Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone!

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone!

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes and free in-store events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

Free and Fun Weekend

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 insure that your local store is participating to avoid disappointment. As always we thank our Friends at More with Less for putting together this list!

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Find Memorial Day Parades in Your Area

Search by state to find local Memorial Day parades and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom.


Barnes & Noble

Saturday, May 28th at 11 AM

Story time and activities featuring Our Great Big Backyard

Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

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Bass Pro Shops

Saturday May 28th and Sunday, May 28th

Discover family fun, free outdoors activities, food sampling, and chances to win prizes at the jam-packed Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Family Event. Children will enjoy free crafts, a catch-and-release pond, free customizable photo download, and a bucket giveaway Adults-or children of all ages-can sample award-winning BBQ, learn from free cooking demos, pick up a free camping checklist, and enter to win several exciting prizes. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.

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Home Depot Workshops for Adults

Saturday, May 28th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Decorative Painting

Join this class to learn how to approach selecting a paint color, including how to navigate our color solution center and our paint color app. Finally, get an overview of the hottest color trends for 2016. Get more information on Home Depot workshops.

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Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, May 28th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Twist & Twirl Spinner craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.



Michael’s Kid’s Club

Saturday, May 28th from 10 AM – 12 PM

Kids make and take a Patriotic Banner craft. Cost is $2 per kid. Get more information on the Michael’s website.



Michael’s Craft Workshops for Adults

Saturday, May 28th from 1 PM – 3 PM

Chalkboard and Lettering Workshop – just buy the clay pot or canvas


:: State Fair Summer Schedule

Find your state and summer fair dates here. Thanks Family Frugal Fun!

:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2016

  • August 25th-28th – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

Find a list of participating national parks

:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders

Every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, June 4th at 10:15 AM – Learn to Play the Ukulele

Register at Guitar Center workshops.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, June 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids make and take a Father’s Day Smart Phone Holder. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Register online starting 5/15 at 9 AM ET for the 6/7 & 6/8 free LEGO Sea Plane Mini Model Build.

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, June 11th at 10 AM, kids make and take a Captain America craft. Registration opens 5/30 and registration is required: Lowe’s Kids Clinics.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Storytime on Tuesdays from 11 – 11:30 AM. For more information, visit Pottery Barn Kids events here.

:: Toys R Us

Saturday, June 18th from 3-4 PM

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club celebration. Birthday Club members receive a special surprise with coupon, including a FREE Geoffrey plus toy and storybook. Event intended for children ages 2 and up, while supplies last. Join the Birthday Club now (or log in) and present the mobile coupon or coupon printout to receive the birthday freebies. Get the details at Toys R Us.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Cooking Classes for Adults

Sunday, June 5th – hours vary by store – Blender Essentials with Tess Masters

Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Cooking Classes for Kids

June classes will be posted soon. Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

(Free or nearly free summer events include Apple Store workshops, free summer reading programs, stores with freebies for good grades, kids bowl free, summer movies for $1 and Microsoft DiGi camp for girls).

:: 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.

:: Athleta Stores

Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: Beauty Events in Stores

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

:: Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

:: Family Friendly Movies for $1

Here is a list of movie theaters offering summer movies for $1.

:: Free Summer Reading Programs

Here is a list of retailers offering incentives and freebies to encourage kids to keep reading all summer long.

:: Flying Lessons

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

:: Good Report Card Freebies from Stores

Here is a great list of stores and restaurants offering freebies and incentives to kids with good grades.

:: 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.

:: Kids Bowl Free

Registered kids receive 2 FREE games of bowling, all summer long. Select bowling alleys all across the USA are participating. Get more information here.

:: Lululemon Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: 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.

:: Playground Finder

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

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club , 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Go Barefoot Day, Macaroon Day, Say Something Nice Day and more. See the schedule at Days of the Year.

* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, and LivingSocial 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!

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