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Free Summer Fun!

Looking for something fun to do this summer while still staying on a budget? Here are some great ideas from Being Frugal is Fabulous (unless otherwise noticed) to get you started!


Regal Movies are free but you must get tickets at the Box Office the day of the show. Showings are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Cinemark Get 10 shows for $5.00 when you pay in advance or $1.00 per show when you pay at the Box Office. Showings are weekday mornings.

AMC $1.00 movies on Wednesdays, proceeds go to charity.

Rave Motion Pictures Free movies every Tuesday and Wednesday, seats are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Dickinson Theaters Most locations offer a package of 8 movies for $12.50. Dates vary by location.

Marcus Theaters All seats are $2.50 and include free popcorn. Showings are on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.

Harkins Theaters Movies are $1.00 each or some theaters offer a 10 pack for $7.00. Showings are Monday-Friday.

Kerasotes Theaters Six movies will be shown for free Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Kids Bowl Free Kids can receive 2 free games every day.

Tony’s Pizza -Free Bowling Look for specially marked boxes of Tony’s Pizza to get a free game of bowling with purchase.

Kids Reading Programs

Barnes & Noble Kids (grades 1-6) can earn a free book when they read 8 books of their choosing.

Half Price Books Kids 12 and under can earn a free $3.00 Half Price book for each week that they read at least 15 minutes every day.

Borders Kids read 8 books of their choosing and then they will save up to 50% on selected items.

Pottery Barn Kids PBK holds story time every Tuesday from 11:00-11:30 (check your local store to confirm the time). Once kids attend story time 5 times, they receive a free gift.

Bookworm Wednesdays Participating movie theaters will give free admission to a selected children’s movie when they show a completed book report.


Local Events Search the Yahoo Events and Things To Do Calendar. Just enter your city and the type of event you are looking for. I found many fun free things to do in my local town that I didn’t know about.

Free Attractions This database lists free attractions around the country. I found out about some free attractions near us that I didn’t know about!

BOA Free Museums If you have a Bank of America Credit, Debit or ATM card, you can get free admission to participating museums, zoos and science centers the first weekend of every month.

Target Museums Target sponsors free admission to over 40 museums.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is offering up a fun Summer Reading program! Download and print their Reading Rewards Calendar here. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. When your done bring it in completed to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward! (Thanks, Faithful Provisions)

Free workshops for kids at Home Depot HERE, and free workshops for kids at Lowe’s HERE.

Free Apple camps for kids, details HERE. (Thanks, Thrifty Mama)

  • *Children ages 5-12 can earn a fun prize for logging outdoor activity with REI’s Passport to Adventure Program. Check out more details here.

Do you know of a fun and free activity this summer that I’ve missed? Post it below!