Children’s Activities

30
Mar
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of March 30 – April 5

03/30/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

March 31st there will be a special Peter Rabbit storytime at 11am.  Check your local store to confirm.

Home Depot: The next event will be April 4th from 9am to 12pm. Kids will learn how to build a Chalkboard Planter Stand. The workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 12 and they do recommend registering. 

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a “Cute as a Bunny Basket”  on April 4th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

Many stores will offer a free 4×6 picture with the Easter bunny, Easter crafts and egg hunts. Check your local store to confirm dates and times.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

 

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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26
Mar
2015

Toys R Us Lego Event- March 28th

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lego-event

You can stop by Toys R Us this Saturday for a free Lego event.  Children will get to make and take home a free Lego Ninjago mask.

They can also participate in a fun scavenger hunt with prizes.

The event is 12-2 pm on March 28th.

You can see more children’s activities here.

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25
Mar
2015

Free Bowling for Children All Summer

03/25/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

kidsbowlfree

Here is all the information for the 2015 Kid’s Bowl Free program.  Select bowling alleys offer 2 free games every day of the summer. That works out to a $500 value so a great deal.

Click here to find out if you live near a participating bowling alley.  Once you find one, sign up each child for the program. A coupon should be emailed to you each week to use.  It does not look like shoe rentals are included.

Dates vary by location so just be sure to read all the information.

Also, ages vary. I checked some locations and they were 18 and under but I also saw some areas that only allowed 15 and under.

 

 

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23
Mar
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of March 23-29

03/23/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

 

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

Williams-Sonoma: Stop by on on March 28th at 10am to learn all about Eggs-cellent Eggs. Children will learn basic egg cooking techniques plus ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Changing Caterpillar on March 28th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Some stores will feature the book Duck and Goose.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

Many stores will offer a free 4×6 picture with the Easter bunny, Easter crafts and egg hunts. Check your local store to confirm dates and times.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Michael’s:  Children will learn how to make a Pom Pom Baby Chick on March 28th from 10am to noon. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. See a store associate to join the fun,

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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22
Mar
2015

Regal Summer Movie Express {$1 Movies}

03/22/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

summer-movie

Regal Cinemas offers $1 movies all summer long.  The start date varies by theater location. It looks like most locations start in June but I did see some that started in May. They have released the movies that will be shown but not the list of participating theaters. You might want to bookmark this page as I will update when they do.

We look forward to this every year. It’s such a fun activity especially on those days that it’s just too hot to be outside. I would recommend being at the theater early as they have sold out before.

The locations I checked will have the movies at 10am on Tuesday and Wednesday. You might just double check your location to be certain.

Here is the list of movies that will be shown this summer:

movie-list

Click here for more information for your location.

 

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18
Mar
2015

Children’s Fingerprint Painted Pots – Perfect Gift Idea

03/18/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

children's painted pot

 

A few weeks ago my 5 year was grabbing her normal mile high stack of books at the library and one of the books she popped into the cart was this darling Fingerprint Book from Ed Emberley.

ed emberley

All the ideas in the book about how to draw a monkey, caterpillar, tree etc.. with children’s fingerprints were so adorable I really wanted to do some sort of keepsake craft with my girls.

So finally I came up with an idea to do a spring potted plant as a little gift idea for the Grandparents. This was so easy and so inexpensive- it would be a really fun idea for a Spring party or class project or Girl Scouts activity.

Painted pot

To start I bought an inexpensive pot from the home improvement store- just a plain terra cotta pot and I believe this was about $1.00 or less.

Next I took some yellow spray paint I had on hand and painted it a cheerful yellow. Any color would work perfectly though- green, blue, white or you might even leave the pot unpainted.  For older children it would be fun to do an ombre pot with maybe really light blue at the bottom and darker blue at the top.

I only painted the outside of the pot but it is probably best to paint the inside and outside.  I read recently that moisture can go through a terra cotta pot painted on the outside only and cause the paint to bubble.  I haven’t had that experience with pots I have painted in the past but just a little tip to consider.

painting our pot

After two coats of spray paint and a day for dry time, we just sat outside with several dabs of paint and the Ed Emberley book and my 7 year old chose what to paint. I put a bunch of color options on a paper plate for her to choose from and then we used a second paper plate to practice the design and after the practice round she dipped her thumb in and added the color to the pot. The trick is to get just enough paint on the thumb so it isn’t a smeary blob on your pot. You also want to take care to completely wipe off fingers in between color choices so there isn’t any blending.

We used assorted acrylic craft paints I had on hand. If you are off to buy new paint for your project, look for patio/deck/outdoor paints.  Those will have lasting power on your pot.  The price at the craft stores is usually $.50-1.00 for paint so not an expensive investment at all.

painting a pot

It looks kind of strange because you will just have dots all over the place but once you have finished all the artwork, set the pot aside to completely dry. I had mine outside on a sunny day so it was dry within about an hour.

thumbprint pot

I sat down after it dried completely with a fine point sharpie marker and added in all the lines to create the actual drawing. We did little birds, butterflies, flowers a tree, a snail, sunshine… so many cute little things for the pot. I am definately not an artist but anyone can draw two little straight lines for feet and a beak or little swirls to make a snail shell. It really is so simple and the book will actually show you step by step how to draw in the lines.

On the backside she wrote her name and the year. Oh and that is a little frog you see below.  So cute right?

painted pot

And you are done!  You can put a little plant inside- I went back and forth between an herb for my kitchen and a succulent and decided on a succulent.  For potted herbs it would be cute to have the child write the name of the plant on the front (i.e. Rosemary) and then decorate around that.

Please note if you plan to keep this outside where it will be wet you will want to spray the pots with a clear poly coat or a terra cotta pottery seal spray  to be sure the paint stays on and doesn’t wash off or fade.

You can find those types of sprays at craft stores or home improvement stores.

And if you try this project please come back and let me know how it goes for you!  I’d love to see your masterpiece :)

Here are a few other fun projects to consider:

How to make colored rice

How to Make colored rice- fun alternative to sand!

how to make bouncy balls for kids

Homemade Bouncy Balls 

homemade puffy paint

How to Make Puffy Paint 

 

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17
Mar
2015

Quick and Easy Rainbow Treats for Kids

03/17/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Rainbow treat bags



Have you seen these adorable little rainbow treat bags for children? There are lots of variations on these and they tend to be super popular around St Patrick’s Day.

I didn’t intend to post these- I actually happened to be in charge of a treat for my Kindergartner’s class today and we went through lots of lots of fun ideas and this was the one she was most excited about.  They turned out so cute I couldn’t help snapping a few photos this morning and thought I’d post them for you as well.

These are so easy to do and would be perfect for Girl Scout meetings, party favors, soccer treats, class parties…. and best of all these are easy for the kids to help assemble.

I love things like this for little people because it is easy for them to take home (unlike cupcakes or doughnuts) and it is pretty much mess free for the teachers.

Originally this idea came from Disney’s Spoonful- they always have adorable ideas.  I saw the image and pinned it ages ago and now I can’t seem to find it again to give you a direct link.

twizzlers

But I figured it out pretty easily without exact instructions.  Here is what you need:

  • Twizzlers Rainbow Candy – I found Family Size bags at Target for $2.00
  • Mini Marshamallows
  • Party Favor Bags- 25 for $1.99 at Joann’s
  • Ribbon
  • Gold Coins or Rolos (optional)

So the bags of Twizzlers come with equal numbers of colors inside so you can make several complete rainbows.  I meant to count the number of rainbows inside and then completely forgot but I can say we got 25 rainbow bags out of 4 bags of Twizzlers and had ample Twizzlers left.  I would say you can probably get about 7 rainbows from each bag as my best guess.

To make 25 bags of rainbows I used one full bag of Jet Puff mini marshmallows plus about 25% of a second bag.  I was generous with the clouds though so you could probably get away with just one bag.

  • Start by separating the candy into a rainbow with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  • Make sure the ends of the licorice line up and gently fold into a rainbow shape.  It is hard to shape the candy and keep all the colors showing- I thought the purple was the least pretty so I sort of shoved that toward the back as I was bending.
  • Next stuff it into your bag where it should fan out into a U shape.
  • Pop a few marshmallows into one corner of the bag and then the opposite corner.
  • And you are all done!

I tied the top with yellow ribbon we had on hand although green might be more festive for St Patrick’s Day.  Yellow is my daughter’s favorite color so I went with what would make her happy.

Rainbow Treats for Kids

As I was stuffing these I did the licorice in the center first in the hopes that would sort of help keep the marshmallow clouds separate on each end of the rainbow.  They will likely get mixed up together at the bottom but don’t worry because they still look adorable.

I think these would be even cuter with one Rolo or one chocolate coin tucked into a corner for the pot of gold but I didn’t think about that until I was halfway into assembly.  Next time for sure ;)

And then you will have darling little treats for the kiddos and I bet they love these bright, happy little treats!

I know for sure I’ll make these again- probably as soccer snacks.  I do have to say the Twizzlers weren’t very good to me.

And I happen to love Rainbows, if you do too- here is more Rainbow inspiration:

rainbow fruit cups

Rainbow Fruit Cups

How to Make Rainbow Brownie Bites- perfect for parties!

Rainbow Brownie Bites (perfect for a bake sale!)

how to color tennis shoes

Rainbow Tie Dye Tennis Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

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16
Mar
2015

Free Children’s Activities: Week of March 16-22

03/16/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

As always, it’s best to confirm with your local store before you make a special trip.

 

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

March 17th the theme will be St. Patrick’s Day.

Select stores will have Peter Rabbit appearances March 7-21.  Locate a participating store here.

Williams-Sonoma: Stop by on on March 21st at 10am to learn all about Easter Baking. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Feathery Friend on March 21st. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. Check your local store to confirm and verify time.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Michael’s:  Children will learn how to make Crayon Resist Cards on March 21st from 10am to noon. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. See a store associate to join the fun,

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

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