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.   

toysrus9-4TOYS ‘R US: Stop by your local Toys ‘R Us store and get a FREE Star Wars Poster and commemorative LEGO brick, while supplies last! Plus, check out all the new Star Wars stuff! Go HERE to find a participating store near you.

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, September 5th at 11 am, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a special story time with activities, featuring, the “The Full Moon at the Napping House”. Check your local Barnes & Noble store for participation. Just go HERE and enter your zip code.

HOME DEPOT: Saturday, September 5th from 9 am to 12 pm — kids can 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.

lakeshore9-4LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, September 5th from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make a neat desk easel for their name tag! 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.

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!

LIVING SOCIAL: Now thru Monday, September 7th, Living Social is offering up an extra 20% off sitewide, when you use code LABORDAY20 at checkout. There’s lots to choose from including local events and activities, restaurants, getaways, & more. To get started, just sign in or create a new Living Social account HERE, choose your deal and then click on “Redeem promo code” under your selection and enter the code LABORDAY20. Your discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.

Note: Promo code LABORDAY20 must be used by Monday, September 7th, 2015 11:59 PM PST. Maximum discount of $20. Promo codes not valid for tickets or Deals required to be completed on a third party site. Valid in the US only. See the full terms and details HERE.  

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS: Ending Soon! This is the last weekend (thru 9/7) that Active Duty Military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, can get FREE admission to more than 2,000 museums. 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.

michaels-kidsclubMICHAEL’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, September 5th, from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make a cool football windsock. Just go HERE and scroll down to see the schedule.

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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