6 Tips to Save on Your Next Vacation

When planning your next vacation, here are a few tips we used last summer to plan our summer vacation to Florida!

  • Skip The Hot Spots- When planning your vacation don’t try and stay directly in the hottest city, look for a hotel or vacation home a few miles out. This will save you big! Hotels in our local city (15 miles away) run $300-$400 a night, hotels near our home are just $80-$100 a night. Yes you will have the convince of being downtown and close to everything, but saving several hundred dollars a night with make up the gas and time you will be spending!
  • Use Your Phone- Calling your hotel or resort may get you a better deal. I know there are a lot of places online that state that they can offer you the best deal and biggest savings, but calling sometimes is best! It will mean a little more work for you but in the long run I have saved several hundred dollars off a house rental by calling around and finding the best deal!
  • Pack Light- If you plan on flying then be sure to keep your baggage in check. Almost all airlines charge per bag and are very limited to size and weight. So over packing an over-sized bag is going to leave you to larger airline ticket fees, killing your travel budget!
  • Keep Your Schedule Flexible- There are many times you can find a great flight or car rental but it is not when you wanted. If you can open your schedule a little when planning your vacation you will be able to save even more. There have been many times that we were able to save more than a $100 by moving our vacation just by 1 or 2 days.
  • Time Your Vacation- When planning your vacation, check for peak times and avoid them. Now through April is a pretty expensive time of year to book vacations for warm weather locations, but with the right timing you may be able to grab a hot discount! Keep an eye on holiday deals and specials and steer clear of March- which typically hosts most schools spring breaks. Most people are not planning a vacation around MLK Day but you may get a deeper discount for it!
  • Look for Discounts with Loyalty Cards, Rewards Programs & Membership Deals- There are so many places that offer special travel savings or discounts such as AAA, warehouse discounts, as well as employer discounts and military deals! Everything and anything that you and your family are a part of call and ask if they offer any discount deals. Some of these can even offer deals on restaurants, attractions as well as your hotel, car rental and other travel arrangements. They may not be huge savings but every little bit counts!

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What Are Your Must Haves for Travel? #DownyWrinklePlusHolidayTravel

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downy travel kit2015 has allowed me and my family the opportunities to travel quite often! With all that travel, I quickly caught onto what some of the must haves are for our travel! My family of 6 sometimes needs to be prepared for anything and everything, which normally means more luggage, more clothes, more activities and so on and so on! But one thing I always have is a small bag that pretty much sticks to my side! This is my go to and changes alittle with each trip. But there are a few items that stick in my bag while traveling!

  • Pain Reliever: I do have horrible migraines, so being prepared for them with Advil is a must have. Not to mention 4 girls traveling sometimes, does not always mean getting along when visiting the greatest places on earth!
  • Small Pillow: Some sort of pillow or head rest has it advantages! Whether you are in a car or a plane or train, resting your head for a few minutes can help relieve the stress of travel. So I include a small pillow to help keep me relaxed, comfortable and a blow up one is great for storing in small places.
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser: With needing to bring a lot of luggage, I tend to try and cram every piece of clothing into one large bag for each member of my family. Which in return can cause our clothes to unpack a little wrinkled. So having Downy Wrinkle Releaser to keep our clothes looking nice with having to tote along the iron on vacation!holiday travel downy wrinkle
  • Deodorant & Perfume: We all need to smell good! It’s just that simple!
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste: And we defiantly all need fresh breathe!
  • Baby Wipes: Even though my girls are no babies any longer, we are always in need of a tissue, sticky hands to be washed or a messy face! So keeping them close is a must have!

So what are your must haves for travel? Do you use some of the same things I do or is your list completely different? Let me know what your must haves are!

I received a travel kit from Downy in exchange for this post. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own!

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Clearwater Aquarium New Music Video to Celebrate Winter & Hope’s Rescue

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CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF WINTER AND HOPE’S RESCUE WITH NEW MUSIC VIDEO

·         Discussion and World Premiere of “Hope” music video, by Sammi Benz, at the CMA Bright House Networks Theater

Clearwater, FL (December, 9, 2015)Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of the rescue of Winter, star of the movie Dolphin Tale and also the 5 year anniversary of the rescue of Hope, star of the movie Dolphin Tale 2.

In celebration of the rescue anniversaries, CMA is proud to announce the world premiere of singer, songwriter and actress Sammi Benz’s new music video “Hope,” which was inspired by the rescue and rehabilitation of the injured dolphins.

