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Free (and Nearly Free) activities 2017

Looking for our free Summer Activities for 2019? Check out post here!

If the walls are starting to feel like they are closing in on you after a few weeks of being stuck inside with the kids, you might start to think “I need to get OUTTA here!”

There are some great, cheap activities available if you know where to look.

Free Activities-

First, check your local libraries for their activities! FREE activities!

Northwest Regional Library-Highlights

  • Story times
    • Toddlers-Tuesdays 9:30 and 10:30
    • Crawlers-Wednesdays 9:15 (switches to Tuesdays in June)
    • Walkers Wednesdays 10:15 (switchest to Tuesdays in June)
    • Family Story Time/Summertime Storytime Thursdays 10am and 10:30am
  • Songersize
    • 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month
    • Infants 10am
    • Toddlers and Prek-11am and 12:30pm
  • Special Events
    • Summertime STEAM-Mondays starting 6/5/2017, registration required. 3pm-5pm Mondays.
    • Mark Carter Science WOW Wednesday June 14th 9:15 and 10:30am
    • James Reid Juggling Wednesday June 28th 9:15 and 10:45
    • Build a Better World with Farming-July 12th 9:15 and 10:45

White Tank Regional Library-Highlights

  • Purposeful Play Group/Toybrary
    • Mondays 10am-11am
  • Songercise
    • First and Third Wednesdays-10am and 11am
  • Baby Toddler Time
    • Thursdays 10:15-11am
  • Special Events
    • Desert Yoga for Kids-Fridays 1pm-145
    • Milo and Moxie Smart Safety Rangers Storytime June 12th 10:30am
    • James Reid Juggler June 12th 3pm (register starting 5/22)
    • Code Club-Tuesdays (register)
    • Jungle Jill’s Animal Encounters June 23rd-2pm
    • Noodle cars-Engineering STEAM challenge-June 24th 1pm (registration required)
    • Roller Coasters (registration required)-June 26th 2pm
    • Magician Eric Gilliam July 10th 5pm-6pm
    • Fantastic Balloons with Arizona Rick July 15th 3pm
    • Wildman Phil and his Amazing Animals-July 19th 2pm
    • Exploring the Solar Eclipse-July 24th-1pm
    • Sonoran Creatures-July 26th-2pm
    • Doodle bots-make your own robots July 27th 2pm (registration required)
    • Wow Volcanoes-Mark Carter Science July 28th 2pm

El Mirage Branch

  • Storytimes
    • Preschoolers-first and third (and fifth) Thursdays at 10:30am
  • Playgroup
    • 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:30
  • Special Events
    • Community Fire Station Tour June 9th at 2pm
    • Rollercoasters-Wednesday, June 14th 2pm

Peoria Main Library8463 W Monroe St Peoria

  • Storytimes
    • Wednesdays 10am and 11am (3-5years old)
    • Toddler Time-Thursdays 10am
  • Purposeful Play Group
    • Thursdays May 25th, June 8th, June 22nd, July 13th and July 27th
    • 6pm-7pm
  • Lego Club
    • June 6th and August 1st
  • Movie Marathon
    • Mondays and Wednesdays May 31st-August 2nd 12noon
  • Goldilocks Puppet Show Saturday June 10th 11am
  • Father’s Day Gift Friday June 16th
  • Balloon Making Cowboy  June 24th 11am
  • Meet a Baby T-rex July 8th11am-12noon
  • Variety Show July 22nd
  • Culture Passes

Sunrise Mountain Library-21109 N 98th Avenue Peoria

  • Storytimes-
    • Toddler Time-Tuesdays 9:30am and 10:30am
    • Teddy Bear Storytime 630pm
    • Baby Steps-Wednesdays at 9:15 and 10:15am
    • Crazy Times with Madame Patchouli-Thursdays 9:15am and 10:15am
  • Songercise
    • 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 10am and 11am
  • Lego Club
    • 2nd Saturday of the month-2pm

Avondale Libraries

Buckeye Libraries

Glendale Libraries

Phoenix Libraries

Tolleson Library

Kids’ Clubs at the mall by National Geographic

Free First Friday nights at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix-from 5pm-9pm free admission to the Museum on the first Friday of each month. Check site for details to confirm

Mall Play Areas-

Free Pool Days

Goodyear Residents can get free pool days at the Southwest Valley YMCA, 2919 N Litchfield Rd- June 17th, July 15th, July 29th, August 12, August 26th, September 2nd

