Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Families

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone! If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes and free in-store events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon. Please call ahead to confirm your location!

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:: FREE National Parks Entrance Day

January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Most national parks will have free entrance on January 18th. Go to the National Park Service website for more information and to find all participating national parks.


:: Babies R US Saturday, January 16th 11 AM - 2 PM Baby Registry Party Games, raffles & giveaways for parents-to-be. Reserve your spot here.

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Barnes & Noble Saturday, January 16th at 11 AM Storytime and activities featuring Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

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Bass Pro Shops

During January, attend free workshops on hunting, fishing, kayaking and more. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details. 

  guitar center free classes

Guitar Center Saturday, January 16th at 10:15 AM - Group Ukulele Workshop Register at Guitar Center workshops.

home depot workshops for adults

Home Depot Workshop for Adults Saturday, January 16th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM - Learn to Install a Faucet Sunday, January 17th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Learn to Install a Vanity You can pre-register online and get more information here: Home Depot workshops

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Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, January 16th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a give Wacky Scientist Headband craft. Get more from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

Michael's Kids Club Saturday, January 16th from 10 AM - 12 Noon Kids make and take a Snowflake craft. Cost is $2 per child. Find out more information here.

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Michael's Special Event Sunday, January 17th from 1 -4 PM Warm Up America Knit or crochet a 7”x 9” rectangle, then bring it to our joining party where we’ll join them together to make colorful, cozy afghans to be donated to homeless shelters, hospices, veteran homes and social service agencies. Find out more information here.

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Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults & Kids

Saturday, January 16th at 10 AM Enjoy and make sweet and savory crepes. A hands-on class, suitable for ages 5-13. Contact your local store to register, class size is limited. Sunday, January 17th Learn to make sweet and savory crepes for a main course or a casual weekend brunch. Contact your local store to register, class size is limited.


:: FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, February 6th and February 7th Bank of America's Museums on US offers free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Present your B of A or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and a photo ID for free admission. Cardholder only. For more info visit :: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016
  • April 16th-24th – National Park Week
  • August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

:: 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.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, February 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM Kids make and take a Valentine's Day Mailbox craft. Get more information and register at 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 Saturday, February 13th at 10am Kids make and take a Valentine'd Day Picture Frame. Register at Lowe's Kids Clinics.
:: Pottery Barn Kids
Storytime on Tuesdays from 11 - 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.
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

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!)

:: 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.

:: 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

:: 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. This week you can celebrate Dress Up Your Pet Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day, Hat Day, and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year. 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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