Sammi was born and raised in New York City. At the age of five, she was signed by Pepsi to perform at an event at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. Sammi attended LaGuardia College and New York University. Her first single “La Ultima Cancion”, debuted at #34 on the Latin Billboard Charts (BDS). She won Miss Argentina NY, has appeared on various network TV shows in the US and has been featured in numerous national and international magazines. Sammi has also recently performed in the US and abroad in various venues.

Ms. Benz is a board member of the George Lopez Foundation. When not performing, her charitable interests include diabetes and kidney disease research, after school youth learning centers, wildlife rescue, rehabilitation & release programs and active military & veterans groups.

This special event is included with regular CMA admission.

Media Details:

–          Where: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249, Windward Passage, Clearwater FL 33767

–          When: Friday, December 11, 1pm.  Arrive by 12:45pm

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:      
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.

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Florida Deals: Hotel Legoland Resort Offers Savings Now thru 12/17/15!

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LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Offers Florida Residents Exclusive Discount

Stay steps away from the Theme Park that’s built for kids and save!

WHAT:           

Florida Residents are invited to stay at LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on select dates beginning in September and enjoy discounted Hotel room rates.  Book now and save 35%.

WHEN:                       

Select mid-week (Sun-Thurs) dates September 1- December 17, 2015.

*Guests must show proof of Florida residency upon check-in.  Offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

WHERE:          

For more details or to book now visit florida.LEGOLAND.com

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About LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. The recently opened LEGOLAND® Hotel, located at the resort, features 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.

About Merlin Entertainments:

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and  26,000 thousand employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America  – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.  Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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Florida: Legoland Offers Currency List Exchange Boards with Travelex

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Becomes First Theme Park to Have Official Currency Listed on an Exchange Board

Exclusive Partnership with Travelex Allows Travelers to Buy
LEGOLAND® Dollars for Use at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Winter Haven, Fla. (July 23, 2015) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has entered into an exclusive partnership with Travelex, the world’s leading independent foreign exchange business, to list the resort’s official currency, LEGOLAND® Dollars, on Travelex’s currency exchange boards at 55  participating Travelex locations.

This partnership represents the first theme park to have an official currency listed on a currency exchange board. The LEGOLAND Dollar will be available for purchase at a 1:1 exchange rate to the US Dollar, with a minimum exchange of $5 USD. LEGOLAND Dollars will only be available for purchase with US Dollars. LEGOLAND Dollars can be purchased through select Travelex locations for the summer 2015 season.2015.08.01_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_TRAVELEX_0021

With a $50 USD purchase, guests will receive $50 in LEGOLAND Dollars, plus an additional $39.25 in added value, including free parking, an upgrade to the LEGOLAND Water Park and an order of the resort’s famous Granny’s Apple Fries. LEGOLAND Dollars can be spent at any of the park’s restaurants, concessions, retail stores and more.

LEGOLAND Dollars will be available at Travelex locations in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Dallas, DC, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, and Tampa. For a full list of locations, visit www.travelex.com/legoland.

“Everything at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is created for kids, including the currency.  By using LEGOLAND Dollars with a playful design, it builds on the immersive experience for young guests.  Although we accept U.S. currency, only LEGOLAND Dollars will get you an additional $39.25 in added value,” said Adrian Jones, General Manager, LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

2015.08.01_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_TRAVELEX_0008“We’re pleased to add the LEGOLAND dollar to our extensive range of currencies this summer. Of course, LEGOLANDFlorida Resort comes as highly recommended by my two sons, ages 4 and 8, but we’re also happy to offer additional value and benefits to our customers through this partnership”, said Christopher McShane, Head of Retail, Travelex.

For more information or to book a trip visit www.legolandflorida.com.

About LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. The recently opened LEGOLAND® Hotel, located at the resort, features 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.

About Merlin Entertainments:

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 26,000 thousand employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America  – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.  Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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About Travelex: 

TRAVELEX is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist with over 1,400 stores and 1,250 ATMs across 29 countries, at key airport, seaport, rail and tourist locations. Over 40% of travelers – 1.7 billion passengers a year – pass through airports where Travelex operates including the major gateways at Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Sydney & Tokyo. Every hour Travelex provides foreign currency to more than 2,000 customers.

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Florida: Ripley’s Believe it or Not Orlando Odditorium

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium

 “If you think the building looks bizarre…

Wait until you see what’s inside!”

It’s a Weird World After All!

