FREE & Discount Activities for Kids and Families

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Here are some FREE & Discount events going on this weekend. Many may seem to have consistent national participation- but it is always wise to call your local location to be sure they are participating.   

michaels6-19MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Check out Michael’s store events for fun craft activities. Kids can make and take home a completed project– just $2 per child for 30 minutes including supplies. Recommended for ages 3 and up. This Saturday, June 20th, from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make their own Minion Wood Frame. Just go HERE and scroll down to see the schedule.

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS: Active Duty Military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, can get FREE admission to more than 2,000 museums, now thru Labor Day, September 7th. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. You can get more details about the program HERE and check out their map of participating museums.


grouponGROUPON: If you’re still in search of the perfect Father’s Day gift, then check this out! Thru today only, June 19th, Groupon is offering an extra 25% off on up to 3 local deals including nice savings on restaurants, shopping, local services & activities, and lots more! Just enter promo code SUPER25 at checkout to get the discount. If you are not a member of Groupon, you can sign up HERE. Note: 25% off code SUPER25, is valid thru today only, 6/19 on up to 3 Local Vouchers and up to $50 discount. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

KIDS SKATE FREE: Here’s another fun summer activity to check out! Kids Skate Free is a cool program designed to help keep young children active and away from TV and computers. Kids can get 2 FREE Roller Skating Passes per week at participating Skating centers. You can go HERE for more details and to find a location near you. If you don’t see your local skating center on the list, you can print out a letter and propose they participate.

basspro6-19BASS PRO SHOPS: June 20th & 21st – Join the Fishing Movement this summer with Bass Pro Shops’ Pledge to take someone fishing. Events include “Post a #Fishie” – take a selfie of you and your catch and then challenge 5 of your friends to do the same and donate to “Teach A Child To Fish”. For more details and a schedule of events planned for your local store, go HERE. Be sure and check out the FREE Catch & Release Pond from noon to 5 pm plus get a FREE How-To Guide in the Fishing Department while supplies last.

SUMMER MOVIE FESTIVALS & OFFERS: If you’re looking for fun ways to cool off this summer, why not take in a movie? Many large theaters participate in FREE or very inexpensive Summer Film Festivals including Regal Cinemas, United Artists, Cinemark and more. Movies are rated G or PG. You can checkout my post HERE for more details.

 Saturday, June 20th at 11 am – Join your local Barnes & Noble for a special kids’  story time and activities featuring, “Touch the Brightest Star”. You can also join the Kids’ Club and get fun, free, rewards & special offers! Benefits include a FREE Cupcake from the cafe on your birthday. Go HERE for more details.

LOWES: Mark your calendars! Saturday, June 27th at 10 am – Kids can build their own Captain America Motorcycle as part of the “Marvel’s Avengers” Assemble Summer series. You can catch the animated series Sunday mornings on Disney XD. Registration is open now and clinics can fill up quickly so be sure to register soon. All Build & Grow Clinics give kids a chance to build a wooden project and receive a free apron, goggles, patch, and more! You can go HERE for more details and to set up a Lowe’s Build and Grow account.

lakeshore6-19LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, June 20th from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make a fun gift for Dad! Join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their Facebook page HERE and click on the Events Tab if you don’t see them.

POTTERY BARN: Kids can enjoy Story Time every Tuesday from 11am – 11:30am– check out program details HERE. Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five sessions. Watch for special story time events as well!

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS: Check out this summer’s reading programs for kids! There are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to encourage children to keep reading over the summer. You can check out my post HERE for a roundup of several FREE programs & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list.

LIVING SOCIAL: Another good resource for great deals and discounts in your local area is Living Social. Now thru Sunday, June 21st, Living Social is offering 20% off Local Deals when you enter code DADGIFT at checkout. To get started, just sign in or create a new Living Social account HERE, choose your deal and then click on “Redeem promo code” under your selection and enter the code DADGIFT. Your discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page. Promo code must be used by June 21st, 2015 11:59 PM PST. One code use only per credit card, maximum discount of $20. See the full terms and details HERE.

CHUCK E. CHEESE: For a limited time only, you can get a FREE pair of Decoder Glasses and Secret Code with the purchase of any Value Deal at Chuck E. Cheese. Every code wins a prize, and there are even more secrets to decode in store. Go HERE for more details and to find a participating location near you.

KIDS BOWL FREE: Looking for a fun indoor activity? Check out your local bowling center to see if they are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program this summer. Registered kids will get TWO free games of bowling EVERY DAY throughout the summer! Policies and age restrictions can vary by location so be sure to check out all the details. You can go HERE to register.

toysrus6-12TOYS ‘R US: Saturday, June 20th from 12 – 2 pm — Kids can build their own FREE Mini LEGO Jurassic World Gate to take home. Limit one per child, while supplies last. This event is intended for children, ages 5-up, parental supervision is required at all times. Check out all the details HERE.

NATIONAL PARKS – JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM: The National Park Service Junior Ranger program takes place in almost all parks and is appropriate for kids, ages 5 to 13, but people of all ages can participate. Junior Rangers are given a series of activities to complete during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. For more details, check it out HERE. Plus, did you know that Active Duty Military members and their families can get FREE admission to National Parks year-round? Military ID is required. For more details, you can go HERE.


FREE & DISCOUNT ADMISSIONS COURTESY OF TARGET: Target sponsors several community events including FREE and discount admissions to arts and cultural events & institutions nationwide. Many of these events are free and on a monthly schedule. Just go HERE and scroll down to where you can choose your closest city to find FREE and reduced-price Target events near you.

-Thanks so much to Kelley for help with the roundup!


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