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.  

michaels10-22MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: Saturday, October 24th from 10 am to 12 noon, kids can make their own Pet Spider! Then, on October 31st, kids are invited to stop by Michael’s for a special Halloween Event! For $2, kids can make a trick-or-treat bag (supplies included). Plus, there will be FREE Face Painting and be sure to wear your Halloween Costume and participate in the hourly costume parades. A parent or guardian must remain on premises, offer valid while supplies last. See site for more details.

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!


krispy-kreme10-23KRISPY KREME: Be sure and stop by your local Krispy Kreme on October 31st wearing your costume and you’ll get a FREE Doughnut! Offer valid all day while supplies last. Go HERE to find a location near you.

LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, October 24th from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make their own Spooktacular Puppet! 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.

IHOP: Mark your calendars for October 30th, when all kids 12 & under can get a FREE Scary Face Pancake between 7 am and 10 pm at participating locations. Limit one per child on 10/30, dine in only.  Kids can choose their own toppings: strawberries, whipped topping, Mini Oreo cookies, and candy corn! Go HERE to find a participating location near you. And don’t forget to check out their fun Halloween crafts – just scroll down to get yours!

 Saturday, October 24th at 11 am — Join your local Barnes & Noble store for Storytime and Activities featuring, Click, Clack BooGo HERE and enter your zip code to check your local Barnes & Noble store for participation and other events.

LEGO BUILD SIGNUP: The next LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build will be held on November 3rd & 4th. Be sure and register asap if you wish to attend. Stores will no longer accept walk ups on the night of the event. You can go HERE To register.

chipotleCHIPOTLE: Head over to Chipotle’s on Halloween, in costume from 5 pm to close, and you can get a $3 burrito. Go HERE 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.

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.

wendys10-16WENDY’S: Remember to head over to Wendy’s and grab their $1 Halloween Coupon Books while supplies last! Each book has either 5 or 10 FREE Jr. Frosty coupons depending on location. Proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, go HERE for more details.

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.


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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