We’re nearing the end of the holiday break with New Years Day this weekend. Since it’s a holiday, we don’t have lots of activities to share, BUT if you are looking for some family fun on a budget in the coming weeks, we have a fun list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes, and free in-store events that are coming soon. Share this fun, money-saving list with your friends and family. If you know of any other Free Weekend Events to include, please let us know! It’s always best to call ahead to be sure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment. Thanks to More With Less Today for the list!
Saturday, December 31st at 11AM. Join in the fun for storytime and activities featuring Hap-Pea All Year. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Saturday, January 7th at 10:15 AM
Learn to Play the Guitar – contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.
Saturday, January 7 from 9 AM – 12:00 PM
Kids make and take a Crate Toolbox. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate if achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. Get more information at the Home Depot free workshops here.
Saturday, January 7th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a 100th Day Celebration Mask craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
The 2017 schedule will be posted soon at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.
Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids make and take a Sprout® Kindness Box
Cost $2 per project, supplies included. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project.
Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.
Pottery Barn Kids
Saturday, January 21st from 3-4 PM
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members can get a free Geoffrey plush toy and a storybook. Joining is free, get the information at the Toys R Us website.
Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th – 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: http://museums.bankofamerica.
Lego Stores Free Model Build
Free LEGO Model Build Events are usually held monthly in stores. Kids ages 6 to 14 can build a model and take it home. You must use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017
2017 dates coming soon – Find a list of participating national parks
FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders
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 the Every Kid in the Park initiative.
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.
:: 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.
Fishing and kayak events during the month of January. Check your local store listings 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
:: 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
:: 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.
:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)
Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Bacon Day, Make Up Your Mind Day, Cream Puff Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
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!