War Horse at Academy of Music 50% off

Here’s your chance to see War Horse performed at the Academy of Music for half price. A Broadway hit that inspired a film by Steven Spielberg, War Horse tells the story of a horse sold to the cavalry during World War I, the lives he impacted on his journey through the battlegrounds of Europe, and the trainer who risked his life to rescue him. Told with actors and equine puppets, War Horse has captured the hearts of young and old on its tour of the UK and U.S.

WHERE: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

WHEN: through Sunday, December 2, 2012

DEAL: Sign up here to get $25-40 tickets (normally $40-80)


Titanic exhibition at The Franklin Institute half price

Explore life aboard the Titanic, rediscovered through objects buried beneath the sea for the better part of a century. More than 300 items are on display in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a 15,000-square-foot recreation of the historic journey that ended in tragedy after the ship struck an iceberg in 1912.

The exhibit begins with the building of the Titanic, takes you through its lavish interiors, and gives an intimate glimpse of the passengers on board via items discovered inside: china, binoculars, jewelry, perfume bottles.

The Franklin Institute will be closed on December 24 and 25, but Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition offers extended hours (until 9:00 pm) on December 23, 26 and 30.

WHERE: The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

DEAL: Get $14.50 tickets here (normally $29)

Comedy Improv at Adrienne Theatre 50% off

If you love the belly laughs of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? you have to see ComedySportz, the live theatrical version of this improvisational comedic one-upmanship at the Adrienne. Two teams of comedians engage in a battle of the wits on stage, with a referee keeping score – and occasional audience participation.

WHERE: The Playground at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia

WHEN: Friday & Saturday evening shows through January 26, 2013

DEAL: Sign up here for $8.50 tickets (normally $17)

Free admission to new Barnes on first Sundays

Beginning tomorrow afternoon, June 3, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month, you can tour the fabulous new Barnes Foundation on Ben Franklin Parkway free, including family entertainment and educational seminars between 1 to 6 pm.

Advance reservations are required and available a week before your visit. Offer is limited to free admission for two adults and two children per visit.  Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so make a note to book them a week early if possible.

WHERE: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

WHEN: First Sunday of every month

DEAL: Sign up on the Barnes website which will lead you to a calendar where you can select date and arrival time (between 1 and 4:30 pm). Click “Book” and “I am not a member,” then “PECO Free Adult” or “PECO Free Child,” and proceed to checkout.

Barnes Foundation at opening – photo © Cathleen McCarthy


Dinner Cruise on the Delaware River half off

Dinner cruise on the Delaware River aboard the newly-renovated Spirit of Philadelphia lasts three hours and includes a dinner buffet, carving station, singing waitstaff, and views of Philadelphia’s skyline. After dinner, DJs play dance music, the cash bar opens, and you can relax on the largest outdoor deck in the city.

WHEN: through January 12, 2013

WHERE: Spirit of Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing Dock, 3 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $45 – $62 tickets (normally $91 – $104)

Best tours of Philly half off

Like most northeast cities, Philly was designed for walking. But whether you walk it or take a bus – or a little of both – a good guide can show you hidden treasures you’d never find on your own. Now is the perfect time to explore the quirky, funky, delicious side of our neighborhoods – at half price! From history to street art to food, here are some of the most popular tours of Philly:


Italian Market Tour of South Philly’s 9th Street strip, the largest working out door market in the U.S. Meet shop owners, sample and shop, learn the history of the market and, of course, follow in Rocky’s footsteps.

WHEN: 10:30 am, through November 30, 2012

WHERE: 9th Street & South Street, Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $12 tickets (normally $20)


The Constitutional is a guided tour of America’s birthplace that takes you behind the scenes, to explore more than 20 historic sites in just over an hour on this one-and-a-quarter-mile outdoor walking journey, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

WHEN: noon & 2 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through November 30, 2012

WHERE: Outside National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $8.75 tickets (normally $17.50)


Cemetery, Serial Killers, Blood & Beer Tour gives you a peek of the dark side of the City of Brotherly Love – hangouts of famous gangsters and serial killers,  neighborhoods devastated by yellow fever, and the graves of Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross. Wind it up with beers and burgers at the Triumph Brewing Company.

WHEN: 2 pm Fridays, through November 30, 2012

WHERE: Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market streets, Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $15 tickets (normally $30)


Motherhood the Musical-half off!

Four girlfriends gather at a baby shower to joke, commiserate and sing with their pal and first time mama-to-be, including a single mom, a workaholic attorney, and a stressed-out mom of five. Singer-songwriter (and mother of three) Sue Fabisch wrote this funny and all-too-true musical comedy about the joys and challenges of motherhood.  Songs include “Costco Queen,” “Minivan,” “I Leak,” and “Baby Weight Blues.”

WHERE: Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street, Philadelphia

WHEN: through May 19, 2012

DEAL: SIGN UP HERE to get $22.50 tickets (normally $45)


Marsalis at Annenberg

Here’s a chance to hear a great jazz performance for as little as $10 a head, as the talented offspring of two musical legends join forces at the Annenberg Center. Drummer, vibraphone player and record producer Jason Marsalis will play classic and contemporary jazz with his quartet and singer and Broadway star Simone (daughter of Nina Simone) will perform songs from her upcoming album.

WHEN: 8 pm, Friday, March 16, 2012

WHERE: Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia)

DEAL: Sign up here for $10-23 tickets (normally $20-46)

Motherhood the Musical

Musical comedy about the challenges of being a mom, based on a baby shower for a first-time mom-to-be thrown by her best pals, a hard-working attorney, a stressed-out mother of five, and a single divorced mom. They joke, commiserate and sing songs like “Costco Queen,” “Minivan,” “I Leak,” and “Baby Weight Blues.”

WHERE: Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St., Philadelphia

WHEN: through March 28, 2012

DEAL: Sign up here for $22.50 tickets (normally $45)

(photo Scott Weiner)