Kids Bowl Free

Need something inexpensive to do with the kids this summer? Sign up for Kids Bowl Free and your kids can enjoy bowling at Pin Strikes every day this summer between May 5th-August 31st.

Pin Strikes is the only Chattanooga area bowling alley on the Kids Bowl Free list. Be sure to read the fine print as some restrictions apply. Must be 15 years and under. Can’t be used for camp outings, daycare trips, etc. Kids will need to rent shoes, but there is an option for a summer shoe pass that might be worth it, depending on how often you will use it.

Sign up for Kids Bowl Free.

Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Chattanooga Free Printable List

The Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Chattanooga list is a popular post around here!

Maybe you’re like me and can’t always remember where you can grab a frugal meal in Chattanooga. Sometimes it just isn’t convenient to hop on your smart phone to look up the Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Chattanooga list…or maybe you don’t even have a smart phone! Either way, I’ve got a treat for you!

Free Printable Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Chattanooga list

I’ve taken the Kids Eat Free or Cheap list and turned it into a printable list for you. There are two pages included in the download–print front to back and you’ll have a handy-dandy brochure for your car’s glove box. I decided to make this a FREE download, but I do hope you’ll subscribe to the weekly event newsletter and like our Facebook page. We’ve got a lot of great stuff for the upcoming months and you don’t want to miss out!

Download–>Kids Eat Free or Cheap Printable List

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Chilly Willy Wednesdays at Chattanooga Zoo

Peacock at the Chattanooga Zoo www.chattanoogafamilies.com

Every Wednesday through February 26, 2014, the Chattanooga Zoo will be hosting Half-price “Chilly Willy” Wednesdays. ┬áBundle up and get out to the Zoo to take advantage of this deal.

Half-price Ticket Prices:

Adults: $4.48
Seniors (age 65+): $3.48
Kids (ages 3-12): $2.98
Kids age 2 & under: FREE

Hours of Operation:

9:00 am–5:00 pm

 

Discovery Day at Ruby Falls 12-30-13

Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, TN

Ruby Falls celebrates 85 years since its discovery in 1928! Every visitor at Ruby Falls on Monday, December 30, 2013 will receive a flyer with fun cave facts and a vintage-style postcard to celebrate the occasion. The first 85 guests to tour on this day can take the tour for the original $2 entrance fee! This would be a great day to visit Ruby Falls and get a great deal, but get there early! FYI: Ruby Falls opens at 8:00 am

I haven’t been to Ruby Falls since that one very unfortunate event during a field trip–a kindergarten student walked into a rock formation and had a giant cut on his forehead. I had to walk him back to the entrance while holding a towel to his head to stop the blood. Fun times, I tell ya! The folks at Ruby Falls took great care of us and earned a fan for life.

Hope to see you there!

5 Family Resolutions for 2014

Ah, resolutions. There’s nothing like a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. Most of the New Year’s Resolutions we make are personal, but have you ever thought about making Family Resolutions? January is a great time to think about the things we want to change. If I had to bet, all of us would be able to think of a few things to change in our family life.

5 Family Resolutions for 2014 by www.chattanoogafamilies.com

Eat Together More

I get it. Between work, school, sports, music lessons, dance class, and grocery shopping, it is hard, at times, to sit down and eat together. The bigger the family, the harder it is. Studies show that eating together as a family improves school performance, boosts happiness, and improves the family bond. Let’s take back family meal times and make an effort to eat together at the table more often. Bonus points if the meals are healthier.

breakfast plate

Play Together More

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had some sickness in our house and the kids have gotten whiny. When I asked my son what was wrong, he replied, “You haven’t played with me.” He was right. I had been feeling so cruddy that all I wanted to do was sit and rest while the kids entertained themselves. I am personally making an effort to play with my kids more–not just take them outside and watch them play, but REALLY playing with them. I’ll be building block towers, shooting nerf guns, and running around the yard kicking a soccer ball in 2014.

playing soccer

Cook Together More

This goes along with eating together, but I have found that my kids are much more interested in the meal if they have helped make it. Allowing kids in the kitchen with us is equipping them with skills they will use as adults. Not to mention, there are all sorts of opportunities for reading and math while you cook. Score! Cooking together builds memories. Let’s pull up a stool and hand our kids a wisk.

child helping cook

Read Together More

My boys look forward to snuggling on the couch after bathtime and reading together. They choose their favorite books and we get a few more extra cuddles before bedtime. It’s a win-win, really. As a former public school teacher, I know the value of 20 minutes of reading time with kids. Their reading will improve, they’ll have a higher vocabulary, and they’ll have a stronger bond with mom and dad.

toddler reading books

Get Outside More

Fresh air and sunshine–we all need more of it. A trip to the park, a hike on a trail, riding bikes–all of things get us outside and exercising. This year I’m personally working on this. We’re unplugging more and getting outside! We’ll head to the farm, dig in the dirt, and even try something new for family fun.

Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club Farm Play Days in Ooltewah, TN

Save more

Sigh….this one is a biggie. The inner struggle of wants vs. needs is inside all of us and it is hard to tame. Teaching our kids to have a healthy relationship with money is imperative for their future. Whether it is using coupons, cutting unnecessary costs (I’m talking ’bout you Target Dollar Spot trinkets!), or sticking to a budget to pay down debt, 2014 is the year to tame the money struggle. Personally, we’re working through Dave Ramsey’s steps for paying off debt and building our savings.

coupon notebook

Let’s make 2014 a year to remember!

So tell me: What are your New Year’s Resolutions?