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 2020 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 not working in 2020 due to the on-going pandemic. 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!

TD Bank even gives out cold, hard cash! πŸ€‘ πŸ“š

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 offers monthly free mini builds instructions throughout the year.

They also have 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!


National Donut Day Freebies 2019

2021 National Doughnut Day Freebies

National Donut Day Freebies 2019

Friday, June 4, 2021 is the next National Doughnut Day. Or National Donut Day, whichever way you swing. It dates back to 1938 and dates forward to delicious, scrumptious free doughtnuts and donuts and coffee!

So dig out those extra stretchy pants and skimp on dessert for a few nights because we're about to get some free doughnuts and donuts! As always, you might want to confirm with your local store that they're participating in any promotions. I've listed all the confirmed 2020 offers I could find. This post will get updated with 2021 offers as we get closer to the event.

If you spot any I missed, please leave a comment with a link to the offer!

Krispy Kreme – Your pick of any variety donut for free! Their chocolate iced kreme filled have always been a favorite of mine since I was a wee little Goob. (locations)

Dunkin' Donuts – Free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage. (locations)

Walmart – Select locations will offer free samples of coffee and donuts between 12:30-6:30pm.Enter your zip code to see if a local store is participating. (do I really need a locations for Walmart?)

LaMar's – Get one free donut with no purchase necessary of any donut “with a hole.” (locations)

Kwik Trip – Get a coupon for a free Cake Donut, Dunker, or Glazer with your Kwik Rewards card. After logging in, go to “Coupons” and click “Add Offer” to save the coupon to your account. (locations)

Duck Donuts – Receive a free classic donut, which includes their bare, cinnamon sugar, or powdered sugar donuts. No purchase necessary! (locations)

Unconfirmed Freebies

Cumberland Farms – For the second year in a row, many sites and even news stations are reporting you'll get a free doughnut if you buy any sized drink, but I can't find anything from CF confirming this. They've held similar promotions on past National Doughnut Days though, so I'd call ahead if you're interested in this.

If you have a link or press release from Cumberland Farms confirming this freebie, please share in the comments!

Shipley Do-Nuts – In previous years, you could drop in between 5am – 12pm to pick up a free glazed donut with any purchase. I haven't found any confirmation for 2021, though.


Free Summer Movie Deals

2021 Summer Movie Deals, Discounts, & Freebies

With summer fast approaching and vaccines finally being delivered, we should soon start learning if & when the summer movie deals will return for 2021!

The following details were all valid in 2019. Then, for obvious reason, we didn't have any offers in 2020.

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! I need some cheap, air-conditioned entertainment.

As such, here's a huge list of all the free & cheap 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!

Alamo Drafthouse – Their summer Kids Camp shows children's classics with tickets at $1, $3, or $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 – Their Summer Movie Camp program holds kid-friendly movies plus a KidsPack every Wednesday for just $4! This year, the program runs through July 31 and will feature movies such as Trolls, Lego Movie 2, Peter Rabbit and many more.

The KidsPack mentioned includes a kid's size popcorn, small drink, and FrootiTooti fruit snack!

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

Cinemark Century Theaters – They have two different money saving movie programs. During their 10-week program from May 27 to Sep. 8, pay $1 per person, per movie, at the box office on the day of your movie! That's already a great deal. But you can also pay $5 in advanced and get tickets for all 10 movies!

Cineplex – Saturday mornings at 11am through July will feature Cineplex Family Favourites. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.50 at participation locations, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the WE Charity.

Classic Cinemas – Running June 5 – August 7, take part in the Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Each Wednesday morning, ticket prices are just $1, with all movies rated G or PG. Movies start at 10am, but doors open at 9am. You're encouraged to 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 $1.50 admission, $1.50 drinks, and $1.50 popcorn.

Harkins Theater – Prices look to vary by participating location, but kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film!

Free Summer Movie Discounts Freebies

Marcus Theaters – Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10am from June 16 – Aug. 14 will feature a favorite family flick for just $3! Popcorn and fountain drinks are $2.75 as well. Finally, you can score 2 free tickets and print them from home thanks to your local American Family Insurance agent.

