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Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 082017
 

If you’re looking for discounts for Taste of Atlanta, you’re in luck: While they last, you can snag discount tickets to the event, no coupon code required.

The Taste of Atlanta will take place at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park on October 21 & 22, 2017. At Taste of Atlanta, you can sample the specialties of 90+ Atlanta restaurants, get cooking tips & inspiration at one of the four live demo stages, & more.

One-day general admission tickets are $25 in advance, and each admits one & includes 10 Taste Points. Kids age 13 & under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult, but they’ll need their own Taste Points to sample the fare. Extra Taste Points can be purchased at Taste of Atlanta, and most menu items cost between 1-3 Taste Points each.

One-day Grand Tasting Experience tickets are $75 in advance, and each comes with 20 Taste Points + admission into exclusive Grand Tasting tents, featuring tastes of more than 100 craft beers, wine, cocktails and bites from restaurants not found in the main festival; bites cost 1-3 Taste Points each. You must be age 21+ to purchase Grand Tasting Experience tickets.

FYI: Taste of Atlanta will host a Friday Night Kick-Off Party on October 20, 2017. General admission tickets are $75 in advance, and you must be 21+ to attend. The evening features live music plus tastes of the specialities of 20+ of Atlanta’s favorite chefs.

Want to go on the cheap? You can save:

New for 2017: Taste of Atlanta is moving from Tech Square to Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, located at 680 Dallas Street, Atlanta. But if you drive, keep this in mind: Historic Fourth Ward Park has no lot of its own. On-street parking is typically available along On-street parking is available along North Angier Avenue, Morgan Street, Garden Park Drive, Dallas Street and Rankin Street, and the park is located near Ponce City Market, so paid parking may be available to you–more details should be posted on Taste of Atlanta’s website closer to the date. If you go via MARTA, you’ll need to take the bus to the park. From the North Ave., Edgewood/Candler Park, or Decatur train stations, take bus #2 to the corner of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris. From Five Points, take bus #16 to the corner of Ralph McGill and Glen Iris.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017
 

zoo atlantaAttention, Zoo Atlanta fans: You have a few ways to check out the pandas & my favorite, the red panda, for free or on the cheap. For a limited time, you can snag discount tickets, no coupon code required.

Looking for a little something extra to do while you’re there? Head out for one of the special events, which are free with admission. On September 9, you can learn how to Play the Animal Way, and Boo at the Zoo returns October 21-22 & 28-29, 2017. Got a favorite critter? Visit on their “Day” for to learn more with interactive activities all about them–Red Panda Day is September 16 and World Lemur Day is November 4, 2017.

The deals:

If you order in advance online, you’ll save on general admission tickets: They’re $22.99+tax & fees for ages 12+, $16.99+tax & fees for ages 3-11, and $18.99+tax & fees for seniors (age 65+) with ID. At the gate, general admission prices go up to $25.99+tax for ages 12+ and $17.99+tax for ages 3-11. College students and seniors (age 65+) with ID will receive a discounted rate of $21.99+tax at the gate. All active-duty, reserves, and retired members of the Armed Forces with ID will receive free admission at the gate; regular admission rates apply to family members and other guests.

Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 042017
 

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, you’re armed with a stun blaster and real-time gaming elements while traveling on a rotating vehicle through Metropolis. And new for 2018: Twisted Cyclone, which will feature a classic wooden structure combined with a modern, steel track.

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.

And it’s not too late to beat the heat at White Water, which is open weekends through September 24, 2017.

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

The deals:

  • Reminder: 2018 season passes are now on sale, and through September 4, 2017, you can take advantage of the Flash Sale and get the best deal of the year on passes. With the deal, your season pass is $53.99 each, and it includes a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Pass, which includes unlimited admission & parking to both Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water for the rest of the 2017 season as well as 2018, plus a bonus Holiday in the Park friend ticket, extra Bring-A-Friend Free ticket days, & more. You’ll need to buy your passes during the Flash Sale and activate them at the park by September 24, 2017, to get the perks.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 have a 2017 or 2018 Entertainment book or a current membership, you can log in & purchase discount tickets to White Water. I just checked (September 4), 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.
  • 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

Aug 152017
 

snow queen serenbeThe Snow Queen will be at Serenbe Playhouse from November 30-December 30, 2017.

This is on my short list of shows to see this December, as it has all the makings of a fun holiday tradition. Want to go? You can get discount tickets to The Snow Queen, no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “From the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired Frozen, The Snow Queen illuminates the wintry Serenbe woods with the whimsical story of love’s sovereign power over evil. Back after two sold out seasons, this Playhouse holiday tradition is beloved by parents and kids alike. Watch as Gerda overcomes fear on a journey to save her brother, Kai, from the Snow Queen’s powerful enchantment before her icy spirit overtakes his heart. Ring in the holiday season with this strikingly beautiful adaptation in which love proves stronger than cynicism, complete with a celebratory snowfall at the end of the play.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You’ve got a pair of ways to save:

  • While they last, you can save on tickets to The Snow Queen, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (August 15), discount tickets are available for most performances from November 30-December 30, 2017. That said, discount tickets are likely to sell out, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.
  • Tickets to The Snow Queen are regularly $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under age 12.

