FREE Family Fun Weekend Activities 5/17 | Across the USA

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FREE Family Fun Weekend Activities 5/17 | Across the USA

Looking for something fun to do with this weekend? Maybe entertain the kids or get some “me” time in? Who says being frugal can’t be fun? Free and fun weekend activities are available all across the USA!


You may want to bookmark this post. I update it weekly and new weekend events pop up all the time. Be sure to share it with your friends and family. If you know of any others to share, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment. Thanks for this list from Lori at More With Less Today

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:: Free Museum Art Day

Sunday, May 18th, 2014, select art museums in the US, Canada and Mexico will be offering FREE or discounted admission as a part of Free Art Museum Day 2014. Go to to find a participating art museum in your area.



:: American Girl Store Events

Events differ by location. During May, they include a Mother’s Day Card Craft, Isabelle’s Funky Fashion Headpiece Craft, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Isabella’s Celebration, Julie’s Bracelet Craft and more!

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.


:: Apple Store

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.




:: Guitar Center

Saturday, May 17th {no age restriction}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Do-It Yourself Workshop for Adults

Saturday, May 17th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM ~ Learn how to landscape like a pro, plus Pest Control 101. Find the right pesticide for your yard.

You can pre-register online here.

lakeshore learning fishing pole

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, May 17th from 11AM-3PM

Kids make and take a fishing pole. Get more information here. You can also grab a 20% off Special Saturday Savings coupon here for in-store purchases through 6/30/14.

michaels duck tape frame

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, May 17th – starts at 10 AM

Kids create and take their crafts while you shop. Suitable for kids ages 3 and up. The cost is $2 per child for a 30 minute reservation. Sessions start every half hour starting at 10 am. Ending times vary by store. Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, May 17th {for kids} at 9:30 AM ~ Making Fresh Salsa. Learn to dice and chop vegetables and fruits and then dip in crunchy tortilla chips. To reserve a spot, contact you closest store right here. For ages 8 and up.

Sunday, May 18th {for adults} Spice Up Your Summer – learn how to boost the taste of grilled foods with spices, and seasoning and learn inventive new summer recipes for the grill. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact you closest store right here.

::FREE Craft Classes

Over 23 FREE Craft Classes you can take in the comfort of your own home! Check them out here!


Begins May 26th : Free Admission to Blue Star Museums

More than 2,000 museums across America will be offering up FREE admission to all nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Go to to find participating museums.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, June 7th from 9 AM to 12PM

Build a pint-size riding lawn mower. You can pre-register online here.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, May 10th at 10 AM ~Kids build and take home a Flower Delivery Truck. You can pre-register right here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Tuesday, May 27th at 10 AM Curious George Appearance

Meet Curious George as part of their Summer Reading Challenge. Locate a participating store here.

Summer Family Fun ~ FREE or Almost Free Activities to Enjoy

:: Apple Store

Apple Camp for Kids ages 8-12 is free and held during the summer. Sign up to be notified when registration is open.


: Microsoft Camp

Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today. {Thanks Saving with Shellie !}

:: Summer Family Movies for $1

Regal Theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks. See the times, dates and locations here.

:: Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Retailers encourage free reading with free books and rewards! View programs from Barnes & Noble, TD Bank, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn and more! Read the entire list right here.

More to Explore During the Year:

:: FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

:: Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

: FREE 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.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Justjoin their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free Flying Lesson

Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to 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.

:: FREE Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.

:: 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.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site,, tracks free museum days in the following cities:

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: Crazy Holidays This Weekend

Have some silly fun! Celebrate Pizza Party Day, No Dirty Dishes Day, Pack Rat Day, and more! Get the schedule here.

For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun, for less! 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. 


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