Today’s column is by Cheryl Maguire, a mother of three and founder of SwapSavers, a social network for frugal folks who love freebies, coupons and rewards. Cheryl is also a writer who contributed to It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence. Thank you, Cheryl, for these great resources for free entertainment for the kids this summer. Readers, look through this list to see if any of these merchants are near you!
1. FREE Movies for Summer Reading at Showcase
BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS, Every Wednesday at 10:00 am beginning July 8th for six weeks. A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months. BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children’s film 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 receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Showcase Website
2. FREE Camp at Apple Stores 8-12 yrs old
This summer, your kid could make a movie, create a photo slideshow, write and record a song, put on a show for everyone, and have a blast doing it all. At Apple Camp, kids learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac and discover their hidden talents along the way. Apple Camp occurs at every Apple Retail Store, and each free workshop lasts three hours. Sign up your kid today and get ready for an adventure. Apple Website
3. FREE Museum Admission from Target
To see the list of museums in your area or the days/times you can go, visit the website. Before you go, you should also contact the museum and find out more information. I noticed that for some of the museums you do have to pay a small fee ($1). FREE Museum Admission from Target
4. FREE Family Movies at Regal Theatres
Free Family Film Festival Beginning June 2009! When school’s out, kids around the country can visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it’s FREE!
Selected G and PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer. Tickets for the 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show.
You can also select a state from the list below to see participating theatres in your area! Regal Website
5. Kids Bowl Free All Summer
Bowling centers from around the country are giving away 2 free games of bowling each day as an opportunity for kids and families to enjoy bowling during the summer months. The “Kids Bowl Free” program is only available at the centers listed.
Each child can bowl 2 free games every day throughout the duration of the program. Each center has its own age restrictions, as well as any times the coupons are not valid during the day. You do need to register to get a bowling pass. Kids Bowl Free All Summer List of Bowling Centers
8. FREE Book from Barnes & Noble when you read 8 books (for kids)
1. Kids read any eight (8) books of their own choosing.
2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs the journal when it’s complete. You can also get a Spanish-language Reading Journal.
3. Children bring their completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 26th and September 7th, 2009.
4. They’ll receive a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.*
*Eligible books will be listed on the coupon. Choices must be made from available stock. No special orders. Limit of one (1) form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please. Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books. Summer Reading
11. FREE National Park Admission National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Weekends Across the States America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this summer with three fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends this summer: