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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 282016

interact art museumI’m intrigued:

At the Interact Art Museum in Atlanta, you become part of the art. As they say, it’s a children’s museum for grownups, and it sounds like fun way to spend the day. While you’re at the eye-fool, 3-D, optical illusion, and trick-eye pictures museum, you’re encouraged–no, expected–to interact with all of the works, adding your creative spin to each scene. You definitely won’t want to leave your camera at home.

Admission to the Interact Art Museum is regularly $15 for adults, $10 for children (age 10 & under), and $12 for college students with ID. Want to check it out on the cheap? You’ve got a pair of ways to save:

The Interact Art Museum is located at 57 Forsyth St NW (ground floor), Atlanta. The museum is open daily from Thursday-Sunday plus on Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment.

Interact Art Museum offers escape room experiences, too, if you’re looking for an extra challenge while you’re there (you’ll need to book it separately). Bonus: While they last, you can snag a Groupon to save on escape room admission + souvenirs for two, four, six, or eight to the Phantom of the Museum escape room.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 282016

studio movie grill grouponHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (June 28) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Infinite Energy Center, Charlotte’s Web at Serenbe Playhouse, Actor’s Express’s Company at King Plow Arts Center, Big River at Theatre in the Square, 5 Seconds of Summer at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Culture Club at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, The Little Pirate Mermaid at the Center for Puppetry Arts, The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Tavern, Mary Poppins at the Legacy Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at OnStage Atlanta, Smart People at Southwest Arts Center, Amy Schumer at Philips Arena, stand-up comedy shows at The Punchline, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 272016

lenox fireworks atl pr 2016If you’re looking for 2016’s 4th of July celebrations, you’ve got quite a few options in the ATL.

Don’t know where to go? Here are a few ideas to get you started (FYI–You should subscribe to receive email updates from Atlanta on the Cheap because it’s awesome & keeps you in the know):

  • The Atlanta Braves will have a post-game fireworks display after the July 1st game vs. the Miami Marlins.
  • Prelude to the 4th. On Sunday, July 3, the Aurora Theatre will present a free performance of The Little Mermaid on the Lawrenceville Lawn (210 Luckie St). The show starts at 7:00 p.m., and a fireworks display will take place after the performance.
  • Legendary 4th at Lenox Square Mall. Monday, July 4. There’ll be live musical entertainment by Sons of Sailors and Party on the Moon on the mall’s outdoor main stage starting at 6:00 p.m., and the fireworks display starts at 9:40 p.m.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Centennial Park. Monday, July 4. There’ll be live music by Montell Jordan and J-Fly and Friends followed by a fireworks display at dark. Gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Monday, July 4. This could be a good pre-fireworks activity if you’ve got little ones & you’re planning to head to Centennial Park for fireworks. At 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., there’ll be Fourth of July parades followed by “fireworks” displays (hint: This involves bubble wrap) & more; activities included with admission.
  • Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks on the 4th. Monday, July 4. Decatur’s 4th of July Pied Piper parade sounds like fun. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and winds its way through downtown Decatur. Participants include you and anyone else who chooses to follow along with their decorated bicycles, skateboards, wagons, etc, as it passes by. The Callanwolde Concert Band performs at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Bandstand, and the fireworks display starts at approximately 9:00 p.m.
  • Mall of Georgia’s Star-Spangled Fourth on Monday, July 4. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there’ll be live music with performances by Ants Trippin & The Woody’s, plus the kids can burn off energy in the Kid Zone. The fireworks show starts at 9:35 p.m., and there’ll be a post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
  • July 4th Festivities and Fireworks at Wills Park in Alpharetta. Monday, July 4. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be children’s activities on the lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center, live music by Alpharetta City Band & Serious Business, plus a fireworks display at dusk.
  • July 4th on the Marietta Square. Monday, July 4. The Marietta Freedom Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church, heads west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park, down Cherokee Street & ends at North Marietta Parkway. Following the parade, stick around for a Fourth of July Festival, featuring an arts & crafts show, live music, & a fireworks display beginning at dusk.
  • Dunwoody 4th of July Parade. The parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4, at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road and marches down Mount Vernon Road to Dunwoody Village.
  • 4th of July Celebration at Six Flags Over Georgia. July 2-4. Anyone who brings a can of Coca-Cola, along with park admission or season pass, will be admitted an hour early to ride Batman: The Ride, Mindbender, The Joker Chaos Coaster, Goliath, Dare Devil Dive (no Virtual Reality available) and Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. each night.
  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. July 1-4. There’ll be fireworks & the all-new Lasershow Spectacular each evening. Technically, the lasershow is free, but if you drive in, you’ll need to cover the $15 parking fee unless you have an annual parking pass.

