Friday, April 15, 2016

Free Weekend Activities ~ 4/15~4/17

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 in-store events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

Thank you to More with Less Today for putting this listing together! 

Share this fun, money-saving list with your friends and family. If you know of any other Free Weekend Events to include, please let us know! It's always best to call ahead to insure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment. 

FREE National Park Admission

 April 16th-24th – National Park Week - find a list of participating national parks

Barnes & Noble 

Saturday, April 16th at 11 AM Story time and activities featuring Don't Touch This Book! Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

  Guitar Center 

Saturday, April 16th at 10:15 AM - Recording Made Easy - Group Ukulele Workshop Register at Guitar Center workshops.

Home Depot Workshops for Adults 

Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM - Deck & Patio Staining Sunday, April 17th from 1 - 2:30 PM - Edible & Raised Bed Gardening

  Lakeshore Learning 

Saturday, April 16th from 11 AM - 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday. Kids design and take a How Does It Grow? Greenhouse craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.  

Michael's Kids Club 

Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM - 12 Noon Kids make and take a Paper Butterfly Windsock craft. Cost is $2 per child. Find out more information here

Michael's Classes for Adults 

Saturday, April 16th from 11 AM - 3 PM Creative Classes Open House - explore classes and events and get a special deal on classes that are held in the evenings during the week. 


State Fair Summer Schedule 

Find your state and dates here. Thanks Family Frugal Fun

FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016 

April 16th-24th – National Park Week 
August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday 
September 24 – National Public Lands Day 
November 11 – Veterans Day 

National Public Gardens

Friday, May 6th Free Admission - an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens. Find Gardens Near You

Bank of America Museums on Us

 Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 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.

Museum Art Day 

Wednesday, May 18th Approximately 150 member museums will offer free admission, special programs and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world. Get more information here

FREE Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 7th The first Saturday in May is FREE Comic Book Day. Go here to see if your local store is participating. 

National Train Day

Saturday, May 14th 
Be sure to join the National Train Day celebration and discover why trains matter so much to our towns and communities. Get more details on the National Train Day Facebook page as they become available. 

 FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders 

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. 

Babies R Us 

Saturday, April 30th from 11 AM - 12 PM - Baby's First Birthday Event with giveaways and inspiration for planning baby's big day. 

Bass Pro Shops 

Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details. 

Home Depot Kids Workshop 

Saturday, May 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids make and take an Angry Birds Bird House. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops

 Lego Stores Free Model Build 

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details. 


 Thursday, May 5th. Registration required: Lowe's Kids Clinics

Pottery Barn 

Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 PM. Stylish theme parties to throw this summer. For more information contact your local Pottery Barn store

Pottery Barn Kids 

Storytime on Tuesdays from 11 - 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

Toys R Us

Saturday, April 23rd from 11 AM - 1 PM.
Hot Wheels Event where guests can get a FREE Hot Wheels Collector Car, test drive cars on "epic" tracks and get a coupon to use on event day.


 Free Cooking Classes for Kids and Adults New cooking classes will be announced soon. Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

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

Athleta Stores

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

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

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. 

Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

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. 

Find Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides, Pick Your Own Orchards and Haunted Houses

Many of these will have a fee or admission. Enter your location for details. 

REI Running Classes

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

Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club , 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 and Fun Holidays 

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Bicycle Day, Banana Day, Haiki Poetry Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year

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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