Boston Harbor Hotel’s Free Summer in the City Series


Boston Harbor Hotel Free Music and Movie Series

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back for summer 2018 with free live music and outdoor movies in their courtyard.

Summer in the City kicks off June 7, 2018 and ends on Friday, August 28, 2018 with free events happening every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this summer open to everyone! Free music is from 6-10pm and the free movies start at dusk.

Below is the 2018 Free Summer in the City schedule at the Boston Harbor Hotel for Summer 2018:

Pop-Soul Tuesdays

6/12: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
6/19: Young Love and the Thrills
6/26: World Premier Band
7/3: Sweetbeats Band
7/10: Soul City
7/17: Ray Greene
7/24: Pulse of Boston
7/31: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
8/7: Mystique
8/14: Young Love & the Thrills
8/21: World Premier Band
8/28: Ray Greene

Rat Pack Wednesdays

6/13: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
6/20: Rich Dimare
6/27: Alex MacDougall
7/4: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
7/11: Rich DiMare
7/18: Steve Memmolo
7/25: Justin Beech
8/1: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra
8/8: Steve Memmolo
8/15: Alex MacDougall
8/22: Justin Beech
8/29: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band

Blues Barge Thursdays

6/7: Bruce Marshall Band
6/14: Jeff Pitchell Band
6/21: Racky Thomas Band
6/28: Fat City Band
7/5: Jeff Pitchell  Band
7/12: Bruce Marshall Band
7/19: Fat City Band
7/26: Racky Thomas Band
8/2: Fat City Band
8/9: Bruce Marshall Band
8/16: Racky Thomas Band
8/23: Jeff Pitchell Band
8/30: Bruce Marshall Band

Movie by Moonlight Fridays

6/8: No Movie
6/15: When Harry Met Sally
6/22: It Happened One Night
6/29: Grease
7/6: Field of Dreams
7/13: The Lion King
7/20: Splash
7/27: Wizard of Oz
8/3: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
8/10: The Karate Kid
8/17: Hook
8/24: Dr. No
8/31: Out of Africa

For more information or for a printable schedule about this fun and free event series at the Boston Harbor Hotel, please head here.

Concerts in the Courtyard Returns to the Boston Public Library This Summer

Boston Public Library Free Concerts

Boston Public Library’s Free Concert in the Courtyard music series is back!

Boston Public Library hosts Concerts in the Courtyard every summer with free one hour concerts in the courtyard starting Friday, June 1, 2018 in one of Boston’s most beautiful spots!

The free concert series takes place in the courtyard of Boston Public Library in Copley Square every Wednesday at 6pm and every Friday at 12:30pm for one hour with a variety of free music from jazz, folk, classical, and more.

Concerts are moved from the Courtyard to Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather.

For more information or to view the Concerts in the Courtyard schedule, please head here.

Have you been to Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL before? Will you be going this year?

Kids Bowl Free This Summer


kidsbowlfree

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?

 

Canobie Lake Park Discounts

Canobie Lake Park DiscountsCanobie Lake Park opens for the season on May 5, 2018 and is a fun day trip from Boston with so many fun amusement rides, entertainment, and more!

Canobie Lake Park is located in Salem, New Hampshire and there are many different ways to save on admission tickets.

Regular price admission to Canobie Lake is $39 at the gate for adults and $29 for seniors and children under 48″. Admission is $26 for everybody after 5pm. Children 3 and under are free.

For the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Canobie Lake Park is hosting a one day ticket sale with regular price tickets for only $30. You can purchase these tickets at Canobie Lake Park or online with promo code ONEDAY at checkout. (There is a small transaction fee with online orders.)

The $30 ticket can be used any day for one person during the 2018 operating calendar. If you are planning to go to Canobie Lake Park this season, this is a great time to buy your tickets to use for later!

