Free Weekend Events and Activities: 5/10 – 5/12/13

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We’ve rounded up the latest free events, activities and crafts going on at various locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area and also nationwide this weekend (5/10-5/12). Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to this list.

We’ve partnered with Family Fun Twin Cities to present a free Twin Cities events calendar for kids and families. You should be able to click on the title of each event for more information, including location/address and a website (if applicable).

Your turn: What other free weekend events and activities do you know of?

Nationwide Events

American Girl Store
Girls ages 8 and up can enjoy various crafts, cooking classes and tours at the American Girl Store. At the Mall of America location, this weekend’s free events include:

Barnes & Noble Dr. Seuss Storytime

Barnes & Noble
Check your local Barnes & Noble for events. Most stores have story times once or twice per week.

Some special events this month include:

Cabela’s offers various samples and demonstrations each weekend. Events vary by location, so check for details at your local store.

Guitar Center
Guitar Center offers a free recording workshop every Saturday from 10-11am. Register in advance online as seats are limited. Find a Guitar Center location near you.

  • Working with Audio in Pro Tools 10 is the topic for this Saturday’s workshop

Home Depot Exterior Home Workshop

Home Depot
Home Depot offers free workshops for adults to help you improve your DIY skills. Check the Home Depot website for details and register online.

  • Updates for Outside Your Home: Exterior Paint: Saturday from 10-11:30am
  • Deck Staining, Maintenance & Cleaning: Sunday from 1-2:30pm

Mommy's Memories Photo Frame

Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft for kids from 11am-3pm. Find a Lakeshore Learning Store near you.

  • Mommy’s Memories Photo Frame this Saturday

Lowe's Sweetheart Frame

Twice per month Lowe’s offers kids an opportunity to build their own project. The project is offered Saturdays at 10am. Be sure to sign up in advance online.

  • Sweetheart Frame this Saturday

Frame It Chic Wall and Table Displays Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn
Adults are invited to free workshops at Pottery Barn on Saturdays or Sundays. Find a Pottery Barn location near you.

  • Frame It: Chic Wall and Table Displays: Sunday at 10am (RSVP)

Pottery Barn Kids Mother's Day Crafting Station

Pottery Barn Kids
Stop by Pottery Barn Kids for a Mother’s Day Crafting Station this week. Kids can make a complimentary Mother’s Day Badge at the crafting station. Find a Pottery Barn Kids location near you.

Target sponsors free and reduced-priced admission opportunities at museums and cultural events nationwide. Select your city to find participating venues and their next scheduled discount day. In the Twin Cities area:

Twin Cities Events

We’ve partnered with Family Fun Twin Cities to offer a free family fun calendar for the Twin Cities area (look below for more adult-friendly events). In addition to these, be sure to check the MELSA calendar for free events at your local library.

Free Twin Cities Events (For Families & Kids)

Free Twin Cities Events (for Adults)

PhenoMNal Twin Cities also has a calendar with Twin Cities events (not just free events) for adults.

Saturday, 5/11


Sunday, 5/12

Handcycle Open House

Other Local Areas

If you know of a website or blog that highlights free events for a particular area in Minnesota or Wisconsin, please leave a comment or email me at laura @ (remove spaces) so we can highlight it here:

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