8 Fun, Cheap and Free Summer Activities & Ideas

Fun, Cheap and Free Summer Activities

I am so excited for summer and am looking forward to doing activities with my kids. Recently I had a friend ask me about easy, fun, cheap and free activities that she could do with the kids during the summer, so I’ve compiled a list of what you can do with your kids this summer that won’t cost you too much money.

1.) Kid’s Movie Clubs

cinemark summer movie clubhouse

Cinemark Theaters has the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse where you can see kid-friendly movies all summer long for $1 or less. If you purchase 10 movies for $5, then it’s just $0.50 each show! Or there is an option to pay $1.00 for each show you attend. And all movies are rated G or PG. To get the tickets, go to the ticket office the day you are seeing your first movie and you can purchase a punch pass for $5.00. Parents and kids all get in for the same price. Head over to Summer Movie Clubhouse to see which Cinemark movie theaters are participating near you.

 

Regal Theaters 2016 Movies
Regal Theaters also has a kid’s movie club called Summer Movie Express where kids movies are only $1. The movies are G & PG. Just purchase the tickets at the box office. Head over here to see if there is a theater near you and to find out what movies will be playing.

2.) Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free Logo

Register your children at KidsBowlFree.com to receive two free games of bowling for each of your children daily during the summer. Keep in mind that you do have to pay for the shoe rental. To see which bowling alleys are participating near you, head over here.

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Utah Readers: Thanksgiving Point $2 Tuesdays in August

thanksgiving point

 

I just saw information about this or I would have posted it sooner. Thanksgiving Point is having its Two-Buck Tuesdays where every Tuesday in August guests receive admission to each venue for just $2. So mark your calendar to go on August 18 or 25, 2015. They are open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.

Choose from any of the following venues:

You can also score the following $2.00 eats:

  • Chocolate fudge at the Emporium
  • $2.00 kids meals with an adult entree at Harvest Restaurant
  • $2.00 cheesecake at Harvest Restaurant
  • $2.00 pastries and baked goods at the Tower Deli & Bakery
  • and more

I would suggest going early to get there before it gets crowded.

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Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag

A few years ago, my sister-in-law introduced me to this homemade ice cream in a bag. It was so much fun to make, and it’s is so easy to do. The recipe only has three ingredients. Since it’s been so hot lately, I thought this would be a fun activity to do with my girls outside. My oldest daughter had the most fun shaking the bag. And she ended up shaking my younger daughter’s ice cream bag too.

 

Ice Cream in a Bag Ingredients

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Cinemark & Regal Theatres: $0.50 or $1 Summer Movies for Kids

cinemark summer movie clubhouse

Here’s a fun and not too expensive activity for the kids this summer. Participating Cinemark’s across the country have a Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse where you can purchase 10 movie passes for kids for just $5.00. That’s only $0.50 per movie! Or there is an option to pay $1.00 for each show you attend.

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Free Game of Bowling from GoBowling.com

free bowling at gobowling

Head over to GoBowling.com and watch the short video, then click on the link and fill out a short form to receive a FREE game of bowling. The coupon will be e-mailed to you and is valid through July 26, 2015.

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Kids Skate Free This Summer

kids skate free

Select skating rinks across the country are offering a Kids Skate Free program this summer.  Head over here and pick your state to see if there is a participating skating rink in your area. Most ages that can skate free are 12 and younger. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for skate rentals.

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Utah Readers: Free Admission to Hogle Zoo (Feb. 25)

utah's hogle zoo

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, is Wild Wednesday at Utah’s Hogle Zoo and admission into the zoo is FREE! The zoo is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The gate closes at 4 p.m. and the grounds are open until 5 p.m. This would be a fun activity to do with the kids. Keep in mind that since admission is free, it might get crowded, so be sure to plan for that.

 

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Home Depot & Lowe’s Free Kids Workshops

lowe's kids workshop logo

On Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. is Lowe’s Build and Grow Free Kids Clinic. During the clinic, children will be able to build a free Sweetheart Picture Holder. In addition, your child will receive a FREE apron, goggles, and more. These spots are filling up fast, and many of them are already full, so register your children now!

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Utah Readers: Up to 37% Off Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Discovery Gateway Children's MuseumFor those of you in Utah, for a limited time, Groupon is offering three different deals for the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City:

If you haven’t been to the Discovery Gateway before, it’s designed to highlight the different ways children learn through colorful and kid-friendly exhibits based on the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And around every corner is something to touch, investigate, or explore.

Fine print: Expires Jan 31st, 2015. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for special events, including Spooktacular on 10/31 and Breakfast with Santa. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Free Entrance to National Parks (January 19)

On Monday, January 19, 2015, the U.S. National Park Service is offering FREE Entrance to National Parks for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hundreds of national parks are participating where everyone can get in free. Head over here to see which ones are near you.

And mark your calendars for these FREE entrance days in 2015:

  • February 14-16 – Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19 – Opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
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