Free Weekend Events All Across the USA

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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 more that are coming store events,free local weekend events, free in-store events, free cooking classes, free kids events, free family activities, free workshop,fun free

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 be sure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment.


Barnes & Noble

Saturday, December 10th at 11AM.  Join in the fun for storytime and activities featuring If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.


Bass Pro Shops

Now through December 24th

Santa’s Wonderland featuring photos with Santa, crafts, games and activities plus toys for kids of all ages. Check  local store listings for more information.


Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, December 10th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Top Hat Treat Holder craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.


Michael’s Kids Club® 

Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids Club® – Kids made and a Clay Pot Elf craft

Cost $2 per project, supplies included



Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th from 12 – 4 PM

Get a free photo of your pet with Santa. Get more information from PetSmart here.


Toys R Us

Saturday, December 10th from 3-4 PM

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members can get a free Geoffrey plush toy and a storybook. Joining is free, get the information at the Toys R Us website.

FREE Christmas Fun!


macys believe campaign

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 and get more information from Macy’s.


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:

Santa feeds his reindeer every day 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.

NORADLogoWithRethinkFREE Santa Tracker

Track Santa at 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.



Guitar Center

Saturday, December 31st at 10:15

Learn to Play the Guitar – contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 AM – 12:00 PM

Kids make and take a Crate Toolbox.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate if achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.  Get more information at the Home Depot free workshops here.

Lowe’s Build and Grow

The 2017 schedule will be posted soon at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.

Pottery Barn Kids

Saturday, December 17th at 11 AM. A fun morning of coloring brought to you by the movie Storks®. Get more information at your local Pottery Barn Kids store. Also enjoy storytime on Tuesdays from 11 – 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

Bank of America Museums on Us

The 2017 calendar has not been posted yet but we would expect the next dates to be Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th. Check back for updates.

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.

Lego Stores Free Model Build

Free LEGO Model Build Events are usually held monthly in stores. Kids ages 6 to 14 can build a model and take it home. You must use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here:

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: State Fair Schedule

Find your state fair dates here. Thanks, Family Frugal Fun!

:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

2017 dates coming soon – Find a list of participating national parks

:: 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 the Every Kid in the Park initiative.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site,, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: 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

:: 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 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Gingerbread House Day, Poinsettia Day, Lost and Found Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.

* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!

For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets. Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar. If you are new, you can set up a free account here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!

Free Weekend Events All Across the USA first appeared on More With Less Today.


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