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FREE Home Depot Kids Workshops (2024): Quality time with the kids

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Looking for the next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit? The Home Depot Workshops for kids have always been a Kidding Around favorite. We’ve been, we love them, and our readers do, too! We’re going to tell you what we love, why we love it, how to register, and some parent tips to help you make the most of your visit to the free workshops for kids at Home Depot.

By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert on the Home Depot Kids’ Workshops, just like us!

This article includes:

Home Depot Kids Workshop Schedule and news

It’s all free! Home Depot offers workshop kits for kids, including all materials needed to complete the project, totally free. These projects are an amazing way to spend some quality time with the kids, without spending a dime.

June 2024: Home Depot Kids Project- Grill Gift Card Box June 1st

Make Dad something special for Father’s Day with the Home Depot Kids Workshop in June. You’ll make a fun grill box that can hold a gift card. Dad will love it! Visit on June 1st, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm. Registration in advance is encouraged.

Go Deeper: Add to Your Project This Month

Want to do more with your grill gift box?

In the News

We sat down with local news outlet, Fox Carolina to share our expertise about these workshops.

Experience The Home Depot Kids Workshop: Our Unbiased Parent Review

Kids Worksop Home Depot: Free!

I have always looked forward to the first Saturday of the month for the past several years as it has been my mommy-daughter date at the Home Depot kids workshop. I grab my coffee and my two young kids get their hammers and paintbrushes and we build whatever the kids’ workshop has deemed the project of the month at our local store.” -Kristina

We love taking kids to the Home Depot workshops. We pooled the experiences of our KA Team in this review, so you’ll know what you can expect when you attend.

Here are the top 3 things you need to know about the Home Depot Kids Workshops.

  1. First, the Home Depot has workshops of all kinds for their customers and they have these awesome kids workshops on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am-Noon.
  2. Secondly, know that they provide all the materials you need to make whatever the craft of the day is. Just show up with your kid. With the take-home kits, you’ll have to do some of that yourself.
  3. Third, you, and your child, don’t need any kind of handyman experience. I’ve certainly made mistakes helping my daughters build all sorts of stuff but it’s a great learning time for all of us and it also helps with hand-eye coordination for the kiddos.

See for Yourself! A Video of Our Home Depot Kids Visit

How Kids Workshops at Home Depot Work

Check out your local Home Depot by going to the kids’ workshop link to make sure they have the kids’ workshop available. Most of the stores in the area have them.

How Long is the Home Depot Kids Workshop?

Show up between 9 am and Noon and the nice people at Home Depot will give you a packet that contains the craft, along with a kid’s apron, commemorative pin, and step-by-step instructions. Expect the project to take about 30 minutes to complete, or longer if you really get into it.

Pro tip: You can register online at Home Depot’s website to be sure you get a kit. If inventory levels of the kits are low, those who registered online will get them first. But usually, there isn’t a problem!

What You’ll See When You Arrive

For the kids’ workshops, Home Depot has benches and tables set up where you can get to work at these in-person workshops. They provide the little paintbrushes, the hammers, and the paint. I try to have my kids wear clothes they can get paint on because it can get a little messy, These projects always involve building AND painting.

The kids love these projects and while we’re working, I have to stop myself from helping them too much because it’s so fun. I’ve seen parents really get into it and do all the painting while their child watches. But, it’s a kid’s thing so let the kids do it! And they are learning how to woodwork in the process, which helps build their confidence.

We have made all kinds of stuff together – a birdhouse, a car, a plane, a mailbox, a little sled, a planter (these are all kid-size, not big people, normal-sized things).

What Age is Home Depot Crafting For?

I started taking my oldest daughter when she was 3-years-old, which worked out great and my youngest when she was around two-and-a-half. It really depends on the child and how many kids you can control at once.

I have found it’s an awesome parent-kid date idea, especially for parents whose time is more limited during the workweek.

My daughter has a bunch of commemorative pins from each project on her Home Depot apron, which she wears each time we visit. It’s fun to see all of the projects we’ve created together.

Free Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit, working with Dad on a project

2024 Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit Schedule

Free Home Depot Kids kits are available the first Saturday of the month for completion at in-person workshops.

