I got an email this morning saying the Entertainment Books for 2013 are now $5 with free shipping! These are great to have on hand because there are tons of coupons for restaurants, retailers, hotels, car rentals, and also for entertainment. You can preview a book by typing in your zip code at their web site: http://www.entertainment.com. Also, if you have any vacation travel plans, these little books may come in handy to save money on your vacation as well. I am not sure how long this sale goes on and popular editions may sell out quickly at this price.
LivingSocial, a daily deal site, has a $5 off promotional code they gave me to share with friends! Use promo code: SAVE5 on most LivingSocial deals priced $15 and up to save $5! To sweeten this deal, go through Ebates and also earn an additional 2% cash back on your purchase: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=oZUZK1h%2BfUTbogfEvw56hA%3D%3D.
One such deal that I saw was for the JCC in Indianapolis. Using the promotional code above, you can get this deal for $44. One punch of a punchcard entitles up to two adults and up to three children admittance into the JCC. You can use aquatic pool or the adults can work out while the kids play in the child care area for a grand total of $4.40 per time. It’s even less when you go through Ebates. You can find this deal here: https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/636094-10-pass-punch-card-for-up-to-5-people-per-punch?rui=11200166. One punch of a 10 card pack entitles two adults and up to three children into the JCC. They have an outdoor aquatic center, fitness classes (some classes are free and some require additional money but the punch card treats you as if you were a member rate), fitness equipment, special events, camps, and child care when you are using the fitness equipment. The voucher needs to be redeemed by August 31, 2013, but you may use your 10 pack punch card through December 31, 2013 as long as you bring in your voucher by the end of August. For more information about the JCC, feel free to go here: http://www.jccindy.org/.
There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than at the JCC, conveniently located on the north side of Indy. Zoom down two water slides and float down the Lazy River at the Eskenazi Water Park, get in a great workout, enjoy classes at special member rates, and much more:
• $49 ($306 value) for a ten-pass punch card for up to 2 adults and 3 children per punch
• Take a dip or join an aquatic fitness class in the 25-yard, 6-lane indoor pool
• Basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts, + a 20,000-sq. ft. adult fitness center
• Kids ages 6 and younger can play in the babysitting area
• Take an indoor cycling or Pilates class, then unwind in the whirlpool or sauna
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON May 29, 2018
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON August 31, 2013
map & location
the fine print
- Limit 1 per customer, 2 additional as gifts
- Voucher valid for one 10-punch card; each punch valid for up to 2 adults and up to 3 children
- Voucher must be activated by August 31, 2013; voucher holder then has until December 31, 2013 to use all 10 punches
- May be used over multiple visits
- Other conditions apply
Regal Cinema will be offering $1 movies for kids starting in June on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am. I understand that it is first come first serve and crazy busy so you may want to get there early with their kids. The details and participating locations can be found here: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express. From the web site listed and copied from their web site of planned summer movies is:.
|1||The Three Stooges||PG||10am|
|1||Ice Age: Continental Drift||PG||10am|
|2||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||PG||10am|
|3||Mr. Poppers’ Penguins||PG||10am|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||G||10am|
|6||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||PG||10am|
|7||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||PG||10am|
|8||Happy Feet Too||PG||10am|
I am subscribed to a newsletter called Red Tricycle and this article was too good not to share of 20 frugal and even free ideas around Chicago since Chicago is close to where many of my readers are from. I’ve copied and pasted the article and this is the link: http://redtri.com/chicago/top-20-free-or-super-cheap-things-to-do-with-kids-in-chicago/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chicago-050913
Top 20 Free (or Super-Cheap) Things to Do with Kids in Chicago
Your little saver’s piggy bank is getting heavier (thanks, Grandma, for the quarter bribes). Teach the family the value of a dollar by exploring the free – or incredibly cheap – activities that Chicago has to offer. Our Top 20 picks add up to a whole wealth of fun. Plus, it’s easy on your pocketbook. You can thank us later.
1. Pedal through beautiful prairie lands and enjoy views of the skyline, lake and Museum Campus on the Northerly Island trail. The path is just a little more than one mile, a very manageable distance for little bike riders, and without the jostle and crowds of the lakefront path.
2. Bucktown’s Cat & Mouse (2212 W. Armitage Ave., 773-384-4454) game store hosts a free game night every Tuesday from 6:30 pm-10:00 pm where kids and parents can tinker around with any game in the store’s library or bring their own to play in a more social setting than the family room.
3. Free play gets a whole new meaning at Navy Pier’s Chicago Children’s Museum (700 E. Grand Ave., 312-527-1000) which lets you in for no charge on Thursday nights from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm and on the first Sunday of every month.
4. Five cents doesn’t go far these days, which is why Northbrook’s Nickel City (555 Waukegan Rd., 847-559-8727) is so refreshing. Games like Skee-Ball and Bozo Buckets take nickels instead of tokens and old-school arcade staples like Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat operate for free.
