Free (or Cheap) Summer Movie Series in Palm Beach County

Last week, we were able to check another box of our extended bucket list. Although we aren’t doing everything that I want, I am keeping my kids occupied, utilizing the library and a friend’s pool most of all. I have not up any undo pressure on myself to make sure that I make it through the list, but I have a list of potential options when I get “stuck”.

Back to last week. I decided to go see Hook with our friends. Getting the children up and out the door before 9:30 in the morning is definitely proving to be a challenge, but when we do, it’s so worth it.

Our friends had already arrived at the theater by 9:30 and texted me indicating that seats had been saved and she was in Theater 11.

With all the commotion with children coming in, I was comforted knowing that I didn’t have to struggle to find a seat. I got us all checked in (and even though we were assigned theater 14), I marched confidently to Theater 11, only to find out that my friend’s mother had failed to save enough seats for us all.

I quickly rushed down to Theater 14, hoping to find decent seats for the four of us. Thankfully I did, off to the side, but where we were in a partial row. The huge benefit of this was that our constant moving wasn’t a distraction to our neighbors and we weren’t sitting directly in front of anyone to disturb them.

 

I think I saw Hook once many years ago. This time had a very different feel, one of relating to Peter Pan instead of my previous viewing where I related to the son.

Even though this was an oldie, it was certainly a goody. For the price (FREE), it was certainly worth doing again.

In the Palm Beach area, these are the theaters that offer free or discounted movies:

(Palm Beach Gardens) Cobb Theater on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (FREE)

(CityPlace, West Palm Beach) Carmike Theater on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. ($4 includes popcorn and drink).

(Boynton Beach/Boca Raton) Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. ($1 each or $5 for the entire summer).

(Delray Beach) Frank Theatres’ Summer Kids Series on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (FREE)

(Royal Palm Beach) Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. , $1

Summer Kids Movie Series

Do you know of any movie theaters in Palm Beach County that has free or discounted movies for kids?

 

 

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The Library is More than Just Books

Do you have a library card? When’s the last time you went to the library? A lot of them are coming into the digital age and ready to partake of your business. The library has brought to you some awesome services that require you have a library card (and sometimes a PIN number) for you to live free. Here are three services that the libraries offer that you might not know about:

Freegal – Free music and music video downloads

Freegal Music gives you access to over 9 million songs from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalogue of your country.

How Freegal Music Works:

  • Library users have a weekly download limit, and may have a streaming limit as well. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download. You must be logged in to enjoy the sample clips.
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM, and videos are in the MP4 format with no DRM. This service will work on almost any computer, player, tablet or smartphone. The Freegal Music mobile app is free in the Apple® App Store and in Google® Play
  • Music videos will cost you 2 of your allotted downloads. If you do not have 2 downloads available you will not be able to download a music video.
  • The search engine is both a simple and advanced search, and will return results primarily by the album that the song is from.

Tip: As a mother of three, I use each of our cards to collect 5 songs per week, which means I can collect a minimum of 20 songs per week (my card, plus each of my kids cards). 

See if your library uses Freegal. Enjoy the site!

Flipster – Magazines at Your Fingertips

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. From Cosmopolitan to Sports Illustrated to Amateur Photographer, Flipster lets you flip through magazines in your free time.

With flexible magazine subscription options and seamless user authentication, Flipster is the best choice for libraries looking for top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more.

 

Hoopla Digital – Streaming Movies

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!

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Overdrive – Books and Audiobooks

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library – anywhere, anytime. All you need is a library card. OverDrive libraries add to their collections from a catalog of over 2 million eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Start exploring to see what’s out there. With more than 30,000 libraries in 40+ countries, chances are there’s a library near you. The OverDrive app is one of the top-rated eBook apps available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone.

Have you used any of these digital apps? Does your library offer more? Let me know!
Update:

3M Cloud

You can browse the shelves that your library set up by category or you can use the filter button to filter by genre. The newest digital reference for libraries, I look forward to providing a review.

 

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70 Days of Summer ~ Photo-A-Day Challenge

I counted the days from the end of school to the beginning of the next school year and for us it’s 70 days. Well, actually 73 days, but I’d prefer to round down than round up. I’m not trying to give myself additional self-imposed work. So, 70 Days of Summer it is!

