Royalty for the Day: A Visit With the King!

October 14, 2016 Blog, Discounted Tickets, Fun

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Huzzah! We are back from another fun family day in Carvershire at King Richard’s Faire! (To see our visit last year and tips to Save $$, click here!) Use this code KRF16-BLOG and save $4 off adult tickets when you purchase online!

This year my son was ready and dressed for the part (in an old Halloween costume)! Sir J was ready for the day’s adventures – and this year he was joined by his little sister, Princess L! Upon entering the forest, we were greeted right away by a woodland character – that Princess L was not too sure about ;-)

Since we visited last year, we were armed and ready with the schedule of the day’s events – all FREE with your admission. There are so many sights and shows to take in! We tried to see what we couldn’t fit in last year. We spent the day laughing (and eating!). It is such a fun escape from the ordinary outing. We love that the entertainers can keep our 7.5 year old son engaged, while also throwing out a couple zingers for the adult’s sense or humor.

As we walked in, the King’s Court was in session, so we got to see the Big Man himself right up close!

On our way to the Tournament Field to see “The Challenge of Champions”, we took an annual pictures of Sir J in the stockades. The question every year is whether to let him out after the picture or not – hahaha :-)

We shouted and cheered this year for Sir Joseph! Who, unfortunately, was not today’s victor. Each knight has their own supporters and they like to get their crowd riled up to root them on! It is fun and exciting to watch the knights on horseback duel and compete in various obstacles and tests of skill.

Our day was spent going from stage to stage – with lots of snacking in between :-) Sir J enjoyed his enormous turkey leg ($12 this year) and lots of other goodies. Don’t forget the food/drinks are purchased with tickets sold in $5 increments and are non-refundable (CASH only!). Try to buy items with rounded numbers so you are not left with an odd number of tickets! A reminder too that you are not allowed to bring in your own food or return to your car during the day.

Princess L’s favorite show was “Fire & Flow” on the Dance Stage. She was completely enchanted! We enjoyed the theatrics while we ate our lunch. Picnic table seating is limited, so we grabbed one of the benches and enjoyed lunch with a show!

The acrobatics, skill, and humor of the entertainers is what makes King Richard’s Faire really unique.

Princess L was exhausted after a full day! We all really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to another visit next year!


Want to Visit?
Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheKingRichardsFaire) and on Twitter and Instagram @KRFaire.

The Faire runs weekends from 9/3 to 10/23 including Monday holidays and is open 10:30AM to 6PM. Children under 4 are free. Discounts are given to groups of 25 adults or more.

If you are interested in attending this year with your family, don’t forget to use this code KRF16-BLOG and save $4 off adult tickets when you purchase online!

Disclosure: I received free tickets for the purpose of attending the Faire and sharing my thoughts.

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Save at Great Wolf Lodge

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Great Wolf Lodge was “howling” fun for the whole family! My husband really enjoyed the “Wolf Tail” slide and went down it 4 times. I could only go once, it is very intense! My son went down the “Otter Run” at least 100 times and was begging to go “just one more time” when we left. :-)

The tube slides were a lot of fun, as my husband and I could take turns riding with my son. We laughed all day! Besides the slides there is a wave pool (both kids loved that!) and a lazy river. There are areas that have smaller slides for younger children, plus areas to dump, spray, and play in the water. It was busy, but not ridiculously crowded. The nice thing is that the only people using the water park are hotel guests. We all had a really fun time and would definitely return – a wonderful getaway and it’s only an hour away!

My Tips to $ave:

    Even if you are just planning a one night visit, you can pack in TWO full days! Check in is at 4pm, but they allow guests to arrive as early as 1pm to get settled and start enjoying the water park. If your room is not ready, there are changing rooms in the water park and locker rentals ($10/day). You can check in at 1pm on the day of your arrival and while check out is at 11am, you can stay until closing the day you check out (9pm!). We put our suitcases in the car and just rented a locker for the day.
    If visiting with a group, do the math when booking a larger suite. We went with friends and found it cheaper to just book our own basic rooms. They don’t have the fun themed bunk bed cabins, but we didn’t spend much time in the room for the kids to care.
    At check in, each child is given a pair of stuffed wolf ears embroidered with “Great Wolf Lodge”. Adorable photo ops and FREE souvenirs!
    If you are bringing a child to celebrate their birthday, be sure to let them know when you check in at the front desk. Our friends met us there and it was their little girl’s birthday. She was given a special pair of wolf ears with a birthday hat, a special birthday wrist band, and a FREE ice cream from the Bear Paw Sweets shop and with her dinner at the Lodge Wood Fired Grill.
    You can’t bring food/drinks into the water park, but every room has a mini fridge and a microwave. Great to have cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, beverages, and snacks! There is also a coffee maker provided.
    There is a Dunkin Donuts in the lobby and there was a loooooonnnnnngggg line in the morning. There is a coffee maker in the rooms, but there is also a snack shop next to the mini golf and “Howlers Peak Ropes Course” that was not busy at all.
    Looking to save for lunch and dinner? The pizzas seem to be the best deal. You can grab a pizza or two to feed the whole clan. You can take the pizza anywhere with you throughout the resort too.
    The “Howlers Peak Ropes Course” is FREE and included in your room stay. Be sure to bring sneakers or closed toe shoes. We were visiting in July and only had flip-flops, so we missed out.
    There are a lot of “extras” that your kids might suck you into buying. We told my son we were just there for the water slides and wouldn’t have time for all the other “stuff”. He’s young, so he’s pretty agreeable about that for now ;-) If you plan to purchase any extras, check out the “Paws Pass”. They group all of the extras into different price categories that include the arcade, “Build-a-Bear”-esque Creation Station, mini golf, spa, MagiQuest, sweets shop, and “Scoops” day spa. It can be a better deal than buying everything individually.
    The mini golf was extremely small and took my 6 year old about 5 minutes to play. I don’t think it was worth the $6 additional cost.
    While the extras can start to add up, the Lodge does provide a number of free activities throughout the day. The day we were there they had an exotic animal show, crafts, a dance party, and before bed each night there is a sweet story time with special visitors.

I was not asked, comped, or paid by Great Wolf Lodge for this post.

photo credit: AWJ-photography

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Huzzah! Discount Tickets to King Richard’s Faire + Tips to Save Your Shillings!

September 22, 2016 Blog, Daily Deals, Discounted Tickets, Fun, Money-Saving Tips

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Originally published 9/22/2015
Dust off your armor. It’s time to visit King Richard’s Faire! Use this code KRF16-BLOG and save $4 off adult tickets when you purchase online!

Imagine yourself in the 16th century visiting “Carvershire”; a quaint Renaissance village, shaded by soaring pine trees, busy with shimmering knights, glamorous royalty, and all manner of amusing characters.

My family and I embarked on our journey from Boston in our 265 horsepower coach and arrived a short hour later. We were greeted by fair maidens as we were whisked past the village gates. We stood amazed at the scene before us – the charming store fronts and the bustling crowd. What to do first?

