Free Coffee at SWEET Bakery on School Street!

Sweet Bakery

SWEET Bakery is adding coffee to the menu at their School Street location.

To celebrate the arrival of lattes, cappuccinos, and more, SWEET will offer guests a free cup of coffee on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 8AM to 10AM. Perfect way to start a Monday morning!

SWEET Bakery is located at 11 School Street in Boston. For more information, please head here.

How to Save Money at The Boston Children’s Museum

Children's Museum in Boston on a Budget

Are you looking for ways to save at the Boston Children’s Museum?

The Boston Children’s Museum is located at 308 Congress Street in Boston. Tickets are $16 per person and children under 1 are FREE.

Members are admitted free and basic membership is $160 for a year and admits 4 people per visit as well as other perks including free and half-price admission to other museums. Membership may be a good option for you if you frequent the museum often, especially for a family of four!

If you are looking to save money at the Children’s Museum in Boston, here’s a few ways to do so:

Ways to Save on Tickets to the Boston Children’s Museum

  • Admission is $1 on Friday nights from 5-9pm
  • Admission is half-price ($8) when you visit during the last hour (at 4pm) from Saturday-Thursday
  • Request a museum pass from your local library and get half-price admission ($8), up to 4 guests
  • Mass EBT cardholders can receive admission for $2 per person when they pay in cash, up  to 4 people with valid EBT card and photo ID
  • New England K-8 Teachers receive free admission with valid work ID, union card or paycheck AND photo ID
  • Active Military Personnel or dependent will receive complimentary admission with valid ID
  • WGBH members receive $1 off admission for up to 4 people with current membership card and photo ID
  • Children who are Red Sox Kid Nation members can receive $2 off admission with membership card
  • Tourists who purchased the Go Boston Card receive free admission with card
  • Admission for one for $12 (25% off) with Groupon Daily Deal, promotional value expires May 31, 2017, not valid with other offers (expiring soon)

Getting to the Boston Children’s Museum (on a budget)

There are a lot of different ways to get to the Boston Children’s Museum.

South Station is located less than half mile walk to the Boston Children’s Museum and is a great budget-friendly option, especially if you don’t want to drive to the museum.

Take the red line, silver line, bus, or commuter rail to South Station and walk over the Congress Street Bridge. Price varies depending on travel method, but children 11 and under ride free on the subway and commuter rail.

If you’d rather drive directly to the Boston Children’s Museum, there are some parking lots close by. Weekend and Friday night parking is going to be cheaper because you don’t have to compete with commuters for parking spots.

Here are the parking lots recommended by the Children’s Museum:

  • Stilling Street Garage: $23 weekdays (must get parking validated at museum info desk), $14 weekends (no validation required)
  • Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage: $20 parking when you enter after 10am and leave before 6pm, must get parking validated at museum info desk), $9 on weekends and weeknights after 5pm, when you get a discount parking stub at the museum info desk
  • Farnsworth Street Garage: $24 on weekdays and $14 on weekends, need validation at museum info desk for price (NOTE: This is the garage we parked at and noticed the $14 sign for parking out front, so I don’t think you’d need the validation sticker if the sign is there. We used SpotHero to reserve a spot at the garage and it was $10 through the app).

There is also an open parking lot right across the street from the Children’s Museum (321 Congress Street) and it looks like parking is $15 on the weekends and $25 max on the weekdays, but I would probably double-check that before you pull in.

If you are looking for more parking options and/or the cheapest parking lot, I highly recommend downloading a parking app on your phone. You can see the real-time parking rates for the day/hours of your visit and the current availability. Sometimes you can reserve in advance and get a discount.

Here are some parking apps to consider:

Depending on the garage and parking app, you may need to follow a special direction to get the ticket validated. For the Farnsworth Garage, I needed to bring my ticket with me, and then go to the main office (right by the elevator) to show my parking app to get the ticket validated by a staff member and then I slipped the ticket into the machine on my way out.

Overall, parking apps are a great way to find the cheapest parking garages in real-time without spending extra gas. An extra bonus if you have any free credit with them to apply to your parking costs!

Cheap Eats Near the Boston Children’s Museum

The closest dining option is at the Children’s Museum, which is Au Bon Pain. There is an entrance on Congress Street, but you can actually access the bakery through the Museum too as there’s an entrance on the first floor.

There’s a lunch area on the first floor, and this is the only area where food is allowed in the museum. You can also bring food as well and eat it there, if you’d rather.

In the summer, you can eat on the patio outside and you can also purchase food from the Hood Milk Bottle if you want. It was cold and closed when we went, so I’m unsure of the prices.

Here are some other options for cheap eats in Boston near the museum:

  • South Station Food Court: If your looking to keep it casual and quick and took the train or bus to/from the museum, you may want to eat at South Station. There’s a lot of different options and most are too expensive either.
  • Food Trucks: Also, super casual and near South Station, head to Dewey Square for some t0-go eats from a food truck. Here’s the Greenway Food Truck schedule.
  • Pastoral: Pastoral is a great option for Pizza and sit-down service located a quick walk from the museum, on the other side of the street if you are looking for a sit-down option. Even better, show your museum admission receipt for 10% off!
  • Flour: Flour is a bakery + café across the street from the Farnsworth Garage and a great spot for casual counter service and delicious treats.
  • Boloco: There is a Boloco at 284 Congress Street if you are looking for counter service and burritos. Even better, download the Boloco Passport App for $5 off for new users. You can even order and pay ahead of time through the app. (Note: You’ll want the Atlantic Wharf location on Congress St., not the Children’s location which is Children’s Hospital on Longwood. It just sounds like something I’d do when I’m sleep deprived and in a hurry, so figured I’d make a note).
  • Shake Shack: Shake Shack is located at 77 Seaport Blvd and is about a 5 minute walk from the Museum. Shake Shack is counter service with burgers, shakes, and more, and you order your meal ahead of time with the Shack App available on iOS.

My Experience at the Boston Children’s Museum

I recently went to the Children’s Museum in Boston with my little one (2-year old) and husband and we spent $24 total on tickets and parking, not including the cost of gas.

We got discount tickets through the Boston Public Library and received half-off admission per person, and paid $24 for admission. I accidentally let my BPL card expire (it expires every two years) and realized when I tried to reserve a pass in advance. Instead I went to the library on the way to the museum, renewed my library card and picked up a pass right there. I was in and out of the library in 5 minutes or less and was an easy way to save $24!

We ended up driving to the museum and parking at the Farnsworth Garage. Weekend parking is $14, and we had no trouble finding a spot. I have the SpotHero app on my phone and reserved a spot on the way in (ok– when we parked) and parking was $10 through the app. I also have awesome readers who used my referral code in the past so I had $10 in credit that paid for parking!

Food and beverage is only allowed in the lunch area located on the first floor. The lunch area is attached to Au Bon Pain so you can grab food there and bring it to the lunch room without leaving. We ended up giving our son a quick snack that we brought from home in the lunch room and continued to explore. He had a little injury later so we ended up eating lunch at home instead of going out to eat after. However, there are a lot of restaurants nearby if you do want to eat before or after your visit.

My little one had a good time but it was BUSY on a Saturday (mid-morning) in March on a rainy day. I’d probably go on a weekday in the future to hopefully avoid some crowds.

Have you been to the Boston Children’s Museum before? Do you have any tips to share?

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for April 8-9, 2017!

Free Weekend Events in Boston

Are you looking for some fun and budget-friendly things to do this weekend in Boston? Here are a few ideas for you!

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:30am at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Hunt around for Easter Eggs around Faneuil Hall on Saturday. Free, but RSVP is recommended.

Bass Pro Shops Easter Fun: April 8-16, 2017 at participating Bass Pro Shops. Head to Foxboro for their FREE Easter Event with a free photo, crafts, and more!

The Fenway Experience at YMCA of Greater Boston: Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10-12:30pm at the Roxbury YMCA. Enjoy a family-friendly Fenway experience at the Roxbury YMCA with World Series Trophies, Wally, games, and more!

CollegeFest: Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 12-5pm at BU Fitness and Rec Center. College Students, head to this travel show just for you and enter win some sweet giveaways. Must bring college ID.

Boston Design Week: March 29-April 9, 2017. Enjoy this 12-day Citywide Design Festival with many free and inexpensive events focused around design!

Pics in the Park: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Jamaica Pond Bandstand. Bring your camera and join an informal photography session in a Boston park. Free.

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

Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA is also opening for the season on Saturday and you can find discounts to Edaville Railroad this year

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Free Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops!

Bass Pro Shops Easter Event

Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro, MA (and other participating locations) are holding a FREE Easter Event from April 8-16, 2017!

Kids can get a picture taken with the Easter Bunny himself for free + a free 4×6 photo during select hours:

  • Saturdays from 11-6pm
  • Sundays from 11-4pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays from 6-8pm
  • Fridays from 2-8pm

There are also free Easter crafts and fun on the weekends from 1-4pm plus a free craft on Good Friday from 2-5pm.

