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11 Free Events for Kids & Families 2012

Are you looking for something to do this summer to break up the days a little bit? How about setting aside a few hours each week to get away from the house and do something with the kids that is not only fun, but inexpensive and in some cases free!

  • June 9th is Get Outdoors Day and is also free entrance day to the national parks that would otherwise charge for admission. Here is a list of all those national parks, by state, participating in Free Entrance Days such as Get Outdoors Day.


  • Through the Blue Star Museums initiative, active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel can gain free admission to over 1600 art exhibits, science centers and museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click your state to find a participating location and details.


  • The next free Lowe’s Build and Grow kids clinic is scheduled for  Saturday, June 9th. You can register your child online and he or she will get a free apron, goggles, patch and more in addition to building the free wooden project of the day. The Build and Grow clinics are scheduled for every other Saturday from May 26th – August 26th. You can find a full schedule here.


  • Home Depot also offers free work shops for kids ages 5-12 the first Saturday of each month between 9am-12pm. Kids will build & keep their craft plus receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of acheivement. The next workshop is June 2nd and the project is an organizer (my favorite type of project!)


  • Michaels stores offer Make-It-Take-It projects for kids either free or free with purchase of a specific product used for the craft. You can visit and download your store’s current calendar here.


  • If you have a budding filmmaker, you may want to sign them up for Apple Camp – a three day workshop held at Apple Retails Stores where kids ages 8-12 learn about iMovie and how to make their own movie. Details have not been release about the 2012 Apple Camp, but you can sign up for to be notified when registration is open.


  • Bowling has always been a huge hit in our family. I posted a few days ago about Brunswick’s Bowlopolis bowling party this June 2nd – kids age 6-25 can enjoy free bowling, shoe rental, pizza, ice cream and soft drinks but you have to register no later than May 31st! (Visit Brunswick Zone to sign up!)


  • If you can’t make it on June 2nd to Bowlopolis, you can also register for Kids Bowl Free where your child can enjoy 2 free games of bowling every day, all summer long! Just click on your state for a list of your local participating centers (or for Canadians they have a participating list here).



  • Check your local Barnes & Noble store event calendar for storytime and other special events. My local store is even hosting a Lego Building event! (Yes, I want to go!)


  • Pottery Barn is another store with wonderful events for kids. June 9th and 10th they are hosting a National Geographic Little Explorer World Oceans Day Celebration. To find a location near you, click here. They also offer other special events, such as crafts at a small fee.














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