Special $10 Weekend Commuter Rail Pass Available This Summer!


MBTA Commuter Rail

The MBTA announced yesterday a summer pilot program with a $10 summer weekend fare aboard the commuter rail for unlimited travel. The pass would be available for travel through all zones, except CapeFlyer, beginning June 9, 2018 to September 2, 2018.

The $10 weekend fare will be valid for all Commuter Rail zones on both Saturdays and Sundays. The $10 fare will be available on mTicket, onboard trains, and ticket windows at North, South, and Back Bay Stations.

The pass applies to customers 12 and above and paying adults can bring two children under 12 for free.

Some commuter rail fares are over $10 for one way, so this pays for itself in less than one trip!

This is a great deal and a cheap and easy way to get into or out of the city, depending on where you live.

For more information about this weekend pilot program, please head here.

Will you get this summer commuter rail pass? Do you love this idea?


Kids Bowl Free This Summer


This free program for kids this summer is underway and perfect for rainy days!

Kids can bowl free this summer at many bowling alleys across Massachusetts and the U.S.! There are over 20 bowling alleys in Massachusetts, including Boston Bowl that participate in this free program.

Registered children can bowl two free games each day over the summer. This program does not include the cost of shoe rentals.

There are also some program terms, but you can read them and find more info here.

Will your kids be participating this year?

Ways to Save at Story Land in New Hampshire

Storyland NH Discount Tickets
Story Land is located in Glen, New Hampshire, approximately 3 hours North of Boston and is a great day trip or weekend getaway when you have young children.

My kids will be 1 and 3 this summer, and Story Land is on our summer bucket list and I’ve been keeping an eye out for deals since ticket prices can add up quickly for a family.

A full-price day ticket to Story Land is $34.99 at the gate for ages 3+. Children under 3 are free. Parking is free. You can save $4 on admission tickets if you buy online in advance for $30.99 (+ service fee) and the ticket is good for any day of the 2018 operating season.

If you buy your full admission Story Land ticket during the last 3 hours of any day, you will receive a free pass to come back the next day or another day in the current season. The park closes at 6PM in July & August and 5PM on all other operating days.

There are also a few Smart Day tickets available directly through Story Land for $26.99 and for online purchase only. The 2018 Story Land Smart Days are July 4th, August 5th, August 29th, September 16th and September 30th.

If you are visiting for multiple days, you could buy a two day flex ticket for $54.99 which is valid for any two days during the 2018 season. A basic season pass is $69.99 per person and a premium season pass is $89.99 if you are looking for longer or multiple visits.

In late Fall last year, Story Land offered a free preschool play pass for ages 3-5 to sign up for, which I forgot to do, as well as discount tickets for season passes, which I also didn’t do. If you are looking for future deals beyond the 2018 operating season, late Fall seems to be a sweet spot for Story Land deals for future visits. Just keep in mind that the free preschool pass goes fast and the season pass deal is just for Black Friday weekend typically, so you’ll have to plan ahead and be quick.

Luckily, there are a few discounts and deals for Story Land currently available through various companies.

*Please note that this post does contain some affiliate links and I receive a small commission to help maintain this site if you take advantage of any of these deals. I am not affiliated with Story Land to write this post– just a future visitor who wants to save some money and help fellow parents with my research. Thank you!

Goldstar currently has discount tickets to Story Land. I rarely see discounts for Story Land in general and this is the first time I’ve seen Story Land discounts on Goldstar so I’m not sure if they will be available to purchase all summer long or for a limited time only, so you may want to buy them soon if you are interested.

The discount tickets to Story Land are $26.99 + service fee through Goldstar and they can be used any operational day from May 26, 2018 to October 8, 2018.

One thing to note is there is a $4 service fee per ticket through Goldstar, which makes it $30.99 per ticket, and the same amount as the online offer directly through Story Land. I was super sad when I did the math at first BUT Story Land also charges a processing fee so Goldstar does appear to be the cheaper option after fees are accounted for. It looks like Story Land charges a processing fee of $3 per ticket with a max processing fee of $9.99.

