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. 

michaels8-11MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB:  Good news! Kids Club is FREE all month! Kids can make and take home a completed project and this Saturday, 8/13, kids can make their own Summer Memories book! Recommended for ages 3 and up. Just go HERE and scroll down to see a schedule of events.

DISNEY STORE: Check out Summer Play Days at the Disney Store, going on now thru September 5th. In-store events include the Art of Drawing, Showtime, Story Time and Trivia. *Summer Play Days event at select locations. Contact your local Store for details. Note: For ages 3 & up at select locations. You can go HERE for more details.


lowes8-5LOWE’S BUILD AND GROW: Saturday, August 13th at 10 am — Kids can build their own Marvel figure, the Black Widow! All Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics give kids a chance to build a wooden project and receive a free apron, goggles, patch, and more! You can 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. Just visit the Groupon site, choose your city and then 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 OR CHEAP SUMMER MOVIE FESTIVALS: Take a break from the hot sun this summer and enjoy a movie with the kids for FREE or at a great discount! Just go HERE and check out my post for a roundup of what’s available this summer.

lakeshore8-11LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, 8/13 from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can get ready for back to school with this week’s FREE Craft at Lakeshore, a watermelon door hanger perfect for storing your markers and scissors! 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 will receive a special gift after attending five sessions. Watch for special story time events as well!

CHUCK E. CHEESE: If you’re headed to Chuck E. Cheese this summer, check out their website first for coupons and other offers. They also have some cool rewards calendars on their website that you can download that kids can complete to earn FREE tokens! Plus, kids 2 & under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult buffet at participating locations. Three is a limit of one FREE kid buffet per purchase. You can go HERE for more details and to find a location near you.

Saturday, August 13th at 11 am – Check out your local Barnes & Noble store this weekend for kids’ story time & activities, featuring Milk Goes To SchoolJust go HERE and enter your zip code for more information. Plus, mark your calendars for 8/20 when B&N will be hosting a special LEGO Building Event at 4 pm for ages 6 & up. Be sure and check out their weekly story time schedule and other special events for kids while you’re there.

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS: There’s still time to check out this summer’s reading programs! Just go HERE to check out my post for a Roundup of Summer Reading Programs for Kids and if you know of any others, please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list!

living-socialLIVING 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, dining out, entertainment, local activities, travel, etc. Just enter your zip code or city and state.

SUPER TARGET: If you live near a Super Target with a bakery, you can get a FREE Fresh Baked Cookie or opt for a healthier option and choose a FREE piece of Fruit for your kids! The next time you go shopping, just ask one of the bakery employees for a FREE cookie for your child. You can go HERE to check for Super Target locations.


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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