Freebies For Kids

Freebies kids will love

Everyone loves getting things in the mail, especially children who get really excited because they don’t yet equate the mailbox with bills. I thought it would be fun to share a list of FREE things that kids can get, either through the mail or in person at stores. Here are some of our favorites we discovered:

1) LEGO offers a LEGO magazine and it’s free to subscribe to. My boys love it! Learn more about how to subscribe here.

2) Many sports teams have special kid’s clubs to celebrate their littlest fans! Perks may include free tickets and special goodies when they attend games. Check your local team’s website to see if they offer a kid’s club. If you live in Chicago here are some of our local team’s kids clubs.

3) Kids who are members of the Albertsons Kid’s Club enjoy lots of perks just for accompanying their parents to the grocery store. This club offers free snack sized apple, banana or orange every shopping trip, a free adventure fruit to encourage kids to explore new tastes every month, a free cake square or giant cupcake on their birthday, and a birthday card with treat and coupons for full-size birthday cakes for their party.. Learn more and sign up here.

4) During the summer kids are encouraged to read thanks to a number of places that offer summer reading programs. Check out my list of places that typically participate and offer perks for kids that read over the summer.

Home Depot Kid's Workshop

5) Budding builders will love the hands-on, DIY workshops at Home Depot. Children who attend these monthly workshops receive a building kit, apron, and special pin (while supplies last). Learn about upcoming workshops here. To give you an idea of projects, my local store’s next workshop is a celebration of National Fire Safety Month where children (with an adults help if needed) will build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. Once the firefighting vessel construction is complete, children can decorate it with paint and stickers and give it a name like the historically famous fireboats.

6) Those who shop at Whole Foods will want to join their kid’s club where kids can get a complimentary organic apple, 100% Organic fruit leather, or natural animal crackers each visit. They also host in-store events for kids club members that range from healthy learning to cooking classes to art activities. Learn more here.

7. Birthday celebrations are always more fun with a special treat so members of the Barnes & Noble kid’s club receive a free cupcake on their birthday each year. There are also a couple other perks as well. Learn more and sign up here.

8) Bass Pro Shops offers activities and take-home crafts for kids throughout the year to encourage children’s love of the outdoors. They also offer kid’s camps in the summer-time. Contact your local store to find out what upcoming events are happening near you.

9) Kids love playing at Chuck E Cheese so why not sign up for their ‘More Cheese’ Rewards program to earn even more fun bonuses? The program offers rewards for the child’s birthday and half-birthday as well as a number of other benefits like free pizza! Sign up here.

10) Looking for something fun to do on the weekends? Lakeshore Learning stores offer frree crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Upcoming crafts include back-to-school photo frames, personalized bookmarks, and a number of holiday and seasonal crafts. Learn more here.

What other kid’s clubs and freebies for kids have you discovered? Let me know so I can add them to this list! You can chat with me on social here: twitter, instagram, facebook.

Freebies for kids - from classes to food to tickets

Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

This list has been updated for Summer 2016 :)

Jake learned to read this year and just recently has started reading for the fun of it, as opposed to reading because he has to. This has made my heart so happy. I want to do everything I can to encourage the boys to read over the summer so I will be signing them up for all the reading programs I can. I am sharing these free summer reading programs for kids because I thought you all would be interested in signing your children up as well. Most of them are available nationally and each one costs nothing to sign up. Some even give prizes to children who read a certain amount of books. If you know of any others please leave a comment on this post and I’ll add them to the list.

1) Your local library- Check your library’s website to learn about their summer reading program and when the sign up time is. We do the library’s reading program every year.

2) Scholastic- The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a free online reading program for children. There are no prizes for children however they are helping set a reading world record which is something fun they can say they helped do. Learn more here.

3) Barnes & Noble- Kids can earn a free book by reading 8 books and recording them in a reading journal. Learn more here.

4) Meatheads Restaurants (Illinois locations only)- Kids ages 13 and under can read 5 books to earn a free little meathead burger. Learn more here.

5) Pizza Hut- The Book It! reading program has been around for years. I remember participating in the reading program when I was a kid so it’s fun my kids can do it now. Details for 2015 will be live in June and details can be found here.

6) Chuck E Cheese- Children get 10 tokens for reading every day for two weeks in a row. Find the form here.

7) Chicago Botanic Garden- Sign up at the Lenhardt Library at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Every time they read a book they get a stamp. Every 5 stamps they get a prize (up to 20 stamps). Learn more here.

8) Sylvan- Sylvan’s Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them, take a short quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Learn more here.

9) Half Price Books- Earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for reading 300 minutes in June and July. There is a chance to win HPB gift cards as well. Learn more here.

