15 Fun Water Games for Kids!


15 Fun Water Games for Kids

Now that temps are heating up – wanted to remind you about these ideas for fun water games!  Also check out another 10 Water Balloon Games – with over 1K pins so far!

The forecast is predicting highs of 105-108 over the next few days here in Tennessee – which means we’ll be spending a lot of time inside where it’s cool.  But kids will be kids – and they have energy to burn!  Here are some fun ways to keep cook outisde with – what else – water!

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Cheap Summer Movies for Kids | Cinemark 50¢ Tickets and Drive-In Movies



Each summer, select theaters offer cheap summer movies for kids.  These are G or PG rated films that you’ve likely seen already – but are great for something to do to get out of the house ;)

Be sure to check you location for participation.  Not all theaters in the same group participate in the same promotions. Also, most theaters have not discounted concessions so be prepared to pay full price for snacks.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse:

Ten movies will show – one per week starting at 9:45 am on Tuesdays.  Cost is $1 per show – OR buy a Ten-Movie-Pack for $5!  Check out all the upcoming movies here.

I also HIGHLY recommend going to the Drive-In with your family this summer.  Around here – you can get in a whole carload on Sunday Nights for $10!

We’ll update this post with more cheap summer movies when I can find more of them listed – let us know if you have info about other theaters!





Teacher Appreciation Week!


 Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies!


Just a reminder that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  If you plan to show your teacher some appreciation, you may want to let them know about these fun freebies around town :)  My favorite is the Chik-fil-A daily freebies!


Also – here’s a fun DIY you can give – a DIY Sharpie Mug signed by all the kids!

Aerosoles – Take 15% off footwear that is $39.99 or higher.  Present your teacher ID or a pay-stub in one of their stores, or call 800-798-9478 to place your order.

Ann Taylor Loft – Enroll in the free Loft Loves Teachers program and save 15% off full-price purchases.

Banana Republic – Present a valid student or teacher ID at any store to get a 15% off discount on all full-priced purchases.

Barnes & Noble – Save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use when you join the free B&N Educator Program.  Get up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days.  Receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator events.

Books-A-Million – Fill out a BAM Educator Discount Card application at any register and present your valid educator and photo identification to receive an educator discount card.  Educators, librarians and homeschoolers pre-K through 12th grade receive a 20% discount off the original price on most books used in the classroom.

Book Warehouse – Book Warehouse offers teachers an additional 15% discount.  Show your teacher ID and then fill out their Educator’s Card.

Chick-fil-A – Select locations offerings to teachers who present a valid teacher ID every day this week. Free offers vary by location.  Of note, some stores have restrictions on free menu items for teachers and are serving free items only during breakfast hours.

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CiCi’s Pizza – FREE Teacher’s Buffet on May 5th from 2:00 PM to close.  Drinks not included.

Crayola – Artful lessons, classroom resources and the latest information regarding special programs and offers.

teacher appreciation week educents Educents – Teachers can sign up to receive a free $40 Educent/Peekapak gift basket.  The gift comes with $10 in Educents gift cards and three months’ worth of Peekapak lesson plans.  Thelesson plans include three digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons and 12 at-home activities.

FedEx Office – Offers teachers, professors, faculty and staff members 15% off on most products and services at participating FedEx Office nationwide. To receive your discount, simply present your discount card when making a purchase in-store or at fedexoffice.com and the discount will automatically be applied.

J Crew – Show your college or teacher ID in store to receive a 15% discount.  The discount cannot be applied to previous purchases, used in combination with another promotion or used to purchase a gift card.

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Lakeshore Learning - Join the free Teacher’s Club and save 15% off purchases everyday and receive special offers every month!  PLUS, enter to win prizes including gift cards, teacher totes and teacher aprons!  This drawing will take place on May 8th at 6PM EST.

McDonald’s:  Offers vary by location.  Some locations are offering free breakfast.  Other locations are giving away free a McCafe beverage with a purchase.  Check with your local McDonald’s for more details.

Michaels – All teachers receive 15% off an in-store purchase with valid school ID.  Some exclusions apply.  See store associate for details.

New York & Co - Teachers who show a valid ID can receive 30% off during Teacher Appreciation Week.  Or use promo code 9818 at checkout online.

Scholastic Teacher’s Store – Awesome discounts for teachers – up to 75% off!

The Limited – Students, educators, and military personnel receive 15% off every purchase made at any The Limited store location – just show your school or military I.D.   This offer is valid in stores only and cannot be combined with other coupons when redeemed at the cash register.

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort – The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers teachers and school support staff special room rates, starting at $139.00 per night!

Thanks, DealsInTheMitten!

Weekend Family Events Roundup | FREE Comic Book Day, FREE Museums & Kentucky Derby!


Sat. May 2nd is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!  This is a yearly tradition in my household, where we have more comic books than actual books.  Call your local comic shop first to make sure they’re participating!




