Frugal Family: Deals This Week in Los Altos, Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

This week, find great deals on admissions to museums, amusement parks, and sandals.

We're all watching our family budgets these days.

Whether we’re shopping with coupons, taking advantage of two-for-one offers or finding the best free programs in our towns, we're stretching our dollars by taking advantage of a variety of offers.

This week, this column highlights an entertainment-heavy list of fun activities to help your family save money. Have you always wondered about a particular museum and wanted to check it out? Sept. 24 is a great day to do so, but you should plan now to get the free ticket.

Tell us about the deals you've seen and we'll post it here on an upcoming week of Frugal Family Deals - so that other readers in our community can greatly benefit from what you share!

Before we get too entrenched in studies with school just starting up, it’s still possible to get in on some last-minute weekend fun at local amusement parks and a museum, and ladies can pick up a pair of specially discounted sandals.

The deals…

Smithsonian Museum Day 

Deal:  Get 1 ticket per household, for two people, for free admission to one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.  Ticket must be printed/downloaded from the Smithsonian Museum Day site. Be sure to get tickets early as the site becomes very busy on the Friday before. 

Participating museums: Bedford Gallery, , California Historical Society, Cartoon Art Museum of California, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, , , The Lace Museum, Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, Monterey Museum of Art, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Museum of Vision, Napa County Historical Society, Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum, Richmond Museum of History, and Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

This offer is posted early so you, too, can plan ahead.

Valid on: September 24, 2011

California’s Great America, Winchester Mystery House, Roaring Camp Railroads by Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau

Deal:  Get discounted tickets to California’s Great America, Winchester Mystery House, and Roaring Camp Railroads. Examples: $33 for regular admission to Great America (reg. $54.99) and $21 for Mansion Tour at Winchester Mystery House (reg. $30)   

Tickets must be purchased in person at the office of Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau. Phone: 800-272-6822.

Valid toOngoing, call for details.

Raging Waters 

Deal: $5 off ticket by purchasing tickets online. OR Buy a season pass for 2011/2012 and the rest of 2011 is free. Price: $49.99. Raging Waters is open weekends including Labor Day through September 18, 2011.

This offer is posted early so you too can plan ahead.

Valid toSeptember 18, 2011

Gilroy Gardens

Deal:  Get the 2011 season on Public Operating Days FREE if you purchase a 2011 single-day admission. Must pre-purchase ticket online and print e-ticket.

OR purchase Online Special 1-day ticket for $29.99 (reg. $44.99)

Parking of $10 is not included with these offers.  2011 Season ends on November 27, 2011.

This offer is posted early so you too can plan ahead.

Valid to: Ongoing to end of season, contact office for details.


Deal: 20% off sandals and other items, some items are 10% off

Valid to: End of August, 2011

Merchants, email the author about your specials coming up next week and we’ll try and post it for our readers.


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