Free Stuff For Families To Do This Summer In The Triad!

Here's a list of free and cheap activities for kids and families to enjoy around the Triad this summer! If you see an event not listed, email us about it at

High Point Bowling Center Offers Free Bowling For Kids this Summer

Here's a list of free and cheap activities for kids and families to enjoy around the Triad this summer! If you see an event not listed, email us about it at

This story will be updated as we get more events to add.

'Free Fishing Day' in North Carolina - July 4 - Anyone (NC residents and non-residents) can fish in any public body of water without a fishing license.


ENERGY at the Park - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Mondays through Thursdays, June 26 through Aug. 10 - Rising first graders through 15-year-olds are invited for supervised sports, games, crafts, and a free lunch (More info here). Locations include: 

  • Arlington Park, 1201 Bellevue St.
  • Douglas Park, 705 Douglas Park St.
  • Eastside Park, 429 Gillespie St.
  • Hampton Park, 3111 Four Seasons Blvd.
  • Hannaford Park, 1701 Hannaford St.
  • Heath Park, Holts Chapel Rd.
  • Woodmere Park, 2100 Autumn Dr.

Kids Klub at LeBauer Park – Every Saturday – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Art classes, young yogi fitness classes, playtime, Storytime and weekly Saturday Kid's Klub events – More info

Kids Bowl Free at Triad Lanes  Two free games of bowling a day this spring and summer – More info

Spraygrounds — Open from May 25 to Aug. 27 and Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2 – 4), free for families – More info

Summer Night Lights – Free series of summertime events and activities for Guilford County teens – Held at various rec. centers, pools, libraries, the Greensboro Sportsplex and Cultural Center – More info

Free Community Meal & Movie – Gate City Vineyard Church, 204 South Westgate Drive - Wednesday, June 21 - 6 p.m. - A hot meal will be served and the Disney movie 'Moana' will be shown in the church sanctuary - More info   

Weatherspoon Art Museum Summer Solstice Party – June 23 - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – A live performance from Gipsy Danger, photo booth, art activities, face painting.

Regal Summer Movie Express – Family movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for $1 admission. At Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.)

Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10 Kids Movies – Starting June 6, every Tuesday/Thursday at 10 a.m. – $1 admission

RED Cinemas Kids Movie Program Red Cinemas, Stadium 15, 1305 Battleground Ave. - $1 kids movies - every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. - More info 

Popsicles on the Playground – Christ United Methodist Church - A delicious treat and playtime for the kids on the church’s playground. The complete schedule is here.  

Barnes and Noble Storytime – Wednesday, June 14 – 11 a.m. to noon – Friendly Center Barnes and Noble


Mystery Book Club at Reynolda Manor Branch Library - 10:30 a.m. to noon - A new mystery book is read the second Saturday of each month.

Free Milkshakes! - June 21 - 10:30 a.m. to close - Wayback Burgers - One free milkshake to all customers while supplies last. 

The New Winston Museum - 713 South Marshall Street - Open from Tuesday to Friday - 2 to 5 p.m.

Downtown Winston Summer Music Series – Featuring Downtown Jazz, Summer on Liberty – More info

Salem Band Summer Series Concert - Salem Square (corner of E. Academy and S. Main streets) - Tuesday, June 13 - 7:30 p.m. - 'Jump, Jive & Wail' with Salem Band - Go to for more info.

Marketplace Cinemas Summer Brunch Free Movies – Tuesday, June 13 - 10:45 a.m. - Free family movies Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings - More info

Sunday Evenings in the Park - Free music every Sunday - More info


Kids Bowl Free Program at High Point Bowling Center - Kids 15 and under get two free games every day when they register for the program - You can register here. Deal runs through Sept. 30.

Open Gym Time at High Point Rec Centers – Oakview Rec. Center on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m./Allen Jay Rec. Center will also have open gym (call 336-883-3509 for dates and times)

Regal Summer Movie Express – Family movies playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for $1 admission. Regal Palladium Stadium 14 & IMAX (5830 Samet Drive)

National Night Out — Aug. 1


Baby Fun Time at May Memorial Library - Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. - For babies 11 to 23 months - Music, stories, fingerplays and more. Call (336) 229-3588 for more info.

