Free (Or Practically Free) Summer Treats For Kids

Who does not like free or almost free? I am not ashamed to say I do! Having a big family means trying to find deals and/or bargains.  At times it requires a bit of my time to find these deals but that’s OK because most of the time it’s well worth it.  Entertaining my kids over the summer can get expensive so we do the free bowling and movies as well as playdates, beach and playing in our pool. What about treats/food? This summer I have stumbled over some amazing deals! 

On 7-11 is Free Slurpee Day at Seven Eleven. They are offering one FREE small Slurpee per person!  This deal is awesome because it’s not just for kids!  


Cumberland Farms has a mind blowing deal! From now until Labor Day 2018, you can fill up on 69¢ HYPERFREEZE ANY SIZE at all of  their stores! Of course my kids see any size and they get the biggest one! In this summer heat the HYPERFREEZE is a very refreshing way to cool off! 

My kids favorite summer treat is at Racetrac.  For ages 12 and under kids can eat ice cream for free, yep free! Grab a cup and a spoon at the participating convenience stores to get the deals on Swirl World ice creams, yogurts, sorbets and Italian ices. Top it off with the 40 toppings which they can add themselves.  They have gummy bears bigger than my kids hand for a topping! Older kids and adults only pay $3 16-ounce cups for adults. Their web-site says this promotion is good through July but I asked my local Racetrac when it ends and they said September. No coupon is necessary, but children must be present upon purchase. 

Our county is serving FREE lunches and snacks to children during the summer at our libraries.   This service is for all children through age 18. We have taken advantage of this a few times already.  The lunches are actually healthy with options such as turkey sandwiches, milk, cheese sticks, apple slices and yogurt.  A few of my kids are picky eaters but they enjoyed the lunches.  So check out your local library to see if your county is offering free summer lunches for children.


Chick- Fil-A is one of our favorite places to eat so eating free there is a real treat especially since you can do it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! On July 10th, Chick-fil-A will celebrate their annual “Cow Appreciation Day,” where guests will get the chance to score free food at the Chick.

No coupons or apps are needed for this offer.  

  1. Make or buy your cow costume (or any sort of cow apparel).
  2. Wear your cow costume to your favorite Chick-fil-A between Opening and 7 p.m.
  3. Receive a free entrée!

Needless to say some of these deals my kids keep asking for almost daily like the ice cream.  I have to remind my kids that treat are to be enjoyed in moderation. What free or practically free treats have you found for your kids this summer?  Share them by commented below. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 


  1. These are all great ideas! I especially love this because, during the summer, I end up taking my kids and their friends out a lot. If I can keep them in snacks and treats on the cheap, I’m all about it.

  2. robin rue says:

    These are great ideas. I have heard about cow appreciation day and I think that is a cute idea that they do every year.

  3. My kids are going to have to dress like cows for for July 10th! They love Chik-Fil-A so much!

  4. Becca Wilson says:

    These look like they would be the perfect treat. My kids would absolutely love these!

  5. I had no idea! This is so fun. I think my kids would especially love getting a cow 🐄 outfit together! Thanks so much for sharing. I better mak my calendar and make a plan.

  6. It is always great to find “free” deals during the summer. We have extra expenses during the summer and these deals will help us still have fun!

  7. I’m all about free, especially for the summer. My kid eats snacks every five seconds so I need all the help I can get.

  8. I love all of these. It’s nice when they can do this. I always love what Chick Fil A does. So much fun!

  9. Go to to know deals. Teaches kids to be deal savvy. Plus they are getting treats in the process!

  10. Wow! You have got to love free, or nearly free food. I love the cow costumes.

  11. katrina gehman says:

    great ideas. love companies that give back to the customers. will have to remember this next week.

  12. If we can get to the pool by 11, my kids get free lunch. They love it. They think it is way better than anything I could pack.

  13. These are really awesome deals!! Thanks so much for sharing! Such a perfect treat for kids this summer!

  14. Really awesome deals!! Kids will surely enjoy these summer treats!

  15. Ugh I love Chick Fil A, I work there as a kid and I just had some today haha. Great deals!

  16. Looks like you’re having a great summer break indeed. And we have free lunches too here in NYC

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