FREE Family Fun in October and November!

by Jennifer on October 21, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap

free family events

Looking for some frugal family fun?  There are lots of free weekend events (or almost free events) in October, all across the USA – including Michiana (Michigan and Indiana)!

There are also a few free events happening during the week that I have included.

Feel free to forward this to friends, and if you know of any others to share please send me a comment or email so I can keep this list updated. We can be frugal and have some fun!

It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

:: AC Moore

Saturday, October 26th 1- 3 pm

Spirograph” Make and Take Event

Sunday, October 27th 1-3 pm

Candy Making

Learn more at the AC Moore website.

:: American Girl

October In-Store Events:  

Include Bitty Twins’ Ballerina Paper Doll Craft, Doll ‘ Dos & How-Tos with clip-in hair colors to take home, Date with My Dad, Acorn Pouch Craft, Bitty Baby’s Story Time, Paper Pumpkin Craft, Bitty Twins’ Ballet Story Time, Just Mom and Me, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, and American Girl Day at the Rink (NYC only).

Events vary by location and minimum age.  Find events specific to your area at the American Girl website here or call 877-247-5223.

:: Barnes & Noble

Now through October 31st

In select stores, Voyage of the Imagination, create and share adventure-themed stories with Rory’s Story Cubes & Mudpuppy’s Jungle Animal Make-a-Mask.  Enter your zip code here to find a participating store near you.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Now through October 31st

It’s the Great Pumpkin Halloween Events – free activities from costume parades, crafts, free photos and more. Get all the details and a schedule here.

:: Guitar Center

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

1) Saturday, October 26th at 10 am

Recording Made Easy: Mixing and Publishing

2) Saturday, October 26th at 10:15 am – Group Ukulele Lesson

:: Home Depot Hands On Workshops (for grown-ups):

Saturday, October 26th from 10 – 11:30 am

Sunday, October 27th from 1 – 2:30 pm

Free Do-It-Yourself workshops ~ {workshops may vary by store} Head to the Home Depot website to learn more!

:: Lakeshore Learning – free crafts for kids

Saturday, October 26th from 11 am to 3 pm

Tricky Treat Cup- Make and take a cute holder for your treats. Get more information here.

:: Michael’s Kids Club Workshops

Saturday, October 26th – every half hour between 10 am and 11:30 or 12 noon

Make a treat bag, face painting and a Halloween parade.

~The cost is $2 per child for a 30 minute reservation. Sessions start every half hour from 10 am – 11:30 or 12 noon every Saturday. Get more information here.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell (for grown-ups)

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. Get your local calendar of events right here.

:: 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.

:: Toys “R” Us

Saturday, October 26th from 10 am – 12 pm

All Toys “R” Us locations – free Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Making Event. Go here for more details.

:: Williams-Sonoma: Free Cooking Technique Classes

Free technique class: Sunday, October 27th

Classic Crusts – Step by step instructions to prepare beautiful crusts; a standard piecrust, a sweet piecrust, and a classic graham cracker crust. Class sizes are limited. For more specific times and details, please call your local store. You can get more information here.

  • Hour-long technique classes are free and include tastings of prepared dishes.
  • Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.
  • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.

COMING SOON………………………………………….

:: Veteran’s and their families

Sunday, November 10th and Monday, November 11th

The 5th annual B&Bs for Vets offers free rooms at participating B&B’s. So far there are 261 and counting! Do you have a friend who is a veteran? Be sure and tell them about this great free offer. Go here for more details.

:: Bank of America: Free Museum Weekends

Saturday, November 2nd & Sunday, November 3rd

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit:

Bank of America has also recently rolled out its Museums on Us site for mobile. You can check it out here on your mobile phone: It’s great for people who are traveling and want to check out if the city they are visiting has a participating museums.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshops

Saturday, November 2nd from 9 am – 12 pm.

Sail a Mighty Ship – Come build The Home Depot’s spectacular Tabletop Ship!

  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. One workshop kit, apron and pin per child.

You can register online at the Home Depot website.

:: Lego Stores

Tuesday, November 5th

Free mini-model building event. Go here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build & Grow

Saturday, November 9th 10 am – 11 am.

Make and take a #48 race car with a pull back motor. Register your kids online here.  Kids build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggle, patch and more!

:: Pottery Barn Decorating Classes and Events

Sunday, November 17th & 24th at 10 am

Decorating ideas – from festive mantels and entryways, to glistening treetops and beyond. RSVP at your local store here.

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY………………………………………….

  • To find an orchard near you, try Pick Your Own . This friendly site is also a good source to find related fruit and vegetable festivals all across the country.
  • If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass.  Check the ACS Home Show site, there are several Home and Garden Shows happening all across the USA during October.
  • Kids Bowl for Free – select bowling centers participate, join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.
  • Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots.  Get more information here.
  • Yoga Month in October – Get one free week of Yoga at a studio near you. There are over 2,000 studios participating this year. Get the details and print out your free pass here.  For new students only.

More Fun for Less Money…

For more inexpensive ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon and LivingSocial in your area.  For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets.  Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar.  If you are new, you can set up a free account here.

You can’t beat this deal for the 2014 Entertainment Book (also has coupons for local family attractions):

Get ALL YOU for $5 plus a FREE Savings Book – 3 months of my favorite magazine, All YOU , plus a 2014 Entertainment Book, all for only $5!  The coupons do not expire until November of 2014.  This is a great value for entertainment, dining out and family fun!

Thanks morewithlesstoday!

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