Free and Cheap Family Fun (4th of July Edition!)

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by on July 3, 2015


Looking for some fun free or cheap activities to do with the family this weekend? It is the 4th of July weekend and that means there are many great things to do with the family.  I’m looking forward to a family BBQ on Saturday – how are you celebrating the 4th of July?

No matter how you are celebrating, stay safe with these 7 Tips for a Safe & Frugal Fourth of July.

And if you are making some festive treats, don’t miss my Red, White & Blue Fruit Smoothie and No Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Treats.

:: Free Museum Entrance for Bank of America customers

Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders along with a photo ID. For more information about Museums on Us, visit:

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During July, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Doll ‘Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, Meal & Memories with 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

July 1st – July 31st

In store events include Throwback Thursdays, Time Travel Weekend, DC Comic Days (July 8-12), Minions Fun (July 17th), Star Wars Saturday (July 18th), Dr. Seuss Spectacular (July 28th & 31st) and more. Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

June 27th – July 26th

Free Family Summer Camps include free catch & release pond & photo download, free shooting arcade, free casting challenge, free BB shooting range, free crafts, free workshops on archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, July 4th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Workshop

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

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, July 4th from 9 AM – noon

Kids make and take a Minions Scooter plus get a free orange apron. Get more information and register online here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Friday, July 3rd from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Passport to Imagination Hot Air Balloon craft. The cost is $5 per session or you can get 3 sessions for $12 per child. Get more information here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, July 4th at 10 AM

Berry Pies and Crisps – Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create a delicious filling for their favorite dessert. Suitable for ages 5-13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, July 5th

The Perfect Roast Chicken: Learn to use a vertical chicken roaster to create a juicy, perfectly roasted checken every time. You will learn two easy recipes plus and easy side dish of roasted potatoes. To find specific class times, contact your closest store 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. Shoe rental is not included. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.


:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th – National Park Service Birthday

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

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM – Learn Interior Paint & Drywall Repair

You can pre-register online here.

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

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

Kids design and take a Aquarium craft. Get more information 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, July 11th at 10:00 AM

Kids make and take a Black Widow’s Sky Circle. Register at the website here.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

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

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and create a foam printing craft. The cost is $2 per session. Kids 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.

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information 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 all Summer: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: 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.

:: 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.

More Ways to Save Cents

And don’t forget to check out my 50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer.

Plus, check out these posts for more free family fun:

* 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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