Sunday, February 22, 2015

Free Weekend Activities and Events (2/22)

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.

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:: American Girl Special Store Events


Special events differ by location. During February, 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. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Barnes & Noble


Saturday, February 21st at 11 AM

Click Clack Peep Storytime at many B&N 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


Kids Archery Workshops ongoing through November 18th

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, February 21st {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM - Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools

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, February 21st from 10AM to 11:30 AM - Learn How to Install a Single or Two Handle Faucet

You can pre-register online here.



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:: Lakeshore Learning Store


Saturday, February 21st from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take an Roar-a-Lot Lion Puppet. Get more information here.


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:: Michael's Kids Club


Saturday, February 21st - 10AM - 12 Noon

Kids can drop in and take home a Tissue Paper Frame. At just $2 per child, they get 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 Kids


Junior Designer Camp workshops


Creating a Mood Board: February 21st at 11 AM

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes


Saturday, February 21st for kids ages 5-13 at 10 AM.

Homemade Chicken Fingers - learn how to prepare this favorite food so they are crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.

Sunday, February 22nd for Adults

Cooking with Cast Iron - learn to make the most of your cast iron cookware and how to keep your pieces in tip top shape.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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


:: Bass Pro Shops


Dog Days - pet care seminars, giveaways and more.

Friday March 6th and March 13th and Saturday March 7th and March 14th

Go here for more info.

:: Free National Park Entrance


April 18-19
opening weekend of National Park Week

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids


Saturday, March 7th  from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids Learn How to Build Bookends ~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 28th at 10 AM

Build a Monster Jam® featuring Max-D®. 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.

:: Read Across America


Monday, March 2nd

This year, the featured book is the Dr. Seuss classic, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Get more information here.

:: REI Running Classes


Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com

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.

:: Athleta Stores


Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: 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 Cherry Pie Day, Love Your Pet Day, Tortilla Chip 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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