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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 142017
 

six flags over georgiaIf you’re looking for ways to save at Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water during the 2017 season, you’re in luck. For a limited time, you can get your season pass on the cheap.

Need an extra reason to go? Six Flags Over Georgia has a new ride this season: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. On the 4D interactive ride, which opened last month, you’ll be armed with a stun blaster and real-time gaming elements while traveling on a rotating vehicle through Metropolis.

And if you have little ones, you’ll want to visit Bugs Bunny Boomtown at Six Flags Over Georgia, which includes the first-ever DC Super Friends kids area & offers pint-sized experiences themed after popular Super Heroes and villains.

Over at White Water, you can head out for weekly Dive-In Movies, which start just after 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights on the Atlanta Ocean Stage. Dive-In Movies are free with admission. Bonus: You’ll get free refills on your 2017 Souvenir Sports Bottles and 2017 Souvenir Popcorn Buckets during the film; the deal is valid from 7:00 p.m. until the end of the movie.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of the month:

  • July 20: Zootopia
  • July 27: Moana

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

The deals:

  • For a limited time, you can take advantage of the Superman Sale & get a good deal on season passes. With the deal, your season pass is $66.99 each when you buy four or more, and it includes a free upgrade to a combo pass, which includes unlimited admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water.
  • Season Dining passes are on sale, too. We opted for the Combo Premium Dining Pass, which is valid at Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water, includes a free sports bottle good for free refills all season long, & more, plus it’s valid through December 2017. We purchased this last season, and it made life so much easier (and cheaper!). When the girls went to the park with their friends, we didn’t have to worry about sending them with any money; their food & drinks were covered, and it more than paid for itself.
  • And if you do have a season pass, don’t forget to take advantage of the perks, like Bring-A-Friend Free days, discount tickets for friends, & more. Even better: The coupons are now available online or via an app, letting you skip keeping track of a coupon book. Bring a Friend Free dates at Six Flags Over Georgia include Wednesdays in July (choose one date). At White Water, you can Bring a Friend Free on Wednesdays in July (choose one day).
  • Just want to go for the day? Through July 16, 2017, you can take advantage of the Summer Sale & get a good deal on one-day passes. With the deal, you can buy a one-day pass to Six Flags Over Georgia for $39.99. You’ll need to buy your ticket during the sale and use it by September 4, 2017, to get the deal.
  • And if you have a 2017 Entertainment book or a current membership, you can log in & purchase discount tickets to White Water. I just checked (July 14), and Entertainment’s discount is better than the advance purchase ticket offers from White Water. Once you buy the book, you’ll gain access to bonus offers online, giving you a chance to start saving immediately.
  • After the Summer Sale ends, 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.
  • If you donate blood at Six Flags Over Georgia on September 23 or 24, 2017, as part of the Fright Fest Blood Drive, you’ll receive a free same-day admission ticket; existing season pass holders will receive a free voucher to one of the haunted attractions or two exit passes for your favorite attraction. Up to 60 free tickets will be given out each day. The blood drive starts at 11:30 a.m. each day, and the park opens at noon.
  • November 11 & 12, 2017, are Military Appreciation Days at Six Flags Over Georgia. Current (active) military members and up to three dependents will receive free admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. If a military service member is currently deployed during this day, a spouse and up to three dependents can receive complimentary admission with a current military ID card. Additional tickets for military members and general admission tickets for retired military veterans can be purchased at the Six Flags Over Georgia front gate for 50% off. Valid military ID required.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 102017
 

Cinderella Della Circus will be at the Center for Puppetry Arts through July 23, 2017.

All-inclusive tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts are regularly $19.50 for nonmembers & $9.75 for members. Your ticket includes admission to the show, the Create-A-Puppet workshop, & admission to the puppetry museum.

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to Cinderella Della Circus, thanks to these deals:

While you’re at the Center for Puppetry Arts, make time to explore the World of Puppetry Museum, which features the Jim Henson Collection as well as The Global Collection, showcasing puppets from around the world. Not only will you see awesome puppets (they have Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, & Labyrinth characters, to name a few, all of which makes me happy!), but the new museum includes interactive spaces where you can try your hand at puppetry.

