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A Savvy Shopper's Guide to Bargains, Deals, & Freebies

$35 membership (reg $75) to Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary – McKinney, TX January 20, 2011

Filed under: Education,Entertainment,Museum — Meg @ 9:33 am
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Right now you can get a family membership to The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, TX for just $35. That’s right! The membership that is normally $75 is on sale for JUST $35! (Yes, I’ve paid full price previously…)

Buy this for yourself or give it as a gift! The deal is on through tomorrow (1/21/11) and you have until 7/22/11 to activate your membership. From the date of activation, your membership is good for a full year! Click here to see the deal.

Here’s what is included in the family membership:

  • Free admission for 2 adults and all children 18 and younger living in the same household or grandchildren 18 and younger
  • 10% discount at the Heard Nature Store
  • Discounts on classes, camps, birthday parties, and facility rentals
  • Express entry into museum for crowded special events
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Discounted admission passes for your guests
  • “Reciprocal admission through the Travel Passport Program to more than 300 ASTC participating member museums and science centers worldwide. Visit www.astc.org/members/passlist.htm. Please note that museums within 90 miles of the Heard are excluded from the program and reciprocal admission only extends to general admission unless otherwise stated.”
  • If you live anywhere in the DFW area or North Texas, this deal is one you should seriously consider. The Heard is a gorgeous expanse of land complete with hiking trails, wildlife galore, an indoor museum, learning labs, guest speakers, traveling exhibits, and more. They have star gazing walks at night, guided hikes year ’round, and it is a primo spot for kids’ birthday parties. The Heard is staffed with highly educated folks who love to share nature with guests of all ages through classes for the youngest ones on up!

Expires: THIS FRIDAY, January 21, 2011

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Over 50% OFF for family 4-pack to Dinosaur World October 18, 2010

Filed under: Education,Entertainment,Museum,Travel — Meg @ 2:02 pm

This past summer I took my kids on a road trip to Glen Rose, TX, just southwest of Fort Worth. We visited Dinosaur Valley State Park, went on a safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and even had a pizza & movie night in our hotel room. As it turns out, WE MISSED THE BEST PART of Glen Rose, when you’re in the dinosaur-wonder age group… DINOSAUR WORLD!

Now I have no excuse not to take the family back! Here’s a deal for a family 4-pack of tickets to Dinosaur World for just $22 (regularly $45, 2 adults & 2 kids).  The tickets are good for a full year (through 10/22/2011), so why not get them now to use next summer?

** When you make your purchase, there’s a spot just below where you enter your credit card information. It asks for a Referral Code. Enter code 4A84C.

Expires: The tickets for Dinosaur World expire 10/22/2011, but the deal ends on 10/21/2010.

 

$35 family membership to Sci-Tech Discovery Center (Frisco, TX) October 11, 2010

Sci-TechHold the presses! This is the BEST membership deal I’ve seen on the group buy sites! Just $35 gets your family a one-year membership to Sci-Tech Discover Center (located in Frisco, TX, southeast of the Dallas North Tollway & Main St.), hands-down the MOST FUN science & math museum and activity center in North Texas! If you have kiddos ages 0 – 12, or have family/friends with children in this age bracket, you NEED to check out Sci-Tech. Grandparents, I’m talking to you too. You can buy this deal as a GIFT or buy it for yourselves for when the grandkids come to visit!

I’ve been to Sci-Tech Discovery Center twice so far with my kids — once last year for their unbelievable Grossology exhibit (all things body-related and gross), and just this past week for their Math Midway exhibit (the kids were learning math and didn’t even realize it!). And, yes, I’m buying this membership and taking my family back there MANY more times in the next year! Sci-Tech fills a gigantic hole in North Texas… and I’m so glad they’re here!

So, here’s how to snag the deal and partake in Sci-Tech’s “mind stretching fun”:

(1) Create a Living Social account by clicking here. Just enter your email address and click the green button for “send me free daily deals” (you can turn this subscription off after snagging the deal – see step #4 below).

(2) You should now see the deal page for the $35 family membership to Sci-Tech Discovery Center. (If you don’t, click here.)

(3) Make your purchase! Here’s the fine print: “Limit 1 per person, buy as many as you’d like as gifts • Limit 1 voucher per family only • One voucher is valid for up to four family members only • Membership is for one year • Promotional value expires on 04/12/11”

(4) IF you want to unsubscribe from the daily deal emails, log in using your Living Social account you created while making your purchase (you may still be logged in if you *just* made your purchase). In the upper right hand corner, you should see “welcome back, [your name]”. Below that click the “my account” link. Next, click the “subscriptions” tab. Click the “x” on the right next to any of the cities for which you want to unsubscribe.  Voila! You’re done. 🙂

Expires: This deal is only for sale TODAY (10/11/2010), so hop to it! The membership is good for one year. I *think* you have until April 2011 to redeem the voucher (start your membership).

 

$75 “Sustainer” Membership to Dallas Museum of Art September 20, 2010

DMAIf you’re anywhere near the DFW vicinity and are looking for a SPECTACULAR gift to give to yourself or your family, THIS IS IT.

For a limited time, the Dallas Museum of Art is offering memberships at the “sustainer” level for just $75 (reg. $125). Just hop over to Savvy Source to make your purchase by Sept. 23, 2010!

