Leila Arboretum {Michigan}

In the outskirts of a little town in Battle Creek Michigan sits a beautiful natural area- Leila Arboretum.  There’s plenty of open space to walk.  A fountain to sit by.  What drew the attention of the kids however, was a little “fantasy forest”. The Fantasy Forest is a little area of dead ash trees that were transformed into beautiful carved […]

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Free Movies all summer long {Goodrich Quality Theaters}

If you’re up and at ’em early in the day- you can catch a movie free at any Goodrich Quality Theater shown below.  Click the link for full details on how to get FREE or reduced ($1) ticket pricing.  All shows are 10am. Morning Movies (SUMMER 2017) Every Weekday (Mon-Fri) at 10:00AM, we will be giving you a fresh line-up of family-friendly features at select GQT locations! See the movie line-up below: 6/12 – 6/16: Wild Life 6/19 – 6/23: Secret Life of Pets 6/26 – 6/30: Lego Batman Movie 7/3 – 7/7: Rock Dog 7/10 – 7/14: Storks 7/17 – 7/21: Peanuts Movie 7/24 – 7/28: Monster Trucks 7/31 – 8/4: Trolls 8/7 – 8/11: Sing THEATERS FEATURING MORNING MOVIES: Florida Riverview 14 GDX (Gibsonton) Illinois Kendall 11 GDX (Oswego) Randall 15 IMAX (Batavia) Savoy 16 IMAX (Savoy) Willow Knolls 14 (Peoria) Indiana Brownsburg 8 GDX (Brownsburg) Eastside 9 (Lafayette) Hamilton 16 IMAX + GDX (Noblesville) Portage 16 IMAX (Portage) Michigan Bay City 10 GDX (Bay City) Canton 7 GDX (Canton) Grand Haven 9 (Grand Haven) Jackson 10 (Jackson) Kalamazoo 10 (Kalamazoo) Quality 10 GDX (Saginaw) Quality 16 (Ann Arbor) Missouri Capital 8 (Jefferson City) Forum 8 (Columbia)    

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Free /cheap in March. Various states

My family LOVES to travel.  My blog isn’t about “things to do” where we live- it’s about things to do anywhere!  We love to experience new things all of the time and so I try to find interesting things to do anywhere.  Any time I post these monthly ideas of free/cheap things to do- I try to find things in a variety of places… Some of them we’ve been to, and some of them we would LOVE to go to if the chance ever comes up- here’s some fun things for March California: Asian Art Museum– San Francisco – Free the first Sunday of each month as part of the Target First Free Sunday program. Georgia: Children’s Museum of Atlanta– Atlanta- Free the second Tuesday (March 14) as part of the Target Free admission program. Florida: Fort George Island Cultural State Park– Jacksonville- FREE ADMISSION. open 8am-Sundown. Texas: Houston Zoo-Houston-  Free First Tuesday afternoon (March 7) noon-5pm (zoo closes at 6pm)  You can get advance tickets up to a week in advance, or at the door the day of.  Runs September- May. Ohio: Columbus Zoo– Columbus:  Half price admission through March 17.  We traveled to this zoo last summer and it was FANTASTIC- I’ll finally be posting about it this month but trust me when I say- It’s worth every penny- your kids will love it! Michigan: Belle Isle Nature Center–  Detroit- Free admission with admission to Belle Isle State […]

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Free and cheap things to do in August

CALIFORNIA: San Diego & OC Fair Bounceback  (click here for the official website) Save your San Diego County Fair or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one free admission at the OC Fair, July 15-August 14. If you are a San Diego Fair Best Pass Ever holder, visit Guest Services during the San Diego County Fair and receive one complimentary ticket to the OC Fair. Physical ticket must be presented. E-tickets on mobile devices will not be accepted for promotion. Active Military & Veterans Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase ½ price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the 2016 OC Fair. Military ID required. Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents. A maximum of six ½ price tickets may be purchased. Read & Ride Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 15-August 14, 2016 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program. COLORADO: Denver: *Free movie at Skyline Park- movie begins ad dusk with entertainment an hour before.  August 6- Grease (made possible by  Southwest Airlines) *Monday movie at Infinity Park – gates open at 7pm and movie starts […]

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July Things to Do

Wow… so much time has passed since my last post.  It was a crazy spring of sicknesses (mostly me) and trips. Hopefully I can get back on track now that I have a couple of weeks of “nothing” going on… I know we’re already on the 5th of the month… but here’s a few fun things going on this month […]

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Free movies in Michigan

Celebration Cinema is getting ready to start their Spring Flick Family Film FEstival.  Free movies for kids and usually a low ($5 ?) ticket price for adults. Here is the schedule: Opens Friday 2/26:  Hotel Transylvania 2 Opening in March 2016: 3/4 Pan 3/11 Goosebumps 3/18 The Peanuts Movie 3/25 Alvin and the Chipmunks   List of theaters (all in […]

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Free/cheap things to do in February

Winter is getting old for many of us- here are some ways to get the family out of the house that won’t cost an arm and a leg!  Here’s just a snapshop- check your local venues for free dates (feel free to leave a comment with a link to free/cheap things to do in your area) ILLINOIS Shedd Aquarium: FREE General admission and discounted upgraded admission to Illinois Residents: February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29   Anyone with a Bank of America Debit card and photo ID can receive one free General Admission Feb 6-7 WASHINGTON DC National Zoo:  FREE every day TEXAS Dallas Zoo–  $5 admission December 1- FEbruary 29.  After that it goes up to regular pricing of $12-15 CALIFORNIA Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego– Feb 18- 5-7pm.  Free the third Thursday of every month from 5-7pm.  WEbsite does state “kid friendly” WASHINGTON Seattle Art Museum– Feb 4-  Free to all on the first Thursday of every month INDIANA Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (I have been to this museum and it is WORTH the full price admission cost- so to get in FREE or even reduced is a FANTASTIC deal!) Feb 4- Free admission 4-8pm for Target family night.  Feb. 15, 2016—Reduced admission 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for Presidents Day ($5 adults; $1 youth) MICHIGAN FREE FISHING WEEKEND– Feb 14-15.  Great opportunity if it isn’t a blizzard outdoors 😉  You can fish on the Great Lakes […]

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Milwaukee Free Admission Days

It’s a new year and my vacation time started over exactly 4 days ago.  So… it’s time to plan how to use it! We’re planning a trip to Milwaukee late spring/ summer time since it’s only a 4.5 hour drive. I thought I’d share some cool info in case you’re planning a trip too! Milwaukee Public Museum is FREE the first Thursday of every month thanks to Kohls.  Click here for their website. January 7 February 4 March 3 April 17 May 5 June 2 July 7 August 4 September 1 October 6 November 3 December 1 free for moms on Mother’s Day free for dads on Father’s Day free for Grandparents on Grandparent’s Day free for Veterans on Memorial and Veteran’s day   2.  Milwaukee Zoo – Free days during the “off” seasion:  click here for website January 3 February 7 March 7 October 10 November 7 December 5 There seem to be lots of great places to visit and my list is long but I wanted to share those two locations so you can take advantage of free admission days if you’re in the area!  Watch for posts later this year with photos and details of all the places we visit!    

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