Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Museum of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Archives and History recently opened two new exhibits that are the first phase of The Museum of Alabama, which eventually will include five renovated galleries in the Archives building and an entirely new centerpiece exhibit, Alabama Voices.

The Land of Alabama exhibit uses photos, video and artifacts to introduce visitors to the rocks, waters, plants and animals of Alabama. 

The First Alabamians exhibit tells the story of native Americans from pre-history to about 1700 through the use of artifacts, maps, murals and replicas.

The Archives has also just announced that the Museum of Alabama exhibits will now be open every Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm starting September 3rd!

While you are there be sure to take the kids to the Hands On Gallery, a special place for kids to explore, play and learn.

Tip: Go to the Hands on Gallery last, because the kids won't want to leave to see other parts of the museum. Trust me.

For more information including directions check out the Archives website, or their Facebook page.

P.S. Admission to the Museum is FREE!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bass Pro Shops: Honoring Our Heroes Event!

Bass Pro Shops is having a FREE family event this weekend (Sept. 3 &4) and next weekend (Sept. 10 & 11.)

Free Family Activies from 1-5 pm each day:
Remote Control Car Course
Tire Bean Bag Toss
Tire Roll
Complete all 3 activites and receive a free giveaway. (The picture shows a patriotic bracelet.)

Free Crafts 2-4 pm each day:
Sept. 3 & 4-Patriotic Bug
Sept. 10 & 11- Patriotic Sun Visor

Dutch oven apple pie cooking demos and free samples on September 3rd and 10th.

Show your appreciation for our troops. Bring in new or gently used DVDs, books and video games to donate to the troops.

Free Chick-fil-A Breakfast

From September 6 – 10, 2011, participating Chick-fil-A® restaurants are giving away a variety of FREE breakfast entrĂ©es to customers who make a reservation online.

Sign up here for a reservation to try any of Chick-fil-A's breakfast entrees for FREE! One reservation per person, per email address.

There were plenty of reservations left in the River Region when I made mine tonight but, hurry, the word is getting out quickly!

I love the Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel. What is your favorite Chick-fil-A breakfast?

Friday, August 26, 2011

River Region Family FREE Weekend Activities 8/27/11

It's going to be HOT outside, so if you are planning on attending any of the outdoor events, don't forget water and sunblock!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday 8/27/11
All day  Let's Move! The River Region-various locations and times FREE
Check out the (edited) post because there are lots of activities including Zumba classes and scavenger hunts at various places around town plus many other fun things to do and it's all FREE! They changed the time on the downtown walk to 7 am, so now you can do that before the opening ceremony of the Dragon Boat Race & Festival!

 8:30 am Opening Ceremonies Dragon Boat Race & Festival River Walk Park FREE

11 am En Fuego Concert- Verbena, Al FREE

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic- Kids can build a school locker that comes with sticker, chalkboard and chalk. FREE

Sunday 8/28/11
1 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts- FREE Docent-Led Tour

Updated: Dragon Boat Race & Festival 8/27/11

(Updated 8/26/11)

Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese tradition that’s is one of the fastest growing water sports in the United States and internationally. Dragon Boat festivals present a unique opportunity to blend athleticism, community building and cultural enrichment.

The Montgomey Dragon Boat Race and Festival is hosted by Rebuilding Together® Central Alabama and Bridge Builders® Alabama as a fund raiser for the two charities. The competing teams raise funds by pledging and soliciting donations before the race.

The festival will be held at Riverwalk Park on August 27, 2011.

Festival Activities Schedule
8:30 am Opening Ceremonies

9 am DJ Music
10 am Tai Chi Society Demo

10;15 Tiger Rock Taekwondo Demo

10:30 am Music by Zac Gentry Dance Party

10:55     Battle for the Iron Paddle (Alabama vs. Auburn)
1st Round Ends - 30 Minute lunch break
11:00     Tai Chi Society Demo #2

11:15     Team Awards - Celebrity Judges
Dragon Fire (Team Spirit)
Dragon Treasure (Top Fundraiser)
Dragon’s Lair (Team Tent)
Dragon Scales (Team Uniform/Shirt)
Dragon Alias (Team Name)
11:30    Shane Popes‘ Tiger Rock Taekwando Demo #2

11:30    2nd Round Semi-Final Races Begin

12:00    Music by Zac Gentry

1:30      Montgomery Fencing Club Demo

2:00      3rd Round Finals Races Begin

2:00      Kid’s Zumba & Hip Hop by Tonya Speed
3:00      Shane Popes‘ Tiger Rock Taekwando Demo #3

3:25      Grand Championship Race

3:30      Tai Chi Society Demo #3

3:45      Closing Ceremony
1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Medals Awarded
GC Runners Up 
Grand Championship Trophy Award

4:00      After Party!
Music by The Signals

Admission is free and the public is invited to come and see fellow Montgomerians compete on the Alabama River.
The City's Coosa Street Parking Deck, Commerce St. Parking Lot and Intermodal Facility Parking Deck are reserved for paddlers and volunteer until 9 a.m. After 9:00 anyone is welcome to park in at those facilities.

Beginning at 8:30, the City of Montgomery will run shuttles to the park’s tunnel entrance on Commerce St. from the Crampton Bowl/Patterson field parking lots on Madison Ave. and from the Biscuits surface lots at N. Lawrence and Columbus St. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes are and are free to the public! Be prepared for a brief wait in the parking lots. Larger shuttles will run from the park entrance to the lots starting at 4 p.m.

There are two access point to the park:
1) through the tunnel at the end of Commerce St., and
2) from the top deck of the intermodal parking facility (next to the train shed and new Advertiser building). From the top deck, cross the foot bridge over the railroad tracks and take the elevator or stairs into the park. There is no longer access to Riverwalk Park across the railroad tracks at the end of Coosa St. 

There will be food vendors and plenty for children to do in the Children's Village (please note that children must be accompanied by an adult in the Children's Village.

Don't forget your sunblock! According to pictures from last year the splash pad was a great place for the kids to keep cool, so plan accordingly.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Redbox Free Rental Code Today Only 8/25

Like Redbox on Facebook and click on the America's Movie Night tab for a code good for one free night $1 DVD rental.

Fine Print:
Code is valid at kiosks between 12am CT and 11:59:59pm CT on 8/25/11. 1 time use of code only. Valid for a 1-night standard DVD rental or for a $1 discount off the first night’s daily rental fee for a Blu-ray Disc or video game at kiosk only. Limit 1 code per transaction. Code not valid online, via app, or for prior rentals. Your payment card (necessary for any rental) will be charged the excess daily rental fee for a Blu-ray Disc or video game, if applicable, plus tax (except for MD rental transactions for which additional tax is not charged), and will be charged the daily rental fee (without any discount) for all items plus applicable tax (except for MD rental transactions) for each night you do not return your rental by 9:00 pm local time (at the kiosk) after the first rental night. Void where prohibited by law. Codes must not be copied, sold or otherwise offered. Any other use constitutes fraud. Cannot be combined with other offers. Cash value 1/100¢.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Reminder: Lowe's Build And Grow Clinic 8/27/11- School Locker

This Saturday is another great FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. If your children are going to attend, you need to register early to reserve a kit and a space.

Partcipants also receive a free apron, goggles, project patch and certificate.

It starts at 10 am, but we have found that it's best to get to the clinic about 10-15 minutes early, because if you don't a lot of people that didn't register show up and the kits get taken or they run out of seating and have to wait.

If you try to register and your location is full, you can always go a little later (say, 10:15 or so) and see if there are kits left from people that signed up but didn't show up. 

Have a great time!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Let's Move! The River Region 8/27/11

Let's Move The River Region is a day of FREE, fun activities and events, focusing on physical activity and nutritional education, strategically placed throughout the city of Montgomery and the River Region.