For more information about this Free Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops, please head here.

Have you done any fun Easter activities yet? Will you be heading to Foxboro for this fun and free Easter Event?

Oath Craft Pizza Grand Opening in Brookline on Thursday

Oath Craft Pizza is opening up their newest location in Coolidge Corner and to celebrate they are offering half off the menu on Opening Day on Thursday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 11am-10pm stop into the new Coolidge Corner location at 276 Harvard Street in Brookline for half off your order.

For more information, please head here.

H/T Eater Boston

 

Jordan’s Furniture 2017 Red Sox Promotion

Jordan's Furniture 2017 Red Sox PromoJordan’s Furniture released their 2017 Red Sox promotion this year for a chance for FREE Furniture!

If the Red Sox sweep the World Championship, everything you bought at Jordan’s Furniture between March 29, 2017 and May 21, 2017 will be FREE!

You will receive a rebate of the purchase price if the Red Sox win the first four games of the World Series. It has happened before, so maybe this year it will too!

Keep in mind that there are a few items that are not included in the Monster deal promotion such as items from the clearance center, so make sure to read all the terms before you make a purchase.

For more information and all the details, please head here.

Will you be participating in this Monster deal from Jordan’s Furniture this year?

 

How to Find Cheap Boston Red Sox Tickets and Parking

Boston Red Sox Cheap Tickets and Parking

The Boston Red Sox are back at Fenway Park this season!

There are many different ways to save on Boston Red Sox Tickets, game day parking, and more to make a game a little manageable for the wallet!

Red Sox Tickets 101

*This post contains some affiliate links for some ticket sites mentioned and I receive a small percentage if you make a purchase through my link. Thank you.

Red Sox tickets directly through the Red Sox ticketing website start at $10 and go up to $189 for face-value tickets for non-premium seats.

Ticket fees are additional with a $7 processing fee on your total order and a few dollar fee per ticket as well.

Ticket prices for the Boston Red Sox work on a tier-pricing system with 5 different pricing options available with tier 1 being the most expensive and tier 5 being the least expensive.

Basically, low demand games (like a weeknight game in April) will be lower than high demand games (like a weekend game in the summer).

Cold month games, weekday games, undesirable opponents, standing room only tickets, and seats in the bleachers and grandstands will be the cheaper options.

Tier 5 games start at $10 and you can check out the Fenway Park Seating and Pricing guide for the complete breakdown of the tier-pricing system to find the perfect section for you based on preference and budget.

If you would like to have an idea of your view from different areas of Fenway Park, you can place your seats in the Red Sox seating chart or you can check out the map from Ace Tickets, which has different angles from different seats.

Keep in mind that Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in America so there are seats with obstructed views and not directly facing the field; however, when you purchase tickets on RedSox.com there should be a little red asterisk warning you of the obstructed view before you purchase.

Tickets can be bought the day of the game, but only a limited amount of tickets are for sale beginning 90 minutes before game time at Gate E ticket window. You can wait in line up to 5 hours in advance for tickets, but you do need to proceed into the stadium once you receive your ticket.

This is not a guarantee way to buy tickets, and you do not know what seats are still available, if any. For more information for game day tickets through the Red Sox, please head here.

Also, ticket scalping is illegal in Massachusetts. However, there is a scalp-free zone at Gate C 90 minutes before game time and Red Sox personnel are on hand to monitor ticket sales between fans, if you’d rather go that route for tickets.

If you are visiting Fenway Park from out-of-state and have visited other ballparks, you may have showed up at the gate and got tickets right there at a decent price. I know I’ve done this for other major league baseball teams in the past, but the Boston Red Sox are a little different. You will run into a huge line and definitely a different experience from other ballparks.

It’s recommended to buy tickets ahead of time if you want a guarantee way to catch the game. Check the Red Sox Ticketing website for tickets and availability first as well as other sources.

Red Sox Ticket Promotions and More

The Boston Red Sox have a few promotions and offers directly through the Sox:

Budget-Friendly Ticket Options Through Third-Party Sellers

Sometimes buying Red Sox tickets directly through the Red Sox may not be the best option, especially if there’s none available. Also, sometimes if there’s a lot of availability directly through the Red Sox, third-party sellers may be selling tickets cheaper than face value!

Keep an eye out on third-party websites for upcoming poor weather games or last minute seats, since you may be able to get a great deal!

