Tons of stores offer free kids events, especially around the holidays. From craft projects, to story times, and even giveaways!
This big list of Free Kids Events at Stores will help you fill your calendar with fun this holiday season.
FREE Kids Events at Stores
Home Depot Kids Workshops
I’ve done a lot of these over the years with my kids. They always love the aprons and pins as much as the crafts. There are some fun holiday themed free kids events coming up to put on your calendar.
- Saturday, November 30th: Kids can build a Stocking Ornament between 9AM – 12PM.
- Saturday, December 7th: Kids can build a Christmas Countdown Calendar between 9AM – 12PM.
Michaels MAKER Kids Events
I have to admit, I’ve never been to a Michaels event. We don’t have one in town so it’s not as convenient for other events. These sound fun though so I may make the drive over to Omaha for them…
- Saturday, December 7th: Kids can make a Gingerbread House Bell from 11AM – 2PM
- Saturday, December 14th: Kids can make Reindeer Antlers from 11AM-2PM
- Saturday, December 14th: If you purchase a white t-shirt you can stop by the MAKER table from 11AM-2PM and decorate it to look like a snowman.
Visit Santa at Kohl’s
Stop by Kohl’s on December 8th and December 15th between 1-3PM to visit Santa. You can snap a picture and kids will receive a free gift while supplies last.
JOANN Hands-On Kids Events
Drop in with your kids for fun free hands-on crafts and events. Supplies are limited so you’ll want to get there when it starts.
- December 14th: From 11AM-2PM and build a sweet village with chocolates.
JCPenney Kids Zone
On the second Saturday of every month from 11AM-12PM, the JCPenney Kids Zone opens up with free activities, crafts, and more. Kids get a collector’s pin at each event and receive a project master medallion when they’ve completed six projects. Parents also get a special 10% off coupon to be used that day only.
- December 14th: Make a Gingerbread Shirt
- January 11th: Make your own Here We Grow Growth Chart
- February 8th: Make a Valentine’s Day Desk Box
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro
Through December 24th stop by Bass Pro and visit Santa’s Wonderland. You’ll get a free picture with Santa as well as enjoy free crafts and giveaways each week. Plus, on November 30th Santa will be kicking off the season by giving away free gifts starting at 9AM.
- Make a Standing Reindeer Craft November 24th – December 1st
- Free Penguin Plush Toy to the first 100 kids to visit Santa Monday-Thursday from 5-7PM on November 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th.
Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s
Through December 24th stop by Cabela’s and visit Santa’s Wonderland. You’ll get a free picture with Santa as well as enjoy free crafts and giveaways each week.
Build-A-Bear Workshop Events
To celebrate the release of Frozen 2, Build-A-Bear is hosting Frozen 2 Friday Events. On Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st stop into your local store for in-store activities and take home a free Frozen Activity Sheet and Sticker sheet with any Frozen 2 Build-A-Bear purchase!
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids
Every Saturday from 11Am – 3PM Lakeshore Learning offers free crafts for kids with a different craft each week.
- November 30th: Medieval Helmet
- December 7th: Festive Winter Garland
- December 14th: Pop Into the Holidays Party Cracker
- December 21st: Thumbprint Keepsake Holiday Ornament
- December 28th: New Year Party Hat and Popper
Pottery Barn Kids Events
There are several upcoming events at Pottery Barn Kids and you can get more details about each one by reaching out to your local store.
- December 7th: Seasonal Craft for Kids
- December 10th: Holiday Story Time and PJ Party
- December 14th: Hanukkah Craft for Kids
Barnes and Noble Kids Events
There are quite a few Barnes and Noble Kids events happening for the holidays but you’ll want to double check with your location to see if they are participating.
- November 30th: Storytime with Dear Santa & Cookies for Santa starting at 11AM.
- December 6th: At 7PM there will be Pajama Storytime with Polar Express.
- December 7th: Storytime with How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 11AM.