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.  

target11-11TARGET: Saturday, 11/19 from 11 am – 2 pm — Target will be hosting a special Pokemon Event to celebrate the release of the new Pokemon Sun and Moon games. The event will be held in the Video Games department and FREE Pikachu promo cards will be handed out while supplies last. Limit one per guest. Check your local Target store for participation.

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.


toysrus11-18TOYS “R” US: Saturday, 11/19 from 12-2 pm — Join Toys “R” Us for a special Star Wars Event, including a scavenger hunt to get a FREE LEGO Star Wars mini figure! *Ages 6 & up, parental supervision required at all times. Freebie available while supplies last, limit one per customer. Just go HERE to check store participation and for more details.

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.

Saturday, 11/19 from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make their own Give Thanks! Wreath to celebrate Thanksgiving! Be sure and mark your calendars for next week’s craft when kids will be making this cool gingerbread skier. Join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their website HERE.

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!

bn11-18BARNES & NOBLE: Saturday, 11/19 at 11 am – Check out your local Barnes & Noble store this weekend for kids’ story time & activities, featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! Plus, some select stores will be hosting Harry Potter events during November so be sure and check your local store for participation. Just go HERE and enter your zip code to find one near you.

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.

 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, 11/19 from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can make their own felt gingerbread ornament, cost of supplies will be $2. Just go HERE and scroll down for more details and to see a schedule of events.

basspro11-18BASS PRO SHOPS: Check out Santa’s Wonderland events at Bass Pro Shops, going on now thru December 24th, including a FREE photo with Santa, FREE crafts, foam toy arcade, building areas, and lots more! Go HERE for more details and to check your local store’s schedule of events.

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.


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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