Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
5 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.


Free Computer Camp for Kids

Is your child or grandchild drawn to computers? You and your tech-savvy kiddo will be excited to learn that both Microsoft and Apple offer complimentary summer camps for children.

These free programs focus on a variety of topics, including coding, robotics, 3-D moviemaking and more. Age limits apply, so check out these websites for details.


Free Movie Tickets, Popcorn, More

FREE MOVIE TICKET OFFERS: 2019 info coming soon!


FREE MOVIES FOR THE KIDDOS: 2019 info coming soon!



Red White and Blue Fruit Platter


Love this! So colorful and fun!


10+ Summer Reading Programs

Through September 3rd, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Summer Reading Program where kiddos in grades 1-6 can earn a completely FREE book by following these easy steps!

  1. Download the summer reading journal.
  2. Have your child read ANY 8 books this summer and record them in the journal.
  3. Head to your nearest Barnes & Noble and turn in the completed journal by September 3rd, 2018.
  4. Choose a free book from the books listed on the back of the reading journal – limit one free book per child!


When you sign up for the Barefoot Books Summer Reading Club, you’ll get FREE access to themembers-only Summer Reading Clubhouse, where you’ll find the following…

  • A Welcome Letter with need-to-know summer reading tips
  • An exclusive membership certificate for your child to color
  • A kid-friendly reading log and special Kindness Kingdom Book Report, so your child can track this summer’s adventures
  • A recommended reading list, highlighting favorite books to build kindness in children as young as infants through early elementary
  • Official Club activities for your child to enjoy
  • And more — all for FREE!

All of this will be emailed for FREE to your inbox when you join the Barefoot Books Summer Reading Club.



Chuck E. Cheese has a reading program (as well as other reward programs) where kids can earn 10 FREE Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading every day for 2 weeks. This promotion is valid all year round. Note that a food purchase is required in order to redeem 10 tokens.



From June 1st through July 31st, kids aged 14 and under (or 8th grade and under) can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks (store credit) to use in the store whenever they’ve read 300+ minutes. Just download and use this reading log, add up your minutes, and have a parent/guardian initial each week.

Then bring the reading log to your local Half Price Books to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 30th, 2018. Each child can earn $5 Bookworm Bucks for the month of June AND $5 for July.



The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a FREE online reading program for children that runs now through September 8th, 2018. After registering, kiddos can read as many minutes as they can, log their minutes, and then earn digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges! Visit Scholastic’s site for more details and to see the book list.



To help increase reading time during the summer months, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program has partnered with Candlewick Press to bring your kids summer reading activities. Just visit the BOOK IT! siteand click on the links to learn more about the books and to download the activities. Also, be sure tofollow them on Facebook for chances to win awesome prize packs this summer!


Homeschooling parents: Will you be homeschooling kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade (ages 5-12 years old) beginning September 1, 2018?

If so, sign up for the Pizza Hut Book It Program so your kiddos can score a free Personal Pan Pizza every month during the 2018-2019 school year when they reach certain reading goals (i.e. number of books, number of pages, or number of minutes).

Note that homeschool group/co-op orders are not accepted; all individual families must enroll separately. If you are not a homeschooler, you can visit this website to see if your school is registered and signed up to participate in the Book It program.



Starting June 1st through August 31st, LifeWay stores are launching their 2018 Summer Reading Quest with Bibleman. This program is geared toward grades 1 through 6, but all are welcome to join in the adventure. Just read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses.

Then, when you turn in a completed summer reading journal by August 31st at your local LifeWay store, you earn a FREE book (choose from 6 options) and a new FREE Bible, while supplies last!



This summer, when you read any 4 books from the Books-A-Million Summer Reading Challenge selection in-stores and online, you’ll receive a FREE Pencil Case with Pencils! Note that you must present the completed reading journal in-store to receive the freebie, while supplies last.



SYNC is a FREE program for readers ages 13+ that gives away 2 FREE complete audiobook downloads every week each Summer. Through July 26th, each week SYNC features high-interest titles based on weekly themes, and the files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available.

The audiobook downloads are in MP3 format and delivered through the OverDrive app which can be easily downloaded for FREE. Visit their site for more information and to download your FREE audiobooks.



During the summer months, Showcase Cinemas offers Bookworm Wednesdays that entitles kids toFREE admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemas box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive FREE admission and do not need to submit a book report.



Every Tuesday at 11AM, attend FREE Story Time at your local Pottery Barn Kids with readings, activities, and more. Plus, become a Pottery Barn Kids Club member and you’ll get a special surprise after attending five events (possibly a $10 off purchase coupon, free book, or another prize).



Be sure to check your local public library as many libraries have a kids’ reading rewards program, as well as FREE story time, family movie days, activities, and more throughout the summer.



The Summer Reading Program encourages students in grades K-5 to keep their reading skills sharp during summer vacation and also helps them to save money. TD Bank deposits $10 into a new or existing TD Simple Savings account when each child completes their own reading challenge of 10 books.

*Note that this landing page has not been updated for 2018, so be sure to keep checking this page as it will hopefully be updated soon. Also, be sure to contact your local location to verify participation.