Free Summer Bowling for Kids at Select Locations

March 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Kids Bowl FreeTake advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program this summer!

Kids can bowl two free games a day, all summer at select bowling centers (there are day and time restrictions for each location).  

Parents also have the option of paying a one-time fee of $24.95 for a season-long pass to get the same deal. You can register up to four adults with the family pass.

Registered participants will get coupons emailed to them for that week’s free games of bowling. The participation dates vary from center to center, but are generally from May through August.

To sign up, you’ll need to pick a location. You can sign up for more than one location.

I tried signing up for two different locations. With the first location, the registration wasn’t open, but they will notify me when registration opens. With the second location, I was able to sign up without any issues.

You can find all of the details on the Kids Bowl Free website.

Reminder: Marcus Theatres: Kids Dream Winter Film Series Feb. 2 – March 17

January 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Kids Dream Winter Film SeriesMarcus Theatres’ Kids Dream Winter Film Series is back for another year.

Head to Marcus Theatres on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. from February 2nd through March 17, 2012. Admission is just $2!

Movie selections are scheduled ahead of time, and all movies are shown in standard 2D. Here is the schedule:

  • February 2-3: Madagascar 3
  • February 9-10: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days
  • February 16-17: Ice Age 4
  • February 23-24: Paranorman
  • March 2 -3: Hotel Transvylvania
  • March 9-10, 16-17: TBA

I really enjoyed taking my older kids to the Summer Film Series since we normally don’t spend money on movies.  But at $2 a ticket, it’s a nice treat!  And if you have an American Family agent, check with them to score FREE tickets to the film series.

The Kids Dream movies are very popular, so consider buying your ticket in advance. The $2 fee is for the movie only–food and drinks are regular price.

Free e-book downloads at your local library

January 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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I know a lot of people have gotten some form of e-reader for Christmas.    So I thought I’d re-post this article I did for Green Bay Consumer last year since many of you have entered the Kindle or Nook world.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to downloading books. I frequently download the Kindle Daily Deal because of the excellent prices.

But let’s face it, the choices are overwhelming.  If you’re looking to save money on downloads, many libraries across the nation are using Overdrive which allows patrons to “borrow” e-books through their local library.

Since I am not an expert on the subject, I thought I’d bring you someone who is. So I called upon my good friend Terra, who has been a librarian for the past 13 years.

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Do you already have an e-book reader? Did  you get a Kindle , nook or iPad for Christmas? Do you think you can’t afford to buy books to read on an e-book reader or portable device?

When I first bought my iPad I was thrilled with all the free e-books I found out there on Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and the Gutenberg Project, but then I started to want more selection. Sure I liked the classics and the oddball freebies, but I wanted more. That’s when I started using Overdrive.

What is Overdrive and how can it save you money?

Overdrive is an e-book lending service you can access through your local library.  All you need to borrow e-books for free is your library card and an internet connection.

Overdrive offers a multitude of choices, Fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children in both e-book and audio formats. Authors include James Patterson and Stuart Woods, Erin Hunter and Dr. Seuss, Laura Hillenbrand and Carol Burnett.

You can browse the collection by genre, or make more specific searches, even limiting your search to those things that are available right THIS MINUTE! (I have a hard time waiting; just call me Instant Gratification Girl.)

You can borrow digital audio books or e-books. You can now checkout up to 10 items and place up to 10 holds. You can also choose to checkout ebooks (not audio) for up to 21 days and you can create a really long wish list. A huge plus, and money saver, of using this free service is that you can’t possibly accrue overdue fines. When your item’s lending period is up the item is automatically ‘checked in’.

How do you access it?

Access Overdrive through your local library’s website. In this case, http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/ebooks

To get started, check the list of compatible devices. The biggies, Apple products, Kindles and nooks are all compatible, but many other devices are as well. Once you have determined whether your device is compatible you’ll need to download software, just once, to your computer.

Now you’re ready to login using your library card and PIN. Once you are logged in you can start checking things out.

Now the catch is, Overdrive is so awesome that everyone is using it…which means popular items are checked out. BUT you can place holds on books you’d like to read or listen to just like you would for a book in print only you don’t have to leave the house, or even your bed.

Now grab a latte, sit back, relax and start reading!

Marcus Theatres: Kids Dream Winter Film Series Feb. 2 – March 17

January 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Kids Dream Winter Film SeriesMarcus Theatres’ Kids Dream Winter Film Series is back for another year.

Head to Marcus Theatres on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. from February 2nd through March 17, 2012. Admission is just $2!

Movie selections are scheduled ahead of time, and all movies are shown in standard 2D. Here is the schedule:

  • February 2-3: Madagascar 3
  • February 9-10: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days
  • February 16-17: Ice Age 4
  • February 23-24: Paranorman
  • March 2 -3: Hotel Transvylvania
  • March 9-10, 16-17: TBA

I really enjoyed taking my older kids to the Summer Film Series since we normally don’t spend money on movies.  But at $2 a ticket, it’s a nice treat!  And if you have an American Family agent, check with them to score FREE tickets to the film series.

The Kids Dream movies are very popular, so consider buying your ticket in advance. The $2 fee is for the movie only–food and drinks are regular price.

U.S. Bank Eve – Ring in the New Year with Family & Friends

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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US Bank EveRing in the New Year with your entire family at U.S. Bank Eve community celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2012.

Discounted tickets may be purchased at any of the 10 U.S. Bank locations in Madison. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but you will pay a bit more.

Tickets are good for any of the six site locations and admission is dependent on available space at each location.

Adults:
Advance tickets: $5.00
At the door: $7.00

Children:
Under 5 are FREE
Ages 5-15: $3.00 (advance tickets) and $5.00 (at the door)

Family Pass (2 adult tickets and 1 ticket for up to 3 children ages 5 and up in the family–children under 5 are free):
Advance tickets: $12.00
At the door: $15.00

Site Locations

U.S. Bank Plaza – Downtown
1 South Pinckney
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Ken Lonnquist & Friends Main Street Wisdom at 6:10-7:00 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 p.m., confetti station, 8:30 p.m. kiddie countdown with hats, horns and confetti with Ken, Holiday Trolley rides, and lots more!

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Truly Remarkable Loon at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., dance to music from Kings of Radio from 6:00-9:30 p.m., Rick Wilcox Magic show at 7 & 9 p.m., inflatables, 9:30 p.m. balloon drop, and lots  more!

Madison Children’s Museum
100 North Hamilton
6-10 p.m.

Highlights: Make a noisemaker or a good-luck goldfish in the Art Studio, face painting, shadow room fun, countdown at 7:30 p.m., and lots more!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
5-8 p.m.

Highlights: Holiday train, flower show, temporary tattoos, Wii dance station, drummer Joey Banks at 5:30 p.m. and Kioja girls dancing at 6:30 p.m., and lots more!

Prairie Athletic Club & Sun Prairie Ice Arena
1010 N. Bird St/655 Athletic Way
5-8 p.m.

Highlights: Ice skating: bring your own skates, rent skates for $2 or donate two non-perishable food items and rent skates for free! Swimming, gym games, cake walk, bouncy castle, raffle, and lots more!

Keva Sports Center
8312 Forsythia Street, Middleton
4-8 p.m.

Highlights: Learn to Salsa 6-8 p.m., temporary tattoos, raffle, cookie decorating from 5-7 p.m.(while supplies last), inflatables, and lots more!

For complete event information, go to the U.S. Bank Eve website. Parking information is also available on the website.

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