Free Summer Fun! Try These Whine-Proof Kid Events Near You

Looking for things to do with your kids this summer? The next time they start whining, "I'm bored!" try one of these fun -- and free! -- summer activities. 

Sprout Summer Camp at Borders: Is your kid a fan of PBS Kids’ Sprout channel? Then head to Borders locations nationwide this month for two free camps, Get Moving! (July 16) and All About Art (July 30), both of which include fun crafts, games and story time. (Also check out Borders’ Double Dog Dare Reading Program, where kids under 12 who read 10 books on their own can get one free!)

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic: At these interactive workshops, kids build a wooden toy and then go home with a free apron, goggles, and project-themed patch. Upcoming projects are wooden binoculars (July 23) and a photo holder (August 13) at 10 a.m. Sign up online!

Bookworm Wednesdays at Showcase Movie Theaters: Kids who bring in a book report on Book Worm Wednesdays get to see a free movie in exchange on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Home Depot Kids' Workshops: Kids ages 5 to 12 can make tool boxes, fire trucks and bug houses at Home Depot’s Kids Workshops, held the first Saturday of every month.

Target Museum Days: The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louisiana Children's Museum are just two of the places where admission is free for kids and their families on selected days. Check Target for a schedule of free and discounted days.

AMF Free Bowling: Too hot outside? Plan a family day with AMF Bowling, which offers two free games a day for kids under age 16. Check the website to register and find your local AMF Bowling Center.

Pottery Barn: Next time you're at the mall, check out  Pottery Barn’s free Story Time for kids of all ages, held every Tuesday at 11am.

Barnes & Noble: Visit your local store for children’s story times and
also check out B&N’s Summer Reading Program for children in first through sixth grade. When kids read eight books and write about their favorite part, B&N gives them a free book.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey offer free admission for babies up to 12 months old. Sign up for your free ticket online. Oh, baby!

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