FREE ARTS & CULTURAL PASSES!
Over 200 libraries are now participating throughout Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St.Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties! Go to www.detroitadventurepass.org to see if
your library is participating and what attractions are offered! Just use your library card to receive
the Museum Adventure Pass and get FREE admission for two or four individuals, depending on the location at one of over 30 arts and cultural institutions in the greater Metro Detroit area.
The Arab-American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn MI 48126
Admission on Sundays is FREE for everyone! Also has Free Craft Sundays for ages 6-12 (two-hour
craft-making sessions in the museum classroom--check "Events" at the above website for upcoming dates). Also has a free digital photography instructional program for 6th-8th grade students from Southwest Detroit after school---check under "Youth Programs" for more info or call Celia at 313-624-
HELP THE BELLE ISLE ZOO AND GET FREE PASSES!
The Detroit Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, answer questions, help staff special events and feed the zoo's deer. The reward is FREE
passes to the Detroit Zoo and more! For more information call Linda Denomme, the zoo's volunteer services manager at 248-541-5717 ext. 3806.
The Detroit Neighborhood City Halls have FREE Detroit Zoo tickets for low-income Detroit resident families. The individuals must go to the City Hall in their neighborhood and show, City of Detroit
address I.D.and Medicaid/Bridge card. For more information call the Neighborhood City Halls
VOLUNTEER FOR FREE CAMPING THIS SUMMER!
The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources seeks volunteer hosts for its state parks and state forest campgrounds for the 2011 season. In return for a free spot, you provide visitor assistance to camp-
ground visitors. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to work five days or 30 hours
a week for at least four consecutive weeks. Those interested in hosting at a state park campground should contact 517-467-7401 and ask for Pam. OR go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and follow
the links for becoming a volunteer campground host.
VOLUNTEER FOR A FREE "VACATION" THIS SUMMER!
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association is accepting applications from anyone interested
in living and working in one of two lighthouses in northern Michigan. The first opportunity is at the
St. Helena Island lighthouse, about eight miles west of the Mackinaw Bridge. Positions open to singles, couples and families; however children must be at least 8 years of age to participate. The second volunteer keeper opportunity offered by the Association is at the Cheboygan River Front Range lighthouse, in downtown Cheboygan. Two volunteers (couples or good friends) will share a bedroom
at the lighthouse at no charge while providing an enjoyable and hospitable environment for visitors
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays between Memorial Day and Labor
Day. For additional information on volunteer opportunities, send an email to email@example.com.
GET A LIFETIME SENIOR PASS FOR FEDERAL RECREATION SITES!
Available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years and older that provides access
to recreational areas managed by five Federal agencies. The cost is $10 and is valid for the lifetime
of the pass owner. The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle
at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children are always admitted free). The Senior Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). The Federal Agencies who honor this pass are the Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation as well as the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority. For more information go to http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
DRIVE FOR MUCH LESS TO YOUR VACATION!
Auto Driveaway is a vehicle relocation service in which all you need is a valid driver's license and
a $350 cash deposit which is returned to you when the vehicle has been delivered satisfactorily.
Drivers are expected to cover about 400 miles a day and arrive at their destination by a set time.
You can fit in some sightseeing but side trips are not allowed. After your initial gas allowance,
you pay for your own fuel, food and lodging. Auto Driveaway says it is the only U.S. company
letting outsiders drive its cars. Spring and fall are especially busy times as vacationers move
north or south for the season. Call 800-346-2277 to sign up!
See similiar resources under "Cool Links--Save Money While Traveling"!
VISIT THESE MUSEUMS, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS FOR FREE (or nearly FREE)!!!
Servicemen and women with military ID get FREE admission to Knott's Berry Farm in CA,
on Memorial Day!
Looking for something to do this weekend? Remember that general admission to the Detroit
Institute of Arts is FREE for residents of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties! You can enjoy
their world-class art collection, live music, art-making, puppet shows and more! www.dia.org Get directions for nearby scenic routes or to fun roadside attractions at www.Byways.org
100 National Parks around the country will have FREE entry dates for everyone in 2013:
January 21st, April 22-26, August 25th, September 28th, November 9th-11th.
More than 100 parks and monumentsthat customarily charge admission will be free to
If you can’t travel on one of the fee-free days, there are 394 national parks and monuments
that are free to the public 365 days a year. Just a few of these include Ford’s Theater in Washington,
DC; the Pony Express National Historic Trail in Colorado; the Presidio in San Francisco; Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida; the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in Ohio; and Boston’s Longfellow House. For more about national parks and monuments near you, visit the National Park Service Web site. Touring America’s many natural and historic sites doesn’t have to be expensive!
This site shows events, fairs and festivals in every state!
Find a trail to hike at:
Find out about Free Gymboree classes!
Take your child to a Gymboree Play & Learn Class for free by printing the coupon at the
Kids Bowl Free Summer Program
A no-strings-attached program with the aim of providing a safe, fun recreation option for area
youth. There are over 750 centers in the United States participating and is part of Michelle
Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to get kids active. Go to the website above and register
your children to receive two FREE games of bowling every day when open bowling is available
throughout the summer. The program begins April 15th and runs through Labor Day 2011.
