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 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.

Barnes & Noble

Saturday, November 19th at 11AM. Join in the fun for storytime and activities featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.

Bass Pro Shops

Now through December 24th

Santa’s Wonderland featuring photos with Santa, crafts, games and activities plus toys for kids of all ages. Check  local store listings for more information.

Disney Store

Friday, November 18th

Happy Birthday, Mickey! Join us at the Disney Store as we celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday. Check with your local Disney store for details.

Elena of Avalor Event at Disney Store

Friday, November 18th at 7:30 PM., Saturday, November 19th at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM and Sunday, November 20th at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM.

Join us at the Disney Store to learn about the enchanted Kingdom of Avalor and get to know Crown Princess Elena and her friends.

*Elena of Avalor In-Store event at select locations. Contact your local Store for details. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before the event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Get more information from your local Disney store.

Home Depot Workshops for Adults

Saturday, November 19th from 10 – 11:30 AM

Learn to build a Christmas stocking holder. Join our workshop and learn to use a saw, drill, and other carpenter tools to cut and craft a decorative and sturdy holder for all your family’s Christmas stockings. Then, give your project some personality with paint or wood stain and celebrate the holidays with a cute way to organize those stocking stuffers.

The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project.

Sunday, November 20th from 1 – 3 PM

Learn to Install Tile Flooring

Get the skills you need to install tile flooring. This workshop will show you the tools and supplies you need to install tile flooring. Then, an Associate will guide you through developing a floor plan for tile flooring and preparing the subfloor to set the tile in place. Lastly, you’ll see how to set the tile and learn more about sealing and caring for your new tile floor.

Get more information at the Home Depot free workshops here.

Lakeshore Learning

Saturday, November 19th from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a Give Thanks! Wreath craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

Michael’s Kids Club®

Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids Club® – Felt Gingerbread

Cost is $2 per project, supplies included.

Michael’s Family Crafts

Saturday, November 19th, 1-3 PM

Create a traditional wreath. Buy the wreath base and the rest of the supplies are free.

Get more information at the Michaels’ website.

Pottery Barn

Saturday, November 19th from 1-2 PM

Deck the Halls – Our design experts will show you fresh, fun and festive ways to decorate your home for the holiday season. Find a Pottery Barn store to RSVP.

Toys R Us

Saturday, November 19th from 12 – 2 PM

Join in the Scavenger Hunt in the LEGO toy shop to get a LEGO Star Wars minifigure.

Saturday, November 19th

From 3 – 4 PM, Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members can get a free Geoffrey plush toy and a storybook. Joining is free, get the information at the Toys R Us website.


Sunday, November 20th

The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

When it comes to the side dishes on Thanksgiving Day, the more the merrier! In this class, we’ll share recipes for seasonal sides that will impress your guests yet are easy on the cook. Our do-ahead tips will help you host a stress-free gathering. Get more information including times from Williams-Sonoma.


:: Bank of America Museums on Us

Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th

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: http://museums.bankofamerica.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, November 26th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids make and take a Black Picture Frame Ornament craft.. 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. You must use an email address saved in your LEGO VIP Membership account. Membership and registration are free. Get more information here: shop.LEGO.com/VIP.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 AM

Christmas ornaments – pre-registration is required at Lowe’s Kids Clinics.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

November and December – enjoy holiday crafts and activities. Ask a store associate for information about free events at your store.

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

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: State Fair Schedule

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

:: FREE National Park Admission Dates for 2017

2017 dates coming soon – 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 the Every Kid in the Park initiative.

:: 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.

:: 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!)

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: 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 REI.com.

:: 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 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate Mickey Mouse Day, Fibonacci Day, Peanut Butter Fudge 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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