Free weekend activities and events for families!

I’m so glad the weekend is here and looking forward to having some fun with my kids!  I love that there are so many free options that won’t bust my budget!  I’m hoping we can squeeze in a trip to the Bass Pro store today (which my kids call “Santa’s Workshop”) to see Santa!

Here’s a round-up of free weekend activities and events for families:

Babies R Us –

Tuesday 12/6 at 6:30pm, Breastfeeding Basics: Get practical tips and learn about great products designed to help prepare you for feeding success. Sponsored by Medela.

Bank of America –

Saturday 12/3 & Sunday 12/4, Free Museums On Us days for Bank of America cardholders! There are over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US.

Bass Pro Shops – Santa’s Wonderland from 11/5-12/24. Be sure to select your store in the drop down menu for complete details and schedule.

Through 12/24 Every weekday, Monday-Friday, from 5 to 7 pm and every weekend, Saturday & Sunday, from noon to 5pm, kids can take part in making crafts and holiday ornaments, like a snowman door hanger or animal sun catcher and construct great ornaments out of fishing bobbers, Popsicle sticks, jingle bells and more—even decorate Christmas cookies December 19th-24th! Be sure to select your store in the drop down menu for complete details and schedule.

Free fun Santa Bandz bracelet offered every weekday to the first 150 kids who visit Santa’s Wonderland Monday through Friday from 5-7pm (a different style will be offered each week).

Free 4×6 studio-quality photo with Santa from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday, Saturday’s 10am to 8pm and Sunday’s noon to 5 pm.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores 

Saturday 12/3 from 11am-1pm, ILoveToCreate: Beads in a Bottle ( From 1-3pm, Meet instructors & see class samples, 50% off selected classes all day and Wilton®Decorating Basics only $17.50! From 3-5pm, Free Demo with 3M Adhesives.

Lakeshore Learning 

Saturday 12/3 from 11am-3pm, Kids make a Magnetic Mitten Notepad.

LEGO Stores –

Tuesday 12/6 at 5pm, Free Lego Monthly Mini Model Build: Nutcracker! Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store.

Lowes Build and Grow –

Saturday 12/3 from 10am-Noon, FREE: Kids build a Caboose Build and Grow train! Come back each week to build the next piece and complete your train! Be sure to sign up for this event here.

Michaels –

Saturday 12/3 Passport to Imagination, Australia: from 10am – Noon, Christmas Calendar – Glue on an ornament every day until Christmas! From Noon – 2pm, Decorate a stocking for the season!

Sunday 12/4 Passport to Imagination, Germany: from 1-3pm, Rudolph’s Kitchen: Decorate a chef’s hat and apron, From 3-4pm, Make a treat bag for Santa’s goodies you bake for him!

Pottery Barn Kids –

Saturday 12/3 at 10am, National Geographic Little Explorers: Kids learn about Penguins with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs & more.

Tuesday 12/6 at 10am, Holiday Story Time with the Grinch: read How the Grinch Stole Christmas, holiday activities and take home a Grinch activity book.

Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.

The Home Depot – You can also see Adult Weekly workshops here.

Saturday 12/3 from 9am-Noon, Free Kids Workshop: build and paint a Snowman Napkin Holder.


Saturday 12/3 from Noon-3pm, Countdown to Christmas: Meet Geoffrey, Demo the FAO Schwarz Big Piano and Color a Countdown to Christmas Calendar.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.

(Thanks Keeping Cents!)

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