Also, in case any of you non-Kentuckians out there don’t know – this weekend is THE KENTUCKY DERBY!!   Celebrate a little with this Kentucky Derby Pie – you really don’t need an occasion to make it, but this is a good one ;)

For those of you who won’t be spending the day at the comic book shop or Churchhill Downs – here are a few other fun deals and freebies going on..

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:: Free Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, May 2nd at 11 AM

Story time featuring What Do You Do With an Idea? plus related activities at many B&N locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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:: Bass Pro Shops

Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2nd

Set Your Sites Gun Event- free need to know seminar. Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here for times and details before you head out.


:: Guitar Center

Saturday, May 2nd {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Workshop

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

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Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM – noon

Kids make and take a Picket Fence Photo Frame in time for Mother’s Day. You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, May 2nd from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Butterfly Pencil Holder. Get more information here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

May 2nd – 10 AM – 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a decorative Mother’s Day Wood Frame. At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10 AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, May 2nd at 10 AM

Junior Chef: 52 New Foods Presents an Awesome Brunch for Mom that you prepared yourself. Kids learn how to make Mini Asparagus Frittatas, Healthy Strawberry Fool and Blueberry Blast Smoothies. The Jr. Chef’s class is suitable for kids ages 5-13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, May 3rd -contact your store for class time

Infusing Flavor with Oils- we’ll cook an entire meal that includes fresh pasta with grilled vegetables, roasted chicken and even olive oil–infused ice cream. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


: Free Admission to National Public Gardens

May 8th – A favorite annual events just in time for Mother’s Day. Find Gardens Near You

:: Free Art Museum Day

May 18th – Many art museums will be offering free or discounted admission. Find our more information here.

:: Free Zoo Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

June 21st – Most zoos all across the USA offer free admission for Dad every Father’s Day. Contact your local zoo for details.

:: Amtrak Train Days

Kickoff is May 9th at Chicago Union Station. Community events happening all across the USA from May 9th through November. Get more information here.

:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th – National Park Service Birthday

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Kids Archery Workshops ongoing through November 18th

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

May 9th – Hanging Herb Gardens from 10 AM – 11:30 AM

May 10th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM – Interior Paint and Drywall Repair

You can pre-register online here.

:: KOA Campgrounds Kids Camp FREE for Father’s Day Weekend

June 19th through June 21st

Kids camp free this weekend. Find the participating campgrounds right here.

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, May 9th at 10 AM

Kids make and take a Mother’s Day Planter. Register at the website here.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

:: Pottery Barn

May 10th at 10 AM – Botanical flower arranging. Get more information and RSVP here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year

Starting in September 2015, every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative. Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom for the info!

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

:: Athleta Stores

Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.

:: Beauty Events in Stores

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: Bowling for Kids all Summer

Kids Bowl for Free all summer at select bowling centers. Get two free games for each child, every day, all summer long. She rental is not included. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

:: Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

:: Family Movies for $1 During the Summer

Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters offer 9 weeks of family movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. You can see the schedule, starting dates and movies here on the Regal website.

:: Flying Lessons

Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

:: Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

:: Lululemon Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

:: Playground Finder

If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.

:: REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at REI.com.

:: Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free all Summer: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club ,( free) and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

:: SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to www.5thgradeskipassport.com to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

:: Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

:: Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Make memories and celebrate Oatmeal Cookie Day, Star Wars Day, Two Different Colored Shoes Day and more.See the full schedule here.

THanks, MoreWithLessToday!


Groupon: Great Wolf Lodge for 40% OFF! (Great Family Vacation)

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Here’s a HUGE discount on a fun family getaway!

Right now Groupon is offering savings of up to 40% off at Great Wolf Lodges across the United States, and they all look like some great deals.  PLUS – take an extra 10% OFF any Groupon Getaway deal with code SAVE3!

With Summer Break right around the corner, these could make for a great trip!  This looks perfect for my family – spacious cabin suites above an indoor water park?  Yes please!

Depending on your location, this special runs as low as $139 a night – $125 after discount code (via renaud source) – which is an AMAZING price for a hotel stay and water park in one!

Check out all the Great Wolf Lodge Locations offering specials through Groupon right now.


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Cheap Summer Movies at Regal Cinema!

If you have kids, you might want to check out the cheap summer movies at Regal Cinema!  It’s a great way to get out of the heat for an afternoon with the little ones  :)

Each week, there are two choices of family-friendly movies that are only $1 each at Regal Cinemas. Tickets will be available at the box office and all movies start at 10am.

Keep reading for the summer movie schedule!

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FREE National Parks Admission this weekend!

Are you looking for a little outdoorsy adventure?  This is the week to do it!  Get free admission to nearly 400 national parks this weekend! Get details HERE and to do a search for a park by name, state or other criteria.

If you can’t tear yourself away this weekend – mark your calendar for the KOA Campgrounds free night of camping in May!  They’re offering a BOGO camping night on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of May.  Search for campgrounds near you HERE!