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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.

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!

3. Bowling.

The Kids Bowl Free program lets kids bowl 2 games every day, all summer long. Find the participating bowling center nearest you here.

4. Roller skating.

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

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

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Just in time for opening day. Download it here.

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.

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.

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.

9. Movies.

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

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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Search their database here.

17. Cruise fare.

Up to 2 children can sail for free on select Royal Caribbean cruises when accompanied by paying parents. Learn more here.

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