Frugal Family Fun

Try Hockey for Free Day (February 21st)

by Katie on February 20, 2015

On Saturday, February 21st, USA Hockey and over 300 locations across the country will host Try Hockey for Free Day.  Participating locations are inviting kids ages 4-9 to come try youth hockey.  All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

You can find the closest Try Hockey event to you by searching with your zip code.  You can then click on the event most convenient to you to register your child.

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Winter Family Days at The Newport Aquarium

by Katie on February 5, 2015

If your kids are tired of being cooped up this winter, The Newport Aquarium has a solution that’s both family-friendly as well as budget-friendly.  During the Aquarium’s Winter Family Days, families can get 2 kids (ages 2-12) in for free with each full-paying adult ticket purchased.

This promotion is available all day, every day, and no coupons are needed in order to redeem this offer.  However, since some days and/or times might sell out, the Aquarium recommends that patrons purchase their tickets in advance of their planned visit.

Of all the attractions in the Cincinnati region, the Aquarium is by far one our family’s favorites.  The biggest highlight for the kids is being able to pet the sharks at the Shark Central Exhibit.  While I wasn’t exactly excited about plunging my hand into a tank full of sharks, I have to admit that it was a really cool experience.

If petting sharks isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll still find plenty of other exhibits available at the Aquarium:

  • Amazon River Exhibit
  • Bizarre & Beautiful Exhibit
  • Dangerous & Deadly Exhibit
  • Coral Reef Exhibit
  • Gator Alley Exhibit
  • Frog Bog
  • Penguin Palooza
  • Jellyfish Gallery
  • World Rivers Exhibit
  • Shark Ray Bay
  • Shore Gallery
  • Turtle Canyon

Since adult admission is $23, a family of 6 could visit the Aquarium for just $46.  The Winter Family Days Promotion is valid through Sunday, March 1st.  Be sure to stop by the Newport Aquarium’s site to order your tickets for a day of fish, frogs, and fun!

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

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Stop by your local Lowe’s store to take part in their Build & Grow Clinic on Saturday, February 14th at 10 a.m. Children, along with their parents, are invited to build a Sweetheart Picture Holder Event.

Check out the Lowe’s website to register for this interactive event.

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Free LEGO Space Shuttle Mini Model Event

by Katie on February 3, 2015

Stop by your local LEGO Store on Tuesday, February 3rd to build a free Space Shuttle Mini Model.  This event will take place at 5 p.m., and will be available while supplies last.

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Home Depot is sponsoring a Free Kids’ Workshop on Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. until noon.  Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to build a free heart box.  You can stop by the Home Depot website to register for this free event online.

In addition, each participant will receive a child-sized orange apron (similar to the Home Depot associates’ aprons) and an achievement pin.

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone will receive free park entrance to all of the National Parks on Monday, January 19th.  Be sure to check out the National Park Service site for park locations.

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Barnes & Noble is offering free storytime and activities on Saturday, January 10th at 11 a.m.  This event will feature the book, Please Mr. Panda, which is a clever picture book that focuses on good manners for kids.

You can find the nearest Barnes & Noble store location here.

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LivingSocial: 5 Deals to Beat Winter Boredom

by Katie on January 6, 2015

If freezing temperatures have you down, LivingSocial has plenty of ways to beat the winter blues:

$25 Credit to BD’s Mongolian Grill for $15

  • Available at the Mason-Montgomery Road location
  • Full menu as well as create-a-bowl options
  • Open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Open Jump Passes for Pump It Up for $4 each

  • Available at Pump It Up in West Chester
  • $12 for 3 open jump passes
  • $20 for 5 open jump passes

$3 Admission to the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

  • $3 for one general admission ticket
  • $20 for a Two Alarm family membership for one year
  • Open Tuesday through Saturday

$4 Public Skating Admission at Northland Ice Center

  • $8 for public skating admission for two with skate rental
  • $16 for public skating admission for four with skate rental
  • $20 for public skating admission for four with skate rental and $5 to spend at the snack bar

Tubing Pass at Beach Mountain for $17

  • 2-hour snow tubing pass and hot cocoa for one for $17
  • 2-hour snow tubing passes and hot cocoa for two for $32
  • 2-hour snow tubing passes and hot cocoa for four for $62
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Pump It Up: 5 Open Jump Passes for $20

by Katie on January 1, 2015

Are you looking for something fun (and warm!) to do this week?  Living Social is featuring 5 Pump It Up open jump  passes for just $20 (or $4 per visit).

Since these passes are regularly priced at $8 each, you’ll only be paying half price for up to 2 hours of jumping fun.  There are a variety of open jump themes available on a weekly basis such as glow jump and ice cream jump.

As an alternative, you can also purchase a 3-pack of open jump passes for $12 as well.  The passes can be used over multiple visits, and they are valid for 120 days after the date of purchase.

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Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Build a Mini Sled

by Katie on December 30, 2014

Home Depot is sponsoring a Free Kids’ Workshop on Saturday, January 3rd from 9 a.m. until noon.  Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to build a free mini sled.  You can stop by the Home Depot website to register for this free event online.

In addition, each participant will receive a child-sized orange apron (similar to the Home Depot associates’ aprons) and an achievement pin.

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