FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 6/23 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Summertime Door Hanger for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 6/23 1-3pm, Demonstration: Wilton Fondant Fun.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 6/23 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 6/23 1/4pm. Passport to Imagination Poland. Check to see if your local Michael’s is participating. The event is free for children 3 and up from .

Disney Store: Satuday 6/23- Sunday 6/24. Join Disney Store  for in-store activities as we celebrate the upcoming release of Brave in theaters June 22!

  • Saturday, June 23 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 24: Call your local store for event times
Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 6/23 10am & Sunday 6/24 2pm Alex and the gang are back this weekend! Register your child for this clinic and they can build this awesome Luxury Assault Vehicle from Madagascar 3! Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 6/16 @11:30AM. Here at BookPeople, we think our dads rule, and we bet you do too. So in anticipation of Father’s Day, we are celebrating all the things that make our dads the coolest and most lovable guys around. So this morning we are reading Oh, Daddy! and other stories all about dads and then making cute cards to celebrate our fathers.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 6/17, 12-2pm.Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. June 17th – Father’s Day Activity
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.

Ruta MayaJoin us Sunday 5/17 at 10:30 AM Kid Show: Staci Gray.

Harry Potter Wand Making Event: Friday 6/15 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Free Family Event!! Our Hogwarts Art Camps may be all full, but you can still get in on the fun! Drop in and create a wand complete with phoenix feather, unicorn hair or dragon heart string. Allow about 45 minutes and be ready to help your kiddos under 8.

Amanda Evans and Sadie the Paper Crown Princess @ Brilliant Sky Toys and books: Saturday 6/16 11am. Join us to hear author Amanda Evans read her brand-new book, Sadie the Paper Crown Princess! Stick around afterwards as we make our own paper crowns!

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 6/16 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Key Keeper for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 6/16 1-3pm, Demonstration: Decorative Mesh Wreath.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 6/16 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 6/15 6-8pmLooking for something to do for Father’s Day? Take the kids to Michael’s today and make a FREE duct tape wallet. Check to see if your local Michael’s is participating. The event is free for children 3 and up from .

Disney Store: Friday 6/15 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Join Disney Store  for in-store activities as we celebrate the upcoming release of Brave in theaters June 22!

  • Saturday, June 16 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Friday, June 15: Call your local store for event times

*Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.

LEGO Super HeroesToys R Us stores (call ahead to make sure yours is participating)
Sat. June 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Create your own Batman or Superman shield with LEGO bricks and take it home!

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park: Awesome Deals!!!

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park – Each location has huge jumping areas, dodge ball on trampolines, eight individual batting cages, inflatable’s, indoor practice fields, “Earthquake” our exclusive safe, fun area for kids 7 and under, and private party rooms…  We really do offer something for everybody.  Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park – Where it’s OK to Bounce Off the Walls.

There’s 4 locations nationwide: Phoenix, Colorado, Dallas and Austin!!
Father’s Day ONLY: Buy the first hour get the 2nd hour for free; Dad’s jump for free. Valid for up to four people. ONLY one coupon per visit.

Sunday ongoing: Buy the first hour get the 2nd hour for free; Valid for up to four people. ONLY one coupon per visit.

Any day Any time: $2 off any jump session; Valid for up to four people. ONLY one coupon per visit

Birthday parties: Birthday child is free

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 6/9 @12PMIt Jes’ Happened is a biography of outsider artist Bill Traylor, a former slave who at the age of 83 began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life. As an enslaved boy on an Alabama farm in the early 1860s, Bill Traylor worked in the hot cotton fields. After slavery ended, Bill’s family stayed on the land as sharecroppers. By the time he was 79, Bill was all alone in the world. Lonely, poor and eventually homeless, he wandered the downtown streets of Montgomery, Alabama. But deep within himself Bill had a reservoir of memories of his lifetime spent on the land. When he was 83 years old, these memories blossomed into pictures. Bill began to draw people and places from his earlier life, as well as scenes from the busy city around him. Today, Bill Traylor is considered one of the most important American self-taught artists. Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator/author of more than 40 books for children, trade and educational. It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Taught Himself to Draw is a Lee & Low New Voices honor winner. His other titles include She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 6/10, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. Love the ocean? Make your own sustainable fish.
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.
Ruta Maya: Join us Sunday 6/10 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: Laura Freeman and the Hey Lollies.

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 6/9 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Flip Flop Notepad for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 6/9 1-3pm, Demonstration: Martha Stewart Craft Clay & Punch around page.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 6/9 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 6/9. DreamWorks is flying into Lowe’s this Summer! Your child will love building this Monkey Powered Plane straight from the Madagascar movies. Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 6/2 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Snazzy Garden Snail for Free!

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 6/2 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Bank of AmericaSaturday 6/2 & Sunday 6/3 Free Museums On Us days for Bank of America cardholders! There are over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US.

The Home Depot: Saturday 6/2 9am-Noon, Free Kids Workshop: Kids can build an organizer to store hair bands, race cars… or make a great gift for DAD!

• Kids will learn to build their very own organizer while learning tool safety
• Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill 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.

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 6/2 @11:30AM. Mooooooo!  Oink!  Nay!  Squeak!  Down on the farm, real outdoor adventures tend to include swatting bugs, mowing hay, milking cows, and drinking plenty of lemonade to cool off. But these stories about farm life make everything seem like a lot more fun and a lot less work. So today we’ll be reading Punk Farm along with other haybailin’ tales for you to enjoy!

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 6/3, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. Enjoy some delicious Hummus & Veggie Faces
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.
Ruta Maya: Join us Sunday 5/27 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: Kid Show: Scotty Roo
First Saturday at the Bob Bullock Museum: Satuday 6/2 2-6 pm The Museum offers FREE admission to the exhibits on the first Saturday of each month with First Saturdays. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from on First Saturdays.

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 5/26 @11:30AM. Join us for a puppet show that will literally blow your socks off — this is according to our dear friend, Amelia Bedelia! Her tendency to take everything said aloud quite literally sure makes for some funny moments in her books and this morning’s show should have you laughing out loud at some of her classic moves. Come early to get a seat at this super silly puppet show performance by BookPeople’s own Practically Perfect Puppeteers.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 5/27, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. Join Abrakadoodle for a Melon Madness Still Life. Paintings will be based on Cezanne and Frida Kahlo’s paintings of fruit and melons.
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.
Ruta Maya: Join us Sunday 5/27 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: Mr. Johnny and Sharon

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 5/26 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Patriotic Wand for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 5/26 1-3pm, Design you own Cup Cozy made out of Duck Tape and Velcro for Free!

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 5/26 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 5/26. Nothing says “summer” like ice cream! Your child will love building this Ice Cream Truck complete with stickers and paperboard cutouts! Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

IKEA: FREE Big Blue Bag & FREE Food at the Restaurant!

You can pick up a FREE big Blue Bag today (May 24th) at select locations! See locations here.

Also, this weekend you can go to the restaurant at your local IKEA store and deduct your restaurant receipt total from any home furnishings purchase over $100! That means FREE food if you’re getting over $100 in items! See more details here.

Offer valid Saturday, May 26 – Monday, May 28, 2012

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 5/19 @11:30AM. Our prolific pal Mo Willems never fails to entertain. And we simply adore this brand-new book about COOKIES! with NUTS! and how a DUCKLING! managed to get a hold of one and how a PIGEON! really, really wants to know HOW! exactly that happened. So come on down to the store this morning and read The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! and other hilarious tales by the inimitable Mo Willems.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 5/20, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. May 20th-Bike spoke creation. Make me the perfect addition to your bicycle
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.

Ruta MayaJoin us Sunday 5/20 at 10:30 AM Kid Show: Magical Mystical Michael

Whole Foods Bee Cave Store Grand Opening: Check out all the awesome activities to celebrate Whole Foods Grand Opening at Bee Cave! HERE

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 5/19 from 11am-3pm, Design you own Eye catching creatures with amazing scratch paper for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 5/19 1-3pm, Hands on Demonstration- Cricut Expression Machine

Michaels:  Saturday 5/19 3-4pm, Martha Stewart Crafts Lean to make amazing things with clay (Adults only)

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 5/5 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

 

Whole Foods Bee Cave Store Grand Opening

Join us for a fun day full of music, food, and a brand new Whole Foods Market filled with your favorite goodies! Store opens at 8:00am, and 1% of all proceeds will go towards the Lake Travis Education Foundation, our first Community Giving Day Recipient in Bee Cave!

Wednesday, May 16th Grand Opening Day!

7:30am-8:00am: Lake Travis High School Drum Line and Whole Foods Market Bread Breaking Ceremony

9:00am-11:00am: Face Painting station!

11:00am-4:00pm: Autograph Alley with LTHS athletes, Performance by the Cavalettes, Lake Travis High School Cheerleaders accompanied by their team mascot!

4:30pm-6:00pm: The Lake Travis High School Fiddlers!

6:30pm-8:00pm: Lake Travis High School student band, Andrea & Company!

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FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 5/5 @11:30AM. Writers are some of our favorite people in the world because they give us the wonderful gift of stories. But sometimes we forget how hard the writing process can really be. That’s why we’re going to honor our creative heroes today and read The Obstinate Pen and other funny tales of the trials and tribulations of literary life.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 5/6, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. May 6th -Ole’! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a hand made sombrero and pinata.
  • Fundays on the Plaza: Join us every Sunday morning for a Sunday Funday courtesy of Health Starts Here. Classes are free, but you might want to bring a water bottle and a yoga/work out mat.
Ruta MayaJoin us Sunday 5/6 at 10:30 AM Super Cinderella.
First Saturday at the Bob Bullock Museum: Satuday 5/5 2-6 pm The Museum offers FREE admission to the exhibits on the first Saturday of each month with First Saturdays. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from on First Saturdays.
For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 5/5 from 11am-3pm, Design you own Thank you card for your teacher for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 5/5 1-3pm, Mother’s Day Stepping Stone.

Disney Store: Saturday 5/5 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Avengers Assemble at Disney Store! Junior Avengers training and orientation at Disney Store. Come dressed as your favorite Avenger! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.

