family fun http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9681/all en-US 15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_92789511_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="learning how to save money at disneyland" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Disneyland is considered the &quot;happiest place on Earth,&quot; but if you look at the ticket prices, it is not the happiest place for your budget. Despite the pricey tickets, Disneyland is still a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things">fun and magical place</a> to visit for the whole family. Here are some overlooked tips for enjoying Disneyland on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Be Prepared</h2> <p>We went to Disneyland recently for my four-year-old's birthday. All month, it had been in the high 80s, so we did not think to bring extra clothes. Of course, once we were in the park, the weather was chilly, and my daughter was uncomfortable. We ended up spending $50 on an Elsa sweater to keep her warm.</p> <p>Had we been prepared, we would've brought a sweater so that we wouldn't have had to waste the money. The funny thing is that Costco now has a very similar Elsa sweater for less than $10. I suggest you also bring a change of clothes and maybe even a poncho, especially if your little one loves to go on the water rides.</p> <h2>2. Shop the Wal-Mart or Target Near Disneyland</h2> <p>Wal-Mart and Target near Disneyland both have a lot of Disney memorabilia, clothing, and souvenirs similar to those offered at the parks. The only difference is you'll pay much less at these stores than on Main Street.</p> <h2>3. Use the Disney Credit Card</h2> <p>Disney offers a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-disney-credit-card-is-best-for-you">Disney credit card</a> without an annual fee. Having it allows you to access to a special character meet-and-greet area. This card can also offer you discounts on Disney purchases, as well as special rewards for Disney spending.</p> <h2>4. Get a Multiday Pass</h2> <p>If you're going to experience Disneyland, <em>really </em>experience it. A one-day ticket for just Disneyland can cost $95-$119 per adult, depending on the day you go. However, a three-day park hopper ticket costs $295 per adult, which allows you to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as expand your trip over three days.</p> <h2>5. Go Offseason</h2> <p>Not only are offseason tickets lower in price, but it's also a more enjoyable time to go. Check the <a href="http://www.isitpacked.com/disneyland-crowd-forecast-predictor-calendar/">Is It Packed? calendar </a>to get a better idea of when to visit. Try to pick a &quot;ghost town&quot; day to really enjoy the park.</p> <h2>6. Consider the Season Pass</h2> <p>The season pass prices start at $329 per person and grant admission to both parks for the full year. With the lowest level of the season pass, there are quite a few blackout days. However, if you visit the park at least four days, you would have already saved money. I live an hour and a half away from Disneyland, and I know many families that take advantage of this deal, usually going once or twice a month. For the Disney lover, season passes are a great deal, but if you're on a strict budget, the season pass might not be for you. Not only will you have the cost of the passes, but you must also factor in gas, parking, and food expenses as well.</p> <h2>7. Bring a DIY Autograph Book</h2> <p>Autograph books are a lot of fun for kids. You can either find a discounted Disney autograph book, or you can make your own. You can even find a small, cute notebook at the dollar store and decorate it with Disney stickers.</p> <p>If you are a little more tech-savvy, you can collect signatures on an iPad or tablet device with a touch screen pen. This will then allow you to upload them alongside pictures from your trip into a digital file that you can then use to create your own Disney scrapbook.</p> <h2>8. Buy a Photopass or Use Photopass Photographer</h2> <p>We opted into getting the Photopass day pass for $39, so that we didn't have to lug our camera around. It was extremely convenient, and now we have over 30 pictures from our special trip available to download. You can also choose to skip the pass and just ask the photographers in the Photopass locations to take your photo for you with your phone or camera.</p> <h2>9. Download the Disneyland App</h2> <p>The free Disneyland app is extremely useful to use in the park. It will tell you the wait times of rides and attractions, as well as show you locations of characters and Photopass spots.</p> <h2>10. Bring Your Own Snacks</h2> <p>The rules of outside food and drinks is not the clearest, however, my diaper bag of snacks and water were not looked down upon when we went. Disneyland is very accommodating for individuals with special dietary needs. Bring your own water bottles and light snacks, and if you're hungry for more, just leave the park for a bit and eat at a nearby restaurant.</p> <h2>11. Stay in a Budget Hotel</h2> <p>The hotels closest to the park are pricey, but there are many other affordable hotels within a five-mile radius. Most also offer affordable shuttle rides to the park so you can avoid paying for parking.