Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

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If you are looking for some new and exciting fun on a budget, we have compiled a GIGANTIC list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon. Seriously – if you’re looking to get out and do something there is PLENTY on this list! I know here in Iowa it’s FREEZING so getting out and doing something different indoors is a big plus right now! Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. It is of course always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating.

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During January, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentin Card Craft 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.

barnes & noble storytime

:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, January 10th at 11 AM

Please, Mr. Panda Storytime at many 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.

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:: Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, January 10th

Camping Workshop at 2 PM – Hunting Workshop at 3 PM

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

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, January 10th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy for GarageBand

10:15 AM – Group Bass Lesson

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, January 10th from 10AM to 11:30 AM

Learn to build a storage ottoman from wooden crates ~You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, January 10th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Dream Catcher. Get more information here.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

Saturday, January 10th from 11 AM to 3 PM

Creative Classes Open House – meet the instructors, find out about upcoming classes and sign up!

Find out more information right here.

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, January 10th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Kids can drop in and take home a felt bag. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, January 10th for Kids at 10 AM.

Baking for Beginners – prepare a yummy breakfast and a baked snack.

Sunday, January 11th for Adults

Cooking with non-stick pans, covering all the basics, plus new healthy recipes

To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.



:: FREE National Parks Entrance Day

January 19 Free National Park Day in honor of Martin Luther King

Go to the National Park Service website for more information and to find participating national parks.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, February 28th from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Kids Fly Tying Class for kids aged 7 through 12

Go here for more info.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, February 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids build a Heart Box in time for Valentine’s Day ~You can pre-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.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, February 14th at 10 AM

Build a Sweetheart Picture Holder. Registration begins February 2nd at the website here.

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday January 18th at 10 AM

Decorating with window treatments – learn tips from the design experts.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Junior Designer Camp workshops

Fun with Color & Pattern: February 7th at 11 AM

Textile Design 101: February 16th at 11 AM

Creating a Mood Board: February 21st at 11 AM

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

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

:: 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.

:: 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!)

:: FREE 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.

:: Free Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free 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.

:: FREE Roller Skating

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

* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon in your area. Start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too and we also find great new places to eat this way!

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

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