Here is a list of free events (or almost free events) for this weekend and weekends through out January. Enjoy frugal family fun, an inexpensive date, or learn a new skill with these free activities. Thanks to my friend Lori from More with Less Today for compiling this list of free events.
photo credit – Coupon Mamacita
Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone!
National Public Gardens
Friday, May 6th
Free Admission – an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens. Find Gardens Near You.
Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th
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. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
FREE Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 7th
The first Saturday in May is FREE Comic Book Day. Go here to see if your local store is participating.
Saturday, May 7th at 11 AM
Story time and activities featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma.
Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Bass Pro Shops
Friday, May 6th 5-8PM and Saturday, May 7th 10AM – 4PM
Free 4×6 Mother’s Day Photo (an optional $10 photo package is also available)
Saturday, May 7th at 10:15 AM – Play With Pedals
Register at Guitar Center workshops.
Home Depot Kids Workshop
Saturday, May 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids make and take an Angry Birds Bird House. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .
Saturday, May 7th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a Mother’s Day card. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, May 7th from 1- 3 PM
Have fun crafting a card and a bracelet for Mom. This is a free event and supplies are included.
……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR, COMING SOON……..
:: State Fair Summer Schedule
:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016
- August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
- September 24 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
Find a list of participating national parks
:: Museum Art Day
Wednesday, 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.
:: National Train Day
Saturday, May 14th
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.
:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders
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.
:: Bass Pro Shops
Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.
Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Learn to build a DIY Outdoor Sofa
Sunday, May 15th from 1 PM – 2:30 PM – Basic Electrical Skills
Get more information on Home Depot workshops.
:: Lego Stores Free Model Build
Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details.
:: Lowe’s Build and Grow
The June workshop will be posted here soon. Registration required: Lowe’s Kids Clinics.
:: Pottery Barn
Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 PM.
Stylish theme parties to throw this summer. For more information contact your local Pottery Barn store.
:: Pottery Barn Kids
:: Toys R Us
Saturday, June 18th from 3-4 PM
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club celebration. Birthday Club members receive a special surprise with coupon, including a FREE Geoffrey plus toy and storybook. Event intended for children ages 2 and up, while supplies last. Join the Birthday Club now (or log in) and present the mobile coupon or coupon printout to receive the birthday freebies. Get the details at Toys R Us.
:: Williams-Sonoma Free Cooking Classes for Kids
Saturday, May 14th at 10 AM – We Love Tacos
Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.
:: Williams-Sonoma Free Cooking Classes for Adults
Sunday, May 22 – hours vary by store – Flavors of Mexico: Building the Perfect Taco
Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
:: 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.
:: Athleta Stores
Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.
:: 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.
:: Factory Tours
:: 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
:: 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.
:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)
Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.
:: 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.
:: 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.
:: 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 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.
:: 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, 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.
:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Lemonade Day, No Socks Day, Comic Book Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
For more inexpensive ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun, for less! These vouchers make great gifts too!