Weekly listing of free or frugal fun family activities~weekend of September 26

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Every week 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 week 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.[pin_dis][/pin_dis]

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

Don’t miss the TV schedule for the ABC Family 13 Days of Halloween.

Events in Philadelphia and Chester County

Saturday is free museum day.

In Philadelphia, the following museums are taking part:

• The Penn Museum
• National Museum of American Jewish History
• African American Museum in Philadelphia
• Academy of Natural Sciences
• American Philosophical Society Museum
• Woodford Mansion
• Athenaeum of Philadelphia
• Wyck Historic House
• The Print Center
• Chemical Heritage Museum
• Battleship New Jersey
• Rosenbach Museum and Library
• Historic St. George’s UMC
• Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent
• Abington Art Center
• Glencairn Museum

Monster Jam is next weekend in Philadelphia, October 3 and 4. Click here for Monster Jam Discount codes for tickets!

Family Campfire and Story at Myrick Conservation Center
Friday, September 26th
Maximum:  15 participants
Member: $3.00  /  Nonmember: $6.00

Celebrate autumn outdoors as you sit around a warm campfire roasting marshmallows and hot dogs! Then snuggle up and listen to campfire stories. This night will conclude with a short trail walk to look for animals. Hot dogs, marshmallows and lemonade provided. at

First Friday events: Different boroughs and municipalities do different things for First Friday. Some do Art Strolls, some do Family Activities. Some of the locales in Chester County that do First Friday Events are:

PNC is once again sponsoring some FREE programs at the Kimmel Center. Visit KimmelCenter.org for more information.

The Philadelphia Art Museum has “pay what you wish” Wednesdays. This program is also available the first Sunday of every month.

The Philadelphia Art Museum also participates in the Blue Star program for military families. See their site for details. The Blue Star program allows military families to visit over 2000 museums nationwide at no cost.

Locals, the Avon Grove Lions Club Book Barn is now 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:

Join Variety for an exclusive day at Sesame Place® on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM! Ideal for families with young children, Sesame Place® is the place where parents and children can share in the spirit of imagination and experience Sesame Street® together. This event is open to Variety children and up to 5 additional family members (which can include a TSS/Aide). If you are from somewhere outside of our “service area,” which includes the Greater Philadelphia Region, Delaware and Southern New Jersey, you are still invited to attend! CLICK HERE to be taken to the Sesame Place website to register and receive your tickets.  When asked to enter a gift code, please enter 10-72651. **Must be registered with Variety Club of Philadelphia!

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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Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

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

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

 Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: FREE National Parks Entrance Day

September 27th Free National Park Lands Day

Most national parks will have free entrance on September 27th. 

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:: Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day- 1500 Participating Museums

September 27th get FREE general admission for 2 people to many fabulous museums all across the USA! Request your tickets here, print them out and bring them with you.



:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During September they include the BeForever Postcard Craft, Grandparents’ Day Card Craft, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Autumn Card Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin 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.


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:: Barnes & Noble

Free Story Time, NOOK events and Author Events - Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

 bass pro shops logo:: Bass Pro Shops

September is Boy Scout Month

Scouts can earn merit badges for fishing and rifle shooting by attending workshops. Contact your local store here for details.

Ongoing – Outdoor Skills Workshops – free classes offered on a regular basis on topics such as bass fishing, fly fishing, hunting and more. Contact your local store here for details.


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:: Container Store

Learn the tricks of organization with expert demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays, now thorough October 19th. Find more information and find your closest Container Store here. Times and event dates vary by location.


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:: Guitar Center 

Saturday, September 27th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.


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:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Sunday, September 28th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM

~ Learn DIY Skills ~Topics vary by store~ You can pre-register online here.

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 :: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, September 27th from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. 

Kids make and take a My Reading Log Bookmark. Get more information here.

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:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, September 27th  at 10AM ~kids build a Fire Truck with Ladder. You can pre-register right here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, September 27th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Foam Leaves on Canvas

Kids Club – for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael’s. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday,  September 27th {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs will learn how to make delicious spiralized noodles from vegetables. Suitable for ages 9-13. To reserve a spot, contact your closest store right here

Sunday, September 28th {for adults} ~  Learn knife skills for cooking plus you can bring one knife from home and get complimentary knife sharpening. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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:: YOGA Month

September is National Yoga Month with over 1,600 yoga studios offering 1 free week of yoga classes during September and October for new students. Get more information and print out your free pass here.


:: Bass Pro Shops

October 19th – October 31st. It’s the Great Pumpkin Free Halloween Event -make crafts, get a FREE 4×6 photo, scavenger hunts and more.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, October 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM ~ Build an EMS Truck for Fire Safety Month. You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Mini Model

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


More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

:: 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.

:: Bass Pro Shops Free Classes

You can sign up for free workshops such as archery basics for kids, hunting, fishing, fly-fishing, camping, and boating. Contact your local store for their schedule.

:: 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 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.

:: 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.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Love Note Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, Tourist Day, and more! Get the schedule here.



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