Free museum admission with Bank of America cards

You can get in free to major museums across the U.S. on the first full weekend of the month if you show a photo ID and  credit or debit card issued by Bank of America or Merrill Lynch.

Free weekends this winter:
December 1-2, 2012
January 5-6, 2013
February 2-3, 2013
March 2-3, 2013

Here are some of the 150 museums, zoos and aquariums that will let you in free if you show a photo ID along with a qualifying credit card:

In or near Philadelphia:

African American Museum

National Constitution Center

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Winterthur

Within driving distance:

Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum

Washington DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts • The Phillips Collection

Free museum admission with Bank of America card

You can get in free to major museums across the U.S. on the first full weekend of the month if you show a photo ID and  credit or debit card issued by Bank of America or Merrill Lynch.

Free weekends this winter:
December 1-2, 2012
January 5-6, 2013
February 2-3, 2013
March 2-3, 2013

Here are some of the 150 museums, zoos and aquariums that will let you in free if you show a photo ID along with a qualifying credit card:

In or near Philadelphia:

African American Museum

National Constitution Center

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Winterthur

Within driving distance:

Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum

Washington DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts • The Phillips Collection


 

 

Amazon deals on games, video, cameras & e-books

Here are the latest deals on everybody’s favorite online shopping portal:

• Download video game pre-orders on Amazon for up to 30% Off.

• Daily deals in Amazon’s camera/photo department include a Panasonic Lumix for $130.

• Register an Amazon Instant Video-friendly device and get a free video credit.

Shop Kindle Books Monthly Deal


Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at audible.com!

Kids eat free at IKEA

Most of us are shopped out, but post-holiday is a great time to find deals and there are always deals at IKEA.What’s more, IKEA is offering free meals for the kids this week, one combo meal ($2.49) for a child 12 or under.

WHEN: Monday, December 26,2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

WHERE:

IKEA Conshohocken, 400 Alan Wood Road, Conshohocken, PA

IKEA South Philadelphia, 2206 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

IKEA Paramus, 100 IKEA Dr., Paramus, NJ

Deals on last-minute gifts

FREE STOCK STUFFERS

Free ZENONIA 4 action game. ZENONIA 4: Return of the Legend, a newly-released “extreme action” game, is being offered at the iTunes app store FREE. Here’s the deal.

Free Adventures of Sherlock audiobook if you sign up for a trial membership with Audible. (You can cancel later.) Here’s the deal.

Free Amazon Kindle Fire. Dealmac is giving away one a day from now until Dec. 1, 2011. Sign up here to win one.

 

SPECIAL DEALS

Gloves for smartphones $5. Meritline is offering winter gloves you don’t have to remove to use your iPhone and other touchscreens. Free shipping (if you don’t mind getting them after the holidays). Here’s the deal.

Android 2.3 tablet for $149 (normally $339), expedited shipping included. Here’s the deal.

Chubby8 for $150 in black or red (normally $200). Here’s the deal.

AMC Theatre movie bundle – 37% off. One ticket package for $24 (worth $38) buys two movie passes, two drinks and some popcorn. Get them here.

Goldstar gift certificates – 20% off. Perfect gift for the couple that never gets out (or for a spouse who never takes you out). These are good from Dec. 25 2011 on. Choose from $25 (for $20), $50 (for $40), or $100 (for $80) gift certificates. Get them here.

Entertainment Books – 30% off.  Coupon books for 2012 are being offered for $10 off ($35 retail value for $25) with free shipping. They throw in a second coupon book for someone else on your list for another $15. Note: Free shipping means standard 10-14 days, so you’ll probably get this after Christmas.  Here’s the deal.

Free seats on MegaBus

MegaBus is giving away 20,000 free seats for travel in January and February. Here’s the deets:

WHERE: MegaBus travels from Philadelphia to Baltimore, Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Richmond, State College, Syracuse, and Toronto

WHEN: Valid for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012

DEAL: When you book your seats on MegaBus, use the promo code GOFREE

New Year’s weekend in Philly: fireworks and mummers

Penn’s Landing will host two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve – a Saturday night night this year! – at 6 pm and midnight on the Delaware River Waterfront. Try this listing for best places to watch. If you plan to stay overnight for the Mummer’s Parade, here are a few deals on hotels in Center City.

Mummers Parade (photo Cathleen McCarthy)

Best hotel deals in Philly for the holidays

[Updated Dec. 8, 2011]

If you want a weekend in Center City for holidays, here are a few nice stays offering discounts. Most are an easy walk from shopping, dining and/or the theater district.

BEST DEALS UNDER $200

Palomar, a Kimpton hotel, 117 S. 17th St., near Rittenhouse Square and theater district. All rooms are pet-friendly with 37″ flat-screen HDTVs, safes, MP3 alarm clocks, access to free coffee in the lobby, and 24-hour fitness center, starting at $179 on Priceline.

Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., starting at $159/night on Priceline

Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock Street, starting at $159 on Quikbook

Westin, 99 South 17th Street At Liberty Place, starting at $152/night on Priceline

 

BEST DEALS UNDER $100

Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 Race Street, with free wifi and flat-screen TVs, near convention center, Reading Terminal Market, and Avenue of the Arts, starting at $99/night on Priceline.

Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 B Island Ave, starting at $87 on Priceline.

Thanksgiving dinner out: last-minute deals

Waited ’til the last minute to make your Turkey Day plans? Here’s one memorable way to spend the day (and evening). It’s festive, tasty, family friendly and you can’t beat the setting. Reservations are still available from noon to 7:30 pm.

Longwood Gardens Thanksgiving Buffet.

DEAL: Members get $12 off the $59 cost for diners over 12 ($47). Children age 5-11 can gobble for $33, $27 with family membership. Kids 1-4 eat for $5 and babies are free. Buffet tickets include admissions to the gardens, so you can walk it off in style.

Buy  tickets online or call 610-388-1000 (for additional fee) or take your chances on the spot at the ticket office in the Longwood Visitor Center. This a a popular Thanksgiving dinner option and reservations are required, so if you want to guarantee a seat, I recommend reserving seats. A cash bar will be available.

Other dining deals in the Philly area:

Visit Restaurant.com and use the code SHOP to get $25 gift certificates for as little $2 for:

Restaurants within city limits, including Center City, Manayunk, University City, and Chestnut Hill

Restaurants in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, and South Jersey

Or sign up (free!) for the new discount dining service, Savored to get 30% off many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants, including Le Bec-Fin, The Prime Rib, Bistro La Minette, Cochon, Gilmore’s, Derek’s in Manayunk, and Il Portico in Rittenhouse Square.