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Jennifer Maciejewski

Aug 012017

georgiaaquarium3If you’re looking for discount tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, you’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to get in free or on the cheap, no coupon code required.

The deals:

And don’t miss out on these events:

  • Unfortunately, the Sips Under the Sea Glow in the Dark party on Friday, August 4, 2017, is sold out. But now’s the time to mark your calendar for another Sips Under the Sea event in 2017: Pajama Jam on September 22 & Something Wicked this Way Comes on October 27. General admission tickets are $19.95+tax for members & $28.95+tax for nonmembers, and VIP admission is $24.95+tax for members & $48.95+tax for nonmembers. Sips Under the Sea is a 21+ event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP admission & 7:00 p.m. for general admission. You must purchase tickets in advance to attend; tickets are not available at the door.
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017, is International Whale Shark Day at the Georgia Aquarium. From 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., there’ll be whale shark themed events & activities in the atrium & more.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017, is Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium. From 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., you can don your Dragon Con costumes (minus the weapons) & explore the Georgia Aquarium. Tickets to Dragon Con Night are $30 each.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta.

–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

Jul 272017

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 Brian Moote from The Bert Show, and it will take place on Monday, August 7.

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

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

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 252017

Attention, live music fans:

The 2017 season of the Glover Park free concert series in Marietta Square gets underway on Friday.

Though there’s a fee to rent a table, it’s free to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, relax, & enjoy the music. Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the 2017 season:

  • April 28: The Headliners
  • May 26: The Neons
  • Bonus–May 27: Symphony on the Square
  • June 30: Swinging Medallions
  • July 28: The Breakfast Club
  • August 25: Live Exchange Party Band
  • September 29: Grapevine

Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed inside the park (no plastic tarps or tables). Tables and chairs may be brought and set up in the street on North and East Park Square after 6:00 p.m. The music starts at 8:00 p.m.

As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.).

–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

Apr 032017

wellness wed atl stationIf you’re looking for a free way to get your stretch on, you’re in luck.

On Wednesdays through September, stop by Atlantic Station’s Central Park for a free Wellness Wednesdays event.

From 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., you can join in a regimented routine of stretches & poses led by Evolation Yoga’s instructors. New to yoga? No worries–people of all ages & experience levels can participate. The first Wellness Wednesday event of the 2017 season will take place on April 5, and they’ll continue weekly through September 27.

Wellness Wednesdays are BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) events.

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