While there are many tempting ways to part with your pence, you can have a fun, full day enjoying NINE stages of continuous entertainment. Click here for a full schedule of daily events.

Throughout the day we enjoyed a magic show, Cirque du Soleil-esque acrobats, comedians, tight-rope walkers, musicians, a knighting ceremony and royal parade, jugglers, and Jacques Ze Whippeur (who did amazing tricks with a whip).

We cheered on a knight during the jousting tournaments (Go, Sir Jeffrey!) and ohh’ed and ahh’ed at the “Great Cats of the World” show. Stake out seats early for both of those (15-20 mins prior to show time) as they are the most popular shows. Don’t forget to seek out the glass blower and sword maker in action too.

In addition to the entertainment there are themed rides, carnival games, and shops (all at an extra cost). Before we left the car that morning we gave our son a set budget for souvenirs, rides, games, etc.; whatever he chose to spend his $ on for the day. We also tried to stress to him that we were there for the shows and not all of the extra “stuff”, because all of that can add up very quickly!

We spent the day hopping from show to show. We chatted with boisterous villagers. We laughed and took lots of photos. The day flew by and we didn’t even get to see all the shows!

My Tips:

  • Dress the Part for Le$$. In addition to costumed performers and staff, many visitors were also dressed up for the day. Get into the spirit yourself! Grab an old Halloween costume or check out a local shop for ideas. I visited my local “Dollar Store” and lo and behold they were fully stocked in adorable time-period costumes! Stock up on some cute attire for the kiddos and keep it a secret until you arrive at the Faire. It will have that exciting “new-ness” to them and they will spend less time asking you for more expensive costume items once inside. Well, that is the hope at least :-)

    There were many girls wearing adorable flower crowns. My “Dollar Store” also had silk flowers, headbands, and ribbons. With just 5 minutes and a glue gun you can DIY an adorable head piece. I found this easy 3-step tutorial on Pinterest.

  • If you have a long journey in the morning, don’t stop for fast food on the way! Save your $$: pack drinks, bagels, yogurt tubes, granola bars, apple slices, dry cereal for the drive. You are not allowed to bring food into the Faire. So, if you have all-day snackers try to fill them up before you go inside!
  • Fare thee well; I must away! Once inside the Faire, you are not allowed to leave and return throughout they day. Don’t leave anything in the car that you will need!!
  • You cannot bring in outside food. They will check your bags at the entrance and ask you to throw things away. Avoid the headache and leave it in the car. (But don’t forget you can’t go back to the car during the day once inside the Faire!)
  • Bring an all-terrain stroller or sling/wrap/baby carrier. There are tree roots and rocks that make pushing a stroller a bit difficult at times.
  • Speaking of tree roots and rocks, wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes. Wear comfortable shoes: we logged over 3 miles for the day!
  • Bring CASH. Credit cards are accepted at some shops, but everything else (including food/drink) is cash only. There is an on-site ATM, but who likes to pay the fees?
  • Have small bills if you wish to tip the performers (they will ask at the end of each show).
  • Set a budget for souvenirs and extraneous spending. We try to tell my son he has $X before we go somewhere to try and avoid the constant begging and negotiations.
  • Spend the day focused on the strolling characters and entertainment. You will be so busy, you can distract the kids (hopefully!) from spending on all of the extras.
  • We didn’t realize that the “Mud Show” would be a bit mature for our 6 year old. Though most of it went over his head, you have been warned ;-)
  • “I be parched!” You purchase food/drink tickets in lots of 5 for $5. Each ticket is $1 each (CASH only!). Be sure to walk around and try to figure out what you want to buy before purchasing tickets, otherwise you will be stuck with extra tickets and they don’t allow refunds.
  • If you eat breakfast before going in and pack a cooler with sandwiches to eat after you leave the Faire, you are really just buying lunch and snacks. The prices were along the lines of your nearest mall food court, just keep in mind that nothing is less than 3 tickets ($3). Though, The ever-popular turkey leg will run you $11.
  • “Whither be the privies?” Privy = Restrooms ;-)

Information updated for the current year’s Faire!
Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheKingRichardsFaire) and on Twitter and Instagram @KRFaire.

The Faire runs weekends from 9/3 to 10/23 including Monday holidays and is open 10:30AM to 6PM. Children under 4 are free. Discounts are given to groups of 25 adults or more.

Disclosure: I received free tickets for the purpose of attending the Faire and sharing my thoughts.

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Fall in Boston: 10 Things to Do Under $10

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The dog days of summer are winding down now and a chill is in the air. Time to break out the coats and grab a pumpkin latte! Fall is a beautiful time here in New England and Halloween is fun for the whole family! I have rounded up 10 things to see and do with your family for under $10!


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1. Enjoy the Foliage

Family of Four: Free (except for gas and snacks!)


By Car
MassVacation.com has created an interactive map highlighting driving routes for maximum statewide leaf-peeping enjoyment!
http://www.massvacation.com/fall/#driving-routes

By Foot
The Trustees of Reservations – Visit the Trustees of Reservations website for a listing of picturesque hikes on their properties – http://www.thetrustees.org/about-us/press-room/press-releases/get-out-foliage.html

Self-Guided Family Hikeshttp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/programs-and-events/

DCR Guided Hikes

By Bike
Minuteman Bikeway
Built on an old railroad, the Minuteman Bikeway is a popular place to bike and walk. The bikeway connects: Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge.
http://www.minutemanbikeway.org/Pages/Introduction.html

Bike to the Sea
You can now ride or walk the trail in Everett, Malden, and Saugus. Eventually, you’ll be able to ride the trail from Everett through Malden, Revere, and Saugus to the beaches of Lynn and Nahant.
http://www.biketothesea.com/


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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

2. Spooky Fun for Kids

Family of Four: Cost varies by event (FREE – $5)


Wilson Farms Hay-Maze – FREE
This year it looks like they are introducing a new Hay-Maze instead of the Hayrides. We haven’t been yet to check it out! Don’t forget to visit the farm animals and the stroll through the extensive farm store offerings. It’s a great place to spend a few hours!
http://www.wilsonfarm.com/happenings.html

Mayor’s Fall Pumpkin Fest at Frog Pond – FREE
October 23
Looking for an event to get your kid in the Halloween spirit and to get even more use out of that costume this year?? We took my son here a few years ago and he had fun (it was very crowded!). Enjoy entertainers, take part in the costume parade, and don’t forget your carved pumpkin to float on the Frog Pond!
https://bostonfrogpond.com/2016/03/pumpkin-fest-2016/

Woburn Lions Club Annual Halloween Parade – FREE
October 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
An annual tradition – don’t miss this year’s 61st Halloween Parade!
http://www.woburnhalloweenparade.org/

Northshore Mall’s “Kidgits Boo Bash” – Free for members, $5 annual membership fee
Thursday, October 27th – 4:30pm to 7pm
Festive activities and a Halloween costume parade!
https://www.facebook.com/events/321184911548347/

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

3. Salem Haunted Happenings

Family of Four: Cost depends on event and activity


You can’t think of Halloween without thinking about Salem, MA! Salem is the heart of Halloween in New England. Choose from hundreds of events and activities during the month of October. You are sure to find something that will tickle your skeleton bones! Be sure to go early and take public transportation!
http://hauntedhappenings.org

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

4. Trick or Treat!

Family of Four: Cost depends on event (FREE to $5)


Here are a few trick-or-treat opportunities this year to show off your adorable kids in their costumes!

