FREE Family Activities This Weekend

7 day no spending

Next week, we are embarking on another 7 Day No Spending Challenge. But just because we won’t be spending money, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!  Here’s a list of ideas for free family fun.

Local Activities:

  • Free factory tours in your area.
  • Home Depot DIY Organic Gardening workshop
  • Lakeshore Learning – free craft project for kids
  • William Sonoma – free Jr Chef Class: DIY Homemade Drinks
  • Check out your local library reading club.
  • Contact your local Parks & Recreation department, Community Center, Visitors Center or the local newspaper website for a list of free activities. Don’t forget to check with any nature centers, sports centers, lakes or community parks.
  • Visit a national park for free this weekend (4/19-4/20).
  • Bowl for free at Bowling Alleys across the country.
  • AMF Bowling Club gives you $20 off your next visit or free bowling for kids all summer.

Reading Clubs:
These are summer programs that have not started yet, but it would be fun to sign up and get started planning this week!


  • Free Campgrounds – find out where you can camp for free (or cheap!).
  • Harvest Hosts – farmers and wineries offer RVers free overnight stays.

Free National Park Admission This Weekend

nation parks

This weekend (4/18-4/19), visit a nearby National Park for free as part of their Fee-Free Weekend Program. Details HERE.

The National Parks have been the hands-down favorite part of our roadschooling trip. The Jr Ranger Program, available at most locations, is a free educational program that includes a badge and/or patch for kids who complete it. It’s meant for the kids, but I learn a lot every time!


The park rangers are always very helpful and enthusiastic with the kids.


There is even a Jr Ranger oath at the end! As you can see from the top pic, we are on our way to having quite a collection of badges.

If you are a frequent traveler, I recommend purchasing the National Park Pass for $80/year. It allows you free admission to over 2,000 federal recreation sites. That’s what we have, and it has been one of the best investments of the entire trip!

Restaurant Deals Round-Up

restaurant coupons

Don’t see anything you can use? Scroll through HERE to read about all the restaurants offering freebies when you sign up for email alerts. Or visit Living Social and Groupon to find a discounted restaurant voucher.

Friday Pizza Codes

friday pizza codes

  • Pizza Hut Most locations are offering two medium pizzas with 2 toppings for $6.99 each or a large 2-topping for $8.99. You can also check the DEALS page to see what else is available in your area. Sign up for Hut Lovers and get free cheese sticks with purchase.
  • Papa John’s Code: SAVE25 gets you 25% off your regular menu prices (your entire order must be regular price).  There are lots of regional codes too.  Best bet is to sign up for email alerts.
  • Domino’s two medium 2-topping pizzas for $5.99 each – no code required.
  • California Pizza Kitchen join rewards program to earn free food.
  • Sbarro’s free slice when you sign up for free rewards program.
  • Hungry Howies code: FREE1 gives you a free medium one-topping when you spend $10 or more.  Only working in some locations, so you’ll have to test it.

Printable Mall Coupons

coupons at the mall Sunday is the start of another No Spending Challenge!  So if you have any clothing or household needs, you can snag them on-the-cheap this weekend with these printable coupons.