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Friday, May 2, 2014

Free Weekend Activities

Thank you to More with Less Today for sharing this activity list with us! 

Are you looking to entertain the kids this weekend with a FREE (or nearly free) fun activity? Are you looking for a free class for yourself? Who says being frugal can't be fun? Free and fun weekend activities are available all across the USA!
You may want to bookmark this post. I update it weekly and new weekend events pop up all the time. Be sure to share it with your friends and family. If you know of any others to share, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment. 

American Girl Store Events

Events differ by location. During May, they include a Mother's Day Card Craft, Isabelle's Funky Fashion Headpiece Craft, Everyday Fun Doll 'Dos, Isabella's Celebration, Julie's Bracelet Craft , 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.

 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.

FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 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: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

 FREE Comic Book Day

The first Saturday in May is FREE Comic Book Day. Go here to see if a local store is participating.

 Guitar Center 

Saturday, May 3rd {no age restriction}
10 AM - Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
10:15 AM - Group Guitar Lesson
Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

 Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, May 3rd from 9 AM to 12PM
Build a Flower Planter just in time for Mother's Day. You can pre-register online here.

 Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, May 3rd from 11AM-3PM
Kids make and a new craft each week. Get more information here. You can also grab a 20% off Special Saturday Savings coupon here for in-store purchases through 6/30/14. 

FREE Lego Build

Saturday, May 3rd from 12 - PM at all Toys "R" Us Locations
Come build a LEGO Star Wars™ Mini TIE Fighter and LEGO Star Wars™ Mini X-Wing at Toys “R” Us!
Event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child.

Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, May 3rd - starts at 10 AM
Kids create and take a Mother's Day craft. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up. The cost is $2 per child for a 30 minute reservation. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Sessions start every half hour starting at 10 am. Ending times vary by store. Get more information here.

 Pottery Barn Kids

Mother's Day Celebration Week of May 5th ~ Mother's Day Card Station 
Kids are invited to create a one-of-a-kind card for Mom or Grandma. Locate a participating store here

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes {for kids and adults}

Saturday, May 3rd {for kids} at 9:30 AM ~ Rocky Road Fudge for Mom ~To reserve a spot, contact you closest store right here.
Sunday, May 4th {for adults} ~Fiesta Favorites ~ Whether it’s Mother’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, frosty margaritas and Latin-inspired grilled foods fit the bill perfectly. We’ll show you how to make fajitas, creative salsas, margarita pie and skinny margaritas. Class sizes are limited. For specific times and to reserve your spot, contact you closest store right here
Participants get 10% off savings on select same-day store purchases.

~ Looking Forward ~

Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, May 10th at 10 AM
Kids build and take home a Flower Delivery Truck. You can pre-register right here.

 National Public Gardens

Free Admission on Friday, May 9th. An annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide.Find Gardens Near You

Free Zoo Admission on Mother's Day

Search the name of your town plus "free zoo admission Mother's Day 2014" to see if your local zoo is offering free admission for Mom on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11th. Last year, over 60 zoos all across the USA participated!

Summer Family Fun ~ FREE or Really Cheap Activities

 Apple Store

Apple Camp for Kids ages 8-12 is free and held during the summer. Sign up to be notified when registration is open.

Microsoft Camp 

Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today. {Thanks Saving with Shellie !}

Summer Family Movies for $1

Regal Theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks. See the times, dates and locations here.

 Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Retailers encourage free reading with free books and rewards! View programs from Barnes & Noble, TD Bank, Chuck E. Cheese, Potter Barn and more! Read the entire list right here.
More to Explore During the Year: 

 FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

 Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is 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.

 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.

Michael's Show In Tell {for adults} 

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

FREE 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.

 FREE Bowling 

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

 Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

 Free Flying Lesson

Young Eagles - kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

 FREE Roller Skating

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

 FREE 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.

 FREE 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.

 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.

 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.

 Crazy Holidays This Weekend

Have some silly fun! Celebrate Star Wars Day, Two Different Colored Shoes Day, Free Comic Book Day, and more! Get the schedule here.

Leah Shumack is the voice behind Clair's Freebies. Born and raised in ski country Western NY where I still live today with my beautiful 8 year old daughter. When I'm not tending to her or out scoping deals I enjoy entering giveaways and trying out new things in the kitchen!

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