Frugal Family Fun

Free Blue Ash Field Day on August 2nd

by Katie on July 15, 2014

The City of Blue Ash is featuring their third annual Field Day on Saturday, August 2nd.  This free event will include races and games for the whole family, as well as interactive areas highlighting the classes and programs offered at the Blue Ash Rec Center.  Plus, free t-shirts will be given away throughout the afternoon and evening as well.

The event will be held on the field behind the recreation center.  For more information, check out page 18 in the Blue Ash Summer Activity Guide.

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The Cincinnati Museum Center is bringing back their Free Fridays this summer.  Visit the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Cincinnati History Museum free of charge from 4-8 p.m. on July 11th, August 1st, September 12th, and October 24th.

Visitors will need to pay for parking which is a fee of $4 after 4:30 p.m. and $6 before 4:30 p.m.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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The Newport Aquarium is helping families save a little green this summer.  Visitors to the aquarium will receive two free kids’ admissions with each adult who pays full price.  This offer is valid Sunday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. each day, and the tickets must be purchased online.

Our family visited the Newport Aquarium last week, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  The kids had a blast meandering through the tanks of fish, picking our their favorites and trying to find the different varieties listed on each board.

They particularly liked the fish in the above picture that blended in so well with its surroundings.  In fact, it took a bit of searching to locate this one.

One of the highlights of visiting the Newport Aquarium is taking time to pet the sharks.  And even though plunging my hand into a tank full of sharks wasn’t originally on my life’s bucket list, I have to admit, it was a pretty cool experience.

There’s no chance of getting bored at the aquarium.  From the Amazon River and Coral Reef tunnels to the Frog Bog and the Gator Alley Exhibit, there is something for everyone when you visit the Newport Aquarium.

You can find a listing of hours, events, and special promotions on the Newport Aquarium’s site in order to plan your family’s visit.  Plus, don’t forget to check out the progress on the aquarium’s Shark Wall as well.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Newport Aquarium.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Toys “R” Us is featuring a free Transformers Kre-O Optimus Prime Build on Saturday, June 28th from 12-2 p.m.  This event is designed for children ages 5 and up.  Supplies will be available while they last, and there is a limit of one per child.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Free Microsoft Summer Camp

by Katie on June 25, 2014

Microsoft Retail Stores are offering a free in-store Summer Camp for kids.  The camps are broken up into two different age groups, one for Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and one for Designers (ages 11-13).

These one week camps run from June 2nd through August 29th.  You can visit to Microsoft site to find a store location near you.

Thanks, For the Mommas!

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Free LEGO Beach Van Mini Model Build Event

by Katie on June 23, 2014

Stop by your local LEGO Store on Tuesday, July 1st to build a free LEGO Beach Van Mini Model.  This event will take place at 5 p.m. while supplies last.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Free Bowling at AMF Lanes on June 21st

by Katie on June 20, 2014

In an attempt to claim a Guinness World Record achievement for the most people bowling simultaneously, AMF Bowling Centers are offering a free hour of bowling on Saturday, June 21st.  There are 260 centers in 4 different time zones that will be participating in this promotion.

You can search for a location near you here.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Kenwood, Mariemont, & Esquire Theaters are offering free kids’ movies every Monday and Wednesday from June 9th through August 6th.  The following movies are scheduled for this promotion:

  • June 16th & 18th – Epic
  • June 23rd & 25th – Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  • June 30th & July 2nd – Turbo
  • July 7th & 9th – Home Alone
  • July 14th & 16th – Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • July 21st & 23rd – Horton Hears a Who
  • July 28th & 30th – Walking with Din0saurs
  • August 4th & 6th – Rio

Doors open at 9:45 a.m., and the movies will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Springdale Cinemas is once again offering their Bookworm Wednesdays Program.  Children who bring a book report with them to the theater each Wednesday will receive free admittance into the movie.  The movies are scheduled every Wednesday at 10 a.m. from July 9th through August 13th.

Here are the movies that will be featured this summer:

  • July 9th – Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 16th – Epic
  • July 23rd – Despicable Me 2
  • July 30th – The Croods
  • August 6th – Turbo
  • August 13th – Smurfs 2

You can download a book report form from the theater website here.  Children under the age of six who accompany a participant as well as adults who accompany a participant will receive free admittance to the movie.  There is no purchase necessary in order to receive this offer.

If you’re not in the Cincinnati area, you can find the full listing of theaters that are participating in this promotion here.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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Just a reminder – there’s free admission at the Museum Center today!

The Cincinnati Museum Center is bringing back their Free Fridays this summer.  Visit the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, and Cincinnati History Museum free of charge from 4-8 p.m. on June 13th, July 11th, August 1st, September 12th, and October 24th.

Visitors will need to pay for parking which is a fee of $4 after 4:30 p.m. and $6 before 4:30 p.m.

Looking for more things to do this summer?  Check out previous posts from the Summer Staycation Series here.

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