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.  

basspro12-18BASS PRO SHOPS: Check out Santa’s Wonderland events at Bass Pro Shops, going on now thru December 24th, 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. Schedule may vary by store– you can go HERE for more details.

MICHAEL’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. There are new activities scheduled for January. The first one will be Saturday, January 9th – kids can make their own sparkling snowflakes, cost of supplies will be $2. Just go HERE and scroll down to see a schedule of events.


home-depot-kidHOME DEPOT: Mark your calendars for the next Kids Workshop at Home Depot. January Kids will build their own Kung Fu Panda 3 Spinning Box toy and decorate it with stickers featuring characters from the upcoming Dreamworks movie, Kung Fu Panda 3! These FREE, hands-on workshops are designed for kids ages 5-12. Go HERE & click on Kids Workshops tab 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.

 Saturday, December 19th  at 11 am — Check your local Barnes & Noble store for participation and other events. 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 will receive a special gift after attending five sessions. Watch for special story time events as well!

TARGET REDCARD HOLDERS: Check out your local Target store for a FREE beverage for all Target REDCard holders, now thru December 24th! 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.

super-targetSUPER TARGET:
 If you live near a Super Target with a bakery, you can get a FREE Fresh Baked Cookie for your kids! Just ask a bakery employee. Go HERE to check for Super Target locations.

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.

lakehsore12-18LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, December 19th from 11 am to 3 pm —Kids can make their own fun card holders to display their holiday cards from family and friends! 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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