FREE and Cheap Summer 2012 Events

Today officially marks the beginning of Summer break for my kids and they're already asking what's next. Summer outings can really add up so here's a list of FREE and cheap activities for your family to enjoy.

Splash and Water Parks

Jambalaya Spray Park - FREE to the public. Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. Tuesdays- Sunday (Closed Mondays)

Prairieville Splash Park (corner of Hwy 42 and Hwy 73) - FREE to the public

Forest Community Park (South of Interstate 12, between Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Millerville Road) Free splash pad/ park.

Liberty Lagoon (111 Lobdell Avenue in Baton Rouge next to the Independence Park softball fields (between Independence Blvd. and Florida Blvd.) - Ages 2 and younger—FREE, Ages 3 to 12—$7.00, Ages 13 and older—$9.00. Go HERE for more information.

Denham Springs Water Park - (North Park on Lockhart & Eden Church Rd). $5 all day for people who live in the district and $8 for those outside.


Rave Cinemas - FREE movies twice a week for 9 weeks. Doors open at 9:30am - movies begin at 10am. (Thanks The Sherrill Family)
Regal Movie Theaters - $1 movies Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. G and PG movies

Cinemark Movie Theaters - $1 movies if purchased separately or 10 for $5 if purchased in advance. Every Wednesday for 10 weeks beginning May 30th. 

The Manship Theatre at The Shaw Center of the Arts - $4 movies every Wednesday at 10am. Go HERE to buy tickets.

Grand Cinema - $4 includes movie admission, popcorn and drink. Mon-Fri shows start at 10am (Thanks The Sherrill Family)


Kids Bowl Free: Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long. Go here to see if a bowling center in your area is participating and to sign up!

AMF is offering a free bowling pass for kids 15 and under so they can bowl for FREE all summer long!

Summer Reading

Barnes & Noble: Summer Reading Program! *They are bringing back the program for 2012 however they have not released the full details yet. I will update you when they do.

East Baton Rouge Summer Reading - Begins May 23rd. This summer is sure to be packed with great books, exciting programs, and fabulous prizes. With a program for every age group, the entire family can participate!

All locations of the Library will have reading logs for each age group (Children, Teens, and Adults). These logs will be available until Tuesday, July 31. While each group has a different theme and guidelines - the goal is the same - to READ!

Ascension Parish Summer Program - Begins May 23rd. Sign up at any location.

Livingston Parish Summer Program - Begins May 22nd

Chuck E Cheese: Reading Rewards. Your child can earn 10 free tokens every time they read everyday for 2 full weeks. Print your Reading Rewards Calendar then bring it with you to Chuck E Cheese for redemption.

Scholastic Summer Challenge Kids create an online account and keep track of their reading minutes to earn prizes. As they complete weekly reading challenges on the site, they can spin the Prize Wheel to win digital prizes like book & audio chapters and virtual badges. There are also sweepstakes that kids can enter after logging minutes.

Sylvan Book Adventure: offers a free reading incentive program where kids read books, take a comprehension quiz about how much they remember and earn points based on how well they did on the quiz. They can then redeem those points for prizes.

Family Friendly Events

Mommy and Me (and Daddy too!) - Mondays (6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25) in June, 11am-1pm
Mall of Louisiana in the Food Court

Free carousel rides, games, face painting, balloon twisters, prizes, special offers from Mall of Louisiana retailers, safety information from Our Lady of the Lady Children’s Hospital and more!

Baton Rouge Zoo - Visit the Zoo every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $1.25 per person. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

 LASM - First Sunday Free

FREE LSU Museum of Art Second Saturday

Jump -n- Jive - (indoor inflatable playground) Open Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 a child for all day play admission.

Apple Retail Stores Youth Workshops

National Parks Free Fee Weekends: June 9th, September 29, November 10th - 12th

Target Sponsored Activities in your State: In St. Louis the 3rd Friday each month is Family Free Night at the Magic House. Free admission begins at 5:30 pm.

Home Depot Kids Workshops: Free Kids Workshops on the First Saturday of each month between 9am - 12pm.

Lowes Build and Grow Clinics

Bass Pro Shop Family Summer Camp June 9th-July 15th

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  1. Manship Theatre is doing summer movies for kids for $4, which includes popcorn, drink & sweet snack. Free play in fountains afterward! :)

  2. Ashley do you have a link for this? I tried looking for information.

    1. The manship theater is on
      Shaw center of arts,
      100 Lafayette street
      Baton Rough, La.

  3. Cinemark posted movies

  4. Barnes & Noble posted their details:

  5. Livingston Parish Summer Reading program:

  6. Jump -N- Jive is a great place for summer time! Opened Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7 a child for all day play admission. My nieces and nephews LOVE IT!

  7. City Park in B.R. has a free tennis camp the last week of July for ages 5-16. It's called the Open House Jr. Tennis camp. Sign up quick--they take a total of 56 kids and fill up fast. Registration opened June 1. We've done it the last two summers, and it's just like the camps you pay over $100 for elsewhere! Limit two kids per family. They also have free tennis lessons on Saturday mornings starting June 9--from 8:30-9:30 for ages 6-10 and 9:30-10:30 for ages 11-16. A great way to introduce your kids to the sport without paying anything.

    1. Where do you sign up for the free tennis camp?

    2. You can sign up at the City Park tennis center.

  8. The Baton Rouge Zoo offers a discout day. Wednesday Special

    Visit the Zoo every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $1.25 per person. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

  9. Thanks so much for the Zoo info. I was looking for it at the time I posted this list and I couldn't find it.

  10. I looked for the info on the tennis camp does anyone know the website or how to sign up?

  11. Go to the Brec tennis webpage, scroll down to Summer Tennis Camps, then find City Park Open House Camp.

  12. Wildcat Station (indoor golfing) in Central is offering free admission today, 6/18, and 6/25 from 1pm-4pm.

  13. Wildcat Station on greenwell springs rd is such a great place to bring the kids. God Bless air conditioning. its free on mondays, only in month of june I think and wednesday 2 for 1. They had black light mini golf, arcade games and snacks. Me and kids had a great time. staff was real friendly with the kids.

  14. I didnt find their website but just found their facebook page, hope that helps. Number 663-6379, its in central.

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