8 Fun, Cheap and Free Summer Activities & Ideas

Summer Activites - Fun, Cheap and Free

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

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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. My girls have loved this activity every summer. My area in Tooele is not doing the kids bowl free program this year, but they do have a $2 Slammin’ Summer Special.

 

3.) Kids Skate Free

 

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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. Not all states have this program set up, and unfortunately there isn’t a participating skating rink in Utah.

 

4.) Fun & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids

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If you just want to stay at home and do some fun activities with your kids, try out these Fun & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids.

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Utah Readers: Thanksgiving Point $2 Tuesdays in August

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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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Free Admission to This Is The Place Heritage Park (June 12)

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This Friday, June 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., This Is The Place Heritage Park is offering a FREE admission day. There are a lot of fun activities including pony rides, train rides, panning for gold, visiting pioneer tradesmen & more. Plus, they will have free ice cream! Since it is free admission, it will be crowded, so be sure to get there early and plan accordingly.

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Summer Activities for Kids + Camping Tips & Recipes

Camping Tips Final

If you enjoy camping, check out these 14 Camping Tips to Make Camping Easier.

Camping Recipes Final

 And here are 18 Delicious Camping Recipes to try while you are out camping.

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If you are looking for some inexpensive activities to do with your kids this summer, then check out these Fun and Frugal Summer Activities for Kids.

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Be sure to also check the Free Kids Bowling All Summer Long.

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And see if a Skating Rink has a Kids Skate Free location near you.

cinemark summer movie clubhouse

And for those days where it’s too hot to play outside, Cinemark and Regal Theatres have $0.50 or $1 off summer movies for kids.

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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

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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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