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Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 222017

six flags over georgiaIf you’re looking for ways to save at Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water during the 2018 season, you’re in luck. For a limited time, you can get your season pass on the cheap.

Bonus: Holiday in the Park is happening through January 3, 2018. The annual event is free with park admission, and it features thousands of holiday lights, festive carolers, holiday shows, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus (at the park for pics through December 23), roller coasters experienced in a new light, & more.

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.

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

The deals:

  • 2018 season passes are now on sale, and through November 27, 2017, you can take advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale to get the best deal of the holiday season on passes. With the deal, your season pass is $57.99 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 through the 2018 season, plus you’ll get 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 sale and activate them at the park by December 31, 2017, to get the free upgrade to Gold. To get the bonus Holiday in the Park pass, you’ll need to activate your season pass & redeem the Holiday in the Park ticket by December 17, 2017.
  • 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.
  • On Saturday, December 9, 2017, you’ll save 40% on admission to Holiday at the Park if you donate new, unworn warm clothing at Six Flags Over Georgia’s Front Gate, thanks to the Six Flags Snow Day deal. While you’re there, you can participate in the World’s Largest Snowball Fight; you’ll need to be one of the first 1,000 guests to join in the fun.
  • On Saturday, December 16, 2017, you’ll receive a half-priced general admission ticket to Holiday at the Park if you wear a tacky holiday sweater to Six Flags Over Georgia, thanks to the Tacky Sweater Party deal. While you’re there, you can participate in the Christmas Pickle Ornament world record attempt; you’ll need to be one of the first 500 people at Carousel Hill at 5:00 p.m. to join in the fun.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017

college football hall of fame grouponIf you’ve been meaning to check out the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, you’re in luck. While they last, you can get discount tickets, no coupon code required.

The College Football Hall of Fame features a 45-yard indoor field where visitors can test their throws, a Helmet Wall with football helmets from all 768 teams, an inside look at the game through the feature film The Game of Your Life in the Game Day Theater, a 52-foot long touchscreen Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football gallery, interactive displays in the Hall of Fame, & more. And for a limited time, you can check out odd finds in Attic Treasures, a Specialty Exhibit delivered by UPS; you’ll see everything from a football made out of alligator skin produced to commemorate the Gator Bowl to dirt from the field where the first college football fame was played.

Tickets are regularly $21.99 for adults & $17.99 for children ages 3-12. Seniors (age 65+) & students can show their ID at the box office to purchase tickets $18.99 each. Active duty & retired military service members receive free admission with ID.

Want to save? Take advantage of one of these deals:

And you can head out for special events, too:

The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is located at 250 Marietta St., N.W, 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

Feb 162017

Hamilton will be at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from May 22-June 10, 2018.

That said, you need to know about this fact in February 2017 because the only guaranteed way to get seats for Hamilton is to buy Broadway in Atlanta’s 2017-2018 season ticket package, and those tickets are on sale now. And if its run on Broadway is any indication, Hamilton will be a hard ticket to come by in Atlanta.

I just bought mine. I opted for Tuesday night season tickets, as those tend to be the best deal. And while it’s not cheap (especially since you’re buying tickets for seven different shows), you are getting your tickets at a discount when you purchase season tickets–subscribers saved an average of 41% for the 2015-2016 season.

The season:

  • The King & I: September 26-October 1, 2017
  • The Color Purple: The Musical: October 24-29, 2017
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns: November 28-December 3, 2017
  • Rent: February 20-25, 2018
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: March 13-18, 2018
  • Something Rotten!: April 17-22, 2018
  • Hamilton: May 22-June 10, 2018

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 042017

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 October 1, 2017, you can check out the From Clay to Copper: Minerals & Artifacts of Etowah exhibition, featuring over 60 archaeological objects on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The artifacts have been in storage since they were collected nearly a hundred years ago from the Etowah Indian Mounds, a local site that dates back to the Woodland and Mississippian periods.

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

  • If you show your Bank of America 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 January 7 & 8, 2017.
  • 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 March 31, 2017.
  • Admission is regularly $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (age 65+), & $10 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

Dec 212016

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.
  • Whole World Improv still offers its Thursday night Ladies Night promotion. If you & your girlfriends arrive from 7:00-7:30 p.m., you’ll get free admission to the 8:00 p.m. performance at Whole World Improv. For “gentleman of distinction” & habitually late women that arrive after 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10 each. The discount is available at the door only, no coupon required.
  • Thursday nights are also Student Night at Whole World Improv. If you show your student ID, $5 covers your admission.
  • And tickets are just $15 each 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

Dec 142016

center for civil and human rights atlIf you haven’t checked out the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, now’s the time. You can get free & discount tickets to the museum, no coupon code required.

At the Center for Civil and Human Rights, you can explore exhibitions about both the American Civil Rights Movement & its global counterparts, including Voice to the Voiceless: …and Justice for All featuring items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement, & Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement.

The deals:

  • While they last, $7.50 buys one ticket to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, thanks to a deal on PoshDealz.
  • Admission to the Center for Civil and Human Rights is regularly $16 for adults, $12 for children (age 4-12), & free for children age 3 & under. Members of the military, students & seniors with ID can purchase tickets for $14 each.
  • On the first full weekend of the month, admission is free for Bank of America cardholders (free admission deal applies to the cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will take place on January 7 & 8, 2017.
  • If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Atlanta, take advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS to save about 40% on admission to five Atlanta-area attractions. The Atlanta CityPASS covers admission to The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Inside CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta OR the Center for Civil & Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR the College Football Hall of Fame. It’s valid for nine days, and if you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located at 100 Ivan Allen Junior Blvd., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 102016

moda smallIf you’ve been meaning to explore the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), you’re in luck. You can get free & discount tickets to MODA, no coupon code required.

I want to see this exhibition: Through January 8, 2017, “On You: Wearing Technology” will be on view. Per the description, “Wearable technology and head-mounted displays are in the press daily. Why now? While the basic technology has existed for decades, only recently have these devices become practical and desirable. On You: Wearing Technology looks at the challenges along the road to making a consumer wearable computer: power and heat, networking, mobile input, and display through examples of consumer, professional, and ‘maker’ devices. The exhibition also includes personal stories of individuals who use or create wearable technology. Are you wearing technology? Is technology on you?”

And through January 8, 2017, “Beautiful Users: Designing for People” will be on view. Per the description, “Beautiful Users: Designing for People, organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features nearly 100 objects that illustrate the evolution of ‘user-centered design’—from the mid–20th-century work of Henry Dreyfuss (who coined the phrase ‘designing for people’) to the complex systems and services that today’s designers are developing.” The exhibition features examples of the human-scale measurement system; objects designed for comfort and function, ranging from Dreyfuss’s Princess telephone to Amos Winter’s Leveraged Freedom wheelchair); Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Roomba Cam, which repurposes the household gadget for surveillance purposes; & more.

Want to check it out on the cheap? Take advantage of one of these deals:

  • If you have an Entertainment book or a digital membership, you can log in & print a coupon that’ll let you buy one ticket & get one free to Museum of Design Atlanta. Bonus: Through November 15, 2016, you can use coupon code “10OFF” to save $10 on a 2017 Entertainment book & get free shipping.
  • Admission is regularly $10 for adults, $5 for college students & kids ages 6-17, and $8 for members of the military, seniors, & educators.
  • On the second Sunday of the month, MODA hosts Family Free Days. Admission to the museum is free, and there’ll be activities for visitors of all ages. The next Family Free Day will take place on November 13, 2016.

MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski