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Friday, March 13, 2015

Free & Cheap Weekend Activity Roundup ~ 3/13~3/15

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 putting together 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. 

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 14th at 11 AM Mustache Baby, aka Baby Billy 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 13th and Saturday, March 14th 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 14th {no age restrictions for free music lessons} 10:15 AM - Intro to Garage Band 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, March 14th from 10 AM 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.

 Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, March 14th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. Kids make and take a Lucky Catch Leprechaun. Get more information here.

 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 Kids Club

Saturday, March 14th - 10 AM - 12 Noon Kids can make and take tissue paper flowers. 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 10 AM - 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here. 

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, March 14th at 10 AM suitable for kids ages 5-13 Pancake Party - join us for this series of classes where you can flip and personalize yours with some good-for-you ingredients like walnuts, coconut and flax. Top them off with a hazelnut chocolate spread. Sunday, March 15th for Adults Knife Skills and Techniques: Learn how to chop, slice and dice seasonal fruits and vegetables like a pro. 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

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 Kids

Saturday, April 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand ~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

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

Pottery Barn for Adults

Sunday, March 22nd at 10 AM Accessorizing your home with simple and affordable ideas from designers. 

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

FREE National Parks 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 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.

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

 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 ,( 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 Pi Day, Potato Chip Day, Girl Scout 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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