Children’s Activities

01
Sep
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of September 1-7

09/01/2014. 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.

Disney Store: Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days at Disney Store. Store events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a free character button. Events take place every day through September 1st. See a Cast Member for event schedule and details at your local store.

This week’s button giveaway includes Marvel Super Heroes. (this is the last week!)

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.  

The 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:  Kids will create an Owl Pencil Holder on September 6th.  Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a School Spirit Shaker on September 6th from 10am to noon.

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. 

Some stores will have a special Grandparents story time on Saturday.  Children can listen to stories and participate in activities celebrating Grandparents. Times vary.

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.

Kids Bowl Free: Just register and get 2 free games everyday.  This varies by location as to when the program ends.

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. 

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on September 6th at 9:30 am.  Kids will learn how to make fresh pasta.  Ages 9-13.

Lego Store: Free Lego build on September 2nd.  Your little ones can build a Lego racing plane. The event starts at 5pm and is limited to kids age 6-14. 

Quantities are limited so it is best to get there early!

Home Depot: Free kid’s workshop on September 6th.  Kids will build a Wizard of Oz birdhouse from 9am to 12 pm.  These do fill up quickly so make sure to register.

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

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25
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 25-31

08/25/2014. 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.

Disney Store: Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days at Disney Store. Store events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a free character button. Events take place every day through September 1st. See a Cast Member for event schedule and details at your local store.

This week’s button giveaway includes Marvel Super Heroes.

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.  

The theme this week will be “Wheels on the Bus” on August 26th.   Children will receive a book club passport at their first story time and a special gift after attending five story times.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Whimsical Wind Catcher on August 30th.  Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Grandparents Day Card on August 30th from 10am to noon.

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. 

Some stores will have a back to school storytime this week featuring the book Peanut Butter and Cupcake.  Children can listen to stories and participate in activities celebrating new friendships. Times vary.

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.

Kids Bowl Free: Just register and get 2 free games everyday.  This varies by location as to when the program ends.

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. 

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on August 30th at 9:30 am.  Kids will learn how to make pizza dough from scratch.  Ages 9-13.

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

 

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20
Aug
2014

Fun Sight Words Practice for Kids

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Fun sight words game for kids

 

Well can you believe my little darlings are still not in school?  I feel like the last man standing here as we have one more week of summer vacation.

I have really been cramming in the sight word practice for both my 5 year old and 7 year old the past few weeks so they are fresh and ready to start school.

But you can only do flashcards and writing it out and spelling aloud so many times and it gets so boring for them.  So I decided to have a little fun with some words and make it a game to try to get them interested in learning.

If you have little ones that are trying to memorize lists of sight words, this might be something you consider trying with your kiddos.

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20
Aug
2014

Lowe’s: 2 Free Build and Grow Clinics in September

08/20/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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There will be 2 Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe’s in September.

The first is on September 13th and your kids will make a pair of binoculars.

The second event is on September 27th and your kids will make a fire truck.

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Each event will be held at 10am.  Registration will be open for the first clinic starting this Monday.  I wanted to go ahead and give you the heads up now as these do get filled up quickly. It is usually best to sign up early.  I think since the kids are back in school now and people are home for the weekends, these will probably fill up especially quickly.

 The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

And you can learn more about the August event here

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18
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 18-24

08/18/2014. 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.

Disney Store: Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days at Disney Store. Store events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a free character button. Events take place every day through September 1st. See a Cast Member for event schedule and details at your local store.

This week’s button giveaway includes Sleeping Beauty.

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.  

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Silly Face Magnetic Note Holder on August 23rd. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Personalized Chalkboard Wood Plaque on August 23rd from 10am to noon.

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. 

Some stores will feature Hometown Hero Storytime.  There will be crafts and more.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

American Girl Event on August 21st.  There will be themed crafts and more. Check your local store for times.

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.

Kids Bowl Free: Just register and get 2 free games everyday in summer!

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. 

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on August 23rd at 10am.  Kids will learn how to make panini sandwiches.  Ages 9-13.

Lowes:  Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, which will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10am. At this clinic, your kids will build a Monsters vs Aliens robot.

You must register before you attend. The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

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

 

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17
Aug
2014

Sharpie Dyed Coasters- Fun Children’s Craft!

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Sharpie Dyed Coasters- easy children's craft project!



Here is another fun and pretty easy little children’s craft project.

This is a very inexpensive craft and I think the results are both pretty and functional.

You can use Sharpies to create beautiful designs on coasters or trivets in whatever color scheme you like.

This is one of those easy rainy day projects to file away as a possible gift idea for the Grandparents!

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14
Aug
2014

Easy Children’s Craft: Swirling Snail Art

08/14/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Children's Craft Swirling Snail Art



Here is a fun and cute and really simple children’s craft.  The kiddos can make these cute little snails and I bet they get a real kick out of making these.  This would be especially cute to make if your child likes the movie Turbo.  They could make this craft while you are getting dinner ready and then maybe catch Turbo after dinner for family night.

My girls actually did a similar project at the gym one day and they didn’t have time to finish the artwork so after a lot of pleading, I decided to just make the snails again with them at home so they could finish.

Since my girls enjoyed it so much, I thought your kiddos might like this craft as well.

Swirling Snail Art

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14
Aug
2014

Home Depot: Free Kids Workshop {September 6th}

08/14/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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The Home Depot event for September will be on Saturday, Septembe 6th and your kids will build a Wizard of Oz birdhouse.

This looks really cute and look how funny with the little feet poking out!

Here are the details:

  • FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety along with instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Note: It does look like they prefer you register for the Home Depot Kid Clinics now so you’ll want to head on over here to do that.

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