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Experience museums, parks, movies, restaurants and pools at these FREE Cincinnati activities near you.

Nowadays, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great experience. Cincinnati has you in mind when it comes to doing more, for less. Especially if you are making it a family affair, or even a cute first date. Here is a list of FREE Cincinnati activities to do. See what’s happening on each day of the week, then at the bottom see what is free all day, every day! The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information before acting.

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Buffalo Joe’s (Fairfield)
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Buffalo Wings & Rings
Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult.

Get 1 free kid’s meal per adult purchase of $6.98.

Quaker Steak N Lube
Kids 12 and under get a kid’s meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Kids 12 and under can enjoy a “Spaghetti a Plenty” for 99 cents.


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Bob Evans
Get a free kid’s meal after 4 p.m. with the purchase of adult entrée.

Get two free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased.

Famous Dave’s
Receive a free Lil’ Wilbur meal for children 8 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Gold Star Chili
Children 12 and under eat free with an adult purchase of $8 or more.

Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Kids 12 and under can enjoy a “Spaghetti a Plenty” for 99 cents.

Lazlo’s Iron Skillet
Kids eat free and adults can enjoy $5 appetizers at the bar.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Get 1 free kid’s meal per paying adult from 4 p.m. to close.

Ruby Tuesday
Get 1 free kid’s meal with each adult entrée 5 p.m. – close.

Tom + Chee
Get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of any combo after 4 p.m.


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Kids 12 and under eat for 99 cents with the purchase of an adult meal.


Buffalo Joe’s (Fairfield)
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.


REC Reads
Cincinnati Art Museum
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Your toddler or preschooler can enjoy a morning of art-themed books, songs and sensory activities at the Rosenthal Education Center. The interactive session lasts 30 minutes. Registration not required.



King Arthur’s Court Dungeon
King Arthur’s Court Toys
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Take your child to experience the newest, renovated basement of King Arthur’s Court. They can grab a book from the bookwall, enjoy climbing a seven fiit tall toys mountain, and even zip across their indoor kid-friendly zipline.


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Baby Tours

Cincinnati Art Museum
Every Third Friday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Introduces your infant (ages 0-2) to visual and mind stimulation activities. Reservations are required online or by calling 513-721-2787.


Final Fridays Gallery Walk
The Pendleton Art Center
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
On the final Friday of each month the studios are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.


Get 1 free kid’s meal with an adult entrée after 4 p.m.


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Taft Museum of Art

Every Third Sunday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Offers an extensive art collection that includes American master paintings, Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts. Limited free on-site parking is available.


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Receive one free kid’s meal with $10 purchase per adult. Dine-in only.


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Everyday (except where noted)


American Sign Museum
Three children (12 & under) enjoy free admission with each paid adult. Limit 3 children per adult.


Art Beyond Boundaries
Professional, main-stream fine art gallery where local and regional artists with disabilities display, market, and sell their artwork.


ArtWorks Murals
Artists from ArtWorks have painted over 130 public murals in 44 Cincinnati neighborhoods. Check out the map and take you and your family on a self-guided tour.


Children under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.


CiCi’s Pizza
Children under 3 eat free off the buffet. Kids beverage not included.


Cincinnati Art Museum
General admission tickets and parking are free. Also enjoy special exhibits for a low price.


Cincinnati Museum Center
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Guests with valid food assistance card and photo ID will receive free parking and $2/person admission with the Discovery Pass for up to ten guests.


Kids Get 1 free kid’s meal for children under 12 per adult entrée from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Lane Community Technology Center
Dive into over 50 virtual reality experiences, games, and simulators for up to 2 hours.


Cincinnati Main Library – 2nd Floor (North Building)
Open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.
Gain access to 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools to create, invent, and learn.


Mount Airy Treehouse
Open daily 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Children can enjoy activities in and around this hidden gem. It’s also Ohio’s only wheelchair accessible public treehouse.



Sharon Woods
Open daily 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Features a visitor center with exhibits, recreation area with paved trails, golf, boating, museum, gift shop and the Adventure Station, an accessible two-story indoor play area for children ages 2-12.


Smale Riverfront Park
Open daily 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Play lawn games, listen to live music and enjoy a variety of roaming and staged performers.


Children 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.


Waffle House
Children eat free with the purchase of an entrée over $6. Available Monday – Thursday.


Weston Art Gallery
Aronoff Center for the Arts
Open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday
Take a guided tour and receive in-depth knowledge and behind-the-scenes information about various exhibitions.


William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Free admission is offered to the entire family.


If there are any other free Cincinnati activities we missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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