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

BookPeople: Saturday 8/18@11:30AM. Everybody, lend us your ears and join us for a party celebrating the elegant and elaborate letter “E”. We’ll read Edward the Emu along with other exceedingly expressive and emotive tales that will leave you in an extraordinarily ecstatic mood!

Barnes and Noble: 8/18 11am – 1 pm. Children ages 4 and up are invited to the Klutz Explore the Galaxy Hands-On Learning event. Kids will have fun designing and coloring stickers for decorating the night sky and space-themed scenes. Space is limited. Ask bookseller for sign-up sheet. Hill Country Galleria & Arboretum Locations.

Whole FoodsFundays 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 8/19 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: Scotty Roo and Christini

AISD Back to School Bash: Saturday 8/18 9 am-12. The Austin Independent School District invites its students and families to attend the annual Back-to-School Bash.  Families can learn about the district’s many programs and services that help students have a great school year, get access to free immunizations from Seton, participate in a safety walk and more. Free shuttle transportation to the event is available every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the following locations:

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 8/18 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Crawly Caterpillar for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 8/18 1-3pm, Demonstration Duck Taper Lap Top

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 8/18 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 8/18 1/4pm. Cricut Demo Demo (Adults only)

Disney Store: Friday 8/17- Sunday 8/19. In-store events will occur EVERY DAY from July 23rd – August 26th. Attend 4 events and receive a special gift! Visit or call our local Disney Store for specific event times and details! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. 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.

Guitar Center: Saturday 8/18  Guitar Center has partnered with Avid and is proud to offer a new Recording Made Easy Pro Tools 10 class. Every month we will present a series of four classes that show you how to take your ideas from basic tracks to finished songs using your Apple computer and Avid’s industry standard Pro Tools software. Reserve your seat now, as capacity is limited! Week 3: Working with MIDI in Pro Tools 10

American Girl:  Friday 8/17 – Saturday 8/19 Various events in different cities. Check for your local stores.

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

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 8/11 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Golden Collage for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 8/11 1-3pm, Demonstration Cricut Noah’s Animals

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 8/11 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 8/11 1/4pm. Cricut Demo Demo (Adults only)

Disney Store: Friday 8/10- Sunday 8/12. In-store events will occur EVERY DAY from July 23rd – August 26th. Attend 4 events and receive a special gift! Visit or call our local Disney Store for specific event times and details! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. 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.

Guitar Center: Saturday 8/11  Guitar Center has partnered with Avid and is proud to offer a new Recording Made Easy Pro Tools 10 class. Every month we will present a series of four classes that show you how to take your ideas from basic tracks to finished songs using your Apple computer and Avid’s industry standard Pro Tools software. Reserve your seat now, as capacity is limited! Week 2 (8/11): Working with Audio in Pro Tools 10

American Girl:  Friday 8/10 – Saturday 8/12 Various events in different cities. Check for your local stores.

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 8/11 10am & Sunday 8/12 2pm Shrek and Donkey are flying into Lowe’s this week! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build Shrek’s Dragon Ride!! Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

Free Bowling This Weekend 8/11/2012

Have some free family fun this weekend! Enjoy FREE Bowling Day 8/11! All you have to do is go to GoBowling Facebook page, “like” them, print your coupon for a free game of bowling! Then find a participating lane near you. This great freebie is valid only 08/11/2012. As if that isn’t cool enough, when you register you will be enter to win a 4G LTE iPad!

This offer is limited to $6 and on game of bowling per person. Cannot be combined with any other offers, and not valid on shoe rentals.

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

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 7/28 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Summer Fan for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 7/28 1-3pm, Hands on Demonstration, Ruffle Scarf.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 7/28 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 7/28 1/4pm. Passport to Imagination India 1-4 pm. Check to see if your local Michael’s is participating. The event is free for children 3 and up.

Disney Store: Friday 7/27- Sunday 7/29. In-store events will occur EVERY DAY from July 23rd – August 26th. Attend 4 events and receive a special gift! Visit or call our local Disney Store for specific event times and details! *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. 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.

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday 7/28 10am & Sunday 7/29 2pm Po has brought all of his friends to Lowe’s this week! Your child will love building this Kung Fu Panda Stacking Friends kit this weekend! Lowe’s Build and Grow is FREE and your child will receive the kit to build, free apron, goggles and patch.

Guitar Center: Saturday 7/28  Guitar Center has partnered with Avid and is proud to offer a new Recording Made Easy Pro Tools 10 class. Every month we will present a series of four classes that show you how to take your ideas from basic tracks to finished songs using your Apple computer and Avid’s industry standard Pro Tools software. Reserve your seat now, as capacity is limited!

American Girl:  Friday 7/27 Various events in different cities. Check for your local stores.

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


BookPeople: Saturday 7/21 @11:30AM.A Very Special Storytime with ANNETTE SIMON, Reading and Signing: Robot Zombie Frankenstein.

Whole FoodsFundays 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 7/22 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: Big Don!!

Storytime With Austin Summer Musical for Children!@ Barnes & Noble7/21 11 AM. Join the members of the Austin Summer Musical for Children as they celebrate 25 years in Austin by reading Alice in Wonderland by Robert Sabuda. This version of the story includes pop-up pages that make the story come to life. Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300, Austin, TX 78745, 512-892-3493

LeapFrog Tag Geography Relay! @ Barnes & Noble: 7/21 1PM. Children ages 4 and up and their parents are invited for the LeapFrog Tag Geography Relay. This fun event will teach children teamwork and map skills while they learn the geography of the U.S. Come in or call to put your name on the sign-up sheet. 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX 78759, 512-418-8985

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 7/21 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Olympic Torch for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 7/21 1-3pm, Make and Take Littleton Coin Company Penny Collecting.

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 7/21 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 7/21 1/4pm. Passport to Imagination Chile 1-4 pm. Check to see if your local Michael’s is participating. The event is free for children 3 and up.

Babies R Us: Saturday 7/21 12-4 pm. My First Coloring Event, Stay cool indoors with My First Coloring Event! Watch your little ones create an original work of art and don’t forget to hang it up at home! Plus, receive a valuable coupon just for joining us! Event intended for children: parental supervision required at all times. Event coupons available while supplies last and distributed to participating guests only. Limit one per guest. Quantities limited; no rainchecks.

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

Lakeshore LearningSaturday 6/30 from 11am-3pm, Design your own Star-spangled shaker for Free!

AC Moore: Saturday 6/30 1-3pm, Make it and Take it Duck Tape Crazy Birds

Barnes and Noble: Saturday 6/30 at 11 am, Weekly Story time

Michael’s: 6/30 1/4pm. Passport to Imagination Canada. Check to see if your local Michael’s is participating. The event is free for children 3 and up from .

Disney Store: Satuday 6/30- Sunday 7/1. Join Disney Store  for in-store activities as we celebrate the upcoming release of Brave in theaters June 22!

  • Saturday, June 30 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 1: Call your local store for event times

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


BookPeople: Saturday 6/30 @11:30AM. Being the same as everyone else is no fun!  Here at BookPeople we think that being unique and different makes people really cool. But at the same time, we all sometimes have trouble appreciating ourselves for who we are. That’s why we love reading Edward the Emu and other special stories all about learning to see that being yourself rocks!

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 7/1, 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. July 1st – Fourth of July 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 Maya: Join us Sunday 7/1 at 10:30 AM  Kid Show: The Telephone Company

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day FestivalSaturday, June 30 from 11-9 PM, is a unique experience showcasing the finest artwork and artisans, live music, delicious local and international foods, fireworks, and performing arts. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and excitement. The festivities will be capped off with a fabulous 4th of July Fireworks display that will be sure to impress. FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING. 

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 6/23 @11:30AM. Forget lions and tigers. Bears are the kings of the forest in our book, whether they’re of the Grizzly, Brown, or Teddy persuasion. It’s true that they scare us a little (and we should probably keep our distance), but we just wish we could cuddle up with one and eat blueberries all day long. That’s why we’re reading The Bear Went Over the Mountain and other stories all about our beautifully burly bearish friends.

Whole Foods

  • Kid’s Club: Sunday 6/24, 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 24th – Create some buzz with knowledge about bees. Make your own bumble bee!
  • 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 5/17 at 10:30 AM Kid Show: Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds

LEGO Building EventSaturday June 23, 2012 1:00 PM. Parents and children ages 4 and up are invited to visit us for the Lego Building Event. Kids will hone their fine motor skills while having a blast building with Lego micro bricks. Build an Ice Cream Stand or Harry Potter Lab to take home! Arboretum 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin, TX

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 6/23 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.

Fun Friday: Saving Gift Bags for future presents

This one might not sound a whole lot of fun, but I thought it should be part of “Fun Friday” because it is party related.

When you get a gift in a gift bag, do you save it? Gift bags are so expensive!!!! I’ve been saving them for so long, the other day I was looking at the prices at the store I freaked out! $5 for a bag are you kidding me?!?!

I take extra care to not damage any bags so I can save them. I also intercept them as they are opened at the kids’ birthday parties so they don’t damage them. I have gift bags in all shapes, sizes, colors and themes! I just fold them up neatly and store them under our bed on a plastic tub. If you had an underbed box, those are great for folding them storing them flat in.

Photo Credit: Young house love

I also save tissue paper that’s not too wrinkled, bows, boxes and wrapping papers on my underbed box.  This are wonderful ways of saving money and in most cases, this also allows you to spend a little more on the actual gift!

Do you save your bags or any other wrapping goodies? Let us know!

New Austin Couponing Section: Daily Tips

I am very excited to share with all you guys the newest section of Austin Couponing, “Daily Tips”. I get lots of emails asking me about many things, not only how to use coupons but how to save money in other areas. So starting today we’ll have 5 New daily posts, each targeted to an specific area in our lives.

I had all my wonderful readers in mind when I started this, and I am so happy I can help you and pay it forward. So here are Austin Couponing’s 5 New babies  ;-) :

  • Munchies Monday: Mondays I will share with you a new recipe, it will either use ingredients that are on sale that week or just be an awesome affordable recipe I think you really need to try. Let me warn you I have quite a sweet tooth  :-P
  • Tutorial Tuesday: My husband makes fun of me all the time, because I seem to have a new favorite hobby every month, so here I will share with you all the projects I am trying to accomplish, it will be anything from home decorating to crafty goodness.
  • Weight Wednesday: Pretty self explanatory name, I don’t know about you guys but most women (and some men) I know are always trying to find ways to loose those 10, 20, 30 or more pounds. Weight Wednesday will be all about tips on how to be healthy and loose or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Thrifty Thursday: As if I wasn’t cheap enough  with all the coupons, I am going to show you other ways to cut your spending and save the most money. Some of the ideas will be things I actually do, and some will be things you might want to try. But I understand not everyone should be on Extreme Cheapskates, lol
I can’t wait to start sharing this awesome tips with you guys and if you have any ideas, tips or suggestions please email me and let me know, I love to hear from my wonderful readers! And if your idea or tip is featured on Austin Couponing I will send you a special surprise!
Hope you find it useful, Enjoy!