Free Summer Programs with Local Retailers
From summer camps to vacation, it’s the time of year that spending can get pretty outrageous but it doesn’t have to. I’ve compiled a list of summer activities and workshops that kids of all ages can enjoy. Some require a registration, while others just require you to arrive early. Spread the word and tell a friend about FREE programs happening all over the place during the summer!
Regal Cinemas – The Summer Movie Express is on $1 per person. Families can enjoy movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer.
Xscape Theatres – Free Kids’ Summer Movies take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Shows start at 9:30am.
AC Moore – Free Summer Wednesdays! Free Make & Take activities each week. Ages 4 & up.
Apple Kids Camp – Apple Camp offers free sessions where kids can make their own movies, create interactive stories, or program robots.
Barnes and Noble – Most stores offer story hours for various age groups including themed book clubs, events with authors of children’s books and puppet shows. Story time is held weekly.
Bass Pro Shops – Explore nature indoors with Bass Pro Shop’s Family Activities. Workshops take place on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids receive a FREE lanyard and earn a FREE pin for every workshop completed.
Disney Store Summer Play Days – Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days through August! Store events take place EVERY DAY, which includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time, and Showtime.
Home Depot – Register for a free Kids Workshop at Home Depot every first Saturday of the month. Each child receives a certificate, workshop apron and commemorative pin.
Michaels – Join Michaels for a Summer Crafting Journey at Camp Creativity. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $5 per session or $12 for 3 sessions. Ages 3 and up.
Pottery Barn Kids – Each week throughout the summer, a new book is introduced and read aloud. Kids receive a special prize after 5 visits. Different theme every week.
Whole Foods – Learn about healthy snacks, storytime, themed events including cooking and nutrition for kids at the Whole Foods Half Pint Kids Club. Events occur each month.
Kids Bowl Free – Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long.
Summer Bowling – Participating Bowling Centers are offering summer bowling passes which entitles you to 3 games per day all summer long. Pass price varies per the location.
Summer Concert Series, Art and Culture & Library Reading Programs
Many counties do a great job in ensuring Parks & Recreation and local libraries create summer programs for the community. Check with your county to learn more.
Know of any free summer programs that I missed? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!