Patti Roth, a veteran Broward freelance writer, is the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. Patti, who has lived in Florida since her teenage years, was previously a staffer at the Sun-Sentinel for about 14 years. As a freelancer, she’s written for many publications, including The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, New Times, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

Mar 312015
easter egg hunts

Fun outdoor egg hunt events  in Broward include Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Deerfield Beach and Plantation.

Many of the events, including a flashlight egg hunt and an adult egg hunt, are free.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Spring Eggstravaganza, 12 p.m. April 4, Croissant Park, 245 W. Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-7275
  • Fort Lauderdale, Spring Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4, Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-7275
  • Deerfield Beach, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, ages 7 to 14,  8 p.m. April 2, Constitution Park,  2841 W Hillsboro Blvd., 954-480-4494, free
  • Deerfield Beach, Adult Egg Hunt for ages 21 and older, 8:15 p.m. April 2, Constitution Park,  2841 W Hillsboro Blvd., 954-480-4494, free
  • Deerfield Beach, April 3  egg hunt for ages 3 to 10  6 p.m. Westside Park, 445 SW Second St., egg for ages 3 to 10  954-480-4494, free
  • Deerfield Beach, Splash Eggcitement,  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 4,  Splash Adventure water park at Quiet Waters Park , 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach includes games, bounce house, face painting, water playground fun and egg hunt activities for kids to age 10; fee is $6 for kids 2 and older, with pre-registration required; park entry fee on weekends is $1.50 for guests 6 and older,  954-357-5100
  • Pembroke Pines, egg hunt, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 4, Pembroke Shores Park, 501 SW 172nd Avenue, Pembroke Pines, 954-435-6525, includes art activities and Peter Rabbit,  free entry
  • Plantation, 10 a.m. April 4, free egg hunt for kids ages 3 to 10,  park at 6250 SW 16th St., Plantation, 954-452-2510; supply your own bag or bin for gathering eggs, free
  • Fort Lauderdale, April 4 12 p.m. Spring Eggstravaganza, Croissant Park and other sites, 245 W. Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-7275, free
  • Weston, Royal Egg Hunt for kids ages 10 and younger, 10 a.m. April 4, Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, 954-389-4321, free
  • Hallandale Beach, Spring Extravaganza at Gulfstream Park , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4,  includes egg hunt, face painting, entertainment, Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-378-0900
  • CityChurch Fort Lauderdale, Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt, including food trucks, egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, activities for all ages. It will be Saturday, April 4th 11 a.m., Flagler Garden, 425 NE 3rd Ave.,  Fort Lauderdale


Mar 312015

Fare from local restaurants and entertainment are highlights of Taste of Pines in south Broward, and tickets are less expensive if purchased before the event.

Taste of Pines in Pembroke Pines is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 16, with local restaurants offering tastes of select dishes, desserts and wine.

The tickets are $25 for food & wine for adults if purchased early and $30 at the door, tickets for food only are $20 early and $25 at the door and $5 for kids age 10 and younger.

The event is at the SW Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, Pembroke Pines. Tickets are sold at Pembroke Pines charter schools, with proceeds from the event going to the  Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation,

For information and schools where tickets are sold, phone 954-435-6525


Mar 292015

For a fun event with an eco-friendly theme, Sunrise is presenting a free Earth Day Festival.

The event includes music, vendors, kids’ activities, exhibitors and face painting. The first 1,500 guests receive a reusable shopping tote and water bottle.

Event info,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4

Venue,  Sawgrass Sanctuary Park, 237 N. New River Circle, Sunrise, 954-747-4600

Performers include Randi Fishenfeld, electric violin, 10:30 a.m., Justin Enco Band  11:45 a.m., Albert Castiglia 1:00 p.m. and Big Sky 2:30 p.m.


Mar 292015

Online homework assistance and online employment assistance are offered for free by Broward Library.

Homework assistance and tutoring are for all ages on an array of subjects.

Access to the tutoring and employment resources is free to those with a valid Broward Library card.

Follow the link to the desired employment or tutoring resource and log in by typing in your library number.

The online resources are typically offered 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Mar 272015

Free events and deals on activities and entertainment offer budget-friendly things to do for the weekend in Broward.

That includes free music performances, free movies and discounts for popular attractions.

