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I'll give you the latest deals-- from hotel stays for 1 cent per night, to free admission days at Virginia attractions-- as well as secrets for visiting the top spots for less.
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The Commodore Dinner Theater - Our All-Time Favorite Date Place at This Lavish, Art Deco Dinner Theater Where You Watch While You Dine!
With summer break just around the corner, take advantage of these deals to save big on summer entertainment in Virginia:
- $19 All-day paintball package - SplatBrothers Paintball park in Hopewell
- $18 for two admissions to James Madison's Montpelier
- $10 for two admissions to Wilton House Museum in Richmond
- $30 for a half-day fishing trip for two in Hampton
- 41% off an annual family membership to Nauticus
- $19 for four all-day passes, drinks, and chips and Kangaroo Jack's inflatable playground
- $8 for two tickets to one of these historical sites: The John Marshall House, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, Smith’s Fort Plantation, or Bacon’s Castle
- 50% off Valentine Richmond History Center
Spring deals are heating up, including an 11-hour $11 sale on Entertainment Books. Yep, Entertainment Books are just $11 today...but only if you act fast.
As you'll see by reading my Entertainment Book page, spring is a great time to buy your book at a huge discount while still being able to enjoy (for months!) coupons to save you money on museums, entertainment, and food (and for more ways to save on eating out, click here).
|Great Wolf Lodge is always a balmy 82 degrees!|
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is offering a 48 hour deal with stays for as little as $37.50 per person. The sale ends this Friday at 11 am.
The deal is good for family suites -- complete with waterpark passes. Click here for the promo code, plus a promo code for a 40% off dining deal at the park.
Just saw this one: Moms can get in half price today (May 12) at Virginia Aquarium!
Time to start asking your friends if they're Kings Dominion pass holders. How come? Gold and Platinum pass holders can now purchase passes for friends for just $15.99 per ticket! It really doesn't get any cheaper than that, so do ask around!
Even if you aren't lucky enough to know a pass holder, you can still take advantage of the park's "Adult Ticket at a Kid's Price" deal ($39.99) which is good through June 16.
For even more ways to save on Kings Dominion tickets, plus information on upcoming events (like free Military Days) and how to save up to $30 per ticket, click here.
Take advantage of free programs and classes by participating in National Kids to Parks Day on May 18. For the third year, you can can join hundreds of thousands of Americans have pledged to get their kids outside to explore the world by engaging in this event.
Over 30 Virginia parks will be offering free family programs, ranging from a Family Game Night at Twin Lakes, to a scavenger hunt at James River, to an astronomical program at Bear Creek Lake.For details, click here.
And for more free event days at Virginia Parks, click here.
Need a last-minute Mother's Day gift? Here's some more Mother's Day freebies to nab today:
- BOGO coffee at Caribou Coffee with this coupon.
- Moms free with paying adult at Medieval Times -
- Free slice of pie for Mom at participating O'Charley's locations
- Free TCBY - On May 12, moms get a free 6 oz TCBY yogurt at participating locations
- Free admission to Nauticus - Moms are free with a paying child on May 12
- Free craft ideas - Here are some great age-appropriate craft ideas for making something for mom.
- Half off Starbucks Frappuccinos from 3-5 p.m. through May 12
- Brio Tuscan Grille deal - Get $10 off two lunch entrees or $15 off two dinners now through May 31.
- Free Waffle House - get a free flavored waffle Monday-Friday now through May 16
And for more ways to pamper Mom for less, check out these pages:
Here's two places you can take Mom for free on Mother's Day:
- Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest - Moms are free all day at Jefferson's little-known retreat, which just happens to be the first octagonal house built in America! Here's the "secret" to this historic gem.
- Nauticus - Moms are free with a paying child on May 12. This is a great hands-on museum that kids will love and moms will too. Here's why.
And be sure to check my Virginia Beach Blog for a full list of Mother's Day freebies!
For those coaster junkies out there, here's a deal for 50% off a Busch Gardens Behind-the-Scenes tour thanks to Living Social.
Just $80 (normally $160) buys you a Ultimate Busch Gardens Insider Tour featuring inside looks at Escape from Pompeii and Curse of DarKastle, a tour of the Festhaus bakery, an inside tour of the Loch Ness Monster and one-time priority boarding, reserved seating at Celtic Fyre and discounted lunch.
Just $75 (normally $150) gets you the Roller Coaster Insider Tour, complete with inside peeks at top rides like Griffon, one-time priority boarding, special parking, and a CD of photos of your special day.
To see the deal, go to Living Social.
Cheap Eats Tips - Kids Eat Free Deals, How to Eat Well for Less-- $25 Dining Certificates for $3, 90% off promo codes, and More...
Nauticus - Discount Tickets, Free Admission Days at this World-Class Museum Where You Can Touch a Shark, Climb on a Battleship, Pilot a Sub, Touch a Tornado, and More...