If you’re only planning to visit the World of Puppetry Museum, admission is free for members & $12.50 for nonmembers. Tickets are timed for museum admission, and everyone must procure a ticket to tour the museum (for members, “procure a ticket” = make a free reservation for timed entry). While you’re there, you can add on a Create-a-Puppet workshop ($4.50 for members & $6.50 for nonmembers); to-go kits are available.

And on Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays, Fulton County residents, students, and Fulton County Government employees will receive free Museum admission, plus you’ll save 25% off of tickets to a Family Series performance (includes show ticket, Create-A-Puppet workshop, & museum admission). The next Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays event will take place on October 14, 2017.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 102017
 

Searching for discount tickets to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta? You’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to treat your kids (or yourself) to a day of play at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta on the cheap, no coupon code required.

Your ticket includes entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta + unlimited admission to Lego rides, the 4D cinema, and the attractions, including Lego Miniland, Pirate Adventure Island, Lego Friends Olivia’s House, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, & more. Plus you can explore Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta’s newest exhibition: Space Mission.

The deals:

FYI–Since Legoland is a children’s attraction, adults visiting must be accompanied by a child unless they’re attending an adults-only event. The next Adult Night will take place on July 20, 2017. You’ll save $5 on tickets to July’s Adult Night if you purchase them online in advance. Can’t make it? Save the date: August’s Adult Night is scheduled for August 17, 2017.

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta is located in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 102017
 

childrens museum of atlIf it’s been a while since you’ve been to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, it’s time to head back. The recently renovated space is now home to Gateway to the World, Step Up to Science, and Fundamentally Food exhibitions, as well as a Let Your Creativity Flow area, complete with a new Arts Studio, paint wall, sand tables, & a stage.

Plus through September 4, 2017, kids can march to their own beat while experiencing the Blue Man Group: Making Waves exhibition, a multi-sensory exploration of sound that brings together science and art.

If you’re planning to treat the kids to a day of play at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta in the coming weeks, you’re in luck: You’ve got a few ways to get discount tickets (or better yet, free admission), no coupon code required:

Admission is regularly $15.95 + tax for everyone age 1 & up.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 102017
 

avalon-thepunchline-comedyIn need of a few free laughs?

It’s almost time to stop by Avalon for The Punchline Comedy Night.

From 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on select Monday evenings, you can watch live comedy acts perform in Palmer Plaza. The next Punchline Comedy Night of the 2017 season features headliner Special K, and it will take place on Monday, July 10.

Bonus: Colletta & Oak Steakhouse are offering deals during the comedy series, including $5 beer & glasses of wine and cocktails starting at $7. At Colletta, you can save $5 off all pizzas & at Oak Steakhouse, you can snag a $10 sandwich box with your choice of a classic burger, fried chicken sandwich, or Blackened Flounder sandwich on Punchline Comedy Nights.

Punchline Comedy Night at Avalon will take place in Palmer Plaza, located between Oak Steakhouse and Colletta. The event is subject to cancelation due to weather, so be sure to check Avalon’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

Can’t make it? Punchline Comedy Nights take place once a month on Mondays through October.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 062017
 

If you haven’t been to The High Museum of Art in a while, now’s an awesome time to go. There are quite a few special exhibitions on display that look like they’re well worth the trip.

Through September 3, 2017, you can check out the Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation exhibition, which sounds like a fun exhibition. Per the summary: “This retrospective exhibition, encompassing over 250 works on loan from Portland-based collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, establishes Warhol’s innovative graphic production as it evolved over the course of four decades. The exhibition explores his nearly singular use of the silkscreen process, once largely a commercial format that Warhol elevated to the status of fine art.

The series and portfolios on view highlight Warhol’s obsession with repetition and with printmaking as a mechanical means of artistic reproduction. In this convergence, Warhol famously blurred the distinctions between original and copy and employed print multiples as a medium for conceptual rebellion and experimentation.

As a result of Warhol’s fascination with popular culture, the exhibition also chronicles American life in the second half of the twentieth century, from glamour icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to the violent imagery of the Birmingham civil rights protests, political posters of the 1970s, and 1980s ad campaigns. Warhol’s work also addressed his own identity as a gay man in a time when homosexuality was stigmatized and persecuted.

In total, the works on view offer a bellwether of postwar American life and foreshadow our culture’s frenzied obsession with celebrity, fashion, sensationalism, and scandal.”

