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 Rio2, Turbo, The Croods, The LEGO Movie, Peabody & Sherman 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…
BOWTIE CINEMAS FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES
FREE admission to select kids’ movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am at participating Bowtie Cinemas. Tickets issued on a first come-first served basis. Go HERE for more details and a list of included movies.
CINEMARK 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 to find details, participating locations, showtimes, and a list of included movies.
CARMIKE CINEMAS SUMMER KID SERIES
Kids can enjoy a movie for FREE every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 am. Plus, get a Kid Tray for only $3.75 with popcorn, drink, and snack. Go HERE and enter your location for a complete schedule and more details.
REGAL CINEMAS, UNITED ARTISTS & EDWARDS THEATERS SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
The 2014 Regal Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks 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 HERE on the Regal Entertainment Group Summer Movie Express site. Movies are being offered by select Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards Theaters.
-Thanks Kelley for help with the roundup!
Quiznos has some new coupon offers for you that are all valid thru 5/28. Just go HERE to print your coupons to save $1 Off a Regular Sub or Large Salad, or $2 Off a Large Sub.
There are several other offers too- a FREE Sub with a purchase of a Sub of equal or greater value & regular Fountain drink and more. There are 5 offers all together that print as small rectangular coupons all on the same page.
Now thru Memorial Day, May 26th, Entertainment.com is offering a great deal on their 2014 Entertainment Book – Get 2 for $20 AND it ships FREE (regularly $35.00)! That’s just $10 each, one for you and one for a friend or family member.:-) If you are not familiar with this book it is just packed with coupon savings for local Restaurants, Entertainment, Services and more and at this price- even if you just use a few coupons – the book will pay for itself.
The 2014 coupon book offers savings valid now thru November 2014, so you still have plenty of time to take advantage of the savings. Remember, this sale is thru Monday, May 26th and you can check it out HERE.
Thru tomorow, May 21st, Restaurant.com is offering a $25 Restaurant Certificate for $4 when you use the code RAVE at checkout. If you have never ordered Restaurant.com certificates before- it is a great way to save money dining out. You can go HERE to find participating restaurants by first entering the zip code, state, or city. You can further refine your search by a number of search criteria such as cuisine, price, restaurant name, etc… Once you locate a restaurant you can see the specific offer available for that restaurant.
These requirements will vary depending on the restaurant so be sure to pay attention to what they are. They are clearly described under the “add to cart” button in each offer. For example, the certificates do not usually apply to alcohol, take-out, or other specials at that restaurant such as happy hour. Additionally, there may be a minimum purchase requirement. For example you may need to spend at least $35 to use that $25 certificate but it is still a huge savings on dining!
After you pay for your certificate via credit card or paypal, you will receive it in your email to print out. Happy Dining – you are eating more for less!!
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.
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.
Scholastic Summer Challenge: 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. Go HERE for more details and to sign up, just click on the “Join Now ” button. While you’re there, check out the Read for the World Record event – all you have to do is log your reading minutes to be a part of it! Last year’s Scholastic Record was 11,115,780 minutes read and the 2013 World Record is 176,438,473. Join in the fun and help set a new World Record for summer 2014!
JUNIE B. SUMMER READING CLUB: To participate in the Junie B. club, go HERE and download a complete Reading Log, Activity Brochure and Sticker Sheet. 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 Dig into Reading! 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.
Chuck E Cheese: Kids can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read for 2 weeks in a row. You can download the Reading Rewards Calendar HERE and when its complete, bring it in to your local Chuck E Cheese. Limit of 1 FREE Token Offer per child per day at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
TD Bank: Kids in grades K-5 can earn a $10 deposit for a new or existing Young Saver Account by reading 10 books this summer by August 31st. Just go HERE to print out the Summer Reading Form to record your books and when completed, then take it to your nearest TD Bank. One $10 offer per reader.
Book It: Pizza Hut Book It! is once again hosting a summer reading program titled, “Spark Your Greatness” with fun activities, games, prizes and more. Once your child reads five books, they can enter the Spark Your Greatness Sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize! Sweeps begins June 1st. There is also an Instagram Scavenger Hunt for more chances at great prizes! Check out all the details HERE.
Sylvan 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. There are almost 8,000 books to choose from and you can search by title, author or grade. 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.
Pottery Barn: Join their Summer Reading Challenge and if you read all 8 books from the recommended list by July 31st will receive a free book at participating retail stores (supplies limited). Remeber to join in the weekly story time as well and enjoy healthy snacks from Happy Family, character appearances, and activities & giveaways from PBS KIDS. Go HERE for more details.
–Thanks for help with the roundup to Kelley.
Now thru Sunday only, May 18th, you can save 15% Off any deal on Living Social (maximum discount of $50) when you use the promo code 15OFFMAY. To get started, just sign in or create a new account HERE, choose your deal and then click on “Redeem promo code” under your selection and enter the code 15OFFMAY to take 15% Off your purchase. Your discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.
If you don’t already have a Living Social account- you can get great deals and discounts in your area on all kinds of things. Dining out, products and services and more- all in your local area. They also sometimes offer national deals too.
Promo code must be used by May 18th, 2014 11:59 PM PST. One code use only per credit card. Promo codes not valid for ticket or Deals required to be completed on a third party site. Valid in the US only. See the full terms and details HERE.
Here are some current restaurants offering special deals and discounts. While many of the offers below seem to have consistent national participation- it’s always a good idea to call your local location to be sure they are participating. There are also several restaurants with special email and birthday clubs, too many to list here.
I would also recommend you look up your favorite local eateries online to see if they have a club you can join and what freebies they offer for doing so. And, if you have the FREE ibotta app, there are several offers available in the Restaurants category. Any current offers are listed below. If you don’t have the ibotta app yet, you can sign up HERE and for complete details on how this great program works, you can check out my post HERE.
RED ROBIN: Now thru June 1st, you can get a FREE Movie Ticket to see Godzilla when you buy a $25 Limited Edition Gift Card. Godzilla is available in select theaters starting today, May 16th. You may want to make it a date night, Godzilla is rated PG-13. Movie ticket is valid up to a $12 value. Go HERE for more details on this limited time offer and to find a participating location near you.
LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE: Check out Endless Entrees every Tuesday, all day at Lone Star Steakhouse. Available for a limited time only while supplies last. Dine-in only at participating locations. Offer not available in Anchorage, AK or Orlando, FL. If you prefer burgers, then check out their Build Your Own Burger special valid now thru June 1st. Go HERE for more details and to find a restaurant near you.
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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…
BLUE STAR MUSEUMS: Coming Soon! Active Duty Military and their families can get FREE admission to more than 2,000 museums starting May 21st and thru September 1st. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. You can get more details about the program HERE, plus check out their map of participating museums (to be updated May 21st).
CHUCK E CHEESE: Sign up for the Chuck E. Cheese’s e-club for exclusive coupon deals, get FREE tokens on your child’s birthday, kid’s activities and rewards! Just go HERE and enter your email address to get started on great ways to save on food & fun. Joining the e-club is completely free and only takes a few seconds. You can also go HERE to download FREE Rewards Calendars to help your kids earn FREE tokens for good behavior.
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Good news folks! If you missed this deal earlier in the week – Entertainment Books has extended their $11 book offer thru today, Thursday, May 15th!
Thru today only, May 13th, Entertainment.com is offering their 2014 Entertainment Book for just $11 AND it ships FREE (regularly $35.00)! If you are not familiar with this book it is just packed with coupon savings for local Restaurants, Entertainment, Services and more and at this price- even if you just use a few coupons – the book will pay for itself.
Also- if you order 2 books you will get an additional 11% Off your order. The 2014 coupon book offers savings valid now thru November 2014, so you still have plenty of time to take advantage of the savings. Remember, this sale is thru today only (5/13) – you can check out this deal HERE.
Check out this FREE Offer from Living Social for 20% Off your entire check at Outback Steakhouse! You must claim this FREE offer at your local Outback Steakhouse by May 20th. Offer valid for lunch or dinner, including Curbside Take-Away. This FREE Offer is available while supplies last but it will go quickly, so check out this deal HERE if you have interest.
To get your FREE Offer, just sign in or create a new account HERE, then claim your FREE 20% Off discount on your entire check at Outback Steakhouse. Just be sure to use your discount by May 20th. If you don’t already have a Living Social account- you can get great deals and discounts in your area on all kinds of things. Dining out, products and services and more- all in your local area. They also sometimes offer national deals too.