 Description: Our amazing 10,000 square foot “Odditorium” looks like it’s falling into a Florida sinkhole!  Hundreds of fascinating, outrageous and interactive exhibits will entertain the entire family.  Explore an unbelievable variety of artifacts and displays in 16 unique galleries that pay tribute to the odd and strange.  Marvel at our collection of weird and unusual relics and rare treasures.  Self-guided, self-paced tour allows guests to leisurely enjoy Orlando’s most bizarre attraction!  Dozens of Brand New Exhibits and Displays!

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Key Exhibits: The Odditorium showcases an actual human shrunken head; exciting dinosaur exhibit, with dinosaur skull and authenticated dinosaur eggs; amazing wax figures, including Lizard Man; a tribute to Robert Wadlow, the World’s Tallest Man; animal oddities; human oddities; a 10-foot section of the Berlin Wall; interactive Illusions and shooting gallery; a musical “Party on Wheels” car; unusual artwork, featuring The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, Beyonce & Lady Gaga!  Be sure to check out our newest fun-filled photo opportunities!

Museum Location:             8201 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Sales & Marketing:            Group/discount ticket programs, (407) 345-0501

Website:                                  www.ripleys.com/orlando

Admission Prices:              Adults, $19.99 + tax;   Children (ages 4-12), $12.99 + tax

                                PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Special ID Discounts:         Ask about AAA; FL Residents; Military; Seniors; Students

Group Rates:                  Available for parties of 10 or more.  Educational Field Trips, Summer Campers, Tour Groups, Military & Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Corporate Outings, Senior Groups, Scout Packages and more!

                                Call for additional details and group pricing.

Operating Hours:              Daily 9:00 a.m. to midnight (Last entry at 11:00 p.m.)

HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Suggested Visit:               We recommend that you allow 90 minutes or more for your self-guided, self-paced visit.  Tour completely at your leisure.

Credit Cards:                           American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa

FREE Parking:                 Free parking for cars and/or motor coaches.

Photography:                           Cameras and camcorders are welcome!

Accessibility:                           Fully accessible to wheelchairs.

Additional Features:          Souvenir gift shop on premises.  Shopping and restaurants are within walking distance.  Adjacent I-Ride Trolley stops.

 

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Nickelodeon Suites Celebrated 10 Years and Gained World Record for Most TNMT!

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NICKELODEON SUITES RESORT CELEBRATED ITS 10th BIRTHDAY

Come Party with SpongeBob SquarePants and all of your favorite Nickelodeon Characters
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 30, 2015) – Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the only place in the world where guests are SLIMED and pied 365 days a year, is getting ready for a birthday extravaganza as the hotel celebrates ten years of entertaining guests from all over the world. The hotel rolled out the orange carpet on May 28th for an extraordinary birthday dance bash at the World Famous Lagoon Pool.

Join SpongeBob SquarePants and all of your Nickelodeon friends while getting SLIMED poolside during the greatest birthday party dance bash in hotel history. The event included:

– A Character parade included SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and lots of other Nickelodeon friends – A poolside mass SLIMMING  – Our tower of birthday cupcakes for all of our guests to enjoy – Singing of Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s special “Happy Birthday” song  – A special viewing of SpongeBob SquarePants most iconic episodes

In addition to their birthday dance bash on May 28th, 2015 at 1 p.m. the Nick Hotel hosted a birthday weekend events during select months through November, featuring exciting shows, poolside entertainment, Nickelodeon characters, Slime and lots of surprises.  For a full list of birthday weekend celebrations visit www.nickhotel.com/hbd

During the Birthday Weekend celebrations, guests can enjoy activities and entertainment for the entire family, such as:
– Evening Birthday Splash Bash parties at the Lagoon Pool  – A poolside mass sliming each day of the celebration weekend with birthday cupcakes for all guests  – Surprise Birthday Squad appearances throughout the weekend with pies and slime – Singing of Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s special “Happy Birthday” song throughout the weekend festivities   – Complimentary birthday buttons for all guests celebrating their birthday

“At Nickelodeon Suites Resort, we always have so much to celebrate — and this is our biggest celebration yet” said Tony Aslanian, Director of Sales and Marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. “What better way to commemorate 10 years of sliming, pies and incredible entertainment than to throw a party for our guests. It will be a celebration that Nickelodeon fans of all ages won’t want to miss!”

