Looking for some free (or nearly free) activities this summer?  Check out this list, and make sure you check the PAM Calendar for other free (and cheap) events each week.

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Don’t’ be bored – go DO something!

Bowling
Register at KidsBowlFree.com to receive two free games of bowling every day this summer.  Good Plano Super Bowl, Strikz Entertainment (Frisco) and Allen Bowl

Summer Movie Series

  • Studio Movie Grill offers $3 kid movies May 25 – August 21.  Check listings and locations here.
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: $5/10 movies or $1/show at several area locations.  Info here.
  • Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp (Richardson): $1-$3 kid movies with reserved seating, proceeds to local charities.  Info here
  • Cinemark 10 (Plano) New but not brand new movies at a steep discount (called the “dollar theater” even though it’s a little more than that).  You can also sign up for weekly emails that include concession coupons. more info
  • LOOK Cinema (North Dallas) $1 summer movies more info

Free Sprayparks

Library Events

  • Plano: lots of special events happening (which are all on the PAM Calendar), some require pre-registration. Library cards are free to residents of Plano, Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, and Wylie and $50 for others.  Suburban DARE is a city-wide program initiated by the Library that dares you to get to know Plano! Learn about 15 city departments, get more involved as a resident of our City of Excellence and earn prize drawing entries along the way!
  • Frisco: Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge starts June 5th, visit the library to sign up.  Lots of special events happening, most require you to get tickets prior to the event. You need a library card (free to residents of Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Plano, or The Colony, $50 for others) to get a ticket.
  • Allen: Summer Reading Club June 6th – August 2nd with a kick off is June 13th from 10-11:30am.  Get prizes for reading.
  • McKinney: Reading Gives You Superpowers summer reading program kick off is Friday, June 5th from 10:30am-noon.  Program ends Friday, August 21st – win prizes for reading.  Also a Mother Daughter Book Club (ages 8-12).

Free Camps

  • Vacation Safety School – A half-day camp offered by the Plano Police Department to Plano residents ages 6-9.  Space is limited.  More info here.
  • Vacation Bible School – most programs are free! Check them out here.
  • Jumpstart for Arts offered to ages 8 – 12.  Applications must be picked up/filled out and returned to ArtCentre of Plano. Dates and ages here.
  • Science Fair Booster Camp – grades 6-8, Haggard Library, August 11, 13, 18 & 20  5:30-8pm.  Watch their calendar for registration.
  • Sports Camp – ages 5-12 July 6-8 6:30-8:30pm at Elevate Life Church in Frisco.  More info here.

Free Museums

Free Concerts

Mall Events

Store Events

Other Stuff

  • Participate in one of the many activities on the Plano Suburban DARE program list of dares.
  • Visit an area playground, or drive down to Klyde Warren Park
  • Enjoy Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine every Friday night at the SummerBlast Fireworks Show starting at 9:30pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
  • Try Skating for Free Clinic at the Dr. Pepper StarCenters – a free two (2) week program for skaters ages 4 & above who are interested in learning how to ice-skate. All participants will receive thirty (30) minutes of isntruction each week for two (2) weeks.