This Monday August 25th is the National Park Service’s birthday, and you can join in the celebration! All National Parks are waiving entrance fees for the day and are inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. So why not head to any of the country’s 401 national parks this Monday and take in the scenery, learn a little history, or simply enjoy the great outdoors. There are parks all over the country so there is most likely one near you. What a great way to spend some family time without breaking the bank in the process!
What are you waiting for? To get started creating your families summer memories print the Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt List for free!
If your son or daughter loves to spend time in the kitchen, this series of FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams Sonoma might just be the perfect activity for him or her. Your kids will learn to make a variety of delicious recipes and/or techniques during these free classes. This is the schedule that they have planned for July:
July 5th: Handheld Fruit Pies
July 12th: Using a Spiralizer
July 19th: Spectacular Summer Salads
July 26th: Shakes
These classes are appropriate for kids 5 and older. These classes start at 10 am and there is only a limited number of spots available so you need to call your local Williams Sonoma to reserve your spot.
Have you always wanted to break a World Record? Well this is your chance! Starting tomorrow, Saturday June 21st at 7 pm, be a part of this event at participating AMF bowling lanes. In an effort to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous bowlers, most AMF lanes will be offering an hour of FREE bowling during this Bowling Night in America event. This is a great and frugal way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. And once you are done, you will most likely have bragging rights and will be able to say that you helped break a World Record! That sounds like so much fun.
You might enjoy checking out AMF’s funny YouTube video “Make Saturday Night More Fun.” And if you really enjoy bowling, be sure to also join the AMF Bowling eClub and get a coupon for $20 off your next visit for four people.
Looking for things to do with the kids? Then head on out to Michael’s this weekend! There are 2 fun activities going on this Saturday and Sunday. Check them out!
Saturday, June 21st – 10AM – Noon.
Kids make a How to Train Your Dragon 2 Perler® Key Chain. Only $2 per child for 30 minutes of fun while you shop. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30AM.
Sunday, June 22nd – 1PM – 4PM
Kids create a patriotic wreath. Supplies need to be purchased. Get more information here.
And while you are at Michaels, be sure to use these coupons to get some nice savings! And if you are buying your supplies, be sure to this Michael’s coupon to get $5 OFF $25, and if you are shopping online use promo code SUMMER at checkout to get up to $25 off your entire purchase.
:: FREE Zoo Admission for Dads on Father’s Day
Over 60 zoos are offering free (or two for one) admission on June 15th, 2014 to celebrate Father’s Day. Check to see if your local zoo is participating. One of my all-time favorite zoos, the San Francisco Zoo, is participating in this program. I think this activity would be a great way to spend the day with the kids, and especially with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. If you go, I hope you have a fabulous day and cherish the memories for years to come
Thanks More with Less Today for sharing this deal!
I was so excited when I came across this Freebie and couldn’t wait to share it with you. This summer your kids bowl for free at bowling lanes all across the country! It seems all you have to do is find a participating location and register your child in this program. The parents or adults in the party do not have to make a purchase in order for the kids to have access to this program. However, there are special family passes that you can get for a great price in case the whole family wants to participate together and enjoy this activity. Each bowling center has special days designated for this program as well as age restrictions. So be sure to check the lanes you want to go to and see what their requirements are.
I checked for the participating locations in Colorado and I am so please to see that there are many bowling alleys featured on the list. The list is super extensive and at first glance, I think I see that all states are represented (even Alaska and Hawaii!). This program seems like a great way to get the kids out of the house and engaged in an activity where they can practice their gross motor skills, thinking skills, sportsmanship and also have a great time. And all this comes at no cost to the parents, so it’s a win-win for everyone! This is a freebie that you just might want to share with other parents in your community
Isn’t it great how there are so many inexpensive options to keep your kids busy and entertained this Summer? Well here’s another one! Regal Entertainment Group will be showing a variety of kid-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 am , and the price of admission is only $1. Their summer lineup looks like a lot of fun, check it out:
- Week 1
The Smurfs 2
- Week 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Pirates: Band of Misfits
- Week 3
Despicable Me 2
- Week 4
The Lego Movie
- Week 5
The Adventures of Tintin
Rise of the Guardians
- Week 6
Kung Fu Panda 2
- Week 7
- Week 8
Walking with Dinosaurs
- Week 9
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Isn’t this a great selection? I am sure parents and kids will find several shows they can’t wait to watch for the first time (or tenth !) You can find the Regal Theater closest to you and start planning your outings this summer.
Looking for an inexpensive date night? Or maybe your child is having a birthday party this summer and you would like to take the gang to the bowling lanes? In any case, be sure to take a look at this Groupon deal for discounted bowling and shoe rental. If you are going or are taking a large group to any AMF Bowling lanes, it is definitely a considerable savings that you will get with this deal.
- $17 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for two (up to $36 value)
- $30 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for four (up to $64 value)
- $42 for two hours of bowling and shoe rental for six (up to $96 value)
You can redeem this offer any time before August 20th, 2014. This offer for discounted bowling and shoe rental is only on for a limited time so if you think this is something you would like, you should buy it before it’s no longer available! Have fun staying out of the heat and enjoy hanging out doing a traditional, bonding activity like this
If you or someone you know loves playing MMORPG games on your computer, then this offer might be perfect for you! Through June 3rd you can download the standard edition of “Battlefield 3″ on to your PC computer for FREE (reg. $19.99). This game has won so many awards since the day it was launched and remains a gamers favorite. I am not a fan of war games (or any PC games for that matter) but my son and his college friends really enjoy letting out some stress while playing this kind of game.
Please note that this game is rated “M” for Mature and it is intended as a game for adults. I think it is too violent for a younger audience, so please take this into consideration before you download it.
Key Game Features:
- The Frostbite 2 Game Engine - Battlefield 3 introduces Frostbite 2, the incredible technology that takes animation, destruction, lighting, scale and audio to new heights. Built upon this powerful game engine, Battlefield 3 immerses players physically and emotionally to the world around them like never before.
- Feel the Battle - Feel the impact of bullets and explosions, drag your fallen comrades into safety, and mount your weapon on almost any part of the terrain. Battlefield 3‘s cutting edge animation, spectacular visuals and real as hell battle gameplay attack your senses and make you feel the visceral warriors experience like no other FPS.
- Unparalleled Vehicle Warfare - The best online vehicle warfare experience gets even better with a fitting sonic boom as fighter jets headline along with an impressive lineup of land, air and sea vehicles, all at your command.
- Urban Combat - Take the fight to iconic and unexpected places in the USA, Middle East, and Europe including claustrophobic streets, metropolitan downtowns, and open, vehicle-friendly landscapes as you fight your way through the war of tomorrow.
- Multiplayer Mayhem - Experience gripping multiplayer action with 2-24 player battles supported online.
- Amazing Animation - The DICE team set out to takes animation to the next level with ANT technology (previously used in FIFA games) that now allows the creation of more believable behavior than ever before in an FPS.
- Fight to Scale - Simply put, in Battlefield 3 you will be able to engage across some of the largest maps ever created, while close quarter combat is available too.
- Massive Destruction - Destruction is enhanced on both a macro and micro level. Chips fly off blocks of concrete used for cover, while whole facades and buildings collapse in screeching clouds of dust and debris.
- Best-in-Class Audio - Building on acclaimed High Dynamic Range (HDR) audio from previous Battlefield games, Battlefield 3 builds on the best-in-class legacy with a brutally realistic soundscape.
We are planning on doing our Neighborhood Night Time Scavenger Hunt here once school is out for all the children in the neighborhood. It’s pretty simple, really. Get together with the other parents in the neighborhood and have each family purchase a few of the items on the list that’s needed for the S’mores Party (chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers). You can leave them out before you head to the party to make the Scavenger Hunt a little easier or leave on your front porch. You can even give them to a neighbor if you’d like and they can “ask around” for the items.
What comes to mind when you think of Summertime Fun from your childhood?
*Update* I was having a bit of a hard time finding the COMP tickets. But if you look for tickets in your area and then scroll down, you should see a box that says “Comp Tickets”. One you click on the event, it will show you availability for the FREE tickets and/or discounted ones.
Back by popular demand, Goldstar is rolling out the Comp Train for one day only. On Thursday May 29th you can get complementary free tickets to the theater, dance, comedy, opera and more in cities across the USA. Goldstar has a limited number of FREE tickets so you might want to bookmark this page and check in early onThursday so you can claim your tickets while they are still available. The only cost associated with these FREE tickets is a small service charge that will vary from offer to offer. I think it’s a great way to go out and try something new and fun! I can’t wait to see what is going to be available in Colorado!
Many of my friends have been posting pictures of their children at their pre-K or high school graduations on Facebook. And seeing these pictures reminded me of something I did when my own son was graduating from high school! When Phillip was 5 years old he had a pre-K graduation ceremony complete with cap, gown, and a diploma! I have to be honest with you that at the time I thought it was a bit much … But now when I look back, I treasure those memories and pictures so much. I think I must have been overwhelmed at the time and didn’t fully appreciate the moment.
Then two years ago when Phillip was about to graduate from high school and I was looking for cool ideas to make his party a bit more personal, I suddenly had this stroke of genius ! How about if I used his pre-K picture to get some personalized soda bottles made for the party? I already knew that you could do this with labels from Jones Soda, so I went to their website and an hour later, it was all set. I placed my order and a few weeks later I had the coolest soda bottles I could have ever asked for. Most of my friends agreed that it was the sweetest idea ever, and those with younger kids said they wanted to do get their personalized labels for their own kids’ graduation!
As your kids are growing up, remember to take lots of pictures and think of different creative ways you might be able to use them in the future. You can use these pictures for soda bottles, mugs, collages, mouse pads or even pillows. And something else I would encourage you to do is to get prints of your best photos. I personally love holding an actual picture in my hands much more that seeing it briefly on a computer or phone screen. And in all likelihood as your kids get older, they too will cherish going through that shoebox of photographs and reminisce about the memories of their childhood.
Life goes by so quickly. And those moments we think we will never forget, do get forgotten unless you make an effort to somehow preserve the memories!
Looking for discount movies this summer? If you have a Regal Movie Theater in town, you will be happy to know that they just released their Summer Family Movies for 2014. Take the kids to go watch movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for only $1. The shows start at 10AM and all the featured films are rated PG.
These are just a few of the movies that they will be showing:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Despicable Me 2
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Adventures of Tintin
The program starts in most cities in June. However select movie theaters kick off their line up as early as May. Click here to find a list of the participating Regal Movie Theater locations.
Thanks, More With Less Today !
This weekend (April 12-13) you can head to your local Bass Pro shop between 11 am and 4 PM to receive a free 4×6 photo with the Easter Bunny. In addition you can color a plastic egg from 1-4 and even participate in a Easter Egg Hunt (you may want to get there early to register beginning at 1:30).
For more information about Bass Pro Shop’s Free Easter Activities visit their website!
What Easter Events are you participating in?