Time: Varies by day; Contact the Center at (727) 822-7872 for studio times on the day you wish to go
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011-Sunday, January 1, 2012
Location: Morean Arts Center
Info: (727) 822-7872; Website
Send an extra-special holiday card this season! Thanks to the Morean Arts Center, you can take your own family portrait in a specially-created holiday portrait studio. Use special props and a fun backdrop provided by the Center, but be sure to bring your camera! Once you’ve created your personalized family holiday card, you can choose to upload it to Facebook or just e-mail the picture to friends and family.
Morean Arts Center
719 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Image: Sebastien Beliveau / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
When we attended Michael’s Crazy Pumpkin Event with our kids on Saturday, we both received Kids Club punch cards. The Knack is introducing a Kids Club Card where children who attend Michael’s in-store craft events hosted by The Knack get rewarded. Click Here to download your own The Knack Club Card. Cut out the card and bring it with you every time you attend an in-store event hosted by The Knack. (By the way, we’ve indicated on our FREE Crafts for Kids page which October craft events are hosted by The Knack.) Attend eight of these special events to fill the card and the kids will earn a special prize. This card does not expire, so don’t worry if it takes a while to fill it up.
Family Craft Night
The Knack also features a Family Craft Night idea. Family Craft Night is inspired by studies that show children benefit from focused time with parents, free of distractions from TV, the Internet and video games. October’s theme is “Superheroes and Sidekicks,” and features projects you and your child/ren can make together, such as Super Hero Puppets and a Superhero cape, car, mask and symbols. Use their directions and patterns, or be inspired to come up with your own designs and creative solutions.
Check The Knack each month for fun new themes and activities you can enjoy with the kids.
What’s the Freebie?
Have your kids color a Chuck E. Cheese’s Chucktober Coloring Sheet, then bring it in to redeem it for 10 FREE tokens! Here’s the catch, though … a food purchase is required. This offer expires on October 31, 2011. Click Here to download a Chucktober Coloring Sheet.
Don’t forget all the other ways your kids can earn FREE tokens and tickets at Chuck E. Cheese’s:
— Kids Reward Calendars: Twelve FREE printable reward calendars help kids develop in areas that are some of the most common challenges of parenting, and they earn Kids 10 FREE tokens for each calendar they complete. Earn rewards for everything from cleaning your room to not picking your nose! Additional Good Patient, Tooth Fairy and Super Student Award Certificates let kids earn even more rewards for being super kids!
— Tokens for Grades®: Have your child bring in their most recent report card and they will receive FREE tokens for good grades. (Note: this offer is v only with a food purchase. Up to 15 tokens maximum per child. All grading systems accepted.)
— Win FREE Tickets: Play Skeeball Online: Play Chuck E. Cheese’s online Skeeball game to win as many as 40 tickets. Warning: it’s addicative!
Then look for specially marked packages at the grocery to score some Chuck e. Cheese’s coupons:
— Chuck E. Snack Cheeses: Free Game Token Offer on Every Package: An offer for free game tokens appears on the back of every package of Chuck E. Cheese’s snack cheeses. Choose from String Cheese, Light String Cheese, and Cheese Whirls.
— Look on Dole Packs for Chuck E. Cheese Coupons: Look for Chuck E. Cheese coupons on the back of specially marked packages of Dole 100% fruit juice cartons in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.
What’s the Freebie?
Through October 31, 2011 IHOP is offering a special Count Spatula Scary Face Pancake in the kids menu. This special menu item is an over-sized buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and a strawberry nose. It comes served with two mini OREO® cookies and a handful of candy corn so that kids can decorating the pancake and make their own unique scary face pancake. The best part is, IHOP is offering a FREE Scary Face Pancake to kids age 12 and younger on October 28, 2011 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. as a sort of early-Halloween treat! Even Better! You don’t need any coupons to get this FREE offer!
Count Spatula was the winning entry picked from over 1,000 entries as the name for Scary-Face-Pancake through as contest held last October. Like all other items on IHOP’s Kids Menu, the Count Spatula Scary Face Pancake will have fewer than 600 calories.
