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 date of each event.
*American Girl – Girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events throughout the month of January at various American Girl store locations. Some of the activities this month include making girl- and doll-sized luggage tags, learning tips and tricks for styling your girl’s American Girl doll, fun meal & games for mom and daughter as well as various activities to celebrate the sweet world of Grace Thomas— American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year! Your girl will get a fun baker’s apron craft to decorate for herself and her doll. Plus, she’ll decorate delicious cookies—just like ones Grace would make—and a cute bakery box for taking them home. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up. Check your local American Girl store for specific times and dates.
*Barnes & Noble – Take your kiddos for story time & free activities on January 17th at 11am, featuring the “Hug Machine” by Scott Campbell- an endearing story that encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug—and this book! You can go here to find your nearest participating Barnes & Noble store and 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.
*REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults like hiking, biking, camping, fun Geocaching adventure, photography lessons, planning a trip and more! The selection and dates/times vary by location so check to see what your store is offering here.
*Williams-Sonoma – Check out their Comfort Cooking Class on January 18th to learn how to make some warming dishes that the entire family will love— and they’re easy enough to enjoy on weeknights! Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to verify their participation and to register or go here for more details.
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