50 Things For Kids To Do This Summer That's FREE or Frugal

50 Kid & Family Friendly Activities To Do This Summer!

If you’re looking for new ideas for your kids to do this summer then check this list of 50 Kid & Family Friendly Activities To Do This Summer!

It’s summer and there are many, many things that we can do to keep our little ones busy!! I signed up for our local summer reading program, plus the bowling program! The Apple Camp is another highlight of a fun activity that we will be doing as well! The boys did it last year and they loved it!

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: You can watch 10 movies for just $5 (making each ticket only $0.50!).

Classic Cinemas: June 12th through August 7th, you can see G and PG rated films for just $1.00

Harkins Summer Movie Fun

Marquee Cinemas: Enjoy a FREE family film every week during the summer!

Regal’s Summer Movie Express: Starts on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m.for 9 weeks total. Tickets are $1.00.

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AMF: FREE bowling for kids 15 and under. The kiddos can bowl 2 games a day, every day (until 8pm).

Kids Bowl Free: 2 FREE games of bowling per day.

Kids Skate Free: Kids 12 and under can skate for FREE this summer at participating Kids Skate FREE Rinks.

Make a Balloon Wreath! What a fun thing for the kiddos (and perfect for a Birthday party).

Barnes & Noble: FREE Kid’s Book, Summer Reading Kit and More! Read 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal to get a FREE book!  {Find local summer reading programs in Lansing and Jackson}

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Scholastic Summer Challenge: FREE prizes for logging your minutes!

Sylvan Learning Book Adventure: Earn cool prizes and read books online.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program:

  1. Read 10 books this summer.
  2. Print out the Summer Reading Form (343K PDF)
  3. Write down the names of the books they’ve read
  4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  5. Receive $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account

Pottery Barn  Kids Summer Reading Challenge: Kid’s will receive a prize when they finish reading all the books on the list.

Amazon FREE Kid’s Ebooks – let them choose their own books online for FREE! Go here to see the list of free books!

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Chuck E. Cheese Rewards Calendars:

  • Download and print out the calendar
  • Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals
  • Bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward

Home Depot: Home Depot is always offering up FREE workshops! The kiddos get to create something and take it home with them.

Lowe’s: Just like Home Depot, Lowe’s offers FREE workshops for the kids to build and make projects.

Apple Camp and Apple Youth Workshops for Families: At Apple Camp, kids ages 8–12 will learn the ins and outs of iMovie and how to make their own films. The free three-day session, held at the Apple Store, leads up to an Apple Camp Film Festival where campers debut their masterpieces.

Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps: The 2013 YouthSpark Summer Camps are first come, first serve. Don’t wait to register your child for one of these five hands-on camps.

American Girl In-Store Events: If you have an American Girl fan, then they may want to be involved in the FREE American Girl in-store events that include crafts, cooking classes and tours.

Pottery Barn Kids Store Events: FREE kids activities such as National Geographic Little Explorers and more.

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Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp: Lots of different FREE activities and crafts for the family.Every Tuesday and Thursday starting at noon and Saturday and Sunday starting at noon.

Whole Foods Kids Cooking Classes:

The Whole Kids Club is open to kids ages 3-12. A yearly membership is $10 and includes…

  • A coupon for a FREE mini fruit tart when you sign up
  • A special treat when you shop on Tuesdays. Show your membership card at the Customer Service desk and receive a healthy snack!
  • A discount on our Whole Foods Market Lake Calhoun kids cooking classes!
  • And a birthday card and free cupcake coupon from Chef Ani!

To join, request a Whole Kids Club enrollment form at the Customer Service desk. If you have any questions, please contact Chef Ani atAni.Loizzo@wholefoods.com or 612.927.8141. See you in the kitchen!

FREE National Park Days: FREE days below:

  • April 22-26
    five days during National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

Geocaching: GEOCACHING is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. (Read our Guide to the Game).

Color Crayola Disney Coloring Pages including Disney Cars Maze Coloring PageDisney Cars Race Coloring PageDisney Cars MosaicDisney Princess Coloring PagesDisney Toy Story Coloring Page, and the Disney Mickey Mouse Coloring Page.

Play FREE games on the Nickelodeon website!

Here are some ideas that are FREE and easy to do that you may not have thought of!

  1. Run through the Sprinklers
  2. Go to the park
  3. Go on a hike
  4. Camp in the backyard with a tent
  5.  Go to the zoo
  6. Bake some treats
  7. Have a lemonade stand
  8. Build a fort with blankets
  9. Make a circus in the backyard or create games to win prizes!
  10. Go to the library and check out some books
  11. Let them help you make dinner
  12. Blow bubbles
  13. Make Tie Dye shirts
  14. Play frisbee
  15. Have a garage sale
  16. Use PVC pipe (put holes in it) and run the hose through it to make a cool water feature
  17. Pen Pal with a Soldier – get started here –
  18. Make a box car
  19. Have them make their own board game with rules and all!
  20. Take the dog on a walk

Big thanks to Freebie Finding Mom for compiling this list!

 

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50 Things For Kids To Do This Summer That's FREE or Frugal

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