Jul 292013
 

dog adoptOh sure, you can go to the beach or stroll the Riverwalk or bring a picnic to a neighborhood park, but here are some other free things to do that you may not have considered:

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum, at West 1st and Laura Sts., is hosting The Boy Scout Exhibit, featuring documents from the earliest days of Scouting. Admission is free all week. The museum is closed on Sundays.

Jacksonville Animal Care and Control will allow you to adopt any dog or cat that is 3 years or older for free.

Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers free admission to anyone.  This Tuesday, local artist Sharla Valeski is onsite as the “Artist in Store.”

Wednesday, July 31, kids grades K-6 can gather at the Mandarin branch of the Jacksonville Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m. for Curious Moon, a program of stories and puppets.

The Falling Bones plays vintage rock and R&B Thursday at 7 p.m. in St. Augustine.  The concert is part of the summer-long Concerts in the Plaza series in the center of the Ancient City. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair, but no liquor allowed.

First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine goes on from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 2, with special exhibits at dozens of local galleries, plus entertainment and refreshments at various locales.

Bank of America credit card holders can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) or the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) for free Saturday or Sunday, August 3-4.

Friday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. you can listen to The George Aspinall Band at the Jacksonville Landing, Riverfront Courtyard Stage.  Saturday, Big Leg Emma takes the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Home Depot is offering a free workshop for kids on Saturday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Budding crafters will make a Home Depot load-and-go truck to take home.

The Riverside Arts Market takes over the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Ave. on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can spend money shopping, or you can kick back and enjoy the free live entertainment scheduled throughout the day.

MOCA Jacksonville at 333 North Laura St. downtown, offers free admission to families–adults with children under 18–on Sundays.

The Songwriters Concert happens Sunday, August 4 at the Adele Grage Theater, Atlantic Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Come early to enjoy a free concert by local performers.

May 302013
 

cow paintingYes You Canvas is teaming up with Chick-fil-a on June 4 for a special painting-and-dining session.  Pay $30 for a meal of chicken, fries and a drink plus a 90-minute painting session that ends with you getting your own guided artwork.  The session (regularly priced at $35) begins with dinner at 5:30 and painting starting at 6 p.m. at the restaurant near the Avenues Mall, 9980 Southside Blvd.  Adults, teens and kids are welcome to participate.

Jul 102012
 

Cinemark Tinseltown is among the Cinemark theaters participating in Summer Movie Clubhouse. Tickets for a selection of  kid-friendly films are $1. Or save more on a bunch of movie tickets by purchasing a package of 10  for $5.

The G-rated or PG-rated movies featured in the deal are at 10:30 a.m.  Wednesdays through August 15.  They include Happy Feet 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rio.

Jun 272012
 

Cinemark Tinseltown is among the Cinemark theaters participating in Summer Movie Clubhouse. Tickets for a selection of  kid-friendly films are $1. Or save more on a bunch of movie tickets by purchasing a package of 10  for $5.

The G-rated or PG-rated movies featured in the deal are at 10:30 a.m.  Wednesdays June 13 to August 15.  They include Happy Feet 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rio.

Jun 132012
 

On June 14, hundreds of organizations around the globe will be offering a free swimming lesson.  The event to promote water safety and to gain a berth in the Guinness Book of World Records is sponsored by The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Several First Coast area pools are participating, including some city pools and some community pools. Check out this link to find a lesson near you.