Free Queen Mary, free camping, back to school sales – Orange County Register

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If you’re bemoaning that summer’s almost over and you never took the kids to the San Diego Zoo, cheer up. If you wait until October, it’s all on sale. This will be the 6th annual “Kids Free” October in San Diego, when more than 100 attractions, museums, hotels and more offer great deals to families with kids. The zoo and safari park, for example, are completely free all month long to kids age 11 and under. Sea World is also free to kids age 9 and under. Lots more deals, too. And October is a great time to visit, when the tourists have gone home and the weather has (hopefully) cooled down. Learn more:


As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Queen Mary is offering free admission after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, along with a discounted $10 parking rate, plus special free events. This is part of their “Salon Series,” a monthly evening of entertaining public programming for guests of all ages. You don’t need a reservation to show up for the free admission, but if you want to participate in any of the Salon events, you do. Learn more here:

CHEAP FIX If you’ve constantly got a sore neck and back like I do from hunching over your computer, consider this tip I got from a physical therapist that I visited: Buy a tennis ball and stuff it inside a sock. Then, put it on a hard surface and press against it, which will work out all the knots. It really works. I upgraded to a softball, which has even more workable surface, and I use it every morning. Goodbye, $80 massages. Just keep it away from your dog. Trust me on that one.


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