What are you doing this weekend? If you are on a budget, but still looking for some fun, here is a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes, and free in-store events for this weekend and more that are coming soon.
Share this fun, money-saving list with your friends and family. If you know of any other free weekend events to include, please let us know! It’s always best to call ahead to be sure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment.
Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th – Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.
Saturday, March 4th at 11 AM. Join in the fun for story time and activities featuring Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Saturday, March 4th at 10:15 AM
Learn to play the Guitar – contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Saturday, March 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM
Build a Rain Gauge. Go to the Home Depot Kids Workshop website for more information.
Saturday, March 4th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids ages 3 and up design and take a Lots O’ Luck Hat. No reservations necessary. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Club® – Sprout Nature Journal – Cost $2 per project, supplies included. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.
Spring Break Make Camp is happening this week. Get more information from Michael’s.
Toys R Us
Saturday, March 4th
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club – members receive special surprises with coupon including a free Geoffrey plush toy and storybook. Join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and register here.
Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes
Saturday, March 4th at 10 AM
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast “Be Our Guest” – Join Williams-Sonoma and Le Creuset as we celebrate the launch of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with a fun cooking class for kids! We’ll be making Beastly Bread Pudding and Chip’s Favorite Banana-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies. Suitable for ages 8–13. Get more information from Williams-Sonoma.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017
Here is a list of participating national parks.
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12:Veterans Day Weekend
More Free Museum Dates
This site, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.
Free National Parks Pass for 4th Graders
If you have a child in 4th grade this year, your family can get a free National Parks Annual Pass to give you free entry into national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! Teachers of 4th graders can also get passes to plan free National Park field trips.
Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.
Fishing and outdoor events during the month of February. Check your local store listings for more information.
Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.
Home and Garden Shows
Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Learn options for outdoor lighting and the different ways to get your outdoor lighting powered up. Get more information at Home Depot Workshops.
Jazzercise is currently offering FREE dance fitness classes to girls ages 16-21 at participating locations. No strings attached! Contact your local Jazzercise to see if this offer is available in your area. Valid throughout 2017.
Lego Stores Free Model Build
LEGO Monthly Mini Model Build on March 7th and 8th where kids ages 6-14 can build a Free LEGO Platypus Mini Model! Be sure to click on the “Open Form” button to register.
You must be a LEGO VIP Loyalty Member and use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account to register. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP. Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time.
Major League Baseball Clinics
Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.
Saturday, March 11th from 1-3 PM
Celebrate spring by making an art project using painter’s tape.Buy any canvas and the rest of the supplies are free. Get for information from Michael’s .
Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)
Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.
Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables
Find orchards and farms near you where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables at PickYourOwn.org.
Pottery Barn Kids
If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.
Find Pumpkin Patches, Hay Rides, Pick Your Own Orchards and Haunted Houses. Many of these will have a fee or admission. Enter your location for details.
REI Running Classes
Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com.
SKI Passport for 5th Graders
Go to www.5thgradeskipassport.com to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th-grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.
Target – Free Community Events
Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.
Sunday, March 12th
Easter Baking – In this class, we will learn to bake and decorate cupcakes from our friends at Georgetown Cupcake and then we’ll finish off with Easter sugar cookies! Get more information from Williams-Sonoma.
Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate a Day of Unplugging, Read Across America Day, Cheese Doodle Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.
* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, and LivingSocial (20% off this weekend with promo code FLYING) in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!
For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets. Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar. If you are new, you can set up a free account here.
Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!
A big shout out to More with Less Today for this list!