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My family and I love to attend local happenings. Events, festivals, parks, museums, aquariums… anything that we can do that is fun, interesting and inexpensive.

With a family of 7 we can't go just anywhere due to admission costs. I have to search out sales, Groupons, free days, etc., so that we can visit places that we normally wouldn't be able to, like the Sea Life Charlotte/Concord Aquarium.

U.S. Space & Rocket CenterLast year was the first year we participated in the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live event. We lived in Huntsville at the time and decided to go to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and had a blast at a venue that we normally wouldn't have been able to attend (it's $20 for those 13 and up and $15 for ages 5-10 so that trip would have cost us $125 for the couple of hours we stayed).

There are many venues participating in North Carolina this year; 7 in the Charlotte area, 3 near Ashville, 8 near Winston-Salem, 6 near Raleigh and 4 on the coast. I'm thinking about taking the kids to either the Mint Museum or Levine Museum of the New South but I also really want to take a trip to Asheville and tie in a visit to the zoo. Either way I had better figure it out soon because Museum Day is THIS Saturday, September 27th!

Click here to sign up for Museum Day Live.

Where do you plan to use your free tickets?