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Free Summer Activities

You’ve got the whole summer to plan for – no school, kids to occupy, vacations, celebrations and FREE Stuff!  It will be here before you know it.

Here’s a great list of FREE Stuff that will surely make your summer fun, full, frugal and FREE!


FREE Summer Stuff FREE National Parks –

The United States has some of the most prized parks in the world.  Lucky for us most of them also offer FREE admission, some have FREE Campgrounds and many offer FREE activities.  In fact, there is an awesome FREE program called Junior Ranger that is offered in many parks that allows kids to see and interact with the parks.   Kids can even earn a FREE official Junior Ranger badge or patch and a FREE Junior Ranger certificate.

List of all US National Parks

FREE National Parks by National Geographicicon iPhone App


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Bowling for Kids –

The AMF Bowling Centers Summer Unplugged program offers FREE bowling for kids all summer long!  Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two FREE games per day, every day, all summer long!

AMF Bowling Center Locations


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer Reading Programs –

National book seller Barnes & Noble has a cool summer reading program for kids that gives them the opportunity to earn a FREE book.  In a nutshell, if a child reads 8 books, they get to choose a FREE book from a predetermined list at any Barnes & Noble Store.

Barnes & Noble Store Locations

National book reseller Books-A-Million also offers FREE Summer Reading Programs.

Chuck E. Cheese also has a printable Reading Rewards Calendar that allows kids to earn 10 FREE Tokens for reading.

Check with your local public library to see if they offer a FREE Summer Reading program as well.


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer BBQ Recipes –

You can literally find thousands of BBQ Grilling recipes online – here’s a couple of great places to start – All Recipes, Food Network, Kraft Foods BBQ Recipes, Fitness Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.

FREE Downloadable Grilling Cookbooks with Recipes – Martha Stewart Summer Grilling Cookbook and Eating Well’s Best Grilling Recipes.


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Sun –

Yes the sun is FREE, so are suntans and so are sunburns and even skin cancer.  That’s why the American Cancer Society offers several FREE informational brochures on preventing, diagnosing, and treating skin cancer.  You can order them online or call 1-800-227-2345 to have them mailed to you.


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer Travel Guides –

Summer is Vacation Time!  If you need some help choosing and planning a vacation you can request FREE brochures.  Browse destinations, pick travel guides that you’d like, receive Travel Guides FREE by mail or download.  From the Great Lakes to the Alamo and Hollywood Hills to the Jersey Shore you are sure to find the perfect Summer Vacation Help.


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer Movie Programs –

Movie theaters often offer summer movie programs for kids.  This is a great way to occupy a day with the kids.  Showcase Cinemas has a program called Book Worm Wednesday where they view FREE movies for children in exchange for them reading a book over the summer break.   Other national theater chains and local theaters also offer FREE Summer Movie Programs.


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Outdoor Concerts –

Many cities provide FREE Concerts and Entertainment in public areas throughout the summer.  To find some near you it’s as simple as a quick search on the internet.  Simply search for “free concerts in” followed by the city.   Is there really a better way to spend a summer night than relaxing to FREE live music while enjoying the summer sun?


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer Apps for iPhone  and Android –

There are apps for everything summer!

FREE Summer Android Apps – Summer Barbecue RecipesUV IndexVacation, Summer Sports, Camping, Weather, Summer Fashion and even Countdown apps to the end of summer!

FREE Summer Apple iPhone Apps – Summer Drinksicon, Fishing Spotsicon, Sun Tan Timericon, Beach Guideicon, Swim Trainingicon, Summer Gas Pricesicon and Sunrises!


FREE Summer Stuff FREE Summer Workshops –

Many retailers are now offering FREE Workshops, Classes and Clinics.  Both Lowe’s and Home Depot offer “make-and-take” workshops for kids where they make a FREE craft item. Lowe’s even gives them a FREE Apron, Goggles and Patch.

Additional Kids Workshops/Programs – Michael’s Crafts, Bass Pro Shops, Barnes & Noble, Apple Stores, Lakeshore Learning

Adult Programs – Williams-Sonoma Technique Classes, Home Depot

Enjoy your FREE Summer!