Thursday, July 23, 2015

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. free store events,free local weekend events, free in-store events, free cooking classes, free kids events, free family activities, free workshop,fun free
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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 July, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Doll 'Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, 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. get pop-cultured barnes and noble

:: Barnes & Noble

July 1st - July 31st In store events include Throwback Thursdays, Time Travel Weekend, DC Comic Days (July 8-12), Minions Fun (July 17th), Star Wars Saturday (July 18th), Dr. Seuss Spectacular (July 28th & 31st) and more. Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here. bass pro summercamp 2015

:: Bass Pro Shops

June 27th - July 26th Free Family Summer Camps include free catch & release pond & photo download, free shooting arcade, free casting challenge, free BB shooting range, free crafts, free workshops on archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.   music-mentor-ep-tile

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, July 25th {no age restrictions for free music lessons} 10:15 AM -Recording Made Easy: Presonus Studio One
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, July 25th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM - Learn Bath & Cabinet Updates You can pre-register online here. stay cool sun visor lakeshore

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, July 25th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. Kids design and take a Jumpin' Jellyfish craft. Get more information here. hawkeyes quinjet lowes

:: Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 AM
Kids make and take Hawkeye's Quinjet. Register at the website here.

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:: Michael's Back to School Maker Party

Saturday, July 25th from 1 - 4 PM Craft Pinterest inspired projects perfect for Back to School. Free with the cost of supplies. Get more information here.

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:: Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, July 25th from 10 AM to 12 Noon Kids can make and take a button frame craft. The cost is $2 per session. Get more information here.  
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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, July 25th at 10 AM
DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches. Kids will make delicious ice-cream sandwices from scratch using brownies, cookies, ice cream and toppings. Suitable for ages 5-13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, July 25th
Nonstick Sautéing: Learn to perfectly sautée food using a non-stick pan. To find specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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

:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th - National Park Service Birthday Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here. :: Smithsonian Free Museum Day Saturday, September 26th
Participating museums across the United States will offer free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Tickets will be available for download beginning on August 1.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, August 1st from 9 AM - noon Kids make and take a Chalkboard Door Hangar plus get a free orange apron and completion pin. Get more information and 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, August 8th at 10M
Kids make and take Hulk's Tank. Register 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.
:: Pottery Barn
Sunday, August 9th 10 - 11 AM
Entryway Styling - Join us for breakfast treats as we share tips from blogger Camille Styles, on how to create a functional and stylish entryway that'll leave a lasting first impression. Get more information and RSVP 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. Shoe 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 , 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 Cousins Day, Drive-thru Day, Tell an Old Joke 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.

Thanks- More with Less Today

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