Popular free events for children include special museum exhibits, parades, festivals, block parties and scavenger hunts. Parents can bring their children to fun events like fireworks displays, outdoor movies, music concerts and plays during the summer months. Public libraries often host free book readings and story times for children.
Events vary from place to place, but most towns and cities offer a variety of free family events. For example, Houston offers free city tours, Minneapolis hosts the winter Hollidazzle kid-friendly parade, and Oklahoma City has First Friday Gallery Walks for all ages. Some autumn events are the Scarecrow Fest and Danada Equestrian Center Fall Festival in the Chicago area, family movie nights at the public library and Fall Frolic in Sacramento, and the Creative Action Kids' Ball in Austin, Texas. The Great Skate Winterfest in Grand Rapids, Michigan offers fun events even in cold weather. New York City hosts numerous series of music, dance, theater and storytelling in the summer that are free and just for kids.
Some retailers offer free events for kids. Michael's, Home Depot and Lowe's host no-cost kids' workshops. Pottery Barn, Barnes & Noble and Half-Priced Books offer free story times and reading events. Toys R Us and Disney stores offer free in-store events that include crafts, music and giveaways.