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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 202017
 

The 2017 season of Georgia Movies in the Park is underway.

On select dates this summer, you can bring a blanket or low-back chair & watch free flicks in Woodstock, Canton, & Cumming.

The movies start at the kid-friendly sundown, NOT dark/dusk. Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the season:

The Chill Hill, 5860 South Vickery Street (off of Post Road), Cumming; park by the YMCA

  • July 25: Trolls

Brown Park, Elizabeth Street (next to police station), Canton

  • July 22: LEGO Batman Movie
  • August 26: The Boss Baby

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheatre at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

  • July 21: Moana
  • August 25: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017
 

Tickets = acquired: Music Midtown returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta on September 16 & 17, 2017.

FYI–Unlike the Friday & Saturday format of the past, Music Midtown switched to a Saturday & Sunday event for 2016, and it’s keeping that arrangement for 2017. That said, it should be a fun weekend. This year’s lineup includes Bruno Mars (a.k.a. my reason for purchasing this ticket), Mumford & Sons, Future, Blink 182, Wiz Khalifa, Weezer, Big Sean, Haim, Young the Giant, Bastille, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Judah & the Lion, Joywave, The Strumbellas, Collective Soul, PVRIS, & more.

Want to go? For a limited time, you can get weekend passes to Music Midtown for $135 each. Prices will go up closer to the date, so get yours soon to get the best deal.

Side note: Last year, Music Midtown was evacuated due to weather. Hopefully, they learned a bit about crowd management during that experience & will be better prepared for 2017. We were at the secondary gate (i.e., not the one on the main stage side), and we (along with thousands of our closest friends) started lining up for re-entry as soon as they announced it was happening on social media. A half-hour later, we were effectively trapped in place–the crowds extended in every direction as far as we could see, and they still had not come to the gate to start re-entry. When they finally got to our side of the park, we were nearly trampled when they opened the gate & allowed a free-for-all mad-dash back in to ensue. That said, I’m giving them one more chance. Here’s hoping they deserve it.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017
 

Actor’s Express’s production of Little Shop of Horrors will be at the King Plow Arts Center through August 20, 2017.

This has all of the makings for a fun night at the theatre. The quick summary: “It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story, and it’s coming to the stage of Actor’s Express in Atlanta. Little Shop of Horrors takes you on a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row, to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Full of delightfully demented humor, this long-running off-Broadway musical comedy is based on Roger Corman’s B-movie and was later turned into a Broadway show and an Academy Award-nominated film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Now you can enjoy a night of bloody good fun at this show with a pop-rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, featuring songs like ‘Skid Row,’ ‘Somewhere That’s Green,’ ‘Feed Me,’ and ‘Suddenly, Seymour.’ You’ll eat up this fun musical…if it doesn’t devour you first.”

Want to see Little Shop of Horrors 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

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

Jun 282017
 

Cabaret will be at The Open Air Kit Kat Club at Serenbe from August 3-27, 2017.

Serenbe’s open-air production will add a fun dynamic to this classic musical. If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Germany, the Cabaret where seductive singer Sally Bowles enchants the crowd each and every night. There, misfits and outcasts of Berlin come together, taking refuge from the storm of a rapidly changing society where their kind is less than welcome. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, the colorful characters of this Kander & Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with numbers like ‘Don’t Tell Mama,’ ‘Willkommen,’ and ‘Cabaret.’ Don’t miss this Tony Award-winning classic playing at Serenbe Playhouse’s Open Air Kit Kat Club.”

Tickets are regularly $40 for adults & $35 for students & seniors.

But while they last, you can save on tickets to select performances of Cabaret , thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (June 28), discount tickets are available for select performances from August 6-24, 2017. Tickets are likely to sell out, so be sure to get your discount tickets before they’re gone.

Cabaret will take place at The Open Air Kit Kat Club at Serenbe, located at 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd, Chattahoochee Hills.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 282017
 

kids bowl freeLooking for some summer fun on the cheap? Check out these Atlanta-area bowling coupons:

  • With KidsBowlFree.com, kids can bowl two games every day for free at participating bowling centers across the U.S. all summer long, including Stars and Strikes (Buford, Cumming, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville/Dacula, Dallas, Loganville, Tucker/Stone Mountain, & Woodstock), Funtastik! in Gainesville, Metro Fun Center in Atlanta, Pin Strikes in Stockbridge, Cherokee Lanes in Canton, & more (age varies by location). Adults can play, too, if they buy a Family Pass, which is valid during Kids Bowl Free hours. Shoe rental & hours vary by location. Once you select the bowling center near you, you’ll find the tiny-type details on the registration page.
  • If you register online, you can purchase a pass good for three games each day all summer long at participating bowling centers in metro Atlanta, including Bowlmor, Bowlero, AMF, & Brunswick locations. There are Summer Games Bowling Pass options for available for kids & adults. Though it’s not free, if you use it, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth, especially since the deal includes shoe rental.
  • You’ll often find bowling discounts in the mix of “Things to Do” deals on Groupon. And the 2017 Atlanta Entertainment book also includes bowling coupons.