I figured since I’m in a fairly new area and I have three kids who can manage to drive me crazy by 11 a.m., I plan on doing something every day this summer.

70 Days Of Summer

We’ve already started with my first post of We Rock the Spectrum, with many more to come. Please feel free to follow me on Instagram to get all of the details.

There I go again making additional promises with my no picture taking self.

Although most of these activities are kid-focused, I’m lucky enough that my in-laws also take my children from time to time. On those days, it’ll be something different or a new restaurant during adult time.  I just hope my posting can keep up with my activities.

Want to join in? Use #70DaysofSummer and let me know what you’re doing to keep you busy during the summer.

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We Rock the Spectrum – Royal Palm Beach {Review}

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Just three short weeks after it’s opening, word got out that this new indoor place was in the neighborhood. As someone constantly on the search for indoor play areas with the heat and humidity looming over us, I can’t say I was anything but elated to find some place to take my two littles – Bee {3 years old} and Butterfly {18 months old}.

A group play date was set for Tuesday morning between 9 and noon, the hours where We Rock the Spectrum ~ Royal Palm Beach hosted a happy hour, saving us 50% on our entry.

From the website:

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kid’s gym that offers an all-inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.

Opening at 9 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. during the weekends, We Rock the Spectrum offers a myriad of options to get the kids involved. They have Open Play, Break Time and Classes for as little as $12 per session.

There were various stations: climbing, swinging, learning, jumping, dress up, and kitchen. Bee found the dress up clothing pretty quickly and put on a princess costume.

The girls had a blast! We’re one of the first.

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Can’t skip the trampoline.

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Having a swinging good time.

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Toss in a little science

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Bee on the pendulum.

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Getting some exercise in.

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After spending time on the treadmill, Butterfly is already getting sleepy.

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My girls loved it.  They played for almost three hours, until Butterfly started to get visibly tired, opting to swing in the net than play. The price for this open play was $6 for the entire time.

The owner, Tahnia, let me know that the open play pricing will not be available as it is now ~ everyday from 9-noon for $6, but check the website to find out about when these open times occur. She was very excited to let me know that her summer time sessions will include music, yoga and other classes in development.

Find out if there’s a location near you.

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Library Adventure Museum Pass Tips ~ Palm Beach County Libraries

First, I have to apologize. This post is coming to you a day late.

I went to the library yesterday (June 1st) at 10:30, expecting a story time for my girls and ended up finding out that it’s the first day of the FREE Library Adventure Museum Pass (aka LAMP).

Here are your Library Adventure Museum Pass Tips.

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What is LAMP? 

On June 1st and July 1st, each Palm Beach County Library offers passes to museums within the county. The participating organizations are donating all of the free admissions. In cases where the entrance is free, additional benefits are offered to LAMP holders.

Tip: These passes are extremely limited, remember FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Often the first people have multiple children and will take several passes before you even get to the front.

Why is LAMP awesome?

You can get free admission to some of the greatest libraries in the county, including the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. You can save anywhere up to $50 for local museums. You will also find out about several museums in the area that you never even thought about.

Where can you get your LAMP?

At any of the local county libraries.

Tip: If you don’t have the option at your local library, you may have the option at another. Remember, it’s FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Each library has it’s own stash of passes.

When can you get your LAMP?

On June 1st and July 1st, each library is stocked with a LIMITED amount of tickets. You have to arrive when the library opens (or before) so that you can ensure you get your first choice of library.

How do you get your LAMP?

You receive one free LAMP per child’s library account. You MUST have a card present to receive your LAMP.

Tip: ALL children count, including those who aren’t readers. Make sure that the babies have an active library card prior to June or July 1st. You can receive up to four (4) free passes for the library card.

What we received?

Four (4) free admissions to the Norton Museum of Art and four (4) free admissions to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which means that the entire family can get in free to both of these museums this summer. Check off two for the bucket list!

Example of a Library Adventure Museum Pass
Example of a LAMP

We only got tickets based on Bee and the newest library card owner, Butterfly. Bunny has not used his access to LAMP. We could also try another library tomorrow to see if there are better selections elsewhere.

