Coeur d'Alene area FREEbies are special!

Ongoing & Special One-Time Offers

AVAILABILITY MAY BE ONGOING, SEASONAL, OR FOR SPECIAL DAYS ONLY 

Find something fantastic - then let others know about it! 

"idaho trail maps"

 

  • Don't get lost in Idaho's vast wilderness areas. Here are FREE trail maps for outdoor recreation on ATV/UTVs & motorbikes.

  • Provided officially by the State of Idaho, pick a spot & make a plan HERE.

  • Order FREE maps & Idaho travel information by  mail, or download from "Visit Idaho" HERE. 

Originally developed for use by persons with limited income to represent themselves in civil court, interactive "fill in" Idaho legal forms are now available FREE to all. Forms include: divorce, eviction, name change, living will, small claims, identity theft, powers of attorney, collections & protection order petition. 

 

These are available on the website of idaho Legal Aid Services. ILAS is located at 610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste. 219, CdA. Ph- 208-667-9559.

Read "self-help" warning. Attorney services may be a wiser choice, especially in court cases.

Ongoing 

Coats 4 Kids kicks off the collection & distribution of FREE coats for children in September.

Find out about the program, sponsored by KXLY & the many locations (businesses & schools) to drop off coats in North Idaho HERE.

Clean coats will be distributed to those in need at St. Vincent de Paul Warehouse, 1412 N. 1st St., CdA, on these dates: Oct 28-Nov 8 on M-F from 9 am-3:30 pm & Nov 2, 9 & 16 (Saturdays) from 11 am-1 pm.

Seasonal

Experience the grandeur of Idaho wilderness areas! For outdoor recreation - ATVs/UTVs & motorbikes - trail maps from the State of Idaho can be found HERE.

For more Idaho adventures, order an official highway map of Idaho & other guides (to be mailed) HERE, or download them from "Visit Idaho".

Ongoing

Each year, "back-to-school" supplies, including food items, are provided FREE of charge by various organizations in North idaho:

Coeur d'Alene Backpack Program

 

Cup of Grace (Spirit Lake area)

 

Verizon Stores Nationwide

TCC's 7th annual "School Rocks Backpack Giveway" was July 21, 2019. Backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed FREE on a first-come, first served basis.

Seasonal

Help keep children safe by picking up a FREE ChildPrint ID Kit at "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 Medicine Man Pharmacies& Kellogg's Sunnyside Drug while supplies last.

In case of emergency (if a child is lost or abducted), parents can help police by immediately providing a complete record of the child's identification. 

Check with your local police station also.

Ongoing

It's a fantastic, fun FREEbie for kids ages 2-18 - bowling all summer long at Sunset Bowling, 202 W. Sunset Ave., CdA.

The program, called "Kids Bowl Free", ran from May 1 to September 30, 2019. Various times were available.

 

For 2020, call Sunset at 208-667-2695.

Seasonal

Gardeners can find FREE home-grown vegetable/flower/herb & heirloom seeds in the CdA Library.

 

Open to everyone in the North Idaho area, "True To Seed", a non-profit group, shares resources & provides tips for growing & saving seeds. 

 

Library cards are not needed to "check out" seeds; however, library cards are FREE as well. Coeur d'Alene Library is a beautiful downtown facility which offers a multitude of FREE community activities.

Seasonal

Roller coaster or carousel rides at no cost? Yes, on certain days of the year! Golfing, tunnels, or history studies? Yes, those too!

Route of the Hiawatha (Trail), Lookout Pass

Open May - September, there are special FREE deals throughout the season. The 150-mile bike route features: 10 train tunnels, 7 sky-high trestles & breathtaking views.

Silverwood Theme Park, Athol

Open May through October; FREE admission for moms, dads, American Heroes, kids, grandparents, Toyota drivers, classic car drivers & passenger. Don't miss out; see dates/details HERE.

Museum of North Idaho, CdA

Open April through October; be sure to ask for one-hour FREE parking voucher from front desk. FREE admission is offered in conjunction with "ArtWalk" & "MusicWalk" (2nd Friday of each month, 5-8 pm.)

Triple Play Family Fun Park, Hayden

For Father's Day, 2019, dads got in FREE when another day pass or waterpark pass was purchased. 

FREE swimming lessons were offered in June with two separate sessions because "Swimming Lessons Save Lives".

Coeur d'Alene Carousel, CdA

Open May through September, plan on FREE rides in July for "National Carousel Day".

Galena Ridge Golf Course, Kellogg

It was FREE golf for moms on Mother's Day, 2019.

Seasonal

Cup of Grace helps stock & maintain clothes closets at these elementary schools: Spirit Lake, Athol, John Brown & Betty Kiefer. Also, Timberlake Junior High & High School. (Check with the schools).

First Prebysterian Church provided clothing, shoes, boots, gloves, hats & backpacks in August.

Seasonal

Receive FREE chewable multi-vitamins monthly for each child in your family, ages 2-12, from "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 "Medicine Man" pharmacies) & Kellogg's "Sunnyside Drug".

It's called the "Healthy Kids Free Vitamin Program". Develop healthy habits early!

Ongoing 

For a list of FREE "Top Picks" from franchise eateries for special occasions, click HERE.

View a roundup of FREE ongoing community meals for veterans & everyone, click HERE.

For current holiday meals & events, click HERE.

