Summer Freebies: Free Books, Movies and Entertainment for Kids

Posted on 07/10/2012

Summer should be a time of excitement, learning and growing for kids. While trips to theme parks and adventures at summer camp can be great, they can also be expensive. Thankfully for parents and caregivers there are loads of summer freebies including free books, free movies and free entertainment just for little ones.

Free Chick-fil-A Food Get the kids moo-ving with Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. On July 13 the whole gang can score free meals when you dress up like a cow from head to hoof. Download a free cow starter kit at

Free Crafts on Saturdays
Every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning Store, take your kids in for free crafts from 11am to 3pm. Upcoming projects include creating a pet fish, decorating an Olympic torch and building a summer fan.

Free Bowling
More than 5.2 million kids have already taken advantage of the free bowling program through Every day of the summer registered kids can receive up to two free games, a value of more than $500. During a heat wave this freebie is priceless.

Free Building Clinic at Lowes
Every other weekend Lowes welcomes future carpenters into the store to participate in a free Lowes Kids Clinic. Pint-size builders receive a free apron, goggles, patch and more. Plus they get to build something cool like a Kung Fu Panda toy.

Free Book from Barnes and Noble
Keep your kids reading all summer long with the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. Kids can read any eight books, logging their progress in the printable Reading Journal. Once complete they can turn it into the local Barnes and Noble store for a free book.

Free Movies
Movie theaters across the country are welcoming kids in with free summer movies. Free kids’ movies start at 9:30am on various days at Great Escape theater locations. Free movie screenings start at 10am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Muvico theaters. And there’s a free movie playing every day of the week at Cinemaworld during Summer KidFest. Adults may have to pay a couple of bucks at some locations, but it’s still a great way to entertain the kids while keeping cool.

By Alison Storm

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