What are you doing this weekend? If you are avoiding the campgrounds like me this weekend, but you still want to do something fun, there are options!! If you are looking for some fun on a budget, here is a great list of awesome 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.
Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd
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, September 2nd at 11 AM
Join in the fun for a special story time featuring How to Get Your Teacher Ready. Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
Workshops Series – Guitar Center offers free workshops, online classes or in-store lessons taught by experts that will help you learn and have more fun while you do it yourself. Contact your local Guitar Center store for more information.
Saturday, September 2nd from 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, September 2nd from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer free crafts on Sunday.
Kids ages 3 and up design and take a Wacky Animal Puppet craft. No reservations are necessary. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.
Saturday, September 2nd from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kids Club® – Kids 3 and up make a Sprout® Floogal Windsock. The cost is $2 and the rest of the supplies are included. Sign up in store, online or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.
Friday, September 1st at midnight
Star Wars Force Friday II – attendees get a free Star Wars: The Last Jedi T-shirt & poster, experience new Augmented Reality content & more. Get more information from Toys R Us.
Saturday, September 2nd from 3-4 PM.
Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members receive a free LEGO toy and other surprises. Activities include a story with Geoffrey, a dance to his special birthday song, an in-store birthday announcement and more. Join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and get more information from Toys R Us.
Sunday, September 3rd
Knife Skills Workshop – learn how to chop, slice and dice like a professional chef. We’ll share knife skills tips from the experts in our Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective and discuss the differences between various brands of knives. You can give them a test run as you practice your chopping skills. Then the instructor will prepare an easy recipe using your cut-up ingredients.
Knife sharpening services are available – 1st knife is free, $5 per additional knife! Contact your local Williams-Sonoma store for information and times.
More to Explore Throughout the Year:
FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017
Here is a list of participating national parks.
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12:Veterans Day Weekend
Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day
Saturday, September 23rd
Find 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.
Young Eagles – Kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots.
Home Depot Do It Yourself Workshops
Get the skills you need to improve your home at these free workshops. Get more information at Home Depot Workshops. The next scheduled workshop is Saturday, September 9th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM.
Home and Garden Shows
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 events are typically held monthly 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.
Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)
Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.
Pottery Barn Kids
REI Running Classes
Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com.
Kids (Roller) Skate Free – sign up for each of your children to receive 2 free Skating Passes a week for kids ages 12 & under.
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.
Enjoy free Jr. Chef cooking classes for kids ages 8-13. Get more info from Williams-Sonoma Jr. Chefs.
Find a nearby playground with the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder. 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.
Find summer fairs and festivals by location. This site lists state and county fairs, street festivals, food festivals, parades, arts and crafts fairs, music festivals, and more. It’s a great resource to use if you are going on vacation.
Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays
Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate College Colors Day, Pet Rock Day, Cheese Pizza Day and more. See more at Days of the Year.
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!
Thank you to More with Less Today for this awesome list!