Litchfield Park Kiwanis Club free day of swimming at the Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E Loma Linda Blvd Saturday 8th from 1-6pm

Buckeye Pool-June 17th 12-5pm, July 1st 12-5pm, July 15th 12-5pm


Tempe Marketplace-Summer Splash Thursdays-June 1-July 27th

  • Splash Pad near Barnes and Noble 6pm-7:30pm. Free Summer fun, music, games, prizes, characters

Desert Ridge-Pixar Cars 3– Road to Races Tour

  • June 3rd10am-6pm, June 4th 11am-5pm Behind AMC Theater
  • Summer Splash Tuesdays-Tuesdays June 6th-July 25th 11am-12:30pm AMC Fountain. Music, games, giveaways and more.

Westgate Wednesdays-Characters, giveaways, and dancing by the splashpad

Second Fridays in Mesa-Music, food trucks and entertainment downtown

McCormick-Stillman Railroad-Concerts every Sunday night at 7:30 (trains and carousel cost)

Arrowhead Towne Center-Free Concert Series Saturday Nights in May and June

Bass Pro Shops-Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays-Crafts June 25th-July 24th

Kids Bowl Free– Glendale Glenfair Lanes and Phoenix Let it Roll Bowl. Must pay for shoes at the lanes and pay for adults if they want to play. Must register beforehand. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays-Open until Close, Thursday and friday-Open-5pm, Saturday and Sunday Open until 3pm

Home Depot Kids WorkshopsSelected Saturdays and Sundays, depending on Store

Goodyear Teen Nights-at the Pool

  • June 24th and July 29th 6-9pm FREE

Chick Fil-A Kids Nights-Join the kids club for free activities

Barnes and Noble-13719 W Bell Road, Surprise

  • story times on Saturday mornings at 11am, and Tuesday mornings at 11am

Bookmans-8034 N 19th Ave Phoenix

  • story times and free events

Free Museums!

  • Free First Friday nights at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix-from 5pm-9pm free admission to the Museum on the first Friday of each month. Check site for details to confirm
  • Are you a military family? Check out Blue Star Museums  to get into many local museums for free!
  • Are you a Bank of America Card Holder? First Full weeekend of every month you can get one free general admission to Phoenix Heard Museum or Phoenix Art Museum
  • Kids and Family ASU Art Museum-Family Days-July 8th
  • Free Wednesdays-3-9pm at the Phoenix Art Museum and Free 2nd Saturdays of the month
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art-Free on Thursdays, Free after 5pm on Friday at Saturday (open until 9pm)
  • Chandler Museum at McCullough-Price House-Free Admission Tuesday-Saturday

Discounted Events

I HIGHLY recommend checking out Living Social, Groupon, Goldstar and Local Flavor (it used to be Deal Chicken. Local flavor makes so much more sense!). I try to take a look at these sites weekly through my phone apps. I recommend checking out the business before you buy anything. I also don’t recommend buying any of the goods-because honestly, most of the ones I have seen are highly marked up and are not that great of a deal. However, the excursions are usually a good price.

Then, before you buy something, see if there is a promo code where you can get even more off of it. I often will buy a deal on holidays because there is an extra promo code. Make sure that you note the day that the deal expires as well. If you don’t use it before that date, it wasn’t a deal.

Michael’s Kids Clubs (link is to Surprise Store)

  • Saturdays 10am, $2 each-reservations taken online

Goodyear Friday Family nights at the Pool-430 E Loma Linda Blvd June 9th, 16th, 30th and July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

  • 5pm-8:30pm
  • 1.50 per person, children 3 and under are free

Fourth of July Events-Many are free or Cheap!

Special Deals

Jumper’s Jungle- Olive and the 101

  • Two for Tuesdays and Thirfty Thursdays admission ($5 each).

Harkins’ Movie Theaters-$1 Movie-May 29th-August 4th. Call your Local Harkins theater for days.

Get a Pogo Pass and use it in Phoenix and Tucson! Use promo code “AZMOM” for the best deal!

Looking for our Indoor Bucket List (places all around the valley to play inside?) or Camps ?  Or Splashpads! Check out our other links, and make sure you come back to check out this post as we will add other deals we find!

If you are a business owner that would like to promote yourself on our lists, please contact us!

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