Prudential Center’s “Pru Boo!” – $4 Donation
Sunday, October 30th – 11am to 1pm
Kids can trick-or-treat at over 50 stores and restaurants. Halloween activities include face painting, cookie decorating, a magic show, kids concert, and more! Kids Concert with Stacey Peasley at 1:30pm.
http://www.prudentialcenter.com/entertain_events_premier.html?id=274

New School of Music “Trick or Treat to the Beat!” – FREE
October 29 @ 5pm – 6:30pm
Dress up in costume and enjoy family fun playing musical instruments, join the sing-a-long, check out the petting zoo, and trick-or-treat!
http://newschoolofmusic.org/events-performance/trick-or-treat-to-the-beat/

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

5. Fun & Festive Arts & Crafts

Family of Four: FREE – $1


Kids Crafts @ Lakeshore Learning – FREE
Every week Lakeshore Learning offers free craft activities in their stores. Don’t miss the ‘BOO’ glasses on 10/29!
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

6. Pumpkin Picking



Pies, Jack-O-Lanterns, festive home decor. The perfect pumpkin is out there waiting for you! Check out this interactive map to find a place to pick that perfect pumpkin near you!
http://massnrc.org/farmlocator/map.aspx?Product=Pumpkins

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

7. Head Of The Charles Regatta

Family of Four: Free


October 22 & October 23 (All day)

Since 1965, the Charles River has been home to this renown 2-day rowing competition. Cheer on the teams at the event that attracts 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators each year. Don’t miss this Cambridge tradition!
http://www.hocr.org/the-regatta/

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8. Providence WaterFires

Family of Four: FREE


Enjoy an evening strolling through historical Providence and take in the beauty of the fires adorning the river. Stroll, shop, dine, take a boat ride. A fun night for all!

From their website: “All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until just past midnight.”
http://waterfire.org/schedule/2016-waterfire-providence-event-schedule/

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9. Play at the Children’s Museums!

Family of Four @ Boston’s Children’s Museum: $4
Family of Four @ Acton Discovery Museums: FREE
Family of Four @ Children’s Museum of NH: $4
Family of Four @ Providence Children’s Museum: FREE


Boston’s Children’s Museum
Friday nights from 5-9pm admission to the museum is only $1/person! Learn & explore at Boston’s only children’s museum. Blow giant bubbles, drive construction vehicles, climb the 3-story maze, enjoy live performances, splash around, and visit Arthur! So much to do and see!
http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/visit

Acton Discovery Museums
Visit both the Science Center and the Children’s Discovery Museum on the first Friday night of each month from 4:30-8:30pm (October – June) with free admission for the entire family. Play in the jungle, cook in the diner, climb a rainbow, learn the wonders of the world around us.
http://www.discoverymuseums.org/hours-admission

Children’s Museum of NH
$3 Dollar Deal Nights are on the First Friday of each Month, October – June, 5:30 – 8pm. All families are welcome to play and learn together! Excavate dinosaur bones, play in a submarine, be a train conductor, and more!
https://www.childrens-museum.org/calendar

Providence Children’s Museum
Providence Children’s Museum is open free from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for “MetLife Family Friday – Free at Five!,” sponsored by MetLife Foundation. “Stay out late and splash, play, explore and discover!”
http://www.childrenmuseum.org/calendar.asp?date=10/1/2016

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10. Awaken Your Artistic Side

Family of Four: FREE*


Family Play Dates @ ICA
Admission is FREE for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 + under) on the last Saturday of each month (except in December). “Play Dates offer a full day of activities for families–including hands-on art-making, performance, family gallery tours, films, and more. Play Dates may include films, performances, art-making activities, gallery tours, and more. All activities are designed for children and adults to do together. No prior registration is necessary, but families are encouraged to arrive early to take full advantage of the day’s events.”
https://www.icaboston.org/kids-families

Voluntary Admission Fee Contribution @ MFA
Don’t miss FREE Admission during the Fall Open House on Monday, October 10!

Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by *voluntary contribution. Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. My son’s favorite exhibit is the Mummies!
http://www.mfa.org/visit

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum
On the 2nd Saturday morning of every month admission is FREE for all non-group visitors. “Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles northwest of Boston. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.
http://www.decordova.org/visit/admission

What have I missed? What are your family’s favorite fall-time activities?

 
 

25 FREE Things to Do on Cape Cod (and 10 Things Under $10!)

July 14, 2016 Blog, Fun, Money-Saving Tips

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With the summer travel season upon us, I came across this great list on Boston.com “25 Free Things to Do on Cape Cod“! I grew up camping on the Cape every summer with my parents and now I return every summer to vacation with my own family! We have done almost everything thing on their list, but there were a few places recommended that we’ll have to try this summer while we are there again!



Which are our favorite FREE activities?

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Games: Grab your beach chairs and blankets and take in a fun night at the ball game. Kids can sit right behind the dugout or home plate and cheer on the future stars of baseball. Many baseball superstars have started out in this league like  Jacoby Ellsbury, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Texeira, Carlos Pena, Joe Girardi, and hundreds more!
  • Cape Cod Chips Factory Tour: This is definitely a small factory (it’s just one big room), but my son had a fun time peeking in the windows to watch the potato chips being made. The tour is about 15 minutes – if you walk really slowly. The best part is the free sample bag of chips to enjoy at the end of the tour. Visit the store to find a huge selection of chip flavors that you can’t find in the grocery store. If it’s a rainy day, check out the nearby Cape Cod Beer Tour too!
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail: No vacation is complete without a ride on the 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. The trail is (mostly) flat and paved and easy for even a novice rider to enjoy. There are plenty of places to rent bikes if you need one and lots of free parking to get on and off at various points on the trail.
  • Walk Harborside Commercial Street: One day of our vacation is always spent visiting Provincetown. It is so much fun to walk up and down Commercial Street, popping in and out of the shops, enjoying a delicious meal, and indulging in yummy sweet treats while sitting on the soft sand admiring the ocean. While in Provincetown, be sure to check out the Province Lands Visitor Center for interactive displays and 360 views of the Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

For more information:
25 Free Things to Do on Cape Cod
http://www.boston.com/travel/new-england/free-things-cape-cod/XUOzzs38kooXnAY0IOvYqL/gallery.html

I was inspired by Boston.com’s suggestions, so I decided to add my own for 10 Things Under $10 on the Cape!

