Free (or almost free) Fun

Lots to do for little or nothing.


Kids Bowl Free is Back

Throughout the summer, kids 15 and younger can enjoy free bowling at various local bowling alleys. Families can register to receive vouchers via email for two free games per day, per kid. Shoe rental is not included. To register and find an alley near you, visit kidsbowlfree.com. Check online for open times when free bowling passes can be used. Participating metro bowling centers include: Stars and Strikes in Cumming, Dallas, Griffin, Lawrenceville/Dacula, Stone Mountain/Tucker and Stockbridge; Funtastik! FEC in Gainesville; Pin Strikes Entertainment Center in Stockbridge and Suburban Lanes in Decatur.

Fly Fish Like a Pro

The Orvis Company is offering free fly fishing clinics for kids and adults on June 8 and 9. Try your hand at the beginners class in the store from 9 a.m.-noon. Metro locations are Buckhead, 3255 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, 404-841-0093 and 79 South Main St., Alpharetta, 678-762-0027. All ages are welcome, call ahead to reserve a spot.

The History of Law and Order

Georgia Capitol Museum and Tours. View the state capitol building and learn the history of Georgia’s laws. Tours at 11:30 a.m., Mon.-Fri. Call to schedule groups of 10 or more. 214 State Capitol, Atlanta. 404-463-4536. Free.

An Undercover City Jewel

Oakland Cemetery. Founded in 1850, this famous garden cemetery is the final resting place of scores of Civil War soldiers and famous Atlantans. Enjoy a picnic among the beautiful old oaks and magnolias. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Two free cellphone tours; a map costs $4.

An Atlanta Must-See

Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Tour the King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King’s birth home and the visitor center. Learn about nonviolent social change and the American Civil Rights Movement. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 449 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-526-8900. Free.

Answer the Call

Telephone Museum. Learn the history of the telephone, from Alexander Graham Bell to today’s advances in communication. Great for older kids. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 675 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-223-3661. Free.

For Future Firefighters

Marietta Fire Museum. For kids who are fascinated by all that firemen do, Fire Station No. 1 offers a window into the life and history of the firefighter. Equipment of yesteryear includes an 1879 steamer, a 1921 pumper and a 1949 ladder truck. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 112 Haynes St., Marietta. 770-794-5491. Free.

Up Close with the Stars

Hard Labor Creek Observatory. An hour from the city lights, the skies really open up. Three different research telescopes give stargazers a closeup view of their universe. Open houses this summer: 9:15 p.m. on June 15 and July 20; 8:45 p.m. Aug. 17. 2010 Fairplay Rd., Rutledge. 706-342-9051. chara.gsu.edu/HLCO/. Free.

Great Views, Great History

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Hike in the park, visit the museum, or have a picnic in one of the specified areas. The park also offers a self-guided cellphone audio tour. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw; 770-427-4686; nps.gov/kemo/index.htm. Park open from dawn until dusk.

From Cow to Fridge

Mayfield Dairy Farms. The free tour includes a short film, then watch how those signature yellow jugs are made. Tour ends at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Make sure to bring some pocket change. A fresh scoop costs $1.50-$3.50. 1160 Broadway Ave., Braselton; 888-298-0396; mayfielddairy.com. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; no tours Wednesdays.