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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Free & Cheap Weekend Activities ~ 12/12~12/14

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. We also mixed in some free and practically free holiday events to enjoy. Thank you to More with Less Today for putting together this listing! 

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.

FREE Reindeer Cam

Watch Santa's Reindeer eating and getting fed by Santa for free! Just know that loud music will play when you click on the link to the Reindeer cam. Go here to see the live video feed: http://reindeercam.com/.
Santa feeds his reindeer everyday at 11 am, 6 pm and 9 pm EST. Share the magic, this is very cool! 

FREE Personalized Story Recording from Santa

A Story Before Bed will give you a FREE recording of Santa reading your child a story! All you need is your email address and your child’s name. You will need to confirm the email that you receive from A Story Before Bed and then you will receive a link to your child’s personalized story. Quantities are limited. 

 FREE Santa Tracker 

Track Santa at NoradSanta.com. This free site takes a minute to load. You can see where Santa is at on his journey and how soon they need to get in bed so he can make his stop!

FREE Letters From Santa

Letters from Santa offers Free Letters from Santa as well as a Magical Letter from Santa for $2.99. You quickly grab a printable letter addressed by the big guy himself or choose the Magical Option for a more personalized and unique letter. 

Letters from Santa Claus from Santa Claus, Indiana: Since 1914, children have enjoyed receiving letters from Santa Claus for free. You can receive a written letter from Santa Claus as well! Mail a letter with a legible return address to: Santa Claus PO Box 1 Santa Claus, IN 47579 Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before December 21st, will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter the better. These are volunteers hard at work so if you would like to help pay for postage, donations would greatly be appreciated. They can be sent to the address listed above as well. 

 American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During December, they include Make a Gingerbread House, Special Occasion Styles, The Wonder of Holiday Memories, Brunch with Santa, American Girl at the Nutcracker 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 

Elf on the Shelf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express - Holiday Story time & Activities - Enter your City and State or Zip Code to Find a Participating Store Near You. Most stores also have 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

In- store Christmas activities include free photos with Santa, crafts and activities, now through 12/24.

Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, December 13th from 10AM to 11:30 AM and Sunday, December 14th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM Test the latest power tools such as drills, nailers and multi-tools ~You can pre-register online here.

 Lakeshore Learning Store 

Saturday, December 13th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. Kids make and take a Welcome Winter Wreath. Get more information here.

 Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, December 13th at 10AM Kids build a Holiday Train Engine. You can register right here

 Macy's 

Macy's will donate $1 for every mailed letter to the Make a Wish Foundation, up to $1,000,000. Find a red mailbox to place your letter here.

 Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, December 13th - 10AM - 12 Noon Kids can drop in and take home a completed a Cute Yarn Snowman Canvas. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM - 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

 Walmart

Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th from 10 AM - 2 PM Free 5x7 Photo with Santa at participating stores. Call ahead to insure your local store is participating. 

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

Guitar Center 

Saturday, December 27th {no age restrictions for free music lessons} 10:15 AM - Recording Made Easy for iPad 10:15 AM - Group Guitar 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 Kids

Saturday, January 3rd from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids build a Mini Sled ~You can pre-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. 

 Michael's Classes for Adults 

Saturday, January 10th from 11 AM to 3 PM Creative Classes Open House - meet the instructors, find out about upcoming classes and sign up! Find out more information right here

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults 

Saturday, December 28th - make simple and splendid cocktails, appetizers and treats for your New Year's Eve party. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact 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 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Gingerbread House Day, Cat Herders Day and more! Get the full 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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