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1. Kids on the Cape

These books are great! You can find them in almost any store and tourist attraction throughout the Cape. They publish weekly calendars of fun and free events for the kids including story times, puppet shows, magicians, family concerts, and more. Best of all there are coupons and deals throughout the book – most of which you just need to cut out and bring with you! Definitely grab a few books and keep one in your car for spur-of-the-moment stops too!

http://www.kidsonthecape.com

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

2. Visit a Museum

Free parking and small admission fees gets you an afternoon of fun! We had a lot of rainy days a few years ago and found some great places to visit.


Cape Cod Maritime Museum
The mission of this museum is “preserving the rich maritime traditions and history for which Cape Cod and the Islands are famous”. Adult admission is $5 and children under 7 are free. Exhibits include artwork on display, artifacts, and ship models. Climb board the 28ft replica and take in the beautiful Hyannis harbor views.

http://www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org/

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
This small museum houses quite a few interactive exhibits and fascinating information on the history of radio. The volunteers there were so friendly, helpful, and full of facts to share! There are also a few short films to view that repeat throughout the day. Adult admission is $5 and children under 10 are free.

http://chathammarconi.org

Chatham Railroad Museum
Railroad relics on display inside a restored 1887 railroad depot. View hundreds of artifacts and working model railroad displays. Explore the 1910 restored wood caboose. Admission is by donation.

http://www.chathamrailroadmuseum.com/

 

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

3. Learn About Cape Cod

Visit the free Visitor Centers and learn about the ecosystems, animals, and history of Cape Cod. View artifacts, interactive displays, and educational films. Speak with Rangers and local experts to get all your Cape Cod questions answered! Kids can participate in museum scavenger hunts and quizzes.

At the Province Lands Visitor Center, enjoy 360 views of the Race Point Ranger Station, Race Point Beach, the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

Salt Pond Visitor Center: http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

Cape Cod National Seashore Province Lands Visitor Center: http://www.nps.gov/caco/parknews/province-lands-visitor-center-to-open-may-1.htm

 

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

4. Feed the Fish

Drop in to the Sandwich Hatchery and be sure to bring lots of quarters and a paper cup! It’s a little tricky to find this hidden location along Route 6A. Just park and walk over to the huge tanks in the ground holding hundreds of large fish. Fill up your cups with fish food (hence the quarters) and throw a handful in! The fish will jump and splash like crazy to get the food. It is lots of fun for the kids to watch and the fish never seem to get full either! The public can visit everyday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/about-masswildlife/state-fish-hatcheries.html

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

5. Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

Enjoy a peaceful afternoon exploring the Green Briar Nature Center. Visit the rabbits, watch the honey bee hive (can you find the Queen?), identify the beautiful flowers in the gardens, spy on the swans, look for frogs in the pond, check out the cranberry bog, and hike the wooded trails! Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and sample some of their delicious jams and jellies! Admission is by donation.

http://www.thorntonburgess.org

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

6. Fun & Games

Take a break from the heat! Ride a carousel or play some arcade games. Fun for the whole family!


Cape Cod Gift Barn
Souvenir Shop, Mini Golf, Ice Cream, and Arcade in One! A round of mini golf costs $3.50/person.

http://www.capecodgiftbarn.com

Ryan Family Amusements (Arcade + Bowling)
There are a number of locations throughout the Cape boasting regular and candlepin bowling lanes. Don’t miss their “Bowl-for-a-Buck” specials where it is only $1 per game + $3 shoe rental per person. Visit their website to join their loyalty club and receive special deals.

http://www.ryanfamily.com/

Wackenhammer’s Clockwork Arcade
Located in the heart of Hyannis is a vintage-feel Carousel and Arcade. Kids can ride the carousel, jump around in the bouncy house, and have some fun playing the arcade games inside. Can you beat the highest score? Carousel rides $3, bouncy house and arcade games additional.

https://www.facebook.com/Wackenhammer

 

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7. Find a Bargain

Who doesn’t love the thrill of finding a great bargain?

Visit the Wellfleet Flea Market (located at the Drive-In Theater) to browse up to 200 vendors selling “new items, Cape Cod memorabilia, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, t-shirts and clothing, household goods, and much more.” Admission costs $1 – $3 per carload. http://www.wellfleetcinemas.com/flea-market

The Sandwich Bazaar (formerly The Sandwich Flea Market). “You never know what you might find at The Sandwich Bazaar!!”http://www.thesandwichbazaar.com

 

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9. Free Fun Fridays from Highland Street Foundation

Free Fun Fridays are back for the 6th year! These events, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, provide FREE admission to 66 selected venues each Friday during the summer. *Parking/transportation fees may be additional. Event hours take place during selected venue hours. Be sure to go early, these are very popular events!! Check the link below to find out which venues are free each Friday.

http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html

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9. Hyannis Kennedy Legacy Trail (and Free Trolley Rides!)

Visit 10 historical sites to learn about Hyannis and our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. “The walking tour is 1.6 miles in one direction, and takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete. It will take an additional 35 minutes to walk back to the start of the trail. During the peak summer season, a free trolley can be taken to make the return trip.”

http://www.kennedylegacytrail.com/

Take a free trolley ride around Hyannis Harbor. Visit their website for more information: http://www.capecodtransit.org/hyannis-trolley.htm

 

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photo credit: Joe Hastings

10. Campfire on the Beach

There is something magical about having a campfire on the beach to end a perfect summer day. Free permits are available for fires at six swimming beaches. Permits must be reserved in-person or by phone. There is limited availability!

http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/permits.htm

 
 

Summer in Boston: 10 Things to Do Under $10

June 23, 2016 Blog, Fun, Money-Saving Tips

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Break out the sunscreen and the beach towels! Summer is finally here! I have rounded up 10 things to see and do with your family for under $10 (and most are FREE)!


photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

water park

photo credit: Theme Park Mom

1. No pool? No problem!

Hit the beach for less. Find out where to go for Free – $8!


Boston Common Frog Pond
Splash around in the Frog Pond, the the wading pool is free! There are concessions and public bathrooms. Kids can also enjoy playing in the Tadpole playground and can hop a ride on the carousel for $3. Meter parking is free on Sundays too!
http://www.bostonfrogpond.com

Castle Island
Castle Island is a wonderful place to spend the day. Enjoy gorgeous harbor views, watch the planes from Logan fly overhead while your kids enjoy the playground and beach! Plus tons of FREE parking!
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-boston/castle-island-pleasure-bay-m-street-and-carson-beach.html

DCR Spray Parks & Pools
The State of MA Department of Recreation (DCR) manages a number of spray parks and pools throughout the state. While most are free, some do charge a nominal parking or admission fee. Check out the list below to find a pool near you!
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/swimming-pools-wading-pools-and-spray-deck.html

Lynch Park, Beverly
A 16 acre park showcasing two ocean-side beaches and a rose garden, with bathrooms and concessions. There is also a brand new splash park opening this summer! Parking during the week is $8 (weekends are $20, but grab a parking coupon book and 6 visits can cost you less).
http://www.bevrec.com/lynchpark.html

