Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Book with Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Join in the Pottery Barn Kids  Summer Reading Challenge.  From now through August 22nd, children 10 and under can complete the following and earn a FREE book:

  • Select a book list to follow (you can download the list or pick one up at your local store)
  • Read the books on the list throughout the summer and track your child’s progress
  • Visit your local store to receive your free book and enter to win a fun prize

Limit of one FREE book per customer.  Ends on 8/22/12, and must be redeemed by 8/31/12.

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Kids Eat FREE at Bob Evans This Summer- Check Your Local Store

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Check your local Bob Evans to see if they are running the same deal as ours! Kids Eat FREE this whole summer every Tuesday night from 4pm to close.

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FREEbie: FREE Kids Movies This Summer at Cobb Theatres

Visit Cobb Theatres (mainly in Florida & Virgina) to check the dates, times and movies playing during their FREE Summer Kids Shows! Clearwater Florida is playing the following movies at 10am (doors open at 9:30am) for FREE:

  •  6/12-6/14 Yogi Bear or Zookeeper
  • 6/19-6/21 Mr Poppers Penguins or Hop
  • 6/26-6/28 Rio or Dolphin Tale
  • 7/3-7/5 Kit Kittredge or The Smurfs
  • 7/10-7/12 Puss & Boots or Kung Fu Panda
  • 7/17-7/19 Alvin The Chipmunks: Chipwreck or Happy Feet
  • 7/24-7/26 Happy Feet 2 or Clifford’s Really Big Movie
  • 7/31-8/2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Rango

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Fairy Princess Day at Reruns for Wee Ones- Much Fun!

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I love when business’ have events that are just good fun for the kiddos and of that are FREE! Reruns for Wee Ones hosted a Fairy Princess Day the other night and our girls had a blast!

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Our girls love dressing up and getting make-overs, so to have a night full of just that, they were super excited!

Fairy Princess Day consisted of:

  • FREE Fairy Dust
  • FREE Fingernail Painting
  • FREE Make Up
  • FREE Glitter Hairspray
  • FREE Craft- Fairy Flowers
  • FREE Coloring
  • FREE Raffle
  • FREE Cupcakes and Pink Lemonade

They were offering 25% off any Tutu, Wings or Tiara (that night only) to help make the night even more special for the kiddos!

So if you are looking for a great place to shop and have some fun with the kiddos, stop by Reruns!

 

 

 

 

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There are several great sales coming up, that you will want to stop by and  check out at Reruns!

  • Every Saturday in June get 25% off Toys
  • June 13 25% off Swim Wear
  • June 28 50% off Swim Wear
  • June 21 25% off Tutu’s
  • June 29 50% Green Tag Clothes

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Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Movies at Fountain Square Cincinnati

Looking for something to do around Cincinnati? Head to the Fountain!

Each Sunday bring the family down to the Square (Cincinnati) and sit back, relax, and enjoy the FREE show! Previews begin at 7:00pm, with the movie to start after. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and pillows. Adult beverages and soft drinks will also available for purchase. For the full 2012 movie schedule, please see below or visit www.myfountainsquare.com for more information.

2012 Summer Movie Schedule

Kung Fu Panda II – June 3, 2012

Dolphin Tail – June 10, 2012

Father of the Bride II – June 17, 2012

The Adventures of Tin Tin – June 24, 2012

An American Tail – July 1, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are – July 8, 2012

Judy Moody & the Not Bummer Summer – July 15, 2012

Angels in the Outfield – July 22, 2012

Air Bud – July 29,2012

Puss in Boots – August 5, 2012

The Goonies – August 12, 2012

Hugo – August 19, 2012

The Smurfs – August 26, 2012

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Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Family Film Festival at Rave all Summer!

Rave Cinemas is offering their FREE Family Film Festival throughout the entire summer! Our girls are so excited to add this to our monthly summer to do list schedule!!!  Twice a week for nine weeks, you can catch a FREE movie at their local Rave Cinemas location.  The following films will be shown this summer:

  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Legend of the Guardians
  • Yogi Bear
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Journey 2
  • Dolphin Tale
  • Shorts
  • Inkheart
  • Happy Feet

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for each showing, and the films begin at 10:00 a.m.  Check  Rave Cinemas for dates and locations nearest you.

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Kids Frugal Fun: $1 Family Friendly Movies at Regal Theaters All Summer


SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS- Regal Movie Theaters

How much fun is it to grab a movie with the kiddos? But it can get pretty expensive with 3 kiddos! But with Regal’s Summer Movie Express $1 kid friendly movie deal, we can go for super cheap!

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

Our local theater is playing the following movies to give you an idea of what to expect!

