Thursday, October 1, 2015

Free Weekend Events & 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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                                                                     photo credit - Coupon Mamacita

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 Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.  For more information about Museums on Us, visit:

american-girl-store-events-125x150 American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During October, they include meet the author events, Maryellen's Swingin' Sock Hop 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.

Barnes & NobleWrong-Book

Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00 AM

Enjoy storytime and activities featuring We're In The Wrong Book! Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.


Guitar Center

Saturday, October 3rd {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM - Group Guitar Workshop
More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at Guitar Center workshops.


Home Depot Kids Workshops

Saturday, October 3rd from 9 AM to 12 PM

Make and take a Firetruck for Fire Safety Month. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .

Firefighter's Hat Lakeshore Learning free crafts for kids

Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, October 3rd from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Firefighter's Hat  craft. Get more from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

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Michael's Craft Workshop for Kids and Adults

Silly Monster Craft Pumpkin Workshop

Saturday, October 3rd from 1 - 4 PM

Kids and adults can make a silly monster or a mummy pumpkin project. Buy a 9" craft pumpkin by Ashland® and the rest of the supplies are free. Get more information at Michael's crafts.

Michaels Kids Club Harvest-Mobile

Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, October 3rd from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Harvest Mobile craft. The cost is $2 per session. Get more information at Michael's Kids Club®.

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Williams-Sonoma Free Jr. Chefs Classes for Kids

Saturday, October 3rd at 10 AM 

Celebrate the 100th birthday of founder Chuck Williams and cook some of his favorite recipes including a juicy roast chicken and chocolate mousse for dessert. Get more ore information by contacting Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes.

at williams sonoma free technique class for adultsWilliams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, October 4th

Celebrate the 100th birthday of founder Chuck WilliamsCelebrate  with his classic recipes for Blacksmith salad, roast chicken, potato gratin, spinach risotto and chocolate mousse.

To find specific class times, contact Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes.


:: Find Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides, Pick Your Own Orchards and Haunted Houses. Many of these will have a fee or admission.

:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders

In 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.

:: Free National Park Entrance Free Admission for Everyone

Wednesday, November 11th - Veteran's Day - Find out the list of participating parks right here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, October 24th from 6-9 PM

Trunk or Treat Halloween Events with live music, carnival games, costume contest, pumpkin races and more. There is also RC Haunts Haunted House which charges admission.

Ongoing- free archery workshops, merit badge classes, freshwater fishing clinic and family friendly store events. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Disney Stores Halloween Dress Rehearsal Event

Friday, October 16th from 5:30 PM - 7 PM & Saturday, October 17th from 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Disney Store for a Halloween Party including crafts, games and a costume parade! Come dressed as your favorite Disney character & join the costume parade to get a FREE Halloween surprise! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last. Call your local store for details.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, October 10th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM - Installing a Smoke Alarm

Sunday. October 11th from 1 - 2:30 PM Interior Paint and Drywall Repair

You can pre-register online register at Home Depot workshops .

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details.

:: Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, October 10th at 10 AM

Kids make and take a spooky Haunted Birdhouse. Register at Lowe's Kids Clinics. 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.

:: Petsmart

Oct 25th 11 AM - 2 PM and Oct. 26th 11 AM - 2 PM (photos only on this day)

Fright & Delight Pet Halloween costume event. Treats, photos and more!

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, October 10th from 10AM - 12PM - Star Wars™ Reads Day

Enjoy stories read aloud, crafts, giveaways, snacks and pose in the special Star Wars photo booth.

Storytime on Tuesdays from 11 - 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: 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.

:: Athleta Stores

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

:: 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.

:: 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

:: 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 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,, 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 fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Animal Day, Taco Day, World Teachers Day, and more. See the schedule here at Days of the Year.

* 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!

1 comment:

  1. The places I saw here are really wonderful, celebrating a special event like this with the beauty of nature is really cool. When you are in NYC venues, there's nothing you can do than to be happy. I really liked it here.


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