Michaels:  Saturday 5/5 from 1-3pm, FREE Make-it Take-it Heartfelt card for mom.

Bank of AmericaSaturday 5/5 & Sunday 5/6 Free Museums On Us days for Bank of America cardholders! There are over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US.

The Home Depot: Saturday 5/5 9am-Noon, Free Kids Workshop: build a Planter Box. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill 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.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 5/5 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Free Kids Summer Reading Programs!

With school almost coming to an end, it’s always a good thing to keep those little minds fresh! With programs like these makes it easy to encourage your children to continue reading during the summer time! I always enjoy doing tons of summer reading programs with the kiddos! Check out this nice little list I have found for you! Your children can take advantage of  the FREE books, prizes, and cash they can earn this summer!

Book Adventure - Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read.  The quiz is usually about 10 questions long.  They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels.  These are common books that can be found at your local library.  Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

National Amusements Theaters Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

PBS Kids Summer Reading Challenge – This challenge kicks off on June 6th and includes a FREE six week reading program and the chance for your kids to win daily prizes for their participation.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library - Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer.  My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row.  Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.

Scholastic Summer Challenge - Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

You might also be interested in this list of Good Report Card Freebies.

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)

 

Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros: 4/28 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. KLRU, in partnership with Austin Public Libraries, will open this celebration of children and books with a performance of the Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl under the direction of Ms. Elsa Y. Nelligan. This presentation will be followed by storytime and a fun time exploring and learning about science. We will be accompanied by The Cat in the Hat and by Martha the talking dog, from “Martha Speaks”. You can bring your camera to take a picture with them.

KLRU Birthday Party: 4/29 12-4 pm, 2nd Street in downtown Austin
Your favorite PBS characters will be celebrating KLRU’s birthday and you’re invited! Cookie Monster, Arthur, SuperWhy, Clifford, Maya & Miguel and others will take over 2ND Street for a day of family fun. There will be fun for the whole family including a Central Texas Gardener activity, story time with local celebrities, Arts In Context dance demonstrations and much more. Bring your camera! Thanks to our sponsors Silicon Labs and The Moody Foundation. Special thanks to 2ND Street District.

Austin Dragon Boat FestivalPlease join us for the 2012 Dragon Boat Races and Festival, Saturday April 28, 2012. The event starts at 10 am and goes until 3 pm. This year’s event will be held for the 14th year running at Festival Beach, on the beautiful banks of Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in central Austin.

SpringFest in Bee Cave: 4/28 11am-7pm. SpringFest is the BIGGEST time in the smallest town held at the Hill Country Galleria and Shops at the Galleria  in Bee Cave, Texas from 11AM-7PM. SpringFest has something for everyone whether it’s live music you’re looking for, browsing for a new boatunique shopping and KidZone, we’ve got it all. The smoke from the Lake Travis Rib King BBQ Cook-Off is the first hint you are in the right place. We have a huge KidZone, arts and crafts vendors lining main street, a boat expo and live music all day featuring some of central Texas’ best musicians.

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (National Stores)

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 4/28 from 11am-3pm, Design you own Little Gardener Apron for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 4/28 1-3pm, Wilton Decorating Basics Demonstration.

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 4/28Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great Terrarium kit! Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

FREE events to enjoy with the kids this weekend (Austin Area)


BookPeople: Saturday 4/14 @11:30AM. The musical duo that is sweeping Austin with its groovy tunes & silly antics is stopping off at BookPeople for a little show! Come dance and cut loose with some of Austin’s most intriguing & goofy musicians for children!

Whole Foods: Sunday 4/15, 12-2pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way.

Ruta MayaJoin us Sunday 4/15 at 10:30 am Kid Show: Mr. Johnny and Sharon

Chaparral Ice:  Saturday 4/14 @ 12pm FREE SKATING CLASSES – Try out a skating class! We offer free one-time, 30-minute introductory classes for beginners age 6 and up. Students must fill out a free class registration card. Stop by the front desk before the class for your card, fill out the card, get your skates, and give the card to your instructor before class. Allow 20-30 minutes to sign up and get skates properly fitted. Dress Warmly!

Cedar Park Heritage Festival - Saturday 4/14, 4-9 pm at Milburn Park and will feature live country music with a dance. The festival will also include the Championship Hamburger Cook-off.  If you are interested in entering the hamburger cook-off, please choose the following link to download the entry form.  All entries are free. Enjoy a washer tournament, pony rides, carnival games, petting zoo, food concessions, face painting, photos with a longhorn, inflatables, train rides, historical displays, demonstrations, sack races, stick horse rodeo, corn on the cob eating contest and much more fun. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest.

LCRA Earth Day Festival - Saturday 4/14, 10-3 pm. Activities for the free festival will include guided hikes through pine forests, wildflowers, and small pocket prairies. Participants also can take part in nature crafts, or learn about energy, land, and water conservation through hands-on activity stations and demonstrations. Adults can delve into the natural world during one of the Walk and Talk Nature Workshops while the kids enjoy touching live animals native to the Colorado River. There will also be plenty of tasty food to enjoy while listening to live music.

For more events around Austin make sure to check out FreeFuninAustin.com