Now for the rest of the ‘burbs…. By some accounts, our metro area extends to Chattanooga (Chatlanta), Alabama (AtlantaBama), & every other direction until it’s no longer feasible to drive into the city for work. There are countless celebrations taking place around the metro area. Translation: I cannot possibly list them all. To find one near you, just Google your city’s name and look for the events page on the website. If you want to plug your area, please post a comment, preferably with a link.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 272016

six flags over georgiaIf you’re looking for ways to save at Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water, you’re in luck. Now’s one of the best times to get in on the cheap.

We snagged our 2016 Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water combo passes at the end of last year, and we’re looking forward to making the most of our passes this season.

At Six Flags Over Georgia, we’ll be sure to check out the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster at Dare Devil Dive–guests must be age 13+ to experience the virtual reality version of the ride. If you have little ones, you’ll want to visit the revamped Bugs Bunny Boomtown, which now includes the first-ever DC Super Friends kids area, which offers five new pint-sized experiences themed after popular Super Heroes and villains.

And the kids & I have plans to compete on Wahoo Racer, the new six-tube, aerodynamic, water toboggan racing slide complex, when we head to White Water later this month.

Want to go to one or both on the cheap? You’ve got options:

The deals:

  • For a limited time, you can take advantage of the July 4th Sale & save on combo passes to Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water. With the deal, when you buy 4+ season passes to Six Flags Over Georgia, you’ll get them for $64.99 each, and it includes a free upgrade to a Combo Pass, which includes unlimited admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water for the rest of the 2016 season. Gold Combo passes are on sale, too–If you buy four, you’ll get them for $77.99 each. Gold Combo passes include extra Bring-A-Friend Free ticket days, VIP early entry to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia, season parking for each Gold Passholder, & more.
  • And if you do have a season pass, don’t forget to take advantage of 2016’s Bring-A-Friend Free days at Six Flags Over Georgia, including Sundays in September (choose one Sunday). The Gold Pass Bonus includes Wednesdays in July (choose one Wednesday). Plus, there are other days when you can cash in coupons to buy discount tickets for friends. Even better: The coupons are now online, letting you skip tracking down the coupon book & print as you go. And the 2016 discount deals are good for Fright Fest & Holiday in the Park, too. White Water has the deals, too: 2016’s Bring-A-Friend Free days at White Water are Monday-Wednesday ONLY through June 29 (choose one) plus a Gold Pass Bonus on Wednesdays in July (choose one Wednesday).
  • Just want to go for the day? If you buy your ticket online at least one day in advance, you’ll save up to $20 per ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • And if you buy your ticket online in advance, you’ll save up to $5 on tickets to White Water.
  • Mark your calendars: Military Appreciation Day at Six Flags Over Georgia will take place on August 20-21, 2016. Admission is free for current (active) military members and up to three dependents. If the military service member is deployed, a spouse and up to three dependents will receive free admission with a current military ID card. Additional tickets for military members and general admission tickets for retired military veterans with ID may be purchased at the front gate for 50% off.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 242016

music midtown 2016Tickets = acquired: Music Midtown returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta on September 17 & 18, 2016.

