If you are looking for inexpensive and free activities for kids and family activities, 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.
Saturday, February 13th at 11 AM
Storytime and activities featuring Love Monster & the Last Chocolate
Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
During February, attend free workshops on hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.
Saturday, February 13th at 10:15 AM – Intro to Ableton
Register at Guitar Center workshops.
Saturday, February 13th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM -Build a Storage Bench
Sunday, February 14th from 1 PM – 2:30 PM -learn how to install decorative molding.
You can pre-register online and get more information here: Home Depot workshops.
Saturday, February 13th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a President’s Day Mask craft. Get more from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, February 13th at 10 AM
Kids make and take a Valentine’s Day Picture Frame. Register at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.
Saturday, February 13th from 10 AM – 12 Noon
Kids make and take a Valentine’s Day Dreamcatcher. Cost is $2 per child. Find out more information here.
Sunday, February 14th
Thai Smoke-less Grilling – learn to grill healthy food year round with counter-top grills and minimal smoke. They will demonstrate chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce. Contact your local store to register and find out times. The class size is limited.
……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR, COMING SOON……..
:: FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers
Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 7th
Bank of America’s Museums on US offers free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Present your B of A or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and a photo ID for free admission. Cardholder only. For more info visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
:: Free Smithsonian Magazine Admission Day
Saturday, March 12th
Here are the participating museums. Ticket information is available on the Smithsonian Magazine website now. Each guest must present a ticket and you can get a free ticket for yourself and one guest for one museum.
:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016
- April 16th-24th – National Park Week
- August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
- September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders
Every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative.
Saturday, March 5th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids make and take a Toy Wagon craft. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .
:: Lego Stores Free Model Build
Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details.
Sunday, February 21st from 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Coloring time for adults. Find out more information here.
:: Pottery Barn Kids
Stay tuned for new classes happening in March. Get more information at your local store .
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
:: 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.
:: Athleta Stores
Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.
:: Beauty Events in Stores
Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.
:: Factory Tours
:: Flying Lessons
Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.
:: Home and Garden Shows
:: Lululemon Fitness Classes
Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes
Join the Sephora Beauty club , and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.
:: 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.
:: Wine Tasting
Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule 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.
:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Gumdrop Day, World Whale Day, Tortellini Day, and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local 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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