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Here's another great Summer Reading Program to help you keep the kids motivated to read throughout the summer.  Your kids (ages 14 and under) can earn a $5 Half Price Books gift card when they read (or are read to) for 15 minutes each day. Here's how:

  • Visit Half Price Books and download the Reading Log.
  • Record your reading time daily and submit your monthly log(s) to your local Half Price Books.
  • A Top Reader Prize ($20 Half Price Books Gift Card) will be awarded for each age group, each month, at each store.
  • Enjoy the time spent reading with your little ones!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!


Frecklebox FREE Coloring Pages

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 3, 2011 · 1 comment

free freckleboxLooking for a rainy day activity for when you're stuck inside? Customize and print FREE personalized coloring pages from Frecklebox with your children's names!

Thanks, Tight Wad in Utah!

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Regal Cinemas FREE Popcorn All Summer

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 8, 2011 · 7 comments


Get FREE popcorn all summer long from Regal Cinemas!

Here's how:

  • Visit any Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres or Edwards Theatres locations.
  • Go to from your phone (or click here to send the link to your phone now!)
  • Check in to get a coupon for FREE popcorn.
  • After you're registered, simply text popcorn to 35350 each time you visit a participating theater and enjoy FREE popcorn all summer!

Thanks, Swag Grabber!


SUMMER READING CLUBThe Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting a free Summer Reading Club for the whole family from 6/4 to 7/30.

Online, you'll find four cartoons featuring Captain Read along with several videos of community heroes such as police officers, firefighters, athletes, musicians, business owners, politicians and so much more, each discussing a book they love and why it inspires them.

They're also giving away great prizes to encourage everyone to read:

  • Kids: Coupons for Donatos, Columbus Clippers, Zoombezi Bay and more; entered into a drawing for a new bike and helmet and an Activity Kit
  • Teens: Coupons for The Chiller Ice Rink, Columbus Blue Jackets, COSI and more; entered into a drawing for a Chipotle Burrito Party or AMC Movie Ticket Package and Flash Drive Wrist Band
  • Adults: Coupons for Panera Bread, Columbus Blue Jackets, COSI and more; entered into a drawing for prize packages with tickets to BalletMet, Thurber House Summer Literary Picnic or Chipotle Burrito Party and Commemorative Lapel Pin

And next Saturday, 6/4, head to the main library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tons of fun activities, including the world’s fastest electric car (the OSU Buckeye Bullet), crafts and visits from Max (of Max and Ruby) and Maisy. The Shazzbots will be performing, and there will also be  police and fire trucks and an NBC 4 meteorologist conducting fun programs and demonstrations.

Not in Columbus? Here's a list of national summer reading programs as well!


Summer Reading Programs for Kids

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 17, 2011 · 11 comments

summer reading programs

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here already! I'll be sharing inexpensive activities all summer long, and what better way to kick it off than with FREE summer reading programs to encourage kids to continue reading throughout the summer?

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

Children will earn a FREE book when they read 8 books of their choice and record them in a special journal! Sign up and download a journal today.

FREE book will be chosen from a preselected group of books.

Borders Double Dog Dare Challenge

Kids 12 and under will earn a FREE book when they read 10 books, record them on the Double Dog Dare Challenge form and take the completed form to any Borders, Borders Express or Waldenbooks.

FREE book will be chosen from a preselected group of books. Valid from 6/1/11 to 9/15/11.

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Log your reading minutes in the Scholastic Summer Challenge to be entered to win a set of five Klutz books from Scholastic.

Open from 5/15/11 to 6/4/11. Limit one entry per day.

Summer Break with Book It!

Read five books and submit the the Summer Break Reading Challenge Form for a chance to win a Book It! prize package including a tote bag, water bottle, mini flier, mini ball, sunglasses, jump rope, book light, Mr. Popper's Penguins and a $20 Visa gift card.

Open from 6/15/11 to 8/15/11.