Friday, May 15, 2015

FREE Weekend Events and Activities

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something 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 in-store 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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:: Free Art Museum Day


Monday, May 18th - Many art museums will be offering free or discounted admission. Find our more information here.american-girl-store-events-125x150

:: American Girl Special Store Events


Special events differ by location. During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with 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, May 16th at 11 AM

Story time featuring Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret plus related 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


Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th

Go Outdoors Event

Free Catch & Release Pond, Free Kids' Crafts, Adventure Scavenger Hunt, Free Photo Downloads & Giveaways.
Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here for times and details before you head out.

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:: Guitar Center


Saturday, May 16th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM - Free Ukulele Lesson

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

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults


Saturday, May 16th - Building a Rumblestone Planter from 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Sunday, May 17th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM - How to Install Tile

You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store


Saturday, May 16th from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Fly Away Hot Air Balloon. Get more information here.

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:: Macy's Celebrates American Icons


Thursday, May 14th - Saturday, May 16th in 25 cities across the USA

Free fashion shows, concerts, celebrity appearances, wardrobe styling, giveaways and more. Get information for your city here.

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:: Michael's Kids Club


Saturday, May 16th - 10 AM - 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Knotted Friendship Bracelet. 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 for Kids


Saturday, May 16th at 10 AM

Junior Chef: prepare tacos both crunchy and soft along with fresh salsa, great guacamole and other fun toppings for a taco dinner. Suitable for ages 9 –13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults


Sunday, May 17th

Southwestern Spice -Fresh chiles and unique spices are the keys to creating a Mexican meal with a little Tex-Mex flair. Learn how to whip up a Southwestern-inspired meal. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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


:: Free Fishing Days start in June 2015


Check the calendar and plug in you location to see when Free Fishing Days are happening in your community.

:: Free Zoo Admission for Dads on Father's Day


June 21st - Most zoos all across the USA offer free admission for Dad every Father's Day. Contact your local zoo for details.

:: Free Museum Entrance for Bank of America customers


Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders along with a photo ID. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

:: Free National Park Entrance


August 25th - National Park Service Birthday

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

:: Bass Pro Shops


- Go Outdoors Event with Family Activities May 23 & May 24h

- Exotic Petting Zoo ongoing through June 5th, every Friday from 1 PM - 6PM

- 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 Kids Workshop


Saturday, June 6th from 9 AM - noon

Kids make and take a Load 'n Go Truck. You can pre-register online here.

:: KOA Campgrounds Kids Camp FREE for Father’s Day Weekend


June 19th through June 21st

Kids camp free this weekend. Find the participating campgrounds right 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, June 13th at 10 AM
Kids make and take an Iron Man's Avenjet. Registration begins June 1st at 12 AM (EST) at the website here.


:: Michael's Classes for Adults


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

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)


Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.


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 all Summer


Kids Bowl for Free all summer at select bowling centers. Get two free games for each child, every day, all summer long. She rental is not included. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating 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!)

:: Family Movies for $1 During the Summer


Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters offer 9 weeks of family movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. You can see the schedule, starting dates and movies here on the Regal website.

:: 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 all Summer: 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 and Fun Holidays


Make memories and celebrate Chocolate Chip Day, Bike to Work Day, Pack Rat Day and more. See 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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