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.  

BOA-bannerBANK OF AMERICA:  If you have a Bank of America Debit Card- then check out the list of qualifying museums that you have FREE admission to the first weekend of every month! You can go HERE to find out more about the Museums on Us Program and view a list of participating museums in your area.

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!


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.

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.

Saturday, 12/3 from 11 am to 3 pm — Kids can make their own Arctic Polar Bear! Be sure and mark your calendars for next week’s craft when kids will be making this cool Top Hat Treat Holder for the holidays. Join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their website 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.

BARNES & NOBLE: Saturday, 12/3 at 11 am – Check out your local Barnes & Noble store this weekend for kids’ story time & activities, featuring The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! And if you’re out tonite (12/2), kids are invited to come in their PJs to enjoy a special story hour at 7 pm, featuring The Polar Express, plus coloring and other activities, including writing a Dear Santa letter! Some select stores will also be hosting Harry Potter events during December so be sure and check your local store for participation. Just go HERE and enter your zip code to find one near you.

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.

 Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon — There are several fun holiday crafts planned for this month’s Kids Club starting with this Saturday, 12/3, when kids can make these cute Sprout Stockings! Cost of supplies is $2. There will also be a Make It Merry Gingerbread kids and family event on 12/3, from 1 to 3 pm. You buy the Wilton gingerbread kit and then use Michael’s classroom to assemble your creation. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Just go HERE and scroll down for more details and to see a 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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