Your Guide to Free Summer Fun

Looking for some FREE activities to fill up all that extra FREE time your kids have over the summer? You’ve come to the right place! Here is your guide to all things fun and free (or really cheap!) for your kids this summer with thanks to Kaley from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring for compiling this list for us. Have a seat, grab a pencil and your calendar and let the planning begin!

Reading Rewards Programs:

Free or Cheap Movie Admission:

  • Regal Free Family Film Festival: Beginning in June, select Regal Theaters will offer free family friendly movies starting at 10 am each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets are only available the day of the show and first-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. Go here to see if there is a participating theater near you.
  • National Amusements Bookworm Wednesdays: Kids can get free admission to a select children’s film every Wednesday at 10 a.m. when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six also receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Program begins July 7 and ends August 11.
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Participating Cinemark theaters are offering $1 family-friendly movies on select weekday mornings throughout the summer. You can opt to  purchase an advance pass for all ten movies for just $5 making them only $0.50 each! Find a list of participating locations, dates and times here.

Free Activities:

Kaley is the Wife, Mom, blogger, and free-stuff-finder behind Cha-Ching on a Shoestring where she chronicles her family’s journey of learning to live large on a limited budget and helps others do the same.  She and her husband Wes are the proud parents of two active, amazing boys and have lived to celebrate their journey through unemployment.

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  1. Jenny says

    Does anyone know if the Bank of America Free Admission Program only applies to the one cardholder…like I i had the card in my name would I still have to pay for my kids etc…If anyone knows the specifics that would be great! Thanks!

  2. says

    Good question, Jenny. The really fine print at the bottom says, “One free general admission limited to cardholder.”

    I guess a better bet to get the whole family in for free would be to check out the Target Arts + Culture link.

  3. Ramie says

    Don’t forget the wonderful (and FREE) events planned at many public libraries!

  4. says

    Thanks for this great list! I wanted to add another theater chain that is offering free movies. Great Escapes Cinemas offer free movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 am starting June 6th in some areas! Thanks for all your great work on this site!

  5. Missy Whitfield says

    Thank you for the list. It’s always challenging to keep my 5 kids entertained during the entire summer. Thanks for helping me get my list started! Looks like we’ll be hitting up some free movies, and going to national parks. We do bowling every summer with their report cards. Bowl America gives free games for every A, so we take advantage of that too!

  6. says

    In Massachusetts they have Free Fridays during the summer. The “Free Fun Fridays” program invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit for free a designated museum or attraction over ten Fridays this summer.