FYI–Unlike the Friday & Saturday format of the past, Music Midtown has switched to a Saturday & Sunday event for 2016. That said, it should be a fun weekend. This year’s lineup includes The Killers, Twenty Øne Piløts, Beck, deadmau5, Alabama Shakes, G-Eazy, The Lumineers, Collegrove, Band of Horses, James Bay, KE$HA, Big Boi, Chvrches, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, DJ Mustard, DNCE, Melanie Martinez, Raury, Daya, St. Lucia, Mayer Hawthorne, Lucius, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pete Yorn, Zella Day, Blind Pilot, Peter Bjorn and John, Joseph, NF, The Coathangers, Balkan Beat Box, & The Shadowboxers.

Want to go? For a limited time, you can get weekend passes to Music Midtown for $125 each. Prices will go up closer to the date, so get yours early to get the best deal.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 242016

stone mountain park grouponIf you are looking for discount tickets to Stone Mountain Park, you’re in luck: You have a few ways to play on the cheap, no coupon code required.

We’ll be heading back to Stone Mountain Park soon. The kids love Geyser Tower, and now that they’re older, they’re looking forward to conquering the Sky Hike (an adventure course). Plus, they want to see what’s playing at the 4-D theatre, take in the view from the Summit Skyride, watch the laser light show, & more.

Want to go? You’ve got a few ways to save:

1) As always, if you’re planning to go more than once (and there’s so much to do, you’ll probably need to), buy the Mountain Membership, a.k.a. the season pass. In addition to unlimited admission, Mountain Members save on tickets to Snow Mountain & Ride the Ducks, get an extra discount on a parking pass, & more. Even better: The Mountain Members PLUS pass includes tickets to Snow Mountain & Ride the Ducks, annual parking, & other perks.

2) While they last, $25 buys one Summer FUN Adventure pass OR $95 buys four Summer FUN Adventure passes to Stone Mountain Park, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

3) For a limited time, you can take advantage of an Adventure Pass Meal Deal & get a free meal & unlimited drink refills with the purchase of an Adventure Pass. The deal is available online only, and it’s $31.95 for adults & $25.95 for children ages 3-11. Or you can save $5 on an Adventure Pass without the meal if you order online in advance.

4) For a limited time, you can take advantage of a Sunset Adventure Pass + Terrace deal, which includes an Adventure Pass admission after 4:00 p.m., a Lasershow terrace seat, & popcorn and a soda. The deal is available online only, and it’s $22.95 per person.

5) Mountain Members & Mountain Member PLUS passholders can download & print a coupon to Bring a Friend free on select dates. There’s a limit of one complimentary Adventure Pass per passholder per event, and you’ll need to bring the coupon to the Crossroads Ticket Plaza along with your pass to get the deal. Upcoming Bring a Friend dates for BOTH Mountain Member & Mountain Member PLUS passholders include September 30-October 3, and November 12 & 13, 2016. Mountain Member PLUS passholders ONLY can also bring a friend free September 3-5, 2016.

6) Thanks to an offer from Gas South, you can save up to 25% on an Adventure Pass, Mountain Member pass, or Mountain Member Plus pass to Stone Mountain Park.

7) Active or retired military, disabled veterans, and military reservists, spouses and dependents save up to 30% on an Adventure pass to Stone Mountain Park; valid military personnel IDs and dependent IDs must be presented to get the deal.

A note about parking: If you walk or ride a bike to Stone Mountain Park, there’s no parking fee. Otherwise, it’s $15. If you must drive & aren’t opting to buy a Mountain Member or Mountain Member PLUS pass, spring for the $40 annual permit if you plan to visit multiple times to take advantage of free special events or the park’s free outdoor activities and laser show.