DEERFIELD TOWNE CENTER STADIUM 16

6/12-6/13 (10am)
JOURNEY 2
KIT KITTREDGE: AMER GIRL

6/19-6/20 (10am)
DOLPHIN TALE
HAPPY FEET TWO

6/26-6/27 (10am)
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS
YOGI BEAR

7/3-7/4 (10am)
CATS & DOGS: REVENGE
HUGO

7/10-7/11 (10am)
ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN
PUSS IN BOOTS

7/17-7/18 (10am)
KUNG FU PANDA 2
RANGO

7/24-7/25 (10am)
RIO
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME

7/31-8/1 (10am)
CHIMPANZEE
HOODWINKED TOO

8/7-8/8 (10am)
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
SMURFS

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Kids Frugal Fun: In The Car Scavenger Hunt + FREE Printable

How many times have you heard while in the car, “I’m bored” from the kiddos? Our kids have been out of school a whopping 5 days and I have heard that at least 5 times! So last night I started making a list of things they can do in the car or to keep busy while we are our running errands, at the grocery, at the zoo, trips to grandma’s house or on our way to the amusement park (Santa bought our girls passes)!

I have several things in mind and that I have already created, but this is the first I will share. In The Car Scavenger Hunt is for things your kiddos can try to find while driving around town. There is a box for them to check as they find things on the list. Some of these are really easy and some are a little harder to help keep older kiddos entertained as well as maybe getting more than 5 minutes of use out of this list!

I also keep our list in a plastic sleeve sheet protector and let our girls use dry erase markers so that we can re-use this list over and over again! I am working on a binder of activities for the kiddos to do in the car that I will share as well, as soon as I get it all done! You are more than welcome to print your pdf copy here and change the list as you want! I will share more as I get them finished! Enjoy!

In The Car Scavenger Hunt -this list below is the items we have on our list!

1 Red Mustang
2 New York License Plate
3 Deer
4 Black Dog
5 McDonald’s Sign
6 Fitness or Gym Company
7 Vitamin Store
8 Flashing Red Light
9 Purple   Flowers
10 Horse
11 School Bus
12 License Plate with a 3
13 License Plate with a S
14 Target Store
15 Broken Headlight
16 School Bumper Sticker
17 Mom & Kids in a Van
18 Really Dirty Car
19 Clown Driving a Car
20 Someone Singing in the Car
21 Semi Truck
22 Illinois License Plate
23 Broken Sign
24 Girl on a Motorcycle
25 Man with Long Beard
26 Construction Worker
27 Wheel or Hubcap on Road
28 Fire Truck with Lights On
29 Flag
30 Yield Sign
31 Green Tractor
32 Cemetery
33 Swimming Pool
34 Construction Sign
35 Driver On their Cell Phone
36 Bike Rider
37 River, Lake or Pond
38 Green Truck
39 Taxi Car
40 Baseball Field
41 Someone Wearing a Pink Hat
42 Water Tower
43 BMW Car
44 Squirrel
45 Railroad Track or Train
46 Furniture on Top of a Car
47 Antique Car
48 Yellow Punch Bug Car
49 Truck with Farm Animals
50 Driver Putting on Makeup

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Inexpensive Firefly Craft Project for Kids

Inexpensive Firefly Craft Project for Kids

There are few things in this world more magical or inspiring than fireflies. Kids and adults alike can find wonderment in watching the trees and grassy hills light up on long summer nights like a glittering sky. These mysterious critters create an atmosphere like nothing else in the world. Crafting projects can be a great way to save a little money and use some recycled materials for your entertainment. In a few easy steps and with a lot of creativity, your kids can create beautiful glowing lightening bugs of their own for some cheap entertainment in the summertime.

Stuff You Need

  • Colorful construction paper
  • 16 ounce plastic soda bottle (use a Sprite or 7-Up bottle, so that it is green)
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Crafting Glue
  • Pom-Poms
  • Glow Stick
  • Two Pipe Cleaners
  • Any other decorative things, such as glitter, stickers, etc.

Get Started

    1. Fold a sheet of your choice colored construction paper in half to create the body and head of the fire fly. Fold the sheep lengthwise and then cut or tear the paper along the fold. Wrap that piece of construction paper around the top and middle of the bottle and tape it in place. Leave the “butt” of the bottle uncovered to act as the butt of the bug.
    2. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle and twist the extra length of chenille stem to fashion two antennae at the bug’s head. Then take the one pipe cleaner left and cut it into six pieces. Glue three pieces to one side of the bottle and the other three to the other side for the firefly’s legs.

Draw a circle for the head and two matching wing patterns on a sheet of construction paper. Cut out these three shapes. Depending on the age and skill level of the children you are doing this project with, you may want to use a stencil and tracing paper for the circle and wing pattern of the firefly. Once you have everything cut out, glue the wings to the body of the bug and paste the circle on the top of the bottle cap to act as a face. Glue the pom-poms onto the circle face to act as eyes.

  • Let your kids decorate the bottles with the remaining crafts in any way they please. Glitter can be a fun accessory for this project to help make the glowing part sparkle. As the participants add extra decoration make sure that they leave the “butt” of the firefly clear and clean, so that it gets the full glowing effect.
  • Let finished bug dry.
  • Lastly, activate the glow stick and place it inside the bottle.

 

Kids will love designing and customizing their lightning bug. Also, after the first glow stick has stopped working, you can put another glow stick in. Let kids escape into a world of fantasy and mystery as they play with their fireflies at dusk. Sparkling through the summer nights, this project inspires creativity and whimsy.