5. Missing time on the links since becoming a parent? Kids play free with a paying adult seven days a week at the six Chicago Park District golf courses, so taking youngsters along is cheaper than paying a sitter. Children can play free at select times without a paying adult; times vary by course, so check the website for details.
6. Lincoln Park Zoo might seem obvious, but Chicagoans shouldn’t take for granted that our city is home to one of the few free zoos in the U.S. Bonus: Almost all wildlife exhibits are stroller accessible. (Don’t miss the outstanding Regenstein Center for African Apes.) Parking starts at $20, so take public transportation or hoof it to keep the visit free.
7. Sometimes mom and dad need a break from Goodnight Moon. Let someone else tag during free story time at Logan Square toy store Play (3109 W. Logan Blvd., 773-227-6504) every Tuesday at 11:00 am and every Thursday at 3:00 pm.
8. Expose tots to music, dance and theater performances in a kid-friendly setting (meaning that sitting on the floor, wandering around, and noshing on Goldfish crackers are all permitted) at the Juicebox Series, hosted by the City of Chicago. Free performances are held every other Saturday at Austin Town Hall.
9. Put baby in the buggy and head to the free Stroller Fitness class at the Bucktown location of lululemon athletica (1627 N. Damen Ave., 773-227-1869). The free course mixes cardio, strength training and toning on Tuesdays from 9:00 am-10:00 am.
10. Buckingham Fountain is one of the city’s crown jewels for a reason. Go for the beautiful water displays every hour on the hour (they last an entire 20 minutes). Be sure to visit after dusk for accompaniment with lights and music.
11. Legos are excellent toys that teach spatial relations and have spawned many a budding architect, but cheap they are not. The Lego Store in Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-202-0946) offers reprieve with a Mini Model Build on the first Tuesday of the month for kids aged 6 to 14, where they learn to build a miniature model and take it home for free.
12. Head to the weird and wacky Jefferson Park store American Science & Surplus (5316 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-763-0313). Browse a mix of scientific, educational and totally oddball novelties (crystal balls, skeleton molds, rubber chickens). Trust us, the kids will love it.
13. Uptown’s Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. This 15-acre birders paradise is home to migrant songbirds during fall and spring migration seasons (best times to visit are April through May and August through October). The meadow, beach, dune and path to the Lake Michigan pier are so scenic that it’s a great day out, whether or not the kids want to bust out the binoculars.
14. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, 312-994-4000) offers a paid walking tour of the historic district in Oak Park, but families who are willing to do a little research can take their own free self-guided tour. Find the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission’s guidebook to the district, available at local bookstores or for free at the Oak Park Public Library.
15. Visiting museums as a family of four or more can break the bank, so take advantage of free days at The Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and The Museum of Science and Industry. Keep in mind that free days are good for general admission only, not special exhibits. Check the site museumfreedays.com for a list of discount days.
16. Record store Logan Hardware (2410 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-235-5030) houses a retro arcade that’s free for those who buy a record or two first. Mom and dad can shop for vinyl while a kid discovers the retro joy of Donkey Kong Junior, Mario Brothers and Ms. Pac-Man. Everybody scores.
17. Picnic in Osaka Japanese Gardens in Jackson Park, a paradise with a lake and its own island – all built in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Historic pedigree aside, the footpath-laced grounds (just south of the Museum of Science and Industry) are beautiful and far less expensive than a trip to Japan.
18. Lincoln Park’s Adams Playground Park (1919 N. Seminary Ave., 312-742-7787) has great toddler-friendly equipment and a huge sandbox, but look forward to summer for the opening of the water playground, a tricked-out splash pad that delights little ones.
19. The philosophy behind Merry Music Makers is that the best way for kids to learn music is for parents to model musical behaviors through fundamentals like tapping out a beat or singing a tune. Try it out with a free demo class in Lakeview, Andersonville, Edgebrook or Park Ridge. Another money saving tip? Once a child is registered for a paid class, siblings attend free.
20. Expose kids to another culture in their own city with a walk through Chinatown. Visit Chinatown Gate, Nine Dragon Wall and Ping Tom Memorial Park, and end the trip with dumplings from Moon Palace Restaurant.
Are you a member of My Coke Rewards? If you are not a member, you can sign-up here: http://www.mycokereawrds.com. Coke products have codes on the inside of their caps on inside of the packages of Coke products. You can build up points for gift cards, magazine subscriptions, and tons of other items. My Coke Rewards currently has a sweepstakes going on right now where you can enter to win a four pack of one day tickets to different amusement parks including: including Cedar Point, Cedar Point Soak City, Carowinds, Dorney Park, Great America, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Knotts Berry Farm, Knotts Soak City – Orange County, Knott’s Soak City – Palm Springs, Michigan’s Adventure, Valleyfair or Worlds of Fun. There are 1,500 winners total! So grab a Coke® at the concessions stand or with a meal. Check out the spectacular shows. Lose your breath on every ride. And make it a day you and your family will remember for years. Each winner will receive a digital code, which expires 9/2/2013.