SeatGeek is a great website to check out after the Red Sox ticketing website because it is a ticket aggregator (think Kayak.com but for tickets). It lists the price of tickets from multiple ticket agencies all on one page. This is a great way to see what the market is doing and what to expect to pay without going to a million different websites.

Keep in mind that SeatGeek is a ticket aggregator and not a ticket seller, so you may want to do a quick google search on the ticket company it refers you to if you’ve never heard of the company before.

However, there are a lot of reputable companies on the list– just be careful if there’s a new site on the list with little information, with really low prices.

You can always check out individual third-party ticket resellers directly if you’d rather. Ace Tickets is a Boston-based company and tickets can be purchased online or at a local office. Ace Tickets is included with the SeatGeek aggregation website, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to check the website directly or stop into their office if you’d rather a local option.

Craigslist is another popular option for sox tickets, especially for cheap and/or last minute tickets. You can get some deals and great seats at the last minute, especially. However, you are more likely to be scammed through Craigslist than other sources, so just be careful if you do go that route.

If you are looking for the safest ticketing option, besides directly through the source, Red Sox Replay is the next best thing. Red Sox Replay is the Official Red Sox Ticket Resale Marketplace where ticket owners can post their tickets for purchase by other fans. If you can’t find tickets for the game you want directly through the Red Sox ticketing site, this is a nice safe option as it’s backed by the Red Sox.

There are a lot of different third-party sources and options. You can definitely over pay for tickets if you don’t do your research, but you can also score some great deals on tickets if you do.

Where to Park Near Fenway Park

Game Day parking is a tricky subject because who wants to tell you where to park and then not be able to park in their favorite lot because everyone has read this blog and now the author can’t find a cheap spot. Tragic right?

First off, I will say that I encourage you not to park really close to Fenway Park because it’s really expensive (and crazy busy). I will also encourage you to take the MBTA (or walk!) if those are options for you (ESPECIALLY for weekday afternoon games because parking garages will be full of commuters and extra pricey).

Take the B, C or D Green Line to Kenmore (any except the E Line) and follow the signs to Fenway Park. If you are taking the commuter rail in from Metro West, the Framingham/Worcester Line stops at Yawkey Station. Commuter rail prices vary depending on location and distance. The T is $2.25 a ride with the Charlie Card or $2.75 with a Charlie paper Ticket.

The Official parking lots of the Boston Red Sox are 100 Clarendon Street and the Prudential Center garage. Personally, I think the Clarendon Garage is a little too far (1.3 mile walk) but it’s only $10 to park for evening and weekend games with your ticket stub. The garage at the Prudential Center is $18 with your ticket stub and is only .7 miles away to Fenway Park, depending on the entrance you park near.

The Boston Red Sox website has a very helpful page dedicated to parking near Fenway Park and they break down the parking garages by price and location. However, there are a lot of other options not listed as well, so don’t feel overwhelmed.

Luckily, there’s technology and smartphone apps which make parking at Fenway Park a little bit easier. You can see how much parking is at each garage without driving around to every garage. You can even reserve a parking spot beforehand. Amazing, right?

I personally only use SpotHero because I have a level of comfort (and free parking credit) with them and hate to try new things, but there’s other options too. I included my referral link to a few different options so you and I both get free credit when you use them for the first time.

Parking near Fenway Park can be busy and really expensive. The closer you are, the more expensive it is. Lots also fill up so it’s smart to park further way to Fenway Park and/or reserve a parking spot in advance.

If you live too far to walk, but close enough to bike to Fenway Park, MassBike has a free valet service available for every home game at Gate D! Valet is open 90 minutes before the game and ends 30 minutes after the last out.

If a Red Sox game is too expensive or are not playing when you’d like to see the ballpark, you can always take a Fenway Park tour or grab a beer a Bleacher Bar as an alternative.

There’s so many different ways to save at Fenway Park. The best technique really depends on how much flexibility (and budget) you have.

Do you have any tips for saving at Red Sox games this year?

GO SOX!

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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is Back!

Ben & Jerry's Free Ice Cream

Save the Date! Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 12-8pm at all participating Ben & Jerry’s locations!

Even better, Showcase Cinemas is participating in Free Cone Day for the first time! Movie-goers on 4/4/17 can get a free ice cream cone at Showcase Cinemas in Dedham, Foxboro, Lowell, Millbury, Randolph, Revere, Worcester and Warwick.

Tuesdays are also Bargain Tuesdays at Showcase Cinemas with movie tickets at $8.50 so catch a discount movie and a free treat!

For more information about Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, please head here.

Will you be grabbing a free ice cream on Tuesday?