Free Things To Do With Kids This Summer

by Destri on May 30, 2012

Kids Home Depot

Well, it hit the 90’s were I live and I don’t care what the Calender says – that means it’s Summer.  Last Summer slipped by me a bit so I decided to do a little planning this year.  I have marked on my calender different events in our area that I want to make it too, and thought it would be fun to share some of the free summer activities that are nation wide I found.

Some of these are within the next few weeks, so make sure you read through the list and not just pin for later (because that is totally what I would do!).  Also, a few of them are all Summer long – so they are perfect for those too hot Summer days that are just around the corner!

Free bowling, fishing, National parks and more- get the list after the jump!

Fun and Free Activities and Events For Kids This Summer

Home Depot Free Kids Workshops ~ On the 1st Saturday of every month the Home Depot has a workshop all set up for your kiddos to build something fun.  We have done this a few times and my kids love it.  This Saturday they are building organizers for hair accessories cars…details on their site.

Lowes Free Build and Grow Kids Workshops ~ Every other weekend Lowe’s has a project for the kids too.  Some are held on Sundays as well as Saturdays, all the details on their website. It looks like next weekend they will be building a really cool Monkey Powered Plane.

Kids Bowl Free – We did this last summer and it was super easy to sign up for.  You just register online and find your local bowling alley for 2 free games per child every day this summer.  Perfect for those days it is too hot to play outside.

Discounted Movies at Cinemark – (Not free, but still inexpensive!) Every Summer Cinemark has a series of kid friendly movies for only $1.00 – again perfect for hot summer days. Ours were always in the late morning and twice a week.  I contacted my local Cinemark and they said the Summer movie program starts on June 11th – just find your local theater on their website and they will have information when available. I also found this 75 cent family special you may be lucky enough to have in your area!

Free Entrance Day Into National Parks –  June 9th is Get Outdoors Day and any national parks that normally charge an entrance fee are fee-free for the day. There are many fee-free days for state parks this Summer as well, just google your state park with fee free day to find details.

Free Fishing Days – National Fishing and Boating Week is June 2-10 and most states have a free fishing day as part of the celebration.  Just click on the pdf link on the home page for dates in your state.  Throw a line in and watch your kids squirm with the worms.

Free Museum and Zoo Days – Every Summer museums and zoos around the world host free days – the best thing to do is check with your local venues and mark your calendar.  We happened upon this at the Dallas Children’s Museum last year by accident and I was surprised at how few people were there.

Michael’s Crafts – Michael’s Crafts has a different calender every month for various craft days with the kiddos.  Some have a supply fee, some don’t.  As of publish date, they still had the May calendar up with Mother’s Day gifts for kids to make, so i am certain they will have some Father’s Day crafts available in the coming weeks.  Check with your local Michael’s.

These are just a few ideas, but take a look at what is available in your area.  Many manufacturing plants give free tours for kids and they are fascinated with it! We are going to try and make it to a paper manufacturing plant with friends this Summer.

Also, fire stations and police stations welcome kids if they are notified in advance.  Round up the neighborhood kids and make a day of it.

Here is a list we made for a bunch of fun things to do in the Summer.  I am glad I dug it up again, there are some fun things that I had forgot about.

Just act as if you are a tourist in your own town, look for special days in your area – and then mark your calender.  Summer will be gone before you know it!

Anything I forgot?  Leave it in the comments!

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