Limerick Bowl participates in the Kid Bowl Free summer program. (Photo by Michelle Reese)

Did paying for summer camp kill your wallet? There are plenty of things you can do for free with the kids in Montgomery County this summer. Read on for some free and almost free deals in MontCo for Summer 2019.

(Tip: Be sure to check out our 2019 Summer Fun Guide for even more ideas!)

Free Bowling

Kids can bowl free by registering at kidsbowlfree.com. Each child registered can get two free games of bowling per day. When you go to the website, just check for bowling alleys which participate in your area.  (Limerick Bowl is one of the bowling alleys in Montgomery County.) Shoe rental may be required.

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ (Photo by Michelle Reese)

Free Museum Passes

Ease the burden of entry fees to museums by checking out a free pass for the family. Each library in the MontCo system has their own collection of passes that are available for checkout for three days. Most passes cover the entrance fee for 2 adults and 4 children within the household, but details do vary between museums.

To discover which passes are available from which library, search the McLINC online catalog here. Type “museum pass” in the search bar, then click “Find It” to see which library carries the pass you want. Some of the museums include the Academy of Natural Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo, Morris Arboretum, Grounds for Sculpture and even the Gugenheim in New York City.

Kids Eat Free

Sometimes you want a break from cooking, but eating out can get expensive! Keep an eye out for local restaurants that offer free kid’s meals on select nights.

Here are just a few:

Bruster’s in Limerick and Audobon offer free baby cones to children under 40″. Plus, visit on a rainy day and receive a 2nd scoop of ice cream for free with the purchase of a cone.

Uno’s Pizzeria and Grille in Conshohocken: Kids eat free on Tuesdays, with the purchase of at least one adult meal.

Great American Pub in Conshohocken: Kids under 10 eat free on Wednesdays; two kids per one adult entree.

 

Movie Deals

Regal Cinemas is doing $1 movies all summer long as part of their Summer Movie Express. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they will be playing kid-friendly summer movies such as Despicable Me 3, Paddington 2, and The Secret Life of Pets. Before you head out check the website at Regal and deal sites like Retailmenot.com for additional deals on popcorn and snacks. Area Regal’s participating include the Regal Plymouth Meeting, Regal Oaks and Regal Downingtown.

AMC’s Summer Movie Camp features cheap summer movies on Wednesday mornings in June. For $4, kids receive a movie ticket, popcorn, fountain drink and fruit snack. Movies being shown include: Trolls, Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3 and more. AMC Classic in Pottsgrove is participating.

Parks & Playgrounds

There’s no shortage of beautiful parks and playgrounds in Montgomery County that are perfect for spending a summer day. Here’s our list of a few favorites.

Summer Concerts

Several places in MontCo offer free (or cheap) outdoor concerts throughout the summer. These events are completely family-friendly, so bring the kids, some blankets and snacks, and enjoy music under the stars. Take a look at our Summer Guide for more details.

Check Out Your Local Library

In addition to summer reading contests, local libraries sponsor dozens of activities for kids from pre-school through high school. Book discussion groups, Summer Science camp, Astronaut training, a Star Lab Planetarium visit, art workshops, learning with LEGOs, music and movement workshops, and more! Click here for a list of local libraries and direct links to their children’s programs. Most of these classes are free, but registration is required, and they often fill up. Registrations can be completed online at each library website.

Teens can get in on the fun too! Movie nights just for teens, book discussions and writer’s workshops, and STEM and computer programming classes are specifically designed for older kids.

Read this article for even more reasons to rediscover your library this summer. 

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