Lowe’s Build & Grow: FREE Birdhouse! (Sign Up Now)

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Spring is coming!  No, really, it is!   I’m about to take a pickaxe outside and start hacking at my garden bed to prove it!  Well, that might be a bit much, but I’ll do something that’ll make the neighbors stare at me with mouths agape if something doesn’t change quickly around here.  😉

And Lowe’s has a fun project for the kids for their Build and Grow Clinic coming up on Saturday, March 8th at 10am that’ll get them excited about spring, too  They can build a new springtime birdhouse for their little chirpy friends.  My kids have already spotted a couple of summer birds outside!  They can hardly wait for sprinklers, bikes, slides, popsicles, parties, and all the fun trappings of summer!  I’m right there with them on that one.

Register now for this fun, free project.  These tend to fill up quickly.

Disney Store: Sofia the First Event! (11/16)

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My daughter is SO excited about this movie!  Every time she sees the commercial, she stops what she’s doing, and shushes everyone.  Sofia, mermaids, and Ariel.  What can be better, right?

If you’ve got a teeny princess hooked on all things Sofia, head over to your local Disney Store between 10:30am and 1pm on Saturday, November 16th to get a sneak peek at Sofia the First: The Floating Palace.  While you’re there, your lovely little lady will also get to make a fun craft.

Locate a participating store here.

*Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.

DIY: 7 Creative Uses for Pool Noodles!

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Pool noodles are so fun and whimsical, not to mention colorful and so soft. Because of this, they can be used for so many other things besides just floating in the pool! This time of year, you can find pool noodles at your local dollar store for as little as $1, or on clearance for even less. As you can see, these pool noodles are not only practical, but quite inexpensive as well. Take a look below at 7 creative uses for pool noodles, then head over to your local dollar store and snag a few before they are pulled for the season. These colorful little creations are something you will be able to use all year long. Take a quick peek!

7 Creative Uses for Pool Noodles:

1. Make a race track.
Take a knife or box cutter and slice the pool noodle down the center lengthwise. The end result is a track with raised sides, perfect for racing toy cars down. Kids can raise an end of the noodle onto a chair to create an incline, place the car on, and let it rip! While we are talking toys, kids love turning their pool noodles into light sabers, play swords, and more. Just hand a pool noodle over and see how creative they get.

2. Play some tic tac toe.
Take four pool noodles and create a tic tac toe grid with them. You can do this right on the lawn or the basement where you have plenty of room. Toss bean bags, 2 inch cut chunks of pool noodles (2 colors) or another marker of your choice onto the grid and get a fierce game going.

3. Make a lacing game.
Kids love lacing beads, and when you chop your pool noodles into 2 inch cuts, you can create a giant lacing activity for them. Just cut your noodles into 2 inch (or larger) cuts and allow children to thread the “beads” onto rope or yarn. This is a super fine motor skill activity.

4. Start stamping.
Using these same 2 inch cuts, you can create some soft stamps. These two inch chunks are easy for children to hold, dip into paint, and stamp onto paper. You can even cut them into shapes if you want. Plus, they are easy to rinse and reuse over and over. While we are talking crafts, you can also cut a chunk of pool noodle to use as a pin cushion or to poke the ends of paint brushes into so they stay organized.

5. Make an easy door stopper.
If you want to keep a door propped, all you need to do is cut a 3 inch strip of pool noodle and then slice it on one side all of the way to the center to create a clamp. Clamp the noodle over the side of a door so when it closes, the noodle will prevent it from shutting all of the way.

6. Protect those knees.
A pool noodle is the perfect item to use when protecting your knees from the hard ground. If you work in the garage or garden often, take a pool noodle with you. Prop it under your knees and you won’t feel the pain and pressure from the hard ground. Want to protect your fingers too? Wrap a slice of pool noodle around dangerous trampoline springs and voila!

