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Friday, March 6, 2015

Free & Cheap Weekend Activity Roundup ~ Week of 3/6~3/8

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities 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 events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon. Thank you to More With Less Today for sharing this roundup! 

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 Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 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.com

American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During March, they include Grace's Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace's Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace's Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, 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 & Noble 

Saturday, March 7th at 11 AM Once Upon a Cloud storytime and activities at many B&N locations Most stores 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

Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th Dog Days - pet care seminars, giveaways and more. Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out. 

Guitar Center 

Saturday, March 7th {no age restrictions for free music lessons} 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, March 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids Learn How to Build Bookends ~You can pre-register online here.

Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, March 7th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. Kids make and take a Hold-It-All Buggy Clip. Get more information here

 Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, March 7th - 10AM - 12 Noon Kids can drop in and take home a Windsock. At just $2 per child, they get 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. 

Michael's Classes for Adults

Saturday, March 7th, 1 PM – 4 PM Make It With MichaelsSM Party Try fabulous springtime projects. The first 25 Customers will receive a Party Booklet full of project instructions and a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase. Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

 Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, March 7th at 11 AM Create a free craft project from DIY blogger, Handmade Charlotte. find more information and your closest store right here

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, March 7th at 10 AM Lunchbox Sandwiches and Wraps suitable for kids ages 5-13 

Join us for this series of classes where we’ll go beyond the basic PB&J. You’ll learn how to make some fun and tasty lunch foods that will satisfy kids and parents alike.

Sunday, March 8th for Adults Spring Roasting: Learn roasting techniques to caramelize the exterior of your food and have a juicy and tender interior. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here

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

Free National Park Entrance

April 18-19 opening weekend of National Park Week Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here

Bass Pro Shops

Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th Dog Days - pet care seminars, giveaways and more. Kids Archery Workshops ongoing through November 18th Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out. 

Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, March 14th from 10AM to 11:30 AM - How to Install a Toilet Sunday, March 15th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM - Installing a Faucet 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. 

Lowe's Build and Grow

Saturday, March 14 at 10 AM 
Monster Jam®, featuring El Toro Loco®
Build a Monster Jam® featuring Max-D®. Register at the website here.

Michael's Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long. 

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

 FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders

National Park Free Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year
Starting in September 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. Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom for the info! 

 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. 

 Athleta Stores

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

 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

 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

Bowling for Kids

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

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.

REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com

Roller Skating

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

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

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 Middle Name Pride Day, Cereal Day, Day of Unplugging 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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