Get a Reminder from Count Spatula
Afraid You’ll Forget? Parents can sign up any day in October for a wake up call from Count Spatula on October 28 reminding you of this fabulous offer you don’t want to forget!
Time: 2-9 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE candy apple if you dress in black; Fee for chocolate-making; Chocolate, candy and more for sale; FREE parking in any of Hyde Park Village’s three parking garages
Join City Street Sweets as they celebrate the Halloween holiday with chocolate-making, chocolate tasting, and chocolate drinking. They promise grizzly games and prizes for all.
Even Better! Dress in black and receive a FREE candy apple!
City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1601 West Snow Circle
Tampa, FL 33606
Time: Begins at 11 a.m.
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011
Location: Publix Store No. 00144
Info: (727) 942-5605
What’s the Freebie?
Meet Count Dracula, who will be on hand to encourage all blood donors with BOGO theater tickets to the upcoming production of the stage play Dracula at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center (October 21-30). All donors will also receive a FREE t-shirt and MOSI discount tickets.
Publix Store No. 00144
40932 US Highway 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Families are invited to enjoy FREE weekends at the Y this October in celebration of National Family Health Month. Enjoy the Y and all its healthy programs and services. Click Here to learn more.
Even Better! FREE join fee with canned goods donation! When you make a donation of canned goods at any Tampa Y between October 1-31, they will waive your join fee.
What’s the Freebie?
To get this freebie, you need to Download and print a Gator Fred’s coloring sheet, have your child color Gator Fred and fill in the thought cloud, then bring it to either Gator Fred’s location the next time you go to play. When your child turns in their Gator Fred artwork, they will receive a FREE juice pouch and bag of chips (when you pay one regular admission).
Even Better! All masterpieces will be entered in a monthly raffle for a 30-day pass. (This information came from Gator Fred’s Facebook Page.)
5360 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL 33624
7209 112th Ave North
Largo, FL 33773
Time: Family activities: 6-7:15 p.m.; Performance: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Location: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Cost: $38.50/adult, FREE/child 12 and younger
For one special performance on the night of Wednesday, October 19, when you purchase one full-price adult ticket, you can get a FREE child’s (12 and under) ticket (this offer is not available for purchase online; other restrictions apply). Then, come early for family-friendly activities before the show. There is also supposed to be a post-show talkback with members of this creepy cast on October 19 in the theater.
A Special Offers for Educators
The Straz Center also offers an Educator’s Discount, although this cannot be combined with the Broadway Family Night deal described above. Educators are entitled to receive 50% off their show ticket for performances on Tuesday and Wednesday. (There is a limit 2 tickets, and the offer applies to price levels 2 and 3 only. Other restrictions apply.)
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, Florida 33602
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: One Saturday or Sunday of your choice through October 30, 2011
Location: Adventure Island
Cost: FREE admission for 1 day with 1- or 2-year Busch Gardens Annual Pass; Parking is not included in this offer, so you will need to pay to park
Info: This information was e-mailed to Busch Gardens Annual Pass Members; For clarification of this offer, please contact Busch Gardens Tampa Bay directly.
According to the staff person who responded to my inquiry, you need to present your pass at Adventure Island Guest Relations, and they will issue you your complimentary admission. If all members of your family have either a 1- or 2-year annual Busch Gardens Florida pass, then all are entitled to a complimentary admission. However, the Fun Card and the Commemorative Pass are not eligible for this admission.
Even Better! Receive 10% off on all Adventure Island food, drink and merchandise purchases with your Busch Gardens Annual Pass.
The Fine Print: This offer is valid for Busch Gardens Pass members and is a one-time visit only. Valid ID and membership pass are required for admission. THE FUN CARD AND THE SESAME STREET COMMEMORATIVE PASS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS OFFER. Parking is not included. One FREE visit to Adventure Island must be used before October 30, 2011.
10001 McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612