Well, summer is officially here! My kids got out of school 2 weeks ago – but it is the 115 degree weather this weekend that is telling me that we are in for a HOT summer! Luckily there are some fun free and cheap family fun activities that we can enjoy indoors while we are in the heat wave.
Scroll down to find a round up of available free and cheap family fun activities that will keep your kids entertained and your wallet full!
And don’t forget to check out my 50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer.
Plus, check out these posts for more free family fun:
- How to Make Homemade Bubble Solution: 3 Easy Ingredients for Bubble Fun!
- 5 Staples for Frugal Family Fun Night
- Staycations Tips
- Vacations on a Dime: Glamping
Pin or bookmark this page and forward to your friends and family so they can enjoy all the freebies, too. Keep scrolling down and you’ll find a list of items for upcoming weekends, too.
:: FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th
Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
Barnes & Noble
Summer Reading Triathlon – Kids in grades 1 through 6 can earn a free book.
Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Saturday, June 4th at 10:15 AM – Learn to Play the Ukulele
Register at Guitar Center workshops.
Saturday, June 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids make and take a Father’s Day Smart Phone Holder. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .
Saturday, June 4th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a birdfeeder craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM – 12 PM
Kids make and take a Chalk Butterfly craft. Cost is $2 per kid. Get more information on the Michael’s website.
Sunday, June 5th – hours vary by store – Blender Essentials with Tess Masters
Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.
……… Coming up Summer 2016……..
:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016
- August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
- September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
Find a list of participating national parks
:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders
Every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative.
:: Bass Pro Shops
Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.
:: Cheap Movies
Harkins summer movie program has begun! 10 family friendly movies over 10 weeks all for just $1 each!
Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Landscape and pest control
Sunday, June 12th from 1 PM – 2:30 – Choosing the best door locks
Get more information on Home Depot workshops.
:: Kids Bowl Free
Registered kids receive 2 FREE games of bowling, all summer long. Select bowling alleys all across the USA are participating. Get more information here.
:: Lego Stores Free Model Build
Register online for the 6/7 & 6/8 free LEGO Sea Plane Mini Model Build.
Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build a model and take it home. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details.
:: Lowe’s Build and Grow
Saturday, June 11th at 10 AM, kids make and take a Captain America craft. Registration opens 5/30 and registration is required: Lowe’s Kids Clinics.
:: Pottery Barn Kids
……….Available All Year………….
:: Apple Store
Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.
:: Athleta Stores
Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.
:: Beauty Events in Stores
Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.
:: Factory Tours
Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee.
:: Flying Lessons
Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.
:: Home and Garden Shows
:: Lululemon Fitness Classes
Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.
:: Major League Baseball Clinics
Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.
:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)
Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.
:: Playground Finder
If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.
:: REI Running Classes
Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com.
:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes
Join the Sephora Beauty club , and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.
:: Target – Free Community Events
Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.
:: Wine Tasting
Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.
:: More Free Museum Dates
This site, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.
:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Go Hug Your Cat Day, Hot Air Balloon Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!
Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!
(Big thanks to Lori at More with Less Today)
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