Free and Cheap Family Events 8/7/15

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by on August 7, 2015

Summer is coming to a close here in AZ, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of some cheap family fun this weekend! My recommendation is to call ahead and make sure they have openings for the event you are planning to go to.

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 August, they include Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Discover Truly Me Event, Doll ‘Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, Meal & Memories with a Grandparent 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.

Gingerbread-Man:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, August 8th at 11:00 AM

Storytime and activities featuring The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.



:: Guitar Center

Saturday, August 8th {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.

home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, August 8th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM – Learn Paint & Drywall Techniques

Sunday, August 9th from 1-2:30 PM Learn to Install a Tile Backsplash

You can pre-register online here.

keeping cool door hangar :: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, August 8th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Keeping Cool Door Hangar craft. Get more information here.

hulk's tank

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, August 8th at 10M

Kids make and take Hulk’s Tank. Register at the website here.

Michaels kids club 8-8-15 :: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, August 8th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Duck Tape Pencil Pouch craft. The cost is $2 per session. Get more information here.


:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, August 9th 10 – 11 AM

Entryway Styling – Join us for breakfast treats as we share tips from blogger Camille Styles, on how to create a functional and stylish entryway that’ll leave a lasting first impression. Get more information and RSVP here.

pottery barn kids photo booth

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Now through Thursday, August 20th

First Day Photo Booth – gather friends and capture the excitement in the back to school photo booth, complete with fun props. Locate a store near you here.


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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, August 8th at 10 AM

Making Fresh Pasta and Pesto: Learn to make homemade dough and roll it out with a hand-cranked machine. Suitable for ages 8–13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, August 9th

Pairing Fresh Pasta with Sauces: Take home smart shortcuts for getting a pasta supper on the table even when time is short. 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 are available for download now.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Ongoing- free archery workshops and family friendly store events. Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshops

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 Fun Family Craft Time

Saturday, August 15th from 1-4 PM

Make a customizable family account chart to help kids on track. $7 per project, supplies included.

:: 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

Sunday, August 16th from 10-11 AM* check your local store

How to Style the Perfect Shelfie- styling bookshelves to show off collectibles without looking cluttered. Get more information and RSVP 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. See the schedule here at Days of the Year.


* 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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