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

Free Activities for Kids

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.


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During October, they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.

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:: Barnes & Noble

October 25th Halloween story time in select stores.

Most stores also have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events - find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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:: Bass Pro Shops

October 24th – October 31st. It’s the Great Pumpkin Free Halloween Event -make crafts, get a FREE 4×6 photo, scavenger hunts and more.

October 25th is Trunk or Treat- get more information on their Facebook page here.

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: Build-A-Bear

October 24th – October 31st

Stop in for a FREE Halloween treat. No purchase necessary. You can find more information on the Build A Bear Workshop Facebook page.

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:: Guitar Center

Saturday, October 25th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here. home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, October 25th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Sunday, October 26th from 1PM to 2:30 PM

~ Learn DIY Skills to improve your home~Topics vary by store~ You can pre-register online here.


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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, October 25th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Spooky Sweets Holder. Get more information here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, October 25th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Kids Club – for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael’s. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.


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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, October 25th {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs – Halloween Cookie Decorating. Suitable for ages 5-13. To reserve a spot, contact your closest store right here.

Sunday, October 26th {for adults} ~ Fall baking. Learn how to incorporate fall fruits and spices into your baking. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


:: Bass Pro Shops

November 15th – Santa’s Wonderland Kids Event – more info coming soon.

Outdoor Skills Workshops – free classes offered on a regular basis on topics such as archery, bass fishing, fly fishing, hunting, Successful Striper Angling (Fridays in October), and more. Contact your local store here for details.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, November 1st from 9 AM to 12 PM ~ Build a Pallet Coaster. You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Mini Model

Friday, October 31st – Trick or Treat event at Lego Stores.

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, November 8th at 10AM

Kids build a Science Lab. You can pre-register starting 10/27 right here.

:: Michael’s Holiday Pinterest Party

Saturday, November 15th from 1-4 PM

Michael’s has selected 10 projects to make. Attendees will receive a special discount for shopping and the first 25 people will receive a booklet with all the projects, including instructions, plus holiday tips & inspiration.

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, November 16th & 23rd at 10 AM – Holiday decorating from festive mantels and entryways to glistening treetops, learn decorator tips for the holidays.RSVP at your closest store, right here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, November 1st from 5PM – 9PM .Pajama Jam – bring your teddy bears and enjoy cookies, milk, crafting and more. RSVP at your closest store right here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

:: 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.

:: FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: 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!)

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} 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.

:: 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.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

:: FREE 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.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free 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.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE 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.

:: FREE 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate World Pasta Day, Artists Day, Howl at the Moon Day, and more! Get the schedule here.

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, for less! 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.

Thanks More with Less Today.

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How To Properly Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Many children get nervous about attending kindergarten.  This is a whole new environment for most children, and it can be very intimidating.  In order to calm your child’s nerves and help them succeed, there are simple things you can do as a parent.  The following suggestions will help you prepare your child for his or her big day.

Practice Reading and Writing

To help your child transition into kindergarten, it might be a good idea to practice reading and writing.  This way, it will not be overwhelming for them when it is introduced during school.  You can teach your child how to write his or her name.  In addition, you can read books with your child.  I’ve found that personalized books are a really fun option to help your child develop an interest in reading.  They might even help your child learn how to read faster. Check out some cool personalized books and gifts for both kids and babies from one of my favorite brands Chronicle Books.

Provide a Structured Environment

School offers children a structured environment to learn.  If your child is not used to this, he or she might get overwhelmed.  For this reason, it might be beneficial to set a schedule prior to kindergarten.  Determine a routine that will work best for your family.  This will help them get used to order.  Then, the transition into school will be less of intense for your child.

Spend Time Away From Your Child

Many children suffer from separation anxiety when they go to kindergarten.  They are not used to spending time away from their parents.  If you spend a lot of time with your child, it is a good idea to spend some time apart from your child.  This will serve as preparation for school.  Your child will become more independent, and be less anxious on the first day of school.

Invest In the Back to School Supplies

Although kindergarten students usually do not need books to attend school, they might need a few supplies to feel comfortable in the classroom.  For example, if your child is attending all day kindergarten, it is probably a good idea to get him or her a lunch box.  You could also get your child a backpack, school clothes, crayons, and other recommended tools.  When your child has these supplies, he or she will feel more confident at school.