10) TD Bank- Children, grades K-5, who read 10 books this summer get $10 deposited in their new or existing Young Saver account. Learn more here.

11) Showcase Cinemas- Children in NY (and other areas where there are Showcase Cinema locations) who read a book and then write a book report about it can get in free to see a movie on Bookworm Wednesdays. Learn more here. (2016 updated link:

12) Books A Million- Children read any 6 books from the list they are provided for a Theodore Boone pencil case and pencil. Learn more here.

Not near any of these locations? How about having your own summer reading program? Check out this 10 week do-it-yourself themed summer reading program!

Make Brushing Fun With Free Coloring Books

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but thoughts are my own.)

My boys were home from school yesterday due to the cold weather and they are off again today. If your kids are off too and you are looking for something to keep them busy while you are stuck inside I have an idea.

Tom’s of Maine just announced a coloring and activity book called “Brushing Fun,” which supports Oral Health America, a national nonprofit dedicated to oral care and prevention. With each free coloring book download, Tom’s of Maine will donate 10 tubes of its Wicked Cool! natural toothpaste (up to 200,000 tubes) to children in OHA’s  Smiles Across America program.

We downloaded it yesterday and my kids got to coloring them and doing the activity sheets. I liked that you could add your child’s name on them and Lucas liked seeing his name while coloring. Here is one of the finished coloring sheets:


As an added bonus, parents enter to win a great Tom’s of Maine prize package. They can show off their kid’s creativity and inspire others to get involved by sharing a photo of a completed page from the coloring book on Facebook or Instagram  using #NaturalSmiles for a chance to win a Tom’s of Maine natural oral care prize pack and a $100 Utrecht Art Store gift card to foster their child’s creativity. Five winners total, one each week.

Want to participate? Find the coloring and activity book download here. Get social with Tom’s of Maine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Check out the newest printable that Paper Coterie is offering on their blog! These cute holiday gift tags come just in time for all the gifts I’m going to be wrapping this next week. Find the link to download and print the tags here. Enjoy!

Free Grandparent’s Day Printable

To help celebrate Grandparent’s Day this year Paper Coterie has created the perfect free printable. With an area for your child’s artwork and a fill in the blank portion, this year’s gift will be one from the heart. Just download, print, and have your children create a one of a kind keepsake.

Head on over to Paper Coterie’s website to download this cute printable!

Free Back To School Printables

Have a child heading back to school soon? Check out these great new back to school printables from Paper Coterie that are perfect for those first day of school pictures! There are preschool through twelfth grade ones available. Download them free here.

Image courtesy of Paper Coterie


ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US Free Advance Screening Passes {Chicago}

‘One Direction: This Is Us’ Screening {Chicago}

(Please note: The flyer contains a code that will allow anyone who is interested to log on to and enter the code listed on the flyer for the chance to redeem a free admit-two pass to the screening this Saturday at 10:30AM at AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, 60611). You have to scroll down on the document above to see the code. The passes are first-come, first-served and a pass does not guarantee a seat. Those with passes should arrive early.)

Synopsis: ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US is a captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis’ meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena. Hear it from the boys themselves and see through their own eyes what it’s really like to be One Direction.

Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and produced by Simon Cowell, Adam Milano, Spurlock and Ben Winston.

Free OREO® Mini Milkshake® Offer From Outback Steakhouse

(Disclosure: As an Outback “Best Mate” I receive gift cards for posting content provided by Outback Steakhouse. Thoughts are my own.)

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a cold, refreshing milkshake. Outback Steakhouse is offering a FREE OREO® Mini Milkshake® coupon that guests can find online at now through July 31st. The coupon is redeemable at Outback Steakhouse locations until August 7, 2013.

You can find the terms and conditions on the Outback offer website linked to above.


Free Bloomin’ Onion At Outback Steakhouse Today {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.)

Outback Steakhouse will honor our nation’s birthday by letting freedom bloom. Visit any Outback location in the 50 states and tell your server to “let freedom bloom” and you’ll receive a FREE Bloomin’ Onion to share with your friends and family at the table. In addition to that, Outback Steakhouse will honor our nation’s heroes with 10% off the entire check at Outback when they come in for lunch or dinner TODAY. Two great ways to save!


One reader will win a $20 Outback gift card


Join the #BestMates conversation! Do any or all of the following to enter:

1) Tweet July 4th only: “Declare your independence with @Outback and get a FREE Bloomin’ Onion on July 4th. Just mention #LetFreedomBloom! #BestMates”

2) Tweet July 4th only:  “July 4th- @Outback is giving all active and retired military a 10% discount. tp:// #BestMates”

3) Share this post on a social network.

4) Follow Outback on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Post a blog comment thanking a special member of the armed forces in your life.

Giveaway ends July 6, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. To enter you must be a US resident 18 or older.

Easter Pennant {Free Printable}

Though it doesn’t seem like it because it’s snowing here in Chicago today, Easter is less than a month away! Just wanted to share this absolutely adorable printable from Paper Coterie. Head on over to their blog to download and print it for free.



FREE 40-day eBook Devotional

I heard about this ebook devotional from the MOB Society and just had to go check it out. The Seed Company is offering a free 40-day devotional for people to use during Lent. I was unfamiliar with The Seed Company so I poked around their site a bit.

Did you know that nearly 2,000 languages – 300 million people – worldwide still do not have one verse of scripture in their language? I mean, I knew there were some people that didn’t have it, but 300 million? That number is too high. I literally have tears in my eyes right now at the thought of all those people who have never, ever heard the word of God. 300 MILLION.

I knew I had to do something. An obvious way to help is to donate money. Another way to help is by praying. The Seed Company wants prayer partners for the different projects going on throughout the world.

While you are on the site getting your free devotional, I’d ask you to take a look around the site, check out the prayer requests, and, if you feel led to, sign up to pray for this vital ministry.

VeggieTales Gifts Of Service Coupons {Printable}

Here’s another great printable from VeggieTales in honor of the Lettuce Love One Another DVD. Today’s theme is serving others. You can talk as a family about what nice things you can do for others and then fill out these cards. I’m thinking about doing them with Jacob and then having him give them to daddy for Valentine’s Day :)

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(Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie but am not being compensated for posting this printable.)

VeggieTales Kindness Chart {Printable}

Love VeggieTales? They have a Valentine’s Day DVD called ‘Lettuce Love One Another’ and in honor of that movie I have a bunch of fun printables to share! Today’s theme is “Be Kind”.

Lesson: Be Kind

Optional Verse: Ephesians 4:32

Free Printable: Kindness Chart and Punch Card

This chart is a place to list ways your family shows kindness to others throughout the week. The Kindness Cards at the bottom of the printable offer a place to personalize for each child or family member. A punch can be given each time they are kind to others! This printable is a tool to remind us that God doesn’t want us to spread words that hurt, God wants us to spread nice words!

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Free Memory Jar Printable From Paper Coterie

Want to start journaling or keeping a memory jar but don’t know what to write about? Paper Coterie created a downloadable printable with 52 writing prompts.

Find the download here. Enjoy :)

Redbox Movie Rental Codes Giveaway {25 Winners}

I love renting movies from Redbox. It’s so easy to do my grocery shopping and pick up a movie or two on my way out. Did you know that you can reserve movies online at I didn’t learn that until recently but it’s something you will want to do if you are hoping to get a specific new release!

Redbox has given me 25 codes to share with my readers! Here’s what I’m going to do… if you would like a code, share any blog post of mine (can be this one or another) on a social network and leave a comment below telling me you’ve done so and the link to your share.  The first 25 verified entries will be sent a code for a complimentary rental at Redbox! (Please note: This is good for one night rental, if you lose it or return it late I’m not responsible for any extra fees you will be charged. Only one entry per person please. Don’t forget to include a valid email for me to send your code to.)

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but Redbox supplied the codes for me to give out.)

Free Printable: 12 Days Of Christmas Countdown

Whether it’s random acts of kindness, or just showering the ones you love with their favorite things – the holidays are filled with opportunities for gift giving and showing people that you care.  Inspired by the 12 days of Christmas as a way to get creative with gift giving this year, Paper Coterie designed these exclusive Christmas tags you can download for free!

Having these on hand to wrap up your gifts will make it easy and fun to give to all those around you. Simply download and cut out these fun tags and start spreading the love! Find the printables here.

Parental Guidance Movie Pre-Screening {Free Tickets}

If you are in the Chicago area I have a special treat for you! I get to offer 20 of my readers a pair of tickets to the pre-screening of this movie. I’ve seen the previews for it and it looks like it’s going to be a hit. Here’s the synopsis of the movie:

Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend–and not holding your ground–that binds a family together.

This movie opens in theaters Tuesday, December 25, 2012 and is rated PG.

Want to see it early? Here are the details:

Event Info:
December 13, 2012 at 6:30PM
Chicago, IL

Get your pair of tickets here:

Hurry because there are only 20 sets!

*Please note that the screening is overbooked and seating is first come, first serve*

(Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am happy to offer this special treat to my readers.)

