free and cheap activities to do with kids

10 Cheap & Free Things To Do with Kids

Kid-Friendly…Plus Free & Cheap!

There is so much fun stuff and exciting things to do with kids. It will simply amaze you to see the options available. This makes good business sense to provide healthy activities that are geared for children at reduced, or free, rates. This is a great business model. It allows parents to get the kids out and doing things while not destroying their budget. Plus, it allows monies to be spent on amenities that they saved from admission costs. This is a win/win situation for everyone involved. The list of participating businesses and community organizations is overwhelming.

You could literally have an adventure/activity every single weekend this summer. This is the perfect time of year to start to put together a plan of action. You know how kids can get in the summer. “Mom..I’m bored” is a common theme that blows through the warm winds of summer. So, be proactive and have activities scheduled and gear ready to go. It will make planning things easier and that means less stress on you. Which means less summer anxiety for the kids. All this combines to create fun, and healthy, activities that the whole family will enjoy.

1. Local Parks and Trails

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Going to the park is always a kid-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. The local park system is always providing opportunities to get families to visit their parks. Reduced children fares are common with some fees removed completely. The adventures possible in the local park are endless. Simple fun stuff to do. Throw a frisbee, ball, or go hiking. Fishing is always fun. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch for under the shade tree. Spending time together as a family unit is the healthy outcome.


2. Treasure Hunting

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Treasure hunting is always fun and inexpensive and the reward is priceless. There are many ways to hunt treasure. The best way is just looking for it. Go for a walk and look down. You never know what you might find. I’m wearing a $300 necklace I found, laying on the sidewalk, while walking to a local park. Geocaching is a common, fun way to find treasures that are buried for people to find by people. The local Goodwill store, or flea market affords great treasure hunting. Don’t forget garage sales.

3. Reading a Good Book

How about a good book for summer. I remember reading in the summer while spending time in Maryland. It was a story I’ll never forget. There are all sorts of reading programs for kids. Barnes and Nobles has a program that offers a free book. Your local library always has some type of healthy reading program to get involved in. Even your Chuck E Cheese’s has a reading program. Pizza and books.. Now, that’s awesome.

4. Community Camps with the Salvation Army.

Your community Salvation Army is offering summer camps for kids. The time spent at a summer camp is never forgotten. There are many different themes to choose from. There is sport camp that allows kids to get active. Music camps that offer training and practice in the art of music, and of course an adventure camp. Most of the after-school and overnight camps are free. Other camps are economically attractive also. This is healthy character building time socializing with their peers.

5. Summer Matinee Movies.

Summer movies are available also. Regal Cinemas is offering $1 movies on scheduled days. These are available in limited areas so, check on participation. Even movie days at home are fun when it’s really hot outside. Make some snacks and get set for a day of movie magic. Play games to get points to pick the movie. Again this is interactive time spent together, this is healthy time.

6. Building Workshops At Your Local Hardware Store.

Some local hardware stores have kid themed building workshops. These are designed to familiarize children to tools and building ideas. These are free and a lot of fun, for everyone. The hardware store has lots of materials for kid-friendly projects for around the home and garden.

7. The Zoo

Your local Zoo is always a hit with the kids. The Washington D.C. Zoo is free year round and offers a whole day of fun. The Panda exhibit is a must see. Gorillas to Zebras this Zoo has so much to see and do. This is a beautiful national Zoo everyone should see. Parking is both free and at cost. Either way it is well worth it.

8. Volunteering

Free time in the summer means volunteer time. There are so many local opportunities to help out and volunteer. There is a need for young people to get involved. Volunteering is a healthy team sport we all should play. Go to and see what volunteer opportunities/adventures await you and your crew of kids.

9. Summer Camping at Bass Pro Shops.

Your local Bass Pro Shops has free summer camp days that are kid themed throughout the summer. Call for schedule. This includes learning how to fish. Completely free arts and craft and healthy interactive time. It’s always fun at the Bass Pro Shops.

10. Computer Workshops.

The computer can provide many days of interactive learning and opportunities for growth through summer. Many parents allow their children to go stagnant during summer. This is not a healthy choice. Your computer can provide plenty of stimulation that kids need to grow intellectually. Microsoft stores offer programming and code workshops for kids ages 6 and up. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach kids that computers are not just game consoles. Lego’s even has free downloadable instructions that will teach kids how to create new designs out of their old Lego blocks. All this healthy learning opportunities create sharper young minds.

Now that your summer is planned with plenty of affordable, healthy learning opportunities for the kids, what’s left for you to do? Why not relax, sit back and realize the advantage you are giving your children this summer. Good Parents are allowed to do that. Enjoy your summer.

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How To Get Free Books For Kids By Mail

Reading books to your child at a young age is a great way to make sure that they grow up loving to learn and read. But getting books for your child can be difficult. You not only have to find a book that your child is going to love, but you have to make sure it is at the right level for your child’s age. You don’t want to read a book meant for 7 year olds to your 3 year old, they don’t understand it. So, here are a couple of great ways that you can get free (and discounted) books, that your kids will love and understand, delivered right to your door.

1. A Reading Program

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The first way you can get free or discounted books for your kids? A reading program. There are a lot of different reading programs out there that will allow your child to receive free books every month.

These programs are meant to help kids learn how to read and write, so it’s perfect for any parent who wishes for their child to be above their grade in reading. Barnes and Noble offers a child who has read 8 books, 1 free book. And TD bank is giving $10 dollars to any child who reads 10 books. Find a program like this for your little one, and you can end up with many books for free.

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2. Your Local Library

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Your local library might have free books for you. There are a lot of times when books get donated to the library and the library either doesn’t have room for them, or doesn’t approve of the condition that the book is in. If the library is refusing to accept a donation book, they give them out for free. Stop by your local library to see if they have any books that they are giving away, you can get your hands on them and have some free books for yourself and your children to read through.

PJ Library:

PJ Library sends out free books to Jewish kids. If you are a Jewish family and you are looking for a fun and friendly book for your child, you can sign them up for the book program with PJ Library and you will receive some free books right to your home. These books will teach your children about traditions all while making it fun and teaching them how to read.

3. Book Banks

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These are programs that allow parents and book loving individuals to come down and pick out a book. The unfortunate thing about this setup, it is only in a few select areas across America. You can look online to see if there is a Book bank near you, but if there isn’t, you might want to consider talking to your local neighborhood to get one started. It doesn’t take a lot to put together and everyone will get some great benefits out of it.

4. Book exchanges or Book Swapping.

This is something that is fun for any parents. Everyone is teaching their child in a different way, and they want to make sure that they have all of the resources that they need to do that. So, some parents go around and swap books with other parents. If your child loves Clifford and your neighbor’s child loves the Magic School Bus, you could trade books and you’ll both win in this situation. You can talk to the parents at school, the local library, or on an online forum. There is surely someone in your area or around your area that is willing to swap books.

5. BookBub and Other Free eBook Sites.

If you are not against digital books, there are plenty of places online that offer you free ebooks and downloadable books. if your child is old enough to read something on the computer or on your tablet, then this might be a great option. It will keep them entertained because it is on a device, they will not get distracted turning the pages, and they can never lose their place in the book after losing a bookmark because the device keeps track for them.

6. Imagination Library

And finally, Imagination Library. This is a book program created and run by Dolly Parton. She has put together this program so that families who want to get books for their kids but, for reasons unknown, they can’t. It is a truly amazing program.

You put in your child’s name and date of birth, it goes from the time they are born up to 7 years of age, and you will start to get books monthly.

The books that are sent out will relate to the age that your child is. If you have a toddler, you will receive a lot of counting and shapes books. If you have an older kid, you will receive more chapter books. This is the best way to get free books, they are delivered right to your door every single month, and your child will love every book that they get. And if you sign up your child from the time they are born, you will receive a new book every month until they are 7 years old, so this program will grow with your child and they will never be without something to read.

There are many ways to get free books, but if you want something you can rely on, try out these methods. They might not all come straight to your mailbox, but they are very reliable ways to get free and discounted books. And when you are finished when the books you get, you can pass them down to the next child or a friend who is looking for books for their child. It’s a win-win situation.