May 252017

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Now thru tomorrow only (5/26), Groupon is offering an extra 20% off on local deals, up to $50 with promo code YES20. This code includes restaurants, massages, family activities, local events and more and you can use it up to (3) times. You’ll have to do each deal separately to get the discount. Just go HERE to register and then enter promo code YES20 at checkout to get the savings.

Note: Code YES20, is valid up to $50 discount thru Friday, 5/26. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

May 252017

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Looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend? Thru today only (5/25), LivingSocial is offering an extra 20% off almost any deal sitewide. Just go HERE and use promo code SUNSHINE at checkout to get the extra savings. You can save up to $20 with this offer. There are many different deals to choose from including restaurants, fun activities, local events, massages, and more. You can check out the details and restrictions HERE.

May 242017

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Summer movies are a great way to take a break from the hot sun, eat some popcorn and enjoy a movie with your kids! And, many large theaters participate in FREE or very inexpensive Summer Film Festivals with fun titles like A Dog’s Purpose, Trolls, The Secret Life of Pets, The Emoji Movie, Goosebumps, The LEGO Batman Movie, and lots more.

Here’s a roundup of the ones I know about but be sure to call your local theater if you don’t see yours listed here to ask if they offer any summer specials or FREE Movies. Or if you know offhand of any programs you want to share with other readers, please feel free to share it in the comments with any info or link you can provide and I will add it to the post.

When you’re making plans, my advice is to get to the theater early, as sometimes there are whole groups of children from day camps arriving and they can fill up the theaters fast. Some of these programs may require you to enter your location first to see a schedule and list of movies. Hopefully the links below will help get you started…

MARCUS THEATRES KIDS DREAM SUMMER FILM SERIES
This summer, from 6/11 thru 8/16, Marcus Theatres will be showing family movies every Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday at 10 am. Admission is only $3 and concessions are $2.75 each for popcorn and drinks. For a complete schedule of this summer’s movies and dates, you can go HERE. Marcus Theatres can be found in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, & Wisconsin.

cinemarkCINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE
All movies are rated G or PG and you can get 10 tickets in advance for $5, or pay just $1 per ticket at the box office on the day of the movie. Go HERE for more details and to find a location near you. Once you click on your location, you should see a full schedule for your theater. This program is available now thru November 2017.

MARQUEE CINEMAS SUMMER KIDS’ MOVIE PROGRAM
You can see a family movie for FREE, each week this summer at Marquee Cinemas in select states, including CT, FL, KY, NC, NJ, NY, TN, VA, & WV. You can go HERE for specific theater locations and more details.

bow-tieBOWTIE CINEMAS FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES
Bowtie offers FREE admission to select kids’ movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am, starting 6/20 and running all summer thru 8/16 at participating Bowtie Cinemas with tickets issued on a first come-first served basis. You can go HERE for list of movies and participating theaters in CT, MD, NJ, NY, & VA.

REGAL CINEMAS, UNITED ARTISTS & EDWARDS THEATERS SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
The 2017 Regal Summer Movie Express runs all summer with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with $1 admission. Movies will all be rated G or PG and start dates vary by location. You can check to see if you have a local participating theater along with movie titles and schedule on the Regal Entertainment Group Summer Movie Express site. Movies are being offered by select Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards Theaters.

May 242017

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Thru today only (5/24), Groupon is offering $5 off $20 or $10 off $40 on local deals, including restaurants, spa services, family events and more. Just go HERE and enter promo code OFF at checkout to get the deal. Considering a higher priced deal? You can also save $15 off $60 or $30 off $100 with this same code and you can use the code (3) times. Groupon is a great resource for fun things to do over the summer and you save money too!

Note: Code OFF, is valid thru Wednesday, 5/24. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

May 232017

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Looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend? Thru today only (5/23), LivingSocial is offering an extra 20% off almost any deal sitewide. Just go HERE and use promo code SUNSHINE at checkout to get the extra savings. You can save up to $20 with this offer. There are many different deals to choose from including restaurants, fun activities, local events, massages, and more. You can check out the details and restrictions HERE.

May 202017

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Summer is just around the corner- and there are several organizations and companies offering special incentives to help encourage children to keep reading over the summer. Here’s a roundup of several & if you know of any others please feel free to let me know & I will add them to the list! 

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – Be A Reading Superhero: Now thru September 8th, kids can sign up and log their reading minutes to win cool rewards with this FREE online program from Scholastic. Parents can get reading tips, booklists and track their kids reading either online or on their phone. Get started today, you can go HERE to signup!

