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Summer 'Staycations' can be fun, affordable
— AJC.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), June 17, 2011, issue
"If high gas prices and a sluggish economy are putting a crimp in your vacation budget, you’re not alone. Many families are deciding to stay and play close to home this summer.
Fortunately, metro Atlanta is a perfect place for a “staycation.” There are plenty of attractions and activities to entertain the kids without breaking the bank. Here are a few options.
Pack a picnic and head off for a day of hiking, swimming or sightseeing at some of Georgia’s most scenic spots. You could see the state’s tallest waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park, learn about Georgia’s gold rush at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, or paddle a canoe on a 260-acre lake at Fort Yargo State Park.
A rental cabin can serve as an affordable and relaxing base from which to explore North Georgia’s mountains or other parts of the state. Many come with fully equipped kitchens, front porches and views. Cabin rates range from $85 to $160 per night. A free Junior Ranger Activity Book (available at any park) outlines great ways to explore nature and gives kids opportunities to earn badges for completing the activities. For information, call 1-800-864-7275 or go to www.georgiastateparks.org.
Sue Rodman, author of “100+ Free and Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids,” has plenty of ways to keep children active, learning and having fun.
Rodman recommends BMX bike tracks at Noonday Park and Wild Horse Park in Cobb County. When not in use for races, practices or maintenance, kids can bring their bikes and helmets and ride for free.
Tennis-playing families can attend the Family Fun Festival Aug. 6-7 at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Atlanta. The event, which coincides with the Georgia State Adult/Senior Open Tennis Championship, includes free tennis lessons for kids 5 to 10.
For a $10 parking fee, you can hike up or around Stone Mountain, fish in the lake, have a picnic, paddle a kayak and stay for the spectacular laser show. For information, go to www.stonemountainpark.com.
“Or you can swim free at specified hours in the large pools at Piedmont Park, Grant Park, Garden Hills or Chastain Park,” Rodman said. “Many bowling alleys offer reduced or free rates for kids at specified times in the summer, so check your nearest alley. Want to introduce your children to golf? Kids under 15 play for free after 3 p.m. when accompanied by a paying adult at the Stone Mountain Park Golf Club.”
The Atlanta CityPASS gives you access to five of the city’s top attractions at a 51 percent discount off individual ticket prices. The pass, which is good for nine days, costs $69 for adults and $49 for kids.
Choose from the Georgia Aquarium; World of Coca-Cola; the Inside CNN Studio Tour; the High Museum of Art or The Fernbank Museum of Natural History; and Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center. For information, go to www.citypass.com/atlanta.
If you’ve been to the High Museum of Art or the Atlanta History Museum, you’ve only scratched the surface. There are museums with something for everyone and many are free, Rodman said.
Young children love the Marietta Fire Museum, which displays equipment and trucks dating back to the 1800s. Older kids can learn about the history of money at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Fernbank Science Center offers 65 acres of old-growth forest, trails, natural and astronomy exhibits (for free), as well as planetarium shows ($4 for adults, $3 for kids). Mummy lovers will enjoy the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. To see Jim Henson’s beloved muppets, try the Center for Puppetry Arts museum.
Creativity at home
“Kids miss school arts and crafts in the summer, but moms fear the mess,” said Elisha Bailez, an artist and owner of Peek a Boo Rooms, an original art and children’s furnishings business in Atlanta.
Bailez solved the dilemma by making a safe, creative space for her three children.
“You need a tabletop work area,” she said. “Use an old table, [a] card table or cover a good table for summer with a plastic or oil cloth taped underneath.”
For storage, choose an old console or buffet and use large plastic containers or tubs for crayons, markers, paints, paper and other supplies.
“Garage sales often have old consoles,” Bailez said. “A cheap outdoor carpet big enough to cover the floor under the table and console will protect the floor, and can be hosed down outside.”
Add paper towels and wipes for cleanup, and old T-shirts for budding artists.
“Before you head to a hobby store for supplies, scour your junk drawers,” she said. “Kids can always find a new use for old buttons, smooth rocks, yarn, ribbons, stickers and catalogs they can cut up. Mine recently made monsters using watercolors to paint the bodies and leftover eye-ball stickers.”
Buy a big piece of corkboard to hang nearby and display your children’s artistic creations.
“A creative space is great, too, for older kids with a hobby like building models or making jewelry,” she said. "
50 Things to Do This Summer
— Fayette Woman Magazine, June 2011 issue
"As every stay-at-home mom or dad knows, the difference between a humdrum summer vacation (t.v. on for hours at a time, siblings squabbling, listlessness and annoyance setting in) and a fantastic summer vacation is what you do. It’s not about just entertaining the kids, either—it’s about family bonding: going on adventures, getting outside for healthy fun, learning about nature and history, having melty cones of ice cream, relaxing and playing and spending time together. So we’ve pulled together a list of twenty-five things to do this month (and twenty-five more to come next month!) to ensure you and the family have something fun to do every day this summer. Grab your sunscreen, bug spray, bathing suit and picnic basket—and let’s have a great summer! more"
20 Awesome Amusement Parks
— www.familycircle.com, August, 2010
"Southern California Travel Tip: Scope out local sights at DiscoverLosAngeles.com and Sandiego.org, and search theme park bargains at MousePlanet.com, MouseSavers.com, and AllEars.net. If you're planning to visit multiple parks, the Southern California City Pass might be a good bet: It gets you into Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland/California Adventure, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park (three-day park hopper); $269; ages 3-9, $229; citypass.com."
La capital del mundo al alcance de la mano — Nueva York es como uno la ve en las películas: espectacular, enorme y a la vez muy accesible (Article PDF)
— Diari de Terrassa, August 10, 2010
"Cuesta 79 dolares e incluye seis tiquets para otras tantas atracciones: Empire State, estatua del la Libertad, Top of the Rock... Supone un ahorro de 65 dolares."
Seattle Site-Seeing (Article PDF)
— Alaska Airlines Magazine, May 2010
"I got a discounted rate by using the CityPass. For $59 ($39 for kids 4-12), ] get to enjoy six top Seattle attractions: the aquarium, an Argosy Cruises Harbor Cruise, the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, the Woodland Park Zoo, and either The Museum of Flight or the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. The pass is valid for nine days, and if I separately paid to go to all of these places, it would cost $111.60. Since I'm saving so much money, it's no problem to see all seven and pay regular admission at the Experience Music Project so that I can also learn about rock bands and fretboards over the course of the week that I'm devoting to recreation. The pass is available from the individual attrac- tions and you can also preorder it at www.citypas.com/cityl/seattle.html."
Texas Chock-Full Of Affordable Adventures (Article PDF)
— wftv.com, April 29, 2010
"Houston has a tremendous lot to offer, but paying to see an assortment of attractions can add up quick. Luckily, there's the Houston City Pass, which gives you access to six of the city's main attractions and is valid for nine days so you have plenty of time to take everything in. For $34 per adult and $24 for children between the ages of 4-11, the pass saves almost 50 percent off admission charges and offers a lot of options. You can visit the Houston Space Center and explore the outer limits, go under the sea at the Houston Aquarium, meander through the menagerie at the Houston Zoo and expand your cranium at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. After all that, you can choose between The Children's Museum of Houston, the George Ranch Historical Park, or the Health Museum to round off your trip. Talk about getting a bundle for a buck!"
Seattle stop for the zoo, museum of flight and more (Article PDF)
— canada.com, April 6, 2010
"All these attractions, plus a couple more, are covered by a City Pass booklet, priced at $59 for an adult but valued at more than $111. Details online at citypass.com."
Houston, out of this world (Article PDF)
— Explore, March 2010
"Affordability is the name of the game in Houston, where a CityPASS can get you into six of its main attractions for $39."
10 Money-Saving Ideas for City Vacations (Article PDF)
— Parenting, March 2009
"Freeload! Many museums have free admission one day a week; check the website. For example, almost all the San Diego museums are gratis on Tuesdays. Another trick to see more for less scratch? Bundle attraction entrance fees. At Citypass.com, you can buy a book of tickets for the most popular draws in any of 11 cities for about half what you'd pay if you bought them at the gates."
A Rare Chance to Save (Article PDF)
— AARP The Magazine, November & December 2009
San Francisco The City by the Bay used to be the City Where You’ll Pay: not cheap. Now you’ll find deals from hotels, museums, and attractions on San Francisco’s visitors’ site (415- 391-2000). Adults can buy a CityPass for $59 for admission to five popular attractions — among them, the California Academy of Sciences and the Aquarium of the Bay — for a total of 49 percent off regular ticket prices, plus free cable car rides for seven days. Or see the King Tut exhibit at the de Young Museum through March 28. The exhibition’s website lists 21 hotels offering discount room rates, free VIP tickets (usually $27.50 to $32.50), and a Pharaohs Gold Card for dozens of discounts from local retailers.