Proving it pays to be a member, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is offering two Pass Member Ride nights this month - May 10 and 17 from 8 pm to 10 pm. On those nights, pass members will be able to stay after the park closes for extra ride time on select popular rides, as well as special music. Here's the schedule:
- May 10 - Oktoberfest: Open rides include Verbolten, Mach Tower, DarKastle, Autobahn, and Wirbelwind, plus select rides in the KIDsiderate section of the park.
- May 17 - Festa Italia: DaVinci's Cradle, Apollo's Chariot, Tradewind, Battering Ram, and select rides in the KIDsiderate section.
Pass members must show their pass to remain in the park; Fun Cards will not be accepted.
Click here for the latest info on 2013 prices and ticket deals .
|It's always 82 degrees at Great Wolf Lodge!|
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is offering a promo code good for a two-night stay for as low as $56 per person.The deal is good for stays in a room for four -- complete with waterpark passes. Click here for the promo codes, as well as a promo code for a 40% off dining deal at the park.
Take advantage of the family-friendly, annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival this Saturday, May 4, at Virginia Beach. This free event features kite demos, kite-building workshops, an open-fly area, and kite vendors. All activities will be held on the beach and in the park at 17th Street. For more information, go to www.beachstreetusa.com.
Summer will be here before you know it, so when you're looking for things to keep the kids busy, check out Regal Cinema's Summer Movie Express.
This annual summer event lets you take kids to see $1 movies on the big screen, such as Three Stooges, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Movies, which run Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, vary by location and may start as early as June 11. For details on this and other free summer fun (and spring fun) ideas, click here.
Free Summer Fun Activities - Free Spring & Summer Events, Bowling, Reading Programs, Fireworks, $1 Movies, Free Fireworks, Concerts, Crafts...Things to Do for Free or Almost Free...
This Saturday, April 27 marks the first "Dominion at Dusk" event at Kings Dominion. The park will stay open until 10 pm to celebrate with a Snoopy Starlight Spectacular event, millions of LED lights, and at 9:45 pm, amazing pyrotechnic fireworks.
The first of regular Saturday night "Dominion at Dusk" evenings this season, the event is best viewed near the Drop Tower.
For information on more upcoming events (like free Military Days) and how to save up to $30 per ticket, click here.
Spring is in full swing, and so are the deals on Entertainment Books. Those of you who've read my Entertainment Book page already know why this time of year is a great time to buy your book, and here's their latest deal: For a limited time, buy two books for $25 (that's $10 less than the price of one full-price book!).
This is one deal that's hard to pass up. Click here for more deals on travel, entertainment, and eating out for less!
Ticket prices vary by location and date, so here's an overview at my Virginia Historic Garden Week page.
Although about 300 of the 400 national parks never charge admission, about 100 do charge a fee, so this is one of just a few times each year you can visit select parks-- like Virginia's Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield-- for free.
For a list of more national parks in Virginia which will be fee-free April 22-26, click here.
If you love Jake Sparrow, you owe it to yourself to walk the plank for this deal: Pay just $18 for a 90-minute cruise for two with Captain Jack's Pirate ship Adventures in Virginia Beach (ages 21 and older).
You'll get to dance, enjoy drinks, and watch humorous hijinks by wily pirates on a replica of a 65-foot Spanish galleon.
To see the deal, go to Groupon now before the deal is gone! (If this deal doesn't immediately come up, type in "Great Wolf Lodge" in the search box.) Or click here to Find the Best Daily Deal in Your Neighborhood.
|It's always 82 degrees at Great Wolf Lodge!|
Enjoy a 1-2 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg for up to 40% off when you take advantage of this Groupon deal.
Just $229 gets you a one-night stay for up to six in a KidsKamp or Wolf Den suite, including water park passes and mini golf. Or just $349 gives you a two-night stay for up to seven in a Family Suite, plus a $50 restaurant credit. (There are also four other options available. Available dates vary and certain restrictions apply.)
To see the deals, go to Groupon now before the deal is gone! (If this deal doesn't immediately come up, type in "Great Wolf Lodge" in the search box.) Or click here to Find the Best Daily Deal in Your Neighborhood.
Never been to Great Wolf Lodge? Click here for photos, promo codes, and money-saving tips for staying at the park.
AMF Kegler's Lanes is offering a Kidfest event, Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 2 pm at participating centers. Kids will get one free hour of bowling (shoes included), $1 hot dogs and drinks, and more.
This is just one of AMF's free or discount bowling programs for kids being offered this spring and summer. To learn more about these deals, as well as more free or cheap spring and summer fun for the family, click here.
In honor of Tax Day, today (April 15) you can purchase an Entertainment Book for $10.40 (and additional ones for $8 each). Act fast! This Entertainment Book deal ends tonight!