Free Fun Weekend Events: Jun 17-19


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!



Barnes & Noble

Saturday, June 18th at 11 AM

Storytime and Activities featuring Dad School and Grandpa Loves You!

Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

guitar center free classes

Guitar Center

Saturday, June 11th at 10:15 AM – Free Group Guitar Lesson

Register at Guitar Center workshops.



Home Depot Workshops for Adults

Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Learn to build an outdoor football toss game. The end result will be the skills to craft an outdoor game that will keep your family entertained all summer long. Get more information on Home Depot workshops.

out of this world card Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, June 18th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take an Out of This World Father’s Day Card. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

medieval times Father's Day

Medieval Times

June 13th – June 19th

Get a free admission for dad with a full-price adult ticket purchase. Use promo code FBDAD. Go here to see if your location is participating.


Michael’s Kid’s Club

Saturday, June 18th from 10 AM – 12 PM

Kids make and take a Dino-Mite Father’s Day Card. Cost is $2 per kid. Get more information on the Michael’s website.


Michael’s Fun Family Craft Time

Saturday, June 18 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Father’s Day T-Shirt Cost: Buy the t-shirt at Michaels


Toys R Us

Saturday, June 18th from 11 AM to 1 PM

Kids can make and take a FREE Mini LEGO Winner’s Podium from their exclusive LEGO Speed champions line. Get the details at Toys R Us.

Kids Camp Free for Father’s Day Weekend

At participating KOA Campgrounds, kids camp free on Father’s Day weekend, June 17th – 19th. Adults pay for the site but the kids’ per person fees are waived. Learn more at

Father’s Day at the Zoo

Many zoos all across the USA are offering free admission on Father’s Day. Just do a quick online search with your town + Free Zoo Admission Father’s Day 2016 to see if your local zoo is participating.

Dads Skate Free for Father’s Day

Many skate rinks associated with United Skates are offering free admission and free skate rental to dads on Father’s Day when accompanied by their kids at many locations. Check to see if your local rink is participating by doing an online search for “free skating Father’s Day 2016 + your location.”



:: 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.

:: Bank of America Museums on Us

Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 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. For more information about Museums on Us, visit:

:: Bass Pro Shops

June 25th – July 24th

Family Summer Camp – free workshops, crafts, activities and more. Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, July 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids make and take an Ice Age Bowling Game. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Free LEGO Model Build Events are usually held monthly in stores. Kids ages 6 to 14 can build a model and take it home.

July registration begins online on 6/15 at 9 AM EST. You must use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here:

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, June 25th at 10:00 AM

Kids make and take an Iron Man Craft – registration is required at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

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

Williams-Sonoma Cooking Classes for Adults

Sunday, June 26th – hours vary by store

Cooking with cast iron. This class is $30 but includes a Lodge Cast Iron Fry Pan.

Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Cooking Classes for Kids

Saturday, June 25th

American Girl class – $40 per child includes an American Girl Goodie Bag and a Pocket Pie Mold. Suitable for ages 8–13. Learn how to make pocket pies using our new pie molds. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you like, and enjoy!

New free classes will (hopefully) 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.

:: Michael’s Summer Camp Creativity

June 13th – July 29th. For kids ages 3 and up. Two new crafts each day, fun weekly craft themes and face paint Fridays. Get more information on the Michael’s website.

:: 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 Flip Flop Day, Picnic Day, Juggling 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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