This week we’re going to party right up The Middle – the middle of the country, that is! At the #TMOM Twitter party on July 18, we’ll be telling you about all the free attractions, sites and fun things to do in the Midwest and Texas. It’s the third in our month-long series of parties and posts all about Free Fun Things to Do in the USA. So save the date and join in on all the fun at the next #TMOM Twitter party on July 18. You might even win a piece of Ricardo Luggage!

Free in the Midwest/Free in Texas

The 606 Elevated Rail Park in Chicago, free fun in any season! Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo TravelingMom


July 18 #TMOM Twitter Party –  Free in the Midwest and Texas  with Ricardo Luggage Giveaway

There’s a lot of ground to cover this week – but we’re going to have a great time doing it.


We at TravelingMom are all about fun things to do to while traveling around our country. And the best things in life are free!  This week, we’ll be discussing the free things to do in the Midwest and Texas. We’re starting with Texas and going right up the middle of the country. That includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. And yes, there are free fun things to do in each of these wonderful states!

Free in Texas / Free in the Midwest

Cool off at Blue Hole Park in Georgetown, Texas. Just a quick stop off I35 finds you wading and swimming in this lagoon bordered by limestone bluffs. #TMOMFREE #TMOM photo by Patty Holliday, Candid TMOM @noguiltlife


It’s all part of our #TMOM Twitter party and post series that focuses on one of our favorite TravelingMom sections, Free Fun Things To Do in the 50 States. Traveling with a family can be expensive – but we can show you how to make it fit your budget, by sharing the best free things there are to do from coast to coast.

What’s free, you ask? Well in Texas alone you can visit the Alamo, view The Saga projected on the San Fernando Cathedral, and let the kids climb on real fire fighter apparatus – and that’s just three of the attractions we’ve found free in San Antonio. Headed to Houston or Austin instead? We have it all covered – and we can’t wait to share all the fun things we’ve found, free in Texas!

Free in the Midwest

Visit Babe the Blue Ox in Brainerd, MN for FREE! Photo Credit: Amanda Williams / Rural TravelingMom

See a cattle auction in Oklahoma. Ride the trolleys in Branson, MO.  Try to find your favorite athlete in Indianapolis’ National Museum of Sport. You can do it all – and so much more – and not even spend a dime!

From the 606 in Chicago to the Rose Gardens in Duluth, back down to Little Rock, where you can see Bill Clinton’s running shoes, and back to Texas again…we’ll be roaming the Middle, finding the best free fun things to do, and telling you all about them at the next #TMOM Twitter party.

Free in the Midwest / Free in Texas

Maggie Daley park is one of the best public playgrounds to explore in the country. In the heart of Chicago and free! Photo credit: Kirsten Maxwell – Teaching Traveling Mom

So mark your calendar for Monday, July 18. That’s when we’ll be continuing our “Free in the USA” series with a journey from Texas up the middle of our great country. All free!  You may even win a beautiful travel bag from Ricardo luggage. But everyone’s a winner, when the #TMOMs are partying and the subject is free!

WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – Free in the Midwest and Texas!

WHEN: July 18, 9-10 p.m. ET (8-9 p.m. CT; 7-8 p.m. MT; 6-7 p.m. PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn  

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM or #TMOMFREE hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD:   TWEET –  Find out what to see & do FREE in the Midwest & TX on our #TMOM chat 7/18 at 9p ET. RSVP to WIN! #TMOMFREE

PRIZE: One Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcase

HOW TO ENTER: To be eligible, you must:

  1. RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle in the Gleam widget below – NOT in the comments. (If you aren’t on Twitter, it’s easy—and free—to sign up. Go to to see how – or just leave your name in the widget)
  2. Have at least three unique Tweets (other than a RT) on the Twitter party from 9-10 pm ET on July 18.

TravelingMom Ricardo Beverly Hills 7/18

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