Okay…so I’m pretty excited about the Great Parks 85th Birthday Party tomorrow!  The Great Parks of Hamilton County invites everyone to celebrate their 85th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 1st.

This event will feature free entry into all Great Parks, free entry and programs at Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens, free entry to all indoor playgrounds and wet playgrounds, free use of Ohio River boat ramp at Woodland Mound, an open house at the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and free admission and programs at the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods.

Participants will also have the opportunity to use a canoe, kayak, pedal, or non-motorized fishing boat for free as well as take a trip on the Winton Queen for free as well.  Plus, all pedal bikes, including cruiser bikes, quadracycles, three-wheel bikes, and pedal carts will be free for use as well.

But that’s not all!  Enjoy free fishing at Lake Isabella and Campbell Lakes,  free green fees at all seven Great Parks golf course (must be booked in advance), a free basket of balls at driving ranges, and free miniature golf and FootGolf at Little Miami Golf Center.

You can find more information regarding this event as well as the schedule of events (including programs, classes, activities, and concerts) on the Great Parks site.

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101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities

by Katie on July 31, 2015

To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Cheap & Free Summer Activities.  Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.

You can find previous posts from this series here.

71.  Free Family Movie Night

Crossroads Church is hosting a free family movie night on Friday, July 31st.  The doors open at 6, and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m.  This family-friendly event features free popcorn and a fun movie.

On their Facebook page, it says to, “bring your friends, kids and Uncle Bud to watch six tech-savvy heroes battle a villain intent on revenge.”  I’m thinking it’s Meet the Robinsons….any other guesses?  Enjoy!

72.  Backpacks & Breakfast

Northern Kentucky Harvest will be presenting their Backpacks & Breakfast Event on Saturday, August 15th from 9-11 a.m.  This event is open to students K-12 from Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.

Backpacks, school supplies given on first come, first served basis during this event, and there will be free health screenings and breakfast as well.  The event will take place at Goebel Park on Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets in Covington, Kentucky.

73.  Cincinnati Police National Night Out

The Cincinnati Police Department (District 2) is hosting their National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th from 6-9 p.m.  This event will take place at Owl’s Nest Park, and it will feature free food, music, drinks, exhibits, attractions, and carnival games.

The Cincinnati Police will have special equipment on display, and residents can see how police work each day to keep our neighborhoods safe. Kids will have the chance to see police dogs, bicycles, and motorcycles.  Plus, free school supplies will be given to first 400 children (K-8) in attendance.

74.  Washington Park Workout on the Green

Washington Park features a Workout on the Green every Wednesday evening.  Each event starts out with BootCamp at 6 p.m. and Tai Chi at 7:15 p.m.  All classes are led by licensed, trained instructors.

75.  Great Parks Fitness Series

Great Parks is offering free outdoor fitness classes every Tuesday through August.  Classes are taught by expert fitness instructors from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

You can find the full schedule of events for this series here.

You can find more cheap and free summer activities here.

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Amazon: 40% ALEX Arts & Crafts

by Katie on July 31, 2015

This week only, Amazon is featuring 40% off their ALEX Arts & Crafts.  Here are some of the best bargains that are available with this sale:

ALEX Toys 3D Glitter Paint Pens – $4.20

  • Children’s 3D glitter paint pen set
  • Includes (10) glitter pens in assorted colors
  • Kids can create 3D works of sparkling art

ALEX Toys Portable Art Set with Carrying Case – $12.90

  • 150-piece set includes everything kids need to draw, paint and color
  • Comes in a portable carry case with handle
  • Includes markers, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, watercolors and more

ALEX Toys Giant Craft Art Jar – $19.60

  • Massive amount of craft supplies in a reusable storage container with a handle
  • Includes felt shapes, craft sticks, google eyes, buttons, spools, colored and textured papers, glue stick, glitter glue, craft scissors, paper plates
  • Also includes paper bags, feathers, pom poms, ric rac, pipe cleaners, sequins, stickers, fabric flowers, foam shapes, doily and cupcake liners
  • Recommended for children 4 years of age and older

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Desk To Go – $10.02

  • Perfect size for children’s laps and airplane tables
  • Art activities encourage a child’s imagination and learning development
  • Includes a PVC-backed Nylon and Vinyl travel desk with a 9×12 inch working surface and 2 pockets

ALEX Toys Squeeze & Sculpt Dough Machine – $9.29

  • Simply side in a stencil, place the dough inside and press down on the plastic handle to squeeze out one of (15) silly dough shape
  • Includes (4) brightly colored tubs of dough
  • Comes with a dough machine, cutting tool, (3) stencils with (5) designs each, (4) dough’s (1-ounce each) and easy instructions

