Its time again, in most elementary schools and in sixth grade classrooms all over Georgia, to submit the annual Six Flags Read to Succeed program logs. Many teachers give students these reading logs early on in the school year.
Did you receive one? If you did and you have misplaced it, check with your students teacher. This reading program is one of the ways your family can visit Six Flags for a very low price each summer.
Heres how it works: students receive a log from a teacher in a school that participates in the Read to Succeed program. Dont worry if you are a homeschool family -- you can register, too.
But get registered quickly because the deadline for entering your childs reading information is coming to an end. Once your school and teacher are registered, students simply need to read.
Reading for fun is encouraged as part of this program, and after a minimum number of hours read (and logged), a free one-day Six Flags ticket is earned.
Last year, five members of our family visited Six Flags from open to close and rode every major coaster at least once. We paid less than $20 for our entire visit.
There are a couple of ways that you can always save on a Six Flags visit, but paying for three of our tickets using those Read to Succeed program vouchers was incredibly helpful.
As you begin planning your summer, visit the Six Flags website for deals on season passes to their park and to Six Flags Whitewater. Earlier this year, as I researched season passes, I discovered I could buy passes for our family of six for less than the price of a one-day regular visit.
In fact, with those passes came complimentary parking, which saves $10-15 each time you visit. Consider adding on the White Water season pass -- for our family, only about $5 more per person for the whole season. Before the special pricing ends as March and spring weather approaches, check out the special deals on season passes.
If a season pass is not the way to go for your family, then be sure to get those reading logs filled out. After that, begin looking for deals for those in your family who do not qualify for the reading program.
For example, my seventh grader has aged out of the Six Flags program. Although I will still have three children who receive free tickets, my oldest child will not.
We will be looking for opportunities to bring down the price of his ticket as well as mine and my husbands. There are early bird offers, which allow a particular savings amount when tickets are purchased online. There are usually Six Flags special coupon offers in restaurants during the summer as well.
My favorite method for acquiring savings on Six Flags tickets has to be using Coca-Cola reward points to earn free tickets. This is how, last year, we paid nearly nothing for a day of fun! We cashed in our Coke reward points to earn free Six Flags tickets! Be sure to enter the maximum amount of Coke points weekly so you can accumulate a balance and earn free Six Flags tickets.
Coke Reward points can also be used to earn a coupon that discounts the price of the all-you-can-drink beverage in the park. Of course, another way to save money is to pack your lunch and bottled water and head out to the parking lot instead of purchasing food inside the park.
Summer savings starts now, with preparation and forward thinking! Be sure to get those Read to Succeed logs turned in before the deadline, and begin looking now for ways to save at Six Flags this summer.
Rachael J. Mercer is a freelance writer and coupon workshop instructor living in McDonough. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.