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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242018

The 2018 season of Georgia Movies in the Park gets underway this weekend.

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

The movies start just after 8:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the season:

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

  • May 29: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • June 12: Peter Rabbit
  • June 26: The Greatest Showman
  • July 10: Paddington 2
  • July 24: Ferdinand

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

  • May 26: Coco
  • June 23: Peter Rabbit
  • July 28: Ferdinand
  • August 25: Sherlock Gnomes

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

  • June 16: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • July 21: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 18: Sherlock Gnomes
  • September 15: TBA

War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Road, Dawsonville

  • June 1: Ferdinand: TBA

Veterans Memorial Park, 186 Recreation Road, Dawsonville

  • August 10: TBA

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 182018

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

  • With, kids can bowl two games every day for free at participating bowling centers across the U.S. all summer long, including Stars & Strikes (Buford, Dallas, Loganville, Stone Mountain/Tucker, Woodstock, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville/Dacula, & Cumming), Funtastik! in Gainesville, Metro Fun Center in Atlanta, Pin Strikes in Stockbridge, Cherokee Lanes in Canton, & more (age varies by location).
  • 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 Bowlero, Bowlmor, AMF, & Brunswick Zone 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 2018 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

May 182018

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, 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 2018 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

May 112018

The Aurora Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia! will be at The Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta from June 9-24, 2018. I’ve seen it before, and I plan to go again. You can sum up Mamma Mia! in one word: Hilarious. But here’s what I really want to know: When did I get old enough to start identifying with the mom & her friends?

The quick summary: ABBA lives! The Swedish supergroup’s music, a soundtrack for the 1970s and ’80s, provides the framework for Mamma Mia!, the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover her dad’s identity brings three men from her mother’s past back into her life for the first time in 20 years. And it all takes place on a Greek island. The score includes ‘Take a Chance on Me,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘S.O.S.,’ and a whole lot more.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can save:

While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to select performances of Mamma Mia!, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (May 11), discount tickets are available for select performances from June 9-24, 2018.

And while they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to select performances of Mamma Mia!, thanks to an offer on PoshDealz. As of today (May 11), discount tickets are available for select performances from June 9-24, 2018.

Tickets to Mamma Mia! start at $30. Discounts are available for students with ID.

Bonus: The Aurora Theatre has reserved one of the Ferst Center for the Arts’s parking decks, so you’ll get free parking when you head out for the show.

The Ferst Center for the Arts is located at 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 112018

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 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.

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, $26 buys an all-attractions pass for one ($51 for two or $100 for four) at Stone Mountain Park, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

3) While they last, $37.95 = one child membership, $44.95 = one adult membership, or $149 = a family membership (four vouchers, one per person) to Stone Mountain Park , thanks to a deal on Groupon.

4) For a limited time, you can take advantage of an all-attractions pass meal deal & get a free meal & unlimited drink refills with the purchase of an all-attractions pass. The deal is available online only, and it’s $31.95 for adults or children. Or you can take advantage of online advance ticket pricing to save a bit on an all-attractions pass without the meal.

5) For a limited time, you can take advantage of a Sunset Pass + Terrace Seating deal, which includes an all-attractions pass good for 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.

6) 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 all-attractions 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 June 9 & 10, September 1-3 (PLUS passholders only) September 22 & 23, and November 10 & 11, 2018.

7) Thanks to an offer from Gas South, you can save on an all-attractions pass, Mountain Member pass, or Mountain Member Plus pass to Stone Mountain Park.

8) On select dates through January 2, 2019, active or retired military, disabled veterans, and military reservists, spouses and dependents save up to 30% on the purchase of an all-attractions pass; must show valid military personnel IDs and dependent IDs at the gate 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 for non-peak daily parking or $20 for holiday & peak daily parking. If you must drive & aren’t opting to buy a 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. Bonus: While they last, $35 buys an annual parking pass at Stone Mountain Park, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

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

Apr 232018

whole-world-improv-classic-poshdealzLooking for free or discount tickets to Whole World Improv? You have a few options to get in on the cheap, no coupon code required:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to the Classic Show at Whole World Improv, thanks to a deal on Poshdealz.
  • Thursdays are Improv House Party nights at Whole World Improv. Before 7:30 p.m., ladies are admitted free and students with ID can purchase tickets for $5.
  • And tickets are just $15 each in advance for The Max Saturday shows at 10:30 p.m.

