Schools Out: Now What? Free & Inexpensive Activities for Kids

Schools Out: Now What? Free Activities for Kids |

School is out, and now parents are wondering: How do I keep my kids busy for 3 months?

Fortunately, there are some fun and free (or almost free!) activities that will keep the kiddos busy and entertained. All of these suggestions will keep your kids engaged and they have nothing to do with electronics or video games!

Take the fun on the road with our list of free activities for kids and families in every state!  And don’t forget our kids of Kids Eat Free restaurants when it’s time to fuel up. 

Free Activities for Kids

With the Kids Bowl Free program, kids can bowl 2 free games a day everyday throughout the summer. Bowling allies across the country have partnered together in an effort to keep kids active and busy while having some fun. The estimated value is $500 a child. So you can hit the lanes every day and score a fun freebie!

Catch a flick for a buck!  This brings me back to when I was a kid and movies were actually a buck. This summer Regal Theatres is offering their Summer Movie Express. Every Tuesday and Wednesday during certain times, movies will cost a dollar and as an added feel good bonus: a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rodgers Institute.

Get your kids to volunteer. This is practically good for tweens; they’re not old enough to actually be hired for a part-time job but they are old enough to start getting some work experience.  You can find opportunities through your local community centers and churches, or try searching online at sites like Volunteer Match to find something that engages with your kid’s area of interest.

Libraries have come a long way from the days of just loaning out books. These days libraries offer activities, Storytime, summer reading clubs, language programs as well as parties. Everything is free and programs like these keep kids motivated and inspired. You can check out where your local library is located and what programs they offer. And if there are several in your area, make it a point to hit them all throughout the summer since certain programs are different.

The Forest Park in Portland is the largest city park in the country with 5,200 acres!  If you can’t make it to Portland take advantage of city parks in your area. Many offer free musical concerts, fairs and other activities throughout the summer.

And this is my favorite tip so it’s always worth mentioning. Buy an annual family membership at one local museum or science center and have the ability to visit hundreds of other for free or low cost through the  Northern American Reciprocal Museum Association.