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

Filed under: San Diego,SF Bay Area,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:41 am

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




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

Filed under: Kids,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:06 pm
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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.



Massive List of Free Reading Programs for the Summer! (updated 6/16) June 16, 2013

Filed under: Children's Books,Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:52 am
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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 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 21st and September 3rd, 2013.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Activities | Pottery Barn Kids.

Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through August 26th, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes.

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!*

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.

Scholastic Summer Challenge 2013.

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 and help Read for the World Record.

Summer Reading Community Challenge – iVillage.

Keep your kids reading and learning all summer long with our Summer Reading Community Challenge. Join our free 4-week program and starting June 17 you’ll get daily emails filled with:

  •  Literacy-building tips from the experts at Sprout and Scholastic
  •  Games and activities to help foster a love reading
  • Printables and crafts to share with your kids
  • A daily chance to win a family trip to visit the set of Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show to meet Chica

Summer Reading Program.

We make reading fun while teaching young people the importance of saving money. It’s just part of TD’s commitment to education – and to you.

Participating is easy:

  1. Read 10 books this summer.
  2. Print out the Summer Reading Form (343K PDF)
  3. Write down the names of the books they’ve read
  4. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  5. Receive $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account

Random House | Junie B. Jones |.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Junie B. Jones, but for those kids who are, you can earn a free book.

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!

Scholastic Book Clubs Offer | Kellogg’s Family Rewards™.

Enter codes found inside specially marked Kellogg’s Family Rewards™ packages which are only available at Walmart to collect points. Redeem points for rewards and fun. Earn $5 coupon good for credit towards a book from Scholastic Books Club.

Buy Movie Tickets Online | Showcase Cinemas. (Northeast)

Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. from July 10 – August 7, just bring a book report with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission! (TEXAS ONLY)

Just pick out 10 books and get started. After you finish reading each one, log it in the form. Be sure to have a grownup put their initials by each book you’ve read. (Parents, you can read to your children if they are too young.) When you’re done, pat yourself on the back! You’ve read 10 books. Now reward yourself with a cool prize by mailing the form and in 3 – 4 weeks, you receive your prizes.

San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, California : Reading Certificates.

Students aged 12 and younger who read 10 books and have that accomplishment verified with their teacher or librarian can bring the certificate to the Fair and receive free admission on any day of the Fair, by presenting the completed and signed certificate at the admission gate.

Reading Makes Cent$ Save for College! Promotion : ScholarShare College Savings Plan. (CA only)

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 2013-2014 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 June 1 – August 19, 2013. Sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

Of course, you should sign up for the free reading programs at your local libraries.

That’s it for my massive list of free reading programs for summer 2013. Happy reading!



Apple Movie Camp – free! June 15, 2013

Filed under: Homeschooling,Middle School,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:46 pm
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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.



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

Filed under: Deals,San Diego,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:08 am
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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

Filed under: Deals,SF Bay Area,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:17 am
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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

Filed under: Deals,SF Bay Area,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:00 am
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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

Filed under: Deals,San Diego — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:41 pm
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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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