These Stores Offer FREE Activities for Kids

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free activities for kids

No matter at what age, kids can benefit tremendously from participating in various kid-friendly activities and events. Wouldn’t it be even better if those activities are free?

Here are some stores that offer awesome free activities for kids:

Home Depot

Home Depot holds free hands-on workshop each month in their stores for kids to build their own crafts using tools. It is an awesome opportunity for kids to learn how use tools and to develop basic DIY skills.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble’s offer free storytime, featuring stories and fun activities. The theme and schedule vary by location. Check your local bookstore for the next story time.

In addition, their Summer Reading for Kids program encourages kids to read books and get a FREE book when they finish reading 8 books in summer and record those books in their journal.


Michael’s Kids’ Club lets kids enjoy creative craft project while parents shop in the store. The activity is free, but you need to pay $2 for all the materials.

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids local stores offer free story time every Tuesday from 11 to 11:30am (except for New York stores—every Saturday from 10:00-10:30am). Kids who join their Book Club will receive a special gift after attending 5 sessions.


IKEA’s free supervised playroom is a wonderland of fun. Besides, kids can test all the toys in the children’s department.

Lakeshore Learning Store

Lakeshore Learning Crafts offers free craft classes each Saturday from 11am to 3pm for kids 3 and up. No reservation necessary.

LEGO Store

LEGO stores host free events called Mini Model Build, where kids ages 6 to 14 can build a mini LEGO model and take it home. You have to complete the registration before participating in the event.


Petco hosts free fun events about pets. Kids can learn knowledge on petting and be a better pet caregiver.

Apple Store

Apple stores host Apple Camp for kids ages 8 to 12 to work on hands-on projects with Apple experts. Campers can choose one of the three tracks and spend 90 minutes a day for 3 days at the local Apple store. Sign up now to be notified when the camp registration opens for summer 2017.

Microsoft Store

Microsoft stores offer free workshops for kids ages 8 and above to learn different levels of coding for digital arts and games. Contact the local store to get more information.


We love shopping at Target, but do you know the corporation sponsors Target Free Days, which allow free admission to many kid-friendly community events across the U.S.?

<Related: 10 Ways to Save Money when Shopping at Target>

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  1. Love this list. I had no idea Apple stores did that. In my town we have Lowe’s in addition to Home Depot and they also have workshops for kids. They even did one for DIY Women a few weeks ago.

    1. We are so looking forward to Apple store’s activities. Hope we can get a spot. I heard Lowe’s Build and Grow Program is gone and noticed their web program website is down too. That’s why I did not include them. But it seems there are still workshops in some cities.

      1. Well now that you mention I guess I haven’t paid attention the last couple times I was there but that is pretty sad.

        1. It is always sad to see a program you love is gone.

  2. I have heard of a few of these, but most of these places I had NO IDEA they offered such fun things! Thanks for sharing! You had me at “FREE!”.

    1. Thanks for visiting my site. Any free resources can get my attention.

  3. Whoa! What a comprehensive list. We’ve signed up for the workshops at home depot but I wasn’t aware of the others!

    1. Glad the information is helpful. 🙂

  4. Are these stores in the US?

    1. The information is based on stores located in the U.S. Not sure about their stores in other countries.

  5. How cool! I’ve heard about the Home Depot activities, but not the others. I wish I lived close to more of these places.

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