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 2021 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!
TD Bank even gives out cold, hard cash! 🤑 📚
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 😀
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!