Montgomery Events and Activities
All Day: Dragon Boat Festival (Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 am.)
7 am-8 am Downtown-Walk from Court Square Fountain to the Capital then Zumba on the Capital steps.
8 am Chisolm Community Center- "Move through the Zoo" (Warm up with World Gym at 7:30 am)
Noon- AUM- City-wide Zumba Class
1pm-3 pm ASU- Kids Fest
2 pm-5 pm Ultimate Frisbee at Holy Cross Episcopal School
4:30-5:30 Maya's Dance Studio- Zumba Class

There are many more events and activites in Montgomery, these are only the highlights. Click here for the entire list!

Prattville Events/Activities
Noon-1 pm at Fitness South- Get Fit Bootcamp 1 hour workout
1 pm -3 pm Two-Hour Zumba Master Class

Wetumpka Events/Activities
8 am Wetumpka YMCA Zumba Class
8 am & 9:15 am Fain Memorial Park-ADECA Passport to Fitness Guided Walk-Wetumpka Riverwalk

For more information or to see other events in other counties in the River Region, see the Let's Move! The River Region website.

If you are going to be outside 'moving,' don't forget your water! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blockbuster Express: Free Steve Carell Movie exp 8/26

If you love Steve Carell, you will love this deal from Blockbuster Express!

Use code CARELL to get the first night's rental for free on any Steve Carell movie in the Blockbuster Express kiosk.

Expires 8/26/11. Don't forget to return it before 9 pm the next night to avoid additional night charge.

I looked up Steve Carell movies on the Blockbuster Express website and found the following movies:
Despicable Me
Date Night
Get Smart
Dan In Real Life
Little Miss Sunshine
Go here for a list of all Steve Carell movies, to refresh your memory just in case you see one of them in the kiosk.

Friday, August 19, 2011

River Region Family Weekend Roundup 8/20

This weekend we are having a big yard sale at my parents house. So I am a little late posting this.

I am looking forward to finishing up this yard sale Saturday afternoon and checking out the Buckmasters Expo on Sunday afternoon.

Friday 8/19/11
 3 pm-9 pm Buckmasters Expo at Montgomery Convention Center (admission is one canned food item per person)

Saturday 8/20/11
9 am-7 pm Buckmasters Expo at Montgomery Convention Center (admission is one canned food item per person)

Sunday 8/21/11
10 am-5 pm Buckmasters Expo at Montgomery Convention Center (admission is one canned food item per person)

11 am - 1 pm Michael's Artist Trading Cards Event FREE Make It-Take It

1 pm-3 pm Michael's Foam Print Event FREE Make It-Take It

1-3 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Family Art Affair
Bring the entire family to this FREE NEW Museum program! Families are will work as a team in the studios to create fun "make and take" art projects related to temporary exhibitions in the galleries, or to works in the Museums Permanent Collection

1 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts- Free Docent-Led Tour

You can get rentals priced $1.99 or less for just $0.49 at Blockbuster stores, valid every Sunday through 9/5. Go here for more details. There is still a Blockbuster store in Prattville.

Did I miss anything? Don't forget if you are having a yard sale, post it in the discussions on the River Region Family Facebook page.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great Trip To CVS Today!

I had seen the gas card deal (on the front page of the ad) and had seen all the great coupons for the Huggies Slip On diapers (a new product!) and knew that I could make an awesome deal. I spent some time on Sunday researching and coming up with a plan to use a bunch of coupons and Sunday afternoon, I went to my closest CVS to try to make a deal of it. Alas, there were no Huggies Slip-On diapers. (Sad.) Apparently most stores around here get a shipment on Wednesday night, so I was told to check back on Thursday.

Today I stopped in the Forest Avenue store (I always forget about that store.) and got a great deal! The manager (who checked me out and was super nice) said he had just put the Huggies Slip-Ons on the shelf, too. I was just in time!

Here is what I got and the coupons that I used:

Huggies Slip On Diapers $8.99
-$2 off Huggies Little Movers slip on diapers (CVS coupon) printable (I'm not sure if this is still available.)
-$3 off Huggies Little Movers slip-on diapers, SS 8/14
Huggies Slip On Diapers $8.99
-$3 Huggies Little Movers (CVS coupon from the coupon machine!)
-$3 off Huggies Little Movers slip-on diapers, SS 8/14
Airwick Odor Detect Spray Kit $6.99
-$4 off Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra or Compact starter kit, SS 8/14, printable
Airwick Odor Detect Spray Kit $6.99
-$4 off Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra or Compact starter kit, SS 8/14, printable
Gain Dish Detergent $0.99
 -$0.50 Gain Dish Liquid RP 8/14
Gain Dish Detergent $0.99
 -$0.50 Gain Dish Liquid RP 8/14
Gain Dish Detergent $0.99
 -$0.50 Gain Dish Liquid RP 8/14
Caramello $1.19
-$1.19 Free CVS coupon
Aussie Conditioner $3.99
-$3.99 Free Aussie Product (coupon available a little while back on Facebook page)
Herbal Essenses Shampoo $3.99
-$3.99 Free Herbal Essences Product (coupon available a little while back on Facebook page)
Herbal Essenses Conditioner $3.99
-$3.99 Free Herbal Essences Product (coupon available a little while back on Facebook page)
Pantene Shampoo $4.99
-$4.99 Free Pantene Product (coupon available a little while back on Facebook page)
CVS Body Wash $2.27
-$2.27 Free CVS Body Wash Coupon
I also used a $10 off $50 purchase coupon that I got earlier this week from the coupon machine and a $3 ECB.

Money-making CVS Shopping Trip!

Total before coupons $55.35 (pre-tax) (Total for the Gas Card deal-$31.96)
Coupons and ECBs ($54.15)
Because some store coupons change the tax amount my total before tax was $0.70!
I spent only $4.93 ($4.23 in tax) out of pocket and then got back a $10 Gas Giftcard!!!!!!!

They paid me to shop there!!!!!

Tip: Hold on to Free item coupons, because they come in handy when you have $ off entire purchase coupons for stores. (On this trip, I used all those free shampoo coupons that had been available on Facebook. Then the $ off Purchase coupon pays for the things that you don't have coupons for so you can end up with lots of free stuff. Does that make sense?)

Earth Fare: Kids Eat Free Tonight

It's Thursday, which means it's Family Dinner Night at Earth Fare from 4-6 pm! Up to six kids eat for FREE with one adult purchase of at least $5!

If you haven't already, take a quiz, then print a coupon to trade a children's multivitamin containing artificial ingredients for a bottle of Nature's Plus Animal Multivitamins.

Walgreens: FREE 8x10 Ends 8/20!

At use code PRINTONE at checkout for a free 8x10 collage print. Choose in-store pickup for free shipping! Order before the code expires and pick up anytime.

Grandparents Day is coming up. Think about a photo of your kids in a nice (or even handmade) frame as a gift for a wonderful grandparent!

Haircutpalooza-$8 Haircuts At Participating Salons- Ends 8/21

What a deal! Get haircuts before school starts next week! No coupon needed.
Click here for participating Haircutpalooza salons in Montgomery! (I would find your nearest location and give them a call to be sure they are participating first.)

Monday, August 15, 2011

CVS: FREE Full Size Body Wash

Get a coupon for a free full size CVS/Pharmacy brand body wash. Just 'like" CVS Minute Clinic on Facebook and fill in your information on the Special Offers tab. Wait for the email (mine came in seconds) and print out the coupon to take to the store! (The coupon I printed today expires 8/20/11)

(Offer says its valid until 8/17/11 or while supplies last, so I would hurry and print it!)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

En Fuego- Free Concert 8/27/11

En Fuego is a FREE one-day rally in Verbena where students from every denomination and background come together for the purpose of worship and seeing Jesus Christ change lives. An outdoor event, the rally has a very intense yet intimate camp-like feel and some have referred to it as "the Christian Woodstock of your generation."

The line up of artists is phenomenal, especially for a free event:
Speaker: Travis Crim
David Crowder Band
Sanctus Read
Sidewalk Prophets
Haley Morgan Smith
Sent By Ravens

Directions (including GPS coordinates) can be found here.

Get your free ticket here for guaranteed admission and early entry to the event. Gates open at 11 am.

Friday, August 12, 2011

River Region Family Free or Cheap Weekend Activities 8/13

Saturday 8/13/11
Old Alabama Town Half Price Saturday

9 am-11 am Alabama Archives Museum- Museum In The Mornings- Hoop Drum activity (followed by a docent-led tour) FREE

10 am Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic- Schoolhouse photo holder FREE

10 am - Noon Michael's Clay Pot Bookworm Event (Make It-Take It with purchase of clay pot)

11am-1 pm Lifeway Kids Day- Lifeway Christian Store FREE Crafts, snacks, specials and fun activities. (We have gone to these in the past and there have been prizes, too. There weren't many people there either, so we almost always won something.)
Noon-2 pm Michael's-Duck Tape Folder Event FREE Make It-Take It

Sunday 8/14/11
1 pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts FREE Docent-Led Tour

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Museum Day 9/24/11

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for FREE on September 24, 2011.

To get your free ticket, click here. Fill out the form and instructions to print the ticket will be emailed to you.

The Museum Day Ticket is only good for two people per household, per address
Participating museums in Alabama:


To find museums in other areas click here.

I may be a nerd, but I think this is a great freebie! Where are you planning on going?

Old Alabama Town Half Price Saturdays In August

Old Alabama Town is offering half price admission on Saturdays in August!
Enjoy 50 percent off admission to the historic 19th-century village located in the heart of historic Montgomery.

Old Alabama Town is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more info call 240-4500.

Buckmasters Expo 2011 8/19-8/21/2011

If you have a hunter in the family (or a Swamp People fan) you will want to mark this on your calendar! The Buckmasters Expo is coming to the Montgomery Convention center August 19th through the 21st.

Buckmasters Expo is a huge hunting show and sale featuring over 300 exhibitor booths and a hunting Q&A (on Saturday.)

This year the special guests are Troy and Jacob Landry from History channel's hit show Swamp People.

Admission is one canned food donation per person per day. (I consider that FREE!)

Expo Hours:
Friday, August 19     3 pm- 9 pm
Saturday, August 20  9 am-7 pm
Sunday, August 21    10 am -5 pm

Edited to add hours for special guests Troy and Jacob Landry from Buckmasters Facebook page:

Alright Folks we have a schedule from the Swamp People for this weekends Expo.
Friday they will be at their booth from 3:00 to 6:45pm
Saturday from 9:00-11:30 and then 2:00 to 6:00pm
Sunday from 10:00 - 12:00 and then 1:30 until 4:00pm
We are working closely with the MPD to help with the crowds to make sure everyone has an opportunity to visit Troy and Jacob at their booth.

The DockDogs® competition will be located on Bibb Street. Below is the schedule of events and times.
• Onsite Registration / Practice – 3 p.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #1 – 5 p.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #2 – 7 p.m.

• Onsite Registration / Practice – 9 a.m.
• Speed Retrieve Competition #1 – 10 a.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #3 – 11:30 a.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #4 – 1:30 p.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #5 – 3:30 p.m.
• Extreme Vertical Competition – 5 p.m.

• Onsite Registration / Practice – 10 a.m.
• Big Air WAVE Competition #6 – 11 a.m.
• Speed Retrieve Competition #2 – 1 p.m.
• Speed Retrieve Finals – 3 p.m.
• Big Air Finals start at 3:30 p.m.
(Pro, Semi-Pro & Amateur Finals)

Earth Fare: Free Organic Grapes With $5 Purchase & Free Vitamins

Log in to your Earth Fare Welcome Home account to print a coupon good for FREE first pound of grapes with a $5 purchase.

(Coupon expires 8/14/11.)

There is also a new Boot Challenge. Take a quiz, then print a coupon to trade a children's multivitamin containing artificial ingredients for a bottle of Nature's Plus Animal Multivitamins.

(Coupon expires 8/23/11.)

Reminder: Lowe's Build And Grow Clinic 8/13/11-Photo Holder

This Saturday is another great FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. If your children are going to attend, you need to register early to reserve a kit and a space.

Partcipants also receive a free apron, goggles, project patch and certificate.

It starts at 10 am, but we have found that it's best to get to the clinic about 10-15 minutes early, because if you don't a lot of people that didn't register show up and the kits get taken or they run out of seating and have to wait.
Lowe's Build and Grow Project-Schoolhouse Photo Holder

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Walgreens: Free 8x10 Enlargement Today Only!

Head over to Walgreens Photo to get a free 8x10 enlargement today (August 7th) only!

Use coupon code FREE at checkout to get your FREE 8x10 print! Choose in-store pick up for FREE shipping!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

CVS: Cheap Chips!

Scan your Extra Care card at the coupon machine inside CVS for a coupon good for $2 off Gold Emblem (CVS brand) Chips, Popcorn or Cheese Curls (11-16 oz.)

The Gold Emblem Chips are on sale for $2.49 making them only $0.49! These are pretty big bags, too! Great for a party! (I didn't see these in the sale paper, so I don't know how long they will be this price.)

Tip: Don't just look for them on the chip aisle. Thanks to a friendly CVS employee, we found a large display of different varieties on the "seasonal" aisle.

Friday, August 5, 2011

River Region Family Free or Cheap Weekend Events- Sales Tax Holiday Edition

This weekend (8/5-8/7/11) is the Alabama Sales Tax Holiday. So this morning (well, most of the day actually) I went shopping. It sure is nice to have a little break from paying sales tax. And, since there are not a LOT of events this weekend, it's the perfect weekend for some back to school shopping!

Here's what's going on:
Friday 8/5/11

7:30 pm River Walk Amphitheatre-Alabama Dance Theater- Stars on the Riverfront FREE
Gates open at 6. You might want to make plans to let the kids play at the splash pad to keep cool, because it will be open.

Saturday 8/6/11
7 am- Noon Eastchase Farmers Market (Every Saturday through August 27)
Live Remote, cooking demostrations and a "Garden Cart Giveaway".  Plus, they will also be handing out the Shoppes at EastChase reusable shopping bags.

9 am- 12 pm Home Depot Kids Workshop. FREE. Kids will build a pencil box.
All children will get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement

5-7 pm Eastdale Mall Family Fun Night with Chick Fil A and Build A Bear Workshop FREE
We have had so much fun at these Family Nights. This is the last one for the summer, so you don't want to miss it!

If you see any thing else that looks fun, post on our Facebook wall or in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Earth Fare: Kids Eat Free Tonight, Free Cheese, $5 off $20 Plus More!

It's Thursday, which means Kids Eat Free at Earth Fare with a $5 adult purchase between 4-8 pm.

Don't forget your coupon for free cheese and $5 off $20 purchase!

While you are online, take the Boot Challenge for a coupon good for a FREE Earth Fare Peanut Butter, when you bring in a peanut butter containing hydrogenated oils to trade. (Coupon expires 8/10/11)

McDonald's (Chantilly Parkway) Family Night Thursdays 5-8 pm

Every Thursday night is Family Night at McDonald's on Chantilly Parkway. From 5-8pm enjoy $1.99 Happy Meals, crafting fun provided by Michael's, face paintining and more.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Earth Fare: Free Mozzarella Cheese With $5 Purchase (Exp. 8/7/11)

Log in to your Earth Fare Welcome Home account to print a coupon good for a free 5-8 oz ball of fresh Mozzarella cheese with a $5 purchase at Earth Fare. (Expires 8/7/11)

Makes me want some homemade pizza. Yum!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Earth Fare: $5 Off $20 Purchase

Earth Fare sent out another $5 off $20 purchase coupon for the Montgomery and Auburn stores.

You can print the coupon here. You can sign up for Earth Fare emails here.

Coupon expires 8/7/11.

You can use this coupon at any Publix store that considers Earth Fare to be a competitor.