3 Free End of Summer Activities for Kids – Bowling, Books, Building

Free Summer Kids Activities

It’s Frugal Friday and I’ve put together all you need for these 3 FREE End of Summer Activities for Kids! It may seem like summer is almost over with all the back-to-school ads running, but you still have a few good weeks left to entertain your kids before they journey back into the classroom. Some of these great activities last even into the school year, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of them and score some great experiences and items for FREE! We’ve done each of these activities with our kids this summer and they are a hit. Keep reading for all the details!

Free Activity #1: Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics

Lowe's build and Grow

These clinics are offered now – August 23rd on Saturdays at 10:00am. You need to pre-register online, which is SO easy! This ensures they have enough space for your child and reserve your child a building kit. For each clinic, your child will receive a building apron with their Name, a building kit with instructions, a hammer (you don’t get to keep it…it’s adorable though), and an iron-on patch for their apron once their building project is complete. Parents can help out. These projects take about 30 minutes and the kids walk away with their newly built creation! Our kids LOVED building their Turbo rollback toys!

Lowe’s Build and Grow FREE Clinic Summer Schedule (Now – August 23rd; you must pre-register online)

Jul 26, 2014 Saturday TurboTaco Truck 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Aug 09, 2014 Saturday Monsters vs Aliens Trolley 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Aug 23, 2014 Saturday Monsters vs. Aliens Robot 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Free Activity #2: Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free

This is an awesome summer program nationwide at participating bowling alleys! Find your local participating bowling alleys and pre-register your kids online. Your bowling alley will email you coupons for each child to bowl 2 free games each weekday now – September 5th (dates may vary at different locations; check your city and state for details). You still have to pay for shoe rentals, which are $2 per pair at our bowling alley. You will see advertisements for a family bowling package for about $25 that allows parents to bowl all summer with their kids. We chose NOT to do this because we wanted it to be a free activity. We coached the kids and helped out without bowling ourselves and that worked just fine.

kids bowling

Free Activity #3: Free Book from Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Barnes and Noble

Reading JournalDownload this printable Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal PDF to get the fun started! This is for 1st Graders – 6th Graders.

All the kids have to do is read 8 books now – September 2nd, record them on the reading journal, and turn in their reading journal to your local Barnes & Noble store before the deadline.

When you arrive at the store, you’ll find a kiosk in the kid’s reading area with the free books on display. Your little reader can look through all the books and choose their favorite!

My son was able to write his name on a star sticker and place it on the wall with all the other kids who’ve completed the program this summer. He took his journal to the check out counter, showed it to them proudly, and they gave him his book. What a great way to build reading skills, confidence, and score a FREE new book!

Enjoy the rest of your summertime, friends!

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