What do you do when you are a parent and your kids are home with you all summer? I learned a few years ago that there is a lot to do in the summer; if you just know where to look! I am a homeschool Mom, so I wanted to find activities that were fun and educational for my children, and also light on the pocketbook! Here is an awesome list of places that offer free events for kids in the summer.
The first Saturday of the month, Home Depot offers a free build a craft workshop for kids. It is from 9 am to 12 pm but it is first come, first serve so you may want to get there early to make sure your child receives a kit to build. Apron and hammer are provided (Parents do have to sign a waiver for child to use) and your child receives a pin to put on their apron and certificate once the project is completed.
Lowe’s also offers a similar build a craft project that usually focuses on the latest DreamWorks movies. This one you do need to sign up for online to guarantee a spot for your child and it is from 10 am to 11 am every other Saturday. Apron and hammer are provided (Parents do have to sign a waiver for child to use) and your child receives a badge for their apron and certificate once the project is completed.
If you have a Pottery Barn Kids store near your house, they offer free story time every Tuesday from 11 am to 11:30 am. Your child receives a passport and after five visits, gets a free prize from the store. They also are having a free Reading Challenge where you get a prize after completing the required books on the store’s list. There are also various events going on through the summer for Father’s Day and Super Hero days!
There is a program where kids can bowl free during the summer. Check out this great post for more information on how your kids can bowl for free.
TOYSRUS stores offer various free events during the summer so check back often to see if they update the schedule but it is usually a free Lego build, which my sons love!
Barnes&Noble bookstores offer various story times through the summer and usually have a snack and an activity to follow up the story.
IKEA offers a free kids (ages 12 and under) lunch every Tuesday and if you sign up for the free IKEA card, you get a free coffee or tea every time you visit the café. They also offer free crafts and activities where your child gets a T-shirt, take home craft and sometimes a snack! They also get a card that gets stamped at every event and once the card is filled out, they get a prize.
Disney Store is offering a free event everyday this summer from June 3rd-Sept. 1 in their Summer Play Days. Check your local store for times and schedules
If you have a Westfield mall near your house, check out the WFamily Fun Days in the summer where they have story times, kids activities, and snacks. If you don’t have a Westfield mall, try looking up your local mall and see if they offer fun activities as well
Check your local library for fun events and activities in the summer. The library system where I live offers events in multiple locations all summer long! Some library branches you may have to get there early depending on how busy it is where you live.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.
Summertime learning doesn’t just have to be about academics. It is a good time for character building and socialization.
I am so thankful for all of these companies and places that realize education can still happen in the summer and they make it fun for them! It is also a great time for the kids to socialize and even for a parent to socialize. What places do you know about in your area that offer free summer fun for kids?
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