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, May 20th at 11 AM. Join in the fun for story time and activities featuring Little Ree. 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.


Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 28th

Come enjoy our Go Outdoors Kid’s and Family Event Weekend at Bass Pro Shops. Free catch and release fishing pond. All participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times, all participants must have a release form signed by a parent/guardian and have a wristband order to participate. We will provide all of the supplies, free photo download, and free crafts. It’s all FREE and fun for the whole family.

Find outdoor skills workshops and more at Bass Pro Shops. Check your local store listings to be sure they are participating.

Guitar Center

Saturday, May 20th at 10:15

Press Record: Garage Band. 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 Depot Do It Yourself Workshops

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up for this workshop and take your outdoor skills to the next level with organic gardening. An Associate will walk you through the steps involved in creating an organic garden, including all the best ways to prepare your garden soil naturally. In addition, you’ll see how to select the best seeds and plants to grow organically. Plus, find out how to protect your garden with all-natural and organic insect control. Get more information at Home Depot Workshops.


Saturday, May 20th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

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

Michael’s Kids Club®

Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kids Club® – Family Terrarium 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.


Toys R Us

Saturday, May 20th from 12-2 PM

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles™ First Hatch Party – Hatch & keep a free Hatchimal CollEGGtible ™, Get a free Hatchopia map and collector sheet and take party in a Hatchimals coloring activity. Get more information from Toys R Us.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

Bank of America Museums on Us

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th – 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.

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


More Free Museum Dates

This site,, 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!

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.

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.

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, June 3rd from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids can build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to play with family or friends almost anywhere. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their game board and pieces with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.
Go to the Home Depot Kids Workshop website for more information.


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

June 6th and June 7th

Free Dragonfly Mini 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: 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.

Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Find orchards and farms near you where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables at and at

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

SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to 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.


Enjoy free cooking classes for adults, typically held on Sunday. Contact your local Williams-Sonoma store for times.

Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chefs

Enjoy free Jr. Chef cooking classes 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 Endangered Species Day, Pizza Parrty Day, Sherlock Holmes 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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