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

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.

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Barnes & Noble

Saturday, December 10th at 11AM. Join in the fun for storytime and activities featuring If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

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Bass Pro Shops

Now through December 24th

Santa’s Wonderland featuring photos with Santa, crafts, games and activities plus toys for kids of all ages. Check local store listings for more information.

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Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, December 10th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Top Hat Treat Holder craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

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Michael’s Kids Club®

Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids Club® – Kids made and a Clay Pot Elf craft

Cost $2 per project, supplies included

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PetSmart

Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th from 12 – 4 PM

Get a free photo of your pet with Santa. Get more information from PetSmart here.

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Toys R Us

Saturday, December 10th from 3-4 PM

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members can get a free Geoffrey plush toy and a storybook. Joining is free, get the information at the Toys R Us website.

FREE Christmas Fun!

 

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Macy’s will donate $1 for every mailed letter to the Make a Wish Foundation, up to $1,000,000. Find a red mailbox to place your letter and get more information from Macy’s.

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Watch Santa’s Reindeer eating and getting fed by Santa for free! Just know that loud music will play when you click on the link to the Reindeer cam. Go here to see the live video feed: http://reindeercam.com/.

Santa feeds his reindeer every day at 11 am, 6 pm and 9 pm EST. Share the magic, this is very cool!

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FREE Personalized Story Recording from Santa

A Story Before Bed will give you a FREE recording of Santa reading your child a story! All you need is your email address and your child’s name. You will need to confirm the email that you receive from A Story Before Bed and then you will receive a link to your child’s personalized story. Quantities are limited.

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Track Santa at NoradSanta.com. This free site takes a minute to load. You can see where Santa is at on his journey and how soon they need to get in bed so he can make his stop!

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FREE Letters From Santa

Letters from Santa offers Free Letters from Santa as well as a Magical Letter from Santa for $2.99. You quickly grab a printable letter addressed by the big guy himself or choose the Magical Option for a more personalized and unique letter.

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Letters from Santa Claus from Santa Claus, Indiana: Since 1914, children have enjoyed receiving letters from Santa Claus for free. You can receive a written letter from Santa Claus as well! Mail a letter with a legible return address to:

Santa Claus
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579

Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before December 21st will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter the better. These are volunteers hard at work so if you would like to help pay for postage, donations would greatly be appreciated. They can be sent to the address listed above as well.

 

……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR, COMING SOON……..

Guitar Center

Saturday, December 31st at 10:15

Learn to Play the Guitar – contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 AM – 12:00 PM

Kids make and take a Crate Toolbox. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate if 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. Get more information at the Home Depot free workshops here.

Lowe’s Build and Grow

The 2017 schedule will be posted soon at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.

Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, December 17th at 11 AM. A fun morning of coloring brought to you by the movie Storks®. Get more information at your local Pottery Barn Kids store. Also enjoy storytime on Tuesdays from 11 – 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

Bank of America Museums on Us

The 2017 calendar has not been posted yet but we would expect the next dates to be Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th. Check back for updates.

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. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.

Lego Stores Free Model Build

Free LEGO Model Build Events are usually held monthly in stores. Kids ages 6 to 14 can build a model and take it home. You must use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: State Fair Schedule

Find your state fair dates here. Thanks, Family Frugal Fun!

:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

2017 dates coming soonFind a list of participating national parks

:: 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 the Every Kid in the Park initiative.

:: 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.

:: 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

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. Get more information here.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Gingerbread House Day, Poinsettia Day, Lost and Found Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.

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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Get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks

Now that the holidays are in full gear, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you’re not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you’ve joined through my link this month), you’ll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before January 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year. Swagbucks is one of my tried and true, easiest and most favorite way to earn gift cards.

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Disney Movie Rewards: 5 Free Points



Get 5 DMR points when you go here, sign in and enter this code: 25DOCJ0Y

If you are not a member of Disney Movie rewards yet, you are going to want to sign up NOW! If you have any Disney DVD’s in your house, you can find more codes inside the cases and enter them at DMR. After a while, you will accumulate enough points to get some cool Disney stuff for FREE!

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Play Swago Shopping Edition & Earn Free Giftcards

It’s time for another round of SWAGO, and this board is all about shopping! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site. Plus, if you have to buy holiday gifts, might as well get an extra SB bonus for yourself, right?

Here’s what you need to know to get your 400 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

  • Shop Swago will begin on Tuesday, November 29th 9am PDT/12pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, December 2nd at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

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Amazon: 25 Free Holiday Cards

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Amazon is offering a hot deal where you can make 25 Holiday Cards for free with code FREECARDS. Get free delivery with Prime. Shipping is free on orders of $49 or more on Amazon, or get free shipping with Amazon Prime (get your free trial). Amazon prices can change at any time.

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Olive Garden: Free Meal for Veterans & Active Duty Nov 11

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On Friday, Nov 11, all veterans and active duty can enjoy a free entree from the Olive Garden in thanks for their service! See what options will be available from the menu below.

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Krispy Kreme: Free Doughnut on #ElectionDay

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Head into your local Krispy Kreme on 11/8 and get a free doughnut of your choice. No coupon is necessary.

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Free Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell Today

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Today only (Nov 2) from 2-6pm, Taco Bell is offering a free Doritos Locos Taco.

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