</p> <h2>12. Pay With Disney Gift Cards</h2> <p>Paying with Disney gift cards will allow you to save more on ticket prices, souvenirs, and food at the park. You can even find Disney gift cards for up to 9% off at <a href="https://www.giftcardgranny.com/buy-gift-cards/disney-store/">Gift Card Granny</a>.</p> <h2>13. Use a SoCal City Pass</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.citypass.com/southern-california">SoCal City Pass</a> is a great deal for $341 per adults. The pass includes three-day admission to both Disney parks, as well as admission to SeaWorld and Legoland.</p> <h2>14. Special Discounted Tickets</h2> <p>Disneyland offers special ticket discounts to several different groups of people, including active military, teachers, credit union members, and even college students. Check with your place of employment to see if you can buy discounted tickets. Through my husband's work benefits, we are able to save $10 per ticket.</p> <h2>15. Take Kids Before Three</h2> <p>Kids under three years old can visit for free, and this goes for one-day tickets and annual pass holders alike. My friends have twin daughters, and they took advantage of owning season passes before their daughters turned three. Therefore, every time they went, it cost about $35&ndash;$50 per trip, factoring in how often they went and the extra gas they had to pay for.</p> <p><em>How do you save money at Disneyland? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland.jpg&amp;description=15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget">How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Family Travel Disney Disneyland family fun family vacation saving money saving money at disneyland savings hacks Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1766248 at http://www.wisebread.com Play On: 5 Great Card and Board Games http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2175221420_2cf3f4bcc9.jpg" alt="Board game" title="Board game" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you walk down the board game aisle at any department store, it can seem like the number of games available just keeps going up. It can be tempting to grab the first game you see, especially if you&rsquo;re in a hurry to start up a family board game night. But there are some games that are better than others.</p> <p>The games below are from my personal favorites &mdash; you may find that you have to play through more than a few to find the ones you and your fellow players will particularly love. It&rsquo;s worthwhile to find a local game store that offers you the chance to play through games at a in-store game night before making a purchase. Plus, this list includes a few board games that probably aren&rsquo;t going to be at a department store. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score!&nbsp;How to Host a Great Game Night</a>)</p> <h2>Settlers of Catan</h2> <p><a href="http://www.catan.com/">Settlers of Catan</a> has been paving the way from more traditional board games, like Monopoly, to less-well-known alternatives for years. It&rsquo;s for good reason, because the game, which lets you trade resources and build towns and roads, is a ton of fun.</p> <h2>Dominion</h2> <p>This card-based game is officially meant for ages 13 and up, but we&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-family-friendly-games-for-your-holiday-party">played it successfully with younger kids</a>. <a href="http://www.riograndegames.com/games.html?id=278">Dominion</a>&rsquo;s mechanics make it different every time you play by including different sets of cards. There are also several different expansion packs available.</p> <h2>Citadels</h2> <p>Looking for something quick and easy to pick up? <a href="http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=31">Citadels</a> is a great game that can be played by up to seven players if you have a big group. It&rsquo;s also particularly easy; you can master the game in just a few minutes.</p> <h2>Robo&nbsp;Rally</h2> <p>Ever wanted to play with robots of your very own? <a href="http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/roborally">Robo Rally</a> lets you and your fellow players pit robots against each other and against a very unforgiving board.</p> <h2>7 Wonders</h2> <p>You can build the wonders of ancient civilizations in <a href="http://www.rprod.com/en/7WONDERS.html">7 Wonders</a>, along with discovering new technologies and competing with militaries. If you&rsquo;re a fan of computer games like Civilization, 7 Wonders can provide a nice transition.</p> <p>Got a few favorites of your own? Please share them in the comments &mdash; personally, I&rsquo;m always looking for the next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">great board game</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-16"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment board games family fun game nights Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:48:18 +0000 Thursday Bram 933905 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Free (and 4 cheap) Things to Do in Auckland with a Toddler http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-and-4-cheap-things-to-do-in-auckland-with-a-toddler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-free-and-4-cheap-things-to-do-in-auckland-with-a-toddler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2738778831_081181ab9d.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes getting out and exploring a city, especially when traveling overseas, can be difficult to do with young children. It's easy for us parents to make the &quot;I have a toddler&quot; excuse and thus become restricted in what we are able to see and do.</p> <p>Also, when you are venturing through a new city finding fun things to do that don't bust your budget can be a drag.</p> <p>Recently, Courtney and I have settled in Auckland, New Zealand for a short time, while <a href="http://manvsdebt.com/travel">backpacking overseas</a>. We've created a list of free (and a couple cheap) events within Auckland that are easy to do even with a young child. These are all items that we've already done or that are on our to-do list for the coming weeks!</p> <p>While this list may contain specific items in Auckland, even if you never plan on visiting New Zealand, you can <strong>use the list to brainstorm events that you may be overlooking in your own city</strong>.</p> <p>If you haven't spent time looking into it, you'll be surprised at just how many free options you really have!</p> <h2>Inside Auckland's Central City (CBD)</h2> <h3>Auckland Domain/War Memorial Museum</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location</strong>: Southwest section of CBD, bordered by AUT campus to the west and Parnell to the east</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> You can take a pleasant walk through Grafton Cemetery and across the Grafton bridge. You can also catch the Link bus which cycles through the city's key destinations for $1.60</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE (Museum is $5 donation)</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/places/parks/domain.asp">Auckland Domain</a> is a Central Park with grassy malls open for rugby scrimmages. The walkways are decorated with arching trees, which feature exposed roots, thick trunks, and low hanging branches. There's a lovely duck pond with a water fountain, a WinterGarden observatory, and <a href="http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/">War Memorial Museum</a>. The domain is a common hot spot for festivals, races, and free concerts.</p> <h3>Auckland Library</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location</strong>: Wellesley and Lorne Street</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> 5-10 min walk</li> <li><strong>Admission:</strong> FREE</li> </ul> <p>How many times do you see the library on a list of things to do in the city? I enjoy reading, but I never feels inspired when I see a library listed on an activities list. Please let <a href="http://www.aucklandcitylibraries.com/">Auckland Library</a> change your thinking. They have interactive story telling, frequent guest speakers for kids, and the most decked-out children's play section we've ever seen.</p> <h3>Tepid Baths</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location</strong>: YMCA at the corner of Hobson Street and Customs Street</li> <li><strong>Transportation</strong>: 5 min walk</li> <li><strong>Admission:</strong> $5/person $0/under 2</li> </ul> <p>This is a small gym/pool in the center of the city. You probably won't find this on too many lists of things to do, because the facility is rather small. However, there is a second pool tucked inside where they have open swim. They'll pull out noodles, balls, and water polo nets. We just splashed around in the water for hours. As a bonus, many downtown hotels provide free passes.</p> <h3>Albert Park</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> One entrance at Lorne Street and Victoria Street (one block east of Queen Street)</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> 5-10 min walk from Britomart</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE</li> </ul> <p>If you are looking for a quick escape from the city, wander over to <a href="http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/places/parks/albertpark.asp">Albert Park</a>. Although it's not the largest park in the city, it has tree-covered walking paths, historical monuments, grassy patches, and a fountain surrounded by gorgeous flowers. The only downfall is the lack of playground.</p> <h3>Victoria Park</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> Blocked in by Fanshawe Street and Victoria Street (one block west of Nelson Street)</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> 15 min walk</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE</li> </ul> <p>There are always scrimmages or organized games of some sort at Victoria Park. This is also one of the few parks in the CBD with a playground. Make a stop at the <a href="http://www.victoria-park-market.co.nz/">Victoria Park Market</a>, a new Auckland souvenir shopping hotspot.</p> <h2>Outside Auckland's Central City (CBD)</h2> <h3>Auckland Zoo</h3> <ul> <li>Location: Western Springs</li> <li>Transportation: 25 min bus ride on GoWest for $3.20 or 10 min by car</li> <li>Admission: $19/adult $0/under 4</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/">Auckland Zoo</a> highlights included seeing a NZ native Kiwi and walking through the &quot;Walk-About&quot; where you enter the arena of roaming kangaroos and wallabies. There are several play centers, outdoor slides, and grassy areas. You can hire a &quot;pushcart&quot; &mdash; a stroller &mdash; from the gift shop. There is also a tram that travels next to the zoo which is part of MOTAT, the Auckland Transportation Council.