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 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 be sure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment.
FREE National Park Admission
April 22-23rd – Here is a list of participating national parks.
Saturday, April 22nd at 11 AM. Join in the fun for story time and activities featuring We Are the Dinosaurs. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
RELATED: Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a free book this summer when they enroll in the free Summer Reading Program at Barnes & Noble.
Home Depot Do It Yourself Workshops – How to Install Tile Flooring
Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn about the tools and supplies you need to install tile flooring. Then, an Associate will guide you through developing a floor plan for tile flooring and preparing the sub-floor to set the tile in place. Lastly, you’ll see how to set the tile and learn more about sealing and caring for your new tile floor. Get more information at Home Depot Workshops.
Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30 AM – 6 PM, IKEA will be hosting a FREE Sustainable Living Event in honor of Earth Day. Check out the promotions that will be offered for Ikea Family members (FREE to join).
Saturday, April 22nd from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids ages 3 and up design and take an Earth Day Watering Can craft. No reservations necessary. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kids Club® – Earth Day craft – Cost $2 per project, supplies included. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.
Saturday, April 22nd from 1-3 PM.
Tie-Dye T-Shirts event for the entire family. Purchase the T-shirt and the rest of the supplies are free. Get more information from Michael’s.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017
Here is a list of participating national parks.
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Museum Art Day
Thursday, 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.
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.
Free National Parks Pass for 4th Graders
If you have a child in 4th grade this year, your family can get a free National Parks Annual Pass to give you free entry into national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! Teachers of 4th graders can also get passes to plan free National Park field trips. This expires on 8/31 so don’t delay!
Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 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.
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.
Find outdoor skills workshops and more at Bass Pro Shops. Check your local store listings for more information.
FREE Events at the Disney Store. Calling all Characters, Super Heroes, Princesses, and Jedis! Visit Disney Store for fun, interactive events including Art of Drawing, Disney Store Trivia, Showtime and Story Time. Check with your local Store for details.
* In-Store events at select locations. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots.
FREE Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6th
The first Saturday in May is FREE Comic Book Day. Go here to see if your local store is participating.
Saturday, May 6th at 10:45
Learn to play the guitar. The Workshops Series offers free workshops, online classes or in-store lessons taught by experts that will help you learn and have more fun while you do it yourself. Contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.
Home and Garden Shows
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Jazzercise is currently offering FREE dance fitness classes to girls ages 16-21 at participating locations. No strings attached! Contact your local Jazzercise to see if this offer is available in your area. Valid throughout 2017.
Lego Stores Free Model Build
A LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build are typically held monthly where kids ages 6-14 can build a Free LEGO Platypus Mini Model! Be sure to click on the “Open Form” button to register.
You must be a LEGO VIP Loyalty Member and use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account to register. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP. Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time.
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.
National Public Gardens
Friday, May 12th
Free Admission – an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens. Find Gardens Near You.
National Train Day
Saturday, May 13th
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.
Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables
Pottery Barn Kids
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.
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.
Saturday, May 6th from 3-4 PM
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club – members receive special surprises with a coupon, including a FREE Geoffrey plush toy and storybook. Join the birthday club and get more information from Toys R Us.
Sunday, May 7th – Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub Burger
Bourbon Pub is a legendary California gathering place where Chef Michael Mina puts his innovative spin on classic pub fare. We’ve partnered with him to create a collection of burger seasonings and toppers so that you can recreate his incredible burgers at home. Join us and learn how! Contact your local Williams-Sonoma store for times.
Saturday, May 6th at 10 AM
Baking for Mom – We’ll teach you to bake like a pro and create a dessert that is perfect for mom! Suitable for kids ages 8-13 Get more info from Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chefs.
Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate a Jelly Bean Day, Get Organized Day, Tell a Story Day and more. See more 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!
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