The St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory offers FREE shows every Friday night at 7 and 8:15 p.m. when college is in session on the second floor of the Natural Science Building (SC 205). Free parking is available for the celestial shows. Please note: children younger than age 5 are not permitted. June’s show is “Saturn: Lord of the Rings” and in July it will be “The Stars of Summer. For information, visit www.spcollege.edu/planetarium/; St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Target Tuesdays: Everyone is admitted free from 2 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Glazer Children’s Museum. Remaining dates for the summer include July 1 and August 5. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 443-3861
Score a FREE ticket to see the RAYS through this Summer’s Reading With The Rays Reading program- presented by Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. Look out for the Reading with the Rays insert in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, June 8 to start tallying up your child(ren)’s reading hours. Score different prizes depending on the number of hours you child reads. For more on the official rules click here. This program is open to kids living in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
The Tampa Museum of Art offers free, drop-in art activities for kids on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Different themes are offered each week. To view the schedule, visit tampamuseum.org. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; (813) 274-8130
FREE Admission to Brooker Creek Preserve for everyone! Climb through an indoor Turtle tunnel, play dress up, go for a hike, and more! Explore nature indoors and outdoors with your kids this summer. Study the ecology of our area and revisit history at Brooker Creek Preserve. For more information visit their site.
Reward your readers with a fun summer getaway! Our squeeze in one last date night getaway with your man before the craziness of school kicks off. We just got back from Fort Lauderdale, FL and I WISH I had known about this! Print your free savings card to get 2-for-1 visits to 30 South Florida museums and attractions. Buy one, get one free at Butterfly World, the Water Taxi, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Billie Swamp Safari, air boat rides at Sawgrass Recreation Park and many others. Visit their site for more information. (Deals ends 9/30/14)
Score over $400 in savings with this Summer fun kids pass. For $12.95 your kiddos 12 and under can get admission to museums, spas, and more in the South Florida area. Visit their page for more information.
Earn a FREE book from Barnes & Noble!
Encourage children to read any 8 books and record them in a downloadable Reading Journal from Barnes & Noble. Bring in the completed Journal at any local Barnes & Noble between May 20 and September 2, 2014 to be eligible for a FREE BOOK. (Kids can choose from a selection of books appropriate for grades K-6). Download fun activities and get teaching tips in their exclusive activity kits!
Earn $10 for reading 10 books!
TD Bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing Young Saver Account after your little reader finishes reading 10 books this Summer. One $10 offer per reader. Print TD Banks Summer Reading Form, fill it out, and take it to your local TD Bank. Valid June 1 through August 31, 2014. (Grade K-5)
FREE Prizes from HEBuddy.com
Visit hebuddy.com and click on Clubs and Contests. Kids read any 10 books and log them on the downloadable Reading Club Form– parents can read to early learners. Parents initial each book read and mail the completed form to H.E.Buddy by October 1, 2014. Kids will receive cool prizes in the mail. (I have not tried this reading program yet.)
FREE Prizes from Pizza Hut’s BOOKIT Program
Encourage your little readers to complete reading tasks, download activities, and play games to unlock items to customize their own virtual dragon. Read five books and complete the Instagram contest to enter for a chance to win a prize. Valid June 1 through August 15, 2014. (Grades K-6)
FREE Book from Pottery Barn Kids
From now through July 31, 2014, kids who read 8 books from one of Pottery Barn Kid’s recommended reading lists can receive a free book at participating retail stores. (Ages 10 and under.)
10 FREE tokens from Chuck E Cheese
Children who read for 2 weeks straight can get 10 FREE tokens to Chuck E Cheese. (Must purchase food as well.) Download and print a free Reading Reward Calendar, mark off the days your child reads (every day for two weeks) and your child will receive 10 free tokens as a reward. Valid through December 31, 2014.