January 6th, 2024: Delivery Truck
February 3rd, 2024: Valentines Basket
March 2nd, 2024: Butterfly House
April 6th, 2024: Lattice Planter
May 4th, 2024: Bloomin Picture Frame
June 1st, 2024: Grill Gift card Box
July 6th, 2024: Soccer Game
August 3rd, 2024: Whiteboard
September 7th, 2024: Field Goal Game
October 5th, 2024: Fire Rescue Truck
November 2nd, 2024: Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe
November 30th, 2024: Cocoa Ornament
December 7th, 2024: Holiday Snow Globe
January 4th, 2025: Piggy Bank

Past Projects Included

Kids workshops 2023 made:

  • Pinball Game
  • Fireworks Bean Bag Toss
  • Treasure Chest
  • Build a Microscope
  • Rescue Floatplane
  • Penguin Photo Ornament
  • Gingerbread House

More Wood Projects for Kids PLUS Party Packs

This section contains Amazon affiliate links.

You can purchase woodcraft kits for children instead of waiting for the free Home Depot kits each month. Help children develop woodworking skills, practice following written directions, get a little creative, and just enjoy some quality time with you!

You will also find some of the Home Depot Kids Kits on sale at Home Depot online. You can even purchase a kid party pack. What a great idea for a kids’ party!

The Home Depot Kids page also has virtual workshops and virtual field trip videos about plants that kids may enjoy.

Show Us Your Work!

Thanks for sharing your awesome Kids’ Workshop Projects. We love them!

Want to send us your project? Email it a photo to Maria@KiddingAroundGreenville.com and you may see it right here!

Home Depot Free Kids’ Workshops FAQ

How do I sign-up for the free Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot?

Sign-up at Home Depot Kids. It just takes a minute and it’s the best way to make sure there will be a kit there for your kids.

Are the Home Depot Kids’ Kits hard to build?

Don’t worry. Picture instructions are included and you don’t need any special prior knowledge of building things to complete the project with your kids. Just go and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Are the Home Depot Kids’ workshops really free?

Yep. Totally free. Sign-up and then spend a little time building something fun with your kids. Few things in life are free anymore and opportunities to do something cool with your kids for free are definitely limited. We love that Home Depot is keeping these workshops free. Go make some memories. You’ll never regret spending time with your kids.

What ages are good for the Free Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

We’d recommend about age 3 and up. At 3, the kids will need lots of help from you. but as kids get older they’ll be able to do more and more of the project independently.

Are there more free kids’ workshops and events at other stores?

  • Lowe’s offers similar Free Kids’ Workshops once a month.
  • And, JCPenney offers free kids craft events each month.

  • Free things to do for kids across the USA

    We LOVE free things to do!

    Find more in the Kidding Around Guide to Free Things to Do for Kids

    So mark your calendars and have fun!


    $1 Tickets: Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express (2024) & Real Mom Tips

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    Take the kids to the movies this summer for just $1 with Regal Cinemas summer movies during Regal Summer Movie Express! If you’re looking for low-cost summer fun and a break from the heat, look no further than the summer movie deals at Regal Theaters. Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of these special summer movie deals.

    Looking for Regal kids’ summer movie dollar deals?

    Regal Cinemas has brought back their Summer Movies Express for 2024. Two family-friendly movies are offered each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for just $1 each at participating Regal Cinema locations. Times are currently listed as 11 am showings only. Check with your local cinema, more on that below.

    Finding Your Local Regal Cinema and Summer Movies

    Finding your local Regal Cinema for Summer Movie Express 2024 is easy. Just head to Summer Movie Express and type in your zip code at the top of the page in the center. If you’re having trouble finding it, just scroll to the very top Regal logo on the left. The field to enter your zip code is beside it.

    Find Your Summer Movie Express participating Regal location
    Regal Cinemas Location

    What Movies are Playing at Regal’s Summer Movies Express?

    Once you’ve typed in your zip code, all you need to do is go back to the Summer Movie Express page and click on the movie poster for the movie you’d like to see. You’ll then get movie times for theaters near you. You’ll even have the option of purchasing tickets online and of course you can also jut head to the box office.

