Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 9/19 – 9/21

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: September In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the BeForever Postcard Craft, Grandparents’ Day Card Craft, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Autumn Card Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday participating stores are celebrating Curious George Day. Bring your kids for stories, activities and giveaways. Check if your local store is participating.

Bass Pro Shop:  The month of September is Boy Scout Month. Scouts can earn their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges by attending workshops at participating Pro Shops. Contact your local store for details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, September 20th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, September 20th: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, September 20th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Keep the Beat Den Den Drum!

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, September 20th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn the Best of Breakfast, how to make the best choice while eating on the go! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Frugal Fall Activities

By contributing writer Laura

Fall is my favorite time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. With the hot, sticky, humid summer behind us, the milder temps and crisp air make being outside so much more enjoyable for both my kids and myself. There are also many fun fall-themed outdoor activities you can partake in as you celebrate the season, but sometimes with the back-to-school rush and flurry of activities on our plate, we forget to slow down and enjoy fall.

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Here are some fun, frugal fall activities to enjoy fall with your family.

1. Pack a picnic.

Although you may think of picnics as more of a spring or summer activity, the milder temperature and climate in fall can make for an enjoyable time outdoors. Pack picnic-friendly food, i.e. food that is easy to transport and not too messy, and head out to your favorite park or outdoor venue to enjoy the fresh air or sunset while eating your family meal.

2. Go leaf peeping.

In many parts of the country, autumn can be a great time to enjoy the seasonal change in foliage. Here on the east coast we enjoy leaf peeping, which basically entails piling everyone in the car and going on scenic road ways to view the beautiful colors of the leaves changing. It’s a marvelous display of creation and nature’s beauty on full display. To find good leaf peeping spots near you, ask friends or do an Internet search.

3. Leap into leaves.

Continuing in the vein of leaves, you can have fun at home by raking leaves and jumping in leaf piles. This is a great way to get your kids to help do yard work as well as have fun. Young children and even older children like this activity, which was one of my favorite frugal fall activities as a child, and it is popular with my own children now.

4. Enjoy hayrides and fall festivals.

Fall is also a great time to enjoy hayrides and fall festivals taking place in your community and at local farms. Some fall festivals are free admission sponsored by local communities or organizations, while others are paid admission. Attending fall festivals can be a great family affair that is budget-friendly compared to amusement parks and other leisure activities.

Besides frugal fall activities you can do in your hometown, don’t forget about frugal fall vacations! Just remember, there’s no need to fall into a rut this season after a summer full of fun. Enjoy frugal, fall activities and spending time outdoors before the cold winter months come.

What’s your favorite frugal fall activity?

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 9/12 – 9/14

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: September In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the BeForever Postcard Craft, Grandparents’ Day Card Craft, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Autumn Card Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Bass Pro Shop:  The month of September is Boy Scout Month. Scouts can earn their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges by attending workshops at participating Pro Shops. Contact your local store for details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, September 13th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, September 13th: 10:15 AM – Group Bass Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, September 13th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Owl Pencil Holder!

Lowes Build and Grow: This Saturday at 10am kids can build  and keep a pair of binoculars. You can register online.

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making a Team Spirit Pom Poms. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, September 13th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will get to decorate cookies and learn about Share Our Strength, a non profit to end childhood hunger! A $5 donation is requested. Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 9/5 – 9/7

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: September In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the BeForever Postcard Craft, Grandparents’ Day Card Craft, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Autumn Card Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Bass Pro Shop:  The month of September is Boy Scout Month. Scouts can earn their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges by attending workshops at participating Pro Shops. Contact your local store for details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, September 6th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, September 6th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Home Depot: This Saturday from 9am to Noon, kids can make a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse. Register online!

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, September 6th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Owl Pencil Holder!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making a School Spirit Shaker. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, September 6th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make fresh pasta and pair it with great sauces! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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