Free and Cheap Family Fun (7/11-12)

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by on July 10, 2015

We are in the middle of summer. If you are scratching your head trying to come up with some fun ideas for your family that won’t cost a fortune, look no further. Scroll down to find a round up of available free and cheap family fun activities that will keep your kids entertained and your wallet full!

50-Free-Summer-Activities.jpgAnd 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:

Pin or bookmark this page and forward to your friends and family so they can enjoy all the freebies, too. Keep scrolling down and you’ll find a list of items for upcoming weekends, too.


:: 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.

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:: 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.

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:: 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 11th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

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

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:: 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.

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:: 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.

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:: 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.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Foam Printing craft. The cost is $5 per session or you can get 3 sessions for $12 per child. Get more information here.


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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, July 11th at 10 AM

Cooking with Salt – Kids will learn how to bring out the flavors in everything you cook using different flavored salts. Suitable for ages 8-13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, July 12th

Cooking with Salt: Learn the versatility of a salt plate and get an overview of the different types of salt and how to use them in your favorite recipes. To find specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th – National Park Service Birthday

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

:: Smithsonian Free Museum Day

Saturday, September 26th

Participating museums across the United States will offer free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Tickets will be available for download beginning on August 1.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, August 1st from 9 AM – noon

Kids make and take a Chalkboard Door Hangar plus get a free orange apron and completion pin. Get more information and 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.

:: 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.

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. Shoe 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 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.

* 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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