Dec 092011

Here are some FREE & Discount events going on this weekend. Many may seem to have consistent national participation- but it is always wise to call your local location to be sure they are participating.

BARNES & NOBLE: Friday, Dec. 9th at 7 pm – A Special Holiday Storytime Event featuring “The Polar Express”. And, on Saturdays 11 am is the regular Children’s Weekly Storytime Event. All ages are welcome. Events can vary by store. Go HERE and enter your zip code to check your local B&N storytime event.

LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday Dec. 10th from 11 am – 3 pm. Kids can make a jolly snowman decoration to add a festive touch to any holiday display! You can go HERE for more information or to find a location.

JOANN’S: FREE Make It-Take-It Christmas Ornaments- all Stores from 11 am – 1 pm. You can go HERE to see more information about this event.

LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW CLINICS: Saturday, Dec. 10th at 10 am. Kids can build their own coal car. This is part 2 of the 2011 Lowe’s Holiday Train. Be sure & attend next week as well, Dec. 17th to build the final car – the Engine. You can go HERE for more information and to sign up.

MICHAELS: Saturday, Dec. 10th and Sunday, Dec. 11th Kids can join Mikey the Elf for a craft adventure around the world and learn about holiday traditions from different countries. This weekend’s countries are Iceland & Japan. On Saturday from 10 – 12 noon, will be Iceland – kids can make a Reindeer Frame; from 12 noon – 2 pm – they will write a letter to Santa. Then on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm, will be Japan – kids can make a Snowman Ornament; then from 3 – 5 pm – they can make a Snowflake Frame. Each week, Mikey will visit a different country. Go HERE for a complete schedule. Ages 3 and up, while supplies last.

BASS PRO SHOPS: Check out Santa’s Wonderland! Going on now thru December 24th there will be FREE games and activities from open until close. Every weekday, from 3 – 8 pm kids can take a FREE photo with Santa, and from 5 – 7 pm there will be FREE crafts! All events take place on the weekend too, times vary. Go HERE for a complete schedule and event locations.

CHUCK E CHEESE: You can sign up for the Chuck E. Cheese’s e-club and get exclusive coupon deals, get FREE tokens on your child’s birthday, kid’s activities and rewards! Just go HERE and enter your email address to get started on great ways to save on food & fun. Joining the e-club is completely free and only takes a few seconds.

POTTERY BARN KIDS: Tuesday, December 13th at 10 am there will be a special reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas along with holiday activities and a take home booklet (while supplies last.) Tuesdays 11am-11:30am – Kids of all ages can attend Story Time. Check out program details HERE. Time & Date for Story Hour may vary by store, call to confirm first.

REGAL CINEMAS: Print a coupon for a FREE small soft drink when you buy a small popcorn valid thru 12/31. Regal, UA and Edwards Theaters are offering 1 million FREE small bags of popcorn. Just go to one of these theaters and then go to on your phone and get a coupon while supplies last. You can also go ahead and text POPCORN to 35350 to get the link sent to your phone now. Standard messaging rates apply. Get more details HERE plus you can also join the Regal Crown Club and earn credits for Free popcorn, drinks, tickets and more!

Target sponsors FREE and discount admissions to arts and cultural events & institutions nationwide. Many of these events are free and on a monthly schedule. Just choose your closest city to see what free or discounted events Target sponsors in your area and if anything is going on in your area this weekend.

You can also sign up for Savvy Scholarships & Savings offering big discounts on local family-friendly things to do while helping out a great cause. 5% of purchases are donated to Savvy Source Preschool Scholarship Fund for children in financial need.

-Thanks so much to Kelley for rounding up this weekend’s activities!

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