Nahant Beach
Nahant Beach is a beautiful ocean beach with distant views of Boston located just a few miles from Revere Beach. There are no food concessions, but The Tides restaurant does have take-out and ice cream. There are bathrooms and parking is now $5 (though they took away a large # of spaces with recent construction). The parking lot is very close to the beach, so no long walks while lugging all your beach stuff!
http://www.yelp.com/biz/nahant-beach-nahant

Revere Beach
Revere Beach is “America’s First Public Beach”! Enjoy soft sand and distant views of Boston while plans from Logan fly overhead. Lots of FREE parking and places to grab a bite within walking distance! If you can’t find a parking spot, the T lot is nearby and charges $6 for the day (or you could take the T too!).
http://reverebeach.com/

Rose Kennedy Greenway Fountains
A summer trip into Boston is not complete without the kids enjoying the fun (and FREE) fountains of the Rose Kennedy Greenway (there are 6 to discover!). Walk along Atlantic Ave and splash around in the water fun. Kids can also ride the Greenway Carousel for $3. Buy a book of 10 and pay only $2.50/ride.
http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/fountains/

carousel

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

2. Enjoy the Day at Salem Willows

Free Parking, no admission fee, and $10 gets your kids an afternoon of fun!


Salem Willows is a vintage-feel boardwalk attraction boasting fried dough, ice cream, kiddie rides, and arcades all while enjoying a beautiful ocean view (and a sandy beach too!).

For $10, your child can ride all 4 of the kiddie rides (carousel, boats, ladybugs, and cars), enjoy an ice cream cone, and play a round of mini golf. Ask for the “Kids Special” when purchasing tickets for the kiddie rides.

Game tokens can be purchased at the arcades for $0.25 each and there are a number of games that only cost 1 token to play.

Parking is FREE and there are no admission costs to walk around the park.
http://www.salemwillowspark.com/

hayride farm

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

3. Berry Picking and Farm Fun

Prices vary by farm, most are a few $ per pound.


While Fall is popular for picking apples, summer is the time to pick-your-own sweet and delicious berries! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (and peaches too!) – yum!! Most local farms have free admission and fun family activities like feeding the farm animals, hayrides, playgrounds, and more! Prices for PYO and activities vary by farm, so visit the website below to find a farm by you! http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/pyo.htm

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4. Free Fun Fridays from Highland Street Foundation

Family of Four: *Free!


Free Fun Fridays are back for the 7th year! These events, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, provide FREE admission to 66 selected venues each Friday during the summer (5-8 are free every week). *Parking/transportation fees may be additional. Event hours take place during selected venue hours. Be sure to go early, these are very popular events!! Check the calendar below to find out which venues are free each Friday.
http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

5. Movies Under the Stars

Family of Four: FREE


Who says you need to sit in a theater to watch movies? Grab your blankets and beach chairs and get to these FREE movie showings with the kids. No tickets required! All shows start when the sun goes down.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City
http://www.bhh.com

Boston Parks & Recreation Department ParkARTS
http://www.cityofboston.gov

Free Friday Flicks @ The Hatch Shell
http://boston.cbslocal.com/flicks/

Free Sunday Night Movies in the Park @ Christopher Columbus Park
http://www.foccp.org/Calendar.html

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival @ Prudential Center
http://www.prudentialcenter.com

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

6. Kids Bowl Free


Registration is now open for the “Kids Bowl Free” program! Sign up today at a local participating center and you will receive 2 free bowling passes per day all summer long for your kids! Who doesn’t love free bowling?!

Purchase an additional Family Pass for $25.95 and up to 4 adults can bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer with their kids. Parents, older children, adult babysitters and grandparents can join in the bowling fun too!
http://www.savingbeans.com/kids-bowl-free-summer/

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7. Song & Dance

Free concerts and fun performances to enjoy all summer long!


300+ FREE Concerts from Berklee College
https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City
http://www.bhh.com

Concerts @ The Hatch Shell
http://hatchshell.com/events.php

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
http://www.franklinparkcoalition.org/fpc-programs/playhouse-in-the-park/

Family Farm Night @ Wright Locke Farm
https://www.wlfarm.org/events-2/upcoming-events/family-farm-nights/

Family Hour in the Open @ Maudslay State Park ($5 Parking Fee)
http://theaterintheopen.org

Free Concerts @ Red Rock Park
http://www.lynn-nahantbeach.org/concerts.html

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts for Boston Kids and Families (Thanks to Mommy Poppins, Boston)
http://boston.mommypoppins.com

Shakespeare on the Common
http://commshakes.org/performances

summer

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

8. Free Museum Admission for Kids


Boston is home to so many amazing historical sites and museums. Whether you live here year-round or are just visiting for the day you can enjoy these great attractions with your kids for less! You can’t beat Boston Free Museum Admission for Kids!

If you are planning for a certain date, don’t miss my events calendar for upcoming free and cheap family events in Boston and beyond!

If you don’t see a great museum deal here, don’t forget to check your local library as many have discount admission passes to area attractions!
http://www.savingbeans.com/free-admission-for-kids/

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

9. Sunday Afternoons on the Charles

Family of Four: FREE


DCR closes Memorial Drive in Cambridge between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street for biking, skating, jogging, strolling, and lots of family fun! A festive atmosphere for all with vendors and live performances.

The closure is in effect from 11:00am to 7:00pm starting the last Sunday of April until the 2nd Sunday of November. Memorial Drive is owned and operated by the State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/memorial-drive/

baseball

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

10. Take Me Out to the Ballgame


$6 Tickets @ Brockton Rox
Head just south of Boston to take in a Brockon Rox game. Campanelli Stadium is home to this summer collegiate baseball team. Check their calendar for special promotions like kids eat free, fireworks, giveaways, and lots of family fun. Tickets start at just $6 and parking is FREE!
http://www.brocktonrox.com/view/brocktonrox/schedule

$6 Tickets @ North Shore Navigators
Hidden down the road in Lynn, MA is a newly renovated ball park that is home to the summer collegiate baseball team, the North Shore Navigators. Grab a hot dog and root on the home team! Tickets start at just $6 + FREE parking! There is a play area for kids with bouncy houses and games, enjoy fireworks after the games, and kids can run the bases and play catch on the field (check their website for schedule).
http://nsnavs.com/view/nsnavs/tickets/single-game-tickets

Lowell Spinners Kids Club
Join the FREE Canaligator’s Kids Club (Kids 12 & under) and receive FREE kids admission to Kids Club Games to every Monday home game and FREE kids attendance to Kids Club Clinics. Upgrade your child’s membership to include 2 adult tickets per complimentary game for $56, which ends up being $7/game per adult.

http://www.savingbeans.com/free-kids-admission-lowell-spinners-games-join-kids-club-today/

“Out of the Park” – Fenway Fun for FREE!
The City of Boston, Red Sox, and Highland Street Foundation have teamed up to bring the Red Sox to YOU at these fun and free “Out of the Park” events! Fenway Fun without the cost! Watch the Sox on a giant screen, enjoy hot dogs and ice cream goodies, dance to a DJ, meet Wally, face painting, and more!
http://highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/out-park

What have I missed? What are your family’s favorite summer activities?

 
 

$7 Tickets to Mary Poppins: The Hit Musical About Everyone’s Favorite Nanny

December 3, 2015 Daily Deals, Discounted Tickets, Fun

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“Mary Poppins”: The Hit Musical About Everyone’s Favorite Nanny @ Wheelock Family Theatre (Boston MA) Dates: Fri, Jan 29 – Fri, Feb 26.

Tickets on sale now from $7 – $19!

Practically Perfect in Every Way” is an accurate description of this musical adaptation of Mary Poppins. Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, this hit musical — featuring music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers and a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) — now lands at Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston, with spoonfuls of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and everyone’s favorite nanny. Get swept up in tunes like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” as young Jane and Michael (and their parents, too) learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Be there for the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that “anything can happen if you let it.

* Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.

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(The purpose of this blog is to share all the savings and awesome deals that I can find with all of you. To support the costs associated with this blog, I do have some affiliate relationships with companies that I feel are appropriate for my site. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a small %. This does not affect any costs to you. Links in this post may contain affiliate referrals. Read my disclosure statement for more information.)

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Holidays in Boston: 10 Things to Do Under $10

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The Holiday Season is upon us! It wasn’t until I had children that I realized how magical this time of year really can be. I’ve highlighted below some of our family’s favorite holiday events in the Boston area to enjoy for $10 or less. Happy Holidays!



village

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

1. The Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture, Avon

Family of Four (Enchanted Village): Free!


Every year without fail, we go into Home Depot or Walgreens in October and see all of those holiday decorations out, and the first thing my son asks “When are we going to the Enchanted Village?”. The Village was rescued from disrepair by Jordan’s Furniture. They have it set up in their Avon store. It is an old-time village with animated figures. You can walk through while holiday music plays and “snow” falls every few minutes.

It is free to walk through the village and I suggest you go during the week or go EARLY on the weekends. Early, like *right* before it opens to avoid the massive crowds that queue up in line.

After visiting the village, you can get a photo with Santa, play carnival games, or see movies at the MOM theater (they all cost extra). They have added a faux ice skating rink – so no need for coats or hats! It’s indoors and perfect for novice skaters getting a feel for the ice. Rentals and an hour on the rink costs $5/person.

http://www.jordans.com/attractions/enchanted-village

http://www.jordans.com/attractions/enchanted-ice

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

2. Boston “Blink” at Faneuil Hall

Family of Four: Free!


Another fun and festive place we love checking out every year is “Blink” at Quincy Market. The shopping center is fully decorated in lights and the tree is HUGE! If you are out and about shopping or in the city for dinner, it’s definitely worth stopping by. Every 1/2 hour starting at 4:30 daily, the light show “dances” along to music by the Boston Pops for a 7 minute spectacle.

http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/blink

New this year: The Greenway Presents “Caroling at the Carousel”. It will be “a three-event series featuring free performances by three local choirs singing holiday music … The performances will be 6-6:30PM on three Friday evenings: December 4, December 11, and December 18. Following the performance visitors will be treated to free hot chocolate and treats by popular Greenway and Boston Public Market vendors.” Carousel rides are $3/person.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

menorah

photo credit: ** RCB **

3. The Lighting of the Menorah

Family of Four: FREE


This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 6. Below are a few wonderful (and FREE!) events where you and your family can enjoy the lighting of the Menorah.

8 Nights, 8 Windows
Menorah @ The Mall (Northshore Mall)
Chanukah Story Hour At Barnes & Nobles
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights (MFA)

santa

photo credit: LadyDragonflyCC

4. Visit Santa!


Bass Pro Shops, Patriots Place
Visit the Bass Pro Shops in Foxborough for an afternoon of family fun. FREE pictures with Santa, FREE crafts, and FREE activities!
http://www.basspro.com

The Globe Santa
The Globe Santa will visit all around Boston. You can take photos with him, and donate to a good cause! Donations are accepted for Globe Santa. For more information on Globe Santa, visit their website at globesanta.org.
Click here to see where you can find The Globe Santa

Free Photos with Santa @ MarketStreet, Lynnfield
Check their website for the schedule of where you can find the big guy each day at MarketStreet, Lynnfield! Take FREE photos with Santa (photo packages are available for purchase).
http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/event/free-photo-with-santa/2145448348

Season’s Four, Lexington
Season’s Four is a great place to stop by for some holiday cheer! The entire store is decked out in holiday decor and they have a full schedule of family events and activities. Pictures with Santa are by donation for the Communities United charity.
http://www.seasonsfour.com

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photo credit: Ruth and Dave

5. Ice Skating


Sharpen those skates and pull on your warmest hats and gloves! There are so many local places to enjoy the ice!

Boston Common Frog Pond – Kids skate free, adult admission is $6. Skate rentals are additional.
Community Ice Skating @ Kendall – Sat. 12/15 there will be FREE ice skating and an ice show. Other dates, check their website for hours, rates, and skate rental costs.
DCR Managed Rinks – FREE with your own skates or $5 rentals.
Enchanted Ice @ Jordan’s Furniture, Avon – Indoor skating rink where no coats are required! $5 rentals.
Skate at the Rink! MarketStreet, Lynnfield – Skating rink admission: $8/adults, $6/children. Under 3 is free. Bring your own skates or $4/rentals available.

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photo credit: OliBac

6. Visit Local Museums


Boston Children’s Museum
Admission is only $1 per person to Boston Children’s Museum every Friday night starting at 5pm.
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/boston-childrens-museum

Fuller Craft Museum
Admission is FREE for all visitors on Thursdays after 5pm.
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/fuller-craft-museum

Harvard Art Museums
Admission is FREE for MA residents to the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums every Saturday from 10-12.
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/harvard-art-museums

Harvard Museum of Natural History
MA residents can visit for FREE on Sundays from 9-12 and Wednesdays from 3-5.
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/harvard-museum-of-natural-history

Voluntary Admission Fee Contribution @ MFA
Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by *voluntary contribution. Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s best paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. My son’s favorite exhibit is the Mummies!
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/museum-of-fine-arts-mfa/

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7. Enjoy the Holiday Lights

Family of Four: FREE


Looking for the best places to check out holiday light displays in and around Boston? Look no further!

