When we were little, my mom took care of my brother and me full-time—and we were a full-time job, let me tell you!

But she always had something fun for us to do—whether it was art, games, sports, movies, or other treats.

As you plan your kids' summer break, you may want to consider adding these six great ideas to their summer fun to-do list!

1. Dr. Seuss

It’s never too early to begin planning for your kids' summer fun days. This great freebie comes to you in honor of the late, great Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Get five hardcover books for $5.95 ($1.19 per book) + a FREE activity book + FREE shipping + two 50% off hardcover books of your choice. 


In addition to the deal above, Dr. Seuss is also offering extra freebies if you order between April 22-26 (in honor of Earth Day!). You’ll receive a $5 Gift Voucher and two free kids gardening journals redeemable at KidsGardening.org. You’ll also be entered into a contest to win a free Kids Gardening Kit (worth $70)!

2. Baby Einstein

Baby Einstein was one of the first gifts I got each of my three nephews and my niece. In this special pre-summer freebie, you can get the Playful Discoveries bundle for the cost of shipping!

You’ll get three board books, one plush book, a discovery cards set, a parent guide, and an option to get an additional book for 50% off—just pay $4.99 for shipping.

3. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

If your child brought home a summer reading list (or even if they didn't) Barnes & Noble has a fabulous summer reading program that rewards young readers with FREE books!

Your child can read any 8 books, recording each one in the B&N Reading Journal and then bringing in the list to any local Barnes & Noble. Then they get to choose a FREE book from the B&N Reading Journal list!

The FREE program kit includes activities and a teacher's guide that can be useful if you homeschool your kids or if you want to get your child's whole class involved.

4. Disney books and ebooks

I’ve always loved Disney stories. Now Disney is offering an awesome freebies deal where you get four books (print book + e-book of each) for just $0.99 per set, and shipping is FREE. Just enter your email and promo code MIDNIGHT.

Even better, you can choose from recent blockbuster hits like Frozen, Toy Story, and Brave. Best of all, you get a FREE activity book + FREE printables along with your order!

5. Disney character apps

Disney has a great selection of FREE character apps based on hit movie characters (like Elsa from Frozen). Each of these apps is FREE to download!

6. Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free is a nationwide program that offers your child two free bowling games each day all summer long (a $500 value). The program includes only bowling (so you’ll need to provide appropriate shoes for your child).

All you have to do is to click on your state, find the closest participating bowling alley, and register yourself as the parent and then register your child to bowl. When you register, you can also opt in to receive coupons each Sunday via email.

6 Free and Low-Cost Summer Activities for the Kids