Family Fun for Free (or almost free)

Looking for ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer without busting your bank account? Check out my feature for WNC Parent: “Asheville’s free family summer fun.”

2014 Free Summer Lunches for Kids

Kids between the ages of 2 and 18 can receive free meals all summer in Buncombe County. The best part is there’s no catch, no application, no requirements. Just show up at an open site with your child during the posted times for the lunches and they’ll get to eat for free. The USDA is paying for the meals. Its only requirement is that the meals must be eaten on site. They can’t be carried away. For a list of the sites, which include county pools, libraries and a few other places, go here. Meals will not be served on Friday, July 4, 2014.

2013 WNC Insider Guide — Pre-Order at a Discount!

This one was a no-brainer for me. For starters, my friend Sherri Lane owns this business and she is the most caring person I know. She’s giving generously this year to Eblen Charities, which I support wholeheartedly.

The WNC Insider card gives folks a chance to buy local at a discount. What’s better than that? I quickly bought mine. Now it’s your turn. Here are the details:

Pre-ordering is now underway at a special price of $30 — with $10 going to  Eblen Charities for every purchase! You can save all year – with 2-for-1 and other offers at great restaurants, theatre, entertainment, adventure activities, consignment stores, automotive, and more. It is a great value and a win for all! Click on the webpage for details.

Asheville Tourists Freebies and Deals

June 1, 2, and 3, the Asheville Tourists are playing at home at McCormick Field as they face off against the August Green Jackets.

June 1 – Dollar Hotdog Night. Game time: 7:05 p.m.

June 2 – First 1,000 people into the ballpark receive a FREE replica Tourists’ jersey. Game time: 6:05 p.m.

June 3 – Kids run the bases and get autographs. Game time: 2:05 p.m.

Kids 16 and under admitted FREE at Biltmore

All summer long — bring the kids to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and they’ll get in FREE with your paid admission. Plus, save $15 off your ticket in June when you buy advance tickets online at least seven days prior to your visit.

Estate Admission includes:

• Self-guided visit of Biltmore House

• Access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village where the winery entrance is located.

• Access to our new Legacy exhibition, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

• Free wine tasting and guided tour at the Winery

• Free parking

National Doughnut Day

Get a free treat today at Dunkin’ Donut locations. All you have to do is buy a beverage of your choice and they’ll give you a doughnut for FREE!!

FREE Admission at the Cradle of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry, located in Pisgah National Forest on Highway 276 near Brevard, N.C., offers FREE admission for EVERYONE on TUESDAYS!  It’s also FREE for EVERYONE on National Get Outdoors Day and National Public Lands Day.  KIDS ages 15 and younger are FREE EVERYDAY, except during special events (kids $3.00 / adults $6.00). Check the website for their calendar of events.

Regular admission rates for visitors 16 and older are $5.00 per person (adults $6.00 for special events). It’s a great place to explore!

Celebrate Spring at RITA’S

Rita’s Ice ushers in spring with a FREE offer. Go by your local Rita’s (here in Asheville, it’s located in Gerber Village), and they will give you a free, regular size Italian ice! This annual giveaway runs from noon to 9 p.m. TODAY ONLY!

It’s WEE TRADE Time Again

If you want to stretch your bucks for baby and kids, this is THE sale to go to. It is gigantic — think excellent merchandise at yard sale prices.

It happens August 5 (presale) and August 6, 7 (Public Sale) at the WNC Ag Center.

Check out the website:

You’ll find baby gear, furniture, toys galore, clothing for infants all the way up to teens, plus maternity clothes, books, video games, bedding, accessories, and even HALLOWEEN COSTUMES. Yep, time to start thinking of fall!

Also — it’s TAX FREE WEEKEND IN N.C.!!!

Asheville Tourists BOGO and Free Entry

There’s no dispute here — I LOVE the Asheville Tourists and they are offering some great promotions June 14 and 15.

Tuesday is Buy One Get One Free General Admission with a Kraft Cheese Wrapper or your BiLo Advantage Card.

Then on Wednesday, seniors over the age of 65 get a free ticket thanks to Humana and it’s also Goodwill Industries Night. Fans bringing three articles of new or gently used clothing will receive a free general admission ticket for that night’s game.

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