Free Weekend Events All Across the USA

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Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

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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.

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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: http://reindeercam.com/.

Santa feeds his reindeer everyday at 11 am, 6 pm and 9 pm EST. Share the magic, this is very cool!

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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.

 

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FREE Santa Tracker – Starts December 1st

Track Santa at NoradSanta.com. 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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During November, they include the Hot Cocoa Cozy Craft, Isabelle’s Celebration, Just Mom and Me, Date with My Dad, Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, BeForever Create Your Silhouette Frame, 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.

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:: Babies R Us:

Saturday, November 22nd

Babies First Christmas for babies born December 2013 – March 2014

Join in for holiday fun, giveaways, prizes, story time, crafts and more. Contact you local store for start times.

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:: Barnes & Noble

Elf on the Shelf Holiday Storytime & Activities – Enter your City and State or Zip Code to Find a Participating Store Near You.

Create with ArtFolds – Saturday, November 22nd at 10 AM. Transform a book into a piece of art or create an Origami heart card using th ArtFolds technique.  Find a Participating Store Near You.

Most stores also have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here

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:: Bass Pro Shops

In- store Christmas activities include free photos with Santa, crafts and activities, now through 12/24.

 

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:: Guitar Center 

Saturday, November 22nd {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for GarageBand

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

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 :: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, November 22nd from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Giving Thanks Centerpiece. Get more information here.

:: Macy’s
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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 here.

 

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, November 22nd – 10AM – 12 Noon

Drop in and take home a completed a DIY Felt Stocking. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.

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:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, November 23rd at 10 AM – Holiday decorating from festive mantels and entryways to glistening treetops, learn decorator tips for the holidays.RSVP at your closest store, right here.

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:: Toys R Us

Saturday, November 22nd

Ultimate Wish LEGO Event from 12Pm – 4PM – build an amazing winter city scent with LEGO® bricks. Create a wish list, meet Geoffrey and more. Find a participating store here.

 

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Sunday, November 23rd and Monday, November 24th ~  Prepare classic Thanksgiving desserts including pumpkin pie, pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR! COMING SOON……..

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, November 29th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids build a Give and Save Bank ~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.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, December 13th  at 10AM

Kids build a Holiday Train Engine. You can register starting 12/1 right here.

:: Michael’s

Sunday, December 7th from 1PM – 4PM

Wilton Gingerbread Boy Cookie Event

Find out more information right here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can 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.

:: 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.

:: FREE Beauty Events

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!)

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is 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.

:: 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.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

:: FREE 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.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free 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.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE 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.

:: FREE 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.

:: 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.

:: 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 Fibonacci Day, Cake Day, World Hello Day, and more! Get the full schedule here.

For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local 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!

 
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DaysofTheYear May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

or more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun, for less! These vouchers make great gifts too!

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