I absolutely love finding activities for kids that allow them to get creative and of course have fun.  What’s really fun is when I can find activities that are free or cheap.  In this economy I know the word “free” makes every parent smile.  So, I decided to share a few of my favorite weekend and some weekday activities that every family can take advantage of.  Some of you may already take your kids to some if not all of these activities, but just in case you don’t make sure you get a pen and jot down your favorites.  I’ll share some activities for older children, like teens, soon.  Enjoy!  Which activity are you interested in trying out?  What are your kids favorite activities?  Are you ready to have a little Free Fun with the kids?

1.  Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics Lowe’s Nation-wide offer free Saturday clinics for children.  Allow your children to build their own wooden toy.  Every participant receives an apron, goggles, patch and certificate of merit.
2.  B & N Kids (Barnes & Noble)Barnes and Noble Bookstores offer story time for children across the country.  Days and times of story time vary, so check your local store.
3.  Ikea Kids Crafts Many Ikea’s Nation-wide offer fun kids crafts 1-2 times a month.  Check your nearest Ikea for more information.  They also offer a Kids Eat Free at the Ikea restaurants on Tuesday.  Check your local Ikea for more details.
4.  Lakeshore Learning Saturday CraftsKids can decorate and create adorable crafts.  This is offered every Saturday at all Lakeshore’s.  Check your local Lakeshore Learning store.
5. Whole Foods Kids Club – Have a little chef in the family?  Every month local Whole Foods offer cooking classes for children of different ages.  The classes are not free but they are affordable.  Check your local Whole Foods for more details.
6.  Home Depot Kids Workshop – Head to your local Home Depot on the first Saturday of every month with the kids.  They can take part in a fun workshop lead by Home Depot staff.  They build firetrucks, birdhouses and more.  The workshops are great for 5- to 12-year-olds, and they teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety.

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: The views expressed are that of Monica J.  I was not compensated to write this review.  For further information on each kid’s activity please consult the appropriate company’s website.

*Hey, here’s a So family TV webisode (one of my first), where I visit Lakeshore’s Saturday craft program for kids.  So much fun!