Prices go up at the door, so be sure to buy in advance. Whole World Improv Theatre is located at 1216 Spring St., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 132018

From June 8-23, 2018, Marietta Theatre Company’s production of [title of show] will be at the Lyric Studio on the Square in Marietta.

Not familiar with the work? Here’s the quick summary: “[title of show] follows two struggling writers and their friends on a journey to write a show in three weeks in order to submit it to a new musical theatre festival. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival, learning lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists along the way. Enjoy this love letter to musical theatre and the joy of collaboration from the Marietta Theatre Company at Lyric Studio on the Square.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to [title of show]:

Lyric Studio on the Square is located at 12 Powder Springs Street, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 132018

From June 1-24, 2018, The Taming will be at Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “Will a Miss America contestant, a liberal blogger and a conservative senatorial staffer successfully re-write the Constitution and resolve partisan politics? Worth a shot, right? Lauren Gunderson’s outrageous play has laughs for both sides of the aisle. American politics gets delightfully absurd when she mixes two political rivals, a beauty queen and a kidnapping. Gain a different perspective on we, the people, when inventive political farce The Taming comes to Synchronicity Theatre.”

Want to see The Taming on the cheap?

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to The Taming , thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (April 13), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run.
  • General admission tickets to The Taming start at $27 for adults for most performances, and discount tickets are available for students, seniors, educators, & military with ID.
  • Bonus 1: If you opt for the preview performance on May 31 or the performance on June 11, you can score tickets for $11 each.
  • Bonus 2: Every Wednesday night performance are PWYC Wednesdays, and you can pay what you can for this ticket.
  • Bonus 3: Every Friday is Free Drink Friday. Each ticket holder gets a drink voucher good for any beverage of their choice.

Synchronicity Theatre is located at One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 062018

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, high schoolers can head to the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art for a free Open Studio event.

During Open Studio events, teens can get creative while working with a variety of materials, from charcoal & paint to metal & fabric. The projects vary each month, so be prepared to experiment. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey Green, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for one of the the next Open Studio events, which take place on the first Friday of the month. The next Open Studio event will take place on May 4, 2018.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Open Studio events are open to high school students only.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

tellus periodic tableIf you haven’t made it to Cartersville to check out Tellus Science Museum, you should. It’s one of my girls’ favorite spaces in metro Atlanta.

The Weinman Mineral Gallery is massive. Though the gems and minerals are impressive on their own, I’m a fan of the periodic table, which features real-life examples of the elements.

Dinosaur fans in your family will appreciate the Fossil Gallery, featuring T-rex, a saber-tooth cat, & more. And your little explorers will enjoy getting their hands dirty in the fossil dig & gem panning areas plus experiencing science in action in My Big Backyard.

And through May 6, 2018, you can check out the The Robot Zoo exhibition. Per the summary, “Robotic animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. Machinery in the robotic animals simulate the body parts of their real-life counterparts. Muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes, and brains become computers.”

Want to check it out on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:

  • If you show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, you’ll get free admission to Tellus Science Museum on the first full weekend of the month. The free admission offer is valid the cardholder only, and the next free admission weekend will take place on April 7 & 8, 2018.
  • Thanks to a discount on the Family 2 Family page, you can download & print a coupon good for $2 off admission to Tellus Science Museum. The coupon is valid for up to four people, and it expires on April 6, 2018.
  • Admission is regularly $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (age 65+), & $11.95 for children (ages 3-17) and students with ID. Active military with ID are admitted free, and they also save 50% on admission for dependents. Planetarium shows are free for Leadership Level members, $2 for basic members, & $3.50 with paid museum admission.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski