Free, Fun & Frugal Activities for Kids and Families this Weekend

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Free Activities for Kids

If you are looking for inexpensive and Free, Fun & Frugal Activities for Kids, here is a huge list for you! Please keep in mind that it is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

Barnes & Noble

Saturday, April 29th at 11 AM. Join in the fun for story time and activities featuring The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

RELATED: Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book this summer when they enroll in the free Summer Reading Program at Barnes & Noble.

 

Saturday, April 29th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids ages 3 and up design and take a Teacher Appreciation Card. No reservations necessary. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

Michael’s Kids Club®

Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kids Club® – Spring 3D canvas craft – Cost $2 per project, supplies included. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.

 

Michael’s

Saturday, April 29th from 1-3 PM.

Slime bar – customize your own creation. All supplies are free. Get more information from Michael’s.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

Here is a list of participating national parks.

  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Museum Art Day

Thursday, May 18th

Approximately 150 member museums will offer free admission, special programs, and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world. Get more information here.

More Free Museum Dates

This site, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

Free National Parks Pass for 4th Graders

If you have a child in 4th grade this year, your family can get a free National Parks Annual Pass to give you free entry into national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! Teachers of 4th graders can also get passes to plan free National Park field trips. This expires on 8/31 so don’t delay!

Bank of America Museums on Us

Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th – Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.

Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.

Bass Pro Shops

Find outdoor skills workshops and more at Bass Pro Shops. Check your local store listings for more information.

Disney Stores

FREE Events at the Disney Store. Calling all Characters, Super Heroes, Princesses, and Jedis! Visit Disney Store for fun, interactive events including Art of Drawing, Disney Store Trivia, Showtime and Story Time. Check with your local Disney Store for details.

* In-Store events at select locations. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

Flying Lessons

Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots.

FREE Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 6th

The first Saturday in May is FREE Comic Book Day. Go here to see if your local store is participating.

Guitar Center

Saturday, May 6th at 10:45

Learn to play the guitar. The Workshops Series offers free workshops, online classes or in-store lessons taught by experts that will help you learn and have more fun while you do it yourself. Contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.

Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids can build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom. Go to the Home Depot Kids Workshop website for more information.

Home Depot Do It Yourself Workshops – Interior Paint & Drywall Repair

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Once you learn the skills to repair damaged drywall, prep the walls, and smooth on the perfect shade, you’ll be on a roll. Give boredom the brush all over the house. Get more information at Home Depot Workshops.

Jazzercise

Jazzercise is currently offering FREE dance fitness classes to girls ages 16-21 at participating locations. No strings attached! Contact your local Jazzercise to see if this offer is available in your area. Valid throughout 2017.

Lego Stores Free Model Build

A LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build are typically held monthly where kids ages 6-14 can build a Free LEGO Platypus Mini Model! Be sure to click on the “Open Form” button to register.

You must be a LEGO VIP Loyalty Member and use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account to register. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP. Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time.

Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

National Public Gardens

Friday, May 12th

Free Admission – an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens. Find Gardens Near You.

National Train Day

Saturday, May 13th

Be sure to join the National Train Day celebration and discover why trains matter so much to our towns and communities. Get more details on the National Train Day Facebook page as they become available.

Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Find orchards and farms near you where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables at PickYourOwn.org and at LocalHarvest.org.

Pottery Barn Kids

Enjoy story time on Tuesdays from 11 – 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

Playground Finder

If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.

Find Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides, Pick Your Own Orchards and Haunted Houses. Many of these will have a fee or admission. Enter your location for details.

REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com.

SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to www.5thgradeskipassport.com to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th-grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

Toys R Us

Saturday, May 6th from 3-4 PM

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club – members receive special surprises with a coupon, including a FREE Geoffrey plush toy and storybook. Join the birthday club and get more information from Toys R Us.

Williams-Sonoma

Sunday, May 7th – Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub Burger

Bourbon Pub is a legendary California gathering place where Chef Michael Mina puts his innovative spin on classic pub fare. We’ve partnered with him to create a collection of burger seasonings and toppers so that you can recreate his incredible burgers at home. Join us and learn how! Contact your local Williams-Sonoma store for times.

Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chefs

Saturday, May 6th at 10 AM

Baking for Mom – We’ll teach you to bake like a pro and create a dessert that is perfect for mom! Suitable for kids ages 8-13 Get more info from Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chefs.

Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate a Blueberry Pie Day, Astronomy Day, Honesty Day and more. See more at Days of the Year.
For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!

For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets. Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar. If you are new, you can set up a free account here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!

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