</p> <h3>Mission Bay</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> East of Auckland and Orakei, along the Harbor</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> 15 min by bus for $3.20, 10 min by car</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE</li> </ul> <p>Mission Bay is the more popular beach of the Eastern beaches. It has several seaside vendors and lots of room to spread out a blanket. Amazingly, this bit of paradise is only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city center.</p> <h3>One Tree Hill</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> Epsom, next to Cornwall Park</li> <li><strong>Transportation</strong>: 15 min train ride for $2.80 and a 15 min walk</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE</li> </ul> <p>One Tree Hill is a highlight for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Tree_Hill,_New_Zealand">New Zealand pop culture</a> and, unfortunately, the victim of several recent vandalism acts. The hill is treeless now, but there is talk to replant a new tree in place of the old. The walk is fun and grassy! Stop in Cornwall Park for a stroll and a picnic.</p> <h3>Ambury Farm Park</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> 15km from Central City, Manukau Harbour</li> <li><strong>Transportation:</strong> 30 min drive on Southern Motorway, 1 hr by bus for $7.00</li> <li><strong>Admission</strong>: FREE</li> </ul> <p>Ambury Farm is a living farm operated by the government. You can visit the farm, interact with the animals, and run wild. Spring is best when lambs are booming out. There's a drive, but it's worth the free visit. Just watch that you don't take any dung home with you.</p> <h3>Rainbow's End</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location</strong>: 20km South of Central City, Manukau</li> <li><strong>Transportation</strong>: 20 min drive on Southern Motorway, 50 min by bus for $6.50</li> <li><strong>Admission:</strong> Adults $44, Castle Pass (2-5yrs) $15, Spectator Pass $15</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.rainbowsend.co.nz/index.php">Rainbow's End</a> is the only theme park in the Greater Auckland area. The Castle Pass is geared specifically to toddlers and offers a significantly discounted price. As an adult accompanying, you can buy a Spectator Pass for only $15. There are family pass deals as well. This could a great option to satisfy everyone!</p> <h3>Kelly Tarlton's</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Location:</strong> Tamaki Drive in Orakei, northeast of Auckland along the harbor</li> <li><strong>Transportation</strong>: There's a <a href="http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/VisitorInfo/Howtogethere.htm">free shuttle service</a> that departs every hour from 172 Quay Street (along the wharf). 10 min by bus for $3.20</li> <li><strong>Admission:</strong> $31.50 /non-residents $0/under 3</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/index.htm">Kelly Tarlton's</a> is an &quot;Antartic Encounter&quot; and a &quot;Underwater World.&quot; Though I have yet to visit this museum, I hear about it on a daily basis. Students are constantly talking about how they saw a stingray over the holidays. In their pre-school books, they always show a picture of them visiting Kelly Tarlton's. I mostly hear about how they have penguins and how you can &quot;swim with fish if you pay extra.&quot;</p> <h3>Rangitoto Island</h3> <ul> <li>Location: 25 min ferry ride off the coast of Auckland</li> <li>Transportation: Fueller's runs several ferries in the harbor. $25/adult roundtrip, $0/under 2 yrs, $59/family</li> <li>Admission: The volcanic island is FREE</li> </ul> <p>Grab that backpack carrier, granola bars, and a sun hat. There are different tour options for how in depth you want to explore the island. With <a href="http://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations-tours/rangitoto-island.php">Fullers</a>, you can take the $25 trip over and walk around. There's also a <a href="http://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations-tours/rangitoto/rangitoto-explorer.php">Volcanic Explorer Tour</a> that guides you through the island on a 4WD Train $55 (including ferry ride).</p> <p><strong>There it is!</strong> You've lost your &quot;I have a toddler&quot; excuse next time you are in Auckland (or anywhere for that matter). This is just one example from one city. Even if you won't be visiting Auckland or New Zealand anytime soon, hopefully you'll be able to brainstorm some free and cheap spots in your own city!</p> <p><em>What free options are available in your own home city for families with young children?