    It couldn’t be easier to find participating theaters with “kids’ summer movies near me”!

    2024 Summer Express Movie Titles

    What Regal kid’s summer movies are playing in 2024? Here’s the movie lineup!

    • June 11th & 12th, 2024: “Peter Rabbit” and “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
    • June 18th & 19th, 2024: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” and “Angry Birds 2”
    • June 25th & 26th, 2024: “Despicable Me 3” and “Migration”
    • July 2nd & 3rd, 2024: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “PAW Patrol: The Movie”
    • July 9th & 10th, 2024: “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” and “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse:
    • July 16th & 17th, 2024: “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Sonic the Hedgehog”
    • July 23rd & 24th, 2024: “Trolls Band Together” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”
    • July 30th & 31st, 2024:  “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” and “Kung Fu Panda 3
    • August 6th & 7th, 2024: ““Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Sing 2”

    Exact movies and times may vary by location.

    Mom Tips: Snacks at the Movies

    You got Regal kids summer movie deals for your tickets, but what about those movie snacks? Here’s how you save money there.

    Often you can’t bring your own snacks and drinks into a movie theater. To save on snacks, take advantage of rewards programs like Regal Crown Club where you earn points towards free concessions and tickets for every dollar you spend.

    Also, you can take advantage of the Regal Snack Pack. Purchase a voucher in advance for the snack pack and get a popcorn, fruits snacks and drink for $7.79

    But, we know that even that can get expensive and add up. So, here are some extra mom methods for geting it done cheap.

    Mom Tip #1: Bring empty sandwich bags or brown paper bags into the theater. Buy one large popcorn and put handfuls of popcorn into the empty bags, so everyone in your family gets their own bag. Often these large popcorns are refillable for free, so, you’ll definitely have enough to go around. Everyone gets their own bag, which makes them happy. And you’re happy because you’re not buying heaps of individual bags of popcorn and very likely spending nearly your entire weekly grocery budget to do it.

    Mom Tip #2: Similarly, bring in empty water bottles and fill them up at a water fountain, or buy a large beverage and split it up by pouring it into those individual bottles.

    Mom Tip #3: Skip the snacks all together. This can be so hard, especially with the bright neon signs and screens with rolling images of popcorn and candy. But. if you tell the kids a special treat is coming after the movie (like going out for ice cream or picking out a special box of popsicles at the store) that might just be enough to skip purchasing movie theater snacks all together.

    Cheap summer movies for kids

    Looking for more low-cost movies?
    Check out our list of Summer Movie Deals.

    Have you gone to a movie at Regal’s Summer Movie Express?

    FREE Lowe’s Kids Workshops (2024): What will you make this month?

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    Ready to load up the kids for a FREE DIY Kids Workshop at Lowe’s? Each month your kids will enjoy a new project and it’s totally free. Build and complete your project right in person at Lowes and you won’t even have to deal with the mess at home, or bring your free kit home and build whenever you want!

    Upcoming Lowes Kids Workshops:

    Free fun DIY workshops and free fun out of the house on Saturday? We love it and we think you will too! Here’s everything you need to know to sign up and join in the fun at your local store.

    Lowe's Free Kids' Workshop schedule

    Remember, those kids are only little once. There are a lot of memories to be made right at Lowes. Kids love their free projects and so do their grown-ups. Go make those family memories and have fun now. They grow up quickly and you’ll both treasure memories of time spent together creating something fun at these hands-on workshops.

    Kids Workshop at Lowe’s

    The Lowe’s kids workshops are similar to the other big box store where kids get a free construction project that is geared for their age and they get to put it together.

    Ideally, kids do this with some help from parents. Some help, not all the help. They have to learn somehow! You don’t need any special skills, the directions are all included and they are easy. We know from experience that one little mistake in the project doesn’t matter, you’ll still have fun making something together. Trust us, the time you spend together is way more important than that project. Though, that’ll be pretty cool, too!

    Have fun creating something together and watching your child learn and grow their skills!

    kids and parent workshop

    What Do Kids Make at Lowe’s DIY Kids Workshops?

