FREE & Discount Activities for Kids and Families

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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.   

michaels8-28MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Check out Michael’s store events for fun craft activities. Kids can make and take home a completed project– cost varies by project and includes supplies (usually in $2 – $7 range). Recommended for ages 3 and up. This Saturday, August 29th, from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can create a fun bookmark. Just go HERE and scroll down to see the schedule.

DISNEY STORE: Check out your local Disney Store for fun daily activities, taking place now thru September 1st, including Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. You can go HERE to find a location near you.


homedepot8-28HOME DEPOT: Coming soon! Register now for the next Home Depot Kids Workshop. On Saturday, September 5th from 9 am to 12 pm, kids will get to build their own football toss game! These FREE, hands-on workshops are designed for kids ages 5-12. Go HERE and click on the Kids Workshops tab for more details.

LEGO BUILD SIGNUP: Time is running out to register for the September LEGO Mini Model Build, scheduled for September 1st & 2nd. Kids, ages 6 thru 14 can build their own LEGO Diver. Note: Stores will no longer accept walk ups on the night of the event and sessions can fill up quickly. You can go HERE To register.

AMC THEATERS: Head over HERE and grab a coupon for a special Teen Deal. Now thru August 31st, teens can get a 53 oz Popcorn & 21 oz Coke for only $5! Must show student ID to be eligible. Limit one coupon per ticket purchase.

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.

 This Saturday, August 29th at 11 am, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a special story time with activities, featuring, the “Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book”. Check your local Barnes & Noble store for participation. Just go HERE and enter your zip code.

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 at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five sessions. Watch for special story time events as well! Plus, mark your calendars for Grandparents Day, September 1st and stay tuned for special activities coming up.

living-social-logoLIVING 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.

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, now 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.

lakeshore8-21LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, August 29th from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make a cute buggy craft! 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.

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.


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!

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