Enjoy Free or Cheap Fun Weekend Activities

Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

Ready for the weekend and ready to hit town? Here are some fun and frugal activities we have compiled for you. Check out this list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

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Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During January, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card Craft and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.

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Barnes & Noble

Saturday, January 24th at 11 AM

I Love You Night and Day Storytime and activities at many locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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Bass Pro Shops

  • Saturday, January 24th – Hunting Workshop at 3 PM
  • Sunday, January 25th – Introduction to Fly Casting – being offered throughout the day.

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.

 

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Guitar Center

Saturday, January 24th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

  • 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy for GarageBand
  • 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

 

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Home Depot Workshop for Adults

  • Saturday, January 24th from 10AM to 11:30 AM
  • Sunday, January 25th from 1PM – 2:30 PM

Learn to improve DIY Skills ~You can pre-register online here.

 

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Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, January 24th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a My Friends Photo Board. Get more information here.

 

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Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, January 24th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Kids can drop in and take home a Mardi Gras Frame project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

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Pottery Barn

Sunday, January 25th at 10 AM

Design Your Dream Bedroom – learn tips from the design experts.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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 Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, January 24th for kids ages 9-13 at 10 AM.

Fun, Finger Foods – learn how to prepare scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner.

Sunday, January 25th for Adults

Game Day Eats – learn how to serve up hearty, crowd-pleasing dishes and make-ahead dishes. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! COMING SOON

Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th

Free Kids Fishing Workshops and Fun! Go here for more info.

Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, February 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids build a Heart Box in time for Valentine’s Day ~You can pre-register online here.

Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, February 14th at 10 AM

Build a Sweetheart Picture Holder. Registration begins February 2nd at the website here.

Michael’s Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

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Junior Designer Camp workshops

  • Fun with Color & Pattern: February 7th at 11 AM
  • Textile Design 101: February 16th at 11 AM
  • Creating a Mood Board: February 21st at 11 AM

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.

FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

FREE Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

Free Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

Free Flying Lessons

Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

FREE SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to www.5thgradeskipassport.com to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

FREE Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.

Free Pass to Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

More Free Museum Dates

This site, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Pie Day, Peanut Butter Day, Opposite Day and more! Get the full schedule here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!  (Thanks, MoreWithLessToday!)

Make Shopping for Health Insurance as easy as ABC and 123!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by UnitedHealthCare. All opinions are 100% my own.

Make Shopping for Health Insurance as easy as ABC and 123!


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used to be something everyone dealt with very mildly. Before the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) we, like most families, were completely content with the health insurance offered within our employment. Insurance under employment plans were more cost effective than what we could purchase on our own, so we never looked elsewhere. The hardest questions we faced were “employee only, employee + spouse, or employee + family”, “PPO or HMO”, and “Medical only, medical + dental, and Medical + dental and vision”. Whew, those were tough choices right?

Now, with the Affordable Care Act, insurance is available even outside of employment plans at a rate that is comparable to what you were paying before. The main difference we have noticed is the plans are different. Very different. Last year when we enrolled with the ACA we selected a plan that was not what we needed. We selected our plan solely on cost taking very little else into consideration. The result was being under insured with a high deductible.

This year, we have decided to take a step back and absorb as much information as possible before making a decision. That means we had to learn the ABCs and 123s – and everything thereafter.

The ABCs

A. Learn. It is important for you to learn about what has changed in health care because you may now be eligible for Medicaid. The ACA has raised the Medicaid limits in some states so more families are eligible. Before you begin shopping for Health Insurance, be sure you aren’t eligible for Medicaid instead.

B. Open Enrollment? You mean I can’t just buy health insurance whenever I’m ready? Open enrollment occurs only during a certain time. Know what open enrollment and special enrollment is all about and why it matters to you. Essentially, you need to use the time of open enrollment to get the proper health plan for your family. There are only certain qualifying events that allow you to use a special enrollment period when open enrollment is no longer open.

Open-Enrollment Guide

C. Buy your plan. Find a plan between Nov 15 and Feb 15 to have coverage for 2015. The exchanges, or the marketplace, is a website that allows you to compare plans from a variety of providers. This website will be either the government Healthcare.gov website or your state’s individual marketplace website.

And 123s

I. Know what you are buying! Health plans are annual and there are only a few ways to switch so you need to know what you are buying BEFORE you pick your plan. Look at deductibles, co-pays, premiums and maximum out-of-pocket as well as the what is covered. Think about your family and what you see doctors for. What prescriptions you and your family have too. Your health insurance costs can be affected by how much coverage, deductibles, and co-pays you take. Watch these short videos for more information:

II. Help!! What does this all mean? All of this health care research can be a lot to take in. Terms such as deductible, premium, co-insurance, EOB and PPO are commonly used when discussing health care. Don’t get discouraged, maybe these short videos can help explain what all of this information actually means:

A. Health Insurance Glossary
B. What’s a Premium?
C. What’s a Deductible?

D. What’s a Co-Pay?
E. What is an Out-of-Pocket Maximum?
F. What is Co-Insurance?
G. What’s a PPO?
H. What’s an EOB?
I. Student Health Insurance

III. Costs within healthcare? The costs within health care can be daunting. Check your deductible and out-of-pockets on a regular basis to stay ahead. When deciding on a plan, look for value ads provided by the company such as nurse lines, apps, and health club discounts too! Take a few minutes to watch these short videos to learn more about saving:

Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

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Top Bloguera Retreat in Anaheim, CA #TopBlogueras2014 #LATISM14

I have an exciting announcement to make! Are you ready?

