Friday, January 16, 2015

Free Weekend Activities (1/16-1/18)

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone
If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.


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Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!
Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

:: FREE National Parks Entrance Day


January 19 Free National Park Day in honor of Martin Luther King. Go to the National Park Service website for more information and to find participating national parks.

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:: American Girl Special Store Events


Special events differ by location. During January, they include Grace's Travel Tags craft, Grace's Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card 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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:: Babies R Us


Saturday, January 17th at 2 PM
Registry Party with raffles, demonstrations, baby registry info plus meet and mingle with other parents-to-be. Get more information right here.
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:: Barnes & Noble


Saturday, January 17th at 11 AM
Hug Machine storytime and activities at many locations
Most stores 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


Saturday, January 17th
Camping Workshop at 2 PM - Hunting Workshop at 3 PM
Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.
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:: Guitar Center


Saturday, January 17th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}
10:15 AM - Recording Made Easy for GarageBand
10:15 AM - Group Ukulele Lesson
More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.
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:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults


Saturday, January 17th from 10AM to 11:30 AM
Learn the benefits of home automation ~You can pre-register online here.
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:: Lakeshore Learning Store


Saturday, January 17th from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.
Kids make and take a Crafty Catapult. Get more information here.
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:: Michael's Kids Club


Saturday, January 17th - 10AM - 12 Noon
Kids can drop in and take home a Freeze Frame project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM - 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.
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:: Pottery Barn


Sunday January 18th at 10 AM
Decorating with window treatments - learn tips from the design experts.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.
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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes


Saturday, January 17th for Kids at 10 AM.
Better Burgers - learn how to prepare a yummy burger with great toppings.
Sunday, January 18th for Adults
Comfort Cooking - learn how to make warming dishes the whole family will love. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

......... MARK YOUR CALENDAR! COMING SOON........


:: Bass Pro Shops


Saturday, February 28th from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Kids Fly Tying Class for kids aged 7 through 12
Go here for more info.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids


Saturday, February 7th  from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids build a Heart Box in time for Valentine's Day ~You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build


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, February 14th at 10 AM
Build a Sweetheart Picture Holder. Registration begins February 2nd at the website here.

:: Michael's Classes for Adults


Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

:: Pottery Barn Kids


Junior Designer Camp workshops
Fun with Color & Pattern: February 7th at 11 AM
Textile Design 101: February 16th at 11 AM
Creating a Mood Board: February 21st at 11 AM

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.

:: 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 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 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 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 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.

:: 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.

:: Free Pass to 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.

:: 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, 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 Holidays


Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Strawberry Ice Cream Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, Popcorn Day and more! Get the full 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 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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