Select bowling centers across the US will be participating in the Kids Bowl Free program this summer. Kids can register to receive 2 FREE games of bowling each day. Click here to find a location near you and view the complete details for this offer.
UPDATED: Summer reading helps kids and teens retain and enhance their reading skills while school is out. Below is a list of FREE summer reading programs that offer freebies for participation.
Kids in grades 1 through 6 can get a FREE book from Barnes & Noble when they participate in their Summer Reading Triathlon. Just complete the form here and take it to your local store when finished. Program runs 5/17/16 through 9/6/16.
Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 can earn up to $10 ($2 per book) during Cap Com Credit Unions Fall, Winter and Summer Reading Programs (up to $30 per year). Cap Com FFC has 16 locations in the Syracuse, NY area.
Kids can get 10 FREE tokens when they read every day for two weeks. Just fill out the calendar here and take to a participating location. Food purchase is required. Limit one free token offer per day. This offer is available year round. Click here to find a location near you.
Kids up to 8th grade can earn $5 in Bookworm Bucks each month by reading 15 minutes per day and bringing their completed reading log into a store (parents can read to those who can’t yet). Those in high school will receive $5 per month when they read one of HPBs recommended titles for teens and bring a short review of their book to a store. Limit one reward per person, per month. Click here to find a location near you.
Most local libraries offer summer reading programs and may provide prizes and other incentives for your child’s participation. Contact your local library for more details.
Children aged from birth to 11 years can join the Rewards for Reading program. You will earn prizes for every 5 hours of reading . These include magazines, comics and audiobooks. Children who are still learning to read can also claim the time spent when their caregivers read with them. The total goal is 20 hours, but kids that keep reading can earn more prizes with the Summer Reading Raffle. Metro Bank has 34 locations in central Pennsylvania.
Kids who read 5 books will receive a FREE kids meal. Click here to find a location near you.
Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to FREE admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Kids under 6 and parents with a participant will also be free. Click here to find a location near you.
This year round program is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Prizes include a 3 month Highlights magazine subscription, candy bar, temporary tattoos, CD, and books.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Running May 5th – August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week (30 titles) – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2014, 26 titles were given away over 13 weeks. In 2015, 28 titles were given away over 14 weeks.
Kids ages 18 years and younger can get a FREE $10 added to their new or existing TD Bank Young Savers Account when they read 10 books this summer. Offer valid 6/1/16 to 8/31/16. Click here to find a location near you.
Beginning May 30th, more than 2,000 museums across America will be offering up FREE admission to all nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families (up to 5 members) as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. These include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. Ends 9/5/16. Click here for more information.
Apple Camp is a FREE program where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video, and creating an original soundtrack. Or, starting this summer, campers can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Sign up to be notified when registration is open.
Factory Tours USA is a site where you can find which companies in your state offer free tours of their factories. This would be a great FREE activity to do with your kids this summer.
Kids from preschool through high school and earn $10 in Half Priced Books Bookworm Bucks for reading this summer. Kids up to 8th grade can earn $5 each month by reading 15 minutes per day and bringing their completed reading log into a store (parents can read to those who can’t yet). Those in high school will receive $5 per month when they read one book and bring a short review of their book to a store. Limit one reward per person, per month. Click here to find a location near you.
Theaters across the country will have FREE and discounted movies this summer. Find a theater not on the list? Leave the information in the comment section and I will add it to this page.
Many cities will also have FREE outdoor movies at local parks, beaches, pavilions and even parking lots. Those are not listed here but you can visit your towns website for more information.
Open to any age with or without kids. Breeze Cinema 8 is located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Select your local theater then scroll down and click FREE Summer Movies banner on the left of the page. Cobb has multiple locations in the southeast.
Free for everyone. Select your location then scroll down and click ‘Camp Flagship’ on the left. Flagship has multiple locations on the east coast.
Free with the printable tickets here. Without the ticket it is $3 per person. Marcus has multiple Midwest locations.
Free for the family. Marquee has multiple east coast locations. Click your location for complete details.
Free for everyone. Special activities will be available after each show. Mary Max has one location on Logansport, Indiana.
Free for the family. Muller has multiple Minnesota locations. Select your location for more details.
Free for families. Paragon has locations in FL, MD, MN and VA.
Participating FREE locations: Temple, TX; Spanish Fort, AL; Rio Rancho, NM; Pearland, TX; Bessemer, AL.
Free for families. Premiere Oaks has one location in Melborne, Florida.
Free for families. Phoenix Big Cinemas has locations in FL, KS, MD, NC, NV, PA, TN and VA.
Free for everyone. REI has three locations in South Carolina.
Appears to be FREE for everyone. Some locations will have additional activities before/after the show. Santikos has 8 participating locations in Texas.
Kids get FREE admission when they write a book report. Kids under 6 and parents with a participant will also be free. Showcase has multiple locations in the northeast.
Appears to be free for everyone. Tri City has one location in Jackson, Ohio.
Tickets are $1 to $3 per person. You choose your price and the money goes to charity. Alamo has multiple locations across the country.
Tickets are $3.50 per movie and includes a popcorn and kids soda. The AmStar has multiple locations in the south.
$1 per person, per movie -OR- $5 for 10 movies when purchased in advance. Cinemark has locations across the US.
$1 per person, per movie. Classic has 13 locations in the Chicago area.
$1 movies plus $1.50 sodas and popcorn. The Georgia Theatre Company has 27 participating locations on the Southeast.
Tickets are $3.50 per movie and includes popcorn and kids soda. The Grand Theatre has multiple locations in the south.
See 10 movies for just $7. Adults must be accompanied with children. Harkins has locations in AZ, TX, CA, CO, and OK.
10 Movie Pass just $10 per person. Tickets may be available at the box office for $1.50 each. Megaplex has multiple Utah locations.
$1 movies are these locations: Lubbock, TX; Gadsden, AL; El Paso; Burleson, TX; Bryan, TX; Baytown, TX
Tickets are $1 per person. Regal has locations throughout the US.
Movies are available for families for $3 a ticket. Studio Movie Grill has locations in TX, OH, IN, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, and NC. Info can be found on their website by scrolling down and clicking ‘Children’s Summer Series’ on the left of the page.
$1 per person. UEC has locations in AR, CA, IN, MI, MS, NC, OH, PA, TN and UT.
Tickets are $0.50 per movie. UltraStar has seven locations in California and Arizona.
SYNC is a program that gives away two FREE audiobook downloads–a current young adult title paired thematically with a classic each week to listeners ages 13+. Program runs May 7th through August 13th. Sign up for email or text alerts that invite you to download the new titles as they become available.