Stone Mountain Park is located at 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr., Stone Mountain. Technically, the main entrance is located at U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, but online mapping programs often don’t like the address.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 242016 a month through September, you can get your shopping fix at Alpharetta Art in the Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on select Saturdays, you can shop the outdoor artists’ market in Old Milton Park, located at 35 Milton Avenue at the corner of Milton Avenue and Main Street. Art in the Park will take place on June 25, July 30, August 27, & September 24, 2016.

For a little something extra while you’re out, make time to stop by the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, which is located on Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta. You can shop the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through the fall.

Bonus: While you’re in downtown Alpharetta, stop by Sis & Moon’s, located at 24 Milton Avenue; it is such a fun shop–vintage finds, art by local artists, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 242016

bodies atl grouponIf you’re looking for discount tickets to see Bodies: The Exhibition at Atlantic Station, you’re in luck–you can save on admission, no coupon code required.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Bodies: The Exhibition features 200 actual human bodies and organ specimens, each of which has been preserved, dissected, and displayed to give you an closer look at the systems of your body: Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive, Circulatory and the Treated Body.

Want to check it out on the cheap? You can save:

If you miss out on a deal, tickets to Bodies: The Exhibition are regularly $24 for adults, $16 for children (ages 5-11), and $22 for seniors (age 65+). Bonus: You’ll skip the service fee & save $2 per ticket when you buy tickets in advance online.

Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station is located at 265 18th Street, Level 2, near Escalator 5.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 232016

atl braves 2016Watching the Braves play doesn’t have to be expensive. Discount tickets and coupon codes are available for most Atlanta Braves games, and fans have the option of bringing their own food & non-alcoholic beverages with them to Turner Field.

Fans of concerts & baseball get an even better deal: You’ll be treated to a free pre- or post-game concert after select games:

  • June 25 vs. New York Mets: Post-game performance featuring Flo Rida
  • August 20 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring Tori Kelly
  • September 18 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring Matthew West

FYI–With post-game concerts, you can purchase cheap seats for the game & then move down for the concert.

And you can watch a fireworks display after select games during the 2016 season, including June 24 vs. New York Mets, July 1 vs. Miami Marlins, July 15 vs. Colorado Rockies, July 29 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, August 19 vs. Washington Nationals, September 9 vs. New York Mets, September 16 vs. Washington Nationals, September 30 vs. Detroit Tigers.

