Microsoft YouthSpark Programs

Here’s another great summer activity idea for the kiddos ages 8 to 13 — Microsoft YouthSpark Programs! It’s a free weekly in-store camp with activities that fits your child’s interest…from game coding to game designing and more.  If you’re interested, find a location near you and enroll as spaces may fill up fast!


Summer Bowling Programs

Summer readingsummer movies…and now there are a couple great opportunities for FREE bowling for the kids this summer!  Check them out and hopefully you will find a participating location near you!

Kids Bowl Free (2 Free games daily all summer-long)

Bowl Summer Games (3 Free games daily all summer-long)

Please note that shoe rental is not included.  I would suggest checking into the price of shoe rental, but then also pricing buying a pair if you think you’ll be going often just to see what works out to be the best deal.  It’s possible you might even find some on clearance.


Summer Reading Programs

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Well, we covered Summer Movie Programs…now it’s time to talk about some Summer Reading Programs for the kiddos — click the name of the program for more details:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
Kids in Grades 1 through 6 can read 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal.  Once they complete the journal, they can bring it into their local Barnes & Noble store and Choose a FREE book from their selection!

Sylvan Book Adventure
Students in Grades K through 8 can search for qualifying books in the program, read them, then come back to quiz on them to earn points which they can redeem for prizes in the Prize Library.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
Kids ages 14 and under can commit to reading for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July to earn $5 in Half Price Books Bookworm Bucks.

Often local libraries also host programs, so make sure you check with them to see what they have to offer!  It’s a great way to keep your child motivated to read during the summer!


Summer Movie Programs

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Looking for things to do to keep the kids busy this summer?  Here’s a list of movie theaters offering discounted movies all summer long — click the name of the theater for more details:

Regal Cinemas
The 2017 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer.  Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.  Please see your local theater for program start date.

Cinemark Theaters 
Check out the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse where you can get a bundle of 10 tickets to select G or PG movies for just $5 (must purchase in advance) or $1 per ticket at the box office!

Enjoy Family Favorites Saturday mornings at 11am for just $2.99!  A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children.

Classic Cinemas
Starting June 7th, check out the Wednesday Morning Movie Series and enjoy G and PG rated films for only $1 per person.

Harkins Theaters
Enjoy the Summer Movie Fun program for kids where they can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film.

Malco Theaters
Join in on the Kids Summer Film Fest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am where kids can see a movie for just $2!

Marcus Theaters
The Kids Dream Summer program kicks off June 11th where on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10am you can enjoy a family friendly movie for just $3!  (You maybe be able to snag FREE tickets by visiting your local American Family Insurance agent.)  They will also have concession specials during these movies.

Several local theaters also offer similar programs, so make sure you check with the cinemas in your area to see what they have!  It’s a great option for those super HOT summer days!


Toys R Us – Pre-Memorial Day Event on May 21st

Don’t forget about this Pre-Memorial Day fun happening on Sunday!

Here’s a fun event you will want to make note of!  On Sunday, May 21st from 1-3 p.m., Toys R Us will be hosting a Pre-Memorial Day Event!  All attendees will get a FREE Radio Flyer Collectible Mini Wagon, get to try some new Nerf Toys, and be entered to win some cool prizes too!