To honor veterans &/or active military for Veterans' Day, 2019, complimentary meals, programs or services will be provided by these local businesses/organizations: 

  • Sweet Lou's, CdA

  • Generations Dental, CdA

  • Woodland Family Dental, Post Falls

  • Human Rights Education Institute, CdA

  • LAM Christian Academy, CdA

  • Kroc Center, CdA (for members)

  • North Idaho College, CdA & Rathdrum (for students & employees)

  • City of Hayden

  • Spirit Lake Elementary School

  • Roy Racy VFW Post, Spirit Lake

  • Wallace HS Gymnasium

  • Kellogg HS Gymnasium

  • Silver Valley Veterans Memorial, Kellogg

  • Athol Chamber of Commerce

  • Post Falls Senior Center

Special Days

Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forests are (almost) FREE - they cost $5, & are available at any ranger station, or the supervisor's office, 3815 Schreiber Way, CdA. 208-765-7223.

 

However, 4th graders can get a FREE tree permit through the  "Every Kid in a Park" program. Complete an activity, print the voucher & take to any forest service office. Then head out to the trees - a great family activity!

Did you know students (& their families) receive FREE admittance to national parks with the "Every Kid in a Park" pass? 

Seasonal

The City of Coeur d'Alene offers FREE compost for Spring planting. Take shovels & buckets because it's a self-loading event.

For 2019, residents lined up to load compost the weekend of April 20-21 at 3500 N. Julia St, CdA. Info - 208-769-2281. 

Seasonal

Several of our local ski resorts offer FREE skiing throughout the winter months. 

 

Lookout Pass, Mullan, ID (Exit 0)

Offers FREE skiing/riding lessons for ages 6-17. Check it out online or call 208-744-1301, ext. 19.  For 78 seasons, "Lookout Pass Free Ski School" has introduced 75,000+ kids to the world of skiing & riding. See event calendar for more special dates -- teachers, military, EMT, police officers, firefighters & nurses. Birthday? Ski FREE!

Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg, ID

See website's event calendar.

Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, ID

See website's event calendar.

"Ski Idaho" Peak Season Passport" allows FREE skiing for 5th & 6th graders at 18 Idaho resorts for a one-time processing fee of $18.  

Seasonal

October bursts with Fall festivals & Halloween! See the 2019 list of events HERE. (For 2019, over 35 FREE Halloween events & harvest celebrations were held.)

To stay up-to-date on happenings, & to discover more FREE items, events, services, support groups & ways to volunteer in our community, please join our Facebook group, "Coeur d'Alene Insider"

Seasonal

Local utility companies provide FREE wood chips (good for mulch, weed control & composting) to their customers when crews are pruning neighborhood trees nearby.

 

Delivery of the low-grade chips is FREE when ordering a minimum of 8 cubic yards from Avista. Call 1-800-227-9187 & provide name, location & contact info.

To request chips from Kootenai Electric, call 208-765-1200, or fill out online form.

Seasonal

Everyone should have a FREE library card, & getting one is easy! Gain a source for unlimited knowledge & opportunities.

 

Our community has 8 beautiful libraries - Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, Pinehurst & Harrison. Although CdA Library is separate from the 7 community libraries which make up the Community Library Network, one card still connects all of them.

Don't miss out on the "smartest" of cards, a CIN card. Apply for one today.

Ongoing 

Babies must sleep safely, & on the back is best, in a crib. "Halo Sleep Sacks" help eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing or loose bedding.

Developed by a father who lost his baby, Haley, to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), participants who attend a FREE class, "Safe Sleep 101" will receive a FREE sleep sack.

Classes are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday at two separate times, 10 am & 5:30 pm. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers or medical professionals are welcome to attend. Registration is easy online, or call 208-557-4371.

Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation is located at 1130 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene.

Ongoing 

Two cities provide FREE trees for residents - Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls - for Spring, 2019 planting.

City of Coeur d'Alene offers street trees through its "Re-Leaf Program". Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to beautify neighborhoods. Residents or homeowners must be willing to provide care, including watering & protection from mowers/trimmers.

 

To sign up for a tree, contact the Urban Forestry Division of CdA Parks Department or call 208-769-2266. Trees are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Post Falls had an "Annual Tree Giveaway" April 13, 2019 at Q'emiln Park. (Limited to 3 trees/shrubs per household.)

Seasonal

Children ages 5-12 learn how to choose healthy foods by joining Power of Produce Club "PoP Club" (FREE of charge), which entitles them to receive tokens worth $2 to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or a plant at Kootenai County Farmers Market booths each week in Hayden.

Tokens can also be saved for purchase of a larger item, such as a fruit tree.

 

Children love PoP Club interactive booths which feature age-appropriate cooking & gardening activities.

The program runs June - August.

Seasonal

For special patriotic occasions, area businesses provide FREE American flags to the public.

In 2019, these organizations provided flags. For more flag announcements, check back.

 

Memorial Day:

Seright's Ace Hardware Stores​

 

National Flag Week - June 10-14:

Legends Park Assisted Living Community

1820 N. Legends Parkway, CdA

Special Days

"Arbor Day", observed the last Friday in April, marks the time for seedling giveaways in North idaho.

For 2019, blue spruce seedlings were FREE at Home Depot, Paul Bunyan restaurants, Numerica Credit Unions, & local libraries.

Idaho Forest Products Commission made this possible & offered additional resources regarding our renewable, sustainable & miraculous forests. 

Seasonal

When trees are available for planting, homeowners who are Avista electric customers can receive a FREE shade tree through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

Homeowners must have appropriate space for a large-growing deciduous tree. 

Check with Avista for a current promotion code, or call 1-800-227-9187.

Avista also offers a FREE replacement tree for customers who own a tree beneath a power line which is too fast-growing to maintain. Call Avista & ask about a "FREE Cycle Buster Tree Replacement".

Seasonal

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208-664-0303

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