NCAA Womens Final Four Free Family Activities

The teams are set, the players are ready, and now all that’s left to do is have fun with the NCAA Womens Final Four free family activities in Nashville this weekend!

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NCAA Womens Final Four Free Family Activities

SUPER SATURDAY

Saturday, April 5
8 a.m. – 4Kay Run Presented By Northwestern Mutual (6th Avenue & Demonbreum streets) $30 REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(THIS IS THE ONLY EVENT THAT IS NOT FREE.)

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Tourney Town Presented by Capital One (Fun free family activities inside the Music City Center, including games, indoor ziplines and more!)

1 p.m. – Broadway Bounce Refreshed by Coca-Cola (Corner of 6th & Demonbreun/Music City Center) MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE

-Free T-shirt and basketball, games and entertainment
-For participants 18 and younger

4:30 p.m. – NCAA Battle of the Bands (Watch as collegiate marching bands from the four competing schools battle for supremacy at the Music City Center)

Sunday, April 6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tourney Town Presented by Capital One (Fun free family activities inside the Music City Center, including games, indoor ziplines and more!)

10 to 11:15 a.m. – NCAA Youth Clinic (Music City Center)

12 p.m. – AT&T Mascot Challenge (Music City Center)

1 p.m. – NCAA Pep Rally (Music City Center)

2 to 2:45 p.m. – WNBA star Lisa Leslie presented by Capital One (Music City Center)

4 p.m. – gates open (Bridgestone Arena)

5:30 p.m. – Semifinal Games begin (Bridgestone Arena) THIS IS A PAID, TICKETED EVENT

Monday, April 7
OFF

Tuesday, April 8

FREE CONCERT WITH STARS OF NBC’S ‘THE VOICE’
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Tourney Town Concert featuring Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery (Music City Center)

7:30 p.m. – National Championship Game (Bridgestone Arena)

*all times listed are CST

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 For more information, you can visit the NCAA site.

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Free Museum Weekend April 2014 – Bank of America “Museums on Us”

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This weekend, March 5-6, 2014, is a free museum weekend. If you bank with Bank of America, just bring your Bank of America card and ID and you will get in to one of hundreds museums for FREE.

In Nashville, it seems this year the offer is only valid at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. (kids are free!).

I almost wish I lived back in Chicago when I saw all the FABULOUS institutions you can get in for free:
*Shedd Aquarium
*Art Institute of Chicago
*Chicago History Museum
*Museum of Contemporary Art
*Adler Planetarium

Here are some of the other popular destinations they offer free admittance to during free museum weekend:
Dallas: Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Memphis
: Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Orlando: Orlando Science Center & Orlando Museum of Art

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America customers get in free to the 150 cultural institutions that participate in 94 cities in 31 states simply by showing their Bank of America card and photo ID…so hopefully you can find a participating museum by you!

Visit Museums on Us for more info and to find participating museums in your area.

Free Museum Weekend April 2014 Details

What: Get into 150+ museums nationwide for free!
When: April 5-6, 2014
How: Show your Bank of America ATM card

Where is your favorite museum to visit? What museum would you like to see added on to the free museum list?

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Win NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball tickets! Nashville 2014

Listen up, Nashville: This year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four basketball tournament will be taking place right in our own backyard.

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And to help you get into the spirit, I am going to be giving away FOUR prime seats right in the middle of all the exciting action!

That’s right, I have four tickets at center court to the NCAA Women’s Finals tournament game on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Bridgestone Arena.

Coupling Nashville’s thriving entertainment scene with the most important weekend for collegiate women’s basketball will prove to be a thrilling combination with TONS of family-friendly activities.

And you know there’s nothing I love more than family AND fun (ok, well perhaps family AND fun AND free, but I’ll tell you more about all the FREE family fun going on around the NCAA Women’s Final Four Weekend here in Nashville in a post next week…)

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That’s right, besides the games themselves, there will be plenty of extracurricular activities and FREE events, games and live music, all available for the whole family! For more information, you can visit the NCAA site or come back right here for more details soon.

But for now, hurry and enter – you don’t want to miss your chance to get in on this unique Nashville experience!

And check out the bonus entries you can get below when you subscribe to my YouTube channel or create a YouTube video of your own.

Win NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball tickets:

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Angie S!

Please only enter if you are able to attend the game on April 8, 2014. Tickets will be left at will call at Bridgestone Arena for the winner.

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Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule April 2014

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Are you looking for the free  Lowes Build and Grow Workshop schedule for April 2014?

You can find all the details below for the Lowes Build and Grow Worskshop scheduled for April 2014.

Lowes has cut out holding the Build and Grow workshops on Saturdays AND Sundays and has returned to just Saturday. In addition, they seem to have cut back from every other week to just once a month.

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Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule 2014

The next Lowes Build and Grow workshop will be on Saturday, May 10 at 10am and will be a Flower Delivery Truck.

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The last Lowes Build and Grow workshop was on Saturday, April 12 at 10am and was a Recycling Truck.

