Frugal Fun | Events & Things to Do This Weekend 4/27/12

by Beth Montgomery on April 27, 2012

in Entertainment & Fun, Freebies & Samples, Indiana

Looking for some frugal fun this weekend? Here’s a few free and cheap events happening nationwide and around the Central Indiana area to keep you and your family entertained without breaking the bank.

Happening This Weekend

All Weekend

  • National Park Admission Day: National Park Free Admission Day is extended all week this year, so checkout the local parks and enjoy the outdoors for FREE! (NATIONWIDE)
  • FREE Spring Movies: Visit your local Quality Goodrich Theaters Saturday or Sunday at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM to enjoy a FREE showing of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.  Of course, this is happening at participating locations only. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Dream Awareness Weekend: The School of Metaphysics is celebrating the 24th Annual National Dream Hotline with dream experts to interpret your dreams around the clock during the Dream Awareness Weekend in Indianapolis.
  • Sam’s Club Sampling Event: Half the fun of going to Sam’s Club is all the FREE samples and taste the flavors of summer and grilling season at this weekend’s Sam’s Club Free Tasting Event.


  • Earth Day Festival: Enjoy the outdoors at White River State Park for the Earth Day Indiana Festival starting at 11:00 AM.  At this FREE family-friendly festival, enjoy exhibits, live music, crafts, entertainment, and more!
  • Spring Fling: Visit Forest Park in  Noblesville for a FREE Spring Fling Family Fun Day including FREE pony rides, fire truck, and silent action for Disney Park Hopper Passes and more!
  • St. Benno Festival: Taste my cousin’s delicious beer made right here in Indianapolis at the St. Benno Festival  and celebrate the arrival of Spring beer with Sun King Brewery (<- that’s my cousins!) and Poklamotion!
  • Terrarium Kit Workshop: Another great Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshops. Bring your child to start a Spring garden together when you make your own at the Terrarium Workshop. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Budget Friendly Garden Ideas: Stop by your local Home Deport at 10:00 AM to learn about budget- and eco-friendly ideas for raised garden beds at their FREE Home Workshop. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Create Entry Door Appeal & Locks: Learn about door locks and creating a beautiful entry door at Home Depot from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at participating stores during their FREE Home Workshop. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Guitar Center: Recording Workshop: Visit the FREE Guitar Center: Recording Workshop this weekend from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM where they’ll be focusing on Mixing and Publishing. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Lakeshore Learning: Kids’ Craft Workshop: Don’t forget to stop by Lakeshore Learning: Kids’ Craft Workshop to create a Fancy Feathered Bird from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM or while supplies last. (NATIONWIDE)
  • FREE Craft & DIY Demos: Visit your local Joann Fabric & Craft Store on Saturdays for a FREE Craft & DIY Demos. Demonstrations on how to do different crafts. Demonstrations and times may vary by location, so call. Available at participating locations only. (NATIONWIDE)


  • Children’s Museum FREE Admission Day: Celebration El Dia de Los Ninos (The Day of the Children) this Sunday at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum for a special FREE Admission Day.
  • FREE Juicing Class: Stop by your local William-Sonoma for a FREE Juicing Class. Times vary by location, so call for details! (NATIONWIDE)
  • Understand Your Dreams: Stop by the School of Metaphysics to hear guest speaker, Dr. Laurel Clark, host a Understanding Your Dreams Free Lecture and reading form her soon-to-be-published book.
  • Botanical Flower Arranging: Stop by your local Pottery Barn at 10:00 AM for a FREE The Art of Botanical Arranging Class and customize your own display for Mother’s Day. (NATIONWIDE)
  • Power Tools for Outdoors: When you’re done with Easter festivities stop by Home Depot from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM to learn about Outdoor Power Equipment at participating stores during their FREE Home Workshop. (NATIONWIDE)

Happening Next Week

All Week






More Events to Check Out

Worth Checking Out

  • American Girl Events: Heading to Chicago? Check out the calendar of events happening at the American Girl Store including classes, crafts, and special events.
  •  Bank of America FREE Museum Admission: Bank of American offers FREE admission to over 150 museums around the United States.  While there are no participating museums in Indiana, if you’re in the mood for a road trip, checkout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois!
  • Barnes & Noble FREE Storytime & Events: Stop by your local Barnes & Noble for storytime, NOOK classes, game nights, book clubs, and more. Check your local Barnes & Noble calendar for a full list of events, because they vary by location.

Kids Eat FREE

In case you didn’t hear, the Kids Eat FREE database got a makeover this week and I’ve personally confirmed all restaurants listed to make sure it’s up to date!  There are over 30 places in Indianapolis can kids eat FREE.

Check out the Kids Eat FREE database for all the places around Indianapolis kids eat FREE. Know of a restaurant in Indiana with a kids eat FREE offer that isn’t listed? Please share, so we can add it to our list!

Find More Events

Browse the Frugal Event Calendar for more frugal fun for you and your family in the Indiana area!

**Remember, event time and dates may vary by participating location. Always call to confirm. Some events are only available while supplies last.

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