There’s also a few different ways to save on admission at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire that you can take advantage in the future:

  • Visit early in the season (May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20) and pay $30 for adults and $26 for kids and seniors
  • Free admission for Mom and Dad on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, respectively
  • Military members can receive $10 admission with proof of service + $10 admission for children 12 and under when accompanied by military parent on Memorial Day weekend
  • First Responders (Police, Fire, EMTs, etc.) with valid ID can receive free admission on any Friday from July 6 to August 31, 2018.
  • Save $5 on full-price weekday admission with coupon found at retailers like McD’s, Market Basket, 7-Eleven and more at the cash registers (YMMV- Your Mileage May Vary)
  • Get $6 off admission when you buy in advance at an AAA branch for AAA members

Also, in the past Costco members could get discount tickets for $29.99 for general admission, as you can see in the picture above. I haven’t seen the discount tickets at my local Costco yet, but it’s still early.

Also, make sure to check with your employer or special organizations to see if they offer any discount tickets, you may be pleasantly surprised to find some deals!

Don’t forget to check Canobie’s specials page for even more discounts to see if you qualify for any special offers.

What is your favorite way to save at Canobie Lake Park?

 

The Lawn on D Opens for the Season

The Lawn on D swings

The Lawn On D Powered by Citizens Bank opens for its fifth season starting today, May 1, 2018!

Enjoy games, concessions, and fun special events this year at The Lawn on D. This year enjoy weekly themed parties, movie nights, live bands, pop-up activities, and much more!

The Lawn On D’s most iconic feature, Swing Time, will have swing colors changing from blue to pink when moving as a throwback to when The Lawn on D first opened in 2014.

This year Cinco De Mayo will be kicking off the season this weekend (May 4 & 5, 2018) with a selection of Latin and Mariachi bands, food and beverage specials and fun activities for all!

Here are a few more events to get excited about this year at The Lawn on D:

  • May 19: Swing into Spring: The Lawn On D’s traditional Opening Day celebration
  • June 16: Lawn of Champions featuring Citizens Bank Community Partners: Check out  a collection of The Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots championship trophies ad interactive experiences. 
  • July 7: Summer Block Party: One of 2017’s most popular events returns with bubble soccer, mini golf, salsa dancing, rock climbing, and a “drum-off” with the Blue Man Group! 
  • October 27: Pumpkin Palooza: Enjoy Halloween fun for all ages with this favorite from the 2017 season! 

These are just a few of the many events happening this year on The Lawn on D to get excited about as well as the return as some more popular events as well!

For more information and all the 2018 happenings at The Lawn on D, please head here.

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for December 2-3, 2017!

Free Things to Do this Weekend in Boston

Happy last first weekend of 2017! Here are some fun and inexpensive things to do this weekend for December 2-3, 2017 in Boston:

Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting: December 1-3, 2017 in neighborhoods across the city. Mayor Walsh will be lighting Christmas trees and bringing joy and presents to various neighborhoods in Boston.

Mayor’s Walsh’s Tree Lighting: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 12pm at 800 West Broadway. Head to Medal of Honor Park in South Boston for some holiday fun with ponies, music, and holiday fun. Free.

The Enchanted Village: November 18, 2017 to January 1, 2018 at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Relive wonderful holiday memories and start a new tradition with your family with this fun and free holiday display.

Holiday Events at Bass Pro Shops: November 11, 2017 to December 24, 2017. Get a free photo with Santa with a Bass Pass + enjoy free holiday crafts and activities this holiday season at your local Bass Pro Shops!

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!

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Cheap Things to Do This Week in Boston for August 28-September 1, 2017!

Free Things to Do in Boston This Week

There are so many fun and free events in Boston during the weekdays, especially in the summer!

Please keep in mind that info can change, weather can damper events, and I can make mistakes (especially with this newborn!), so please so your due diligence and check event info before heading out to ensure the event listed is still happening. Thanks!

