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.
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.
Saturday, July 30th 8 PM. Midnight Magic Party featuring Harry Potter
Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Sunday, July 31st. Celebrate the Release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with events and activities. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify the time and participation.
Now through September 5th
Summer Play Days for kids ages 3 and up with activities such as Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. At select locations. Contact your local Disney Store for details.
Saturday, July 30thrd from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a Craft Stick Puppy. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, July 30th from 10 AM – 12 PM
Kids make and take a Monster Bookmark Corner. The cost is $2 per child which includes the supplies.
Get more information at the Michaels’ website.
……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR, COMING SOON……..
:: State Fair Summer Schedule
:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016
- August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
- September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
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 President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative.
:: Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th
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.
August 6th – Marvel comics. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Saturday, August 6th at 10:15 AM – Group Guitar lesson
Register at Guitar Center workshops.
Saturday, August 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids make and take a Skateboard Pencil Box. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .
Saturday, August 7th from 1 PM- 2:30 PM – Learn to install a faucet
Get more information on Home Depot workshops.
:: 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: shop.LEGO.com/VIP
Saturday, August 13th at 10:00 AM
Kids make and take a Black Widow craft – pre-registration is required at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.
:: Pottery Barn Kids
:: Toys R Us
Saturday, August 20th from 3 to 4 PM
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members receive a special surprise with coupon, including a free Geoffrey plush toy and storybook. For children 2 and up. Join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and get more information aGO Winner’s Podium at Toys R Us.
:: Williams-Sonoma Cooking Classes for Adults
Sunday, July 31st
:: Williams-Sonoma Cooking Classes for Kids – (this class is not free- hopefully the free classes will be available soon)
Saturday, August 13th at 10 AM – American Girl™ Lemonade Stand
You’ll make the best lemonade ever, with just the right balance of sweet and tart, and also bake a lemony dessert. You’ll take home an American Girl Lemonade Stand Kit, which includes everything you need to set up shop at home. Suitable for ages 8–13. $40 includes an American Girl Lemonade Stand Kit. Call or visit your local store for more details.
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
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.
Here is a great list of stores and restaurants offering freebies and incentives to kids with good grades.
:: Home and Garden Shows
:: 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.
:: Michael’s Summer Camp Creativity
June 13th – July 29th. For kids ages 3 and up. Two new crafts each day, fun weekly craft themes and face paint Fridays. Get more information on the Michael’s website.
:: 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 Lasagna Day, Cheesecake Day, Girlfriend Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
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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