Don't miss those literal free tickets right there! ☝

Megaplex Theatres – Individual tickets are $1.50 for 10am movies running almost every day, with sensory friendly shows at 10:30am! You can also buy a 10 movie pass for just $10.

Metropolitan Theaters – Get $2 admission to movies at 10am, starting June 11 – Aug. 13. Dates depending on your regional theater.

  • Redstone & Wildhorse are every TUESDAY
  • MetroLux 14 & Paseo Nuevo are every TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
  • Camino Real is every THURSDAY

Paragon Theaters – Scroll down to find their Free Kids Movies promotion. Starting June 11 through Aug. 8, get free admission for 10am movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Seats are limited to first come, first serve.

Phoenix Theatres – Absolutely free select 10am showings of kid movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 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, you can see select G or PG movies for just $1 a ticket! Show times are Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am via their Summer Movie Express program.

Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children's Series varies by location, but largely runs every weekday at 11am through the end of summer. Like the rest, you get a family friendly film for only $1 a ticket.

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! 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 $1. New movies are rotated each week.

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

Other Summer Freebies


Kids Roller Skate Free

Free Kids Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate Free

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. There's also a $4 signup fee to register at some locations. While not free, the passes don't expire until the end of the year, so you make your money back pretty fast.


Free Mother's Day Card

Free Mother’s Day Card

Free Mother's Day Card

Artifact Uprising is giving away up to four free customized Mother's Day cards. However, you must order before May 1, 2019!

After creating your card with a custom photo and message, go through the checkout steps to send your free card. The payment screen should say $0.00 total. On the same screen, it asks “How did you hear about us?” Feel free to answer with heyitsfree.net! 😊


Free Petzel on National Pretzel Day 2019

Free Pretzels on 2021 National Pretzel Day, April 26

I think we all remember reading about pretzel's invention by Italian monks in 610 AD. Trust me, it was big news.

But did you know April 26 is National Pretzel Day? You didn't? LIAR! Of course you did, I just told you. Geez, pay attention.

As in years past, a variety of stores are giving out free pretzels this Friday with no purchase necessary! Like usual, if you know of any I missed, share in the comments.

2020 Free Pretzel Offers

We should know more about the 2021 offers in March. Here's what was offered back in 2019 and 2020 though. This is what I expect for 2021 as well.

Any Hiffers remember how Prezelmaker used to make people tell a joke in order to get this freebie? Glad to see they backed off my turf πŸ™‚ Good times.


Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone

Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone 2022

Update: Free Cone Day 2021 has been canceled πŸ™


The 2021 dates for Dairy King's Spring Cone freebie should be announced soon. That's when Dairy Queen holds their annual First Day of Spring freebie by giving away a free small vanilla cone!

Hiffers can swing by their local non-mall Dairy Queen between 10am – 10pm and pick up a free cone all day long. Don't forget this is also the same day Rita's is giving away free Italian Ice.

Thankfully this freebie isn't like Chick-fil-A's annual dress like a cow day. We'd all look pretty silly with traffic cones on our heads!


2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Being an entrepreneur and running a business online can be an expensive endeavor! On top of the double taxation and unsteady income, there are countless subscriptions and licenses you need to buy. I probably have two dozen services running HIF, any number of which I'd be rudderless without.

One tip I always give anybody starting or running a website is to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Throughout the year, I bookmark all sorts of services I want to try, then buy a cheap subscription this time of year. If it's worth it, I upgrade the next year for the same discount!

Below, you'll find some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals I could find for anybody running a website. I personally use each and every one of these for something!

Even if you've only been thinking about starting a site, now is the perfect and cheapest time to start!

