Monday, June 30, 2014

FREE Museum Admission July 2014 - A Bay Area Staycation at your local museums . . .

First Full Weekend of the Month is upon us!

Heat waves in the Bay Area find us indoors at a cool museum! Often, there is a FREE MUSEUM DAY in July 2014, located in a town near you. (Nationwide.) San Francisco, Oakland, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, Boston and beyond.

First Weekend of the month has the most FREE Admission opportunities. Have fun. Be inspired.

CLICK HERE to find other FREE MUSEUM DAYS in a city near you.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums & Gardens:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oakland Museum is Free FIRST Sunday to the general public.
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014 and Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site in Danville, CA - FREE.
Saturdays Without Reservations.
Access to the site is by National Park Shuttle only.
In 1936, Eugene O'Neill was the first American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The park is closed to visitors Monday through Thursday. Guided tours are only available on Fridays and Sundays at 10 AM & 2 PM. Reservations are required for guided tours of the site. 
Self-guided tours are offered on "Saturdays Without Reservations" at 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM.

As an added bonus, there are special FREE days at gardens, Regional Parks, Swimming Pools, Museums not normally advertised:

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (located at Golden Gate Park) - FREE Admission SECOND Tuesday of the month, general public
Tuesday, July 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

San Francisco Zoo Coupon - One FREE Child Admission, With One Paid Adult Admission. Expires 12/31/2014. CLICK HERE for printable coupon.
Friday, July 18, 2014

John Muir National Historic Site - FREE Admission Wednesdays thru Sundays. Tour the historic fruit orchards and former home of Naturalist, John Muir.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7pm

Amazing Selection of DAILY FREE Passes through your local Library

CLICK HERE:  DISCOVER & GO program, Search YOUR city.

CLICK HERE: Contra Costa County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.

CLICK HERE: Alameda County Library Discover & Go Partners and Offers.

Friday, June 27, 2014

San Pablo Reservoir. Boat Rentals. Beauty In Our Own Backyard...

San Pablo Reservoir

The Bay Area is such a beautiful place with easy access to reservoirs and boat rides, simple enough for an afternoon adventure. This scenic park and reservoir is located only a few miles East of the quaint town of Orinda.

Have you ever visited San Pablo Reservoir?

CLICK HERE for EBMUD info on San Pablo Reservoir.

Boat Rental info is on a separate website:

CLICK HERE for boat rental info.

CLICK HERE for directions. We were pleasantly thrilled to find such a spectacular place, only minutes from home. A relaxing boat ride is a peaceful, perfect way to introduce little ones to the wonders of nature.

According to the park brochure, Seniors, POWs, and Disabled receive 50% off boat rental fee Monday thru Friday. A great incentive to take Grandma and Grandpa out for a boat ride with the little ones!

On the EBMUD website: SPECIAL: Rent a boat six times and receive a free 1/2 day weekday rental. Awesome!

This is a fantastic after school or weekday adventure! Hurry. The San Pablo Reservoir will close during the winter months. They're only open mid-February thru October. Don't look for us under any lemon trees, because we'll be making memories, boating, picnicking and having fun.

We also enjoy that San Pablo Dam Reservoir has a Cafe on premises. Even if only to buy a refreshing ice-cream, sandwich, or cup of coffee on a whim! 

San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Rd.
El Sobrante, Ca. 94803
(510) 223-1661

Boat Rentals Managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation

CLICK HERE: YELP Reviews, mostly 5 stars. No surprise!

Aquarium of the Bay Tickets - Discount Admission, Free Parking, and other Pier 39 coupons...

Kids Eat & Play Free at Beach Street and The Embarcadero, Pier 39. San Francisco, CA.
This is only a partial list of all the goodies.

Program renews July 5th, 2014 - CHECK BACK

CLICK HERE for full page of coupons

CLICK HERE for many other OFFERS on the Pier 39 website, such as AAA Offers, Amtrak, Fun Pack, Local Advantage. Each with additional offers.

CLICK HERE for a Pier 39 Fun Pack Redeemable at the California Welcome Center.

PIER 39 Parking Garage
2 Hours of Validated Parking
Redeem this coupon for one (1) 2-hour parking validation at the California Welcome Center on Level 2. The California Welcome Center is open daily from 9am-7pm. 

Aquarium of the Bay
One FREE Kid’s Admission
with Purchase of One Adult Admission

7D Experience
One FREE Kid’s Admission
with Purchase of One Full Price Adult Admission

Alcatraz Gift Shop
One FREE Kid’s Black & White Striped Nightshirt
with Purchase of One Adult Striped Nightshirt 

Blue & Gold Fleet
One FREE Kid’s Bay Cruise
with Purchase of One Adult Bay Cruise

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Shop
One FREE Single Scoop
with Purchase of One Single Scoop

One FREE Kid’s Meal
with Purchase of One Adult Entrée

Aunt Fanny’s Hot Pretzels
One FREE Pretzel
with Purchase of One Pretzel

Eagle Cafe
One FREE Kid’s Meal from the Kids’ Menu
with Purchase of One Adult Entrée

CLICK HERE for Mobile Version of this Lemon Lady Blog Post

Friday, June 20, 2014

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. FREE Admission FIRST Thursday of each month: July 3, 2014...

