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.
BASS PRO SHOPS: The Great Pumpkin Celebration starts this Monday, 10/24 thru 10/28 and will includes lots of fun! There will be FREE crafts, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, face painting and lots more! For a complete schedule, check out your local Bass Pro shop HERE. Just click on stores and type in your zip code to find one near you. Also, be sure and print out this coupon HERE for a $5 Halloween Photo package – includes one 5×7, 4 wallets, and a digital download ($10 Value).
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 choice and get 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.
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DISNEY STORE: Saturday, 10/22 — Kids ages 3 & up are invited to attend the Disney Store’s Halloween Dress Rehearsal* and come dressed as their favorite character! There will be games, crafts, a costume parade, free give-aways and more! *Check your local store for participation – Halloween Dress Rehearsal event will be held at select locations. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. 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.
MICHAEL’S KIDS CLUB: 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, 10/22 from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make their own ghosts out of yarn! Cost of supplies is $2. Plus, mark your calendars for their big Monster Bash, coming soon! Saturday, 10/29 from 10 am to 3 pm, kids will get to make their own treat bag (FREE Kids Club Craft) and then march in a Trick-or-Treat Parade (to be held every 30 minutes). There will also be a fun Monster t-shirt family craft activity! You’ll have to purchase the t-shirt but the rest of the supplies are FREE. Just go HERE and scroll down for more details and to see a schedule of events.
HOME DEPOT: Mark your calendars for the next Kids Workshop and register early to reserve your spot! Saturday, 11/5, kids can build their own Veterans Day Toy Helicopter! Kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. You can check out the details HERE.
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, dining out, entertainment, local activities, travel, etc. Just enter your zip code or city and state.
CHUCK E. CHEESE: Stop in to your local Chuck E. Cheese in costume during the month of October and you’ll get 50 FREE tickets! You can also enter to win the Chucktober Sweepstakes when you upload a picture of your child wearing their costume and use #Chucktober. Ten Chuck E. Cheese prize packs (ARV $115) will be awarded and include (4) $25 e-gift cards & more. You can go HERE to enter the sweeps and HERE to find a location near you.
BARNES & NOBLE: Saturday, 10/22 at 11 am – Check out your local Barnes & Noble store this weekend for kids’ story time & activities, featuring Little Blue Truck’s Halloween and I Need My Monster! Plus, some select stores will be hosting Harry Potter events so be sure and check your local store for participation. Just go HERE and enter your zip code to find one near you.
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!
LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: Saturday, 10/22 from 11 am to 3 pm — This week, kids can make their own Rockin’ Rainstick! Join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their website HERE.
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. Plus, in honor of their 100th birthday, you can download their Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book for FREE! For more details, check it out HERE. And, 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.
TOYS ‘R’ US: Saturday, 10/22 from 12 to 2 pm – Check out Toys R’ Us’ Bricktober Event, with LEGO Play & Build events going on all month! Just go HERE for more details and to check your store for participation in this event.
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!