Sonoma County Kids 2015 Guide to FREE or Low-Cost Summer Activities

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Are you ready for the Summer of 2015? There are many alternatives to summer camps for your kids this summer. This guide contains activities your kids can participate in all summer long. Some are very low-priced and some are FREE!


Please email us at if we have missed a program. This is a work in progress, check back often for updates!

Have a great summer! 

Summer Movie Programs


Reel Kids Summer Movie Series at Rohnert Park Reading Cinemas

June 17-August 13

$1/movie. Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10am. Concession discounts available also.


Movie Schedule:
June 17 & 18: Despicable Me

June 24 & 25: How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 1 & 2: The Wizard of Oz

July 8 & 9: Despicable Me 2

July 15 & 16: March of the Penguins

July 22 & 23: The Lego Movie

July 29 & 30: Rio 2

August 5 & 6: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

August 12 & 13: Penguins of Madagascar



Movies in the Park at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa

August 14-September 18

FREE. Friday Nights. Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8pm in August and 7:45pm in September). Arrive at Howarth Park early (around 6pm) to enjoy pre-movie entertainment and to purchase movie snacks.


Movie Schedule:
August 14: The Emperor's New Groove
August 21: Paddington
August 28: Big Hero 6
September 4: Frozen
September 11: Cinderella
September 18: Hook



Windsor Outdoor Summer Nights on the Green

June 13-September 12

FREE. Every 2nd Saturday this summer. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset. Bring your own chairs! 

Movie Schedule:

June 13: How to Train Your Dragon (2)

July 11: Night at the Museum Secret Tomb

Aug 8: The Boxtrolls
Sep 12: Big Hero 6



Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse at Novato Century Theater

June 16-August 20

$1 per movie or $5 for 10 movies (pre-purchased). Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am all summer.

Get coupon for $1 off snacks HERE.


Movie Schedule:

June 16 & 18: Dolphin Tale 2

June 23 & 25: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

June 30 & July 2: Penguins

July 7 & 9: Night at the Museum: Secret Tomb

July 14 & 16: How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 21 & 23: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

July 28 & 30: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

August 4 & 6: The Nut Job: No Nuts No Glory

August 11 & 13: Rio 2

August 18 & 20: Turbo



Kids Summer Movie Series at Airport Stadium in Santa Rosa

June 18-August 14

$3 per movie or $15 for 9 movies (pre-purchased). Every Thursday and Friday at 10am all summer. 

$4 for popcorn, drink, and candy.


Movie Schedule:

June 18 & 19: Rio 2

June 25 & 26: The Box Trolls

July 2 & July 3: Dolphin Tale 2

July 9 & 10: Penguins of Madagascar

July 16 & 17: Annie

July 23 & 24: The Sponge Bob Movie

July 30 & 31: Paddington

August 6 & 7: How to Train Your Dragon 2

August 13 & 14: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb



Kids Summer Movie Series at Third Street Cinemas in Santa Rosa

June 16-August 12

$3 per movie or $15 for 9 movies (pre-purchased). Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am all summer.

$4 for popcorn, drink, and candy.


Movie Schedule:

June 16 & 17: Rio 2

June 23 & 24: The Box Trolls

June 30 & July 1: Dolphin Tale 2

July 7 & 8: Penguins of Madagascar

July 14 & 15: Annie

July 21 & 22: The Sponge Bob Movie

July 28 & 29: Paddington

August 4 & 5: How to Train Your Dragon 2

August 11 & 12: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb



Reading Programs



Barnes and Noble Imagination's Destination

May 19-September 7

This program is geared towards children in grades 1-6. Kids will read any 8 books and record each of them in a journal (download journal HERE). Bring the completed journal into any Barnes and Noble store for a FREE book! Visit their WEBSITE for more info.



Copperfield's Summer Reading Adventures

Starts June 6!

