Thanks to your feedback on what I should feature in the Summer Survival Series, one of the biggest questions is “where do I find free kids events?” If you’re budget conscious and have multiple children, I know that the cost of summer activities can really add up. Here’s a list of places you see every day that from time to time, welcome kids for free. Be sure to share it on social media, add it to your Pinterest board and print the list when you make your rounds calling or research these free events.
Keep in mind you’ll need to do some legwork by
- Checking out community calendars or display areas for announcements
- Subscribing to their e-newsletter (here’s how to get the Mommy Talk Show bi-monthly e-newsletter)
- Following them on Facebook and Twitter (Follow @MommyTalkShow)
Find Free Kids Events
Grocery Store: Keep an eye on the community board in your local grocery store or ask the store manager when there will be a cooking or product demonstration.
Bookstore: Find story times and book signings galore, plus it’s got air conditioning.
Library: Local libraries are chock full of events for kids, beyond the average story time. I’ve already put two dates on my calendar this summer where A.J. and I going to see free movies at our library. We’ve also attended the Bio Bus event at the Went End Library presented by the Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences.
Garden Center or Home Improvement Store/Hardware Store: Last Spring A.J. and I attended an event in Atlanta at the Pike Nursery where he got to touch earthworms and learn what it takes to compost.
Local and State Park: Most of the parks have free admission days or events for outdoor activities.
Church or Place of Worship: Vacation Bible School is often a free offering at local churches. I’ve seen the signs around my neighborhood. Churches also have free family events. In Atlanta, First Alliance Church is hosting a free carnival July 2nd from 5-8 p.m.
Mall or Shopping Center: Look on your mall or shopping center website for free events, cooking demonstrations and even fashion shows. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is hosting Movies Under the Stars Summer Events through July 26th.
Bowling alley: Stars and Strikes “is partnering with Kids Bowl Free to provide kids in the metro-Atlanta area with two free games of bowling, every day this summer. All you have to do is go online to register your children and the company will email weekly vouchers to you. The program runs through August 29.” Find a Stars and Strikes location near you.
Museum: We have an array of museums in Atlanta and I’ve enjoyed a few free events especially at the Atlanta History Center.
Movie Theatre: Summer movies can be free if you sign up to get alerts to preview nights. Ask your local theatre manager!
Dance or Yoga Studio: Drop-in for a free class or demonstration.
Local Parenting Blog: Of course, as a blogger I’m biased because I think my colleagues do an amazing job of keeping parents informed about local events. I cover what’s family friendly in Atlanta, as well as host on-location events to create videos. No matter where you live here are a variety of parenting blogs with hyper local events including: Red Tricycle, Yeah Let’s Go and Macaroni Kid (there are several sites that focus on the Atlanta suburbs).
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Talk back to me in the comments below: What other places have you visited for free kids events? Is it harder or easier to find free events in the summer?