Stores are not just for shopping! There are many retail establishments that offer free and cheap kids’ workshops and classes in the Nashville area. Some have fees but most are free. There are some places that you can just come join in the fun and others that you need to sign up in advance. I’m sure there is something close to your house to keep your family busy this weekend!

Arts and Crafts


  • Various classes available for both kids and adults.
  • Kids Club – Weekly craft projects hosted on Saturdays from 10 AM to Noon for kids aged 3 and Up. Activities are available on a drop in basis and typically take 30 minutes to complete. $3/child includes supplies
  • Fun Events – Typically Free, but depending on the project may need to purchase supplies
  • Offered at all 4 Michaels locations – Madison (Map), Nashville -100 Oaks Mall (Map), Murfreesboro (Map), and Cool Springs (Map).

Hobby Lobby

 Joann Fabrics

Sign up in advance for a series of classes to learn to sew, craft and cake decorate just for kids and teens. Classes and schedule vary at each store.

  • Mt Juliet
  • Madison
  • Cool Springs
  • Murfreesboro

Home Depot

  • offers workshops for kids, Moms and do it your-selfers.
  • A monthly FREE Kids’ Build is offered at most stores on the first Saturday of the month from 9 AM to noon. The kits are first come first serve, and the store encourages you to register in advance to help them plan to have enough materials available. Find the latest project HERE.
  • Need a new idea for Moms’ Night Out? Check out the “Do It Herself Workshops” HERE.

Lowe’s Build and Grow

Lowe’s Build and Grow workshops are back (October 2019) in select areas and we are lucky that it includes Nashville! Workshops are held monthly and you need to sign up in advance to reserve a spot for your little builder. Click here to get all the details and register

Pottery Barn Kids in The Mall at Green Hills

  • FREE story times and craft activities. Check out the schedule HERE.

Toys and Fun

Disney Store

  • Various activities, crafts and storytimes through the year
  •  Event Calendar – Opry Mills is an outlet store and doesn’t host all the advertised events. Be sure to call before you go and confirm the activity is happening at the Nashville store.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Opry Mills Mall (Map)

Lego Store



Take cooking classes. There are 3 programs offered – the Jr Chef Program geared at kids. the Cookbook club, and Technique classes for adults and teens.

 Geared to the Outdoors

Bass Pro Shop

Computers, Books and More


  • Store offers FREE youth programs throughout the year and camps over the summer – Class schedule
  • Location: The Mall at Green Hills (Map)


Barnes & Noble

Nashville Library

  • In addition to story times, the library offers workshops, classes, performances and more. Check out the calendar HERE.

Nashville Community Education

  • classes are available throughout Nashville. Ranging from ballroom dancing to learning Spanish to making Sushi, most are geared toward adults but call to see if older teens can attend the class you are interested in. Click here for the full schedule.

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Lauren Breeze
About the Author: Lauren Breeze

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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