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Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian September 4, 2014

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Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian

Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring its free Museum Live Day on 9/27! Hundreds of participating museums across the country. Click through to see what is available in your area. You must have a “Museum Live!” ticket for free admission, so be sure to complete the process.


Here is a list of SoCal venues available:

Los Angeles Area

California Science Center

Chinese American Museum

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Pasadena Museum of California Art

The GRAMMY Museum

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Zimmer Children’s Museum

Orange County

Heritage Museum of Orange County

OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art

Santa Ana Fire Museum

The Inland Empire

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum

Riverside Art Museum

Temecula Valley Museum

San Diego County

Creation & Earth History Museum

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Making Music

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego History Museum

The Adobe Chapel Museum

The Martson House Museum & Gardens

Santa Barbara Area

Casa Dolores, Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House




Massive List of 2014 Summer Reading Programs June 29, 2014

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s Read Under the Stars Challenge invites students to help Read for the World Record. A free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. You can also organize your local school group to read together to see how much your school reads together.

Book Adventure | Free Reading Program.
Sylvan’s Learning Centers. Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they have read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Program is on-going.

Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble.

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Imagination’s Destination is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing
and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. Be sure to let us know to whom you would recommend each book, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 20th and September 2nd, 2014.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Store Events | Pottery Barn Kids.

Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through July 31st, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes. Just a note, you don’t actually have to read this specific book list, I spoke with the staff last summer, and you can substitute books on the list for books that your child enjoys reading. It was a tough sell last year to get my son to read those mermaid, princess and ballerina books on last year’s list. You can find the summer reading list here:

Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program.

For kids 14 and under:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading logto earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month.

We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars | Chuck E. Cheese’s.

How about free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out our free rewards calendar to get started.

Download and print out the calendar. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. This is an on-going program that can be used to reward a wide variety of goals.

Soar with Reading – a joint project with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books.

This is not a traditional summer reading program sponsored by Jet Blue. Your child gets an opportunity to help donate Magic Tree House books to needy children during each entry period. Your child will have to draw on their knowledge of geography and the clues given by Mary Pope Osborne to figure out where Jack and Annie are travelling for their next adventure. Each correct entry will be entered into a drawing for a free airline flight for two and hotel accommodations.

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.
Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  1. Print out the Summer Reading Form
  2. Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  3. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  4. Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account

    Random House | Junie B. Jones |.

    Even though this is not Junie B. Jones is not my cup of tea. Here’s an opportunity to get a free book.

    Sign up your child today for the Junie B. Jones Kids’ Reading Club! New Reading Club members will receive a FREE Starter Set* including Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus—the first book in the New York Times bestselling series—and a Junie B. checklist bookmark. Starter Sets available only while supplies last.

    Mensa For Kids.

    Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too!
    The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities. To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program!


Fuel for School Free Books.

This is also not a traditional summer reading program, but a program to give away free books. You need to collect free book codes on specially marked packaged of Kellogg’s products. Go online to the linked website and enter your free book code and choose your free book. You can choose to donate the book to your school’s library or receive it to enjoy on your own.

Fizz, Boom, Save for College Promotion : ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

The Reading Makes Cent$ Promotion is open to legal residents of the State of California who are at least 18 years of age or older and are the parent or legal guardian of a California student of any age through grade 8 during the 2014-2015 school year and who is participating in a public library Summer reading program in the State of California. Enter the promotion by completing the entry form between  May 26 – August 4, 20143. Forms are available at your local library. Sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair for reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here:

Homeschool Buyers Co-op: Homeschooling discounts, resources, and free curriculum..

This is a reading contest that is available to any member of Homeschool Buyers Co-0p. You don’t actually have to be a homeschooler to sign up for free membership with the co-op and purchase discounted curricula and materials. You can enter your child’s reading activity as frequently as every day. You get one entry for every one of reading your child completes until September 2nd. There are weekly drawings for different prizes like an Amazon gift certificate, and for a grand prize of a brand new iPad Air.

Always, sign up for your local library reading programs. Happy reading this summer with your kids!


