Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 8/15 – 8/17

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: August 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 includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Fun Celebration, Doll ‘Dos and How-To’s, Bitty Baby and Me Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

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

  • Saturday, August 16th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, August 16th: 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, August 16th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Blooming Numbers Garden!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. 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, August 16th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make back to school snacks using an apple! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 8/8 – 8/10

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: August 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 includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Fun Celebration, Doll ‘Dos and How-To’s, Bitty Baby and Me Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

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

  • Saturday, August 9th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, August 9th: 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, August 9th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Summer Spinning Top!

Lowes Build and Grow:  At this Saturday’s event kids get to make a Monsters vs Aliens Trolley. Events start at 10am and you should pre-register online.

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. 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, August 2nd at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn about fruit and veggies in season. They also get to make a seasonal treat! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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Favado Helps you Save on Back to School

Are you using Favado yet?

If you’re tired of going broke trying to stock up on back to school supplies Favado can help! Even though my kids do not attend school, I’ve seen the list of items kids are required to bring to school at the beginning of the year.  It’s huge!

favado school categories

If you have to shop, why not get the best deals?! Many stores right now are offering some great deals on school supplies as well as things like hand sanitizer, wipes, paper towels, etc. as well as all kinds of school supplies! One way to find which store has the best deal is to use the Favado app.

Favado is a grocery app that tells you what is on sale at the stores where you already shop. Not only that, you can see sale items for multiple stores at the same time in the app. So you can find the absolute best price on items you already buy. This is perfect for your back to school shopping trip.

Save on School Supplies with the Free App, Favado | The Happy Housewife

Favado also tells you what coupons are available for the on sale items making it even easier to save more money. These sales are curated by savings experts (coupon bloggers) who not only upload all the grocery sale items each week, they also scour the stores for unadvertised deals for even more savings! Right now they are finding some awesome deals on school supplies at grocery and drug stores and adding them to the app!

Favado Free App

My favorite Favado feature is the comparison tool. When I can’t shop at the commissary I shop at the stores closest to me, and being able to see which store has the best prices on the items I need before I go (so I go to the store with the best deals) is a huge win for me!

I know many folks shop at multiple stores, but at this time in my life, I need one store with the most items on sale that I need. Favado helps me find it!

To download Favado, click here. You’ll need to set up an account (takes about 30 seconds) and then you’ll receive a confirmation email. You’ll then be able to download the app and log in and start saving today!


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6 Favorite Frugal Summer Activities

By contributing writer Laura

Ah, summer! It’s time to enjoy the sunny weather, spend some quality family time together, and create those fun, carefree summer memories that will stay with your kids for years to come. Whether or not you have a big trip or vacation planned this summer, realistically you aren’t spending the majority of your summer away; you’re spending it at home. So what can you do to create fun, summer memories in your hometown without breaking the bank? Here are six of my favorite, frugal summer activities.

6 Favorite Frugal Summer Activities at The Happy Housewife

Free Concerts

Summer is a great time to catch free concerts. Many cities or towns hold special outdoor concert series or events during the summer that are free and open to the public. Pack up your blankets or folding chairs to lounge out and enjoy the music under the stars. If you have trouble finding free concert listings, ask friends, call your local municipality, or search online by your city name or geographic region plus “free summer concert.”

DIY Popsicles

Who doesn’t like a frozen, sweet treat to keep them cool during hot summer days? One of my favorite summer pastimes as a kid was making (and eating!) my own popsicles. I picked up a popsicle mold kit from a yard sale, and now my children enjoy making their own cold treats to beat the heat, by using ingredients like fruit juice, yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, or pudding.

My children love being “chefs” and helping create fun desserts with me in the kitchen. A benefit of having delicious frozen treats on hand and ready to eat is that we can avoid the pricey ice cream truck, which frequently makes its way through our neighborhood!

6 Favorite Frugal Summer Activities (Sponge Water Bombs) at The Happy Housewife

Sprinklers & Water Activities

If you don’t have a pool in your neighborhood, you can feel like you’re missing out on a common summer ritual for kids. But simply hooking up a sprinkler to the hose in your front yard can create lots of fun for young and old children alike.

Adding a slip ‘n’ slide, sponge water bombs, or water balloons while extending an invitation to neighborhood friends can create loads of splish-splash fun. Romping in the sprinklers and slip ‘n’ slide is a fun way to cool off and socialize with other neighborhood friends, and is great to do whether or not you have a pool membership.

Explore Your City

If you haven’t taken the time to be a tourist in your own city, the summer time may be the perfect season to venture around and see those sights and landmarks that you’ve been meaning to take your family to but always end up too busy to actually go see. If there are any new museum exhibits or local attractions you have yet to check out in-person, plan to go and finally cross that off your local bucket list. If you’re looking for suggestions, check out this great list of Staycation ideas by city.

Picnic

Dining al fresco can be fun for the entire family, and it’s something that I wish we did more while the weather is nice. It’s more cost-effective than dining out at a restaurant, so packing a picnic is a fun opportunity to have a change of scenery and technically eat out while staying on budget.

You can pack a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors at a park or other outdoor venue. Pack your cooler or picnic basket with some easy to transport food options like sandwiches, finger foods, or leftovers, as well as reusable, plastic plates and utensils. We also love packing a picnic for outdoor events like summer concert series and movie festivals, so we can enjoy dinner and a movie/concert.

VBS

Vacation Bible School, aka VBS, is an inexpensive and fun, week-long activity for kids. Depending on where you live, you likely have more than one church holding a VBS for elementary school aged children. In my area, some Vacation Bible Schools are free, while others cost $5-$15 for an entire week, which include the costs of a CD, T-Shirt, snacks, and crafts. Kids typically get to sing songs, play games, make crafts, and make new friends while learning fun facts about the Bible.

What other frugal summer activities are among your favorites? Anything I missed that would have made your top six list?

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