These Local Retailers Offer Free Summer Programs

These Local Retailers Offer Free Summer Programs

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.

Retail Stores

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.

LEGO – Make and take home an exclusive LEGO creations at the Monthly Mini Build.

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.

Microsoft – From Minecraft coding to 3D movie making, Microsoft Store’s free YouthSpark Summer Camps are excellent for kids for ages six and up. They’ll learn the latest technology from Microsoft while making new friends, completing creative projects, and gaining new skills.

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.

Free Summer Programs


Know of any free summer programs that I missed?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!