Did someone say free stuff for kids? Between school gear, new clothes and everything else your kiddo needs, you can stand to get some freebies now and then. Luckily, we’ve got the outdoor, indoor, entertainment, educational and dining deals you can score for free this fall. From free books to complimentary museum visits, we can help you shop, learn and have fun without breaking the bank.
Free Museum and Park Visits
Get outdoors to appreciate the amazing national parks this country has to offer. On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. And fourth graders get free access to national parks all year round when they sign up with Every Kid Outdoors.
If you're looking to enjoy the indoors, check your favorite local museums for special free admission days. Bank of America cardholders can take advantage of the Museums On Us program, receiving free general admission the first weekend of each month to more than 225 cultural spots across the United States.
Museums 4 All offers free or reduced admission to more than 900 museums throughout the country to people receiving food assistance when they present their EBT cards.
Also, don't miss Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day each year in September when participating galleries provide a day of free admission.
Style, Stickers, Swag and Other Freebies
Does your kiddo want to decorate their new school binders and book covers with stickers? Add style to school supplies with these freebies from PETA!
When it comes to shopping for school bargains, parents can score free rewards on gear, electronics and even everyday essentials from Shopkick.
Either the tots are begging for story time or your enthusiastic young reader wants new books. How about finding some for free? Believe it or not, Amazon offers free e-books for kids with a ton of titles to choose from. Also, check out Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for more free children's literature.
Do you know someone who is passionate about LEGOs? If your child is between the ages of 5 and 9, you can sign them up for a free subscription to LEGO Life Magazine, delivered to your home five times a year with free shipping.
And then there's Kohl's Cash. Visit the retailer's website for information on how and when to score $10 off (in Kohl's Cash) for every $50 you spend.
If you keep putting off the dreaded trek to Chuck E. Cheese, the More Cheese Rewards Program might convince you. You get a $10 reward if you visit three times in a 12-month period, your kids will receive birthday rewards and you'll get extra tickets for every friend you refer.
Treat your crew to cinnamony goodness when you sign up for Club Cinnabon®. You'll get a free four-count of Bon Bites just for becoming a member.
You can't always get everything for free. But, in some cases, you can try a service or subscription without paying—for a limited time that is. Where can you find free trials? Highlights' Hidden Pictures Digital Play, Reading Eggs, Mathseeds and ABC Mouse all offer free educational service/activity trials.
In-Store Indoor Activities
Some of your favorite retailers have freebie activities for your kiddo to enjoy. When the summer sun stops shining, your child can enjoy no-cost playtime at IKEA's Småland play area—while you shop, of course.
You can also take advantage of one of Target's many free in-store special events. Check the big red bullseye retailer's website for an updated calendar.
Story-time seekers can check out Barnes & Noble's special events and activities.
If your kids want to get hands-on, Lowe's Build and Grow events provide little learners with tons of project-focused fun and LEGO offers members-only gifts through their free VIP club! Home Depot also hosts free kids workshops the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
60+ Places Kids Can Eat for Free
Now that school is in full swing, soccer has started and the days are shorter, you could use dinnertime help. And that's exactly what we have for you! Forget about scrambling to get something on the table after a busy day at school and work. These family-friendly eateries have mealtime freebies just for kids.