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.  

michaels11-20MICHAEL’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. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th, from 10 am – 12 pm— kids will be able to make their own clothespin holiday characters for $2. Plus, from 1 to 4 pm, kids and adults can make their own gingerbread houses! Participants will have to purchase the Gingerbread House kit, but supplies will be included. Just go HERE and scroll down to see the schedule.

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.


targetcafe12-4TARGET REDCARD HOLDERS: Check out your local Target store starting December 10th for a FREE beverage for all Target REDCard holders! If you have a REDcard, you can get a FREE 16 oz JambaGo smoothie, free small ICEE or soda at the Target Cafe. Limit one free drink per trip during the promo period. You can check it out HERE by clicking on the “manage my REDcard” tab at the top of the page and logging in to your account.

lakeshore12-4LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, December 5th from 11 am to 3 pm —Kids can make their own wintery snow globe! 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.

THE POTTERY BARN: Tuesday, December 8th – there will be a special story time featuring Happy Holidays from the Vader’s! Activities include reading favorite Star Wars books, holiday coloring pages and a chance to win a Darth Vader & Friends tote. And, mark your calendars for the next special event, The Polar Express, December 15th.

Check your local Pottery Barn store for special kids’ events. I would suggest calling ahead since both schedule and events can vary by store. Go HERE for more details.

 Check out Santa’s Wonderland events at Bass Pro Shops, going on thru December 6th, including a FREE photo with Santa and a FREE personalized digital Christmas card! There will also be FREE crafts, foam toy arcade, moving train display, games & more. Go HERE for more details.

DISNEY STORE: Now thru Thursday, December 24th, the Disney Store will be hosting a kiss goodnight and new holiday family tradition called “Holiday Wishes”. Event will take place Monday thru Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 5 pm. For more details, check with your local Disney Store.

groupon1GROUPON: 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.

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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