What parent doesn’t absolutely adore free stuff for kids? Especially during the back-to-school season, when the bank account gets a sudden workout. Between school shopping lists, new clothes and everything else your kiddo needs, you can stand to get a freebie now and then. Luckily, we’ve got the outdoor, indoor, entertainment, educational and dining deals you can score for free this fall! Scroll down to start saving.

Style, Stickers, Swag and Other Freebies

Does your kiddo want to decorate their new school binders and book covers with stickers? Add style to school supplies with these freebies from PETA!

Your fam's favorite organic food brand, Annie's, will also send free stickers to customers. Visit the company's website here for more info.

When it comes to shopping for back to school bargains, parents can score free rewards on gear, electronics and even everyday essentials from Shopkick.

And then there's Kohl's Cash. Visit the retailer's website for information on how, and when, to score $10 off (in Kohl's Cash) for every $50 you spend.

If you keep putting off the dreaded trek to Chuck E. Cheese, the More Cheese Rewards Program might convince you. You get $10 reward if you visit three times in a 12-month period, your kids will receive birthday rewards, and you'll get extra tickets for every friend you refer. Sign up here.

Treat your crew to cinnamony-goodness when you sign up for Club Cinnabon®. You'll get a free mini bun just for becoming a member. 

Free Trials

You can't always get everything for free. But, in some cases, you can try a service or subscription without paying—for a limited time that is. Where can you find free trials? Highlights' Hidden Pictures Digital Play, Reading Eggs, Mathseeds and ABC Mouse all offer free educational service/activity trials. 

10 Free Movies for Kids

Does your child need a break now that school is in full swing? Forget about pricey pay-per-view flicks. This list of free YouTube movies is perfect for the pint-sized set.

photo: Courtesy of IKEA

In-Store Indoor Activities

Some of your favorite retailers have freebie activities for your kiddo to enjoy. When the summer sun stops shining, your child can enjoy no-cost playtime at IKEA's Småland play area—while you shop, of course.

You can also take advantage of one of Target's many free in-store special events. Check the big red bullseye retailer's website for an updated calendar.

Story-time seekers can check out Barnes & Noble's special events and activities. 

If your kids want to get hands-on, Lowe's Build and Grow events provide little learners with tons of project-focused fun and participating LEGO Stores offer weekly building challenges!

Free Museum Admission

Pint-sized Picassos can enjoy a gallery walk for free on Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day! Get two free admissions for participating museums and cultural centers on Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019. To get your free tickets (hundreds of museums participate annually across the United States), visit the Smithsonian Magazine website here, after Aug. 15, 2019.

60+ Places Kids Can Eat for Free

Now that school is in full swing, soccer has started and the days are shorter, you could use dinnertime help. And that's exactly what we have for you! Forget about scrambling to get something on the table after a busy day at school and work. These family-friendly eateries have mealtime freebies just for kids. 

40+ Outdoor Activities

With fall foliage viewing in full swing, there are plenty of free outdoor activities for families. If you're not sure where to look for leaves, check out the best places to see fall colors in the United States here. If you're looking for a way to get out and get active, enjoying the cool, crisp autumn air, these riverfront paths and walkable cities are perfect and even better, free! And if you have a fourth-grader, the Every Kid In a Park program provides free passes for kids to tour national parks and waters!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Jennifer Murray via Pexels



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