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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

 This week you’ll find all kinds of free museum visits, family fun and on line savings for this Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

Free Museum visits

The first Saturday of every month the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum opens for free for families from 2 to 6pm. Here’s what you can enjoy:

TEXplorations Family Story Time - Second floor lobby at 2 and 2:30 p.m. Family Story Time features a hands-on activity, songs, stories, games and more. September's Story Time theme is Cowboys, Vaqueros, and Longhorns.

Visit the three floors of museum exhibits for free - From 2 - 6 p.m. In addition to the free exhibits, visitors can enjoy a chance to "go behind the plexiglass" with the Explore the Story stations.

For more information, visit the Museum's calendar of public events.

The first Saturday of every month Bank of America offers up free admission to museums across the country. There are no participating museums in Austin, but several across the state including

  • Dallas Museum of Art 
  • Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Children's Museum of Houston
  • Houston Zoo
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston

You can request two free tickets to several museums across the state for Saturday, September 29th. It’s all part of the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live. There are 71 participating museums in Texas, including these four in Austin:

  • The Blanton Museum of Art
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Texas Military Forces Museum
  • Neill-Cochran House Museum

You do have to request a ticket to a specific museum.  Your ticket will be emailed to you upon completion of the on line registration form.

For more information, please visit 

Free Yoga

In honor of National Yoga Month, Yoga Health Foundation is offering a free Yoga Month Card, which can be used to try yoga for the first time at a participating studio during the month of September (and actually October too).  Go here to get started.  You can enter your zip code on that page to find a participating yoga studio near you.  I recommend calling the studio to confirm that they will accept your coupon, before heading over there.

Free car seat safety checks

Texans in Motion and Scott & White is hosting more free child safety seat checks. Certified technicians will be available at all of these, but you need to call ahead to schedule an appointment. That’s why I’m letting you know about them a bit early. 

  • 09/11/12- Buda Fire Station #2; 10am – 1pm, 151 FM 2001, Buda – 78610, (512) 295-2232
  • 09/12/12 - Baby Earth; 10am – 1pm, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock – 78664, (512) 600-7050
  • 09/19/12 - Marble Falls EMS Station; 10am – 1pm, 609 Industrial Blvd., Marble Falls – 78654, (830) 693-7277
  • 09/22/12 - Bastrop National Bank; 9am – 12pm, Appointment Required, 489 Highway 71 W., Bastrop – 78602, 512-336-3423

Thanks Sherianne for the tip!

Free music

There is a bunch of free music downloads you can take advantage of courtesy of USA Today and iTunes. Deal expires 9/15.

Family fun

Northwest Family YMCA (5807 McNeil Dr.) is having a Family Beach Bash on Saturday, September 1, 2012. It takes place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. the outdoor pool will be open to the community.  There will also be a bounce house, face painting, family fun games and challenges, prizes, hot dogs, music and more!  Joe McDermott will perform at 11 a.m.  For more information, visit the YMCA website or Joe McDermott's website.

The FREE City Terrace Concert series returns to The Long Center for the Performing Arts with a performance by Del Castillo on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Bring your blanket and a picnic to enjoy this free concert on the terrace. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Hill Country Galleria will host free concerts in their outdoor amphitheater on Saturday nights this fall.  Bring a blanket and enjoy this free Saturday Night Concert Series, sponsored by KDRPlive.org. 
Saturday Night Concert Series- Aaron Navarro Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Thanks Heidi from FreeFuninAustin.com for the tip!

Food deals

From August 24 - 31, 2012, when you purchase a Chipotle Kids Meal, 100% of the proceeds (up to $250,000) will go to support Veggie U classroom gardens.  Then, bring your original receipt back to Chipotle anytime in September and you will get a free kids meal. To see the promotional email, click here.

Visit the P.F. Chang's Facebook page to claim an offer for a complimentary starter with the purchase of any entrée. Click to claim your offer and it will be emailed to you. Offer valid 8/22/12 through 9/30/12, at P.F. Chang’s in the Continental U.S. Limit one per check. Valid for dine-in and takeout. May not be combined with any other offer or discount.

On line savings

Austin based Offers.com has created a Labor Day Savings Center, where the savings experts are posting the days latest deals! Here are some of the best:

OmahaSteaks.com Deal

58% Off Steaks, Burgers and More Combo

Expires 8/31/12


JustDeals.com Coupon Code

74% off 7pc Komachi Knife Set

Was $119 - Now Only $29.77 - HOT DEAL

Expires 8/29/12


Amazon.com Deal

82% off Brook Bench + Free Shipping

Was $399.99 - Now Only $69.99!  - HOT DEAL

Expires 8/29/12


Kmart.com Sale

$80 off Kenmore 4-Burner Gas Grill

Expires 9/912


Tanga Coupon

70% Off Chef's Kitchen 20 Piece Barbeque Set

Was $99.95 - Now Only $28.99 - HOT DEAL

Expires 9/9/12


Home Depot Deal

60% off Hampton 5-Piece Patio Set

Was $599 - Now Only $239

Expires 9/5/12


Austin-based DailyDeals.com this week that are perfect for parents and gifts!

50% off Adorable, Organic Baby Clothes from Sage Creek Organics

Swaddle your little one in soft, durable, organically-grown cotton clothing. Because Sage Creek Organics makes products without pesticides, chemicals, or toxic dyes, your child will experience a healthier environment without risking allergic reactions or contaminants from traditionally grown cotton:

  • 100% certified organic baby clothes and bedding
  • Boys and girls clothing in sizes 0-3 months to 4T
  • Choose from onesies, dresses, shorts, tops, PJs, blankets, and more
  • $20 for a $40 value
  • Free shipping!
  • Deal available for purchase through Tuesday, August 28


Stay Cool Everywhere with the Kool Tool Cloth – 2 for $16

Kool Tool is made from space age material that absorbs water and helps keep you cool for hours, wherever you are. Use this all-purpose personal towel to stay refreshed during upcoming football games, study sessions, or when the office is a little too warm:

  • New colors and sizes to choose from: black, red, purple, yellow, pink, and blue
  • Absorbent fabric retains water to keep you cool
  • Just wet, wring it, snap it, and wear it around your neck for instant refreshment
  • A 60% discount
  • Deal available for purchase through August 29


Sterling Silver Necklace and Earrings Now $30 (Regularly $75)

Give your loved one a piece of your heart – Bramble Jewelry's unique creations are based on Biblical motifs and carry a truly heartfelt meaning:

  • Sterling silver True Love necklace or earrings
  • Heart-shaped design with real pearl accents
  • Handcrafted in Israel
  • Makes a perfect holiday gift
  • 60% discount
  • Free shipping!
  • Deal available for purchase through August 30

 Thanks Kendall for the tip!