The Snow Queen will take place at Swann Ridge at Serenbe, located at 10642 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. FYI: Serenbe’s productions take place outdoors, so dress appropriately. The Snow Queen is a traveling performance without seating, but chairs can be provided by request by calling the box office (770-463-1110).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 082017
 

castleberry hillOn the 2nd Friday of the month, it’s time for the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. For one night each month, the art galleries stay open late, giving you a chance to browse the works of emerging & established artists.

The next 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll will take place from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on August 11, 2017. Participating galleries & shops include Besharat Gallery, Escape Gallery, The Granite Room, No Mas! Hacienda, Zucot Gallery, Mindzai Creative, & Iridium Atlanta, to name a few.

Before you head out, browse the 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll’s Facebook page to check out highlights for the event, which typically includes post-Art Stroll karaoke at Bottle Rocket Sushi & Burgers (starts at 10:30 p.m.), entertainment at various spots along the stroll, & more. This month, I’m heading out for Atlanta Metal Arts’ Iron Pour at Elliott St. Pub. They’ll be making art out of guns from the Fulton Sheriff’s Gun Buy Back program. Bonus: The works created will be auctioned off to benefit the program.

While you’re there, you can see some of the Living Walls murals. You’ll find them at 142 Walker Street, 165 Walker Street (Haynes side of the Walker Street Mini Storage building), & 333 Peters St.

Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, plus Castleberry Point’s parking deck and the lot across from 161 Mangum both offer free parking during the Strolls.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 012017
 

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

Jun 232017
 

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 check out the new Dinosaur Explore attraction, see what’s playing at the 4-D theatre, take in the view from the Summit Skyride, watch the laser light show, & more. And from July 1-4, 2017, there’ll be a patriotic fireworks finale after each evening’s Lasershow Spectacular.

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 a Summer FUN Adventure Pass for one ($49 = 2 or $95 = 4) at Stone Mountain Park OR $44.95 buys one adult membership or $37.95 buys one child membership at 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 or children. Or you can take advantage of the Everyone Pays Kid’s Price deal to save a bit on an Adventure Pass without the meal.

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. If you buy in advance online, you’ll save $5 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 include September 2-4 (PLUS passholders only), September 29-October 1, and November 11 & 12, 2017, as well as January 1-3, 2018.

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

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

May 162017
 

I’m a member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but were I not, I’d take advantage of a deal to go, as there’s plenty to see & do.

On view through October 29, 2017, The Curious Garden exhibition features 11 site-specific installations by artist Adam Schwerner. Per the summary: “Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature. In some cases, art objects are suspended, piquing the curiosity even more when forced to look up at the magnificence of tree canopies and brillant skies.”

To see The Curious Garden in a different light, head out for Cocktails in the Garden, happening on Thursday evenings through September 28, 2017. Admission to Cocktails in the Garden is free for members & included with Garden admission, but nonmembers can still save a bit: While they last, $29 buys two general admission tickets to Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the newly renovated Lou Glenn Children’s Garden. Little ones can “paint” on the water wall, explore the tree house, build something new in the balsa wood construction area, dance to the beat of their own drum while playing the outdoor instruments, cool off on the splash pad, & more.

Tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Garden are regularly $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under age 3.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102017
 

Dealing with cabin fever? Want to explore Atlanta attractions on the cheap? You’ve got a fun mix of options, thanks to this deal:

With the Atlanta CityPASS, you’ll save about 40% on admission to five Atlanta attractions, including some of the newest additions to the city.

The Atlanta CityPASS covers your admission to The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta OR the Center for Civil & Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Atlanta CityPASS is valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use. If you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions. And you can opt for the CityPASS e-ticket if you want to start exploring right away.

Traveling? Check out the CityPASS booklets available in other cities. You can save on admission to major attractions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, & Toronto.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042017
 

crafternoon-high-atl-webIf you’re in need of a creative outlet for your high schooler, you’re in luck:

From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, high schoolers can spend a Crafternoon at the High Museum of Art.

During Crafternoon events, teens can unwind with an afternoon of camaraderie & crafting. The projects, which are designed by an Atlanta artist, will vary each month, so be prepared to experiment.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Crafternoons are open to high school students only.

Can’t make it? Plan to attend one of the upcoming Crafternoon events, which take place on the second Sunday of the month. The next Crafternoon event is scheduled for May 14, 2017.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski