Taking a family vacation can be just a dream to some families, especially those living on one income. In an age where some families are jetting around the world while others stick to staycations, some kids never have the chance to leave their own city or state.

But families on strict budgets can look forward to some fun in the future by taking advantage of these programs and combining offers for ultimate savings.

1. Six Flags Read to Succeed

Sign your kids up for Six Flags’ Read to Succeed program. Children in Kindergarten through sixth grade can participate in reading and logging their hours to receive a free Six Flags ticket. 

2. Sports Kids’ Clubs

Sports teams often offer clubs for kids that reward members with gear and discounted or free tickets to games. For example, the Pacers Kids Club gives a $1 ticket to six Pacers games for members, as well as discounted tickets for family members. Check out your favorite team’s website to see if they have a kids' club, or check out the site of a team in an area where you plan to visit for a vacation.

3. Kids’ Night on Broadway

Always dreamed of going to NY? Not only does New York City offer tons of attractions free of charge to children, but they host an annual Kids’ Night on Broadway. Kids under age 18 get in free to a participating Broadway show when they attend with a full-paying adult. The next Kids’ Night is February 6, 2016. Can’t get to NYC? Don’t worry, just check this map for a Kids’ Night location near you. And join the Broadway Fan Club for discounted tickets.

4. Free Pizza for Good Grades

Kids love pizza and Pizza Hut loves good report cards. So do parents. Parents also love a free meal. Bring your child’s most recent report card with you to Pizza Hut and your child will receive a free personal pan pizza and small soft drink or milk if she received at least three A's. Pizza Hut also offers the Book It program to reward children for reading.

5. Kids Get in Free Days

Each year, numerous cities around the country offer Kids Get in Free Days (sometimes for as long as a month). Cities such as Jacksonville and San Diego have month-long free events for kids. From museums to amusement parks to hotels, your child can have the run of the city! And other cities like Fort Lauderdale offer kids get in free days with access to museums and kids activities. It’s worth a quick online search to see what cities are offering free events for kids during your scheduled vacation time.

6. Free Flights for Kids 

Sometimes you’ll even be able to find a promotion for a free flight for your child such as Nature Air’s Kids Fly Free to Costa Rica deal. Participating hotels even offer free stays for kids. Do a little research and you could score a free round trip ticket for your child. Or, if you do fly frequently, don’t forget to sign your child up as a frequent flyer. Some airlines allow children to participate.

So what are you waiting for? Start researching now for a great, and cheap vacation in 2016!

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