Free Cooking Classes at Williams Sonoma. Kids 5-12 I’m sad, because I just learned about and will be missing the February Valentine’s Day themed class, but I’m registered for March and so excited. I read several reviews from other moms, who basically said after their first time they registered for the rest of the year. These are free and offer kids a great introductory to cooking. Plus, I love being in Williams Sonoma. I feel instantly inspired and more Julia Childs like so I cannot wait to go with Liam next month.
Home Depot Monthly Kids Build on the First Saturday of Each Month. We went to our first one in January, with really low expectations. I was surprised by how much fun we had. It ended up being completely awesome. The kids loved it, and would have been thrilled to go back the next week if that had been an option. Register online in advance if you can, but walk ins are also welcome!t
Free LEGO Life Magazine Subscription. This is not a catalog, like I’d originally been considered. It is an amazing magazine for kids. There is LEGO inspiration, activities, stories and it is FREE. Delivered to your door periodically throughout the year.
Free monthly mini build at the LEGO store. So, this is one that happens every month. It is geared to kids around 6-12, and each month the kids make a small Lego set. I urge you to register early!
Storytime at Barnes & Noble. This one tends to be a weekly event at the same time every week at your local Barnes and Noble. Ours typically has a couple books, a craft, and a small snack like crackers.
Pottery Barn Kids Storytime. We have not got to try this one out yet, but I’ve heard great things! After you attend five events, you get a “special surprise”
Volunteer as a family. I say this, but I have found this one to be difficult in terms of organized volunteering. So, I just focus on training the boys to see needs and meet them. This can be as simple as donating their toys to needy children, cleaning out the pantry, or cleaning out their books and making a library donation. The act of going to those places does really resonant with children.
Attend free days at your local museums or zoo. I think you’d be surprised to learn how often organizations host these events. They tend to be a little busier, but there’s still room for fun for all.
Go on a tour. We went on a free tour of a local Cheese factory, and the kids were so into it. (they also served ice cream) It prompted me to research more opportunities for similar fun and have scheduled three tours since.
Of course, the local library is filled with exciting things that cost little- no money. Check them out! Please let me know if I’ve missed any great opportunities for free fun.