Here a few budget-friendly things to do this week in Boston for August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017:

Monday Events

Free Outdoor Movies:
Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: Free movie screening of Pets at Ringer Playground in Allston at dusk

Free Fitness Classes:
November Project: Free workout (#DestinationDeck) at 6:30AM
BOXFIIT on the Harbor: Free fitness class every Monday at 5:30pm on Waterfront Plaza
P.O. Fitness: Free Vinyasa Yoga at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 5:30-6:30PM
Seaport Sweat: Free Fitness Classes in the Seaport District at 6PM and 7PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Zumba Class at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at Gertrude Howes in Roxbury at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Salsa Dancing at Blackstone Square in the South End  at 6PM
lululemon Run Club: Free run club on Mondays at 6PM, meet at lululemon at the Prudential Center
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at McGann Playground in Hyde Park at 6:30PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Line Dancing at Franklin Park, Refectory Hill in Dorchester at 6:30PM

Tuesday Events

Free Fun:
Summertime at the Street: Free kid-friendly fun at the Street in Chestnut Hill on Tuesdays at 3PM, RSVP encouraged but not required

Free Outdoor Movies:
Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: Free movie screening of Moana at Ramsay Park in Roxbury at dusk

Free Music:
Midday Music: Free music at Post Office Square from 12-2pm
Pop Soul Tuesdays: Free live (pop soul) music every Tuesday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 6-10pm

Free Fitness Classes:
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at Medal of Honor Park in South Boston at 6:30AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Tai Chi at Adams Park in Roslindale at 7AM
P.O. Fitness: Free Pilates Barre at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 7:15-8:15AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Chair Yoga at Symphony Park in the Fenway at 10AM
Seaport Sweat: Free Fitness Classes in the Seaport District at 5:30PM and 6:30PM
P.O. Fitness: Free Kick It with Emily at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 5:30-6:30PM
Healthy, Fit & Fun 2017: Free Zumba Class at the DCR Hatch Shell at 6pm
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Zumba at Gertrude Howes in Roxbury at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at Franklin Square in the South End at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free GetFit: Full Body Fusion at Elmherst Park in Dorchester at 6:30PM
Summertime at the Street: Free Kick It by Eliza! class at the Street in Chestnut Hill at 7PM, RSVP encouraged but not required

Wednesday Events

Free Fun:
The Museum of Fine Arts: Free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
Stump Team Trivia (Dedham): Head to Dedham Square Coffeehouse on Wednesday night at 7:30PM with free trivia. Reserve your free ticket.
North End Movie Night: Free movie screening of Sing at Prince Street Park in the North End at dusk
Aeronaut Neighborhood Nights: Enjoy a beer garden featuring food trucks, music, and more at Zone 3 in Allston starting at 5PM.

Free Music:
Rat Pack Wednesdays: Free live (rat pack) music every Wednesday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 6-10pm
Concerts in the Courtyard: Free music every Wednesday in the Courtyard at the Boston Public Central Library from 6-7pm (Rain location: Rabb Hall if needed)

Free Fitness:
November Project: Free workout (stadium) at 5:30AM and 6:30AM
P.O. Fitness: Free Yoga Bootcamp at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 7:15-8:15AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free On The MOVE! (For Kids) at Thomas M. Menino Park in Charlestown at 10AM
Seaport Sweat: Free Fitness Classes in the Seaport District at 12PM and 7PM
FIT on the Garden: Free Fitness Class on South Garden at the Prudential Center at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Family Zumba at LoPresti Park in East Boston at 6PM
Healthy, Fit & Fun 2017: Free Sunset Yoga at Fielder Field at 6PM, please bring your own mat
Healthy, Fit & Fun 2017: Free Run Club at Marathon Sports (671 Boylston St) at 6:30pm
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Line Dancing at Franklin Park, Refectory Hall in Dorchester at 6:30PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free HIIT at Brighton Square in Brighton at 6:30PM