To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

These are free events and deals for the weekend in Broward.

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Low-cost events & deals

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Food and dining deals in Broward

Miami weekend roundup of free and cheap events

Free activities and deals in Boca Raton and Greater Palm Beach

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the  Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.

Mar 262015
nite hike

For a fun twist on nightlife action, how about an evening nature walk in a Broward park.

Several parks offer guided night hikes for a fee of $5 a person. Pre-registration is typically required.

Events include
7 p.m. April 4  Secret Woods 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, 954-357-8884
8 p.m. April 11  Deerfield Island Park, accessible by boat, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100
8 p.m. April 17 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797
8 p.m. April 18 Saw Palmetto Natural Area in north Broward
8 p.m. May 2  Deerfield Island Park, accessible by boat, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100
8 p.m. May 15 Long Key, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, 954-357-8797


Mar 252015
fpl appliances

For energy-saving tips that relate specifically to your lifestyle, log on to FPL’s free Online Home Energy Survey.

Saving energy may assist homeowners save money on monthly utilities fees.

Based on the survey, the online information provides personalized tips and information about programs and rebates that may apply.

The FPL website includes general tips for saving energy, including with washers, dryers and other home appliances.



Mar 252015
movies generic

For free entertainment, several towns in Broward, including Weston and Hollywood,  show family-friendly films occasionally outdoors in a park.

These are some of the movies-in-the-park events in Broward.  Some events may be rescheduled for weather reasons.  Feel free to tote along portable seats or blankets.


ArtsPark,  Hollywood Boulevard at U.S. One, 954-921-3500

8 p.m. most Fridays

Pompano Beach

The free movies are shown on the lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard.

occasional events

For information, phone 954-786-4111

Coconut Creek

Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39 Ave,

8 p.m. April 17 “Frozen”



Mar 252015
artserve fl

Paintings, pottery and jewelry are among the items featured at ArtServe art gallery and gift shop in Fort Lauderdale. Entry is free.

The venue showcases the handcrafted work of local artists.

ArtServe is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-8190. The gallery is open most Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For other free art activities,  Art Walk events are in Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Wilton Manors and other towns in Broward.


Mar 242015

Entertainment and food trucks are highlights of free events in Oakland Park.

This month,  Music on Main Street is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 27.

The featured act at the free concert is Anthony Corrado Band performing in front of Oakland Park City Hall, 3650 N.E. 12th Ave., Oakland Park.

Other Music on Main Street events include Bemol Telfort Jazz Band April 10 and the Bluefire Band with Randi May 22.  Pan Paradise performs June 26; for information, phone 954-630-4240

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Mar 242015
jungle queen

Groupon is offering discounts for the popular Jungle Queen sightseeing boat tour in Fort Lauderdale.

The discount prices and information about the deals are on the links

$30 for sightseeing tour for two guests, three hours, $51.90 value

$59 for sightseeing tour for four guests, $103.80 value

$65 for dinner cruise and show for two guests, $89.90 value

$128 for dinner cruise and show for four guests, $179.80 value

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.


Mar 242015
salvation army family store

Several Family Stores run by Salvation Army in Broward offer extra discounts.

Apparel is half price on Wednesdays at participating stores.

Saturdays, merchandise that is $1.99 and higher — except electronics and furniture — is sold at 25 percent off.

Salvation Army Family Stores in Broward,

FORT LAUDERDALE | 1791 West Broward Boulevard

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD | 2300 SW 56th Avenue

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MARGATE | 320 North State Road 7

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

POMPANO BEACH | 451 East Copans Road

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

TAMARAC | 7707 West Commercial Boulevard

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

PEMBROKE PINES | 888 North University Drive

Store Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Mar 242015

For frugal folks who appreciate saving a few bucks, discount tickets are on sale for entertainment and fun in South Florida.

Information about the money-saving deals is on the links.

  • $21.50 and $30.25 for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” in Fort Lauderdale, performances March & April, $45 value
  • $22.50 for Mindi Abair at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton, April 23 and April 24, $35 value
  •  Jimmy Buffett tickets, $20 for April 9 in West Palm Beach, up to $46.50 value
  • $25 for movie package with snacks for two at Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, up to $41 value
  • $23 for “A Game of Scones” in Coral Springs in March, up to $46 value

Other deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the  Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.