Groupon also has discount tickets to Story Land available for $32.99 per ticket, and you can buy up to ten tickets. This isn’t really a good deal (in my opinion) unless the Goldstar option isn’t an option and you are buying 4 or less tickets. It ends up being more expensive than the online offer directly through Story Land if you are buying tickets for more than four people. Promo codes do not appear to work with the Groupon offer.

If you have an AAA membership, the Storyland AAA discount is $1 off at the gate. MTA members can also save on Story Land’s Final Three, Next Day Free program and is valid online only.

Breathe NH also has a coupon book that includes a free pass to Story Land when you buy one adult admission. Keep in mind that the book is $35 which is the same price as a full-price admission pass, but the pass would pass for itself with just Story Land if you plan on using some of other discounts in the book this year. For more information or to see all the discounts in the book, please head here.

There are a few other discounts available directly through Story Land on particular days this summer, and you can find the full schedule for discounts here.

If you are planning to stay for the weekend, some hotels may offer some discounts and coupons to Story Land, so make sure to look to see if nearby hotels offer anything comparable or better than the deals listed above.

For visit the Story Land’s website or to purchase tickets directly through them, please head here. If you are looking to buy discount tickets through Goldstar, please head here.

Do you know of any promo codes, coupons, or discounts to Story Land in New Hampshire that I may have missed? Have you been to Story Land before? Any tips to share to a first timer like me?


Half Price Admission at the Museum of Science on Friday Nights!

Museum of Science in Boston MA

Every Friday night through August 31, 2018, The Museum of Science in Boston has half off admission to exhibit halls on Friday nights after 3PM.

Full price admission at the Museum of Science for adults ages 12+ is $25 and children ages 3-11 are $20, so adult admission would be $12.50 on Friday nights this summer.

This is a great way to check out the Museum of Science this summer without paying full price. Keep in mind you can still get free museum passes with your Boston Public Library card (available to any Massachusetts resident) but this is a great option if the free passes are unavailable or unfeasible.

Also, many other local libraries offer discounts to the Museum of Science (typically $10 admission) if the free Boston library passes are booked.

For more information about 50% off Friday nights at the Museum of Science in Boston, please head here.

For even more discounts for the Museum of Science and other Boston museums and attractions, please head here.

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for May 19-20, 2018!

Free Things to Do this Weekend in BostonThere’s so many fun free and cheap things to do this weekend in the Boston area! As always, please leave a comment below if I missed any of your favorite free events!

Revere Beach Kite Festival: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Revere Beach from 11-2PM. Enjoy this annual kite festival & the first 300 kids will receive a free kite to decorate and fly!

Free Ferry Day: Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Boston Harbor Islands return for the season this Saturday and you can take a FREE ferry to George’s Island or Spectacle Island to celebrate! First-come, first-serve.

Home Sweet Home: Saturday, May 19, 2018. Many of the Trustees historic sites are FREE this weekend for Home Sweet Home Open House Day including Old Manse, Fruitlands Museum, and the Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate!

Community Boating Open House: Sunday, May 20, 2018 by the Charles River from 10-2pm. Head to Community Boating on Saturday for their open house where you can join their free orientations every hour!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

Free Boston Calling Block Party Every Thursday Night

Free Boston Calling Concert

The Boston Calling Block Party series is back for the summer! Every Thursday night from 5-8PM in Dewey Square Park enjoy live music, beer and wine, lawn games, and more!

Keep in mind you do need to be 21+ to attend.

Below is the 2018 weekly performance schedule for free live music this summer:

  • May 17: Bourbon Chasers
  • May 24: DJ Frank Whit
  • May 31: Nonplussed
  • June 7: The Almighty Duck
  • June 14: Rob Pagnano
  • June 21: Nonplussed
  • June 28: Absolute Gentleman
  • July 5: DJ Frank White
  • July 12: Rob Pagnano
  • July 19: East Coast Soul
  • July 26: Hi8us
  • August 2: These Wild Plains
  • August 9: The Whiskey Barrel Band
  • August 16: Giant Foot
  • August 23: Sudden Relic
  • August 30: East Coast Soul

For more information about Boston Calling’s Free Weekly Series, please head here.

Will you be checking out this free summer series? Have you been before?

Free Music in the City this Summer from Berklee!

Berklee Summer in the City

Berklee’s Summer in the City is back!

As the weather warms up, Berklee students, alumni, and faculty perform throughout the city this summer for Summer in the City.

Berklee College of Music hosts this free concert series every summer with over 200 performances at various outdoor venues throughout Boston from the Prudential Center, Boston Public Library, Downtown Crossing, Kendall Square, The Lawn on D, Boston Common, and much more this summer!

There’s so many ways to catch free music this summer with so many dates and venues to choose from!

Even better, the free music series has already begun and will last until late September, although expect the majority of music series to begin in June.

For the complete schedule and/or more information about Berklee’s Summer in the City, please head here.

Free Fun Fridays 2018 Schedule

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays in MA

The Free Fun Fridays 2018 Schedule from The Highland Street Foundation is out for Summer 2018!

If you are unfamiliar with Free Fun Fridays, every Friday from June 29, 2018 to August 31, 2018 anyone can get free admission to many different museums, attractions, and more throughout Massachusetts.

And this year is the best year yet. There are 100 venues participating this year, with 10 different activities to choose from on 10 Fridays this summer. This is 100% free for everyone, just simply show up.

Below is the 2018 Free Fun Fridays schedule, but you can find a handy printable schedule here:

June 29, 2018

Lyric Stage Company of Boston
MIT Museum
Berkshire Theatre Group
Nantucket Whaling Museum
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home
Concord Museum
Worcester Art Museum
Clark Art Institute
Children’s Museum in Easton
Edward Gorey House

July 6, 2018

Boston Children’s Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Battleship Cove
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Gore Place
Falmouth Museums on the Green
Hancock Shaker Village
Pilgrim Hall Museum
New England Quilt Museum

July 13, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Charles River Watershed
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
The Telephone Museum
Ventfort Hall Mansion Gilded Age
The Sports Museum
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

July 20, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts
Gloucester Stage Company
The Gardens at Elm Bank
Chatham Shark Center
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
Springfield Museums
Discovery Museum
The Hall at Patriot Place

July 27, 2018

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
JFK Hyannis Museum
Fitchburg Art Museum
Old Colony History Museum
Boston Athen?um
Sandwich Glass Museum
Arnold Arboretum
Museum of Russian Icons

August 3, 2018

Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
Davis Museum
Worcester Historical Museum
Osterville Historical Museum
Historic Deerfield
The Eric Carle Museum
Paragon Carousel

August 10, 2018

Boston Harbor Islands
Institute of Contemporary Art
Jacob’s Pillow
Cahoon Museum of American Art
Nichols House Museum
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
Wenham Museum
Fuller Craft Museum
The Greenway Carousel
Freedom Trail Foundation

August 17, 2018

JFK Presidential Library & Museum
Plimoth Plantation
Commonwealth Museum
Lynn Museum
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Fort Devens Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Old State House
Berkshire Museum
Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

August 24, 2018

Harvard Museums
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Smith College Museum of Art
The Old Manse
Emily Dickinson Museum
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Museum of African American History

August 31, 2018

Old Sturbridge Village
Norman Rockwell Museum
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
USS Constitution Museum
Cape Ann Museum
Griffin Museum of Photography
Provincetown Art Museum
The Mary Baker Eddy Library

For more information about Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, please head here.

What Free Fun Friday’s attraction are you looking forward to the most?