Frugal Family Fun

Great Parks: Free Outdoor Fitness Series

by Katie on June 2, 2017

Great Parks is offering a free Outdoor Fitness Series this summer.  Instructors from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati will lead the classes at the Winton Woods Harbor Amphitheater.

The fitness series will be held every Tuesday in June, July, and August from 7-8 p.m.


It’s that time of year again!  The Cincinnati Public Library is inviting kids and adults of all ages to join their summer reading program.

Starting on June 1st, you can stop into any library location to register and pick up your Adventure Kit.  The kit includes:

  • A Summer Adventure passport
  • A free book
  • A voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game
  • A Coney Island coupon

Once you have your Adventure Kit, you can read, explore, and create all summer long!  Simply record your reading and other activities in your passport and check in at the library each week for a chance to win great prizes.

When you check in at your local branch, you’ll get a prize, a stamp in your passport, and an entry into a drawing to win one of their weekly prizes. One weekly prize winner will be chosen at each location starting on June 12.

At the end of the summer, all weekly entries will be added to the Grand Prize Drawing for 4 tickets to Coney Island. Grand Prize winners will be chosen on August 1st.

Each week of the summer has a theme to help guide your summer adventure.  Events and weekly prizes will tie into these themes:

  • June 4th-10th – Science
  • June 11th-17th – Pop Culture
  • June 18th-24th – Around the World
  • June 25th-July 1st – Community
  • July 2nd-8th – America
  • July 9th-15th – the Arts
  • July 16th-22nd – Maker & Technology
  • July 23rd-29th – Sports & Games

You can find a Cincinnati Public Library branch near you here.


Toys “R” Us is featuring a Pokemon Trade & Collect Event on Saturday, May 13th from 1-3 p.m.  Participants will receive a free Alolan Vulpix foil card and a Pokemon TCG Collector’s Album.

Plus, the first 50 attendees will receive a free Eevee figure as well!  This event is open to participants ages 6 and older, and will be available while supplies last.

You can find a participating Toys “R” Us location near you here.  


Register your kids to build a free LEGO Dragonfly Mini Model at your local LEGO Store on June 6th or 7th.  Registration begins on May 15th at 9 a.m. EST, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.

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Cinemark Theaters are featuring 10 weeks of kids movies for as low as $5 this summer.  Parents have the option of paying $1 per person, per movie at the theater box office on the day of the movie or purchasing a 10-week series punch card for just $5!

The movies being shown this summer include:

  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The Iron Giant
  • Shrek the Third
  • Megamind
  • Goosebumps
  • Trolls
  • Sing
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Hotel Transylvania 2

You can find a participating theater near you here.



In honor of May the Fourth Be With You Day, the LEGO Store is celebrating with some fun events.  When you come into your local LEGO Store dressed as your favorite Star Wars character on May 4th and complete a search and find activity, you’ll earn wearble Yoda ears!

Plus at 5 p.m., kids ages 6-14 can participate in a mini figure speed build challenge.  The fastest builders will earn a free mini figure!

You can register at your local LEGO store here.



Receive free admission to all of our national parks on April 15th and 16th in honor of National Park Week.  Be sure to check out the National Park Service site for park locations.