School systems across the nation are preparing to free kids for the summer in the next few weeks. It won’t be long before the refrain “I hate school” gives way to “I’m bored.” Keep free kids busy with free movies, free books, free food and more this summer.
Some of the freebies here reward children for their past school accomplishments, some encourage summer reading and some are just for fun.
Regal Cinema Chain Free Movies
Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 am, the Regal Cinema chain offers free movies on a first come, first serve basis. The free movie schedule is posted at the Regal cinemas website and includes such favorites as Charlotte’s Web, Horton Hears a Who, Aliens in the Attic, Bandslam, Night at the Museum II, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel.
Border’s Free Book
Borders Bookstores is encouraging kids to read this summer by offering them one of 10 pre-selected free books if they read 10 books of their choice this summer. No purchase is required. The great thing about Border’s free book program is that the free book selection is better than what was available several years ago when my kids first joined these summer reading programs. The free books are actually books kids might enjoy reading and include Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman, Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary and Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, among others.
Barnes and Noble Free Book
Barnes and Noble also offers a free book program for kids this summer. Children who provide the titles of 8 books they’ve read may choose from a selection of 28 books aimed at audiences from preschool through grade 6. Among the free books on Barnes and Nobles’ list are The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, and My Last Best Friend by Julie Bowe.
Free Movie Rental at Blockbuster for Good Grades
For kids getting out of school with good grades this summer, Blockbuster offers a free movie rental. To qualify, kids must bring a report card demonstrating a B or satisfactory average to a participating Blockbusters location within 30 days of receiving the report card.
Pizza Hut Free Pizza and Drink for 3 As
Elementary and middle school age kids who achieved 3 A grades on their final report card for the school year can receive a personal pan pizza and small drink at a participating Pizza Hut location.
Krispy Kreme Free Donughnuts for As
The more As on that final school report card, the more free doughnuts your child can bring home from Krispy Kreme this summer, up to 6.
IBC Bakery Goodies for Good Grades
IBC bakeries offer a baked good to kids whose final report card for the school year shows good grades. Check the IBC website for participating bakeries.
Topps Top of the Class Rewards
For a non-edible good grades award, try the Topps Top of the Class program which offers kids a free trading card upon presenting their report cards. The Topps website lists the Topps locations by state.
Check the websites of the companies offering these freebies for details and locations.
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