While you’re there, you can check out the next part of The High’s series of picture-book art exhibitions: Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, which will be on view through January 21, 2018. The vibrant Technicolor exhibition, featuring new works by Jamie Hayon, will be on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing through October 15, 2017. Plus, Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo exhibition, also on display through October 15, features three decades of the artist’s work, including new works created for the exhibition.

And through November 26, 2017, the kids can explore the Merry Go Zoo exhibition in Sifly Piazza.

Want to explore the High Museum of Art on the cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) Bank of America cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month, thanks to the Museums on Us program (discount applies to cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will be August 5 & 6, 2017.

2) On Second Sundays at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m., and there’ll be special activities & workshops. The next Second Sundays free admission day will take place on July 9, 2017.

3) All active & veteran military personnel as well as one guest will receive free admission to The High Museum of Art & free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Proof of service includes valid military, retiree, military/retiree dependent identification card or a DD Form 214 (Report of Separation).

4) While they last, $30 buys two tickets to The High Museum of Art + a $20 gift card to Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, The Original El Taco, & more), thanks to an offer on Poshdealz.

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
  • On view November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Want a little something extra while you’re there? Head out for an event at The High, most of which are free with museum admission. Here are a few:

  • Friday, July 7, 2017: First Fridays. During July’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, a performance by Lauren and Jason of The Whiskey Gentry, a photobooth with E.K. Sluder, summer constellations talks with Georgia Tech Astronomy Professor Dr. James Sowell, & more.
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Wiggly Warhol-inspired family yoga; Dogs With Wigs and Sing-Along with The Ukulady; Toddler Tours; art-making workshops; Warhol, Wigs, and Wiggles story times; & more.
  • Monday, July 17, 2017: Member Appreciation Monday. From noon-5:00 p.m., the High Museum of Art will be opened exclusively for members & their guests. There’ll be sand art and tattoo stations, interactive selfie stations, scavenger hunts, food trucks on Callaway Plaza, & more. Admission is free for members & $5 for each guest; guest passes may be used if the member is present.
  • Friday, July 21, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Joe Gransden
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017: Free Family Programming. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be art-making workshops, Wiggly Warhol-inspired family yoga, & Warhol, Wigs, and Wiggles story times on Sifly Piazza.
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as All Fired Up! story times, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, & more.
  • Friday, August 18, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring The Henry Conerway III Trio with Kenny Banks, Jr., Kevin Smith, and special guest Tony Hightower
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017: Free Family Programming. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be art-making workshops on Sifly Piazza & All Fired Up! story times in the Greene Family Education Center.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 062017
 

Free-PaintingIf you’re looking for ways to get creative on the cheap, you’ve got a few options. Throughout the month, you’ll find free & cheap crafts at Michaels & Home Depot, free events at Bass Pro Shops, free decorating classes at Pottery Barn, free cooking techniques classes at Williams-Sonoma, free mini-model builds at Lego stores, & more.

Here’s the schedule of free crafts & events for the next few days:

And mark your calendars for other upcoming free & cheap craft days:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 032017
 

Attention South Cobb (or anyone within easy distance…it’s only about 20 minutes from most places in Atlanta, and Douglasville + Smyrna are nearby, too):

The 2017 season of Movies at The Mable is underway.

Planning to head out for the free movie series? Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the season:

  • July 7: SING
  • July 14: Pete’s Dragon
  • July 28: Finding Dory

Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Concessions will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own snacks.

Mable House Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Parking is free.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 032017
 

improv park atl stationNeed a laugh break?

On the first Wednesday of each month through September, you can pack a picnic, grab a blanket, & head to Atlantic Station’s Central Park for a free improv comedy show featuring Whole World Improv.

Improv in the Park‘s 2017 season continues this week. The next show of the season is slated for 8:00 p.m. on July 5, and they’ll continue monthly through September 6.

Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to check Atlantic Station’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

Atlantic Station’s Central Park is located at 245 18th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 032017
 

Live music fans, take note:

Every Friday through October 27, 2017, swing by Avalon in Alpharetta for a free concert. From 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., you can unwind in the Plaza during Avalon Nights Live.

Here’s the lineup for this week and the rest of June & July:

  • July 7: Mike Veal Band
  • July 14: Members Only
  • July 21: TRIBUTE–A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band
  • July 28: Big Daddy Whiskey

FYI–As always, the lineup is subject to change.

Avalon Nights Live concerts will take place at the Plaza at Avalon, located at 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski