Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Weekend Activity Roundup ~ 10/17~10/19

Thank you to More With Less Today for putting together this awesome list of Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone!
Do you have plans for the weekend? If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.
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.

American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During October, they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin 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. 

Barnes & Noble 

October 17th - October 26th building and modeling with Zoob for children ages 4-7 in select stores. A hands-on learning event.
Educators Appreciation Days, now through October 19th- special events and discounts for our wonderful teachers.
Free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events - find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here. 

Bass Pro Shops

Outdoor Skills Workshops - free classes offered on a regular basis on topics such as archery, bass fishing, fly fishing, hunting, Successful Striper Angling (Fridays in October), and more. Contact your local store here for details.

Container Store

Learn the tricks of organization with expert demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays, now through October 19th. A $15 Store More Card is given away at each demonstration. Find more information and find your closest Container Store here. Times and event dates vary by location. 

Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal

Friday, October 17th from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday, October 18 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
You are invited to the Halloween Dress Rehearsal! Come dressed in your favorite Disney costume and enjoy Crafts, Games, and a Costume Parade! *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.

Guitar Center 

Saturday, October 18th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}
10 AM - Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
10:15 AM - Group Ukulele Lesson
More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

Home Depot Workshop for Adults 

Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM - Correctly install a CO2/Fire alarm detector and a family emergency plan
~ Learn DIY Skills ~Topics vary by store~ You can pre-register online here.

 Lakeshore Learning Store 

Saturday, October 18th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. 
Kids make and take Bunny Reader bookmarks. Get more information here.

Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, October 18th - 10AM - 12 Noon
Fun Frankenstein Mask craft project 
Kids Club - for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael's. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM - 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.

Pottery Barn

Sunday, October 19th at 10 AM - Host the perfect Thanksgiving meal from setting the perfect table, centerpieces, decor and more. RSVP at your closest store, right here.

Toys R Us

Saturday, October 18th from 10 AM - 11 AM
Baby's First Halloween
Bring your baby in costume and join in the fun Halloween parade. Meet other parents celebrating their baby's first Halloween, plus raffles, giveaways and more.
Saturday, October 18th from 12 PM to 2PM
Bricktober Build
Build and Take a LEGO Bat Signal

 Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, October 18th {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs - Pumpkin Treats - There’s more to pumpkin than just pie – join us and we’ll teach you how to make delicious pumpkin treats you can share with your family and even take to your Halloween parties. Suitable for ages 5-13. To reserve a spot, contact your closest store right here
Sunday, October 19th {for adults} ~ All about pumpkins! We’re your destination for delicious pumpkin treats. Join us and learn how to prepare delicious and easy pumpkin favorites perfect for lunchboxes, weeknight dinners and weekend entertaining. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


Bass Pro Shops

October 24th - October 31st. It's the Great Pumpkin Free Halloween Event -make crafts, get a FREE 4x6 photo, scavenger hunts and more.
October 25th is Trunk or Treat- get more information on their Facebook page here.
November 15th - Santa's Wonderland Kids Event - more info coming soon.

Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, November 1st 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM ~ Build a Pallet Coaster. You can pre-register online here.

Lego Mini Model

Friday, October 31st - Trick or Treat event at Lego Stores.
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, November 8th at 10AM ~kids build a Science Lab. You can pre-register starting 10/27 right here.

Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, November 1st from 5PM - 9PM .Pajama Jam - bring your teddy bears and enjoy cookies, milk, crafting and more. RSVP at your closest store right here.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:

Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can 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.

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 Beauty Events

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!) 

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 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.

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.

Celebrate Crazy Holidays 

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Chocolate Cupcake Day, Mulligan Day, Wear Something Gaudy Day, and more! Get the schedule here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!

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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