7. Use as an inexpensive filler.
Need to keep your breakables safe? Shred some pool noodles and stuff it around your objects. Want to keep your shoes or boots in great shape? Insert a piece of pool noodle into them. Need to ship a breakable item? Use chunks of pool noodle to secure the item in place in the box. Because these noodles are so soft but firm at the same time, they do this job well!

Who knew pool noodles had some many practical uses? Whether you want to entertain the kids, do some crafting, protect your knees, or just make life around your house a little easier, a pool noodle is sure to do the job for you. Give these uses a try and see how easy it is to really get your dollars worth when you buy pool noodles. Now quick, get to the dollar store before these are gone!

AMC Theaters: $3 Summer Nights Movie Event!

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Support a great cause, and enjoy getting out on a hot summer night with a great deal from AMC Theaters!    Their Summer Nights Movie Event kicks off tonight at 10pm with The Dark Night Rises for just $3.  The event runs through mid-August and the movie changes each week.  And when you purchase a ticket to see a movie as part of this event,  your purchase will benefit the Autism Society, Autism Speaks and the Will Rogers Institute.    Mark your calendars!  Paired with a great dinner deal, a movie for $3 is an excellent way to save on a night out!

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Despicable Me 2!

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I don’t know what has made me so ambitious all of a sudden, but I registered for the Home Depot Kids Workshop planning to take my son – myself.  Now, my husband usually takes him to these events.  Thankfully, now that my buddy is 8, he can probably figure most of this stuff out by himself with limited assistance from me….I hope.   😉

Not many details are given here, but you’ll want to register now for the Despicable Me 2 Workshop.  This one will surely fill up quickly.   This is offered on July 6th between 9am-12pm depending on the location you choose.

Come Out and Play with the Fun of “Despicable Me 2”!

  • Wait until you see the surprise craft that Home Depot & “Despicable Me 2” have in store for you!
  • Check out “Despicable Me 2”, only in theaters, starting July 3, 2013, from Universal Studios.
  • FREE hands-on workshops designed for Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE  certificate of achievement.

Talk Like A Pirate Day: Freebies & Family Fun Roundup!

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Today, September 19th, is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and that means there will be some fun freebies around town. Here’s a roundup of special deals, free meals, and just some fun things to make or bake with the kids!

Krispy Kreme: FREE Glazed Donut when you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. Get ONE DOZEN Free Donuts when you come dressed in full Pirate Regalia! *9/19 Only, No Weapons Allowed

Long John Silvers: FREE Piece of Fish when you talk like a pirate *9/19 only

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Chili’s: FREE Chips & Queso when you sign up HERE and FREE Appetizer or dessert coupon through 9/19 HERE

Arby’s: Last year they gave away a FREE Value Menu Item when you texted AHOY to 27297 – we’ll have to wait see if they’ll renew that offer this year!

TGI Fridays: FREE Appetizer or Dessert when you join the fan club HERE

Burger King: BOGO Whopper, Chicken Sandwich and more coupons HERE

Family Fun for Pirate Day:

Text Like a Pirate:

Get this Say What?! Pirate Pack app (Translates to Pirate) – plus you’ll get a FREE $1 MP3 Credit when you order it!

Basic Pirate Lingo:

Ahoy!“Hello!”
Avast!
– Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!”
Aye!
“Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye!
“I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr!
– This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this Diet Coke.”

 

Pirate Jokes (Harrdy-haarr-haarr):

Q: What is a pirate’s favorite kind of cookie A: Ships Ahoy!
Q: Whay are pirates so mean? A: I don’t know they just aaarrgghhh!
Q: What to pirate’s like to eat? A: Barrrrbeque!

Thanks for this great list, Time 2 Save Workshops!

National Bowling Day: FREE Game! (Today Only)

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Need something fun and inexpensive to do with the kids today?  I could sure use the help because it has been raining like it’s fall around here.  It’s cool like fall, too.  Surprisingly, I don’t mind.  It is my favorite season after all. 😉

Today only (8/11), in celebration of National Bowling Day, we can register and take the emailed coupon to any participating bowling center across the country and receive a free game.

Be sure and call your favorite local bowling alley to confirm participation.