    The projects are all kinds of fun crafts like little cars or games or frames or insect houses. Recent past projects include a dancing turkey toy, jolly holiday ornament, and a football goalpost. The people who come up with these kits are pretty creative and we love how the crafts are festive and fit the season. Often they make a great gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or even to give to Grandma for a just-because gift.

    One of my favorite Valentine’s gifts is a heart frame my husband and two boys made me at one Lowe’s Kids Workshop. They still sit on my bookshelf with pictures of the boys at the age they made them, which at this point was about 10 years ago. So, yes, they can totally make great gifts.

    The free kits include all the materials necessary to complete the projects. This may include wood, nails, glue, stickers, and more. They really are 100% free.

    The crafts are designed for kids ages 4 and up. It’s a really fun activity to do together.

    While there is no cost to do a kids’ workshop, you do need to sign up. The workshops are from 10 am – Noon on the days they have the kids’ workshops. Walk-ins starting after 12 are accepted, for any remaining kits, but we highly recommend reserving your kit.


    Signing Up for Lowe’s Kids Workshops

    When you go to sign up for the workshop online, you will be asked to create an account and then choose a time slot, either 9 – 10 am, 10 – 11 am, or 11 am – Noon.

    Lowe’s has everything you will need to complete the project so there is no need to bring anything extra. When I took my kids to the Lowe’s workshop, they never had painting projects so your kids should be fine to wear whatever they want as they won’t be using paint.

    What is this month’s Free Lowes Kids Project? (2024 Schedule of Lowes Kids Free Workshops)

    Wondering what your child will be making at the next Lowes Kids’ Workshop?

    Past projects include:

    • Home Team Football Card Holder
    • Snowman Picture Frame
    • Swan Note Holder (Valentine’s)
    • Cardinal Garden Ornament
    • Build a Bunny Planter
    • Spring Flower Pop-Up Toy
    • Lawn Mower Photo Holder
    • Tic-Tac-Toe Grill Game
    • Rolling Toy Pick-Up Truck
    • Fun Football Player Card Holder
    • Fire Truck Toy
    • Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder

    Become a Senior Builder

    Once kids complete 12 projects they will become a “senior builder” and earn a free tool bag from Lowes.

    We will update our calendar when Lowes adds more kids’ workshops to their schedule!

    Lowes Kids Workshop FAQ

    Do I need to sign-up for the free workshops for kids at Lowes?

    Yes! While walk-ins are accepted after 12 pm on workshop days, there is no guarantee there will actually be any extra kits. Sign-up to avoid disappointment.

    How do I sign-up for Lowes Kids Workshops?

    Right here! Sign up for Lowes kids workshops online. Registration opens the month before the project date.

    Are the Lowes Build and Grow Kits Really Free?

    Yep. Attend the workshop and it’s totally free. You and your child will have everything you need to complete the project. Go make some free memories!

    How old do kids need to be for the Free Lowes Kids Workshops?

    The workshops are recommended for ages 4 and up. Younger kids will need more help from mom and dad, but that’s totally ok. Older kids will get a chance to be a little more independent, and that’s great, too.

    Are Lowe’s Kids Workshops Worth it? Should we bother going?

    So much yes. Truly free family fun is rare, and it’s the stuff awesome memories are made of, so don’t pass up these fun workshops.

    Remember, those kids are only little once. Go make those family memories and have fun now. They grow up quickly and you’ll both treasure memories of time spent together creating something fun.

    Do any other stores do free projects for kids?




    20 Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free Across the USA

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    Wondering which national chains kids can eat free? There are serveral national restaurants that offer free or discounted kids’ meals. Kids Eat Free promotions are one of the most popular deals restaurants offer families. No matter what city you live in, or where you travel, there are national chain restaurants with deals on kids’ meals. Here’s a list of national chain restaurants with kids eat free (or cheap) deals.

    National Kids Eat Free promotions

    This list is intended for informational purposes only. Please confirm with individual restaurant locations prior to visiting and ordering.


