Summer Discounts & Free Activities for Kids

School has ended and kids are getting stir-crazy, but you can take advantage of programs for kids and score great discount offers to get kids out of the house! Find details and age requirements for a variety of programs including free swimming lessons, free coding camp, and things that will keep kids active and energized.

Many of these are summer-specific programs, but a select few of are available year round!

Find FREE Swimming Classes this Summer -

Find FREE Swimming Classes this Summer


Take advantage of opportunities to continue learning over the summer with these free classes for kids!

Free Coding, Music, Moviemaking, & Art / Design Camps at APPLE stores

  • FREE for Kids (ages 8 – 12) at Apple Camp in Apple Stores
  • Kids attending Apple Camp in Summer 2019 can choose to explore music, coding, moviemaking, or art & design
  • Three 90-minute sessions
  • NOTE: All campers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of Apple Camp
  • 2019 registration begins June 17

Free Coding, Gaming, Robotics, Entrepreneurship, and STEM Classes at MICROSOFT stores

  • FREE for Kids from ages 6 and up (ages vary depending on class chosen)
  • Choose from exciting classes like Harry Potter creative coding, Fornite tournaments, talking robots
  • Find classes at a store near you online

Free Music Lessons

Free beginner guitar lesson and FREE guitar when signing up for additional lessons! -

Free beginner guitar lesson and FREE guitar when signing up for additional lessons!


  • Get free beginner Guitar lessons at Music & Arts during open house weekend (June 21 – 23)
  • Plus Get a FREE GUITAR if you choose to sign up for additional lessons!
    • Choose either a Fender electric guitar or a Laurel Canyon full size acoustic guitar, ¾ guitar, or ukulele
    • If piano is more your style, sign up for lessons and get $150 off select Casio digital pianos

Free education in local communities including swimming, yoga, & language

Although there will be far too many to list them all, a quick online search can uncover many more free classes in your local area.

Entertainment & Activities

Encourage your kids to take a break from playing Fortnite and video games with these programs that can get them out of the house!

Free outdoor adventure classes for kids -

Free outdoor adventure classes for kids

Adventure & Sport Classes

  • REI stores offer a wide variety of classes for all age levels (advance online registration is required)
    • Multiple price points for both non-members and REI members ($20 for a lifetime membership – usually means discounted class rates!)
    • Search for FREE classes at REI in your area including riding a bike, climbing, yoga, running with your dog, + more!
  • LL Bean: outdoor discovery programs include archery, paddle boarding, canoeing, biking, bird watching, + more!
    • wide variety of free classes
    • advanced classes require registration fee
  • Orvis: fly fishing classes available at select locations
    • Fly Fishing 101 class is free!
    • Fly Fishing 201 class may have a nominal fee
      • A free Trout Unlimited Membership ($35 value) is included for all FF101 and FF201 graduates!

Summer Reading Program 

  • Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book at Barnes & Noble this summer by:
    • Reading ANY 8 books
    • Completing the reading jounal (lists the book’s title / author and the child’s favorite part)
    • Bringing to Barnes & Noble locations between Aug 1 – 31 to choose a FREE BOOK (choices depend on grade level)

DIY FREE Workshops for Kids (and adults too)

Home Depot FREE Summer Workshops for Kids 2019 -

Home Depot FREE Summer Workshops for Kids 2019

Kids Bowl Free

  • Registered kids (ages 15 and under) receive 2 FREE games of bowling each day – all Summer long (ends September 1)
  • Hundreds of participating locations all across the country – choose your favorite location to sign up
  • NOTE that bowling shoes are required to bowl (you may bring your own bowling shoes, and some bowling centers even complimentary shoe rentals, but this varies by location)
  • Use parent email address to sign up for an account, then add eligible children to the parent’s account
  • Adults can also get in on the fun and purchase a summer-long pass (for up to 4 adults) for a one-time fee (approx $45 for everyone, price varies by location)

Kids Skate Free

  • Registered kids (age limits vary by location) receive free roller skaing all Summer long
  • Valid dates and times vary by locationsearch for your closest location online to see the details
  • NOTE that roller skates are required (but you may bring your own skates to the skate rink)
  • NOTE this program has a one-time admin fee per family of $4 for the summer

Discount Summer Movies

Summer Movies for $1 -

Summer Movies for $1 at Regal

  • Regal Cinemas  Summer Movie Express (locations nationwide!)
    • See kid-friendly feature movies at 10am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all Summer long for only $1 (valid for kids and adults!)
    • Featured films include Lego Batman Movie, Paddington 2, Smallfoot, Secret Life of Pets, and more!
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse (locations nationwide!)
    • See kid-friendly feature movies at 10am on select weekdays through August 8th for only $1 (or see all 10 movies for $5 with a season pass)
    • Featured films include Kung Fu Panda, Smallfoot, Sherlock Gnomes, and more!
  • Marcus Theaters / Movie Tavern Kids Dream Family Film Series (select locations nationwide)
    • See kid-friendly feature movies at 10am on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays through August 14th for only $3
    • Featured films include Wonder Park, Despicable Me, and more!

Craft Workshops

Kids Club Free Craft Events

Kids Club Free Craft Events

    • Weekly crafting classes held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am – 12pm at Michael’s stores
    • $3 includes the 30 minute session and supplies
    • New crafts each day / new themes each week include making slime, tie-dye picture frames, friendship bracelets, lego pyramids & more
    • Sign up online

Community Events

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone - FREE Annual National Parks Pass for 4th Graders -

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone – FREE Annual National Parks Pass for 4th Graders

National Parks pass for 4th graders (& educators)

  • FREE Annual National Parks Pass valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August)
  • Available for: U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass
  • Also available to 4th grade educators:
    • Teachers at a U.S. or U.S. military school
    • Adults who engage fourth graders through a youth-serving organization (camp directors, home-school leaders, after-school leaders, religious group leaders, etc)
  • Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees (Day Use Fee) (see PDF list of federal recreation sites that issue passes)
  • Additionally, there are also 5 days in 2019 where admittance into National Parks is free for everyone!

In addition to these discounted and free activities for kids, check out our post to see where you can get free (or cheap) meals for kids!

What things are you doing with your kids this summer? Are there more activities and deals that should be added to the list?

10 Responses

  1. Katya says:

    Great selection of discounts and free stuff for kids. I know it’s always great to save some money on the go, but if you can learn your kid a thing or two while doing so it’s even better. I love the activities for kids, as well as community events. It’s important to include your child in everyday life and it makes community a safer place.

    Thanks for providing this great selection of activities, meals and educational freebies.



    • Alyce says:

      Hi Katya, It’s awesome to be able to save some money while still finding ways to enrich your kid’s lives. Hope you’re able to take advantage of a few of the great offers!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  2. Mecyll Gaspary says:

    Oh, I love this. I love learning discounts of the stuff kids could take advantage and learn. Exploring is a must at this age. So, parents should take the time to search for opportunities to achieve that. 

    And by having read your post, it made me realize that there is so much online! Getting more information about this and that discount is easier than expecting coupons on the road. 

    What I see most of the time are coupons from swimming pools and other outdoor activities. Yet, I haven’t seen discounts for other fields like education, music, etc. For me, these pieces of information are very important, especially for me – a married woman without a kid. I could make use of these when I have my own child. 🙂

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mecyll, I love how just how varied these programs for kids are! Crafts, coding, climbing, and robotics?!? It’s great that there are so many ways to encourage kids to try something new while they are on break over the summer. Hope this information comes in handy when you need it! 😉

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  3. Ronald L Washington says:

    Great stuff about deals. We are always looking for good deals, especially when we have young children. You’ve provided some great and relevant information on discounts. I see you have discounts in several areas and makes your site much more attractive. I was particularly interested in the Apple camps and free guitar lessons. I would love my kid to learn to code and play the guitar.

    The Home Depot opportunity seems great; along with the kid’s bowl, skating, and movies. You have described a wonderful place where a parent can take a kid and not come home broke.

    Thanks for introducing this to me.

    God bless you!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Ronald, Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your insights. Hopefully your kids will be able to take advantage of some of the great free and discounted programs this Summer!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  4. Robert J Warneck says:

    I really think this is such an ingenious idea to have summer programs for children, especially when so many are free!  It is so vital for our children to be able to participate in these programs, and for the parents to be involved with them!  I personally love the Home Depot one because the parent and the child can learn together and be creative together!

    • Alyce says:

      HI Robert, The Home Depot’s monthly programs are a great way for children to bond with their parents – plus they’ll take pride in the a fun toy they that made together! It’s great that they provide this activity for children all across the country!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  5. Stella says:

    Summer discounts and free stuff for children is a great idea! Guitar lessons, climbing, coding, and a book club are so important for kids to use up their energy creatively. Thanks for the ideas that can keep kids happy over the summer! The nationwide listings are great but I am very interested in what programs may be available in my local area too!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Stella, I hope that you, your family, and friends are able to take advantage of a few of these great offers!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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