I use a variety of websites to see what events are happening in my area and they often allow me to save money in the process. Yes, I love a good event that's free - so check out your parks and see if they have movie nights or other family gatherings. I know my city has a Circus Day every year and while I have yet to attend, I really want to bring my niece and nephew sometime. There is a local circus group that does fun tricks, showing off on the trapeze, and of course, lots of other fun, kid-friendly activities. Best part of all? It's at a local park and it's all free!
Now, I'm going to share some of the websites that I look at to find events in my local area. Some are specific to where I live, but not all of them - so be sure to search your city or the nearest big city if you need! I was inspired to write this post because of Personal Capital and they have great, FREE software to help you plan a budget for fun family adventures, or even save for retirement, etc.
First up, we have Groupon and you can look up items based on your city, and then go to Things To Do if you're looking for a fun event or activity!
Groupon has a variety of things you can do - like painting events, horseback riding, tickets to comedy shows, and even cheaper tickets to concerts!
Next up, we have Living Social, which you can also use to search your nearest city! Sometimes you'll see deals on here that are similar to Groupon, but it's still a good idea to search both if they have things for your city/area.
Some of what I found searching Living Social right now is Admission for 2 to The Beach Waterpark for $29 (normally $64), $11 tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, and more!
Finally, I have a website that's just for the Cincinnati area, called Cincy Savers. Now, your city might have something similar, so do a little google search and make sure you aren't missing out on some great local deals!
This is a great place to look for all types of fun deals on restaurants, spa services, and much more (like cheaper tickets to King's Island Amusement Park)!
What about you? Do you check for online deals in order to have fun? What deals/coupons have you used in the past?