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Aug 202014

For a fun activity,  Tamarac is featuring a dive-in film event.

“The Lego Movie” is shown 8 p.m. August 23. The price is $3.50 for kids and teens to age 17. For adults, the entry price is $4.

The movie is at the Tamarac aquatic center, 9300 N.W. 58th St., Tamarac, 954-597-3660

No outside food is permitted, and snacks are on sale at the event

Aug 202014
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For free entertainment, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is offering outdoor performances featuring an assortment of bands.

The free music is presented most Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. in August.

The Village at Gulfstream Park, an open-air shopping, recreation and dining plaza, is at 501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 378-0900

The featured performers are on the website, and include these bands.

August 20,  R&B, jazz & Big Band tunes

August 23, Jessie Thompson Project featuring Mari Mari,  mix of Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country, and Dance tunes

August 27,  Dee Dee Wilde Band, jazz, 80s, 90s and Top 40

August 30, Salsa Express


Aug 192014

Online tutoring and homework assistance are among various features offered for free by Broward Library without walking in the door.

The libray’s WOW program offers online access to various resources  and materials. The access includes e-books, music downloads,  tutoring and reference librarians.

Read about the various programs on the library’s WOW page.

Aug 192014
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For those who appreciate discounts for dining out, Groupon offers deals at various restaurants in South Florida. The variety of deals includes international fare, brunch and treats. Some of the deals are about 50% off, or more. Some of the deals include restrictions, such as when the voucher may be redeemed. To spark your interest, some of the deals are featured on these links:

More restaurant deals are featured on the link, Groupon restaurant deals

Aug 192014

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For those who enjoy arcade gaming, Groupon is featuring a deal at GameRoom at the Sawgrass shopping and entertainment venue in west Broward.

The discount price is $19.99 for two people with  gaming access, mini bowling and a discount at Yogurt ur Way. The deal is  valued at $56.

Information is on the link, discount for GameRoom arcade at Sawgrass mall in Sunrise

Aug 182014

sawgrass-stores.jpgThe Sawgrass Mills coupon book is back, and you can get one with your Super Summer Savings voucher from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With the printable voucher, shoppers are eligible to receive a booklet featuring lots of other discounts from merchants at the popular mall. The Super Summer Savings voucher, which is a general coupon for lots of  2-for-1 deals in the summer,  is free and you print one out or order one by mail. Then, take the voucher to guest services at Sawgrass Mills to get the new 197-page coupon book. The Super Summer Savings deals are good through Sept. 30, 2014.

Sawgrass Mills also features coupons on its website. And, you can find Sawgrass meals coupons and deals on the Deals and Steals tab of the Sawgrass Mills Facebook page.

If you’re a tourist, you can print the voucher off the website or ask your hotel concierge for a Sawgrass Mills voucher you can redeem for a free coupon book. You can also print out Sawgrass Mills coupon voucher here.

For more information, see our Guide to Sawgrass Mills outlet mall.

Aug 182014
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Groupon is offering a deal for a film and snacks for two at a theater in Fort Lauderdale.

The discount price for two movie tickets, two popcorn orders and two drinks is $22, valid for Sundays to Thursdays.   The value of the deal is up to $41.50. The Gateway Theatre is on Sunrise Boulevard. Information about the deal is featured on the link, discount movie package.

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



Aug 182014

For free entertainment and free fun, ArtsPark in Hollywood is a lovely outdoor venue that offers varied activities. Food trucks are at the park 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. most Mondays. Entry is free to the event, which includes vendors selling food items. The park features a glassblowing studio, with artisans presenting free demonstrations 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For kids, Funtastic Fridays events, which are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays, include a bounce house and other activities. Free music performances by local artists are featured at ArtsPark Live, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. most Saturdays ArtsPark is on Hollywood Boulevard at Federal Highway, 954-921-3500

Aug 152014

Savor the weekend without emptying your pockets. These are some of our favorite deals and free things to do during the weekend in South Florida, including events in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. 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. Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun on the cheap: Free events

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Aug 132014

For a fun, frugal activity, attend a free artwalk event.

The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk is most third Saturdays of the month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, 954-924-2980

The event includes art exhibits at participating shops and galleries, with some of the featured artists on site. Occasionally street performers are part of the festivities. Some shops provide snacks and refreshments.


Aug 132014

Here’s a fun and relatively inexpensive family activitity.

Kids and adults are invited to ride on a functioning model steam train at Tradewinds Park typically the third weekend of the month. Tickets are $1.50 for train rides, and admission to the park for anyone 6 and older is an additional $1.50.

The train, provided by Tradewinds Park and the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad Club, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday and Sunday of each month. You can see the schedule of train rides here.

Parents must accompany kids 10 and younger, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride.

Tradewinds Park North is at  3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. For information, phone the park at 954-357-8870.

Aug 122014

Various restaurants in South Florida offer  family-friendly deals, including free food for kids.

Many free kid’s meal deals require purchase of at least one adult entrée.

With these deals, participation at individual restaurants may vary. To be sure any of these offers are on, it’s a good idea to phone first.

  •  Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays, with purchase of an adult entrée. Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida include Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Coconut Creek.
  • Kids eat free deals are offered at participating Denny’s restaurants, usually 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Free kid’s meal with adult entree purchase at participating Bru’s Room restaurants in South Florida 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, many restaurants feature  kid-friendly entertainment
  • Some Lime Fresh Mexican  restaurants offer a free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.  The offer is for kids age 10 and younger. Participating restaurants are 1535 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-6631, and 4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-586-2999