Tip: Children need not be present. Parents can utilize their kids’ cards to obtain a LAMP.

 

If you hit up your museum on June 2nd, don’t fret. Mark your calendars for July 1st and get the museum you desire!

UPDATE: You can get a free LAMP per day, per location until gone. So, go back every day and get your LAMP and access to some awesome county museums.

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The Latest on April Noelle {1}

April Noelle started at the beginning of this year, after blogging for several years at 100lbCountdown.com. I really wanted to change the genre and move to a more community based blog, and less about weight loss.

Weirdly, since the transition, I’ve actually gotten more weight loss offers and as long as I’m on my journey, I will continue to bring those to you.

In addition, I wanted to let you know a little about the other things going on here.

The Latest

First, I’m completely revamping my Pinterest boards so that it’s more streamlined. The biggest change for you would be my giveaway board. This board is for giveaways that I think that YOU would be interested in. I update it regularly, either as I come across new giveaways or search them out. I also will remove old giveaways so that you can see the latest and greatest. I’ll admit, there will be a focus on cash, Paypal and Amazon gift cards since those are the most universal.

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Second, I’m extremely excited about my new podcast: Run Your World. We talk about the entire woman. We cover the difficult topics of finance, and the fun topics of reality television. We look to grow the entire woman, making her stronger, more confident and happier. I would LOVE if you would listen in, let us know how we’re doing and leave us a little love note.

Third, I have also started two new semi-event based series called PBC Pinpoint and PBC Pinpoint Kids. These are things to do around town. I will be looking for things that are not easily come across and/or trying to make this a place where you can get all of your local information, especially on a budget. I will start rating places based on my kids’ attraction to it as well as the basic question of “Is it worth it?”

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We’re making a lot of progress with our book drive. We have hit about the half way mark of my goal ~ 250 books! I’m still on a mission to hit 500 books for low income families who will be attending a Community Baby Shower. I’m still accepting donations of new or gently used books. If you would like to donate, feel free to contact me or you can send books through Amazon. For more information, click the icon below.

My husband has started a great new company, Bahamas Sands Body, which features it’s first product: Exumas Isles Softening Foot Scrub. Sand taken from the exclusive Exumas Islands in the Bahamas help soften your feet. If you’d like to purchase a jar, please do so at our Etsy shop.

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Finally, I’d like to say thank you to all of you have been here over the years. I have been working to manage a growing family… my kids are getting older, no I’m not having another, and grow my husband’s business. Keeping this blog, the comments and love have helped me get through some of the tougher times.

Please keep coming back, leaving comments and letting me know what you’d like to see more of.

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2015 Summer Bucket List {Things to Do with Family in Palm Beach}

Just last week, my husband asked me what I wanted to do this summer. Normally, we schedule one big trip. For most years, it was, well, coming to Florida to visit his parents (one of the many reasons we made this move). With now three children, those cross-country flights were getting costly.

Being a stay at home mother has its advantages, excess money is not one of them. Instead of taking one big trip, I would love to hit as many places this summer as I can. Since the summer can pass by really fast, I’m going to see how many I can blow through.

This will be my “go to” list of things to do with family in Palm Beach County. I would love to post updates on where we end up going! I don’t want this summer to go by too fast and miss a lot of fun.

This list is organized in order by city, then alphabetical. If I missed any place, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email – spiritedlife @ gmail.com.

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Boca Raton Children’s Museum – Boca Raton
Children’s Science Explorium – Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center – Boca Raton
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – Boca Raton
Sugar Sand Park – Boca Raton
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym – Boca Raton

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market – Boynton Beach
The Bee’s Knees Learn & Play – Boynton Beach
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center – Boynton Beach

C

Off the Wall – Coconut Creek
Tradewinds Park & Stables – Coconut Creek
Wow Factory Indoor Playground & Family Fun Center – Coconut Creek

D

Flamingo Gardens Botanical Collection & Wildlife Sanctuary – Davie
Kabooms Amusement and Party Center – Davie
Young At Art Museum – Davie

Splash Adventure Water Park in Quiet Waters Park – Deerfield Beach

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick – Delray Beach
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Delray Beach
Sandoway House Nature Center – Delray Beach

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