Enjoy $1 Summer Movies for Kids at Regal Theaters

spongebob squarepantsWhen school’s out, there’s nothing better than a cheap morning at the movies to keep the kids entertained. Regal Entertainment Group has scheduled nine weeks of family-friendly movies at select theaters. Admission is just $1. During its Summer Movie Express, selected G- or PG-rated movies show at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. The start dates vary by location, with most starting on June 2. (Even more thrilling, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.) This year, the flicks include:

Week 1: Nut Job, Annie (2014)
Week 2: Earth to Echo, The Boxtrolls
Week 3: Paddington, Turbo
Week 4: Despicable Me, Rio 2, How To Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Book of Life
Week 6: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Penguins of Madagascar
Week 7: Madagascar 3, Dolphin Tale 2
Week 8: Muppets Most Wanted, Alexander and the Very Bad Day
Week 9: The LEGO Movie, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theater’s capacity. Tickets are available only at the theater box office on the day of the show. For participating theaters nationwide, click here.

Which Parks Are the City’s Best? Vote for Your Favorite

playgroundWhere are the best parks in the Pikes Peak region for kids to play in this summer?  It might be a big regional park, or a little pocket park in your neighborhood. Tell us about your favorite park and we’ll feature them this summer to help other parents find new and fun places to get  the kids outdoors. Just click on Comments above. Come on! We want to hear from you!

Cinemark Summer Promo Gets You 10 Kid Flicks for $5

Thumbnail for 142768Cinemark opens the doors on its Summer Movie Clubhouse with 10 family-friendly flicks for $5 when purchased in advance. Punchcards for the $5 for 10 movie special are available at participating theaters’ box offices or online. Without a punchcard, it’s still a great deal at $1 per film. The 10-week film fest begins in early June (at most locations) with screenings starting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and/or Wednesday. Dates, times and titles may vary by location. The film lineup includes The Croods, The LEGO Movie, Dolphin Tale 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Nut Job. Punchcards are valid only at participating theater box offices where originally purchased and are non-transferable. For more savings, click on the link to a participating theater for a “$1 off a Movie Snack Pack” coupon. For participating theaters nationwide, click here.


Broadmoor’s Carriage/Hill Climb Museum a Bargain

If you love local history, one of the best (and least known) attractions around is the El Pomar Carriage Museum and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum, both inside in the Penrose Heritage Center, 10 Lake Circle, at The Broadmoor. Located nside Broadmoor Hall (next to the entrance to the underground parking), the museums get most visits from hotel guests, but they’re open to the public daily and are FREE. The museum houses an impressive array of historic carriages, cars and American memorabilia belonging to Broadmoor founders Spencer and Julie Penrose, who started the museum in 1941. Walk in and take a free tour that includes half a dozen race cars and several motorcycles  from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mrs. Penrose’s classic 1928 Cadillac limousine, and a 1906 Renault. There also are two carriages that belonged to former presidents (William Henry Harrison and Chester A. Arthur). Parking around the hall can be tight, but plenty is available in the adjacent parking garage and the museum will validate your ticket. For information: 577-7065 or online at http://www.thebroadmoorblog.com/2012/05/the-el-pomar-carriage-museum/.

Make Your Own Pop Tarts, Other Convenience Foods

pop tarts homemadeThey’re called convenience foods for a reason. But take a little time to make many items yourself, while still enjoying the convenience of ready-to-eat foods with a cheaper price tag — and, sometimes, a healthier result. Some prepackaged foods (such as frozen pizzas) can be expensive, or perhaps filled with artificial ingredients (fruit rolls). Now you can enjoy all of these whenever you like, without emptying your wallet, and with ingredients you choose.Learn to make homemade Pol-Tarts, microwave popcorn, chewy granola bars and more with ideas from Living on the Cheap.


Writers, Check Out Writers Night Monday at Ritz Grill

pikes peak writersAre you, or do you want to be, a writer? Check out May Writers Night, presented by Pikes Peak Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the Elbo Room at the Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St.  Enjoy two full hours of discussion with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers. he direction of the meeting is decided by the participants and can include discussions about query letters, obtaining and working with an agent, writing conferences, or other specific points of the craft.  If nothing else, we talk about books! These are drop-in meetings, so feel free to attend all or just part of them. For more on the group, visit http://www.pikespeakwriters.com/events/writers-night/ 
It’s FREE.

Learn Strategies on How to Take Your Early Retirement

retirementMany Americans fear they’ll never be able to retire, but there are those who are able to retire early, saying goodbye to the rat race before they hit 60 and pursuing their true passion. For many, that passion includes continuing to work, but at their own pace and doing something they truly enjoy. In a March study of Americans with investible assets of $1 million or more, BMO Private Bank found that most planned to retire by 56 and that 20 percent planned to retire by age 40. But more than half those surveyed said that their retirement plans included work, with 21 percent planning to work part time, 21 percent planning to start a new career and 11 percent planning to start their own business. Learn how three people retired early — their stories are on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.