Boston Common
Be sure to visit “Boston’s Official Christmas Tree” – donated annually from Nova Scotia.
http://www.celebrateboston.com/events/boston-common-christmas-tree-lighting.htm

Christmas Festival of Lights @ La Salette Shrine, Attleboro
We haven’t been, but have heard it’s worth the drive. Go early, as this is a popular attraction. Drive through 10 acres lit with over 300,000 lights! Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
https://www.lasalette-shrine.org/index.php/christmas

Christopher Columbus Park Trellis
When you’re strolling around Boston, take in the picturesque view of Boston’s waterfront through the lit trellis at Christopher Columbus Park.
http://www.foccp.org/Park_Events.html

Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings
A winter wonderland of festive holiday lights can be found throughout the city!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1147695871927070/

Esplanade
A 16ft holiday tree will appear on the Charles River Esplanade this year for the first time ever! The tree will located for all to admire on the Hatch Shell Oval.
http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/6928/esplanades-first-holiday-tree/

Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market
350,000 LED lights “dance” nightly to the music of the Boston Pops every 1/2 hour starting at 4:30 daily. Shows last 7 minutes. And you can’t miss the largest holiday tree on the Northeast!
http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/blink

Macy’s, Downtown Crossing
Stroll down Washington Street and enjoy the classic window displays at Macy’s.
http://l.macys.com/boston-ma

puppets

photo credit: Sister72

8. See a Live Show for Le$$!


As part of the Mayor’s Holday, BoxTix is offering deals on a number of holiday shows. I have compiled a list below of all the shows less than $10/ticket.For a full schedule check out these 1/2 price show ticket deals or $10 restaurant vouchers.

The Frog Prince and Other Frogs
A Holiday Fantasy
Lexington Symphony Holiday Pops
Mary Poppins
Peter and the Wolf
The Pirate Princess
Puppet Playtime Holiday Sing-A-Long
Puss In Boots
Sing-A-Long: The Sound of Music
A Tale of the Monkey King
The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse
For $12: Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove
For $14: The Velveteen Rabbit
For $16: Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

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photo credit: ScypaxPictures

9. What’s Playing?


AMC @ Assembly Row
See your favorite holiday movies for FREE! Free tickets will be given out in the AMC theater lobby starting at 9:30am on each Saturday in December. The show for that day starts at 10am. Go early! Tickets are first come, first serve.
http://www.assemblyrow.com/play/free-holiday-movies

Holiday Classic Films @ Showcase Cinesmas
See your favorite holiday movies on the big screen for FREE! Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit a local food pantry. Participating theaters are: Legacy Place, Lowell, Patriot Place, Providence Place 16, Randolph, Revere, Ridge Hill, Springdale, Warwick, Woburn. Movies are shown Saturdays at 10:00 am from November 28th – December 19th.
https://www.showcasecinemas.com/programs/holiday-classics

Holiday Kids Story Hour & Movie @ The Prudential Center
On Saturday December 5th and 19th, children can attend a Polar Express Story Hour from 11am – 12pm and watch a special showing of the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 12pm – 1pm. Both events will be held in the Huntington Arcade.
http://www.prudentialcenter.com/entertain_events.html

Redbox
Movies at Redbox can be rented for just $1.50/night for DVDs. If you sign up for their email/text alert club you receive promo codes for free rentals almost weekly!
http://www.savingbeans.com/stores/redbox

Showcase Cinemas
Every Tuesdays, Showcase Cinemas offers “Bargain Tuesdays” – all tickets to all shows are just $8!
http://www.savingbeans.com/venue/showcase-cinemas/

fireworks

photo credit: _Zeta_

10. First Night Boston


Ring in 2016 with a bang during First Night Boston. All First Night activities are FREE this year! Don’t miss the awesome ice sculptures and fireworks!
http://www.firstnightboston.org/

Click here for the Winter on the Waterfront schedule of events too!

What have I missed? What are your family’s favorite holiday activities?

 
 

2015 Mayor’s Holiday: Restaurant Discounts, Free Family Events and 1/2 Price Tickets!

November 30, 2015 Blog, Discounted Tickets, Fun, In the News

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The Mayor’s Holiday Specials are back again this year offering 1/2 price show tickets and $10 dining coupons from now until 01/03/16.

Choose from hundreds of ticket options for shows like Elf the Musical, Disney Live!, Blue Man Group, and so many more!! Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here for a full listing of kids shows to purchase!

Don’t miss out on these fun and FREE family holiday events! Click here for the event schedule!

Print and present your $10 dining coupon at 17 participating restaurants. Click here to download your restaurant discount voucher.

Visit the Mayor’s Holiday website for this deal

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Save at Boston Attractions, Resturants & Shops with FREE Family-Friendly ValuePASS

November 30, 2015 Blog, Discounted Tickets, Fun, Money-Saving Tips

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“Kids Love Boston”, offered from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau features over 50 special offers for your Boston family adventure. Offers include discounts on museums, attractions, tours, restaurants, and shops in and around Boston! Visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau website to print the PDF and show the ValuePASS at the venue to receive your discount.

Offers valid November 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

Examples of saving offers include:

  • ONE Free Child Admission (ages 3-18) with purchase of one or more Adult Admissions @ Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • $1 off admission (up to two people) @ Boston ICA
  • Free appetizer with a purchase of 2 entrees @ Cheers
  • Purchase $25 or more and receive a free plush mallard! @ Make Way for Ducklings
  • $3 off parking with validation coupon from participating Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    merchants @ 75 State Street Garage
  • 25% discount @ Boston Pizza Tours

Offers are available with the Family-Friendly ValuePASS and are not valid with other discount offers. We suggest calling ahead to confirm hours, locations and availability. For more information on these offers and to find out Where to Stay in BostonUSA, please contact the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau at BostonUSA.com or call 888.SEE.BOSTON.

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Halloween: Chills & Thrills! Deals & Steals!

October 23, 2015 Blog, Freebies, Fun, Money-Saving Tips

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Halloween is upon us! Are your ghosts and goblins ready for some howling fun?! Here is my round-up of some fun and free (or cheap!) Halloween events and spooky savings!


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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

Spooky Fun for Kids

Family of Four: Cost varies by event (FREE – $5)


Wilson Farms Hay-Maze – FREE
This year it looks like they are introducing a new Hay-Maze instead of the Hayrides. We haven’t been yet to check it out! Don’t forget to check out the farm animals and the extensive farm store offerings. It’s a great place to spend a few hours!
http://www.wilsonfarm.com/happenings.html

The Castle Island Association’s annual Children’s Magical Halloween Castle Celebration – FREE
October 24 & 25 @ Noon to 4pm
Head down to Castle Island for a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration. Enjoy magicians, storytellers, refreshments, and the “magical castle”. Costumes are optional. Weather Permitting.
http://www.bostonfortindependence.com/Home/2009-calendar

Woburn Lions Club Annual Halloween Parade – FREE
October 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
An annual tradition – don’t miss this year’s 61st Halloween Parade!
http://www.woburnhalloweenparade.org/

Northshore Mall’s “Kidgits Boo Bash” – Free for members, $5 annual membership fee
October 28 @ 4:40 pm – 7:30 pm
Festive activities and a Halloween costume parade!
http://www.simon.com/mall/northshore-mall/kidgits-boo-bash

South Shore Plaza’s “Boo Bash” – FREE
October 31 @ 1pm – 3pm
Halloween activities and giveaways.
http://www.simon.com/mall/south-shore-plaza/stream/2015-kidgits-club-calendar-of-events-3332133

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photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

Trick or Treat!

Family of Four: Cost depends on event (FREE to $5)


There’s no shortage of trick-or-treat opportunities this year and plenty of places to show off your adorable kids in their costumes!

