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Swap your Java

March is National Nutrition Month and Jamba Juice wants to help us Swap our Java for Jamba.

To entice us to do so they are offering a $2 off coupon good on any Smoothie, Juice Energy Bowl or Oatmeal. 

Jamba Juice wants to make this easy for us to redeem our coupon; we don’t even have to have the coupon with us. All we have to do is snap a picture on our phones or show them a screen shot and show them the photo in the store.  The coupon is good for a one time use through March 13, 2016. This is a great way to try out a juice or energy bowl you haven’t had the chance to try yet while making a small change towards better nutrition.

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To see if your store is participating and for complete details visit the Jamba Juice website.

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Free Family Nights at Kidspace

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Mark your calender’s it’s almost time for Kidspace Museum’s FREE Family Night. Every month Kidspace Museum offers FREE admission so that families can explore with a special evening of programming which includes performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • When: Family Night’s are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: FREE
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Image from Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Experience a taste of the Holi Festival, a springtime celebration from the country of India. Holi Festival is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. Throw bright powder at one another, design a henna tattoo, and paint with traditional Indian spices! Enjoy a special cultural performance at 6:00 pm.

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Free Family Nights at Kidspace

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ProjectRefinedLife.com

How does a FREE family night at Kidspace Museum sound? Every month Kidspace Museum offers FREE admission so that families can explore with a special evening of programming which includes performers that highlight cultures and traditions from around the world.

  • When: Family Night’s are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: Kidspace Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Cost: FREE
Photo courtesy of Kidspacemuseum.org
Photo courtesy of Kidspacemuseum.org

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Explore the jungles of East Africa in this nature inspired Free Family Night! Learn about lovebirds, build a traditional East African instrument known as a “kalimba”, and create cowrie shell jewelry! Don’t miss a cultural performance at 6:00 pm!

 

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Museums Free-for-All Day

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In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums announces the 11th Annual Museums Free-for-All Day.

On Saturday January 30, 2016c. Over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

We are thrilled that museums in Southern California are able to offer the Museums Free-for-All Day for the 11th year in a row,” comments Alex Capriotti, SoCal Museums President and The Broad’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “We hope that visitors take advantage of this day by going to a museum they have always wanted to see or by revisiting an old favorite.

The event also hopes to raise awareness of free visitor days available year-round at museums across Southern California.

MuseumsfreeinfoThe calendar above of free days can be found on the SoCal Museums’s website at http://www.socalmuseums.org/free.

Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro bus or rail. Visit metro.net/discounts to learn about discounts at participating museum destinations.

This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. For more information, visit SoCalMuseums.org. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information. Note that four institutions are offering free admission on Sunday, January 31 instead as part of Museums Free-for-All.

2016 Participating Museums

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Armory Space for Photography
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty
  • The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.
  • Hammer Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
  • Sunnylands
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • William S. Hart Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
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National Parks Free Days 2016

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A new year brings hope for change and new found interests. National Parks makes it easy to explore and get out in nature with Fee-free days to make national parks accessible to more people.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and they want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in  2016, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

 Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

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FREE Scary Face Pancakes

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Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat this Halloween! On Friday, October 30th, from 7:00AM-10:00PM, all kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake! Learn more at  IHOP.com

Restrictions apply. One per child. Dine in only. Participation may vary. Contact your local IHOP for more information. To find a location near you click HERE.

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It’s National Coffee Day

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It’s National Coffee Day!!! Doesn’t that make you want to do the happy dance or is it just me? It’s definitely one of my weakness in life. Although I have cut down my overall consumption of coffee, going to a coffee house and having a great cup of Joe is like a reward system for me.

To celebrate this non-holiday, holiday, here’s a list of FREE or next to free offers on this awesome day. Go get your coffee and do the happy dance.

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Krispy Kreme – get a free 12 oz. coffee and an original glazed doughnut! You can also get a small iced coffee, latte or mocha for a $1.00.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf National Coffee Day

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – get an iced coffee, flavored iced coffee or iced americano at 50% off.

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Dunkin’ Donuts – get a free medium cup hot or Iced Dark Roast coffee at participating locations.

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Whole Foods – Allegro coffee is just 25 cents for a 12 oz cup until the end of the month.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea – get a  free small cup of their  signature blend, with a food/bakery purchase.

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Get your 4th Grader’s Park Pass Today!

EveryKidinthePark2I originally wrote about the exciting Every Kid in the Park program back in February. This fantastic program provides every fourth grader and their family free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!

Today is the day!!! Go online to print your family pass. The pass is good through 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

Our national lands and waters belong to everyone. That includes you! Use this pass to visit any of them for free.

Every Kid in a Park sample pass Official rules

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth graders (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2015 to 2016 school year. It expires August 31, 2016.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.

How it works

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
  • The pass doesn’t cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
  • The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.

Get out there and start exploring! Use this link to find a National Park near you.

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Giving Tastes Great!

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Giving back never tasted so good. From now and through September 30th, every time you donate $2.00 or more to No Kid Hungry at your favorite The Habit Hamburger Grill location, they’ll give you a certificate for one free Charburger with cheese to use on your next visit! Certificates can be redeemed beginning the next day, through October 31, 2015.

100% of all donations will go directly to No Kid Hungry to help kids all over the U.S. receive nutritious food. There is a limit of one free No Kid Hungry/free Charburger with cheese certificate per guest per day.

To find a location near you or to donate, click here.

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Help End Hungry with $1.00 Pancakes

 

IHOP-short-stackIHOP® Restaurants partners with No Kid Hungry for “Summer of Smiles” to help end hungry.

Get a Short Stack of pancakes for $1 on Tuesday, August 25th and help raise funds and provide 2.5 million meals. IHOP is continuing the “Summer of Smiles” celebration by joining forces with No Kid Hungry to bring an end to childhood hunger.

IHOP and No Kid Hungry share the philosophy that starting the day with breakfast, and a smile, is extremely important, and have targeted a goal of providing 2.5 million meals this year.

One in Five American children struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry’s mission is to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. IHOP is joining that effort by offering guests the opportunity to donate directly to No Kid Hungry, August 24th through September 20th.

On August 25th, participating IHOP restaurants will offer short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dubbed “Share a Smile” Day, 50 cents from each $1 short stack sale will benefit No Kid Hungry.

To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger or to donate, please visit IHOP.com or visitnokidhungry.org.

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