Up to 6 kids can be registered as well as a family pass option that allows the parents to bowl
also with their kids. Every week parents will receive an email containing that week's coupons
that they can print out and bring to the bowling center to redeem for free bowling!
Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
Admission is free and donations are accepted. The exhibit is open 1-6 p.m. every Tuesday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Monday and Wednesday.
Charles M. Wright Museum of African-American History
315 E. Warren Ave.
Get in FREE on July 8th, 2012 for the Charter One Free Family Second Sunday.
Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Center
River Rouge Park, Joy at Lahser
A history center honoring the black soldiers who helped settle the West after the Civil War,
located in the former Detroit police mounted patrol stable. Live horses! 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
100 Strand Drive
Matthael Botanical Gardens and Conservatory
1800 N. Dixboro
Ann Arbor MI
The University of Michigan maintains these gardens, research areas and natural preserves
around Ann Arbor. Outdoor gardens and trails open sunrise to sunset daily and FREE. The
Conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Tue. and Thu-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed. $5,
$2 ages 5-18 and FREE noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 W. Cross
Memorabilia and engines in an 1898 firehouse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.Sundays.
$3, $2 seniors and firefighters, $1.50 ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
100 E. Cross
Information and memorabilia concerning the history of the area's auto suppliers. 1:30-5 p.m.
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 adults and free for ages 12 and younger.
Walter P. Chrysler Museum
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills MI
More than 70 antique, custom and concept vehicles, plus interactive displays and historical
exhibits.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $8, $7 seniors, $4 ages 6-12 and free
for ages 5 and younger.
Belle Isle is open from 6 a.m.to 10 p.m. daily and admission is free. Gain access by taking
MacArthur Bridge from Jefferson Avenue. See Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory below!
Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn MI 48124
Phone: 313-982-6001 OR 800-835-5237
Target Stores sponsor FREE Family Days throughout the year and for 2013 they will be January 21st,
February 4th, with more days to be announced later. This is for the museum only, not the village!
Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more.
Bank of America Customers!
Did you know that by showing your ATM or Debit card, you can get free admission to
Henry Ford Museum (No Sundays!)
Detroit Science Museum (No Sundays!)
Motown Museum (No Sundays!)
Charles Wright Museum
Fredrik Meyer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids)
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward, Detroit
A 22,000 square foot museum made up of a series of temporary, thought-provoking displays
of modern art and free for visitors. Check the website for the latest offerings and times!
Detroit Children's Museum
6134 Second Street
The 8,000 square foot museum is run by the Detroit Public Schools and is open every weekday
to parents who want to take their kids to a free indoor playground of exhibits to look at, games
to play and stories to hear, craft stations and the planetarium.
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Belle Isle in Detroit
The conservatory is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Wed.-Sunday. The
greenhouse and botanical garden covers 13 acres on Belle Isle. The greenhouse and
botanical garden are home to an extensive collection of flowers, plants and trees, and one
of the country's largest orchid collections. FREE!
Morley Candy Makers Factory Tour
Phone: 800-682-2760 ext. 2218
Remember Pecan Torties – featuring fresh southern pecans and that "copper kettle" recipe
caramel – and Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs? This is home to both. And, in what must be
the sweetest 35-minute tour in town, you can peep at a brief video (including a free chocolate
sample!), check out the line in action a 100-foot observation walkway (see candy made and
packaged right before your eyes) and top it off at the candy and gift shop, featuring a full ice
cream parlor and oodles of products to take home. FREE!
Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory Tour in Chelsea
400 N. Main St.,
Hours: public: 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays; private: can be scheduled Monday-Saturday
for groups of 10-plus (call ahead for details). FREE!
This 35,000-square-foot facility, set in the historic Clock Tower Complex, is a great place for kids
to learn how stuffed pals are designed, developed, made and distributed. If you've ever wondered
what 100,000 teddy bears looks like, this is a can't-miss experience. Stop by the retail store and take
home a new BFF, too.
JIFFY Mix Plant Tour in Chelsea
Chelsea Milling Company
201 W. North St.
Phone: 734-475-1361 (ask for the tour department)
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday (by reservation only, same-day requests accommodated as
space allows); closed holidays. FREE!
In 1930, the Chelsea Milling Co. debuted its "little blue boxes" of ready-made baking mixes. Today,
the family-run brand still churns out 20 products, from cakes and muffins to pancakes. In this popular
one-hour tour, you and your kids (those in first grade or older are welcome) will stroll a full city block.
It includes an educational film, refreshments (product samples!) and a guide-led glimpse of the packing plant.
Huron-Clinton Metro Parks
Offers free days along with other activities throughout the year....check the website for specific days,
times & activities. Free park entry and free boat launching at your favorite Metropark on Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Holiday, Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Day.
Tours of the GM Renaissance Center
Jefferson at Randolph
Free, one-hour tours held daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. No reservations are required for parties
of 10 or less. Each tour features a discussion of the automotive industry in Detroit, the contribution
of GM to urbanization, an overview of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the renewal of the international riverfront, a ride in a glass elevator to the Coach Insignia restaurant on the 72nd floor
and time spent in the GM Next showroom back on the ground floor.
