Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Weekend Activities ~ 5/13~5/15

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

Thank you to More with Less Today for putting this list 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. 

National Train Day 

Saturday May 14th All across the USA train stations and railroad museums are celebrating National Train Day. Sadly, Amtrak no longer participates. Simply search for National Train Day 2016 + your location to find local events. 

Find Memorial Day Parades in Your Area

Search by state to find local Memorial Day parades and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom. 

Barnes & Noble 

Saturday, May 14th at 11 AM Story time and activities featuring If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation. 

Guitar Center 

Saturday, May 14th at 10:15 AM - Press Record: Shure Motiv Register at Guitar Center workshops.

  Home Depot Workshops for Adults 

Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Learn to build a DIY Outdoor Sofa

Sunday, May 15th from 1 PM - 2:30 PM - Basic Electrical Skills Get more information on Home Depot workshops

Lakeshore Learning 

Saturday, May 14th from 11 AM - 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday. Kids design and take a Giddy Up Pony craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

Michael's Kid's Club 

Saturday, May 14th from 10 AM - 12 PM Cost is $2 per kid. Get more information on the Michael's website. 


Free Cooking Classes for Kids Saturday, May 14th at 10 AM - We Love Tacos Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store

State Fair Summer Schedule 

Find your state and summer fair dates here. Thanks Family Frugal Fun

 FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016 

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

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 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. 

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, June 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids make and take a Father's Day Smart Phone Holder. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops

 Lego Stores Free Model Build 

Register online starting 5/15 at 9 AM ET for the 6/7 & 6/8 free LEGO Sea Plane Mini Model Build. 
Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details. 

Lowe's Build and Grow 

Saturday, June 11th at 10 AM, kids make and take a Captain America craft. Registration opens 5/30 and registration is 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, June 18th from 3-4 PM
Geoffrey's Birthday Club celebration. Birthday Club members receive a special surprise with coupon, including a FREE Geoffrey plus toy and storybook. Event intended for children ages 2 and up, while supplies last. Join the Birthday Club now (or log in) and present the mobile coupon or coupon printout to receive the birthday freebies. Get the details at Toys R Us.


Free Cooking Classes for Adults Sunday, May 22 - hours vary by store - Flavors of Mexico: Building the Perfect Taco Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store

More to Explore Throughout the Year: 

(Free or nearly free summer events include Apple Store workshops, free summer reading programs, stores with freebies for good grades, kids bowl free, summer movies for $1 and Microsoft DiGi camp for girls).

 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!) 

 Family Friendly Movies for $1

Free Summer Reading Programs 

Here is a list of retailers offering incentives and freebies to encourage kids to keep reading all summer long. 

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

 Good Report Card Freebies from Stores 

Here is a great list of stores and restaurants offering freebies and incentives to kids with good grades. 

 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. 

 Kids Bowl Free

 Registered kids receive 2 FREE games of bowling, all summer long. Select bowling alleys all across the USA are participating. Get more information here

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


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 Chocolate Chip Day, Train Day, Astronomy 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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