NameDealEndCodeCategory
WP Engine35%Nov 26cyberwpe2018 (review)Hosting
SiteGround75%Nov 26none needed! (review)Hosting
HostGator65%Nov 232018BF (review)Hosting
PureVPN88%Nov 23none needed! (review)VPN, security
Namecheap$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
GoDaddy$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
WP Rocket35%Nov 27none needed! (review)Cache, Plugin
AAWP30%Nov 26BLACKWEEKEND2018 (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Pretty Links Pro60%Nov 30BFCODE (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Gravity Forms30%Nov 23none neededContact, Plugin
Advanced Custom Fields30%Nov 27BLACKFRIDAY2018Plugin
Jetpack30%Nov 30JPBLACKFRIDAY30Plugin
Soliloquy30%Nov 30BFSS30Slider, Plugin
Envira Gallery30%Nov 30BFSS30Gallery, Plugin
StudioPress20%Nov 30none needed! (review)Themes
ThemeIsle30%Nov 26none needed!Themes
GeneratePress25%Nov 26BLKFRI18Themes
WooCommerce30%Nov 30BLACKCYBER2018 (review)eCommerce, plugin
Easy Digital Download25%Nov 30BFCM2018eCommerce, plugin
Proven40%?BLACK18eCommerce, plugin

Save 35% off WPEngine

WP Engine Black Friday Deals

WPEngine is one of the largest and best managed WordPress hosting service available. So much so that I personally use WPEngine to host websites for my freelance clients!

Through Cyber Monday, they're giving a 35% discount on all annual plans, which equals 5 free months! Simply use code cyberwpe2018 at checkout.

This deal expires November 26.

Save 75% off SiteGround

SiteGround Black Friday Deals

With SiteGround's Black Friday sale, there's no code need! You can instantly save a 75% discount on all of their shared hosting plans, which I use for some of my own sites, like this streaming gear review site!

SiteGrounds' deal is only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Save 55% off HostGator

HostGator Black Friday Deals

If you have a much smaller website that you doesn't receive tons of daily traffic, HostGator gives you the best bang for your buck. At 65% off, it's hard to find another hosting package that comes in under $3 a month! However not only that, but you also get a free domain with this, making it the perfect option for a new site!

HostGator is only offering 65% off their hosting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I believe. To get this deal, use code 2018BF.

Get $0.99 Domains at Name Cheap

Namecheap Black Friday Deals

While I love NameCheap as my domain registry of choice, their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals take a tiny bit of work. You'll need to set an alarm for X:59 each day.

Why? Because a limited number of cheap domains and hosting packages become available at the start of every hour, 24 times a day!

I've already managed to score a $0.88 .com name and .org name!

These sales are only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Get $0.99 Domains at GoDaddy

GoDaddy Black Friday Deals

GoDaddy is offering $0.99 for certain top level domains. You can get multiple of these, which I find are great for joke sites or small niche sites that don't necessarily need a .com!

I picked up a $0.99 .info and .club just now! In addition to .99 domains, they have $1.99 and $2.99 for some other tlds.

I believe these prices are valid on Black Friday and Cyber Monday only!

Save 35% off WP Rocket

WP Rocket Black Friday Deal

WP Rocket is the best caching plugin for WordPress. It has all the features any other caching plugins has, but it's also super easy to use and well documented.

Google is placing a growing importance on website loading times, which is where WP Rocket comes in. It links with

If you're running a site with more than 10 visitors a day, you need a caching plugin!

Get 35% off on all plans before this expires November 27.

Save 30% Off AAWP

AAWP Black Friday Deals

AAWP is my personal pick for the best Amazon Associates plugin for WordPress. It's what I use for the table on our daily Amazon Deals roundups. You can also easily make comparison tables or individual product widgets, both of which are seen on this best fps monitors guide!

Amazon has become aggressively enforcing their TOS rules, many of which are … let's say arcane? Many Amazon plugins fail certain aspects, but AAWP is completely, 100% compliant Amazon's entire TOS. It uses Amazon's API to update prices in real time, which is one of Amazon's biggest demands.

I honestly can't imagine being in Amazon's affiliate program and not using AAWP!

