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Frugal Family: Discounted Fun Before School Starts

DeKalb County kids go back to school August 13. There are plenty of special offers and free opportunities for family fun in metro Atlanta before then.

Free Stuff:

; the mobile zoo shows up at on Wednesday, July 18 2—2:45 pm for kids ages 5-12 and their parents/caregivers.

  • Wii Summer Party. If you don't have a Wii at home, your teens (13-17) can enjoy it and pizza at 's "Wii, Mii and You Just Dance Summer Party" on Monday, July 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Want some free family entertainment outdoors? Check out in Stone Mountain Village.

This Saturday, July 14, "Movies on Main," which takes place on the Baptist Church lawn in the center of town, will show "Despicable Me." Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and some snacks (or buy some munchies there). The movie starts at sundown.

Discounts/Special Deals

30 percent savings (online only) on Stone Mountain Park's family value pass. Cost: $125 (plus tax).

The pass includes four Adventure Passes, four meals and four unlimited Coca-Cola drink refills. Here's more information on the online-only discount.

  • "Power Play" Thursdays - $10 per person, unlimited video game play (not including merchandise, claw or ticket games) plus pick two sessions of these attractions: bumper cars, lazer tag or Balladium (Balladium available at Stone Mountain location only, 1741 Mountain Industrial Blvd).
  • The Kids Bowl Free program goes on until August 31. Registered kids (ages 15 and under) get two free games of bowling every day. Please note: The program does not include shoe rental.

$2 off admission to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Go to the link and print out the coupon, which you must present at the museum, or call

Six Flags Over Georgia

Buy your tickets to Six Flags Over Georgia three or more days in advance and get $20 off. Valid starting Friday, July 13. Offer ends September 30, 2012. Children two and under are free. For more details on this advance-ticket deal, click here.

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