Friday Deal Tip- Priceless Art for Free (or a penny!)

Do you like art museums? Are you intimidated by the idea of taking your kids to an art museum? Don't be. Art museums are for all ages and there are many art museums that are free, have free days, or pay-what-you-wish times. Many have a wide variety of art, so you may find pieces you love and pieces you detest in the same building. That's part of the fun! Pick your favorites and least favorites.

Baltimore area residents:
     We have 2 amazing art museums in Baltimore that are free!

The Walters Art Museum has a wonderful collection of ancient art, as well as European, Renaissance, Asian, and more. If you have kids that find ancient Egypt interesting, they will enjoy this museum. It has a variety of rooms and displays, so explore the various floors. They even have magnifying glasses for kids to use in some of the rooms to look at jewelry and smaller items.

Baltimore Museum of Art is another large art museum in Baltimore that is free admission. They have a large contemporary art col…

Friday Deal Tip- WOW Air

In case you haven't heard of WOW air yet, I want to let you in on the secret. If you have always dreamed of flying to Europe, but haven't been able to justify the cost of a plane ticket, this might be your chance. WOW air is a discount airline similar to Southwest, Spirit, or Frontier. You have the ticket cost and then you have to pay for everything else as add-ons, from luggage to seat assignments to food. This way you can have more control over your ticket price and not pay for things you don't need. WOW air has its hub in Reykjavik, Iceland and flies to several places in Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Israel. Right now, they are also running a special spring deal of 25% off (see below for code). I heard about WOW air from a friend who used it to fly to Germany from BWI and her family was very pleased with the price and planes. My husband and I have been wanting to do something for our 20th wedding anniversary, so I was able to get round trip tickets for us to fly from BWI…

Friday Deal Tip- Amusement Park Season Passes

I hate to leave people out of the loop on deals I find out about, but I also know I can't always remember to personally tell all my friends. So, I have decided to post deals on Fridays. (I have linked to most of the pages. Just click on the name to go to their website.)

This Friday's deal is time-sensitive, so it takes priority.

"Six Flags has 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada with world-class coasters, family rides for all ages, up-close animal encounters and thrilling water parks." - from their website

They are currently offering VERY good deals on their season passes. They do vary by park. Six Flags America (Baltimore/DC) has one of the best deals at $61.99/person. It also includes lots of extra benefits right now, including free admission and parking to all the other Six Flags parks. There is another Six Flags in NJ and that one has a safari area that looks similar to the safari ride at Animal Kingdom in FL. I rode my first roller coaster at Six…

The Disappearing Taj Mahal in Atlantic City


Susquehanna State Park (Harford County, MD)

This is a great park along the Susquehanna River near Havre de Grace, MD. There are numerous trails to give variety to your hikes. We often park near the old mill where it's free and there are bathrooms available in the bottom of the barn at the top of the hill. The trail along the river follows an old railroad track, but there are hilly trails as well that give you an opportunity to enjoy beautiful plants and trees as well as large rock groupings. There's also the occasional wildlife to come across. We recently saw a small deer that decided to follow the trail we had just walked on.

We have also parked at Steppingstone Museum, but that means that you will be hiking downhill at the beginning and uphill at the end.

You can find more information at Susquehanna State Park.

That Fish Place (Lancaster, PA)

Though some of my family was disappointed there were no dogs, there was plenty of interesting animals to see at That Fish Place or That Pet Place in Lancaster, PA. It costs nothing to look and it was interesting to see such a variety of fish, reptiles, and rodents.

Of course, my favorite part was the sting ray touch tank. I love any opportunity to pet sting rays and all of my kids finally tried this time.

This visit ended up inspiring my youngest to save up for a fish of his own.

Check out  That Fish Place/That Pet Place.

Travel Tips: Audio Options

We love books, so listening to books and stories has been a great pastime at home and on trips.  Before our firstborn was old enough to read, he would listen to audiobooks during his daily quiet time.  Here are some great resources for listening to stories that will entertain and stimulate the imagination.   
Libraries - Most libraries have online access to Overdrive where you can check out audiobooks, ebooks and even stream movies.   Storynory  - This is a site full of stories you can listen to online or easily download to a mp3 player, tablet or smartphone. - This is a huge resource for audiobooks.  You can try it for free before subscribing. Adventures in Odyssey - Focus on the Family has been recording these stories for years and continue to make new CDs. The Pond - These are stories for children that my husband even enjoys because of the humor. Amazon - You can buy CDs, mp3s and download apps for free audiobooks. LibriVox- This is a site with free and paid audiobook opt…