Square One Mall – Halloween Boo Bash – $1
October 24 @ 12pm – 3pm
Visit the Mall in costume for arts and crafts and trick or treat ($1).
http://www.simon.com/mall/square-one-mall/stream/halloween-boo-bash

New School of Music “Trick or Treat to the Beat!” – FREE
October 24 @ 6:30pm – 8pm
Dress up in costume and enjoy family fun playing musical instruments, join the sing-a-long, check out the petting zoo, and trick-or-treat!
http://newschoolofmusic.org/events-performance/trick-or-treat-to-the-beat/

Assembly Row – FallFest – FREE
October 25 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Halloween crafts, face painting, and trick or treat!
http://www.assemblyrow.com/play/fall-fest

Prudential Center’s “Pru Boo!” – $4 Donation
October 25 @ 11am – 1pm
Kids can trick-or-treat at over 50 stores and restaurants. Halloween activities include face painting, cookie decorating, a magic show, kids concert, and more!
http://www.prudentialcenter.com/entertain_events_premier.html?id=274

MarketStreet Lynnfield “Halloween Spooktacular” – FREE
October 28 @ 4pm – 7pm
Dress up in costume and enjoy a dance party and trick-or-treat!
http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/event/halloween-spooktacular

Boston Magazine’s “The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Boston”
October 31
Check out this article from Boston Magazine listing the top neighborhoods to trick-or-treat this year!
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/blog/2015/10/07/the-best-neighborhoods-for-trick-or-treating-in-boston/

halloween ghost

photo credit: Amanda Agoes Photography

Salem Haunted Happenings

Family of Four: Cost depends on event and activity


You can’t think of Halloween without thinking about Salem, MA! Salem is the heart of Halloween in New England. Choose from hundreds of events and activities during the month of October. You are sure to find something that will tickle your skeleton bones! Be sure to go early and take public transportation!
http://hauntedhappenings.org

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Discount Tickets Available! Topsfield Fair, October 2–12

September 16, 2015 Daily Deals, Discounted Tickets, Fun

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Fall is here! That means apple picking, pumpkins, and the Topsfield Fair! I can already smell the fried dough :-) Children Under 8 are always free with a paid adult.

Buy Before 10/1 for the Best Deal!

Purchase your tickets in advance ($9) at the following locations: http://www.nshoremag.com/Discounted-Topsfield-Fair-Tickets/

You can also buy discounted tickets in advance directly from the Topsfield Fair, online and at the box office (there is a +$3 online fee).: http://www.topsfieldfair.org/admission.php


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Grab this great deal now and save up to 33% on general admission. Don’t forget that kids under 8 are always free (with a paid adult)!

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The Essex Agricultural Society organized its first fair all the way back in 1818, but even then there were elements modern Topsfield Fair attendees would recognize—the famous Cattle Show, for instance, which still draws visitors today. In 1910, the fair moved to the former Treadwell Farm property, where it’s remained ever since.

About this Deal

  • $20 for general admission for two to the Topsfield Fair including Skip the Line ($30 value)
  • Kids 8 and Under are always free!

(The purpose of this blog is to share all the savings and awesome deals that I can find with all of you. To support the costs associated with this blog, I do have some affiliate relationships with companies that I feel are appropriate for my site. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a small %. This does not affect any costs to you. Links in this post may contain affiliate referrals. Read my disclosure statement for more information.)

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Back to School Savings

August 26, 2015 Blog, Money-Saving Tips, Shopping

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(The purpose of this blog is to share all the savings and awesome deals that I can find with all of you. To support the costs associated with this blog, I do have some affiliate relationships with companies that I feel are appropriate for my site. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a small %. This does not affect any costs to you. Links in this post may contain affiliate referrals. Read my disclosure statement for more information.)

 
 

Kids Eat Free @ Burton’s Grill

August 26, 2015 Food, Kids Eat Free

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Kids eat free Sundays at Burton’s Grill for July and August 2015. One free kids meal (from kids menu) with each adult dinner entree ordered. Offer only for children 10 and under.

Visit their website for more information.

I try to keep the deals I find as current as possible, but offers can change or be discontinued at any time. Please, always call ahead! Contact me if this deal is no longer available. Thanks!

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Getting the Best Deals on School Supplies

August 23, 2015 Money-Saving Tips, Shopping

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Can you believe it’s that time again already?? Back to school shopping – yikes?! Where has the time gone?

I just spent less than $20 on all of my son’s school supplies. There are some great deals right now at Staples! Crayola Markers were $0.75! 12 pencils for $0.68! Kids scissors $1!!

Here are some tips I used to save on school supplies that I thought I’d share …

Price Match

Don’t forget to price match! I hate going to multiple stores (especially with 2 kids in tow!) if I don’t have to.

I brought in the Office Max printed ad to Staples and price matched dry erase markers to get them for only $1 (instead of $4 at Staples!). You can also price match other stores, these were just the ads that had the best deals for what my son needed. It’s worth the 10 minutes to read through all the ads (even the stores you never shop at)!

Don’t get the weekly ads? Sign up to receive them at home or ask a friendly neighbor if they have them :-)

Check Out Other Stores

Sometimes it’s easier to go to one store and overpay for convenience, but if there’s a store that is close enough and they have better deals, it can be worth the hassle. I stopped into Five Below too because it is next to the Staples by me and they were having a sale on school supplies. I ended up getting a dry erase board for $2 (Staples wanted $8!) and a board eraser for $2 (instead of $5 at Staples!). Their highlighter markers were $2.50 instead of $3 at Staples, but I was there anyway so might as well save the $0.50!

Coupons

No sale on what you need? Staples has a “15% off regular priced items” coupon this week, so grab these printable coupons from their website!

Target has some school supply deals using their Cartwheel app. And there is a $2 printable coupon available now for Up & Up brand supplies (click on the “home” category to find it).

Ocean State Job Lot also has some coupons you can print from their website and you can score some great deals there too!

Share!

Sometimes you can get a great deal on more items than you need. If there’s a great price on a pack of 24 pens, but you only need 12, don’t buy the 12 if they cost more! Why not just buy the 24 and split the cost with a friend? Buying in bulk can be cheaper.

Re-Use

Who says everything has to be brand new every year? My son had a pencil case that I bought for him last year that he never even used. And why buy new crayons when we have a million accumulated already at home (and most haven’t even been used)?? Before rushing out to buy, look around the house to see what you might already have.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

It totally stinks that the “S” word is here again in a few weeks! I have been rolling my eyes all summer at the “Back to School” ads everywhere. As much as we all are in denial and want summer to last “just a little bit longer”, don’t wait too long to get your shopping done. These deals are only around for so long and then you get stuck paying regular price – oh the horror!!

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(The purpose of this blog is to share all the savings and awesome deals that I can find with all of you. To support the costs associated with this blog, I do have some affiliate relationships with companies that I feel are appropriate for my site. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive a small %. This does not affect any costs to you. Links in this post may contain affiliate referrals. Read my disclosure statement for more information.)