University of Michigan Exhibit of Natural History
Ann Arbor MI
Meet a skeletal allosaurus, mastodon or saber-toothed cat face-to-face or wander around a collection
of Michigan wildlife and rock & mineral specimens at the museum! The museum offers dinosaur tours
at least twice a week and features a planetarium that offers weekly virtual tours of the universe. Free
but donation is suggested. Planetarium shows are $5.00. Regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.,
noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
434 S. State Street
Ann Arbor MI
Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Donations accepted.
Lorenzo Cultural Center (MCC)
Clinton Twp., MI
Free programs. Regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
Michigan Historical Museum
717 W. Allegan
9 a.m.-4:3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sat., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free!
Monroe County Historical Museum
126 S. Monroe
Exhibits on early Michigan, Monroe's French-Canadian heritage, Gen. George Custer's hometown,
American Indian history. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. $5, $4 seniors, $1 children.
Troy Museaum & Historic Village
60 W. Wattles Road at Livernois Road
Tour 10 restored historic buildings year-round to discover more about Troy's heritage. Open
Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-17, free for ages 6 and under.
University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers & Student Astronomical Society
Amateur stargazers and the public can gather for Star Parties on spring and summer evenings.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State Street
Ann Arbor MI
The Museum is always free, but on July 14th, 2012 it also offers story time for kids ages 4-7 at 11 a.m.
The Computer & Video Game Archive at University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor MI 48109
Located at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, it is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays
and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. FREE Games are on a first-come, first-served
basis. As popularity grows, the library may require reservations! Call ahead to check!
University of Michigan Gifts of Arts Program
University Hospital, Main Lobby
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor MI
Geared towards patients in the U-M health system, but the public is welcome to visit the galleries
or attend weekly free concerts! It also regularly features artists offering demonstrations or classes
in their medium and holds two free concerts a year at Hill Auditorium.
2nd Saturdays On The Riverfront
1340 E. Atwater Street
GREAT EVENTS--FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Detroit RiverWalkers: Free senior walking group (60 and older) in partnership with Detroit Receiving Hospital. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. through August on the Detroit RiverWalk. For
details about the program, call 313-745-2673.
RiverFront Canine Club: Free dog-walking social group in partnership with Canine to Five. Guided
dog walk 6:30 p.m. Wed. and 10 a.m. Sun. through Oct. 31. Meet at Rivard Place.
Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake
Farmington Hills, MI
Exhibits portray and preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust
and Jewish life in Europe prior to it. Sun.-Thur. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. FREE but donations appreciated.
Shalom Street at the Jewish Community Center
6600 W. Maple
West Bloomfield MI
Free admission, fee for art activities. 1-5 p.m. Sun.-Thur.
Selfridge Military Air Museum
27333 C Street
Mount Clemens MI
Indoor and outdoor displays of memorabilia and historic aircraft from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
& Sundays. $4, $3 ages 4-12, younger than 4 free.
Anton Art Center
125 Macomb Place
Mount Clemens, MI
FREE Family Fun Day on July 15th, 2012 for a cloth book and magazine making workshop form 1-4 p.m.
Mill Race Historical Village
Grounds open dawn to dusk through October. Free!
50165 Eight Mile
The working farm offers live barnyard animals for petting. Enter at the farm entrance, not the state
park entrance. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed-Sun. through December 1st, weather permitting.
Historic Ft. Wayne
6325 W. Jefferson
Take a self-guided tour of the fort buildings, some from the 1840's, built to protect against British
military advancement. Ft. Wayne was the primary induction center for Michigan troops entering
into battle from the Civil War to Vietnam. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Free admission and $5 parking.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Ann Arbor MI
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs. Free!
Detroit City Airport
11499 Conner Street
Phone: 313-843-8849 Tuskegee Airmen Museum
Free airplane rides for children are being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Sunday of each
month! Children must bring a parent and have a signed waiver from the parent to take the ride.
After the ride, the child's name will appear in the world's largest log book and they will receive a personalized "Spirit of Flight" certificate.
Yankee Air Museum
Collections & Exhibits Building
Willow Run Airport
47884 D Street
Free for ages 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Adults $3, $2 students with ID, or $5 a family.
170 Enterprise Drive
Ann Arbor MI (about 1 mile off I-94, near Jackson Road on the city's west side)
Free hour-long tours are offered at 11 a.m. every Thursday.
Lakeshore Learning Store
12210 Hall Road
Sterling Heights MI
Every Saturday, free crafts for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 3 and up!
Volunteer as a Family!
Help out in your community while spending time together as a family!
How to Keep Kids Entertained During Christmas Break!
Don't forget your local library which usually has a full schedule of activities for both children and adults.
CHECK UNDER THE NEW "COOL LINKS" PAGE FOR FREE TRAVEL RESOURCES
FOR MORE FREEBIES CLOSE TO HOME AND AWAY!