Dollar Movie Theaters- Repost

It looks like it will be raining for the rest of this week. I don’t know about you but if it’s not a weekend and I have bored kids I want to do something that is simple, fun and well cheap. The movies are usually a good idea but it can add up quickly. A night at the movies has become painfully expensive. With prices hovering over $10 a person, it can really put a dent in your pocketbook. Thankfully we have several dollar/bargain theaters in the Southern California area.

There are local dollar theaters in the Inland Empire, LA , Orange and Ventura Counties. I searched and searched and couldn’t find anything for the San Diego area. If you know of one in the area , please email me so I can add it to the list. We love visiting bargain theaters because they’re inexpensive and if the kids became bored and we need to leave, we are only out a couple of bucks. Family films are particularly popular at these type of theaters, so it’s usually easy to find something for everyone. We’ve had a great experience and I’m sure your family will too!!
 As of January 2010-
: Los Angeles County
Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
 Cinemark Movies – Lancaster- 75 cents every Monday with parties of 3 or more, $2 evenings  $2.50 weekends $1.25 all day Wed
Redondo Beach Cinema 3 – Redondo Beach- $3.25 all day
 Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 everyday, $1.00 all day Tue

Orange County
Charter Center Theatre – Huntington Beach $ 3 all day long
 Starplex Cinema – Irvine -$2.00all day, $ 1.00 all day Tuesday
 PictureShow@Mainplace Mall – Santa Ana – $2 all day, $1.00 all day Tue
* Honorable mention- Cinema City – Anaheim Hills- Runs 1st run movies for $5 before noon and $6 before 6pm

 Inland Empire
 Regency Towngate 8 – Moreno Valley – $ 2.00 before 6, $ 3 after
Temeku Discount Theaters – Temecula – $3.25 before 6, $ 4 after
Cinemark Cathedral City – Cathedral City – 75 cents on Mondays for parties of 3 or more $2 $ 2.50 on weekends, $1.75 all day Wed

Ventura County
 Regency Buenaventura – Ventura- $3.00 all day

Free Admission at LACMA on Martin Luther King Day

I’m all about doing free things. I’m sure you all are too!! If you are looking for something to do on Monday to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday ,why not try a visit to the LACMA(Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

 Thanks to a generous contribution from Target, visitors of all ages are invited to a free day at the museum featuring live performances, tours, and self-guided activities. The museum will be having special performances and family friendly activities. Make sure to check out the children’s special audio tour designed specifically with your little ones in mind. I hope you can enjoy a day at the museum and remember that free admission at the LACMA will be held every holiday Monday. There will be activities from 12:30 to 3:30.

Snow play in Big Bear Lake

Happy Monday!  Excuse my lack of blogging during the past week. I’ve been blogging for over two years and this past week was one of the most frustrating weeks ever. I could not think of a single  thing to write about. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very fun events coming up and a million places to visit, but I  just couldn’t write. I think my writer’s block is finally over!

We are coming up on a holiday weekend and a week with some cold weather. One suggestion for this holiday weekend is to head up to Big Bear Lake. One of my daughter’s preschool teachers shared with me that she took an informal survey of the kiddos in the classroom  last week and only a handful of children had played in snow. That just makes me a little sad. We did not have much money growing up but my mom and dad made sure to bundle us up and take us at least once a year to the snow. My mom would pack a lunch and we would head up for some good old fashioned snow play.

We spent a couple of days in Big Bear Lake during the holiday and the kiddos had a blast sledding for hours. I loved that after some snowfall you can just pull off the road on the way up the mountain and partake in some good snow play. You really don’t have to spend much money. Just gas up the car, check the road conditions , dress warmly and be prepared for a great time.  Snow is expected to fall on Wednesday of this week and Sunday night.

You can also inner tube at Big Bear Snow Play, which is open everyday. Big Bear Snow Play is made up of natural and man made snow which gives a great base for  inner tubing and fun in the snow. There are 7 different runs and the price for a full day of fun is $25 a person.

You can also bobsled at the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain. Children 2-6 are free with one paying adult. A day pass is $25 a person.

If you have wanted to give skiing or snow boarding a try you can try either head to Snow Summit or Bear Mountain.  The ski resorts are open daily through the winter.

If you are still not sure on what to do this weekend, you might want to head up the mountain for some fun, but ill will like to head to first to get skiing gear for me and my kids this time. If you do the same, your kids will have a blast and Big Bear Lake is a fun place to explore. It’s the perfect place to daytrip!

For info and weather conditions head here.