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National/WNY Free and Cheap Things To Do Week of Jan 30: Free Yoga Classes, Photography Classes, Cooking classes and more

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Check out the large list of Free & Cheap Things To Do in WNY and NATIONALLY!!

Saving money is not only about coupons, its about consciously making an effort to Living On Less in everything you do, without sacrificing your quality of life! Did you know that there are free yoga classes, crafts classes, Apple Workshops, DIY Workshops, Free Factory Tours, and tons more in YOUR AREA? There are hundreds of things to do in WNY for FREE and this list also has links where you can find free things to do nationally!!

Check back weekly for our updated list of free things to do with special thanks to Lori at for sharing this awesome national list!

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.

WNY Free & Cheap Things To Do Workshops this weekend:

Friday – January 30

Saturday – January 31

Sunday – February 1

Monday – February 2

The above are published on The Buffalo Evening News website. To find more local events visit there page here

National Current Things To Do:

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:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During January and February, 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 31st at 11 AM

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 31st – Fly Tying Basics for Beginners Workshop from 10 AM to 1 PM

Sunday, February 1st – 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 31st {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy for iPad

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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:: Lakeshore Learning Store- FREE Fun Kids Crafts

Saturday, January 31st from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. We do not have these anywhere near us in WNY but there are instructions to make these at home too!!

Kids make and take a Masquerade Mask. Get more information here.

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:: Michael's Kids Club

Saturday, January 31st – 10AM – 12 Noon

Kids can drop in and take home a Wooden Valentine's 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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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, January 31st for kids ages 9-13 at 10 AM.

52 New Foods – No Bake Valentine's Treats – learn how to prepare easy no bake treats that are perfect for Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 1st for Adults

Valentine's Day Baking – learn how to prepare desserts from scratch as well as quick shortcut recipes. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.



:: Free Museum Entrance for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th

Museums on US – free admission for Bank of America customers at over 150 museums nationwide. Get all the information right here.

:: Free National Park Entrance

February 14-16th for Presidents Day weekend

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th

Free Kids Fishing Workshops and Fun!

Kids Archery Workshops from February 4th – November 18th

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.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, February 14th from 10AM to 11:30 AM – Learn Interior Paint & Drywall Repair skills

Sunday, February 15th from 1PM – 2:30 PM – How to Install Tile

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.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

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

:: Pottery Barn – Adults

Sunday, February 8th at 10 AM

How to Accessorize Your Home – learn tips from the design experts.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

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 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,, 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 Croissant Day, Backward Day, Groundhog Day and more! Get the full schedule here.


* For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local , LivingSocial and Seize The Deal in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!

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.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!


Topic: Free and Cheap Things To Do Week of Jan 30