For instance, while they last, you can take advantage of these deals:

And a reminder: If you sign up for email updates from the bowling alleys, they’ll often use it to send out coupons year-round.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 282017
 

skating lets rollA few years ago, my kids discovered roller skating at a birthday party, and they’re hooked. They’re terrible at it, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to work their way around the rink. And they give ice skating their best effort, too. We may need to take advantage of one of these coupons so they can skate on the cheap this summer in Atlanta:

At KidsSkateFree.com, you can register at participating skating rinks to receive coupons that’ll let your kids skate free this summer (age varies by location). In Georgia, the deal is valid at Sparkles Family Fun Centers (Hiram, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, & Smyrna), Hot Wheels Skate Center in Woodstock, & more. Once you register, you’ll receive a weekly email with free skating coupons, which are valid during the “Kids Skate Free” hours listed on the registration page. Skate rental is extra, though you can bring your own skates if you have them.

Plus, you’ll often find skating discounts in the mix of “Things to Do” deals on Groupon. And the 2017 Atlanta Entertainment book also includes skating coupons.

For instance, while they last, you can take advantage of these deals:

And a reminder: If you sign up for email updates from the skating rinks, they’ll often use it to send out coupons year-round.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jun 232017
 

atl braves 2016The Atlanta Braves have settled into their new home at SunTrust Park.

Want to check it out? Watching the Braves play doesn’t have to be expensive–single-game tickets for the 2017 season start at $5, plus discount tickets are available for most Atlanta Braves games. Even better: The Braves listened to fan feedback & decided to continue the tradition of allowing folks to bring in outside food to games, making your outing even more affordable. Per the rules: You may bring in food as long as it fits inside a clear, gallon-sized plastic bag; limit one bag and one sealed bottle of water per ticketholder.

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

  • July 16 vs. Arizona D-backs: Post-game performance featuring NEEDTOBREATHE
  • August 19 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring MC Hammer
  • September 23 vs. Washington Nationals: Post-game performance featuring Fitz & the Tantrums

FYI–If they have the same post-game concert procedures at SunTrust Park as they did at Turner Field, 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 2017 season, including June 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, July 4 vs. Houston Astros, July 14 vs. Arizona D-backs, August 4 vs. Miami Marlins, August 18 vs. Cincinnati Reds, August 25 vs. Colorado Rockies, September 8 vs. Miami Marlins, September 15 vs. New York Mets, & September 22 vs. Philadelphia Phillies.

Want to cheer on the Braves on the cheap? Here’s the current list of ticket deals for the 2017 season:

  • On Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays, $12 buys your ticket in the Vista Reserved section.
  • Thursdays are College Night at SunTrust Park. College students with ID will receive $10 off their seats in the Home Run Porch.
  • Military discounts are available for every home game at SunTrust Park. With a valid ID, you’ll save $10 off seats in the Home Run Porch or 50% off seats in the Grandstand Reserved.
  • You can stretch your buck a bit more when you head out for certain themed game-day events, such as Christmas in July on July 15 vs. Arizona D-backs, Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend on August 18 & 19 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, Choptoberfest on September 9 vs. the Miami Marlins, & more. There are promotions all season long, giving you plenty of ways to get more for your money. Sorry, fans of four-legged friends: I don’t see any Bark in the Park days on the calendar for the 2017 season.
  • Plus you can snag ticket packages for special events all season long: LGBT Night ticket package on June 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, GSU ticket package on June 24 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Autism Awareness ticket package on June 25 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Childhood Cancer Awareness ticket package on September 10 vs. Miami Marlins, Girl Scouts ticket package on September 16 vs. New York Mets, Boy Scouts ticket package on September 17 vs. New York Mets, First Responders ticket package on September 21 vs. Washington Nationals, & Boy Scouts ticket package on September 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies.
  • You have two options for 2017’s Atlanta Braves Kids Club memberships: Premium or free. The Premium membership is $25, and it includes VIP access to Kids Run the Bases after Sunday home games; a Dansby Swanson Kids Club jersey, drawstring bag, & wristband; two passes to a VIP Batting Practice Experience for select Monday-Wednesday games; BOGO tickets to select Braves home games; a 10% discount on select merchandise at Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center; & more. With the free version, kids will get a Braves passport to earn prizes for attending games & ticket offer emails.
  • A note on ticketing: When it comes to regular-priced tickets, buy in advance to save a bit. Prices do fluctuate throughout the season based on market demand, so the earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they’re likely to be.

SunTrust Park is located at 755 Battery Avenue, 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

Jun 192017
 

2016 summer film fest fox atlIf you’re planning to head out for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta & you’re looking for discount tickets, you’re in luck: You can get a deal on tickets, no coupon code required.

For most movies during the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, tickets are $8+fees in advance if purchased by June 30, $10+fees in advance starting July 1, & $12 day-of. Bonus: It’s free to attend the season opener double feature on July 16, but you’ll need to reserve tickets at the box office or online to attend, & ticketing fees are applied when purchased online. Seating is first come, first served.

Here’s the lineup for the 2017 season:

  • Sunday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.: The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre & Steamboat Willie (Free)
  • Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.: Casablanca
  • Sunday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.: Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long ($15 in advance, $20 day-of)
  • Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.: Saturday Morning Cartoons ($5)
  • Saturday, August 5, Noon: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Saturday, August 5, 4:00 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Saturday, August 5, 8:00 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Saturday, August 12, Noon: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Saturday, August 12, 4:00 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Saturday, August 12, 8:00 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Sunday, August 13, Noon: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Sunday, August 13, 4:00 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Sunday, September 3, 2:00 p.m.: Beauty & the Beast (1991) Sing-A-Long ($15 in advance, $20 day-of)

FYI: Multi-film & 8-film ticket packages are available for the Harry Potter movies.

The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski