Monday, May 14, 2012

What to Do With The Kids This Summer

With only 8 school days remaining, many parents are starting to wonder what they can do with the kids this summer without breaking the bank.   Stephanie Ashcraft, author of 21 cookbooks, and The Tucson Morning Blend have teamed up to share simple ways you can save money while having fun with your kids this summer.  The story will air on the KGUN 9's 11 a.m. program on Tuesday.

    1. Movie Theater Summer Deals
          Cinemark Summer Movie Program includes theaters in Oro Valley, Tucson, and Sierra Vista. You can see 10 preselected movies for $5 or $1 per person to see any of the preselected movies.  Harkins Theatres are offering a 10 preselected movies for $5 deal as well this summer.
    The Summer Movie Program at Tower Theatres off of Cortaro and I-10 is Back! The first movie starts the week of May 29th!! They are starting out with Kung Fu Panda 2, one of my kids favorites! All kids are free up to 10 years old. 11-up are $2!  The movies start at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Oracle View and Crossroads offer something similar Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.. Kids up to 10 are FREE. 11 and up pay $2. You can find their schedules here:
Oracle View
   (520) 292-2430
   4690 N. Oracle Road
   Tucson, Arizona 85705
All Shows At 11:00 AM
Friday - Thursday Only
(no shows on Saturday or Sunday)
5/29 - 6/1 Zookeeper (PG)
6/4 - 6/8 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
6/11 - 6/15 Rio (G)
6/18 - 6/22 Puss in Boots (PG) Rango (PG)
6/25 - 6/29 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodricks Rules (PG)
7/2 - 7/6 The Smurfs (PG)
7/9 - 7/13 Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG)
7/16 - 7/20 Hop (PG)
7/23 - 7/27 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)
7/30 - 8/3 Dolphin Tale (PG)

   (520) 327-7067
    4811 E. Grant Road
   Tucson, Arizona 85712

All Shows At 10:00 AM
Friday - Thursday Only
(no shows on Saturday or Sunday)
5/29 - 6/1 Rio (G)
6/4 - 6/8 Zookeeper (PG) Despicable Me (PG)
6/11 - 6/15 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG)
6/18 - 6/22 Rango (PG) Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil (PG)
6/25 - 6/29 Puss in Boots (PG) The Smurfs (PG)
7/2 - 7/6 Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodricks Rules (PG)
7/9 - 7/13 The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG)
7/16 - 7/20 Dolphin Tale (PG) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)
7/23 - 7/27 mystery film Hop (PG)
7/30 - 8/3 Happy Feet 2 (PG)
    The Town of Marana offers 3 Summer Dive In Movies at the Marana Pool (13250 N. Lon Adams Road). Shows start at 7:30 p.m..  Noodles and innertubes welcome.  Bring the family, relax in the water and enjoy the show! June 16th  The Muppets July 21st   Cars 2 August 18th  Dolphin Tale       2. Golf N' Stuff Wristband Deal
    From May 25th- September 3rd, 2012, you can purchase an all park pass at Food City or Bashas' for Golf N' Stuff for only $13.75 ($35 Value).  Summer Fun Discount Includes:  Miniature Golf, 4 Ride Attractions, and 4 Arcade Tokens. Discount tickets are only available at Bashas' and Food City.  You pay for the pass at the store, and they give you a printed ticket that you exchange at Golf N' Stuff for a wristband.  You must do all the activities in the same day.  Plan at minimum 2-3 hours to do everything on the wristband. You also need one ticket per person.  You can't share the wrist band. My kids LOVED this place.  I was amazed how much of the park was shaded and how the water in the park kept the temperature down on the miniature golf course.  My family is anxious to go back! Golf N Stuff is located at: 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road 520-296-2366
    3. THREE FUN Summer Reading Programs
    Pima County Library's Summer Reading Program starts May 24th and runs through July 21st.  The kids can earn prizes and discounts for reading.
    The library has great FREE activities for kids during the summer. Check their calendar online by selecting kids and your local branch to see everything going on this summer. My kids are excited to see Ronald McDonald in person at the library again this summer. They love the pizza making event and the ventriloquist and puppets that come to the library in the summer. 
    Bookman's also offers a Reading Program for kids.  For every 10 books your child reads, they'll give you one free. What's the catch? You just have to write a short report telling them:
    * Your name and age 
    * The title and author of the book 
    * Why you liked or disliked the book 
    You can even include drawings. When you've finished your 10 book reports, bring them to your favorite Bookmans and they'll reward you with a free book for all that hard work. 
    Bookman's has FREE Kids Events starting May 29th and running weekly through July. I've taken my kids to these in the past. I suggest getting there early so your kids can see and fully participate in the activities. Click here to see the calendar of summer events for kids. 
    Barnes & Noble Summer Reading - Imagination's Destination - Kids earn a FREE BOOK when they read any 8 books.

    Barnes and Noble's Reading Program Imagination's Destination starts May 22nd and ends September 4th.  If kids read 8 books this summer and record them in their Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal, they can go to Barnes and Noble and choose one of 18 FREE books from the book list on the back of the Journal. Barnes and Noble also offers FREE storytimes twice a week throughout the summer as well.  In June, one of their story times will include Decorate a foam tie for dad for Father's Day.

    Click here to see what's available for kids this summer at Barnes and Noble.

      4. Kids Bowl Free program 
      Kids 18 and under can bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer long. What's the catch? You can not just show up and bowl for free. You must enroll your kids online at When you register, you chose one of the 5 Vantage Bowling Centers participating in Tucson. Don't forget that you'll also need bowling shoes. You can rent shoes for $3 each time you go or you can bring your own bowling shoes. Even if you rent your shoes, $3 for 2 games of bowling is a bargain!      How the program works: 1.  All of the participating bowling centers are listed at 2.  Select a bowling center near you. 3.  Register directly on the bowling center page (The registration is valid only at the bowling center where you register and cannot be used at any other bowling center unless otherwise noted.) Once you register, you will have the opportunity to purchase the family pass. The Family Pass was created to allow for adult family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The Family Pass starts from $24 .95 and includes 2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY. The Family Pass covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass.   How long does the program run?  Free bowling begins May 1st and the program ends August 31st. Every Sunday you will receive an email with the coupons for the free games for that coming week. 
      What if parents want to bowl are their any special deals for them?   The family pass is an unbelievable deal for just $24.95 per family. Again the family pass is good for up to 4 adult family members (Mom, Dad, Older Siblings, Grandma, Grandpa or an Adult Babysitter) to bowl 2 games of bowling every day all summer long along with the children that have registered in your family. 
      Family Passes are a limited time offer...   Each participating bowling center has a limited amount of family passes available and when they are gone, they are gone. We don't want you to miss out. The family pass is such a great deal that using your family pass just one time all summer may save you $$$ right away...but the family pass can be used every day all summer and has a value in excess of $1500. 
      Bowling Centers in Arizona participating:


    1 comment:

    SJ said...

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