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-free-and-4-cheap-things-to-do-in-auckland-with-a-toddler&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Free%20(and%204%20cheap)%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Auckland%20with%20a%20Toddler.jpg&amp;description=8%20Free%20(and%204%20cheap)%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Auckland%20with%20a%20Toddler" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Free%20%28and%204%20cheap%29%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Auckland%20with%20a%20Toddler.jpg" alt="8 Free (and 4 cheap) Things to Do in Auckland with a Toddler" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/adam-baker">Adam Baker</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-and-4-cheap-things-to-do-in-auckland-with-a-toddler">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-road-trips-here-and-there-little-savings-everywhere">Little Road Trips Here and There: Little Savings Everywhere</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheaper-ways-to-travel-around-the-world">15 Cheaper Ways to Travel Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Art and Leisure cheap things to do with kids cheap travel family fun Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:00:01 +0000 Adam Baker 3798 at http://www.wisebread.com Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/seattle-3753522-small.jpg" alt="Seattle Space Needle" title="Seattle Space Needle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seattle's natural beauty and mild weather make it a fairly easy city to enjoy without dropping a ton of cash. Here are some of Seattle's local attractions that cost under $5 per person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Artsy Stuff</h2> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleartsy-3754931-small.jpg" /></p> <p><a title="Seattle freebies" href="http://seattle.citysearch.com/roundup/36901">Seattle Museums</a> offer free days on the first Thursday of every month for the general public (some of the museums also have free to seniors the first Friday of every month and free to families on the first Saturday of every month). At the Seattle <a title="Seattle Asian Art Museum" href="http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitSAAM.asp#free">Asian Art Museum</a>, tickets for adults are only $5 on a normal day. Other local treasures that are expensive on a normal day but free on the first Thursday of every month include the <a title="Wink Luke Museum" href="http://www.wingluke.org/home.htm">Wing Luke Asian Museum</a>, the <a title="Frye Art Museum" href="http://fryemuseum.org/">Frye</a>, and the University of Washington <a title="Burke Museum" href="http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/visit/hours.php">Burke Museum</a>.</p> <p>The Asian Art Museum also butts up against the Lakeview Cemetery, where <a title="Bruce Lee grave site" href="http://www.allbrucelee.com/article/bruce_lee_grave_site.htm">Brandon and Bruce Lee</a> are buried, and <a title="Volunteer Park" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/volunteer-park-seattle">Volunteer Park</a>, which features a free <a title="Volunteer Park Conservatory" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/parkspaces/VolunteerPark/conservatory.htm">Conservatory</a>.</p> <p>Speaking of dead celebrities, you can also visit the <a title="Jimi Hendrix memorial" href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Washington_State/Seattle-894670/Off_the_Beaten_Path-Seattle-Jimi_Hendrix_Memorial-BR-1.html">Jimi Hendrix memorial</a> in Renton, just 20 miles south of Seattle.</p> <h2>Park-y Stuff</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleparky-1227326-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Seattle has a wealth of public parks, but it really depends on what your needs are. You can play <a title="Seattle tennis courts" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/tennis.asp">tennis</a> in a variety of outdoor courts, which is great when tennis clubs are few and far between (but not so great when dealing with our 9,000 days of rain per year or whatever). Some great beaches can be found at <a title="Golden Gardens Park" href="http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=243">Golden Gardens</a> and <a title="Alki Beach Park" href="http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=445">Alki</a>. We also have a large number of <a title="favorite dog parks" href="http://www.nwsource.com/peoplespicks/2004/traveloutdoors/dog_park.html">off-leash dog parks</a>, should you need somewhere to let your pooch run free.</p> <p>(Wise Bread Pick: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009ZBKG4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009ZBKG4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=seealso-20" target="_blank">Easy Walk Dog Harness</a>)</p> <p>My favorite place in all of Seattle is the <a title="UW Botanic Gardens" href="http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/index.php">Arboretum</a>, which is maintained by the University of Washington. It's open year-round, and is completely free to the public. (Also, it has great parking that rarely fills up.)</p> <h2>Nerdy Stuff</h2> <p>&nbsp;<img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlenerdy-9383-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Seattlites are fairly proud of their highly-educated population (we beat Minneapolis in 2005 for the title of Most Literate City in the US, but those buggers <a title="most literate city 2007" href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-12-26-literate-cities_N.htm">keep taking the number 1 spot</a>), so it's no surprise that we would build a <a title="Seattle Central Library" href="http://www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=branch_central&amp;branchID=1">huge central library</a> that you can easily lose your children in (we will return them to you). We also have a huge number of <a title="Seattle used book stores" href="http://recollectionbooks.com/seattle.html">used book stores</a>, which can be fun to browse. Also, if you are looking for fellow nerds, you can head to the Science Fiction Museum (see above). Linux fans can walk past any of the dozens of Microsoft campuses and scream obscenities. (Technically, this is free, but Microsoft does ask for a donation of a part of your soul.)</p> <h2>Sporty Stuff</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlesporty-5542-small.jpg" /></p> <p>In spite of our hornrim glasses and pocket protectors, Seattlites are a fairly fit bunch. You might enjoy seeing the city on foot on a variety of <a title="Seattle walking tours" href="http://www.seattle.gov/tour/HistoricDistricts/index.htm">walking tours</a> (I like the <a title="International District walking tour" href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=cybertour.cfm&amp;file_id=7051">International District</a>, next to the stadiums, best). If you prefer two wheels to two feet, you can get a decent backyard view of Seattle by taking the <a title="Burke Gilman Trail" href="http://www.seattle.gov/PARKS/BurkeGilman/bgtrail.htm">Burke Gilman Trail</a> from Ballard to Kenmore on your bike (you can also walk, rollerblade, jog, or whatever suits your fancy).</p> <p>Downhill mountain biking trails can be found under the <a title="I-5 Colonnade" href="http://evergreenmtb.org/colonnade/">I-5 Colonnade</a>, if you have the desire to hurdle yourself across a crazy downhill course but don't have the vehicle necessary to get you out of the city. If you have your own set of discs, free frisbee golf can be enjoyed at the <a title="Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/lakewood-park-disc-golf-course-seattle">Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course</a>. Being something of a disc golf newbie, I can also attest that Lakewood has a pleasant share of wild fruit, from apples to blackberries, growing around the course. The <a title="UW Rec Sports" href="http://depts.washington.edu/ima/IMA_wac.php">UW Rec Sports Center</a> rents out canoes for $7.50 an hour, which is good and cheap with split between a couple people. You can row around the Arboretum, or even under the 520 freeway.</p> <p>If exerting yourself isn't what you had in mind, it's worth noting that you can see the Mariners <a title="Seattle Mariners" href="http://www.bestshowticketslasvegas.com/ResultsEvent.asp?event=Seattle+Mariners&amp;pid=916">lose to any team in the league</a> for as little as $6 per person (OK, OK, I know that's more than $5, AND you'll have to prevent yourself from buying the <a title="IchiRoll" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sevensixnyc/745571014/">IchiRoll</a>, the beer, or the chocolate-covered strawberries).</p> <h2>Obvious Stuff (But Without the Added Cost)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattleobvi-5328429-small.jpg" /></p> <p>If you're not from Europe or Asia, you'll probably be as thrilled as I am with <a title="Pike Place" href="http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/">Pike Place Market</a>, Seattle's public market since 1907. I personally just enjoy walking around and gawking at the gorgeous flowers and produce and views of the water, since everything is a touch pricey (farmer's market prices). Kids also get a kick out of reading the names on the market's floor tiles, where you can find some pretty funny, intriguing, and sentimental dedications and names (the tiles were purchased as a part of a fundraising campaign by people who wanted to help rebuild the market, which regularly falls into disrepair, in the 1980s). The most famous site at the market is, of course, the <a title="fish throwing video" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seXLDofsWn4">fish-throwing guys</a>.</p> <p>It costs a lot to take the elevator to the top of the <a title="Space Needle" href="http://www.spaceneedle.com/visit/">Space Needle</a>, but I personally just enjoy walking around it and looking up. The Smith Tower offers a great view of downtown, but costs $7.50 per adult (still cheaper than the $16 that the Space Needle charges).</p> <p>You might have noticed that Seattle has an awful lot of water, something that the Army Core of Engineers took advantage of when they built the <a title="Hiram M. Chittenden Locks" href="http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/PublicMenu/Menu.cfm?sitename=lwsc&amp;pagename=mainpage">Hiram M. Chittenden Locks</a>. The locks are built between the Puget Sound (salt water) and our local lakes, Lake Union and Lake Washington. It's fun to watch boats come and go using the locks, and kids are especially enchanted with the fish ladder (please do not ask me why).</p> <h2>Cheapest Eats</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/seattlefoodie-5252405-small.jpg" /></p> <p>The cheapest food to be had in Seattle is at the international eateries sprinkled throughout the <a title="International District" href="http://www.cidbia.org/">International District</a> (formerly known as Chinatown) and the <a title="U-District" href="http://www.udistrictchamber.org/">U-District</a> (the neighborhood that surrounds the University of Washington). <a title="Seattle Deli" href="http://www.nwsource.com/ae/scr/edb_vd.cfm?ven=4612&amp;s=st">Vietnamese</a> food is exceptionally affordable, but we have some decent taco wagons throughout the region as well. Also keep an eye out for happy hour specials at more upscale establishments or smaller bars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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