Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of April 11

Don’t miss our comprehensive list of Sensory Friendly and Special Needs Egg Hunts and other Easter Bunny events.

Every week (I aim for Wednesdays!) I publish a list of free or low-cost activities for your family. At the very least, every activity has a discount code or coupon available. Keeping the kids busy and entertained is hard, doing it on a budget is even harder. So here you go, here is this week’s list. I usually start with what is in the metropolitan Philadelphia area and then the second part is a national listing. Visit this site every Wednesday for free family fun and family activities in and around Philadelphia and Chester county. Thanks to More With Less Today for help with the list.

I am changing it up a bit, if you look over in the sidebar, you will see that I have brought back the calendar by popular demand. I just ran into so many readers that said “I miss your calendar, I always knew when things were happening.” So there you go, it’s back. This weekly post will mostly highlight activities for all families, look to the calendar for most of the events that are special needs or disability specific.

Don’t miss our comprehensive list of indoor playgrounds and play areas in the 12-county metropolitan Philly area.

Have fun and if you want anything ever listed here, just email me.

Events in Philadelphia and Chester County

It’s April! So for locals, that means that the Avon Grove Lions Club Book Barn is open. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April to October. I have found great deals there on kids’ books. Contact them for specific hours and directions (on the grounds of Mother Earth Mushroom Farm in Avondale, off of 41) because they do change it up for holiday weekends.

Sunday Bird Walks-Date: Starts January 5 at 8:00 am. Repeats every Sunday from 8-11 am. Please visit the Delaware Nature Society website to register. Or contact  office@bucktoecreekpreserve.org  Cost: FREE Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve: 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA. Description: Hike with a Delaware Nature Society staff member through the meadows and woodlands of Bucktoe Creek Preserve every Sunday at 8:00 am.
Free Sunday Mornings at Brandywine River Museum, runs now through mid-November.
Free First Sundays at the Barnes Foundation-limited to 2 adults and 2 kids per family.
If you are interested in any of the theater shows at the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, I recently learned that you can go to the box office the day of the show and buy discounted tickets. Visit the Kimmel Center page for more information.

Ongoing events or events for kids with special needs:

Special Needs Story Time-Every Wednesday and Thursday at Spectra Support Services in Havertown

EcoZone Afternoon-Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry PA-Sundays.

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Are you looking to entertain the kids this weekend with a FREE (or nearly free) fun activity? Or are you looking for a free class for yourself? 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.


:: American Girl Store Events

Events differ by location. During April, they include Isabelle’s Spring Seekers Scavenger Hunt, Isabella’s Celebration, Springtime Card Craft, Bitty Baby Story Time 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.

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::Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th from 11AM to 4PM 

Free 4×6 photo with the Easter Bunny from 11AM to 4PM

Color a Plaster Egg from 1PM to 4PM

Egg Hunt – registration begins at 1:30 and the Egg Hunt starts promptly at 2 PM

Get more information about Bass Pro Shop’s  Free Easter Activities


:: Guitar Center 

Saturday, April 12th {no age restriction}

10 AM - Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools

10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

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

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:: Home Depot Workshops {for adults}

Saturday, April 12th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM ~ Landscaping and Pest Control

Sunday, April 13th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM ~ Build a Better Fence

Topics can vary by store. Register for the Home Depot Hands-On Workshops here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, April 12th from 11AM-3PM

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



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:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, April 12th at 10 AM

Kids build and take home a Recycling Truck. You can pre-register right here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

 Saturday, April 12th – starts at 10 AM

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


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:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, April 13th at 10 am

Botanical Flower Arranging – Get more information and find a store to RSVP here.

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:: Toys R US

April 12th – TOYS R US  from 12PM to 2PM, kids can build Emmet’s car from The LEGO movie for free. Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes {for kids and adults}

Saturday, April 12th {for kids} at 9:30 AM

Junior Chef Classes – Easter Cookie Decorating. To reserve a spot, contact you closest store right here.

Sunday, April 13th {for adults}

Best of Brunch

Learn new recipes to add to your brunch table, plus create some classic brunch standards.  Class sizes are limited. For specific times and to reserve your spot, contact you closest store right here.

Participants get 10% off savings on select same-day store purchases.

Looking Forward – Mark Your Calendar:

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, May 3rd from 9 AM to 12PM

Build a Flower Planter just in time for Mother’s Day. You can pre-register online here.

 : FREE National Parks Entry

April 19th and April 20th opening weekend of National Park Week

 :: LEGO Stores

Kids can take a photo with a LEGO Super Hero now through 4/30. On April 17th at 5 PM, kids ages 6 to 14 can compete in a  LEGO Minifigure Speed building challenge to see who can build the most LEGO Minifigurines in one minute. Get more information here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Week of April 21st ~ Earth Day Treasure Hunt 

Join in an eco-inspired treasure hunt and explore the store for green clues and fun facts. Locate a participating store here.

Summer Family Fun ~ FREE or Really Cheap Activities

:: 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.

:: Summer Family Movies for $1

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

More to Explore:

:: 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. Just join 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 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Crazy Holidays This Weekend

This weekend celebrate Pet Day, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, Scrabble Day and more! Get the schedule here.




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