Free Printable Downloads: Gratitude Jar

What are you grateful for?  Get ready for Thanksgiving with a printable gratitude jar.  Simply print a label for your jar and fill it full of your family’s responses to a series of fun and unique gratitude prompts.  Want a creative and meaningful Thanksgiving activity?  Read through your family’s responses before or after Thanksgiving dinner. Click on the image above to be taken to Paper Coterie’s website to download the printables.

(Image and printables courtesy of Paper Coterie.)

Free Kindle Book: Hope For The Weary Mom

{I have to start this post off by saying that if you don’t have a Kindle but you have an Android Smartphone you can still download this book! I have had an Android for a while now and just realized tonight that I can download a free app called “Kindle For Android” and access Kindle books that way even though I don’t have a Kindle! Yay!}

The Kindle edition of Hope For The Weary Mom: Where God Meets You In Your Mess {the expanded edition} is available for free today {10/23} and tomorrow {10/24} before it goes up to it’s regular price of $4.99. The book has all five star ratings on Amazon and good reviews from other readers. .

Enjoy! :)

*FREEBIE* Personalized Journal {No Purchase Necessary}

If you haven’t purchased anything from Paper Coterie before I have an amazing deal for you! New customers can get one free journal {$16 value} from Paper Coterie. All you have to do is pay for shipping and handling, no minimum purchase is needed!

Here are a few of my favorite cover choices:




First time customers can get 1 free journal from Paper Coterie. Use this link, personalize a journal and enter the coupon code “welcomejournal” at checkout. First time customer will receive one of our top selling products free. Standard shipping rates apply with no minimum purchase necessary.

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

Free Christian Book- No Longer A Slumdog


{I got this offer in my email via There are no strings attached and no shipping charges.}

(Disclosure: I wasn’t compensated for this post. I got the offer via email and wanted to share. I don’t know how often this offer will be open.)

Target’s Gift Bag For Earth Day *FREEBIE*

I shopped at Target today and on my way out got handed a goodie bag for Earth Day. I asked the employee who gave me the bag if all Targets were participating and she said yes. I wanted to share what I got in mine so you could decide if you wanted to run out and get one of your own :)

What was in my reusable bag:

Annie’s Organic Chocolate Chipper Granola Bar

yesTO On-the-Go Facial Towelette

Garnier Fructis  Pure Clean Shampoo/Conditioner Samples

Tom’s Natural Toothpaste

Meyer’s Liquid Dish Soap

Coupon Booklet {$53 Savings Inside}

*Please note: Though I was told this was at all Targets, I cannot guarantee your Target will have any gift bags and/or that the items in yours’ will be the same as what was in mine. I am not sure the exact details for this promotion but I assume you have to make a purchase and it’s only one per person.

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated for this post. I just wanted to share because I was excited about this promotion.)

ABC’s with Bingzy Bee: Phonics {Free App- 2 Days Only!}

I’ve been working with Bing Note to help promote their new IPhone/IPod application, ABC’s with Bingzy Bee: Phonics. This application uses a fun ABC song to teach phonics and was developed by an award winning teacher who found success with this method in her classroom. I had to share this with you all this weekend because for today and tomorrow (March 31st and April 1st) this application is FREE! {It’s normally only 99 cents but a penny saved is a penny saved, right?}

I don’t have an IPhone but I have seen great reviews from other bloggers. Here’s what other moms and teachers had to say about the application:

“My students enjoyed this game and were able to play it with ease.” ~Rebecca, The Beauty of it all

“…it’s really a great way to introduce basic phonics skills to your child.” ~Kimberly, 2 Kids and a Coupon

“Overall my son and I really like this app as it is another fun way for him to explore and learn his letters.” ~Alicia, The Mama Report

“This app is a cute & fun app for waiting in the doctor’s office or a way to keep the kids busy for a few minutes.” ~Kristi, Creative Kristi

“….this is what makes it a great app.  She can use it for years to come.” ~Brande, Faith and Family Reviews

“This app is one of Willow’s favorite apps right now.” ~Debi,The Spring Mount 6 Pack

You can find out more about the app on their website here or download ABC’s with Bingzy Bee: Phonics from the app store here.

(Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for posting this on my personal blog, however, this is a client of Living Your Moment, a company I am co-owner of. Bloggers quoted received compensation for their time. All thoughts are our own and honest opinions.)

FREE Family Advent E-Book

Women of Faith is offering a free download of A Family Advent book now through December 31st. This e-book is 106 pages long and I took a glance inside it and am excited to read through it.

They are also offering other freebies, sales, contests, and more in their Countdown To Christmas. Each day is a new surprise! You can find their Countdown to Christmas (which starts today) here.