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Veteran’s Day Freebies – Thank You for Your Service!

Here is a list of national and state-wide discounts via Military Avenue for military veterans for tomorrow, Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service!



Free and Cheap Kid-Friendly Things to Do in and around Forsyth County, GA

I am researching things to do that are low or no-cost in North Atlanta. I will share the places I find and hope it helps you add to your summer adventures. I live in Forsyth County, GA so this will focus on this area for the most part. I will also update this as I go. Happy trails! Update: As a result of this extremely popular post, I created Forsyth for Families, a local blog chronicling free and cheap things to do for families in and around Cumming, GA.

Forsyth County Parks – we are fortunate to have a wealth of parks available for our leisure. Here is a list with plenty of resources. Central Park is a favorite hangout. Coal Mountain Park has a great shaded playground. Poole’s Mill has a wonderful creek and shady playground. Fowler Park is Forsyth County’s newest park. It is located on the greenway and is about the size of Central Park.

Lake Lanier parks and campgrounds – Shady Grove campground opens March 28, signaling the new Spring season for camping, hiking, playing and visiting all of the wonderful parks on the lake. Here is a list of parks on Lake Lanier and what they offer.

Movies 400 – free summer movies in Cumming, GA on Tuesday and Thursdays at 10:00 am. The concession stand offers a special size $1.00 Popcorn and $1.00 Soda for these showings only. Join us this summer for free movies. Bring a can of food to support our can food drive and receive a free popcorn! (Free Family Film Festival Size only, Limit One Per Customer) See my post on the other movie theaters offering free and dollar movies.

Forsyth County Public Library – activities, puppet shows and a calendar for story time keep the library a fresh fun place to go. Plus checking out books keeps our reading library replenished at no cost!

Cumming City Park Pool and playground – Hours: May 30-Aug 6, Mon-Sun 1pm–5pm; Adult Lap Swim: Mon-Thu 5:30pm-7:30pm; Call for lesson schedule. Cost: $3; lesson prices separate.

Catch Air – a cool and spacious jumpy place with weekly specials. They have a new magic wall and a preschooler area. They are adding neat things and keep it fun for the kids. One of our favorite places to go. Follow on FB or sign up for the newsletter for deals.

Adventure Kids – the newest jumpy place with a sand area. Find refuge on a rainy day here.

Chick-Fil-A – Tuesday night is family night at The Avenues in Cumming, GA and also Lanier Crossing. Balloons, face painting and special meal deals. Sign up for email newsletter local events and deals. Check out their FB page and sign up for text alerts for special promotions!

Barnes & Noble at The Avenues – story time and other fun events at the B&N in Cumming, GA.

Monkey Joe’s – Cumming, GA – jumpy place. Follow on FB, sign up for newsletter for coupons. They have run a few Groupons and Living Social deals as well.

Michaels – arts and crafts classes are offered at the Michael’s in Cumming, GA off Market Place Blvd.

Lowe’s – offers kids classes to build all kinds of fun things. Lowe’s in Cumming, GA off Market Place Blvd.

Home Depot offers craft workshops on the first Saturday of each month. Located off of Market Place Boulevard.

Sawnee Mountain – pack a picnic and head for a hike at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. There is also a small playground and picnic tables.

Rainbow Ranch Trout Farm – try something new and take your children fishing in this trout farm next to the Chattahoochee River. There is also a picnic area and pavilion for group outings.

The Ice – New ice skating rink in Cumming, GA. Dress warmly and learn to skate a figure eight!

Slapshots – Family roller skating center – fun for everyone. Check their FB page for events and discounts.

Stars & Strikes – Bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, arcade, restaurant. See their FB page for specials.

Cumming Playhouse – offering plays, musicals, concerts, and catered fine dining on select performances.

Kinsey Family Farm – pumpkin season starts September 25, hay rides, nursery, apple cannon, fun!

Nearby Activities in Surrounding Counties

Waterparks around Atlanta – I just learned of the one, Bogan, near Mall of Georgia. Great list here and although there is a cost, some like Bogan are real deals.

