Free Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Posted on 06/02/2010

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning should stop. Make sure your children put their summer vacation to good use. Take advantage of these free summer learning activities for kids.

Free Bowling - Bowling may not seem like a learning activity, but it can definitely help kids work on their math. Just make sure they keep score—not a computer. Kids ages 12 and under can get a free game of bowling every day throughout June, July and August by joining the Brunswick Bowling Zone. Another program to check out is, where kids can get up to two free games a day.

Free Movies - Movies can be educational. And with the Regal Family Film Festival, they’re free too. Head to a free movie every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10am. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

Reading Challenges - Reward your child for reading with various free summer reading programs. The New York Times is challenging kids to read the newspaper and write about what interested them for a chance to be featured. The Scholastic Summer Challenge is asking kids to compete in their Read for the World Record program. They’ll read books and log minutes this summer for a chance at breaking the world record. Teach kids about money and reading with the help of TD Bank’s summer reading program. Once your child reads ten books, simply fill out a form to receive $10 in a new or existing TD Bank account.

Free Story Time - Your local library probably offers lots of free story time activities throughout the summer. Or you can head to the nearest Pottery Barn Kids store on Tuesdays from 11-11:30. When your child has attended five story times they’ll get a free gift.

Start a Free Garden - Teach kids about plants and nature by starting a summer garden. Get going with free seeds from Free Seeds for Kids. If you live in Chicago, you can also request free seeds from OneSeedChicago. Or, use seeds from the fruit and vegetables you eat.

Free Computer Workshops - Select Apple stores are offering free computer workshops for kids ages 6-13. They can create songs, photo albums or presentations. The sessions last about three hours.

Free Craft Projects - Little kids can learn basic building skills with Home Depot’s free workshops for kids. This summer kids can build a periscope and a school bus pencil organizer completely free of charge. Lowes also has a similar program.

Free Science Experiments - Teach kids about density, energy and air pressure with fun science experiments using household products you probably already have. All of the instructions for more than two dozen different experiments can be found for free online courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

By Alison Storm

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