Got Kids? Get Deals!: Tip-of-the-Day #168


I don't have kids, but my friends that do have made it clear it's not cheap. To that I say, enjoy some cheap-er (even FREE) fun this summer! Here goes:

Celebrate your birthday at Disneyland or Disney World parks and gain free admission.
Season pass holders or those purchasing a multi-day pass can receive a one-day Fast Pass to skip the lines, or a gift certificate for park stores equal to the value of one day’s ticket.
Offer expires: Dec. 31

Get a second room for the kids at Hyatt hotels with a 50% off discount, including free breakfast for up to four kids.
In hotels with “Camp Hyatt” kids’ activities such as nature walks, scavenger hunts and hula dancing, one child gets a free half-day. Plus, the whole family can enjoy a 15% discount on dining and spa services.
Offer expires: Sept. 7

Kids fly free to the Cayman Islands with a special deal on Orbitz.
Stay in a participating hotel, and the kids get to stay for free, too. Flights leave from New York, Miami or Tampa for a two-night minimum stay.
Offer expires: Book by Sept. 2 for travel between June 1 and Sept. 7.

AMC Theaters offers $1 family films Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
See a movie and even feel good about it! Proceeds from tickets and concessions go to Variety’s Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute.
Offer expires: Aug. 5

Regal Cinemas Free Family Film Festival
Savings: $8 (based on the approximate price of a matinee ticket). See selected G- or PG-rated movies for free every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Rules and restrictions: At participating theaters only. First-come, first-served seating.
Offer expires: Aug. 12 or 19, depending on location

Clearview Cinemas Kids’ Club
Savings: $8 (based on the approximate price of a matinee ticket). Clearview Cinemas in New York and New Jersey are running eight weeks of free family films Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at participating theatres. First-come, first-served seating.
Offer expires: Aug. 20

Student Rush Tickets for "Billy Elliot"
Savings: $80 for two tickets. The multiple-Tony-winning musical offers day-of student rush tickets at half price for its New York shows with a current school-issued student ID. Tickets must be purchased at the box office on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
No expiration date.

Kids’ Night on Broadway
Savings: $130 for a kid’s ticket to "Shrek," plus a free kid’s entree at participating Times Square restaurants in New York. The first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month kids get free admission to participating plays. Tickets go on sale two months in advance. Some local restaurants also offer free entrees for kids as part of the promotion. Currently "Guys and Dolls," "Mamma Mia," "Hair," "The 39 Steps" and "Shrek" are participating, although shows may not participate every night, so check with the theatre first. Kids must be 6 to 18 years old and accompanied by an adult.
No expiration date.

Kids Eat Free at Applebee’s
Savings: About $5 for one kid’s menu meal, including one side dish. On Monday nights, some Applebee’s locations offer a free meal for one child and $1 meals for any children beyond that. This offer is not available at every location, so check with your local restaurant first. Note: One child per paying adult. Additional kids’ meals cost $1.
No expiration date.

Kids Eat Free at IHOP
Savings: About $3-$5 for one kid’s entrĂ©e. Some IHOP locations let kids eat free every day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Individual franchises set up their own promotions, so check with your local IHOP first. Kids must be 12 and under.
No expiration date.

The D-Zone at Denny’s
Savings: About $3 (based on the price of an average kid’s meal). Kids eat free on Tuesday nights at Denny’s from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. In some locations the deal is offered on Saturday nights as well. The promotion isn’t available everywhere, so call before you go. Kids must be 10 and under. Two free kids’ meals for every paying adult.
No expiration date.

Family Fun Night at Chick-fil-A
Value: About $3 (based on the price of one kid’s meal). At some Chick-fil-A locations, kids can eat free on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The deal isn’t available everywhere, so check with your local restaurant. Free kid’s meal when an adult combo meal is purchased.
No expiration date.

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