Children’s Activities

11
Aug
2014

Lowe’s: Free Build and Grow Clinic August 23rd

08/11/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, which will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10am.

It is always best to sign up for these right away because they do fill up really fast.

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.

See some additional activities to do with the kids this week here.

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11
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 11-17

08/11/2014. 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 Olaf and Elsa.

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  Blooming Numbers Garden on August 16th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Back to School Treasure Pocket on August 16th  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 Back to School storytime featuring Pete the Cat and the New Guy. There will be crafts and more.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

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 16th at 10am.  Kids will learn how to make apple snacks. Ages 9-13.

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

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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04
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 4-10

08/04/2014. 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 Olaf and Anna.

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  Summer Spinning Top on August 9th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Fun Dough Craft Bug on August 9th  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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Storytime this week. There will be crafts and more.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

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 9th at 10am.  Kids will learn about fruits and veggies and make a treat. Ages 9-13.

Lowes: Free kid’s workshop on August 9th at 10am. They will build a trolley inspired by the movie Monsters vs Aliens.

You must register before you attend

Lego Store: Free lego build on August 5th at 5pm.  Children can build an adorable monkey.

The event is for ages 6-14. You can find your local store here.

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

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

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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31
Jul
2014

Easy Sand Art for Children

07/31/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Easy Colored Sand Art- very fun craft for children



The girls and I had so much fun the other day with this project.  It is incredibly easy and very inexpensive and a perfect craft to do with your kids.

Plus you should have something pretty to display once you are all finished!

You only need a few things to do this sand art.

Basically you color plain salt with chalk and use that to create layers and patterns in a container of your choice.  The salt is super cheap (mine was $.77 at Target) and it looks very pretty- just like sand.

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28
Jul
2014

Lowe’s: Free Build & Grow Clinic August 9th

07/28/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, which will be held on Saturday,  August 9th, at 10AM.

It is always best to sign up for these right away because they do fill up really fast.

At this clinic, your kids will build a Trolley inspired the movie Monters vs Aliens.  These clinics are lots of fun and the kids seem to really enjoy them.

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

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28
Jul
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of July 28 – August 3

07/28/2014. 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 Olaf.

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.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a “You Name It Door Hanger” on August 2nd. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Keychain or Bracelet on August 2nd 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. The theme this week is “What do you do with an Idea”. 

Plus some stores will have a Harry Potter Birthday Party at varying dates.  And on August 1st at 7pm there will be a Frozen Party featuring Olaf. There will be a sing-along, crafts and storytime.  My store has Marvel superheroes listed for Saturday with giveaways and activities.  Check your store for times and dates by clicking the link above.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

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 2nd at 10am.  Kids will learn how to use Zoku and make slushies, ice cream and more. Ages 5-13.

Home Depot: Free kid’s workshop on August 2nd from 9am to 12pm. They will make a Mini Crate Pencil Holder.

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.

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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25
Jul
2014

How to Make a Children’s Tent

07/25/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

How to Make a Children's Tent - so easy and so inexpensive!



So my little girl turned 5 in May and we wanted to make her a special gift this year that she would really love.  I have seen the idea of creating a little collapsible tent in the past and I really wanted to make one for her birthday gift.

My little girl loves to read so I thought this would be a special spot for that and also what kid doesn’t like forts and tents and little secret places to hide?  I knew this was going to be a big hit.

I can tell you my husband made this really quickly- in just an afternoon and it was very cheap and easy to do.  He built the frame and then I bought some fabric and really that was about it.  We added a few extra accessories and now about 2 months later- both of my girls use this tent all the time.  We mostly use it for reading books, occasionally coloring projects and we have taken it out to the park on a few occasions for fancy tea parties.  When the tent does make a road trip to the park, we usually get swarmed with kids that want to come and check it out.

So if you have been considering making one of these for your kiddos- let me share the tutorial we used and some of the little extras we did to spruce up our tent.

I forgot to keep all the receipts for the project but I believe the materials were about $20.  I bought fabric at Hobby Lobby with a coupon and I want to say it was something Like $8.00.  So this is a really inexpensive project and when you are done it folds up and can be tucked into a closet or in the garage!

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21
Jul
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of July 21-27

07/21/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

batmanday

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 Windlifter.

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.  

Children who try on a backpack will receive a backpack charm while supplies last.

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a Make and Shake Noisemaker  on July 26th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Learn how to paint a textured flower on canvas on July 26th at 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.

Wednesday is Batman Day with special giveaways, crafts, photo ops and more. Check your 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 July 26th at 10am.  Kids will learn how to prepare milkshakes. Ages 5 and up.

Lowe’s: Build and Grow on July 26th at 10am.  Children will make the taco truck from the movie Turbo.

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.

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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