The best part of this sweeps is that you do not need to use any of your own points to try to win. If you sign-up for a My Coke Rewards account and then go to the following link, there is an option of rules in red that you can click on. Go to the section in rules which is 5c, click on get free entry and then and then get a free entry added to your account. You can get 5 free entries per day and then go ahead and try your luck. I was able to win on my first try and there are tons of winners so your odds are good. This sweepstakes ends on May 31.
Gymboree is having a Memorial Day sale this weekend and everything is $12.99 and under! They have select knit tees, tanks, and shorts for only $6. More details can be found here: http://www.gymboree.com/ and they have free shipping if you spend $75. Shipping is a flat $5 if you do not qualify for free shipping. Don’t forget to sign up for the free Gymboree Rewards program and you earn 1 point per dollar spent and will be sent special coupons and promotions. Details can be found here: http://www.gymboree.com/rewards/home.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474399388570&FOLDER%3C%3EbrowsePath=1408474399388570.
All good things must come to an end, including the Best Buy Reward Zone Facebook App. Simply go here and log into your account or create a free account here: https://www.facebook.com/bestbuy/app_187400188063684#_=_.
The last User Poll is available and you can earn 15 points by simply answering one question. You can still earn Reward Zone Points from your purchases at Best Buy so that program is not ending. 250 points equals a $5 gift certificate so make sure you take this poll before the program ends on 5/28.
Today’s post is not about any type of deal that you can find, but to help out others who were hit by devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma yesterday afternoon. During these times, it seems the best help that can be provided are monetary donations. I used to work for an organization called Church World Service and if you would like to make a donation and would like to read further on their work, please go here: http://www.cwsglobal.org/. My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Oklahoma who lost their homes, but those especially who lost their loved ones yesterday.
I love summer reading programs and I encourage you if you have children to sign them up! The local libraries have great programs with awesome rewards just for reading. I loved reading as a child and still do. There’s a local toy store in Zionsville called 4 Kids Books and Toys and they have a summer reading program for all children. When they sign-up, they get a free $5 gift card. Here are the details found on a link but copy and pasted below: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f2cb6328c9c90b559851f925c&id=d522f3c323
It’s time for Summer Reading at 4 Kids Books & Toys!
This year, we are offering 3 different programs:
Reading Buddies (for first grade and younger)
Choose your own books – from home, from the library, from 4 Kids! For each book that is read (or read to the child), Reading Buddies can complete an art project or some other display of the book, the characters, or the story. Paint a picture, make a model, create a puppet – any way the child wants to share the story is fine. BRING THOSE PROJECTS to 4 Kids Books & Toys. We will display them on our walls, or on our shelves. Each project gives you a ticket to one of our Reading Buddies parties (invitation only) and at the end of the summer, a GREAT bag of treats and rewards, based on how many books you complete.
Need some help? Head over to 4 Kids on ANY WEDNESDAY to use our art supplies in the party room.
Chapter 4 Kids (for 2nd through 5th graders)
Choose your own books, or use our summer reading guide. For each book completed, write a review (we have review forms) or a shelf talker for us to display on our shelves at the store. Want to do an art project instead? Sure! Bring that in, and we’ll display it. We need kids book reviews! Each review or project will be featured in our end-of-summer newsletter, and each Chapter 4 Kid will be invited to our Pizza Bash to celebrate, and also earn a totally cool goody bag of rewards, based on how many books they complete.
Need some help? We have book review forms (on paper or in PDF to be emailed), blank shelf talkers, and LOTS OF ART SUPPLIES. Open “art time” is every Wednesday – come on over and make something to display about your books
Teen Book Review
Stop in on the weekends to peruse our stash of “SOON TO BE PUBLISHED” advance copies of new books. Check one out, and read it before it’s in stores or in the library. (how cool is that….) Then, write or email us a review. We have forms for you to use, or you can make up your own. BRING US THE REVIEWS (or email them.) We will publish them in our newsletter, send them to the author, the publisher, and who knows…. you may launch an editorial career! You must complete a review before checking out the next book….. we need your feedback!
We’ll meet once every two weeks at HotBox Pizza to collect reviews, and the breadsticks and soda are on us. Inbetween those events, you are welcome to stop in and drop off reviews, or email them anytime.
(and of course, teen book reviewers get a treat bag, too…)
EVERYONE receives a $5 gift card to 4 Kids when they sign up….. and summer reading starts next Monday, May 27th. Signing up is free – stop in to the store to fill out your form and pick up your gift card.
4 Kids Books and Toys can be found at 4450 Weston Point Drive in Zionsville and their phone number is (317) 733-8710.