Family Fun Roundup: Free Weekend Activities! (July-August)

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AC Moore –

July 28th from 1-3pm –  Demonstration to make a Premier Starbella Ruffle Scarf. (Looks cute!)
August 1st – Wednesday, from 1-3pm – Melissa & Doug Sticker Nicole Craft Frame
August 8th – Wednesday, from 1-3pm – Sticky Mosaics Bling Bracelets
August 15th –  Wednesday, from 1-3pm – Nicole Crafts Pencil Box with Elmer’s Decorative Tape

Babies R Us –

August 4th – 12-3pm – Nursing Basics for New Moms

Bank of America –

Saturday 7/28,  8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 & Sunday 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26 –  Free Museums On Us days for Bank of America cardholders! There are over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US.

Barnes & Noble – Check your local store for events.

Bass Pro Shops – Check your local store’s Facebook page for events, classes, workshops, sales and outdoor tips for your area.

FREE Boat Show: family activities, savings and seminars. For dates, times and pro schedules select your local store here.

Home Depot (kids) –
Saturday, August 4th –
9am-12pm –  Build a Cork Bulletin Board

Home Depot (adults)- 

Saturday Schedule (from 10am-11am – end time varies)
July 28th –
Interior Paint Instruction 
August 4th –
Installing Wall & Floor Tile
August 11th – Installing Wall & Floor Tile
August 18th –
Installing Wall & Floor Tile
August 25th –
Installing Wall & Floor Tile

Saturday Schedule (from 1-230pm)
July 28th –
Installing laminate flooring
August 4th – Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation & Wood Refinishing
August 11th – 
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation & Wood Refinishing
August 18th – Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation & Wood Refinishing
August 25th – 
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation & Wood Refinishing

Sunday Schedule (from 1-2pm)
July 29th –
Closet & Storage Organization
August 5th –
Installing Window Treatments
August 12th –
Installing Window Treatments
August 19th – Installing Window Treatments
August 26th –
Installing Window Treatments

Kids Bowl Free  –

Every Day – Register with Kids Bowl Free and your kids will receive two free games of bowling every day in the summer.

Lakeshore Learning (11am-3pm unless noted) –

Saturday, July 28th  – Keep cool summer fan. (Free Event)
Saturday, August 4th  –  Friendship Day Trophy
Saturday, August 11th – Garden Collage
Saturday, August 18th – Crawly Caterpillar
Saturday, August 25th – Fun-to-Make Bookmark

Lego Stores 

Tuesday, August 7th – Supplies to make LEGO Shark begins at 5pm

Lowe’s Build and Grow 

Saturday, July 28th (10am) and Sunday, July 29th (2pm)– Kung Fu Panda Stacking Friends

Saturday, August 11th (10am) and Sunday, August 12th (2pm)  – Shrek Dragon Ride

Saturday, August 25th (10am) – Shrek Onion Carriage

Michael’s –  Passport to Imagination  from 1-4pm

July 28th – India – Foam Lotus Flower and Snake & Coil Pot

Pottery Barn 

Sunday July 29th from 10am-12pm –  Pottery Bar Design Specialists and Benjamin Moore color experts help you decorate with their Design Services Open House

Sunday, August 12th at 10am – The Organized Home

Pottery Barn Kids – Tuesday’s from 11-11:30am, Story Time.

The Scholastic  Store 

Saturday, July 28th at 3pm – Going for the Gold! We’re celebrating the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics and featuring the new novel Gold Medal Summer! Break out the spandex, practice your splits, and flip on over for some Olympic-sized fun! Show off your skills during our limbo tournament, compete in our pass-the-torch relay race, and design your very own medal! We’re counting on you bringing home the gold! 6+

Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.

Family Fun Round Up: Free Activities (Updated 6/29)

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AC Moore –

June 30th from 1-3pm – Free Make & Take Duck Tape Crazy Bird
July 4th
 from 1-3pm– No event scheduled.
July 11th from 1-3pm –  Make your own Nicole Crafts Visor with Creative Hands Foam Stickers and Markers

Babies R Us – Check your local store for events.

