Free Things for Families

Free or Cheap Activities

The following are a few ideas for free/cheap activities you may want to consider for your family. 1 $ Wiser provides these links as a value-added service but makes no representation as to the accuracy of the information contained therein.


Free University Tuition

There are a number of nationally ranked universities who offer FREE tuition to students who have been accepted AND come from homes with limited familiy incomes. These universities include, but are not limited to Harvard University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Houston, and University of North Texas. Each university has their own admission requirements which must be met, and their own criteria for free tuition, fees, etc. Carefully check into the options at each university to which you or a family member wants to attend.



Check your local library for events. They usually post their calendar of events online. Most offer free:

  • Concerts
  • Lectures
  • Book Groups
  • Children's Story Time
  • Teen Activities


Barnes & Noble 

Enter your zip code to find events in your area:

Children's story times

Craft groups

Book Groups


Home Depot (FREE workshops)

Weekly Workshops

Do-It_Herself monthly workshops

Kids Workshops - 1st Sat of each month





the Knack - family craft ideas, age-appropriate projects


Rita's Italian Ice

Italian Ice at Rita's on first day of spring





Type "cheap attractions in ... (include name of city)" in search button. Under Popular Searches they have button for Family Activities as well.


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