Visit the School

Before school starts, you might want to visit the school.  This will give your child the opportunity to get to know the area where he or she will be attending kindergarten.  During this time, you might even get an opportunity to meet the teacher.  The little effort behind this activity can really help calm your child’s nerves.

Talk to Your Child

Finally, it is a good idea to talk to your child about attending kindergarten.  Ask them how they feel about this new adventure in their life.  From this discussion, you should be able to gage their level of nerves.  If they seem more nervous, it might be a good idea to provide them with additional support during the first few weeks of school.  You can even volunteer in their class.

Each child is different.  Some children have an easy time going to kindergarten.  Others have a hard time making the transition.  Regardless, these tips should help you make the experience great for your child.

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Win a Free Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Powder

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Today only from 8am to 8pm PST, you can enter to win one of 1,000 Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Spotless Powder from Physicians Formula. Go here to enter.

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Share your opinions & get cash by taking online surveys

When it comes to making money online, taking surveys is a great way to earn extra cash with little effort. Online surveys allow you to work from home, on your own schedule, and earn money just for sharing your opinions. These surveys are used for marketing new products and services, and will help companies make decisions about their new offerings. Taking surveys is one of the best deals for moms and is a fantastic way to make money online.

Finding the Right Surveys

In order to get the most money for your efforts, it pays to set aside a time each day to take multiple surveys. Each one pays a predetermined amount of money, from as little as $1 to as much as $25 in some cases. There have been some moms who have made several hundred dollars a month simply taking surveys. Some have even been able to save up for large purchases simply by using their survey money. While it may take time to develop an effective survey strategy, it is well worth the effort.

There are many specialized survey companies on the market, and you will be required to fill out an extensive questionnaire to ensure that you get the surveys that you are qualified for. In some cases, these companies will send you an email when a survey matches your profile. Opting in for emails is the best way to get the most survey offers in your inbox daily.

When it comes to making money from home, taking online surveys is a great way to bring in extra cash. Share your opinions & make money with Opinion Outpost!

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Feel Fresh As a Baby’s Bum with Cottonelle! #LetsTalkBums

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their fresh care flushable cleansing cloths is all my own!

Today I want to talk to you about clean bums. Lets face it, using the bathroom can leave you feeling, unfresh. As parents we likely wouldn’t use dry TP on a baby’s bum, so why should you use it exclusively on yourself? It really doesn’t work as well as a wet wipe would, so why wouldn’t you include it in your routine? You trust wet wipes on your baby’s bum, so why not try using one for yourself with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths? Sounds like a winning idea to me.

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I have mentioned in the past about my 2 step wet and dry Cottonelle routine, but in case you missed it, I am going to revisit it. I have to let you know though, it’s gotten serious. Not only did I buy the Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths, but I also got the 24 pack of Clean Care toilet paper. The 24 pack! This is something you will never catch me doing with most things as I am not usually brand loyal and will buy whatever is on sale. But you know I am committed when I buy the 24 pack of toilet paper that is not on sale. This particular brand has won me over with it’s huggable, tuggable softness. Not only that, but it’s also strong and effective.

The Cottonelle wet+dry system is as simple as can be and it’s great for the entire family. Grab a wipe out of the OneTouch dispensing tub. Wipe with wet, wipe with dry. Just like that, you’re done and fresh as a daisy!

Another great thing to know about the cleansing cloths is that they feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing.

Buy it: Give the Cottonelle wet+dry system a try by downloading the $1.50 coupon on the Cottonelle website! It will change your life for the better.


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Nordstrom: The North Face Sale & Free Shipping

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Nordstrom is running a great sale on The North Face items with discounts up to 40% off. Shipping is free on all orders. Sizes and colors are limited. Click here to shop.

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The Children’s Place: Free Shipping & 20% Off = Jeans $6.24 Shipped

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Holy smokes people! This is an awesome day to stock up on kids jeans. Today only, get free shipping on your order from The Children’s Place and save 20% off your order with code BIGHEROSWEEP20. Basic denim is 60% off right now too. I was able to score pairs of boys jeans for just $6.24 per pair! Tops are 50% off as well. Click here to shop.

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Target: Free Shipping on All Orders & BOGO 40% Off Toys

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For a limited time, Target is offering free shipping on all orders with no minimum, clearance included.

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They are also offering buy one get one 40% off select toys right now as well! This should make for some great deals. Click here to shop.

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