Fans of Nickelodeon Suites Resort will also have the opportunity to leave birthday wishes for the hotel on Facebook and Twitter using #HBDNICKHOTEL. A full calendar of Birthday Weekend dates, as well as other events on property can be found at www.nickhotel.com/hbd

About Nickelodeon Suites Resort Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as the Nick Hotel, is much more than a place for guests to lay their heads at night.  From two over-thetop pool complexes with slides and flumes, to live entertainment and character breakfasts featuring Nickelodeon’s beloved characters, to a multimillion dollar 4-D Theater, to the colorfully themed kid suites and gallons upon gallons of slime, Nick Hotel offers non-stop activity from dawn to dusk for the entire family any time of the year. For more information about the Nick Hotel, visit www.nickhotel.com or call (877) NICK-KID.
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Florida: Kids Eat FREE + 20% Savings + Visit Fun Spot & Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

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kids eat free cardWhile on vacation we tend to eat out a lot and with 4 kiddos, it can get quite expensive pretty quickly. I try to check and see if there are restaurants where we are going that may have Kids Eat FREE nights during our time there. But this hard during vacation, days may not match up with the days you are on vacation and finding locations are hard when you may not be familiar with the area! So I grab the Kids Eat FREE Card to add additional savings while on vacation! Every time I eat, one of the kiddos eats for FREE! This is like a 50% off savings every time we eat!

How It Works

• Purchase the Kids Eat Free Card
• Browse through our website to discover the restaurants and deals that are perfect for you.
• Then Dine More, Spend Less!
  • One low price of $19.99
  • Always adding new restaurants
  • Kids Eat Free Card is good for 90 days
  • Each Card Valid for 1 child with a full price paying adult
  • Qualifying child must be 11 years or younger
  • Unlimited savings potential.  The more you dine, the more you save!

Grab either the Kids Eat Free Card and VIP Dine 4Less Card to save while your on vacation! Here is a promo code to receive an extra 20% off enter JTSMBLOG20 and simply enter into their Promo Code box at checkout

Find them on Facebook for additional savings and keep an eye out for their new app for iPhone to map your Kids Eat FREE location!

Visit Fun Spot and Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

While near Orlando check out the Fun Spot! Did you know that our Season Passes are only $99 right now for BOTH parks? And NO blackout dates! Purchase one today! Check them out on Facebook!

And for even more fun check out Boggy Creek Airboat Rides for your guided tour of the wilderness of Central Florida’s Everglades! Check them out on Facebook

 

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Cincinnati: Independence Day Celebration Plans Downtown This Weekend

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INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOW AT FOUNTAIN SQUARE

CINCINNATI (June 29, 2015) – In celebration of America’s birthday, bring your family and friends to Fountain Square this Friday, July 3, for an Independence Day fireworks show! Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will light up the Cincinnati skyline from the rooftop of Macy’s downtown store at approximately 9:45pm, during the evening’s free MidPoint Indie Summer Concert. Full bar service, drink specials, and dining options from Skyline Chili and Chick-fil-A available.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Kentucky Speedway, Kroger, Belterra Park, Chick-fil-A, and Duke Energy Progress. MidPoint Indie Summer is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information or to add these events to your calendar.

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Turner Trivia Night

Tonight, June 29 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Every Monday: enjoy fast-paced trivia, ice cold drinks, and food from Urban Grill.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Turner Construction and Last Call Productions. Turner Trivia Nights are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Strauss Troy Market

Tomorrow, June 30 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

Step away from your desk and spend your lunch hour enjoying all that this downtown market has to offer, including fresh produce, handmade desserts, delicious food, and more!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Strauss Troy Law. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for a complete list of second session vendors or to add this event series to your smartphone.

American Roots

Tomorrow, June 30 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Tillers and The Quebe Sisters are set to perform this week!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Ford EcoBoost. American Roots is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Reggae Wednesday

Wednesday, July 1 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm

This week’s free reggae concert features music from The Flex Crew!

Special thanks to our sponsors, KMK Law and WAIF 88.3. Reggae Wednesdays are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Salsa on the Square

Thursday, July 2 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Dance the night away with Cincinnati’s only all-female salsa band, Kandela! Complimentary instruction and food from Mazunte available. Don’t forget to bring a friend down to the Square for your chance to compete in this week’s free Fiesta Salsera event, brought to you by Gain! The evening’s top two couples will each receive a $100 Macy’s Gift Card, a spot in the finals, and some serious bragging rights.

Special thanks to our sponsors, P&G, UC Health, MetroPCS, and the Contemporary Arts Center. Salsa on the Square is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

MidPoint Indie Summer

Friday, July 3 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Red Wanting Blue will take the stage this Friday, joined by the Young Heirlooms, Motherfolk, and Chris Salyer & the Shooters.

Friday, July 3:

10:00pm: Red Wanting Blue

9:45pm: Fireworks Show (approximate timing)

9:00pm: Young Heirlooms

8:00pm: Motherfolk

7:00pm: Chris Salyer & the Shooters

Special thanks to our sponsors CityBeat, The Project Cincinnati, and WNKU. MidPoint Indie Summer is part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

Self Diploma Saturday Concerts

Saturday, July 4 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Ground Up is set to headline this week’s free concert, along with music from DJ Kev the Goon, Swah, and David Zup.

Saturday, July 4:

10:00pm: Ground Up

9:00pm: DJ Kev the Goon

8:00pm: Swah

7:00pm: David Zup

Special thanks to our sponsors, Kiss 107FM and Self Diploma. Self Diploma Saturday Concerts are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

City Slicker Sundays

Sunday, July 5 – Noon to 5:00pm

Art on Vine joins us this week! Every Sunday at noon, Fountain Square transforms into downtown Cincinnati’s largest outdoor patio with low-key activities, drinks specials, and sports games on the big screen!

Special thanks to our sponsor, Messer Construction. City Slicker Sundays are part of the 2015 PNC Summer Series at Fountain Square. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com to add this event series to your smartphone.

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Celebrate Shark Week at Newport Aquarium!

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Newport Aquarium, the Shark Capital of the Midwest, announces Shark Week activities

Aquarium joins Species Survival Plan for zebra sharks, to add 2 females on exhibit

NEWPORT, Ky. — The introduction of two female zebra sharks highlights a jaw-some lineup of Shark Week (July 5-12) activities at Newport Aquarium.

The addition of the two female zebra sharks will increase the number of exhibited sharks at Newport Aquarium to 56 across 15 species, the most shark at newport aqauriumin the Midwest.

As part of a breeding program sanctioned by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), both female zebra sharks will be introduced to the Coral Reef tunnel during a media event on July 6. The two females will eventually make their way to the Surrounded by Sharks tank, where two adult male zebra sharks reside.

The AZA’s Species Survival Plan for zebra sharks calls for accredited institutions to help develop the population by arranging for biologically distant matches to meet in environments conducive to mating.

From touching sharks, to viewing sharks above, below and around, the most shark-infested place to celebrate Shark Week is Newport Aquarium, where there is always more new to see and do:

·         Shark Bridge – Guests can experience sharks like never before by crossing the world’s first and only Shark Bridge. Included with admission, the Shark Bridge is a 75-foot-long rope suspension bridge that hangs just inches above nearly two dozen sharks.

·         Surrounded by Sharks – Newport Aquarium’s signature exhibit, guests can travel through an 85-foot-long acrylic tunnel inside a 385,000-gallon tank as seven species of shark – scalloped hammerhead, sand tiger, whitetip, blacktip, zebra, sandbar and nurse – swim over and above.

·         Shark Tank Dive Shows – Guests catch their first and largest views of shark rays and sharks at the Shark Ray Bay Theater, where our shark dive shows feature a scuba diver addressing and taking questions from the audience about the biology and conservation of sharks and other animals found inside the tank. (July 5 and July 10-12: Noon, 12:20 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.)

·         Shark Feedings – Newport Aquarium performs public feedings for its sharks and shark rays, where guests can watch biologists feed from either the Shark Ray Bay Theater, the Surrounded by Sharks tunnels, or through a biologist’s point-of-view from the Shark Tank Overlook. (Shark tank feed 11 a.m. July 6 and July 8; Large shark feed 11 a.m. July 7; Shark ray feedings 1:30 p.m. July 6-10)

·         Shark Touch Pool – At the Shark Central exhibit, guests have the opportunity to touch dozens of sharks. An Animal Experience Specialist teaches guests the proper technique to touch sharks and helps them understand each species in this international collection. (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily)

·         Sharks After Dark Overnight – Guests can sink their teeth into some great shark facts and sleep safely as they swim above. Every Overnight Adventure includes exclusive aquarium access, shark-themed games and activities. (7:30 p.m. July 10)

·         Shark Week T-Shirts for Conservation – Officially licensed Discovery Channel Shark Week T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Newport Aquarium gift shop starting July 5. A portion of the revenue generated from these Shark Week tees will be donated to the WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium, which supports aquatic conservation.

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Two Summers of Fun: Now through July 29, guests who purchase a Newport Aquarium Annual Pass will receive two summers of fun – 14 months of unlimited visits for the price of 12. Annual Pass benefits include discounts on guest admissions; invitations to passholder-exclusive events; as well as discounts at select Newport on the Levee vendors and other partner attractions, including the Cincinnati Reds and Dollywood.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

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One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

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