17 Surprisingly Cool Things Kids Can Get For Free

It’s good to be a kid.

1. A download of The Incredibles.

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All you have to do is sign up for Disney Movies Anywhere, a free app that lets you play your favorite Disney films on your mobile devices.

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2. A ticket to the circus.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have a program called Baby’s First Circus, which gives babies less than one year old a ticket voucher that can be exchanged for a free ticket to any performance, anytime, anywhere!

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3. Bowling.

The Kids Bowl Free program lets kids bowl two games every day, all summer long. Find the participating bowling center nearest you here.

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4. Roller skating.

Similar to Kids Bowl Free, Kids Skate Free supplies kids with passes to skate free during the summer.

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5. A download of a Muppets Most Wanted activity book.

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Just in time for opening day. Download it here.

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6. A toy race car or other small prize.

Many Trader Joe’s hide a stuffed animal somewhere in the store and challenge kids to find it. If they do they’ll be given a small prize at the customer service desk.

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7. Admission to a clinic where kids build a wooden project.

Lowe’s regularly hosts free clinics that send kids home with a free apron, goggles, patch, and more. Find your nearest clinic here.

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8. 15 tokens at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

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Participating Chuck E. Cheese’s will reward kids with 15 free tokens if they bring in a good report card.

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9. Movies.

Many national movie theater chains, including Carmike Cinemas and Showcase Cinemas, screen classic children’s movies for free during the summer.

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10. Tickets to baseball games and more.

Every major league baseball team has a kid’s club. The Chicago White Sox’s free Slugger Membership, for example, gives members “White Sox eye black, a White Sox player wall cling, a White Sox beach ball, four game tickets coupons and more!”

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11. Museum admission.

Many museums throughout the country, including the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Chicago History Museum, offer free admission for kids.

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12. A ticket to a Broadway show.

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The Kids Night On Broadway program lets kids attend a Broadway production for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Find a list of participating Broadway shows presently touring the U.S. here.

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13. Toys, books, ice cream, cupcakes, and more on their birthday.

Toys R Us, Kmart, and Baskin-Robbins are just a few places that offer free perks on a kid’s birthday. Find a roundup of other places that offer birthday specials here.

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14. Admission to fun events plus a special gift.

Pottery Barn For Kids has many fun events that often give kids a special gift for attending. Find a calendar of events here.

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15. A backpack full of games, crayons, Twizzlers, and other fun items.

Kids are given these for free during check-in at Omni Hotels & Resorts. Free milk and cookies will even be brought to a kid’s room on the first night of their stay.

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16. Meals.

Many national restaurant chains, including Denny’s, International House Of Pancakes, Fuddruckers, Islands, Tony Roma’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings, offer free meals to kids.

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Kids Meal Deals is a terrific resource for finding free kid’s meals in your area.

Search their database here.

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17. Cruise fare.

Up to two children can sail for free on select Royal Caribbean cruises when accompanied by paying parents. Learn more here.

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