Today is such a gray and gloomy day that I find myself  longing for summer.  But I’m also staring out the window at my beautiful tulips, so I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Summer will be here before we know it, and the second that last school bell rings some little snotty-faced kid (namely my own) will be hollering, “I’m bored!”  Well we have a few free summer activities up our sleeves to fend off that inevitable boredom and hopefully get you excited for summertime!

Awhile ago, Monica posted about what a wonderful resource the library is. Did you know they have a summer reading program? Kids complete daily reading and receive prizes along the way! Some of these prizes are free food! And free tickets! They also have a ton of FREE fun activities for your little ones (and bigger ones too!). Check out your local library’s website.



Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program too! After reading and journaling about 8 books, they will earn a FREE BOOK!  Check out B&N for all the details!

AND why not take the kids to a free movie? Have you heard about the Regal Free Family Film Festival? It begins locally on June 22nd! Check out their site to see if there is a theater near you that is participating. You can view the movie schedule there as well.

OR – see if anyone in your town is participating in the KIDS BOWL FREE program! Kids get two free games of bowling per day… all summer long! Check out the site for FAQ’s and participating locations (and be sure you register!!).


Have you ever gone to Picnic-in-the-Park? (brought to you by the Idaho Food Bank and Boise School District). Free lunch for kids!

Also, there is the FREE Movie Night in Meridian, which begins Friday June 4th. In its 4th year, this fun weekly event is held at Settlers Park in Meridian. BYOB (Bring your own blanket & chair silly. Sheesh, what were you thinking!), and come watch a family friendly film on a 25-by-14 inflatable screen. AND the Movies Under the Stars in Julia Davis Park in Boise which starts June 19th. (Thanks Danielle for reminding us about that one!)

What other free activities do you know about in your town?


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