Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Weekend Events and Activities (3/13)

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, classes 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 March, they include Grace's Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace's Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace's Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, 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, March 14th at 11 AM

Mustache Baby, aka Baby Billy storytime and activities 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


Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th

Dog Days - pet care seminars, giveaways and more.

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, March 14th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM - Intro to Garage Band

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

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults


Saturday, March 14th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM - How to Install a Toilet

Sunday, March 15th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM - Installing a Faucet

You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store


Saturday, March 14th from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Lucky Catch Leprechaun. Get more information here.

Monster Jam Lowe's workshops

:: Lowe's Build and Grow


Saturday, March 14 at 10 AM
Monster Jam®, featuring El Toro Loco®

Build a Monster Jam® featuring Max-D®. Register at the website here.



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:: Michael's Kids Club


Saturday, March 14th - 10 AM - 12 Noon

Kids can make and take tissue paper flowers. 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 10 AM - 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes


Saturday, March 14th at 10 AM suitable for kids ages 5-13

Pancake Party - join us for this series of classes where you can flip and personalize yours with some good-for-you ingredients like walnuts, coconut and flax. Top them off with a hazelnut chocolate spread.

Sunday, March 15th for Adults

Knife Skills and Techniques: Learn how to chop, slice and dice seasonal fruits and vegetables like a pro. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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


:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids


Saturday, April 4th  from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand ~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.

:: Michael's Classes for Adults


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

:: Pottery Barn for Adults


Sunday, March 22nd at 10 AM

Accessorizing your home with simple and affordable ideas from designers.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:


:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year


Starting in September 2015, 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 President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative. Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom for the info!

:: Apple Camp


Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids 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.

:: 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.

:: Bowling for Kids


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

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: REI Running Classes


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

:: Roller Skating


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

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes


Join the Sephora Beauty club ,( 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.

:: 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.

:: 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 Pi Day, Potato Chip Day, Girl Scout 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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