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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

Mar 242017
 

piedmont park green marketOn Saturdays through mid-December 2017, head to the 12th Street entrance to shop the Green Market at Piedmont Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., you’ll find fresh eats from local farmers & bakers as well a mix of handmade goods & fresh-cut flowers.

There are weekly activities for the kids, plus you can check out live music on the stage near the Visitor’s Center or attend one of the chef demos inside.

Green Market is located 12th Street park entrance, located at the corner of Piedmont Ave NE & 12th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 072017
 

world of coca colaIf you’ve been looking for discounts to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, you’re in luck: You’ve got a few ways to save on tickets to the attraction, no coupon code required.

While you’re at the World of Coca-Cola, you can have the Vault of the Secret Formula experience, see a mix of Coca-Cola memorabilia throughout the attraction, taste more than 100 beverages from around the globe, watch the bottling line in action, & more. And the Share a Coke with Atlanta gallery, which features a dozen images captured by local Instagram influencers and highlights their unique take on what it means to #ShareaCokewithATL, will be on view through May 2017.

Plus, you can explore the Pop Culture gallery, which is home to the “My Coke Art” kiosks–these are second only to the tasting room in terms of popularity with the folks in my house. My kids love to use the interactive touchscreens to design their own Coca-Cola bottles. While you’re in the gallery, you’ll also see more than a dozen original paintings featuring Coca‑Cola by artists such as Haddon Sundblom, the artist behind the Coca‑Cola Santa, and you can check out the Effervescence: Coca-Cola in Pop Art exhibition, featuring works by well-known artists such as Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Elena Zolotnitsky.

The deals:

Admission is regularly $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (age 65+), & $13 for youth (ages 3-12).

The World of Coca-Cola is located at 121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta.

–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 292016
 

carlos museumWant to check out the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the cheap? You’re in luck.

While they last, you can get discount tickets to the Carlos Museum, no coupon code required:

You can explore a mix of exhibitions at the Carlos Museum. On view through August 26, 2018, the Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America exhibition, on display in the Art of the Americas’ galleries, “explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.” And be sure to browse the Carlos Museum’s other works–The new African galleries are now open, the Egyptian collection remains a favorite with my kids, and I’m partial to the Greek & Roman collection.

Plus, mark your calendars for the upcoming exhibitions:

  • In Search of Noble Marbles: The Earliest Travelers to Greece, on display January 14-April 9, 2017
  • The New World in the Age of Shakespeare, on display January 14-March 26, 2017

Want to check it out for free? Mark your calendars: You can get free admission to the Carlos Museum from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on select dates as part of the 100 Free Days promotion. Upcoming free admission dates include January 22, February 19, March 19, & April 23, 2017.

Admission is regularly $8 for adults & $6 for students and seniors with ID plus children ages 6-17. Emory University students, faculty, & staff admitted free with Emory ID. Audio guide rental is available for $2. FYI–The museum will be closed for the holidays from December 30, 2016-January 1, 2017; it’ll reopen on January 2, 2017.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is located at 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski