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.
LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, May 23rd from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make their own flag from craft sticks to celebrate Memorial Day! Join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their Facebook page HERE and click on the Events Tab if you don’t see them.
SUMMER MOVIE FESTIVALS & OFFERS: If you’re looking for fun ways to cool off this summer, why not take in a movie? Many large theaters participate in FREE or very inexpensive Summer Film Festivals including Regal Cinemas, United Artists, Cinemark and more. Movies are rated G or PG. You can checkout my post HERE for more details.
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BLUE STAR MUSEUMS: Active Duty Military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, can get FREE admission to more than 2,000 museums from Memorial Day, May 25th thru Labor Day, September 7th. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. You can get more details about the program HERE and check out their map of participating museums.
HOME DEPOT: Saturday, June – 9 am to 12 pm. Kids can build their own Load ‘n Go Truck! These FREE, hands-on workshops are designed for kids ages 5-12. Workshops can fill up fast, so its a good idea to register a couple weeks in advance. Go HERE and click on the Kids Workshops tab for more details.
NATIONAL PARKS – JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM: The National Park Service Junior Ranger program takes place in almost all parks and is appropriate for kids, ages 5 to 13, but people of all ages can participate. Junior Rangers are given a series of activities to complete during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. For more details, check it out HERE. Plus, did you know that Active Duty Military members and their families can get FREE admission to National Parks year-round? Military ID is required. For more details, you can go HERE.
LOWES: Mark your calendars! Saturday, June 13th at 10 am – Kids can build their own Iron Man’s Avenjet as part of the “Marvel’s Avengers” Assemble Summer series. You can catch the animated series Sunday mornings on Disney XD. Registration opens June 1st and clinics can fill up quickly so be sure to register early. All Build & Grow Clinics give kids a chance to build a wooden project and receive a free apron, goggles, patch, and more! You can go HERE for more details and to set up a Lowe’s Build and Grow account.
MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Check out Michael’s store events for fun craft activities. Kids can make and take home a completed project– just $2 per child for 30 minutes including supplies. Recommended for ages 3 and up. This Saturday, May 23rd, from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make their own Red, White & Blue Craft Stick Flags. Go HERE for more details and to register.
GROUPON: Sign up and receive a daily email from Groupon with coupon offers for savings up to 90% in a city near you. Visit the Groupon Site, choose your city and enter your e-mail. Each day they feature something cool to do in your city at an unbeatable price. To learn more about how Groupon works, go HERE, and see if there is a city close enough to you to take advantage of some of these great deals.
BARNES & NOBLE: Saturday, May 23rd at 11 am – Stop by for a special story time and activities featuring “Dragons Love Tacos”. You can also join the Kids’ Club and get fun, free, rewards & special offers! Benefits include a FREE Cupcake from the cafe on your birthday. Go HERE for more details.
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS: Summer’s almost here! And that means lots of summer reading programs for kids. There are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to encourage children to keep reading over the summer. You can check out my post HERE for a roundup of several FREE programs & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list.
POTTERY BARN: Kids can enjoy Story Time every Tuesday from 11am – 11:30am– check out program details HERE. Members receive an official Book Club Passport a t their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times.
CHUCK E. CHEESE: For a limited time only, you can get a FREE pair of Decoder Glasses and Secret Code with the purchase of any Value Deal at Chuck E. Cheese. Every code wins a prize, and there are even more secrets to decode in store. Go HERE for more details and to find a participating location near you.
LIVING SOCIAL: Another good resource for great deals and discounts in your local area is Living Social. You can head over HERE to check for deals on all kinds of things including kids’ activities, entertainment, dining out, travel, etc. Just enter your zip code or city and state.
KIDS BOWL FREE: Mark your calendars! Summer is fast approaching which means time for summer activities…. Check out your local bowling center to see if they are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program this summer. Registered kids will get TWO free games of bowling EVERY DAY throughout the summer! Policies and age restrictions can vary by location so be sure to check out all the details. You can go HERE to register.
KIDS SKATE FREE: Here’s another fun summer activity to check out! Kids Skate Free is a cool program designed to help keep young children active and away from TV and computers. Kids can get 2 FREE Roller Skating Passes per week at participating Skating centers. You can go HERE for more details and to find a location near you. If you don’t see your local skating center on the list, you can print out a letter and propose they participate.
FREE & DISCOUNT ADMISSIONS COURTESY OF TARGET: Target sponsors several community events including FREE and discount admissions to arts and cultural events & institutions nationwide. Many of these events are free and on a monthly schedule. Just go HERE and scroll down to where you can choose your closest city to find FREE and reduced-price Target events near you.
-Thanks so much to Kelley for help with the roundup!