Your membership includes:
* Unlimited free general admission to the Museum for two adults or one adult and a guest and children under 18 living in the same household
* Free admission to most special exhibitions
* Free parking during Museum hours
* Exclusive invitations to member previews
* Subscription to the Dallas Museum of Art Magazine
* Museum car decal
* Opportunity to join the Dallas Museum of Art League
* Free admittance to Museum film series
* Discounts in the Museum Store
* Discounts on dining
* Reciprocal memberships to more than 300 museums in the United States, Central America, and Canada
* Exclusive invitations to member-only special exhibition preview celebrations
* Opportunity to customize your membership by joining two of the following member-only groups: Kids Club, encore!, and the Professional Members League

Here’s the fine print from the site:

Discount is valid for new members only. Coupon must be redeemed by October 31, 2010. Membership expires 12 months from the date of redemption. A coupon cannot be combined with any other gift certificates, third party certificates, coupons or promotions, unless otherwise specified by merchant. The coupon is of no cash value, is non-transferable and cannot be purchased as a gift.

Expires: This deal is available to purchase through 9/23/10 (that’s this Thursday), and you must redeem your voucher to begin your membership by 10/31/10 (Halloween).

Thanks, Christine!

 

$5 tickets to Dallas Arborteum – that’s 50% OFF via GROUPON September 15, 2010

ArboretumWhere else in Dallas can you see swimming pumpkins in the fall, play in houses made of flowers, and be surrounded by more tulips and daffodils than you can count in the spring? TODAY ONLY you can buy advance tickets to the Dallas Arborteum for just $5 (reg. $10/ea). The tickets are good through March 1, 2011 with the exception of just 10/31-10/31 & 11/26-11/28.

Do you realize the savings here?!? Steeply discount tickets to the Dallas Arboretum like these are VERY hard to come by, and you can buy up to 10 with this deal! This is the time to go ahead and buy the maximum amount. You’ll have company coming to visit at some point, right? 🙂

Hop on over to GROUPON to snag this price and visit the Dallas Arboretum asap!

Expires: The tickets can only be purchased on 9/15/10 and they’re good through March 1, 2011.

Thanks to Patti D. for the tip!

 

$12 for 4 tickets to Texas Discovery Gardens & Butterfly House July 16, 2010

If you haven’t been to the Texas Discovery Gardens & Butterfly House at Fair Park in Dallas, you should definitely put it on your calendar! We visited it a couple of years ago and it was gorgeous. The lush grass and canopy of shady trees just begs for a picnic, and my son (then 2) couldn’t decide which was more fun — running around the giant fountain or sitting at the edge of the fish pond, watching the fish, frogs, and bugs.

Admission (for both the Gardens & the Butterfly House) is normally $8 Adults, $6 Seniors (60+), $4 Children (3-11), and free for under 3. Save a bundle with this deal! TODAY you can buy 4 tickets to the Texas Discovery Gardens & Butterfly House for just $12 total! If you’ll be in the DFW area any time between now and the end of 2010, definitely consider this one.

There’s a limit of two purchases per person, so get one 4-pack for you and give one 4-pack as a gift! This would make an especially good gift to folks who are new to the area or who will have company in town at any point between now and December 31, 2010. (Note that there is an additional admission fee during the State Fair, Sept. 24 – Oct. 17.)

Bring your camera and a picnic!

Expires: The tickets expire December 31, 2010.  The deal ends Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

 

TODAY: $1 day at the Dallas Zoo! July 15, 2010

TODAY! Get your cooler, sunscreen, and big ‘ol floppy hat ready — and don’t forget the camera too! TODAY THURSDAY, July 15, 2010, is $1 admission day at the Dallas Zoo!

My advice is to get there as the gates open. Arrive at 8am sharp to avoid a parking and traffic zoo (no pun intended) or make it an adventure by taking the DART Red Line. Wear the comfiest shoes you have, and pack the kids’ bathing suits, water shoes, water hats, and towels because you’ll want to take them to the “brook” in the Lacerte Children’s Zoo for a splashing good time!

Per their press release, “Dollar deals will be available at the Zoo throughout the day, including $1 food items such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and snow cones on Cat Green and $1 frozen treats near the exit. The Zoofari Market will have great deals on drinks and snacks and big bargains on souvenir items.”

Though the air-conditioned cafe in the middle of the zoo has tasty treats, I recommend packing your own lunch so you can munch on healthy fare as you go (carrots make an easy snack!). Bring your water bottles and refill them at the water fountains! The zoo is very wagon- and stroller-friendly, so that’s an easy way to haul your stuff! Oh, and did I mention to bring sunscreen? Just don’t forget to reapply it. They sell it in the gift shop if you happen to forget.

Want an even better experience? Download their FREE iPhone Dallas Zoo app! This should make navigating your visit at the zoo even easier.

The $1 admission is an amazing deal! If you plan to return a few more times in the next year, I urge you to consider a Dallas Zoo membership. You’ll get free parking (a $7 value per visit), free admission, gift shop discounts, and tons of other perks depending on the membership you choose. Dallas Zoo memberships make FABULOUS gifts! That’s how we got our first membership to the Dallas Zoo — my parents gave it to us as a Christmas gift. And it is the best kind of gift — no need to dust it, clean it up, or exchange it for a different size!

Find the Dallas Zoo!

Good only TODAY, Thursday, July 15, 2010. No coupon needed!