Bank of America –

Saturday 6/30 & Sunday 7/1, Free Museums On Us days for Bank of America cardholders! There are over 100 participating Museums, Zoos, Science Centers, and Botanical Gardens across the US.

Barnes & Noble – Check your local store for events.

Bass Pro Shops – Check your local store’s Facebook page for events, classes, workshops, sales and outdoor tips for your area.

FREE Boat Show: family activities, savings and seminars. For dates, times and pro schedules select your local store here.

Home Depot – 

Saturday, June 30th from 10:00-11am – Learn how to install a ceiling fan.

Saturday, June 30th from 1-2:30pm – Bath Safety and installation training.

Kids Bowl Free  –

Every Day – Register with Kids Bowl Free and your kids will receive two free games of bowling every day in the summer.

Lakeshore Learning 

Saturday, June 30th  from 11am-3pm. Create Star Spangled Shaker. (Free Event)

Lego Stores 

No event scheduled.

Lowe’s Build and Grow 

Saturday, July 14th (10am) and Sunday, July 15th (2pm)– Kung Fu Panda Spinning Attack

Michael’s –  Passport to Imagination  from 1-4pm

June 30th – Canada  – Moose Craft  & Maple Leaf
July 3rd –
United States – US Flag and Barn Owl Door Hanger
July 5th –
Kenya – Kenyan Flag and Lion Pin
July 7th –
North Pole – Clothespin and Penguin Foam Visor (w/Purchase)

Pottery Barn 

Sunday July 15th at 10am –  Learn how to add color to your home.

Pottery Barn Kids – Tuesday’s from 11-11:30am, Story Time.

The Scholastic  Store 

Saturday, June 30th at 3pm – Clifford’s Beach Party!  The Scholastic Store will be transformed into a summer playground as you learn hula-hoop tricks from a former Miss Hoop NYC champion, create paper Polynesian leis, and dance to the beat of tropical drums (complete with conga lines and limbo, of course)!   Ages 3+.

Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.

Michael’s: Passport to Imagination Continues! Visit Madagascar Today from 1-4pm!

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Wouldn’t you love to take your kids around the world?  I would!  Well, maybe not to SOME places, but definitely more places than not.   But since I don’t have the money for such things, I’ll have to settle for free craft projects at Michael’s!  Haha!

Michael’s Passport to Imagination continues today from 1-4pm for ages 3 and up where they’ll be making this:

Now, here’s the part where I’m supposed to show some inner genius and tell you what this is.  Hmmm, I’m at a loss.  It may be because I’ve only had half a cup of coffee at 8:45 or because it’s some kind of Madagascarian utensil I’ve never seen before.  Anyhoo, take any kids you have ages 3 and up and make this…thing.  It looks neat!  Does that count?!?  So sad.

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And because I can’t take it, I found out what it is!  A RAIN STICK!

Michael’s Passport to Imagination Schedule (from 1-4pm on select days)

June 30th – Canada  – Moose Craft  & Maple Leaf
July 3rd – United States – US Flag and Barn Owl Door Hanger
July 5th – Kenya – Kenyan Flag and Lion Pin
July 7th – North Pole – Clothespin and Penguin Foam Visor (w/Purchase)
July 10th – Thailand – Thai Flag and Elephant Necklace
July 12 – Russia – Russian Flag and Pom Pom Bear
July 14th – Japan – Japanese Flag and Koi Fish Kite
July 17th – Egypt – Heiroglyphics Button and Egyptian Cat Portrait
July 19th – Spain – Fan and Terra Cotta Bull (w/Purchase)
July 21th – Chile – Chilean Flag and Alpaca Puppet
July 24th – Brazil – Palm Tree Card  and Bird Mask (w/Purchase)
July 26th – Morocco – Morrocan Flag and Flamingo Keychain
July 28th – India – Foam Lotus Flower and Snake and Coil Pot