Want to cheer on the Braves on the cheap? Here’s the current list of ticket deals for the 2016 season:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to select Braves games on Goldstar. The inventory varies all season, but as of today (June 23), Goldstar has tickets for the following games:
  • While they last, you can save up to 60% on select tickets to Atlanta Braves games. Bonus: Through July 28, 2016, you can use coupon code “ILLUSION10” to save an extra $10 on sports ticket purchases of $30+ on Scorebig. FYI–If you get the “Name A Ticket Price” option when you look for tickets, you’ll be bidding to buy tickets below box office prices, and your coupon code scores you extra savings on top of that. With the published price tickets, your ticket savings are relative to major ticket resellers, though the coupon code should still apply. As of today (June 23), Scorebig has tickets available for most Braves games, including these through October 2016:
    • Thursday, June 23-Sunday, June 26 vs. New York Mets
    • Monday, June 27-Wednesday, June 29 vs. Cleveland Indians
    • Thursday, June 30-Sunday, July 3 vs. Miami Marlins
    • Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17 vs. Colorado Rockies
    • Thursday, July 28-Sunday, July 31 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    • Tuesday, August 2-Thursday, August 4 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Tuesday, August 16-Wednesday, August 17 vs. Minnesota Twins
    • Thursday, August 18-Sunday, August 21 vs. Washington Nationals
    • Tuesday, August 30-Thursday, September 1 vs. San Diego Padres
    • Friday, September 9-Sunday, September 11 vs. New York Mets
    • Monday, September 12-Wednesday, September 14 vs. Miami Marlins
    • Friday, September 16-Sunday, September 18 vs. Washington Nationals
    • Tuesday, September 27-Thursday, September 29 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
    • Friday, September 30-Sunday, October 2 vs. Detroit Tigers
  • On Sports Clips $8 Mondays, you can buy Terrace View tickets to Braves home games for $8 each.
  • On Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays, you can buy Club Pavilion tickets to Braves home games for $12 each.
  • If you use coupon code “GASSOUTH” when you order tickets online, you’ll save up to 38% off the gate price when you buy select tickets to most Sunday-Thursday home games during the season (excludes July 3 and October 2).
  • If you show your military ID at the box office, you can buy two-for-one Upper Box or Outfield tickets to select Braves home games. And if you show your college ID or AAA card at the box office, you can buy two-for-one Upper Box tickets to select Braves home games.
  • Available 2.5 hours before every game, you can buy $1 SkyLine seats at the Turner Field. The tickets are available for purchase at the Ticket Office window located next to the Museum entrance in Monument Grove; limit one ticket per person, cash only.
  • And you can stretch your buck a bit more when you head out for certain themed game-day events, such as Heritage Weekend on June 24-26 vs. New York Mets, Star Wars Night on July 1 vs. Miami Marlins, Christmas in July on July 17 vs. Colorado Rockies, Alumni Weekend on July 29-31 vs. New York Mets, Grandparent’s Day on September 11 vs. New York Mets, Zombie Night on July 15 vs. Colorado Rockies, & more. And mark your calendar: Bark in the Park will take place on September 18 vs. Washington Nationals. There are promotions all season long, giving you plenty of ways to get more for your money.
  • If you register your kids for a free Atlanta Braves Kids Club membership, you’ll get two free tickets to one of the remaining home game, a voucher for BOGO tickets to a Braves home game (multiple seat options), & more (blackout dates may apply). There’s a paid Kids Club membership option, too, which includes the free & BOGO ticket deals plus two tokens to play in Scouts Alley, two passes for a VIP Batting Practice Experience (any Monday-Thursday home games), a welcome letter from Freddie Freeman, VIP Access to Kids Run the Bases after Sunday home games, free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, two free tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game, a Chick-fil-a sandwich coupon, discounts at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, a Freddie Freeman Kids Club jersey, drawstring bag and wristband, & more.
  • A note on ticketing: Buy in advance to save a bit. Game-day tickets will cost you an additional $2 at the gate during Value & Super Value games & an extra $4 at the gate during Diamond, Marquee, Premier, and Select games. Prices aren’t consistent across the board though–the same seat will cost you more or less depending on the opponent, game time & day of the week.

Planning to eat at Turner field? Try these deals:

  • Eat a lot? You may want an “All You Can Eat Seats” ticket. You can fill up on hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, coleslaw, baked beans, cookies, chips, Coca-Cola products, and draft beer. Food & drink will be provided from two hours before the game through the end of the 7th inning.
  • Braves season ticket holders receive 33% off food & non-alcoholic beverages at select Turner Field vendors.

A note on parking: You’ll save a bit on parking if you buy your parking pass in advance. BUT the parking pass is nonrefundable, so if it rains & the game is cancelled, you’re out of luck. It’s generally best to buy in advance for games that will be busy or if you’re arriving early to tailgate. Also, traffic is often heavy around Turner Field, so plan to head out early.

Turner Field is located at 755 Hank Aaron Dr, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 232016

actors express company poshdealzActor’s Express’s production of Sondheim’s Company will be at the King Plow Arts Center from July 30-September 4, 2016.

Here’s the quick summary: “Robert is turning 35 and still single, living in New York City. Surrounded by friends, all of whom have coupled off, he confronts his perpetual bachelorhood in a series of hilarious interactions–just in time to blow out his birthday candles. This game-changing musical gets a modern makeover in AE’s Season 29 opener with unforgettable renditions of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, including ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ and ‘Being Alive.'”

Want to see Company on the cheap? You have discount ticket options, no coupon code required:

Actor’s Express performs at The King Plow Arts Center, located at 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski