Free Stuff

Free museums this weekend

When I’m not in an airport, I’m checking out museums – especially on the first weekend of each month when the Museums on Us program gives Bank of America cardholders free access to more than 150 museums and cultural institutions around the country.

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Ivory telescope from the Alder Plantarium

If I could zip around the country, I’d use my bank card to gain free access this weekend to the Alder Planetarium in Chicago (general admission: $12), to see the telescope collection and the temporary exhibition that explores the post-Pluto question: What is a Planet?.

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I’d also head to American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore to see the Big Hope Show – which is closing soon – and to Morristown, New Jersey to see the Toothpick World exhibition and the fortune -tellers, gambling machines and other early coin-operated entertainment machines at the Morris Museum.

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Freebies to gather while traveling

National Ice Cream Day is over, and so is National Milk Chocolate Day.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t cash in some great freebies while you travel.

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Coming right up on Thursday, August 4, 2016 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (who knew, right?) and to celebrate DoubleTree by Hilton will be giving a chocolate chip and walnut cookie to anyone who walks into one of the brands more than 460 hotels worldwide.

Usually those cookies are only given to guests at check-in.

On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, DoubleTree by Hilton will also be handing out free cookies with Amtrak at New York’s Penn Station and at Chicago’s Union Station.

At the train stations, cookies will be handed out in pairs: you can eat one and give one to a friend, coworker or stranger. Or just keep both cookies to yourself.

Tip: In each station, the first 25 people who mention “Nice Travels” to a DoubleTree team member will receive a full tin of cookies from the brand’s new Traveler Tin Collection, which is a set of seven commemorative cookie tins celebrating California, Chicago, Florida, New York, Texas, The Carolinas, Canada and other destinations around the world.

(You can buy the tins or try to win one – or some other prize – in an Instagram contest.)

Don’t care for chocolate chip cookies? Don’t worry – there’s another freebie-packed “holiday” for you just up the alley:

Saturday, August 13th is National Bowling Day and Bowlmor AMF centers are around the country will be offering free bowling from 10am-12pm at any of the 300 bowling centers operated by Bowlmor AMF, including AMF, Brunswick Zone, Brunswick Zone XL, Brunswick’s, Bowlmor and Bowlero locations.

 

 

 

 

Free meals for military at airports

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Between Memorial Day and Independence Day 2016, active and retired military personnel traveling through many of the nation’s airports may show a military ID when or ordering or at check-out and receive a free meal (an entree, salad, or appetizer and a non-alcoholic beverage), courtesy of the Treat of Troops program of airport retail and restaurant operator Paradies Lagardère.

Here’s the list of airport restaurants participating in this program:

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Sweet Auburn Market

Asheville Regional Airport – Blue Ridge Tavern

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Say Si Bon!, Washington Pour Bar, U Street Pub, Wow Bao and Magic Pan

Denver International Airport – Say Si Bon!, Magic Pan, Big Bowl and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Long Beach Airport – Long Beach Marché, The Boathouse and 4th Street Vine

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport – Jammin’ Java, Coastal Roast, Say Si Bon!, Smokewood American Grill and Core Brewing Co.

International Women’s Day at MIA Airport

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Today, in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), Miami International Airport is joining up with the Association of Floral Importers of Florida (AFIF) to hand out 25,000 complimentary flower bouquets to passengers.

Starting at 10 a.m., a variety of airport personnel, along with volunteers from the AFIF, American Airlines, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Transportation Security Administration will be greeting passengers at airport entrances with roses, daisies, carnations and spray chrysanthemums, and a postcard with information about the meaning of the day and a reminder that MIA is the gateway for more than 90 percent of all the flower imports to the United States.

Definitely the Airport Amenity of the day!

JetBlue’s Rube Goldberg winning machine

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JetBlue flies from cold, snowy New York to hip and sunny Palm Springs, California and to remind New Yorkers of that the carrier has a set up a fun, storefront-sized contest promotion involving a golf ball and a chance to win prizes.

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Today and tomorrow – passersby in New York’s Lower East Side (at 168 Bowery and Kenmare) can putt a golf ball, watch its make its way through an intricate path set up in a 25-foot window and maybe win a trip to warmer climes – or other prizes.

Hours: Canceled Friday Feb 5 – due to snow – but let’s hope it’s up and running on schedule Saturday Feb 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.