    More Kids Eat Free! Find local restaurants in US cities where kids eat free (or cheap)


    National Chains Where Kids Eat Free

    The national chains in this list offer free or discounted meals for kids! Many of these locations may or may not participate in the kids eat free promotional deals, so always check with your local location to confirm the meal deal is available.

    Bob Evan’s

    (Tuesday only) If you download and use the Bob Evan’s app, you can receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of $15 or more. Your purchase must be made through the app the receive the promotion.

    Bruster’s Ice Cream

    If your child is less than 40 inches tall, he or she can receive a free baby ice cream cone from Bruster’s any day of the week!

    Cici’s Pizza

    At participating Cici’s Pizza locations, you can free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult buffet. The offer is only valid for children 3 and under. The promotion is for any day of the week that your local Cici’s Pizza location is open!


    My Chili’s Rewards Members can redeem rewards points for free kids’ meals at Chili’s. Join the Rewards program to learn more.


    Kids (10 years old and younger) eat free at Denny’s on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 10:00 pm with the purchase of at least one adult entree. The offer is good for up to two kids’ meals, dine-in only.


    (Monday only) At participating Fuddrucker’s locations, you can grab a kids’ meal for only $1.99! You must purchase an adult entree to receive the promotion, and the meal includes an entree, a side, a cookie, and a drink.

    Jersey Mike’s

    (Sunday only) You can grab a free kids’ meal with an adult purchase at participating Jersey Mike’s throughout the US on Sundays. Contact your local Jersey Mike’s to confirm that they offer this deal.

    Golden Corral

    (Tuesday only) At participating Golden Corral restaurants, you can get a kid’s meal for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult buffet. The deal is valid for children aged 4 – 10. Check with your local Gold Corral to confirm that they offer this deal.


    (Wednesday only) If you are a member of Ikea, you can enjoy the perk of two kid’s entrees free when you purchase an adult entree. This promotion is available at Ikea stores throughout the US.


    Select Moe’s locations offer one kids meal for children under 12 years old every Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree $6 or more at many locations. Children can customize their kid’s meal with a kid-sized burrito, quesadilla, or taco plus a cookie and drink.
    The offer is valid in-store only at participating locations.

    O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar

    Though O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar does not offer kids eat free deal, they do have super cheap kids’ meals. Participating O’Charley’s locations offer a kid’s meal for 99 cents!

    Pizza Inn

    (Tuesday only) At participating Pizza Inn locations, you can enjoy a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entree on Tuesdays. Check with your local Pizza Inn location to confirm this promotional kids eat free meal deal.

    Rapid Fired Pizza

    With locations expanding across the US, Rapid Fired Pizza offers Tuesday kids eat free meal deals at participating locations. Kids eat for $1.99 on Tuesday evening with the purchase of an adult entree.

    Red Robin

    Kids eat free, with the purchase of at least one adult entree, on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at participating Red Robins.

    Ruby Tuesday

    Kids eat free every Tuesday after 5:00 pm at Ruby Tuesday with the purchase of an adult entree.


    Smashburger is quickly expanding across the US and offers a kids-eat-free meal with the purchase of an adult entree. The promotion is dine-in only. Check with your local location to make sure they offer this deal.

    Steak n Shake

    Kids eat free all weekend long at Steak n Shake for every $9 you spend.

    The Melting Pot

    (Select days only) You can have a unique dining experience at The Melting Pot and also get a free kids entree with the purchase of an adult entree. The deal is valid at participating locations across the US but may have varying days of the week the kids eat free meal deal is offered. Contact your local location to confirm.


    (Wednesday only) At participating Zaxby’s locations, they offer a 99-cent kids meal when you purchase an adult entree. Check with your local Zaxby’s location to confirm that they offer this deal. Day of the week of the meal deal may vary by location.

    For more freebies, Check out our list of Birthday Freebies You Can Sign Up For.

    Free things to do for kids across the USA

    Savings That Are Worth The Fun!

    Totally Free Things to Do
    With Your Kids

    FREE Kids Craft Events: JCPenney Kids Zone

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    Did you know that JCPenney offers free kids’ craft events on the second Saturday of each month? Just visit your local participating JCPenney for these JCPenney Kids Zone events between 11 am and 12 pm on the second Saturday each month. You’ll get a totally free craft kit for kids, plus a store coupon for mom and dad.