Musical Chairs Concert in the Park - 2nd Friday of each month from May to August - 7 to 9 p.m. - Burlington City Park - Live Music and dessert vendors

Time for Twos at May Memorial Library - every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. - Programs designed for two-year-olds and their caregivers - Call (336) 229-3588 for more info.

4th Fridays in Downtown Burlington - 4th Friday of each month from May to September - 4:30 to 9 p.m. - The Historic Depot - Live Music, Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Children's Activities (face painting, balloon twisting, bubbles, etc.)

July 3rd in the Park - Monday, July 3 - 5 to 9 p.m. - Burlington City Park - Games/Activities for children up to age 12 (life size foosball, plinko, etc.), Amusement Park Rides (must have ticket), Live Music, Food Trucks, Aerial Fireworks (9 p.m.)


Groovin’ on the Green – Saturday, June 3 – Saturday, July 1 – Saturday, August 5


Triad Park in Kernersville – See the Carolina Field of Honor or play disc golf at he Patriot Disc Golf Course.


Kids Summer Movies at Sunset Theatre - Every Thursday from June 15 to August 17 - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - $3 admission - drink and popcorn are free

Summer Concerts at Bicentennial Park - 6 to 8:30 p.m. - 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month this summer

Pigs & Pedals – BBQ cookoff with antique car show downtown - Aug. 4 and 5 – 7 to 10 p.m.

Front Porch Evening – Brightside Gallery – June 16 - 5 to 8 p.m. – Musical guest Bad Penny performs.

Kaitlyn Broome Jewelry Show & Face Painting - Brightside Gallery - June 16 - 5 to 8 p.m. - Kaitlyn is a graduate from Randolph Community College with a degree in graphic design.


Fantastic Fourth Festival - Davidson County Fairgrounds – free admission - concessions and amusement rides available.

Olympic Day - Lexington High School - June 23 – 9 a.m. to noon - free for ages 2 to 18. Includes relays, long jump and a fun run.


Independence Day Celebration - July 1 at Rich Park from 6 until 10 p.m. - Food, music, kids’ activities and fireworks

Play Pickleball - Brock Rec. Center - every Tuesday and Thursday from May through August, 9:30 to 11 a.m. - all ages

Walk for Fitness – Brock Rec. Center – Monday through Friday – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – all ages

Concerts on the Square – Downtown Mocksville – June 10, July 15, Aug. 19, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 – 7 to 10 p.m.

Summer Beach Days – Junkers Mill Outdoor Theater – Saturday, June 24 – 6 to 10:30 p.m.


Preschool Storytime 'Down on the Farm'  Mebane Public Library - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. - Features stories, songs, fingerplays and more - Call (919) 563-6431 for more info. 

Free Milkshakes! - June 21 - 10:30 a.m. to close - Wayback Burgers - One free milkshake to all customers while supplies last.


Tanglewood Park in Clemmons - Entrance is free ($2 per car to go through the front gate and park) Families can explore arboretum and walking trails in the park. 

Toddler Storytime at Clemmons Library - Tuesday, June 13 - 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Books, puppets, songs and crafts


Art Club at Rural Hall Library - Tuesday, June 13 - 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Enjoy basic to advanced art skills, just remember to bring paint! 

Free disc golf at Horizons Park


Music in the Park – Yadkinville Community Park – June 10, July 4, August 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7 – More info

Local Libraries

Several Triad libraries have lots of free events and programs suited for kids throughout the summer.

Greensboro Libraries

Forsyth Co. Libraries

Lexington Libraries

Rockingham Co. Libraries

Randolph Co. Libraries

Alamance Co. Libraries

Davidson Co. Libraries

Davie Co. Libraries

Yadkin Co. Libraries

Stokes Co. Libraries


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