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Every month, kids of all ages can build a free project at Lowe’s on select Saturdays from 10a-11a (local time) during the Build & Grow workshop.

Their website says that the “clinics are free, but online registration is required”. We typically don’t register in advance, but even if you do register, you need to get there early because once they run out of kits, they’re done!

 

For more free kids workshops, check out my 2014 Home Depot Kids Workshop post for their schedule


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Home Depot Free Kids Workshop 2014 Schedule

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The next Home Depot free kids workshop for 2014 is coming up!

The Home Depot free Kids workshops are such a big hit, not only in our family, but for everyone looking to get the kids out for some hands-on, free fun! These occur on the first Saturday of every month from 9a-12p.

Typically, the Home Depot FREE Kids’ Workshops usually center around whatever holidays are happening that month and let kids build (and often paint) things like cars, napkin holders, games & more. Every participant in the kids workshops also gets a certificate, orange apron, pin and treats when they complete the project!

As I discover what the projects will be for the Home Depot workshops, I’ll list them below so you know what you’re getting into before you head out wit the kiddos.

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Home Depot Free Kids Workshop Schedule  for 2014:

*January 4, 2014: Desk Calendar
*February 1, 2014: Build a Race Car
*March 1, 2014: Trojan Horse Bank from the new DreamWorks film, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
*April 5, 2014: Birdbath/Birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2″, in theaters April 11.
*May 3, 2014:
*June 7, 2014:
*July 5, 2014:
*August 2, 2014:
*September 6, 2014:
*October 4: 2014:
*November 1, 2014:
*December 6, 2014:

The Home Depot free kids workshops have been known to run out of supplies…so while you don’t need to make reservations for the workshops, you can register here.

I definitely wouldn’t recommend waiting until the last hour to arrive, otherwise you may have some disappointed kids! You can register for the Home Depot Free kids workshops in advance, but that does not guarantee that you will have a kit once you arrive.

Children must be present to receive a kit (stands to reason, but I suppose The Home Depot is trying to prevent people from taking extras home), as well as the certificate and pin.

For more free kids workshop fun, make sure you check out my Lowes Build and Grow Workshop Schedule 2014.

 Home Depot Free Kids Workshop 2014 Schedule

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Free Museum Weekend March 2014 – Bank of America “Museums on Us”

frist logo Free Museum Weekend March 2014   Bank of America Museums on Us The free museum weekend from Bank of America is back for March 2014 thanks to the “Museums on Us” program.

This weekend, March 1-2, 2014, is a free museum weekend. If you bank with Bank of America, just bring your Bank of America card and ID and you will get in to one of hundreds museums for FREE.

In Nashville, it seems this year the offer is only valid at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. (kids are free!).

I almost wish I lived back in Chicago when I saw all the FABULOUS institutions you can get in for free:
*Shedd Aquarium
*Art Institute of Chicago
*Chicago History Museum
*Museum of Contemporary Art
*Adler Planetarium

Here are some of the other popular destinations they offer free admittance to during free museum weekend:
Dallas: Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Memphis
: Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Orlando: Orlando Science Center & Orlando Museum of Art

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America customers get in free to the 150 cultural institutions that participate in 94 cities in 31 states simply by showing their Bank of America card and photo ID…so hopefully you can find a participating museum by you!

Visit Museums on Us for more info and to find participating museums in your area.

Free Museum Weekend March 2014 Details

What: Get into 150+ museums nationwide for free!
When: March 1-2, 2014
How: Show your Bank of America ATM card

Where is your favorite museum to visit? What museum would you like to see added on to the free museum list?

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100 Free Mr Peabody & Sherman Movie Tickets

Yes, you read that title right: I’m giving away 100 Free Mr Peabody & Sherman Movie Tickets!

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The Nashville screening of #MrPeabody is on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00am at Regal Green Hills in 3D. The only thing you have to do to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman for FREE (a full week before anyone else) is to download this pass via the instructions below.

THIS IS A SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR SAMICONE.COM READERS ONLY!

Now pay attention: each individual may download up to 4 admit-one passes until they run out. That means 25 of you can download up to 4 tickets each. For all you math majors out there, you’ve already figured out these means the pass will cap at 100 downloads.

I hope you’ll show #MrPeabody lots of love on Twitter & Facebook for offering these free passes just for us!

And of course, regardless of whether you were one of the lucky ones to receive passes or not, make sure to see Mr Peabody & Sherman in theaters on March 7th, 2014.

Mr Peabody & Sherman Free Movie Ticket Details:

Click this link
Enter this special code: KIXNASFG
Then print pass & bring with you to day of screening.

Remember, this is for the NASHVILLE screening at the Regal Green Hills Cinema on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11am.

Please leave a comment below letting me know if you got your passes!

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9 Inexpensive Date Night Alternatives

Looking for some inexpensive date night alternatives that will still “wow” your loved one this Valentine’s Day? (or any day, for that matter?)