    We love free activities for the kids! For more free kids activities from national chain retailers, see the FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop and FREE Lowes Kids Workshop.

    JCPenney Kids Crafts each month

    Going out for a little family fun doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Kids just want to spend time with the people who love them. This is why we love free kids’ activity events, like the monthly kid’s crafts events at JCPenney.

    Mother’s Day Trinket Box in May 2024

    JC Penney Kids Zone crafts are often very seasonal and make cute little gifts kids can give to those important people in their lives or enjoy for themselves!
    May 11th, 2024: Special Mother’s Day Trinket Box This craft includes a the box, foam stickers, a card to color, and more!

    About Kids Zone, FREE Crafts for Kids at JCPenney

    JCPenney Kids Zone happens on the second Saturday of each month. Just drop in between 11 am and 12 pm, you do not need to sign up in advance. These kids’ crafts are totally free and include all the supplies necessary to complete the craft.

    Plus, kids will receive an ID badge, lanyard, and a collectible pin at the completion of each craft. Once kids have completed 6 kids zone crafts, they will receive a Master Medallion.

    Kids must be accompanied by an adult. That adult will receive a coupon for 10% off their shopping trip, so you get to save a little money, too! No purchase is necessary for the kids to do their free craft.

    Free Crafts for Kids JCPenney Kids Zone Schedule (2024)

    January 13th, 2024: Arctic Snowglobe
    February 10th, 2024: Cactus Valentines Bag
    March 9th, 2024: Spring banner
    April 13th, 2024: Owl Dream Catcher
    May 11th, 2024: Special Mother’s Day Trinket Box
    June 8th, 2024: Rocket photo frame for Father’s Day

    Check back soon for additional JCPenney Kids Crafts in 2024.

    Past projects included:

    Penguin Pillow
    Sloth or Panda Valentine
    Grow your own flower kit
    Mother’s Day bouquet
    Father’s Day Grill
    Summer Tote Bag
    Pencil Pouch

    JCPenney Kids Zone Free Kids Crafts at Haywood Mall, Greenville, SC

    Check with your local JCPenny to ensure participation. These in-store events happen only where local mandates allow. The JC Penney location in the Haywood Mall, Greenville, SC does participate.

    Kids Bowl Free: Your Kids Can Go Bowling for Free All Summer Long

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    Have kids who like to bowl? Kids can bowl free all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free program. They’ll get two free games every day at participating bowling alleys. Plus, the Kids Bowl Free people thought of everything with a heavily discounted Family Pass so the grown-ups can join the kids in the summer bowling fun. What a great opportunity to make memories this summer without breaking the break. We have done all the research so you can fill out the registration form and start bowling!

    2024 Kids Bowl Free Registration is Open Now!

    Is the Kids Bowl Free program legit? You bet. We have the answers to all your questions about the program so you can plan your summer and register now.

    Kids bowling free in summer.

    This article includes:
    How Can I Sign-up for Kids Bowl Free?
    Where Can My Kids Bowl for Free this Summer?
    When Can My Kids Bowl?
    What Ages Can Bowl Free?
    Is it Actually Free?
    Can Adults Bowl With Their Kids?
    What is the Kids Bowl Free Family Pass?

    This article contains affiliate links.


    (2024) Get a FREE Photo with the Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops Easter Bunny!

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    Have you visited the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Easter Bunny? Your child can get a free photo with that famous rabbit, the Easter Bunny. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops will host the Easter Bunny in March 2024. We have everything you need to know about this opportunity for free family fun and memory-making at Cabela’s.

    Free easter bunny photo at Cabela's
    Cabela’s Easter photo from reader, Laura N.

    We are answering the 4 biggest questions about visiting the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s in 2024:

    Special thanks to our readers who provided some adorable photos of their children with the Easter Bunny from previous year’s events!

    Will the Easter Bunny Be at Bass Pro Shops in 2024?

    Yes! Guests who would like to receive a free 4 x 6 professional photo with the Easter Bunny and your family or adorable kids, can do so this year at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.