Kids are basically "Detectives," whenever they read a book: trying to determine what happens in the book (regardless of whether or not it's a mystery). With that in mind, kids can sign up for a License to Read, and are issued a Detective License, complete with picture (dark glasses and a variety of hats are worn, so they'll be 'incognito'). Kids choose an alias for their last name (or their whole name) - licenses are then posted in the store with pics attached. Each time a reader finishes a book ("closes a case"), their license is updated. They'll also receive a case file to track the books they've read as they work toward receiving their Detective Badge in August. 

There will be a big party at the end of summer in each Copperfield's location.

Sign up ONLINE or at any Copperfield's Books.



Sonoma County Library Summer Reading Club

June 9-August 1

Keep your child reading all summer! Read to win prizes and a FREE book! This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story!" Kids that sign up receive a journal to log their summer reads. Each book they read gets them a sticker. There are also milestone prizes offered throughout their summer reads.

Sign-ups begin June 9 at any Sonoma County Library



Sonoma County Library Teen Read

June 9-August 1

Register at your local library to pick up your Teen Read Game Card. Read Books and complete Library Activities to earn stamps on your Game Card. Level up to win five different prizes, including treats, gift cards and a FREE book! Get raffle tickets for book reviews and workshop attendance. Raffle for prizes (grand prize is a Kindle). Workshops include calligraphy, cartooning, henna art, duct tape crafts, origami and more. See WEBSITE for more info.

*Open to 7th-12th grades only

Sign-ups begin June 9 at any Sonoma County Library



PBS Summer Reading Adventures

10 weeks of do-it-yourself summer reading camp! Online activities with a different theme each week. Visit the WEBSITE for more info. 



Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

May 4-September 4

Read books and log minutes all summer! Take weekly challenges and earn rewards. Enter contests for prizes. Visit the WEBSITE for more info.



Summer Book-It Challenge

June 22-August 15

Sponsored by Pizza Hut, Summer Reading Challenge is an online interactive reading program that encourages kids in grades K-6 to read throughout the summer. Kids can share their daily reading minutes, download fun activities and chat with Greg, Rowley and the Wimpy Kid gang. We encourage all kids to help us reach our goal of collectively reading 1 million minutes by August 15! Kids who read 5 books by August 15 have a chance to win awesome BOOK IT! prizes! Visit the WEBSITE for more info.



Book Adventure

Year Round.

Sponsored by Sylvan Learning, Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Visit the WEBSITE for more info.



Chuck E. Cheese Reading Awards

Year Round

Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. Visit the WEBSITE to download the Reading Rewards Calendar. There are other Reward programs such as Good Behavior, Daily Chores, Good Eater, Potty Training, and Table Manners. All of these can be redeemed for FREE tokens.



FREE Live Music Concerts



KRUSH Backyard Shows in Santa Rosa

May 28-Sept 10

Thursdays at 6pm (doors open at 5:30pm). 3565 Standish Avenue, Santa Rosa

Please bring low lawn chairs or blankets. Kids are welcome, but please leave pets at home. All shows are FREE. Beer, wine, and food are available for purchase. See WEBSITE for the 2015 lineup.



Peacetown Summer Music Series in Sebastopol

July 1-September 2

Wednesdays, 5-8pm @ Ives Park in Sebastopol

FREE live music sponsored by Lagunitas and Taft Brewery. See WEBSITE for 2015 lineup.



Rockin Concerts at Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa

May 23-October 10

Saturdays, noon-3pm @ Montgomery Village. 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa

FREE live music, Cattlemen's BBQ, Monti's outdoor grill, beer, and wine. See WEBSITE for 2015 lineup.



Summer Concert Series at Julliard Park

July 5-August 9

Sundays, 5-7pm @ Julliard Park in Santa Rosa

There’s no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun at Live at Juilliard! Now celebrating its 22nd season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Juilliard Park. Pack a picnic or purchase food from one of our tasty vendors.See WEBSITE for 2015 lineup.