For Black Friday, AAWP is 30% off with code BLACKWEEKEND2018

This deal expires November 26.

Save 60% off Pretty Links Pro

Pretty Links Pro Black Friday

Pretty Links Pro is my plugin of choice for managing links. Remember how many times I posted free Kellogg's codes over the years? I'd go insane updating each of those posts, individually, every time the link changed!

Pretty Links Pro lets you manage all of your links from one, central location.

They're offering 60% off all new purchases and upgrades! Use code BF2018 before this special ends November 30.

Save 20% off StudioPress Themes

StudioPress Black Friday Deals

Studiopress is offering 20% off all their themes.

I use their Genesis theme here on HIF and it's easy to see why!

This sales ends November 30.

Save 30% off WooCommerce

WooCommerce Black Friday Deals

When it comes to selling physical goods, nothing beats WooCommerce.

I use it on Lit Loot, a pop-up shop that sells unique pins at e-sport events! WooCommerce is able to securely handle thousands of orders, from any device, and around the globe, and keep everything in order.

Without WooCommerce, we'd have to use Shopify, which would inevitably cost more money.

This sales ends November 30.

Save 88% off PureVPN

PureVPN Black Friday

Working from home ultimately means working from an unsecured internet connection. During a given year, I travel for holidays, vacation, work conferences, and often work from a coffee shop or library.

All those open, public wifi connections are prime opportunity to have your passwords stolen, or even worse. The last thing I want is to check an affiliate account at my hotel, only to have the bellhop log-in later and switch my payout options to his bank account!

Plus, do you really know who owns that AirBnB? Heck, the previous guests could have installed spyware on the router!

Thus, a VPN is an absolute must! One of the best Black Friday VPN deals is with PureVPN. They're giving 88% off on a 5 year plan! At $1.32 a month, this is less than a pack of gum yet provides an incredible amount of security!


Free Merry Christmas Window Cling

Despite the insanely overblown video on their site, I'm a member of the “say whatever you want this time of year” camp. Be it Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Blorp McGlavin. So if wishing people at your front door a Merry Christmas sounds good to you, sign up for a free Merry Christmas window cling from CBN.

I'll get looking for one of those Blorp stickers next.


Free Uber Ride on Election Day.

Free Rides on Election Day

Free Uber Ride on Election Day.

Election Day is right around the corner on Tuesday, November 6. But what if you need a ride to the voting polls?

Lyft is offering free and discounted rides all day long. More info will be available on their site and in the app closer to election day.

  • 🚙 New Lyft riders can use code RYAN285139 to get $5 to $20 off your first ride, depending where you live!

Meanwhile, Uber has partnering with nonprofit organizations #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to register voters before state deadlines and provide free rides to the polls. It seems they'll also release more info closer to election day.

  • 🚗 New Uber riders can use code UBERHIF to get your first ride free!

Finally, always check with a local campaign. It's very common for campaigns to organize ride shares, especially for voters who want to vote for them!

I'll keep updating this post as Lyft and Uber release updates on redeeming a free ride.

Earn Extra Holiday Cash

Both Uber and Lyft are offering bonuses for becoming drivers! Working at your own pace and setting your hours while driving are a great way to add a little money to your wallet for the holidays.

If interested, make sure to sign up soon! For a limited time, the next 1000 new Lyft drivers that apply are eligible for a $300 bonus after completing 100 rides!


Free Museum Day Admission

2021 Free Museum Admission Day πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ›οΈ

If you're bored on Saturday, September 18, 2021 and live near one of the thousands of participating museums, then you should take advantage of the annual Free Museum Admission Day!

It's rather impressive how many museums the Smithsonian has convinced to participate, but don't let me influence your opinion. I get impressed easily. I once saw a dog wearing sun glasses then spent 10 minutes begging for his autograph.

You can download your free ticket here and the fine print says each ticket allows entry for two people at participating museums and cultural institutions across the country.

So go! Venture out and soak in the free knowledge, culture, and enlightenment! Let me know how you enjoyed your free experience in the comments.