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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FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Here is a list of participating national parks.

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Barnes & Noble

Saturday, January 14th at 11 AM. Join in the fun for storytime and activities featuring How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

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Guitar Center

Saturday, January 14th at 10:15 AM

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

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Home Depot Do It Yourself Workshops

Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Interior Paint & Drywall Repair – This workshop reviews the necessary tools and supplies needed to prepare for interior painting. Then, you learn how to repair damaged drywall, how to use painters tape to mask off trim, and the best techniques for brush and roller painting.

Sunday, January 15th from 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM

Installing Ceiling Fans – Get the skills you need to tackle ceiling fan purchase and installation. You will learn the basics of installing ceiling fans both with and without light kits. Last, you will get valuable safety tips around wiring ceiling fans.

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Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, January 14th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Prehistoric Pal craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

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Michael’s Kids Club®

Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids make and take a Snowman Canvas

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.

Coming Soon:

Toys R Us

Saturday, January 21st 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.

Williams-Sonoma

Sunday, January 22nd – Knife Skills Workshop

Learn about the features of Japanese knives, including our new Global and classic Shun cutlery. We’ll also offer complimentary knife sharpening services in this class.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

2017 dates:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents’ Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Here is a list of participating national parks.

Bank of America Museums on Us

Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th – 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.

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.

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

Fishing and kayak events during the month of January. Check your local store listings for more information.

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 Depot Workshops for Kids

Get more information at the Home Depot free workshops 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.

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

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.

Lowe’s Build and Grow

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

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.

Pottery Barn Kids

Storytime 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.

Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Rubber Duckie Day, Dress Up Your Pet Day, Kite Day and more. See the schedule 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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Get $20 for trying Gamefly

If you’re looking to build up your budget post-holidays and you have a gamer in your life, Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up.

Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link!

Haven’t tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of February. So that’s $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $13 off the deal!

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How to Recover from Holiday Spending Using Your Phone

Did you find yourself spending a little more than you had anticipated over the Holidays? It’s easy to do, especially when you want to give all your friends and family the perfect gifts. Well, I have an easy way for you to recover from your holiday spending from the convenience of your cell phone.
Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores.
With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos.
While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB
During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB
While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB
When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos
Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB
Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB
By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!
Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards. It’s 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices.

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Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks in January!

Now that the holidays are over, a lot of us have gone into savings mode again as we rebuild our bank accounts from all that gift buying! Some of us have already started saving for the 2017 holidays! If you’re looking to extend your budget or just say within it, Swagbucks is a great resource for that.

You’ve probably seen me write about Swagbucks a lot on here. It’s a site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

Here’s how you get your bonus:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 2/1/17. You’ll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you’ll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but you’ll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned lots of Amazon gift cards. They have lots of other store giftcards to choose from as well.

*You must receive your shopping SB before March 1st

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Free Starbucks Tall Espresso Beverages (Select Locations Only)

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If you are a fan of Starbucks, check this out. For the next 10 days, excluding Christmas, select Starbucks locations will be offering free espresso beverages between 1pm and 2pm. Limit of one free tall handcrafted espresso beverage per customer. Go here to find a participating location near you.

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Free Sam’s Club Baby Sample Box

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to request a free Sam’s Club Baby Sample Box. Available while supplies last.

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Earn more Swagbucks with Collector’s Bills

 

One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have “Collector’s Bills” worth SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you’ve collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more!

Here’s all the information for this week’s Christmas Quenchers Collector’s Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, December 19th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Saturday, December 24th at 11:59pm PT/Sunday, December 25th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 5 SB

  • 7 SB

  • 9 SB

  • 15 SB

  • 24 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

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Free Gillette Razor to first 100,000

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For a limited time, Gillette is offering a Free Razor to the first 100,000 to submit a photo or video and tell why you switched from another brand.

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