ALEX Toys My Embroidery Kit – $14.54

  • Learn 12 easy stitches
  • Colorful keepsake tin storage box
  • Includes beads, 15 buttons, 10 colors of embroidery thread, 75 embroidery essentials and a headband project

ALEX Toys Friends 4 Ever Scrapbook Kit – $13.50

  • 48-page scrapbook with supplies
  • Preserve your favorite moments with this 10-inch by 10-inch hardcover book
  • Comes with stickers, gems, paper, glue, ribbons and more

ALEX Toys My First Sewing Kit – $20

  • Foster creativity and skills that can grow to an exciting hobby or an extraordinary career
  • This kit is a perfect travel or rainy day activity
  • 28 felt shapes, embroidery floss, stuffing, fabric, ric rac, scissors, measuring tape, pins, needles, thimble, pin cushion, 6 buttons, pom pom strip

You can find all the items included in this sale here.

These items are also eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a purchase of $35 or more.  Or, if you prefer, you can receive free Amazon Prime 2-Day shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime.

It’s important to note that prices often fluctuate on Amazon, and this price may change at any time.  Please make sure you verify the price before placing your order.

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Kroger: Free Tum-E Yummies

by Katie on July 31, 2015

Kroger has a new digital coupon available for a FREE Tum-E Yummies. This e-coupon must be loaded onto your card today (July 31st), but it doesn’t expire until August 16th.

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Old Navy: 3 Day Summer Blowout Sale

by Katie on July 31, 2015

Old Navy is featuring a 3-Day Summer Blowout Sale!  With this sale you’ll be able to pick up the best rock-bottom prices of the season:

  • Flip Flops for Women – $1
  • Tanks for Women – $2
  • Tees for the Family – $3
  • Graphics for the Family – $4
  • Shorts for the Family – $5
  • Swimwear for Women – $5
  • Shoes for Women – $5

This sale is valid in-store only through August 2nd.

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$1.00 off 2 JELL-O Ready-to-Eat Gelatin or Pudding

There are several high-value coupons available this morning for Planters Peanuts, Jell-O Pudding, Kraft String Cheese, and many more:

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Free Math Activity for Minion Fans

by Katie on July 30, 2015

So, what do you get when you combine minions and a free offer together?  A totally free and fun, minion-themed math activity!  These cute and fun minions are the perfect character for these engaging math centers.

This packet includes seven different math centers or resources, some of which can be used in multiple ways. The activities include:

Minion Addition (to 12)

Use this worksheet to practice addition skills. Students cut out the minions at the bottom of the page to use as counters. Students can use the counters to help them solve the addition problems.

Minion Subtraction (to 12)

Use this worksheet to practice subtraction skills. Students cut out the minions at the bottom of the page to use as counters. Students can use the counters to help them solve the subtraction problems.

Minions Making Ten

Use this worksheet to practice decomposing the number 10. The minion at the top has the number ten on him to represent the whole. The students determine the two parts to use to make ten. For students that are still developing the concept of decomposing numbers, I would suggest using some type of manipulative to help them see how to make ten in two different parts.

Minion Measurement

The minions are ready to print and use. Simply cut out each minion and use in a math station with your choice of standard or nonstandard measurement tools. Students could also use these minions to put in order by size or even to make conclusions on which would weigh more.

Minion Money Match

This memory type of game is ready to print and use. Simply print and cut the matching cards. Students will place the cards face down and try to find the three matching cards. One card represents the front of the coin. One card represents the back of the coin. The final card represents the value of the coin. Students could also use these cards to play a card game like Go Fish. “Do you have the back of a dime?”

Missing Minion Numbers

Use this worksheet to help your students master number order. On this two page worksheet students will determine which number the minion is covering up. The student will write that number in the box at the end of the line. The missing numbers start with 00zero to twenty counting by ones. I have also included counting by tens and counting backwards to help them truly master number order.

Minion Number Cards

Use these numbers cards for a variety of activities. There are three sets of cards included: counting by tens to one hundred; counting by fives to one hundred; counting by ones. Students can practice ordering numbers with any of the sets. Use the number cards to play an addition or subtraction game by drawing two cards and adding them together or subtracting. Students can also use the number cards to practice comparing numbers by determine which is greater than or less than. Bonus: the counting by ones cards go to thirty-one so they can also be used as calendar numbers.

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