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Believe it or not, I actually get upset when my husband gets me things for Valentine’s Day – to me, I feel like that’s the WORST time of year to buy gifts and eat out. However, there are still ways to show your loved one you care this time of year that are meaningful and won’t break the budget.

And if you absolutely HAVE to go out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a few ways to help you with that too…

9 Inexpensive Date Night Alternatives

*Date night at home (even if kids are in the house!)
- After the kids go to bed, pop in a romantic movie (rent for free from the library – my ALL TIME FAVORITE is “When Harry Met Sally“), light some candles, pop some popcorn and just relax in each other’s arms for the rest of the night.

*Swap sitting services with friends
-Consider a babysitting swap with friends during Valentine’s Day week so you don’t have to pay for childcare either! Volunteer to have their kids come over to your house for dinner one night while they go out and then swap with them on another night.

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*Have a Date Lunch
- Many of your favorite restaurants have cheaper lunch prices for the same food they serve at dinner. You could even pick something up from a favorite on West End like P.F. Changs or J. Alexander’s and get it to-go (thereby avoiding tips too!). If the weather permits, have a picnic at Centennial Park or even take a tour of the Parthenon (tickets are only $6 for adults).

*Free Wine Tasting at Arrington Vineyards
-If you want to enjoy some of Tennessee’s best local wines with your sweetheart, head over to Arrington Vineyards for a free wine tasting.

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*Take a Night Hike at Warner Parks
-On February 13, you can visit Warner Parks to cozy up around a campfire, eat dinner under the stars, and walk the trails at night in search of owls and other nocturnal animals that might be courting.

*Date night on a night other than Valentine’s Day
-You’ll find better deals, even at places like Morton’s, if you avoid actually going out on Valentine’s Day itself. Save yourself from waiting in lines AND over-paying and just name your own date to celebrate the holiday icon smile 9 Inexpensive Date Night Alternatives

*Check the local daily deal sites (Like Groupon Nashville & Living Social)
- I’ve found horse-drawn carriage rides, massages & more in the past week up to 70% off!

*Volunteer Together
- Keep in mind, there are so many people who don’t have someone to love them and share Valentine’s Day with. Why not volunteer with your spouse, significant other or even a group of friends? There’s no better way to feel love than by first being willing to share it!

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*Write a Note (yes, with pen & paper!)
-And never underestimate the power of a handwritten note. In our age of technology and eCards, you’d be amazed at the difference a simple yet thoughtful handwritten note can make! (Looking for that perfect pen for that love note? Check out my #PenOfTheDay series!)

I shared some of my inexpensive date night alternatives on Nashville’s favorite daytime TV show, Talk of the Town. Watch the entire segment here:
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What are some of your favorite ways to save money while still enjoying a date night together?

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Free Museum Weekend February 2014 – Bank of America “Museums on Us”

frist logo Free Museum Weekend February 2014   Bank of America Museums on Us The free museum weekend from Bank of America is back for February 2014 thanks to the “Museums on Us” program.

This weekend, February 1-2, 2014, is a free museum weekend. If you bank with Bank of America, just bring your Bank of America card and ID and you will get in to one of hundreds museums for FREE.

In Nashville, it seems this year the offer is only valid at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. (kids are free!).

I almost wish I lived back in Chicago when I saw all the FABULOUS institutions you can get in for free:
*Shedd Aquarium
*Art Institute of Chicago
*Chicago History Museum
*Museum of Contemporary Art
*Adler Planetarium

Here are some of the other popular destinations they offer free admittance to during free museum weekend:
Dallas: Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Memphis
: Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Orlando: Orlando Science Center & Orlando Museum of Art

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America customers get in free to the 150 cultural institutions that participate in 94 cities in 31 states simply by showing their Bank of America card and photo ID…so hopefully you can find a participating museum by you!

Visit Museums on Us for more info and to find participating museums in your area.

Free Museum Weekend February 2014 Details

What: Get into 150+ museums nationwide for free!
When: February 1-2, 2014
How: Show your Bank of America ATM card

Where is your favorite museum to visit? What museum would you like to see added on to the free museum list?

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Ringling Bros Circus Ticket Giveaway: “Built to Amaze”

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Listen up Nashville: the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming back to town this week with a new show: “Built to Amaze!”

From their website: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

“Ringling Bros. Presents Built to Amaze! opens an hour before with admission to the interactive All Access Pre-showFREE with your ticket. Families can participate in interactive experiences such as learning juggling and balancing skills, get performer autographs, see one of Ringling Bros.’ majestic Asian elephants paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meet the Ringling Bros. clowns.

To help you get to the circus with your family, I’m giving away a SIX sets of family ticket 4 packs this weekend!

Please only enter if you know you are able to attend during the run of the show (Our winner can choose to attend any of their seven performances happening Jan 24-26, 2013). Ticket vouchers will be left at will call for the winner and must be exchanged for actual tickets before the event.

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Good luck to all who enter. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the show!

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