Wednesday Night Market in Santa Rosa

May 6-August 19
Wednesdays, 5-8:30pm @ Fourth Street in Santa Rosa

3 bands each Wednesday night. The main act is on a stage set up at the corner of Fourth and E. On D between Fourth and Fifth, is a wine garden that includes a band. At the far end of Fourth, near the Courthouse and Mendocino, is where you’ll find the 3rd band. Visit the WEBSITE for full lineup.



West End Farmers Market in Santa Rosa

March 15-December 13

Sundays, 11am (market hours: 9:30am-2pm) @ 817 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa

Musical acts that are often a solo act, sometimes a duo or trio with various amplified, stringed instruments and maybe an accordion. Visit the WEBSITE for lineup.



Windsor Summer Music Nights

June 11-August 27

Thursday nights, 6-8pm @ the Windsor Town Green.

Concerts are part of the Windsor Thursday Night Farmer's Markets (5-8pm). Visit WEBSITE for lineup.



Healdsburg Summer Concerts in the Plaza

May 26-August 25

Tuesdays 6-8pm @ Plaza Park in Healdsburg.

There’s something for everyone: BBQ oysters, pizza, chicken salads, sandwiches, gyros, spanakopita, paella, burgers, sliders, sausages, fries, drinks, ice cream and desserts. Visit the WEBSITE for lineup.



Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco

June 14-August 16

Sundays at 2pm @ Stern Grove in San Francisco.

As part of Stern Grove Festival’s 78th Season of admission-free performances, the public is invited to experience the Festival’s array of admission-free education and outreach events, designed to inform, engage, and inspire.

From 11:30 am until 1:00 pm before every concert (excluding June 14 Big Picnic), kids of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on arts projects exploring "The Art of Nature" at KidStage in the West Meadow. Each week at KidStage, teaching artists will lead a workshop on making art wiht nature, an instrument exploration station and a dance workshop.

Scheduled performances here.

**KIDS DAYS at Stern Grove
The Festival offers a free series of fun and interactive arts education programs for children ages 4-13. Youth and families can attend one Kids Day a week. The workshops are held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required at

What: Kids Day with Salsamania Dance Company
When: June 16, 17 or 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Kids Day with Halau o’ Keikiali’i
When: July 7, 8, or 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Kids Day with Sam Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education
When: July 21, 22, or 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Other Summer Activities



Summer Play Days at the Disney Store

June 6-August 23

Daily activities in the early afternoon (usually after 2pm, call for schedule). Activities include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. The staff is flexible on activities and will take requests. FREE lanyard the first time you play. FREE character button every week. Each week is a different character. Visit the WEBSITE for the schedule of characters.



Kids Bowl FREE at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park

June 1-August 30

Register your children to receive 2 FREE games every day this summer. Upgrade to FREE family bowling for a small fee. Does not include shoe rental. See WEBSITE for more info.



Kids Bowl FREE at Windsor Bowl

June 1-August 31

Register your children to receive 2 FREE games every day this summer.



AMF Summer Games at Boulevard Lanes in Petaluma

May 18-September 7

Purchase a Kids Pass (ages 15 and under) for $21.95 or an Adult Pass (ages 16 and over) for $26.95, and you and your children can enjoy bowling 3 games all summer long! Shoe rental may be included in this pass (please verify). See WEBSITE for more info.



Where's Waldo at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma

Begins July 1. Details coming soon on the website.

Pick up the list of participating Petaluma businesses in Copperfield's. Your child will love hunting for Waldo in stores and checking them off the card. Bring the completed card back into Copperfield's for a prize.



Summer Kids Events at Sonoma County Libraries

As always, the library always provides FREE, fun entertainment for the kids all summer. Reading programs, arts & crafts, puppet shows, live music, storytelling, and much more. See the Sonoma County Library Website for calendar.

Click on a day to see events