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. 

homedepot7-3HOME DEPOT: Saturday, July 4th from 9 am to 12 pm. Kids can build their own mini version of the Minions Scooter! These FREE, hands-on workshops are designed for kids ages 5-12. Go HERE and click on the Kids Workshops tab for more details.

MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Check out Michael’s store events for fun craft activities. Kids can make and take home a completed project– cost varies by project and includes supplies (usually in $2 – $5 range). Recommended for ages 3 and up. This Saturday, July 4th, from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make their own Hot Air Balloon. Just go HERE and scroll down to see the schedule.


lakeshore7-2LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Mark your calendars for next Saturday, July 11th from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make a neat aquarium! 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.

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.

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!

Family Summer Camp is back at Bass Pro Shops! Now thru July 26th, there will be lots of FREE family activities, including a catch and release pond & photo download, crafts, giveaways & more! There are lots of FREE workshops too, including Archery, Bird Watching, Fishing, Kayaking and more. Note: Activities do vary by location so it’s best to call your local store to confirm summer camp activities and schedule.

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.

nationalparksNATIONAL 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.

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.

BARNES & NOBLE: Saturday, July 4th at 10 am – Join your local Barnes & Noble for a special kids’  story time and activities featuring, “Dinosaurs Before Dark”, from the Magic Treehouse series. You can go HERE and type in your zip code to check the schedule in your area. 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.

Saturday, July 11th at 10 am – Kids can build their own Black Widow’s Sky Cycle as part of the “Marvel’s Avengers” Assemble Summer series. Registration opens June 29th. 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.

LIVING SOCIAL: Another good resource for great deals and discounts in your local area is Living Social. Now thru Sunday, July 5th, Living Social is offering 20% off sitewide when you enter code STARS20 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 STARS20. Your discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page. Promo code must be used by July 5th, 2015 11:59 PM PST. One code use only per credit card, maximum discount of $20. Promo codes not valid for tickets or Deals required to be completed on a third party site. Valid in the US only. See the full terms and details HERE.

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.

groupon1GROUPON: Now thru Sunday, July 5th, Groupon is offering 30% off on select local and goods deals, no code needed. You can get nice savings on restaurants, shopping, massages & pedicures, local services & events, health & fitness, and lots more! Prices shown already reflect the discount. If you are not a member of Groupon, you can sign up HERE. Note: Offer valid thru 7/5 in select cities only. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

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.


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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