards at retail locations and receive a free cookie per A, for up to 3 A's they have earned.

  • Chick-fil-A – Free 8 pack of nuggets if you have all A's and B's on a report card.
  • Culver's – They said “Thanks for asking! Each restaurant is family owned and operated and they make decisions like this, so feel free to reach out to your local Culver's to see if they do anything”
  • IHOP – They said “Check your local restaurants for information on this!”
  • Krispy Kreme – Free original glazed donut for each A, up to a half-dozen. They said on Twitter that “It varies by location, check with your local shop!”
  • Marco's Pizza – Free one-topping pizza, but they said on Twitter “Thanks for reaching out. Because our stores are locally owned and operated, we suggest contacting your local Marco's Pizza directly.”
  • McDonald's – K-5 grade students with straight A's get a free Happy Meal. 6-12 grade students get a free Value Meal.
  • Red Robin
  • Sonic – As of 2022, they say “promotions vary by drive-in, we recommend contacting your local SONIC directly for the most up-to-date information. Thank you!”
  • The Melting Pot – The Boca Raton, FL location offers a free three or four course meal for straight A's! Others might have similar deals
  • Wendy's

I'll keep this list updated as I find new offers, so if you find anything I missed, please let me know in the comments!


Free Schaeffer Adventures With Nicholas Coloring Book

Free Schaeffer Adventures With Nicholas Coloring Book

Signup here to get a free Schaeffer Adventures With Nicholas coloring book. Your freebie should arrive in 2-3 weeks, but I'm not sure how many of these are actually available since it's from a regional company. So be sure to sign up today if you want one!


Free Fidget Spinner

Free Fidget Spinner

In you have children aged 6-17 with ADHD, then fill out this form to get a free fidget spinner from Qelbree. Make sure you opt into receiving the free welcome kit so you get the free spinner.