National Park Week Means Free Admission April 22 – April 26!

Go outside and get to know the 401 U.S. National Parks with free admission to all April 22 – April 26!

The National Park service and the National Park Foundation are celebrating the 84 million acres of “spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures” during National Park Week. Planned events and activities will be happening across the country including bike tours, concerts and living history re-enactments. Many of the activities, some of them free, will be offered on the weekends of April 20 – 21 and April 27 – 28 but the free park admission is during the week of Monday April 22 to Friday April 26.

With at least one national park within 100 miles of every American, there’s no reason not to explores the great outdoors — especially with free admission!

More Free Fun: Many parks will be hosting a kid-friendly Junior Ranger Day Saturday April 20 with plenty of activities. These parks also  offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service as Junior Rangers.  Click Here to discover which parks host Junior Ranger programs.

Live Free!

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Free Thing to Do While Waiting for Santa: Watch the Reindeer Cam!

Here’s a fun free thing for the kids to do while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive — watch the Reindeer Cam!

Dubbed Santa’s Official Reindeer Live Feed, you can watch real reindeer prance and hang out at the North Pole while they get ready for their big night out pulling Santa’s sleigh. See Santa feed the reindeer at 11 a.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As we write this, we’re watching the reindeer snooze at about 4 a.m. EST. Yep, you can even watch the reindeer at night if they’re in camera range.

There’s also a Reindeercam app for the iPhone and iPad for the frugal price of $1.99 so you can watch the reindeer on the go.

Kids who have been nice this year might see their names projected on the reindeer barn wall. How do you get on the nice list? Send a letter to Santa (mailing address provided on the site), write a review of the the Reindeercam app or donate $1 or more to the reindeer fund.

The site also has a micro store with a couple of cute reindeer items at frugal prices. Worth taking a look at.

Live Free!

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Target Sponsors Free Museum Admission and Family-Friendly Arts & Cultural Events

Looking for free museum admission for the whole family? Target stores sponsors family-friendly free or reduced-priced admission days and arts & culture events across the country.

These free and frugal fun opportunities are available in 34 major cities. For example, the unbelievably modern and cool New Children’s Museum in San Diego is free the second Sunday of every month. You save $10 admission per person; that admission price is for each adult and each child.

So by going to the museum on the Target-sponsored second Sunday, a parent and child save $20; a savings of $40 for a family of four. And the New Children’s Museum stays open an additional two hours on second Sundays.!

How do you find out what free or frugal family fun Target sponsors in your area? Click on this link and select a city. It’s that simple!

NEW: Shopping for Christmas Toys? Click Here for coupons on Toys at Target.

Joy to the Free!

*Want to learn more about Target? Read the book, On Target: How the World’s Hottest Retailer Hit a Bull’s-Eye.

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Meet the Critters Free Event for Kids at Petco!

November 3, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly  |  No Comments

Learn about unique and exotic pets from reptiles to rabbits at Petco’s monthly free and family-friendly educational event called “Meet the Critters.” This weekend, Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, the Russian Tortoise is featured. From 1pm to 2pm kids and guests of all ages can meet this friendly critter who has a personality much like a dog’s. The free event is great for kids who can participate in hands-on activities, while learning about interesting pets.

Free Mini Ice Cream Sundae at Marble Slab & Maggie Moos Sept. 28!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for free ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery today, Sept. 28! Some people love great ice cream so much that they take culinary classes from colleges online in an effort to perfect their own recipes.

Marble Slab and its sister company, Maggie Moos Ice Cream and Treatery, are both handing out mini-waffle cone ice cream concoctions from 3 to 6pm today! I’m going to try the Cookie Dough Drizzle!

The catch? Not all ice cream shops are participating. California, for example, has only one shop offering the free ice cream, but thankfully for me, the shop isn’t too far away.

So before you drive, check HERE for participating Marble Slab Creameries and HERE for participating Maggie Moos.

Enjoy the free fun!

Free Admission to Hundreds of Museums on Smithsonian Museum Day September 24!

Thanks to the annual Smithsonian Museum Day, Free Fun Guides has something to look forward to every last Saturday in September! But it also means museum lovers have to make some tough choices — which of the hundreds of participating  museums to see for FREE!

Smithsonian Magazine created Museum Day as a way to share the spirit of the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. Through the magazine’s sponsorship, hundreds of museums across the U.S. are opening their doors for free to anyone who shows a Museum Day Ticket. Its easy to get the Museum Day Ticket, which admits two people to a participating museum. First Sign Up Here for the free ticket. The ticket is emailed to you and then you have to print it out.

A pretty simple way of getting into a top rated museum for FREE!

(Not a museum type? Check out the Free Admission to National Parks  and Public Lands on the same day, Saturday, Sept. 24!)


Admission to National Parks & Public Lands Free on Saturday Sept. 24

Admission to National Parks & Public Lands Free on Saturday Sept. 24

September 20, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly, Free Admission  |  No Comments

Get back to nature on a national scale and visit a National Park for FREE on Saturday, Sept. 24. All 392 National Parks and all other national public lands are admission-free for National Public Lands Day. The fee-free day for national parks, forests, trails, monuments and other public lands falls on the same day as the Smithsonian Museum Day, when hundreds of U.S. museums are also admission free.

National Environmental Education Foundation

If you love the outdoors, consider signing up or just show up for one of the volunteer projects at dozen of public lands sites on Saturday. Spend the morning helping clean up and restore our national natural treasures, then spend the afternoon just enjoying and exploring them.

Target Free Fun

September 12, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly, Target Free Fun  |  No Comments

Target sponsors hundreds of free fun things to do in 34 major U.S. cities. These free opportunities to experience the arts and culture run from free admission days at major art museums to two-for-one tickets for family-friendly plays to free ethnic festivals.

Where are these Target free fun things to do? Find them here!

Dallas/Ft. Worth
Ft. Lauderdale
Kansas City
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Minneapolis/St. Paul
New Orleans
New York
Orange County. CA
San Diego
San Francisco Bay Area
St. Louis
Washington, D.C.

Free Pretzel Making Tours in Lancaster, PA

April 27, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly, Free Tours  |  No Comments

Celebrate National Pretzel Day year-long for FREE in the pretzel-making capitol of the U.S. — Lancaster County, PA., where the first U.S. commercial pretzel bakery was established in Lititz in 1861 by Julius Sturgis.

Free Pretzel Factory Tour

Twist it Up!

For free pretzel fun visit the Intercourse Pretzel Factory and get a free 10-minute tour where you can learn to hand twist pretzels. This bakery is one of the few left that twists its hard pretzels by hand.

Founded in Lancaster in 1946, Herr Foods began as a potato chip factory and moved over the county line to Chester Co.. While it didn’t start producing pretzels until 1981, you can see how they do it, with their free guided factory tour.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, you can visit the historic Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, in Lititz. Although they no longer commercially make their pretzels here, this is where U.S. pretzels began. See the original ovens built by Julius Sturgis and learn the history of pretzel baking in America in a small museum. Frugal fee of $3 adults, $2 children for the tour.

You might get your free fun in if the bakery is offering fresh-from-the-oven pretzel samples in their storefront bakery.

*Thanks to contributor Judy Colbert for the pretzel tours tip!

Know of any other pretzel, bakery or other fun food tours? Email us!

Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Tuesday April 12

One of the Free Fun Guides editors’ favorite free things to do is treating ourselves to a Free scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every year. So Cone & Get It on on Tuesday, April 12!

What do you have to do to get this free scoop of Ben & Jerry’s? Just show up at the nearest Ben & Jerry’s (find locations here) 12 – 8pm and ask for a free scoop!

Some stores may limit the selection to certain flavors but hey, it’s free!

On the road but don’t know where the nearest Ben & Jerry’s is? Download the new Scoop of Happiness app for iPhone and Droid users.

Want some more free fun? Sign up for Ben & Jerry’s ChunkMail to get the inside tips on new flavors and freebies. You’ll get a Buy One Get One Free ice cream offer on your half-birthday, too!