Photos by Anna Chan

CLICK HERE for Mobile Version of this post.

This rare Botanical Garden is a paradise on earth. Easy location just by the Caldecott tunnel. If you've never been, you'll be in awe of the beautiful scenery, rare flowers, edibles, ornamental, carnivorous and more than 12,000 fascinating plants! Just GO. It is perfect for an afternoon walk in the forest, stroll along a babbling brook, meandering through a Japanese garden, seeing a real cacao tree or cinnamon bark in the tropical greenhouse...chasing butterflies and finding ladybugs. An amazing place - a true local gem, sure to be a delightful family day.

This is a field trip walking into another world...even some prehistoric plants are on display! Vanilla orchids, Cacao Trees, Coconut Palms. So beautiful and educational.

Garden closes at 5pm. With a little planning, a weekday after school trip is still possible.

Regular Adult Admission is only $10.00, Children Admission $2.00 (Ages 5-12.)

FIRST THURSDAY of each month is
FREE admission day at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Enjoy.

From: The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden website:
First Thursday of each month Free**
**Please note - Beginning in AUGUST, our Free Day will change to the First Wednesday of Each month. 

THURSDAY, July 3rd, 2014 - FREE Admission.

CLICK HERE for UC Botanical Garden website.

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720-5045
P: 510-643-2755

CLICK HERE for Yelp Reviews.

CLICK HERE for 228 more photos on Yelp.

Almost all 5 stars, not surprising at all for such a paradise!

Raising our child and introducing her to all things possible. Life is a field trip!
An August visit to UC Botanical Garden a few years ago.

Photos by Anna Chan
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. FREE Admission FIRST Thursday of each month: July 3, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

East Bay Regional Park District - Enjoy local Swimming, Parking, Admission all FREE this Friday and more...

One of our favorite swimming pools, is the beautiful Castle Rock Pool in Walnut Creek, California. Swimming fees are so nominal, open Thursdays thru Sundays all summer long. I'd pay much more for the peaceful park setting surrounded by beautiful Oak Trees, wildlife, and hiking trails. It's like a vacation every time we visit. FREE on the 3rd Fridays of each month.

Free 3rd Fridays - Free Park Days
Among other festivities, East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks.
Starting April 18, fees will be waived for a variety of park services every third Friday of each month for the rest of the year.
Free 3rd Friday Dates: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19
On those Free 3rd Fridays, you won’t have to pay for the following:
  • Parking
  • Boat launching*
  • Entry for horses and dogs
  • Swimming fees
  • District fishing permits**
  • Entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont
*Boat launchers will still have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection.
**Anglers will still have to possess a California state fishing license, for which there’s a fee. And there will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations.
Free Fridays are the park district’s way of thanking the public for eighty years of support. A grass-roots movement provided the political momentum for establishment of the district back in 1934, and public support has been key to the district’s successes ever since.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Black Bear Diner - Kids Eat Free on Teddy Bear Tuesdays...

Teddy Bear Tuesdays at Black Bear Diner

Kids Eat Free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Nothing on Black Bear Diner website seems to promote this ongoing special, but you can call ahead to confirm it is still available. It was for us. Comped child's meal and beverage, too.


Locally - there are Black Bear Diners in Walnut Creek, Oakley, Pleasanton, Suisun.

CLICK HERE for all locations.

Oakley Black Bear Diner
3201 Main StreetOakley, CA, 94561(925) 625-3555
Walnut Creek Black Bear Diner
700 Bancroft RoadWalnut Creek, CA, 94598(925) 941-0000
Suisun City Black Bear Diner
111 Sunset AvenueSuisun City, CA, 94585(707) 422-4386
Pleasanton Black Bear Diner
5100 Hopyard Rd.Pleasanton, CA, 94566(925) 847-9100

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Online Garage Sales - Shop & Sell Concord / Clayton / Walnut Creek, California...

A tip for my local friends. Something I've been having quite a bit of fun with lately...and making a few extra dollars selling accumulated household items, children's toys and clothing.

If you have a Facebook account and wish to join an exclusive (closed) group of over 1500 members, one of our area's BEST online garage sale shopping sites, I highly recommend:

The admin of the site, Jennifer is a pleasure to communicate with. She is responsive to message inquiries and does an exceptional job of keeping the site fresh and fun. (Can't be flakey or you'll get deleted quickly!)  Shop & Sell is free to join, by REFERRAL ONLY. You must reside or work in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, or be willing to purchase in these cities. The most fantastic part about this unique site is they are currently accepting new members.

Join while you still can!

Sell something today. What about those golf clubs sitting in the closet or your child's gently used crib sheets? Toddler bikes just sitting in the garage collecting dust? Gently used soccer shoes? Ballet outfits? Pretty much anything is up for sale. It's easy. It's fun.

If you know me - For a PERSONAL REFERRAL to join, please send an email or Facebook message.


Have a great weekend.

CLICK BELOW to link to Shop & Sell