- May, 16 2013
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Yay!!! Summer is almost here! Kids will be out of school, and we’re looking for fun things to do. And really, some of the best things in life are indeed FREE!
FREE SATURDAY CRAFTS, WORKSHOPS, AND CLINICS - Fun activities to make things and get creative are offered for free at Lowes and Home Depot on Saturdays. Check the schedule for your area, and pick the ones you know your kids will enjoy.
FREE NATIONAL PARK DAY – August 25th is National Park Service Birthday, which means FREE entrance for all! There’s 10 other free days throughout the year as well!
FREE BOWLING - Kids get 2 free games every day,all summer long! Just sign up at KidsBowlFree.com and find a bowling alley near you!
FREE SUMMER “DAY CAMPS” – Bass Pro Shop offers free family summer camps with free arcades, carousel rides, and discovery displays with ant farms, bird watching, and more. Camps are usually the second week of June on Tues., Thurs. Sat. and Sun. Dates for 2013 will be announced here:
FREE CONCERT, FESTIVAL or SHOW – Ever wonder why hotel tax is so high? Some of those funds go to grants to promote tourism via free shows and festivals in libraries, parks, and community centers. But you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy them. Our kids even got free pony rides at a free festival. Check your local city and county websites for free shows and events that are educational, fun and free. Many malls and shopping centers host free shows for kids and families in the summer. Some include crafts. Check your local mall for schedules and events.
FREE ARBORETUM or BOTANICAL GARDEN –Many county arboretums, private or city botanical gardens have free special events or days. Some have regular free days every week. For example, the New York Botanical Gardens are Free all day on Wednesdays and parts of Saturdays. A number of universities and colleges have beautiful arboretums that are free to visit year round. Check your local area websites for schedules and hours.
FREE ARTS, CULTURE, and MUSEUMS - Grants from foundations and corporations often fund free days at museums, some on an on-going basis. Target’s mission is to sponsor family events across the nation, some of which are free museum days and arts events for families. See if there’s something going in your hometown for Free Target Community Events. Bank of America offers free museum admission to over 150 museums on the first full weekend of every month. Find a local museum for Museums on US weekends, and BofA Visa card is your ticket to enter. Choose a museum where kids are always free, and it’s free for the whole family. Also, check your local museum websites for free admission days through other generous corporate or foundation sponsorship.
BONUS – Pack a picnic, a blanket, balls, kites, and bubbles, and frolic in the park!
Soak it in, and enjoy every moment of your kids’ summer!
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