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Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop: Make a Ice Cream Truck

Stop by your local Lowe’s with the kiddos to their Build & Grow Clinic on Saturday, May 26th from 10am- 11am. This weekend make a Ice Cream Truck project.

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

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Summer Fun: Make Your Own Bubbles & Refill Container

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Looking for some inexpensive summer fun with the kiddos? We have planned something new to do almost every day this summer with our calender of summer fun (I will share next week)! We thought we would share what we do to keep the kiddos busy at our house!

Today our girls wanted to play with bubbles in the back yard! With 3 girls who tend to use a lot of bubbles, we can go through quite a lot, which can get really expensive! Not to mention the 2 puppies that are very curious- tipped over a whole cup of bubbles today!! So we make our own, with a pretty basic recipe- half a bottle of dawn dish soap (about 5 ounces) and almost a gallon of water.

With the dawn dish soap on sale for .88 each at CVS a while back, I used a coupon for .25 or .50 off to make these bottles of dawn dish soap really cheap- less than .50 for a gallon of bubbles is the best deal you will find any where!

Using a old drink container that we had under the sink, that has a spout on the bottom, to keep our bubbles in, worked great! Not only was it something we already had, not costing us anything, but the spout was easy for even our youngest daughter to refill her bubble cup!


I also stopped at Walmart and grabbed a new set of bubble wands! A pack of 15 was around $3! So for less than $5 we have many, many hours of bubble fun coming our way! (Bubble wands seem to be another item that was left in the yard and the puppies used as chew toys!!!)

The puppies, as you can see below, were very curious as to what these bubbles were! Chasing them, trying to eat them and even smashing them! It was quite funny to see them turn their head as if they were trying to figure out what bubbles were!

The girls played with the bubbles for about 2 hours and we only made it through about half the container of bubbles. Not bad, about .25 worth of bubbles for 2 hours of fun, I can afford that!!!

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Cheap Kiddos Summer Movies at Cinemark Theaters

Check here for your local Cinemark Theater to find what movies you can catch this summer for just $1 each! Pay in advance for all 10 movies and only pay $5! With 3 kiddos we are always looking for ways to save big while at the movies, so only paying $1 or less for a movie this summer, is a great way not to break the bank!

Although there are not any Cinemark Theaters close to us, we are planning a few trips so we may try and grab a couple of cheap movies while vacationing!

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Kids Frugal Fun-Scrabble Crafts

Each week Momondealz  brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Easter is quickly approaching so the next couple of weeks will be Easter Crafts. If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy these crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest

Scrabble Crafts:

#1.  Scrabble Coasters

Materials Needed:

 

To see how to create these fun Scrabble Crafts check out Mom On Dealz!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Egg Carton Butterflies


Each week Momondealz  brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Easter is quickly approaching so the next couple of weeks will be Easter Crafts. If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy these crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest

Egg Carton Butterflies:

Materials:
Egg Carton
Markers
Cardstock
Glue
Pipe Cleaner

Directions:
1. Clean and dry the egg carton.
2. Cut the bottom in half leaving you with your desired number of “humps”.
3. Trace your child’s hands on cardstock (2x each hand for a total of 4 hands).

4. Have your child color the egg humps and the hands in various colors.

5. Glue the hands to the carton to create a butterfly.
6. Draw a face on the butterfly and add the pipe cleaner to create the antennae.
We also created the traditional Egg Carton Catepillar so that we could discuss the life cycle of a butterfly.

This activity lends itself to a lot of science lessons (life cycles, habitat discussions, physical characteristics). Also some highly recommended books about butterflies are:
From Caterpillar to Butterfly Big Book (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
Where Butterflies Grow (Picture Puffins)
Some other uses for egg cartons are:

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Kids Frugal Fun: Homemade Easter Basket


Each week Momondealz  brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Easter is quickly approaching so the next couple of weeks will be Easter Crafts. If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy these crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest

Homemade Easter Basket

Materials:
Cardboard box
Construction paper
Paint
Decor of your choice (depends on theme of your basket)
Markers
Glue or Mod Podge
Googly eyes

Directions:
1. Cut the lid of your box off.

2. Paint the box in the color you desire. You can also cover it in construction paper if you don’t have paint (this would work better at covering any letters on the box).

3. Next we added the red lines of Thomas because I knew the face would be pasted over them.

4. Create the “face” of your Easter basket. My son chose Thomas so I cut and drew it, and he was able to color it and add the googly eyes.

5. Add the remaining features or characteristics of your character. We made wheels and the number 1 for Thomas and added those.

6. Create a handle. I originally had Will paint the lid of the box but the color red was off so we decided to just fold a piece of card-stock several times and this made it pretty stable. I suggest using cardboard for best results, we just ruined ours by painting it the wrong red.
7. Fill with grass and eggs or gifts/candy.
Some ideas to fill the basket:

Educational Activities:

  • Math: Discuss the shapes used in this craft (rectangle box, circle wheels and face, etc. You can put math shapes inside of plastic Easter eggs and have your child open them and identify the shapes found.
  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: Grow your own Easter grass by getting some grass seed and putting it in a recycled yogurt or butter container. Discuss with your child the needs of the grass (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive.

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