P.S. If you are at a loss for picking good books for your kids to read, check out my blog about Good Literature here:


Youth Spark Summer Camps from Microsoft – Free July 5, 2013

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Summer Camps

Summer Camp

Since Apple has summer camps, it looks like Microsoft is rolling out their own set of free camps for movie making and game development. Register early as space if limited. Unlike Apple, it looks like Microsoft has online registration and a calendar.

For kids 8 to 12.



Apple Movie Camp – free! June 21, 2013

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Registration is now open!

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Apple Retail Store – Camp.

Do you have an aspiring filmmaker at home? Or looking for an interesting creative FREE summer camp for your kids? Apple is sponsoring a free 3 day workshop for kids 8 to 12 this summer in their retail stores. Your kids will get a chance to learn to shoot their own movie, how to use GarageBand on the iPad and learn to edit and produce a movie using iMovie on the Mac. Click through on the link above to learn more and to register for notification when sign-ups open. Space is limited.


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San Diego Safari Park – $21 – 2 days only! April 30, 2012

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If you missed out earlier this month on the living social deal, here is a new one!

AmazonLocal San Diego – North County: Adult Admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

This is a really great price for the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido, CA. This park is located in northern San Diego county. Admission is for this park only and not the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. This is a world class zoo and a must see if you visit San Diego with your family. Enjoy this amazing zoo and the tram tour of the park.

Even though it is for adult admission, I would suggest buying this deal over purchasing a child’s admission. Regular single day admission is $42 for adults and $32 for children. Amazon Local is limiting your purchase to 6 admissions.

Promotional deal can be redeemed through 12/20/12. There are certain blackout dates listed in the fine print. This deal expires in 2 days.



$10 for admission for two @ Bay Area Discovery Museum April 23, 2012

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Google Offers in Oakland / East Bay – $10 for admission for two (up to $22 value).

One of the best places to go with young children in the SF Bay Area. This is such a wonderful, imaginative and delightful place to explore with your child. Good for children up to age 8. Great deal from Google today: $10 for 2 admissions. Note that your visit must be redeemed  by July 31st. Also note that this admission is restricted to 12 pm until closing (cannot be used for morning hours). This deal is best for families with children who no longer nap.



Habitot Childrens Museum deal – limited time! February 26, 2012

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The Best Daily Deals in Oakland / East Bay – Habitot Childrens Museum – Five-Visit Pass, Good for Three People Per Visit.

Just say this deal from Living Social for Habitot in downtown Berkeley. You can get a 5 visit passes for up to 3 people for just $37. This is a great price!

Habitot is a great little children’s museum. Not on the same level as the San Jose Discovery Museum or Bay Area Discovery Museum, this is still a great choice for families in the East Bay looking for an enriching and stimulating experience for your child. Habitot does a great job of fitting a lot of great hands-on experiences in a fairly small space. If they are ever able to raise enough money to relocate to Emeryville, it will really be a premiere children’s museum. In the meantime, the proximity to Berkeley’s downtown means that you have some excellent dining options.

Good  for children 6 and under.



Legoland Deals! February 21, 2012

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One of the best amusement parks for the 3 to 10 set (anything older than that might be too tame depending on your kid). Keep in mind that if you take kids younger than 3, that you will be limited as Legoland is very strict about their height requirement. They will measure your kid before allowing they on, so double-check using the poles at the entrance to every ride queue.

This place is so much fun for families. I love that it isn’t as commercial as Disney and nowhere near as expensive or crowded. However, it does get more crowded on the weekends and during school holidays. Besides, who doesn’t just love Legos! Given how much a single day ticket is, it may be worth your money to go for the resort membership if you think you will visit more than a couple of days.

Legoland is located in Carlsbad which is north of San Diego proper on the I-5.

As of 2/21/12 at 11:30 pm PST:

I am posting that there are a couple deals going on right now with Legoland for anyone that might be interested.

There is a coupon code I saw on retailmenot for a McDonalds, but 1 adult, get 1 child free. Code: mcdonalds1109063. Just checked on retailmenot, and this is a good code. Not sure how long this deal will last.

Legoland is offering a buy 3 memberships and get 1 child membership for free on their website. Again, I have no idea how long this deal will be offered.



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