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.
**Don’t forget, you can now add events easily to the calendar to share!
Happening This Weekend
Saturday, May 12, 2012
- Craft & DIY Demos (Nationwide): Visit Joann’s every Saturday for FREE craft and DIY demonstrations for crafters.
- Mother’s Day Doll Tea Party (Nationwide): Kids, bring your mothers and grandmothers to Pottery Barn Kids from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, along with your favorite doll or teddy bear for a special tea. Reservations required.
- Exterior Paint Workshop (Nationwide): Visit Home Depot from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM to learn how to prepare your home for painting, plus how to paint the exterior of your house.
- Mother’s Day Apron & T-Shirt Workshop (Nationwide): From 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, visit a Michael’s near your for a make-it, take-it event with purchase of a t-shirt or apron. Happens again from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
- Guitar Center Recording Workshop (Nationwide): Each week from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Guitar Center’s nationwide offer free workshops.
- Picture Frame Planter Workshop (Nationwide): Stop by Lowe’s from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM for a free kids’ workshop.
- New Age Book Club (Carmel): Barnes & Noble in Carmel’s weekly free book club meets from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
- Avengers Assemble at Disney Store! (Nationwide): Visit Disney Stores near you from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM for a free superhero event. dress like your favorite Avenger and go through training and orientation. Designed for ages 3 and up.
- Saturday Morning Storytime with Kendal (Indianapolis): Enjoy storytime at Barnes & Noble on 82nd Street, plus enjoy free crafts and more.
- Lakeshore Learning Kids’ Craft Workshop (Nationwide): Each week from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, stop by Lakeshore Learning for a free kids’ craft. This week features handprint keepsakes for mom.
- Mother’s Day Button Workshop (Nationwide): Check out Michaels’ from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM for a free make-it, take-it Mother’s Day workshop for kids and families.
- Indy 500 Chase 500 Festival Kids Day (Indianapolis): Head downtown from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM and enjoy free familiy fun for the whole family including clowns, crafts, entertainment, and more.
- Building a Patio with Pavers (Nationwide): Visit Home Depot from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM for a free workshop on skills needed to build our own patio.
- Indy 500: Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run (Indianapolis): Watch Kiddy Cart Racing downtown from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM as children race pint-size cards and tricycles.
- Mommy and Me Tea (Indianapolis): The Indiaanpolis Propylaem is welcoming children, mothers, and grandchildren for a tea party complete with sweet teas. Fees apply. Reservations required.
- Welcome Little One Gift Box: Stop by Michaels from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a free make-it, take-it event for Mother’s to Be or those who know a mother-to-be.
- In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks Ted Allen: In My Kitchen 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks (Carmel): Ted Allen hosts a discussion at 2:00 PM at Barnes& Noble in Carmel for “foodie” lovers.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
- Accessorizing Your Home for Summer (Nationwide): Enjoy a free demo on decorating your space for the upcoming season at 10:00 AM at Pottery Barn.
- Mother’s Day Brunch (Indianapolis): Stop by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to enjoy a brunch buffet for mom at Nourish Cafe. Children 10 and under eat free. Reservations required.
- Deck Cleaning and Maintenance (Nationwide): Enjoy a Home Depot demonstration on preparing your deck for the summer, along with maintenance.
Happening Next Week
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
- Pottery Barn Kids’ Story Time (Nationwide)
- NOOK Simple Touch Class (Greenwood)
- Savings Nation Class (Tipton)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
- Children’s Storytime and Crafts (Carmel)
- Wacky Wednesday Storytime (Noblesville)
- Community Drum Circle (Indianapolis)
- Rhythm! Drum Circle (Indianapolis)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
- Between the Covers Book Discussion (Carmel)
- NOOK Night for Self Starters (Carmel)
- NOOK Nite (Noblesville)
- Backyard Entertaining Workshop (Nationwide)
Friday, May 18, 2012
- 13th Annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale (Nationwide)
- Solar Eclipse Weekend (New Castle)
- Kids Story Time at Barnes & Noble (Greenwood)
- Fabulous Friday Storytime (Noblesville)
- Game Nights at the Cafe (Carmel)
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.
- Anheuser-Busch Here’s to Heroes: Anheuser-Busch salutes the men and women of the armed forces and their families throughout 2012 by offering FREE admission to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Sesame Place parks for up to three direct dependents if you’re heading off on vacation soon!
- 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.
- Broad Ripple Art Fair Discount Tickets: There’s still time to use this exclusive coupon code to get discount Broad Ripple Art Fair tickets!
- Walmart Free Sampling Events: Walmart offers FREE sampling events nationwide. Checkout what’s going on in your area, plus see other Walmart events. Event, especially dates and times, 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.