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List of FREE Summer Programs for Kids

Updated August 13, 2017

free summer programs for kids


Summer is here and you may be hearing the kids say that they are bored. Sometimes trying to keep them busy in the summer can be a challenge. Here is a list of FREE Summer programs you can do with your kids to cure that summer boredom.

kids bowl free

Kids Bowl Free Program: Available at over 1,000 bowling centers in the US and Canada and is valid for kids ages 15 and under. You can register each kid for FREE. After you register each child will get a coupon for 2 free games of bowling daily throughout the summer.

Summer Reading Programs: Take advantage of the FREE Summer Reading Programs around you. Your kids can earn prizes for the books they love to read. Below is a list of current summer reading programs your kids can take part in.

bass pro shops summer camp

Bass Pro Shop Free Family Summer Camp:  At participating Bass Pro Shops families can attend the FREE Summer Camp and have fun games for kids, activities, and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together.

Vacation Bible School: Search your local area for Vacation Bible School going on. They are set up during different weeks so be sure to look around.

summer movie programs list

Summer Movie Programs: While these are not free they are pretty cheap. Participating movie theaters are offering summer movie programs where you can see movies for $1-$2 a person.

Free Building Workshops: Kids can build the activity available at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Home Depot’s Kids Workshop is the first Saturday of the month. Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics are every Saturday.

Free Park Programs: Check with your local park to see what free activities they have this summer. We usually get a flyer in the mail of what programs they have for the month that are FREE.

Free YouthSpark Summer Camp: Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today. Camps are available at your local Microsoft Store. Find a location near you here.


Apple Camp: At Apple Camp, kids ages 8–12 will learn the ins and outs of iMovie and how to make their own films. The free three-day session, held at the Apple Store, leads up to an Apple Camp Film Festival where campers debut their masterpieces. This is available at your local Apple Store.

There also may be other local freebies for the kids to do in you area. Be sure to check your area for details.


  • Jenny Jenkins
    March 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you so much for this article. I found it extremely helpful.

    • Alison
      March 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

      You’re welcome.


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