Here are some free children’s and family activities available this week and beyond. Note that each event may vary by location/venue, so call your local store/event venue ahead to verify the times, dates and activities being offered.
American Girl Store – Girls ages 8 and up can enjoy various hands-on crafts, a scavenger hunt, free giveaways, and more. Next event will be on August 28th-31st celebarting the debut of the inspiring BeForever characters! At this special event, your girl can be among the first to learn about this exciting world and find a character she loves! Check your local American Girl store for specific times and dates.
Disney Store Summer Play Days – Everyday through September 1st, kids ages 3 can participate in the Summer Play Days at the Disney Store. Free events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Every week, participants receive a free character button. Check for the details at your local store. This week’s character button giveaway includes Marvel Super Heroes, available while supplies last.
Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages will enjoy a story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so be sure to call ahead to verify. Next Tuesday’s theme this week will be “Grandparents Day” on September 2nd. Children will receive a book club passport at their first story time and a special gift after attending five story times.
Lakeshore Learning: Every Saturday from 11am-3pm, kids ages 3 and up can enjoy free crafts. On August 30th, they will create a Whimsical Wind Catcher. No reservations necessary.
Michaels: Check out their Kid’s Club Event on August 30th from 10am to noon. Children will make a Grandparents Day Card.
Barnes & Noble: Most stores offer free story times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week with books, a cookie, coloring pages and activities. Some stores have back-to-school and Minecraft events, plus various story time events celebrating Grandparents Day and National Dog Day. Event times and dates vary for each store, so call your local Barnes & Noble store ahead to verify the information.
Bass Pro Shops: Check out your local store for tons of free family activities like treasure hunts, fun crafts, free face painting, free food sampling like hotdogs and ice cream, plus great giveaways and more! Go here to find your local store to verify activities and times.
Kids Bowl Free: This summer time bowling fun for the kiddos is still available through September 1st in most bowling centers participating in this program. Go register and get 2 free games everyday. This varies by location so check here to see if it’s still available in your area.
REI: They offer the REI Family Adventure Program with various free classes for children and adults focusing on hiking, camping, backpacking, biking basics and more! Classes and dates/times vary by location so be sure to check with your local REI store to verify.
Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Classes every Saturday teaches kids ages 9-13 make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way! Next Saturday, August 30th at 9:30 am, kids will learn how to make pizza dough from scratch.
Don’t miss out on the latest fab deals, cool freebies, fun giveaways, delicious recipes, DIY inspirations and more! Subscribe to the Hip Mama’s Place email newsletter, Hip Mama’s Place feed reader, or simply “Like” Hip Mama’s Place on Facebook and/or follow Hip Mama’s Place on Twitter!
About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama’s Place was nominated for Parents 2011 Best All-Around Mom Blog and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.