This week has been a great week! I have been selected as one of the 100 Top Blogueras 2014 by Latinos In Tech Innovation And Social Media (known as LATISM)! A total of 400 applications were received. This means I will be heading to Anaheim, California on November 13th to attend the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14! Excited that this year’s conference will be held at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, next to the Disneyland ® Parks. YES!

What is Latism?

LATISM is a unique entity dedicated to support Latino bloggers just like me, keeps us up-to-date with issues related to Health, Technology, Business and Education. A true honor indeed, due to my influence in social media, involvement in the community, especially since the Latino community is included among the audience I promote my money saving tips. Thrilled to be returning to California again this month and with Stem Latina (my daughter!) who was also invited to experience this great event. The LATISM’14 conference is special because it is “geared toward competency building … Sponsors that choose to be a part of this event want to help our leaders develop key skills as business owners and advocates for their communities.”

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Depending on our niche, many of us Latina bloggers have struggled in the blogging world; nevertheless definitely a learning experience whether positive or negative. Attendees of the Top Bloguera Retreat at LATISM’14 will learn from speakers and businesses on how to better their blog for the benefit of their readers. We will learn how to further display our passion for societal issues and how to best use our blog to help change them.

Who Should Attend

Are you passionate about Raising a New Bilingual Generation? Nurturing future Latino Entrepreneurs? Education in your community? Using technology for the future success of Latinas? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need to join me at LATISM’14! I would love to see you there and help you get started in your own blog business to further Latin education and success in your community. We will learn from the growing list of guest speakers on all of these topics, and more!

The LATISM’14 speakers are:

  • Fidel Vargas, CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund;
  • Susan Can, Director of Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Helen Troncoso, DPT, Health & Wellness Expert/Consultant/Coach, Reinventing You, LLC;
  • Alberto Roca, Executive Director, DiverseScholar;
  • Julie Diaz Asper, Founder, GigCoin;
  • Dania Santana, Founder & CEO, Cool Communications, LLC;
  • Jessica Valle, CEO Founder, Bloggers of Health;
  • Oscar Menjivar, Co-Founder, Urban Teens eXploring Technology (UrbanTxT);
  • Felix Ortiz, Founder/Chairman, Viridis Learning;
  • Oscar Torres, Co-Founder, Minerapp.com; and
  • Jesse Bisceglia, Senior Education Officer, PreK12 Plaza

Special Thank You to Ana Roca, founder of the Top Blogueras Program, the sponsors who make this retreat a reality and to everyone involved in LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media), for including me on their list of Top Blogueras. I am honored.

Please visit the LATISM’14 conference HERE to grab your tickets for this month’s special event. I can’t wait to see you there!

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! Set Your Clocks FORWARD TONIGHT!

Are you behind on your sleep? Sorry to break it to you, but don’t plan on catching up this weekend.  Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. TONIGHT (on Sunday, March 11)!  Don’t forget to move your clocks forward ONE hour.  I am so looking forward to this new time!

How do you prepare for this new time? Luckily my daughter is off from school on Monday!

 

Vote for my Yahoo Shine Nomination!

 

I am so excited to share with you my nomination for the Yahoo! Women Who Shine contest.

Here she is…..Nicole from MamaNYC.  She’s a wife, mother of one (with one on the way), student, mentor and entrepreneur.

Nicole is an amazing woman!  She began her blog MamaNYC in mid-2010 after a career as an e-Commerce and Internet marketing professional. Operating her own web design & Internet marketing consulting business in 2001 and has worked with small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies.

This young mom earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 and is currently working on her MBA (Marketing) as a full-time graduate student.  Upon graduation, she plans to teach online courses.  She has spent the last five years coaching and mentoring students around the world.

Nicole is co-owner of BloggerPR, a blogger support and media group, which helps e-companies expand into the World Wide Web through social media management, product reviews, and more.

How did she get started?  By designing her first website as an 11-year-old!  The website became quite profitable and she was an overnight success being featured in several publications and magazines as a pre-teen!  Not long after, at the age of 14, she developed WebLogic Consulting where she created graphics and websites, and assisted with online auctions.

I told you she was remarkable and she is definitely a woman who shines.

What is Yahoo! Women Who Shine?   Shine is Yahoo’s site aimed at women with over 1.5 million followers on Facebook.  Women Who Shine is a contest for remarkable women who are making a difference, impacting the community and changing lives each and every day.  Women Who Shine wants to recognize that special woman, the shiniest of all women who shine, with a $10,000 CASH PRIZE!

I know you’ll agree that Nicole is that kind of woman — a woman who shines.  Now head over HERE to vote for Nicole.  I’m sure she can do a lot more shining with $10,000 in her pocketbook.

What are you waiting for?  Go vote HERE.  Thank you!

 

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.