Free and Cheap Weekend Activities – 4/10

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by on April 10, 2015

 Free and Cheap Weekend Activities 

With 3 kids, I know that family activities can really add up! I love finding free and cheap weekend activities that we can all enjoy – from hands on workshops to free admission to museums or zoos – I’m always on the lookout for those bargains. Check out the list below


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During April, they include Grace’s Sweet Spring Break Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom 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. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, April 11th at 11 AM

Storytime featuring I Wish You More plus related activities at many B&N locations

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

free April 11th PBR event Bass Pro Shops

:: Bass Pro Shops

April 11th and 12th from Noon to 4 PM

Free PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Family Event

Free Face Painting, Free Craft, Stick Bull Riding, Steer Head Roping & more!

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same activities, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.


:: Guitar Center

Saturday, April 11th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Intro to Garage Band Workshop

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

home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, April 11th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM – Vertical Gardening

Sunday, April 12th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM – How to Install Tile

You can pre-register online here.

sunny days birdhouse lakeshore learning

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, April 11th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Sunny Days Birdhouse Craft. Get more information here.

Lowe's See it Grow workshop

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, April 11 at 10 AM

See It Grow Gardening Kit. Register at the website here.

Michaels kids club lady bug clay pot

:: Michael’s Kids Club

April 11th – 10 AM – 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a decorative Lady Bug flower pot. At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10 AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

botanical flower arranging Pottery Barn

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, April 12th at 10 AM.

Botanical flower arranging. Get more information and RSVP here.

williams sonoma free jr chefs

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, April 11th at 10 AM

Junior Chef: Lunch Box Lessons – kids will learn to prepare the best lunch box ever from sushi and sandwich wraps to fruit kabobs. The Jr. Chef’s class is suitable for kids ages 5-13.

williams-sonoma free techniques class

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, April 12th -contact your store for class time

Spring Market Cooking Techniques Class: Showcase local produce in a seasonal soup, pasta and stir-fry.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


:: Free National Park Entrance

April 18-19th
opening weekend of National Park Week

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: Free Comic Book Day

May 2nd

Find participating stores here.

: Free Admission to National Public Gardens

May 8th

A favorite annual events just in time for Mother’s Day. Find Gardens Near You

:: Free Art Museum Day

May 18th

Many art museums will be offering free or discounted admission. Find our more information here.

:: Free Zoo Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

June 21st

Most zoos all across the USA offer free admission for Dad every Father’s Day. Contact your local zoo for details.

:: Amtrak Train Days

Kickoff is May 9th at Chicago Union Station

Community events happening all across the USA from May 9th through November. Get more information here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Kids Archery Workshops ongoing through November 18th

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids Learn How to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame ~You can pre-register online here.

:: KOA Campgrounds Kids Camp FREE for Father’s Day Weekend

June 19th through June 21st

Kids camp free this weekend. Find the participating campgrounds right 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.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

:: Pottery Barn

May 10th at 10 AM

Botanical flower arranging. Get more information and RSVP here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

April 21st at 11 AM

Decorate biodegradable flower pots and plant seeds for Earth Day. Call your local PBK store here for a reservation.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year

Starting in September 2015, 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. Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom for the info!

:: Apple Camp

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

:: Athleta Stores

Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Bowling for Kids all Summer

Kids Bowl for Free all summer at select bowling centers. Get two free games for each child, every day, all summer long. She rental is not included. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating 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 Movies for $1 During the Summer

Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters offer 9 weeks of family movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. You can see the schedule, starting dates and movies here on the Regal website.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at

:: Roller Skating

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

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club ,( 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, Sibling Day, Pet Day and more.See 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!

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

(Big thanks to Lori at More with Less Today)


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