Barnes & Noble: Kids can earn a FREE BOOK when they read any 8 books.  You can record your books in a Reading Journal that can be downloaded HERE, available in both English and Spanish. Then, when its complete, bring it in to your local B&N store and kids can choose a FREE BOOK from their list. This program is designed for kids in grades one thru six and runs now thru September 5th.

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JUNIE B. SUMMER READING CLUB: Check out the Got to B…Junie B.! Kids’ Reading Club! You can join on their website HERE and download a complete Reading Log and Activity Brochure. Plus, parents can sign up for the Junie B. Jones Parent Newsletter and keep updated with news of special events, sweepstakes, fun games and activities for kids, and more.

Local Libraries: Don’t forget to check out your local library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme for this Summer, for most locations is:  On Your Mark, Get Set… Read! Many will have free activities and prizes for goals reached. Call your local library for details. You can also go HERE for a directory of national library systems. Click on your state and then find your city.

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TD Bank:
 Starting June 1st, kids in grades K-5 can earn a $10 deposit for a new or existing Young Saver Account by reading 10 books this summer. Just go HERE to print out the Summer Reading Form to record your books and when completed, take it to your nearest TD Bank. Limit one $10 offer per reader.

chuckecheeseChuck E Cheese: Check out their Rewards Reading Calendar, available year-round! You can download it HERE for FREE. Record your reading for 2 weeks and you’ll earn 10 FREE tokens when you bring in your calendar to a participating Chuck E. Cheese location! Note: Child(ren) must be present to redeem their tokens. No more than 1 of any free token offer can be used per child, per day. Food purchase is required  (beverage does not count as food purchase). Go HERE for more details.

sylvanSylvan Book Adventure: Kids in grades K-8 can read a book from the Book Adventure list, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes. To get started, go HERE to register. Kids need to score at least a 90% on the quizzes to earn points but quizzes can be taken more than once. You can check out the Prize Library HERE.

Pizza Hut Summer Reading Challenge: Check out Pizza Hut for great ideas to help keep your kids reading this summer! Pizza Hut and Candlewick Press have teamed together to bring you story-themed kits you can download for FREE, including activity kits, including the Secret Tree Fort, Also an Octopus, How to Track a Truck, Where’s Waldo? Coloring Page, and more. If you don’t own the book, you can always make an outing to the library to borrow it :-), ISBN numbers are provided by Candlewick Press. Just go HERE to check it out!

May 192017

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Here are some FREE & Discount events going on this weekend. Many may seem to have consistent national participation- but it is always wise to call your local location to be sure they are participating. 

lakeshore5-18LAKESHORE LEARNING CRAFT: This Saturday, 5/20, from 10 am-3 pm, kids can make their own Tic Tac Toe bag! You can join the fun every Saturday with FREE crafts for kids at all locations. For a complete calendar of events, check out their website HERE.

GROUPON: Sign up and receive a daily email from Groupon with coupon offers for savings up to 90% in a city near you. Just visit the Groupon site, choose your city and then enter your e-mail. Each day they feature something cool to do in your city at an unbeatable price. To learn more about how Groupon works, go HERE, and see if there is a city close enough to you to take advantage of some of these great deals.

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May 172017

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Now thru tomorrow only (5/18), Groupon is offering $5 off $20 or $10 off $40 on local deals, including restaurants, spa services, family events and more. Just go HERE and enter promo code OFF at checkout to get the deal. Considering a higher priced deal? You can also save $15 off $60 or $30 off $100 with this same code and you can use the code (3) times. I found a ton of fun things to do over the summer, so be sure to check your area!

Note: Code OFF, is valid thru Thursday, 5/18. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

May 162017

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Thru today only (5/16), LivingSocial is offering an extra 20% off almost any deal sitewide. Just enter promo code LOVEIT at checkout to get the discount. You can save up to $20 with this offer. There are many different deals to choose from like restaurants, activities, flowers, spa deals and more. You can check out the details and restrictions HERE. Enjoy! :)

May 122017

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Looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift idea or something fun to do this weekend? Well, now thru Saturday only (5/13), Groupon is offering an extra 20% off on local deals, up to $50 with promo code HURRY20. This code includes restaurants, massages, family activities, local events and more and you can use it up to (3) times. You’ll have to do each deal separately to get the discount. Just go HERE to register and then enter promo code HURRY20 at checkout to get the savings.

Note: Code HURRY20, is valid up to $50 discount thru Saturday, 5/13. Not valid on third-party-site transactions. Other exclusions may apply, see site for details.

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