Here are some free children’s and family activities available this week and beyond. Note that each event may vary, so be sure call the designated venue/establishment ahead to verify availability, times and dates of each event.
*American Girl – Girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events throughout the month of November & December at various American Girl store locations. Check your local American Girl store for specific times and dates.
*Babies R’ Us – Throughout the month of November, you can celebrate your baby’s first Christmas! There will be story time, crafts, giveaways and prizes! Go here for more information and to verify with your local BabiesRUs store if they are participating in the festivities.
*Barnes & Noble – Check out their Elf on the Shelf event with story time & various fun and free activities for the kids. You can go here for more details.
*Bass Pro Shops – Now through 12/24/14, you can experience the joy of a classic Christmas at Bass Pro Shops stores. They are offering FREE games, crafts, and activities to celebrate the Christmas season. Also, you can score a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo in-store! You can go here for more details.
*Build-A-Bear – On November 26th, stop by any local store to make your own 50th Anniversary Rudolph & Clarice, play fun games, and enjoy holiday activities for a $25 fee. You can also get free Rudolph Paper Antlers! Contact your local Build-A-Bear Workshop for more details.
*Chuck E. Cheese – Check out the various coupons available for your area. They also have the printable Rewards Calendars where kids can take their completed calendars to a Chuck E. Cheese location and be rewarded 10 free tokens.
*Lakeshore Learning Store – On Saturday, November 22nd from 11AM-3PM, kids can make a free Giving Thanks Centerpiece – perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities!
*Michaels – On Saturday, 11/22 from 10am-noon, kids ages 3 and up can make a DIY Felt Stocking for only $2 per child. Kids Club sessions are being offered every half hour from 10AM-12noon.
*Williams-Sonoma – Check out their adult Technique Classes on 11/23 and 11/24 to learn how to make pecan and pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake and more! Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to verify their participation and to register or go here for more details.
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