Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Blackfin Resort Marathon, Florida Keys

Black Fin Resort Marina Marathon Florida
My family spent the weekend at the Blackfin Resort in Marathon in the middle Florida Keys, and we had a great time. We were very late with planning our trip, as we originally intended on going camping last week, so finding an available room at a decent rate in the Florida Keys was very difficult.

We almost booked another Marathon resort until we read some very unflattering reviews, and we eventually decided on trying out the Blackfin Resort and Marina. I knew it was an older hotel, so I was not expecting big luxury, but I was hoping for clean and comfortable.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Boomers Dania Beach Free Family Fun Day

Boomers Dania Beach Florida
Boomers Dania Beach
After more than four years in South Florida, my family finally made it to Boomers in Dania Beach. We had been very hesitant about going, as places like this usually breaks our family entertainment budget. However, it was spring break, and I was looking for a frugal family activity, and with Boomers coupons in hand we ventured into Boomers, Dania Beach on a Saturday afternoon during Spring Break.

Boomers Dania Beach Florida

The parking lot was full, and I immediately feared that the place would be too crowded. However, while there were lots of people at Boomers, the lines were relatively short, and I was positively surprised. When it comes to a place like Boomers, where every activity has a cost, I have found that establishing ground rules before we enter the place is a good idea. We went to Boomers to play mini golf, and our kids knew this.

I went to the ticket counter with all of my coupons. I had four free mini golf coupon, which we had received at a Free Halloween/Tri Rail event in Dania Beach last year. It turned out that I only had to use two coupons, as kids 5 and under play minigolf for free. (The regular price for mini golf is 27 tickets and 100 tickets cost $25, so we would probably had to pay about $20 for 3 people without the coupons).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Frugal and Free Things To Do In South Florida - Spring Break 2011

Spring break is here, and there are lots of free things to do in South Florida. I am going to list a few South Florida frugal and free events and activities that you can enjoy with your family this spring break.

Friday March 18th:
Target Free Fridays at The Miami Children's Museum. From 3 - 9 p.m.
980 macarthur cswy, Miami, FL 33132 (Miami Children's Museum directions)

Every third Friday of the month,Target offers free admission to the Miami Children's Museum for everyone. See the Miami Children's Museum for more details.

Friday March 18th:
Funtastic Friday in Hollywood, Florida
Fridays are a lot of fun in downtown Hollywood, FL, so bring your kids to Young's Circle  (US1/Hollywood Boulevard):
At 5 p.m. there are free bounce houses and fun free activities for the kids. at 8 p.m. there will be a free movie showing, and Friday March 18th the feature movie is Ferris Buhler.

Friday March 18th at 7:30 PM
Free Movie In The Park. Coconut Creek, Florida
Sabal Pines Park, 5005 Northwest 39th Avenue, Coconut Creek
Free Movie in the park - Despicable Me: Bring blankets and lawn chairs, coolers are welcome, refreshments can be purchased.
Contact info: 954-545-6620 
Event Website:

More Frugal and Free Things To Do In South Florida:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Free Miami Event: Gala Gallery Opening Featuring The Photography of Zoo Miami's Ron Magill - March 10 at 6 - 9 PM

Event: Gala Gallery Opening Reception featuring the photography of Zoo Miami's Ron Magill
When: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:00-9:00PM

Cost: Free-Open to the Public
         Food, drinks and giveaways

Location: Frames USA & Art Gallery
              6822 SW 40th St(Bird Road), Miami, FL 33155 (Located next to Pet Supermarket)

Event Details: Ron Magill, Zoo Miami's Director of Communication & Media Relations will be featuring his limited edition wildlife photographs from around the world at Frames USA & Art Gallery running through June, 2011. A special Gala Gallery opening on March 10th will enable wildlife and photography enthusiasts alike to meet with Ron and discuss the stories behind his incredible images. It is free and open to the public.

A portion of each purchase of his framed, limited edition photography will go towards the Ron Magill Wildlife Conservation Fund at the Zoological Society of Miami.

Contact Info: Tel: 305-666-3355

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Free Events In Florida: Broward - March Frugal Family Fun

There are lots of free events in South Florida, and if you take the time to look around in your community you will find lots of frugal family fun activities. I have listed a few of them here, but the best place to start is at your city website's calendar of events.

Free Events in Broward, Florida March 2011

Saturday February 5th

Event: Professional Puppet Show: Doodles The Clown

When: Saturday, March 5th 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location:  Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Blvd, Weston, FL 
Event Details: The show is appropriate for children from Pre-K to 2nd grade.
Contact Info:  954-389-4321
Event Website:


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