Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has sailed onto TV screens and we’re going along for the ride with free sharky things to do and a $100 Cold Stone gift card giveaway! Details at the end of this post.
The weeklong fest dedicated to one of the world’s most misunderstood marine animals, is the longest-running programming event in history. Shark Week returns this year with ………….
Stop at a local See’s Candy shop on July 20 — National Lollypop Day — and get a FREE See’s lollypop! If you haven’t tried one of these chunky goodies, please note they’re not ordinary lollypops. These are long-lasting hard lollypops similar to taffy on a stick, made in butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate and caffe latte flavors.
My favorite flavor of See’s lollypops is butterscotch, although caffe latte is a close second. What’s your favorite flavor? Tell us and you could win a large box of these scrumptious suckers, courtesy of See’s! How do you enter?
Veterans in the U.S. and Canada can celebrate Veterans Day in style, with a free stay at a Bed & Breakfast Nov. 10! Almost 500 B & Bs in the U.S. and more than 200 in Canada are participating in the promotion for retired and active military but the free stays are going fast!
The participating innkeepers are offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military plus one guest on Thursday, November 10, 2011 so they can wake up on Veterans Day, 11-11-11, in total comfort.
Check the Better Way to Stay site for Bed & Breakfasts that still have availability. Vets need to contact the inn directly and proof of status will be required.
Celebrate Häagen-Dazs ice cream’s 50th birthday on Tues., May 18, 4 to 8pm with a Free scoop of one its original flavors: chocolate, vanilla or coffee!
Find a Häagen-Dazs premium ice cream shop that’s participating in the annual Free Flavor Day. Then simply ask for a free scoop of one of the original all-natural ice cream flavors.
The ice cream sensation was created in 1960 by Reuben Mattus in his family’s dairy and sold in gourmet shops in NYC. Mattus’ daughter Doris opened the first scoop shop in Brooklyn, NY in 1976. Don’t forget to say Happy Birthday!
Make your Frappucino your way and get it for half-price at Starbucks’ Happy Hour 3 to 5pm through Sunday, May 16.
Want soy? You got it! Extra coffee? Bring it on! Need it light? No problem! Post your fave Frappucino on Starbucks’ Facebook page and meet up with friends for the frugal fun!
Celebrate National Pancake Day with a Free short stack of pancakes from IHOP. Head out to any IHOP between 7am and 10pm Tuesday, February 23, 2010 and just ask for the short stack.
The annual promotion is not only to celebrate National Pancake Day. IHOP hopes you’ll make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network to support kids who need medical attention.
Visit as many of the 26 greater Sacramento, CA area museums that will be open for FREE, all day long, during the 12th Annual Sacramento Museum Day, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Get in free from 10am to 4pm. All participating museums close at 5pm, with the last guests admitted at 4pm.
Experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife for free, thanks to the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) with support by Umpqua Bank.
Be sure to visit the Museum Day Website for tips on how to visit the museums, parking and details on the FREE Museum Day shuttle. Free Shuttle Buses originate from The California Museum, located at 10th and O Streets in Downtown Sacramento. There are 4 different routes serve most of the participating museums, but not all, so check the schedule.
California Teachers and other school employees can get FREE admission to Universal Studios Hollywood just by asking at the box office. Of course, you have to show a valid school Employee ID or Association/Union ID and driver’s license.The offer is good through March 31, 2010.
Don’t want to go alone? You can buy up to 3 tix for friends and family at half price. And if they live in SoCal? They can buy a ticket at full price and get in free all year.
Yep, the post-holiday fitness focus is on! And we’re going to tell you how to find free fun things to do to keep fit in the New Year! Everything from archery to zen yoga.
There are several ways to get fit for free and plenty of frugal ways to get fit, too. You’re looking at one option right now — the computer. Just pop over to YouTube and type in fitness, or yoga, or Pilates, heck even belly dancing. There are dozens of free how-to videos if you’ve got a screen wide enough to watch while you try the Downward Dog.
Walking in your neighborhood too boring? Try a free walking club at the nearest indoor mall. Too stuffy? Head to a nearby lake or beach that has a bike or walking path, like Mission Beach in San Diego.
Or take a hike! The Sierra Club leads trail hikes across the U.S. for free or a nominal fee.
Consider touring your own city or major city park for free. In New York City’s Central Park volunteer guides lead 10 different free walking tours that highlight several areas of Central Park. So you not only get fit in a fun way but you learn a decent amount of history in the process.
Not challenging enough for you? Remember how Sylvester Stallone got in shape in Rocky? Stairs. Maybe there’s a cool set of stairs near your home or office where you can enjoy the architecture or the scenery while you pound your way up and down. In Santa Monica, CA people get fit for free every day hoofing up and down the 4th Street stairs. They even run into celebrities clothed in the hottest new fit fashions.
You’ll have to stretch those muscles after mastering those stairs for the first time so take a free yoga class. Dozens of yoga studios offer free first-time classes. Some yoga instructors offer free classes outdoors on a regular basis. Joni Yung, the Accidental Yogist, keeps track of free classes in the L.A. area. You might come across a donation box, so consider a little ching as you ring in your new self.
Ever think of trying tennis? Check with your local recreation department to see if they offer an opportunity to try it for free! The Oxnard Tennis Center holds an annual free open house for families to whack a real tennis ball instead of a Wii one.
Looking for something more exotic? How about archery or croquet or lawn bowling? The Roving Archers in Pasadena is just one of dozens of archery clubs that offer free lessons and they’ll provide you the equipment, too.
Slip on some soft-soled shoes (tennies, sneakers) and the San Francisco Croquet Club will give you a free lesson in six-wicket croquet.
Visit the U.S. Lawn Bowling Association online to find a local club. Almost all of them offer free lessons once or more a month. Plus the USBLA will hold free National Open House May 8, with its NE and Central lawn bowling divisions holding an open house on June 19.
Tilling the soil is a good way to stay in shape. The Portland, OR Parks & Recreation Department offers free gardening/work party classes. You won’t need to buy a hand exerciser after pruning a few fruit trees. Check with your local parks department to see if they offer something similar.
While you’re exercising your brawn don’t forget to exercise your mind! Chess clubs across the U.S. often hold monthly or weekly open chess play for beginners to advanced chess players. Some are affiliated with the United States Chess Federation but many are not, such as the group that meets at the the Borders Bookstore in Tulsa every Friday night.
We’re now a network of individual blogs devoted to detailing all the free fun things to do in your city!
Each blog will have a stand alone site, with posts on new free things to do, mini articles, a calendar and more!
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