    No Plexiglass for 2024: The Easter Bunny will not be behind plexiglass this year. Also, you can expect to find more details on Cabela’s Easter Event Page.

    Free Cabela's photo
    Free Easter Bunny Photo from reader Angela G.

    The Free Photo

    The photo is a professional 4×6 photo, printed free by Cabela’s & Bass Pro Shops. This is not just a photo op with mom or dad behind the cell phone camera. Mom and Dad can even get in the photo, too! We love opportunities for free fun and memory-making. Free holiday photos are definitely a rare treat for families.

    Easter Bunny: Bass Pro Shops Schedule (2024)

    Reservations open on March 16th, 2024 for appointments for Saturday, March 23rd, 2024, and Sunday, March 24th, 2024. Additional appointments will be available 7 days in advance. Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s typically has the Easter Bunny visit for two weekends before Easter. The full schedule will be available when registration opens.

    Do check with your local store as the times may vary from store to store! 

    Family with the Easter Bunny
    Free Cabela’s Photo from reader, Ashley V.

    How do I register my kids?

    Registration to see the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s will open on March 16th, 2024.

    Yes. You do need to register in advance to visit with the Easter Bunny at Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops. The registration link for visits and photos with the bunny, all free, will be found on the Cabela’s Easter Event page.

    Can I get more than one photo?

    If you really love your photo, you can purchase packages with additional photos starting at $15.

    The Cabela’s & Bass Pro Easter Bunny Photo Packages are:

    • High-Resolution Digital Image Download: $15
    • Basket Package: 1 5×7 and 4 wallets: $15
    • Jelly Bean Package: 1 6×8, 2 5×7, 2 4×6, 4 wallets and a digital image: $20

    Have you visited Cabela’s for photos?

    More Free Things For Kids and Families

    Where can you find free kits and workshops for kids?

    Here’s our list of stores and venues that offer totally free things to do for kids.

    Looking for more? Did you know Cabela’s also hosts Santa at Christmas time, and you can get another free 4×6 professional photo of your kids with Santa? It’s true. Read all about in our review of Santa at Cabela’s. Then mark your calendars to check back for a registration date in November.


    These Apple Store Classes and Camps for Kids are Totally FREE

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    Did you know the Apple Store provides free classes and camps for kids? Classes include the free use of Apple technology plus instruction allowing kids to be creative with music, photography, art, video, and even coding.

    Over summer break, the Apple Store even provides FREE Apple Camp for kids, which are class events that culminate in a final project. All this happens through a program called Today at Apple.

    My own kids have participated in several of these camps and classes and have always enjoyed the programs, wearing their free Apple t-shirts, and sharing their creations with our family. Thanks to that experience, in this article we’re sharing everything you need to know about signing up and participating in these classes and camps at the Apple Store, plus a few tips.

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    This article includes:
    In-Store Apple Classes for Kids
    How to Sign-up for Apple Store Kids’ Classes
    Apple Camp: Free Summer Camp for Kids
    Sign-up for 2023 Apple Camp
    Things to Know About Apple Events for Kids


    13+ Totally Free Things to Do With Kids Near You

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    Kids are expensive. Are you looking for “free things for kids to do near me?” Making family memories while doing things with the kids doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are a lot of free things for kids near you. In addition to great local choices like visits to parks, playgrounds, hiking, and creek stomping, there are several totally free things for kids from national retailers, organizations, and kids’ programs all across the USA.

    Free things for kids and families to do, free stuff for kids, near you! That means free activities for kids, family-friendly fun, free admission to museums, and lots more. That’s great news for families spending time together on a budget!

    This is the list you want.

    Free things to do for kids near you all year long.

    Free things to do for kids across the USA

    Bucket List of Free Things to Do for Kids Anywhere in the USA

    Don’t miss any of these free activities, experiences, and projects for kids. Make some family memories and don’t spend a dime!

    Home Depot Kids Workshop

    Home Depot offers free kids’ workshop kits once a month. On the first Saturday of every month head to Home Depot for a free kids’ workshop. Pick up your kit and complete it at home. In-person workshops will very soon again be an option. Sign-up in advance to be sure your child will get their kit, but most of the time you can just stop by and join in the fun.

    Lowes Kids Workshop

    Lowes Home Improvement offers free kids workshops once a month in-store. Let the kids build and make something all their own. You won’t even have to deal with paint and wood bits all over your house. Just enjoy the free activity and bring your child’s creation home. You do need to sign-up in advance for these workshops, but they are totally free.

    JCPenney Free Kids Craft

    On the second Saturday of each month head to JCPenney for Kids Zone free crafts. Kids can make a totally free craft with all the supplies included, and parents will get a 10% off store coupon.

    Kids Bowl Free

    Did you know kids can bowl free all summer long? It really is true. Just sign up for Kids Bowl Free. Two games a day are totally free. If you don’t have bowling shoes, you will need to rent shoes, but you will not pay for the games. There’s even a family pass you can purchase for a one-time fee that lets grown-ups bowl all summer long, too. Check out Kids Bowl Free for a summer of free fun away from the screens.

    Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops Holiday Free Photos

    At both Christmas and Easter, kids can get a completely free 4×6 photo at Cabela’s along with a holiday visit with Santa or the Easter Bunny, plus fun activities and little treats.

    Kids Eat for Free!

    National Kids Eat Free promotions

    Meal time can get expensive, which is why we love kids eat free deals. There are a number of restaurants that offer kids’ eat-free days all across the country. Get a free kids’ meal at these national chain restaurants.

    Apple Kids Camp and Kids Classes

    The Apple Store offers totally free Apple camps in the summer along with kids’ class activities throughout the year. During camp kids can bring their own iPad device or the store will provide one for kids to use. Kids will learn to use various Apple apps to create music, stories, and more that they can present to the other kids in the camp. Kids also get an Apple Camp t-shirt. Reserve camps and classes in advance. In fact, camps fill up so quickly, you’ll want to fill out this Apple camp form to be notified when reservations are open.

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    Apple Camp

    4th Grade National Park Pass: Every Kid Outdoors

    4th graders can bring their families along to National Parks for free with the Every Kid Outdoors, 4th Grade National Park Pass. In most instances, the 4th-grade pass gets all occupants of the car with the 4th grader into the park for free. So, go visit a National Park for free with your 4th grader.

    Viewing wildlife at Yellowstone National Park

    Kids in Parks

    Have kids who like to earn free prizes? The TRACK Trail, Kids in Parks program sends prizes to kids who hike, bike, and even play disc golf at parks with Track Trails. They’ll learn about nature and even history as they complete each TRACK Trail, which makes this free thing for kids both an educational opportunity and an incentive to earn fun prizes. See how one family enjoyed Kids in Parks in this review.

    Smithsonian Museum Days

    Once a year you can get free admission for your family to Smithsonian Museums on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Museum Day usually occurs in September.

    Summer Reading Programs

    Summer reading programs equal free food, books, and lots more prizes. Not only will kids earn prizes, but they’ll receive one of the best gifts of all: reading time! Check out these summer reading programs available nationally, then don’t forget to check with your local library. Many libraries give out amazing summer reading prizes!

    Free Donuts at Krispy Kreme

    Keep your eyes out for special promotions from Krispy Kreme. They do them a lot! At participating Krispy Kreme donut shops, kids can get free donuts for everything from good grades to wearing a costume on Halloween. Pick up your free donut and head to a local playground for a totally free and fun family outing.

    Local Libraries

    Local libraries are a treasure trove of free family fun. It’s more than books, although reading together is awesome and free! But, local libraries offer special events for kids and families that go beyond storytime. We’re talking about free family movie nights complete with popcorn, craft kits, book boxes full of treats and books to keep, concerts, game nights and so much more. Seriously, if you are looking for free family fun, spend some time on your library’s website and check out their calendar. There’s probably a lot more there than you thought!

    BONUS! $2 Movies All Summer Long

    It’s not free, but you can bring the kids to family-friendly movies at Regal Cinemas for just $2 per person. Find out how to get tickets in our article on Regal Summer Movie Express.a