Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013 Location: Clearwater Academy Cost: FREE and open to the public Info: (727) 441-4444
Community Learning Center will be hosting this fun family event where they will distribute hundreds of gently used books (donated by families and organizations) to local children in order to encourage them to read. At this FREE Books for Kids event, there will also be snacks, crafts and theatrical storytelling to entertain the children. Every child may choose up to five books to take home.
801 Drew Street North
Clearwater, FL 33755
Time: Varies Date: June-August 2013 Location: Wentworth Golf Club, Crescent Oaks Golf Club and Pebble Creek Golf Club Cost: Varies by offer (Please contact the Club directly for details and restrictions) Info:Wentworth Golf Club Website
Wentworth Golf Club wants families to spend quality time golfing together this summer, and to help out, they are giving kids a FREE round of golf and a FREE kids meal every Sunday, now through August 31. You will receive a FREE 18-hole round of golf for your child age 16 and younger when you purchase an adult 18-hole green fee. Then head over to Mulligans and score a FREE kids meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Pebble Creek Golf Club is also offering a Family Golf Sundays special every Sunday after 2 p.m., June-August. Their deal is $49 for 9 holes with cart for 4 players, and it includes 4 hot dogs and 4 fountain drinks. Your group must include one kid age 16 and under. Please contact the Club directly for details and restrictions.
Kids FREE Bucket Summer Program
Ace Golf is offering kids age 5-15 and younger one FREE bucket of range balls every day, June-August. Kids can brush up on their swing at Ace Golf Range in Brandon and Riverview, Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, and Wentworth and Crescent Oaks Golf Clubs in Tarpon Springs. Stop in anytime (now through August 31) to pick up a punch card. No purchase is required to participate, but an adult must accompany the child.
Kids Play FREE After 12 p.m.
In addition, kids age 16 and younger can also play a full round of golf for FREE any day this summer after 12 p.m. with a regular price adult greens fee at Wentworth, Crescent Oaks and Pebble Creek Golf Clubs.
NOTE: All three clubs welcome public play and also offer memberships. Please check with each course as range hours vary by facility.
What’s the Freebie?
You can create special keepsake maps of all the Walt Disney World™ parks, highlighting your favorite attractions and entertainment. Just pick your park and select the attractions you want. When you’re done, your map(s) will be mailed to your home.
Time: Morning session: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; Afternoon session: 12:30-4 p.m. Date: July 1-12, 2013 (Children must enroll in the study by June 7) Location: USF School of Music Cost: FREE piano lessons and FREE hearing screening; You will need to purchase your own books for $19.99 Info: If you are interested in having your child participate this program, call (352) 339-4076 or e-mail email@example.com
What’s the Deal?
USF’s Music Education Department will be holding a summer piano camp for children age 9-12, as part of a research study on how musical training affects hearing and cognition. Classes will meet every weekday for two weeks, from July 1-12.
If eligible, your child will be given FREE piano lessons and a FREE hearing screening. However, you will be responsible for purchasing your own books, at a cost of $19.99.
Criteria for Eligibility
— Your child must be between the ages of 9-12
— Your child must have NO diagnosed neurological disorders
— Your child must have had fewer than four months of formal musical training
The 2012-2013 school year is quickly coming to a close. As summer break approaches, area businesses are gearing up with programs designed to keep kids reading.
Pottery Barn Kids Stores
The Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge will take place from May 16-August 26, and is based on their own recommended list of books. Throughout the summer, families are invited to reach each book at their weekly story time. Kids will receive a prize once they finish reading all the books on the list. Please contact the store directly if you wish to participate:
Pottery Barn Kids
Hyde Park Village
804 South Village Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
Barnes & Noble Bookstores
With Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Club, Imagination’s Destination, kids can earn a FREE book in just three easy steps:
1) Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (Download a PDF version of the Reading Journal)
2) Bring the completed Reading Journal to your favorite Barnes & Noble store
3) Choose a FREE book from their selection on the Reading Journal list at the store
Chuck E. Cheese’s Reward Calendars
Print out the Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar. Then mark off each day your child reads and turn it in for 10 FREE tokens the next time you visit. (NOTE: A food purchase is required to redeem any of the Chuck E. Cheese Reward Certificates.)
There is also a Super Student Reward Certificate and Graduation Reward Certificate, along with many other rewards opportunities for your child to score some FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens.
Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake Pizza
New Port Richey Public Library is giving out bookmarks for “Papa’s Readers.” Pick up a bookmark from the library or a Papa Murphy’s location, then have a teacher or Librarian initial the books your child reads. (We picked up our bookmark at the Papa Murphy’s booth during the Curious George Bike Day event.) Once your child has read 10 books, bring the bookmark to Papa Murphy’s to get a FREE Murph Pizza. This program is open to children of all ages.
All three Papa Murphy’s locations were printed on the Papa’s Readers Bookmark:
8402 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
What’s the Freebie?
Random House has a reading club to encourage kids to keep reading this summer — the Junie B. Kids’ Reading Club. Parents: you can sign up for the Junie B. e-newsletter and your child will receive a FREE Kids’ Reading Club Starter Set, which includes:
— One FREE copy of Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
— Activity pages
— Membership ID Card
Sign up today. Your child’s starter kit should arrive in July 2013.
Even Better! The website also offers Junie B. Jones-themed games and activities you can enjoy with your kids.
What’s the Freebie? AMF Summer Unplugged is back for another season! To participate, simply sign your kids up for the program and beginning May 13, 2013 they’ll be able to play two FREE games per day every day at your local participating AMF Bowling Center. The program ends on September 2, 2013. (NOTE: shoe rental is not included, so you’ll still need to rent those if you don’t have your own.)
Even Better! No coupons, vouchers or printouts are necessary to claim your FREE games this year. Plus, you will be able to register up to 6 children, age 15 and younger, for the program.
Adults Can Play, Too!
Do you want to play with your kids? You can purchase an AMF Summer Pass for $34.95, which includes two games per day every day for you and up to three guests age 16+. Again, shoe rental is not included.
University Lanes – FL
13109 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617
Make FREE Comic Book Day a Family Event
To make this day even better, some comic book stores also turn this freebie day into an event with special guests from the comic book industry, store sales and more. Here’s what will be taking place at comic book shops around the Tampa Bay area:
Yancy Street Comics
Gulf View Square
9409 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL 34668
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
— Yancy Street Comics will celebrate their 10th Anniversary on FREE Comic Book Day with costumed characters, prizes, some of the top creators in the comic business signing comics, and on-site sketching and FREE comic books. There will also be exclusive 10th Anniversary shirts and prints, and the sketches will be for sale as well.
— Thunder Road will offer select comic books that are FREE, as well as some new comics on sale for just $1.
Read More Comics
115 East Brandon Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33551
— RMC will have artists drawing live, FREE comics, $1 back issues and other special offers.
Heroes Haven LLC
4339 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
The Food Truck event is from 12-5 p.m.
— Heroes Haven and Generation Food Trucks have teamed up to bring Bay area residents a family-friendly Free Comic Book Day Celebration featuring a Generation Food Truck Rally and lots of family fun. Here are the details:
National FREE Comic Book Day
Epic Next Gen Gourmet Truck Festival
Time: 12-5 p.m. Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 Location: Heroes Haven LLC Cost: FREE comic book; Food and beverages priced individually Info: (813) 269-8859; Heroes Haven LLC Website
Enjoy food served by more than 10 of Tampa Bay’s gourmet Food Trucks, be sure to pick out your FREE comic book, and enjoy the festival:
— Live music
— Special guest artists from Marvel, DC comics, Image Comics, etc.
— Bounce houses
— Video games
— Ghostbusters by Suncoast Ghostbusters
— The 501st Legion Florida Garrison (Legion of Storm Troopers)
— In-store specials
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Location: Participating AMF Bowling Centers Cost: 1 FREE hour of bowling for kids (includes shoe rental); $1 hot dogs and $1 small sodas Info: Call your local AMF Bowling Center (phone numbers are listed below) to confirm their participation and sign up to reserve your space; I received this information in an e-mail blast to customers from AMF University Lanes – FL
Are you looking for some FREE fun for the kiddos this weekend? AMF American Lanes will be hosting a Kid’s Fest, where kids can bowl for 1 FREE hour and enjoy a cheap snack ($1 hot dogs and $1 small sodas) to boot!
Even Better! Sign your child up for a league during the event and receive a voucher for a FREE 2-hour bowling session (including shoe rental) and the chance to sign up to win a new custom bowling ball.
What’s the Freebie?
Carvel Ice Cream stores will be giving away FREE Jr. cones between 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. While you’re there, you can help support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by purchasing a $2 coupon book offering more than $20 in savings. All proceeds from the sale of the coupon books will go to support the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. If I find out about changes/cancellations in advance, I will make every effort to let you know; however, as I may be unaware of any changes/cancellations, I recommend calling ahead and having a back-up plan.