2015 National Park Admission Days

National Park Free DAys

The National Parks system charges admission to over 130 of the parks. In 2015, the admission fees will be waived for the following dates:

  • January 19
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16
    Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day

To learn more about the parks system or to locate a park near you click here: US National Parks

Oozing Jack o’Lantern + Fleischman’s Yeast Coupon


I’m chairing my daughter’s Halloween party on Monday with my usual Mad Scientist big and I have been looking for an experiment to do.  This oozing jack o’lantern looks so fun and easy! 

It uses household ingredients, including Fleischman’s yeast, and there is now a $1/2 printable coupon for it available!

To see the full experiment, click here:  Oozing Pumpkin

St Louis Travel Deal


If you’re in need of a last minute trip this weekend, I’ve found an amazing deal in St. Louis. 

We like to stay at the Drury Hotels chain because of the price and amenities offered.  There is a free breakfast buffet each morning and a free cocktail hour in the evenings.  There is also free soda and popcorn in the lobby until 10:00 p.m.  These amenities alone drastically offset the cost of the room!

Normally, I would rather use a promotional code instead of an available ‘entertainment package’ because the packages don’t offer as many savings as the promotional code, but there is a hot one for the St. Louis Science Center available this weekend only.

With your room, you’ll get 4 admission tickets to the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit at the Science Center (a $48 value), along with 4 tickets to an Omnimax show (a $36 value).  The room rate at Forrest Park is $99 per night.  Because we were going to visit both exhibits anyways, that leaves the cost of our room, sodas, cocktails, and breakfast at just $15!

This deal is only valid this weekend, because the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit closes on Monday.  To take advantage of this offer, visit the Drury Hotels website and enter the promotion code: SLSC

I’m taking the rest of the day off!


As soon as the towels get out of the dryer (I’m just a wee bit behind on the laundry), we are headed to Big Surf!  We have so much fun at the waterpark!  Through today, you can get a BOGO coupon on their facebook page, so the total price for 2 adults and 2 kids is only $45. 

You can also get discounted tickets by visiting their website and clicking on the ‘Hang Ten Club’.  When you are prompted for the store name, enter ‘Gateway to Saving’.  You’ll save up to $10 off of your ticket!