Fountains of Atlanta – we love to pack a lunch and visit the fountains within 30 minutes of our house in the heat of summer for a cool treat.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center
Autrey Mill, located in Alpharetta, has miles of walking trails, a Heritage Village with original buildings and artifacts from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, animal exhibits and replicas of Native American dwellings. All activities on the grounds are free.
9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022.

Chattahoochee Nature Center – walking trails and educational sessions with a low cost admission is fun for the whole family.

Wills Park Wacky World and Disc Golf is a 110-acre park featuring baseball fields, a disc golf course, lighted tennis courts, picnic pavilions, walking trails and two large playgrounds, including “Wacky World,” a unique kingdom that kids rave about. Situated at the edge of the park is the Alpharetta city pool, which has a diving well with three boards, a shaded kiddie, shaded and open deck areas and a concession stand.

Suwanee Town Center Park and Playtown Suwanee – a little bit further away but adventure awaits with an interactive fountain, lots of greenspace and a great playground.

North Georgia Premium Outlets – playground, food court and outdoor shops for window shopping and enjoying the outdoors.

i Shop Lollipop – toy store, jumpy place by North Georgia Premium Outlets. One of our favorites. Follow on FB, get email newsletter for coupons/sales.


Atlanta Tax Day Freebies – Take Back What’s Yours!

Happy tax day to everyone in the US! Many businesses are offering tax day freebies and free food to lighten the tax paying load that citizens feel this time of year. Be sure to check them out.

Maggiemoo’s is offering a free scoop of ice-cream. While Metrotainment cafe has a buy one, get one free entree for tax day.  On a sweet deal, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts when you buy any cup of coffee.

McCormick & Schmick’s
Who says you can’t love the number 1040? Wednesday diners at McCormick & Schmick’s will get a $10.40 certificate for future use. There’ll be $15 to $20 entrees discounted to $10.40. And patrons can choose themed drinks, such as a pint of Samuel Adams Deduction Draft.

TGI Friday’s
Want a free gift card? T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.

P.F. Chang’s
The chain is keeping it simple by offering a 15-percent discount for diners on Wednesday.

Taco Del Mar
Out west, restaurant chain Taco Del Mar is offering a ‘Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t’ promotion. You can register online and have a coupon for a free tax day taco sent to your email.

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery
Get free ice cream! Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”

Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on Wednesday.   They’re also offering an essay contest for Tax Day that could win you a $100 gift card!  Click here for more info.

McDonalds: Buy one Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Big Mac and get a second sandwich for just one penny.
Papa Johns Pizza: Three free toppings with purchase of a large cheese pizza.  Order online and use coupon code “1040″ to get toppings at no additional charge.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Take 15% off your entire bill in what the chain is calling a Tax Relief promotion.

Quiznos: Free Torpedo sandwich (with purchase of a torpedo combo). To print a coupon, play their Toast and Destroy game.

Subway: Free cookie for everyone who walks into Subway on tax day.

TGIFridays: Tax Day Stress Relief gives you $5 Bites Cards (Gift Card) with $15+ purchase, $10 Bites Card with $25+ purchase.  Frequent customer program participants get double points as well.

Chick-Fil-A: Make a purchase and save your receipt. Bring the receipt back within the next 30 days (starting April 16) and you can get the same items free.

Hydromassage: Free Tax Day Massage at participating fitness center or chiropractic office nearest you. Reservations recommended.

Taco Del Mar: Register for an emailed coupon for a free taco at the Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t promotional page. Save $10.40 on $99 or more by entering code TAXSAVINGS at checkout.

Walgreen’s: 15% off online orders and contact lenses. Use coupon code “TAXED.” Good though April 20th.

Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia are offering a free one month supply of more than 300 commonly prescribed maintenance generic drugs when you sign up for the Rite Aid prescription savings card.

And Kroger has a freebie as well. If you register on you can design a recyclable shopping bag as part of a contest Kroger is holding. Enter your Kroger plus card number and your next purchase will include a free Kroger recyclable shopping bag.

Local farm markets are reopening now that spring is here. The Peachtree Road Farmer’s market features organic produce and locally made goods. On the second Saturday of each month there is also a free cooking demonstration from a local chef.

Sources: 11Alive, Examiner, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Restaurant chains.

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