Thursday Events

Free Fun:
ALT Rocks Boston: Free summer concert from ALT 92.9 at Copley Square
The Institute of Contempory Art: Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA): Free on Thursdays from 5-9pm

Free Outdoor Movies:
Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: Free movie screening of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Iacono Park in Hyde Park

Free Music:

Free Boston Calling Block Party: Free live music, bar and more on Thursdays from 5-8pm at Dewey Square Park
Midday Music: Free music at Post Office Square every Thursday from 12-2pm
Blues Barge Thursdays: Free live (blues) music every Thursday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 6-10pm
Summer Concerts at Kendall Square: Free music at lunchtime at Kendall Square starting at 12pm
Berklee Summer Concert Series: Free Live Music at the Boston Public Market at 5:30PM in the Market HUB!
Summertime at the Street
: Free Acoustic Evenings at the Street in Chestnut Hill at 6PM, RSVP encouraged but not required
ICA Harborwalk Sounds: Free music on Thursday nights at the ICA starting at 6pm (+ Free Admission to the museum on Thursday nights)

Free Fitness:
P.O. Fitness: Free Vinyasa Yoga at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 7:15-8:15AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Gentle Yoga at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End at 10AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free On the MOVE! (For Kids) at Medal of Honor Park in South Boston at 10AM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at Almont Park in Mattapan at 10AM
P.O. Fitness: Free Bootcamp at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 5:30-6:30PM
Seaport Sweat: Free Fitness Classes in the Seaport District at 5:30PM and 6:30PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free Yoga at Boston Common Frog Pond at 6PM
Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free HIIT at Mothers Rest @ Four Corners in Dorchester at 6PM
Healthy, Fit & Fun 2017: Free Bootcamp at Fielder Field at 6PM

Friday Events

Free Fun:
Boston Children’s Museum: $1 admission (almost free!) from 5-9pm every Friday night thanks to Target! (+ more ways to save at Boston Children’s Museum)
Free Friday Night Fun (Acton, MA): Head to The Discovery Museum in Acton for free admission from 4:30-8PM this summer

Free Outdoor Movies:

Movies by the Moonlight: Free outdoor movie screening of Fever Pitch at the Boston Harbor Hotel at dusk
Patriot Place Summer Flicks: Free movie screening of The Angry Birds Movie at dusk at the NRG Plaza at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA

Free Music:
Summer Concerts on the Greenway: Free music at 5pm on Friday nights at the Greenway’s North End Park. 

Free Fitness:
November Project: Free workout (hills) at 6:30AM
P.O. Fitness: Free Pilates Barre at Norman B. Leventhal Park from 7:15-8:15AM
Seaport Sweat: Free Yoga in the Seaport District at 12PM

Discount Tickets This Week

There are a lot of discount tickets in Boston available through our friends at Goldstar Boston. Goldstar is free to use– they may just ask for your e-mail to send you an occasional e-mail for events. I am an affiliate partner and may receive a little thank you for sending people their way– please read my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

Codzilla: Go on a high speed boat tour of Boston Harbor with discount tickets starting at $18.75 + service fees through Goldstar, must reserve in advance
Provincetown Fast Ferry: Head to Cape Cod for the day or longer with a 90-minute ferry to Provincetown. Discount tickets start at $48.75 + service fees for select weekday cruises.
Boston to Salem Ferry: Take a fast ferry to Salem, MA for the day with discount tickets starting at $26.25.
Boston Duck Tour Tickets: Take a late duck tour from both land and water with discount tickets starting at $28.32, reserve in advance.
Water Country USA: Cool off this Summer at Water Country USA in Portstmouth, NH with discount tickets starting at $31.99
ImprovBoston Mainstage Thursdays: Laugh every Thursday night with ImprovBoston in Cambridge with Discount Tickets starting at $9
Blue Man Group: See the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse with discount tickets starting at $54.17 for select dates and times

Please let me know if I missed any fun and free events in the comments below! Hope you have a great week!

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