Summer Fun with Tropicana


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My family and I have been enjoying Tropicana's Juicy Rewards for a while, and now that summer is here we need those Juicy savings more than ever. I've signed the kids up for one week of camp and we're traveling for five weeks, but we've still got all the rest of the summer to fill up with fun things to do. I love scheduling day trips to museums, parks and amusement centers, so every little discount helps.


The Basics
Juicy Rewards is a great program from Tropicana that helps you save on the stuff your family loves to do, just by buying stuff your family already loves -- orange juice. Each specially marked carton of Tropicana Pure Premium or Trop50 has a special code that you enter online to get Juicy Reward Points. You can redeem Juicy Reward Points for discounts on fun activities and gear (for more information, check out the Juicy Rewards official site). As a BlogHer Juicy Insider, I get to try out some of the activities that you can redeem discounts for, and tell you all about it.


The Bongga
One of the best things about Juicy Rewards Points is that they can be redeemed for discounts at so many popular places, not just obscure, out-of-the-way places that need to offer coupons to draw people in. Our latest Juicy excursion was to Children's Fairyland in Oakland, one of the first themed amusement parks in the US and a huge favorite in the Bay Area. It's a tried and tested favorite with my kids, and they're always ready for a visit.


Children's Fairyland is a sweet little place for young kids, filled with storybook sets that kids can run through and play in. One of my kids' favorites is the Alice in Wonderland set, which leads kids down a rabbithole-slide, through some underground tunnels and into a card maze. This must be how Alice felt when the whole pack of cards fluttered down on her!


Fairyland holds puppet show performances two or three times a day. Their productions are excellent (this one is "Wind in the Willows) and everyone enjoys them.


The park has a few gentle rides like a carousel, a train and a small ferris wheel. This is the "scariest" ride of the park, a giant dragon slide. Okay, it's not exactly a thriller amusement park, but kids of all ages love it, and they can actually go wicked fast on that slidy aluminum surface.



Since I was able to redeem two 2-for-1 admission coupons with my Juicy Rewards points, I told The Pea she could invite her best friend. The Pea is always getting invited by this girl's family so I thought it was time I returned the favor -- and thanks to Juicy Rewards, I didn't feel the bite in my wallet even with four kids. They all had a blast, and even made some new friends at the park (see photo above), spending quite a bit of time playing with (and on) them.


Children's Fairyland is really a wonderful place to hang out for the day!


The Blah
I've just discovered the first serious flaw in the Juicy Rewards program! You can only redeem a maximum of 3 rewards in each category (i.e. Museums, Aquariums, Batting Cages & Arcades, Amusement & Water Parks, etc..) -- not 3 rewards per establishment, per category. For example, you can only get dining discounts 3 times -- once for Baskin Robbins, once for Arby's, and a third time for some other local place, or any combination. But you're limited to three, and only three, dining coupons.


Same goes for the other categories. So we can only enjoy discounts to 3 museums of any kind, even if we've gathered enough Juicy Rewards points to pay for 5! I was hugely disappointed because it means we can't redeem Juicy Rewards points to enjoy discounts at our favorite places again and again. C'mon Juicy Rewards, puh-leeeeeeeze remove the 3-discount limit!



The Bottom Line
Despite the 3-discount-per-category limit, Tropicana's Juicy Rewards program is still a great way to save on things to do. It just means you get to try new things all the time, which is especially great during the summer when you and your kids are looking for things to do. They're adding new discounts all the time, so you're sure to find a deal you'll want to use!

On a final note, I'm sad to say that this is my last formal post as a Juicy Rewards Insider. My Juicy Rewards Posts might be ending, but the fun goes on. You can bet I'll be buying Tropicana juice, entering codes, maxing out my points, and redeeming all the rewards I can. Make sure you squeeze every last drop of savings you can from Tropicana's Juicy Rewards Program until it ends in November!


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To get your bonus point:
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*Note* This one-time use code is valid for new accounts ONLY. Must be entered within 6 hours of creating your account.



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Disclosure: I am being compensated for my participation in the BlogHer Juicy Insiders program. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

73 comments, leave yours here:

LMC502 on June 15, 2010 at 11:16 AM said...

I will be checking out Juicy Rewards and other sites for discounts on our summer travel plans as well as summer fun activities around town.

Mami2jcn on June 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM said...

I'll be using coupons & looking for online discounts.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Caity said...

How do I link to tweets? I'm @pennycouture ( http://twitter.com/pennycouture )

:)

pennycouture@gmail.com

Caity said...

For frugal summer fun, I try to find free events -- outdoor concerts, art festivals and parks!

pennycouture@gmail.com

Mami2jcn on June 16, 2010 at 6:47 AM said...

I wrote on your Facebook wall (Mary Happymommy).

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn on June 16, 2010 at 6:48 AM said...

I wrote on the Tropicana Facebook wall (Mary Happymommy).

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

ccboobooy(charity) on June 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM said...

We're checking out local art festivals & museums.


charisscharity at yahoo dot com

Tracey Nelson said...

I will be checking out Juicy Rewards for specials and using some of my reward points to visit local places with the kids.

cookiesANDclogs on June 16, 2010 at 8:18 PM said...

Use as many deals as possible! Today we went to movies which I bought in advance for the summer so it cost $0.50 each. Then we went to the San Mateo County Fair which had free admission for everyone until 3:00pm.
I plan on working those promotions all summer long!
cookiesandclogs@gmail.com

cookiesANDclogs on June 16, 2010 at 8:21 PM said...

Posted on Tropicana FB (cookiesandclogs)

cookiesANDclogs on June 16, 2010 at 8:22 PM said...

Posted on your wall (cookiesandclogs)
cookiesandclogs@gmail.com

Kelly said...

I make my plans based off what free activities are in the area as well as anything that I can find online coupons for.

peppermintpatty5@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I posted on your FB.

peppermintpatty5@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

I posted on Tropicana's FB.

peppermintpatty5@yahoo.com

Auntie Sarah on June 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM said...

Playing frisbee golf. Once you buy the discs its FREE for the whole family!!

Karina on June 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM said...

we look for promos or coupons online

Amber on June 19, 2010 at 6:07 PM said...

I definitely use a lot of coupons, we also to go free movie nights at the local theatre, and we do free stuff like camping out in the backyard :)
Thanks!

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Amber on June 19, 2010 at 6:09 PM said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/16582425493

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

jillyrh on June 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM said...

We plan to save money by attending free local events and having picnics at the local parks

Princess Golden Hair on June 22, 2010 at 2:42 PM said...

we try to find free local activities and use coupons for inexpensive ones

teechbiz at gmail dot com

DG on June 26, 2010 at 11:47 PM said...

I plan on saving by frequenting the community pool rather than taking long trips to the beach and by enrolling in the library summer program and the local camp rather than sleepaway camp

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot]com

DG on June 26, 2010 at 11:49 PM said...

http://www.facebook.com/Tropicana?v=wall&story_fbid=403026091234&ref=mf

posted on Tropicana's page as Dee G

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

DG on June 26, 2010 at 11:50 PM said...

http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=197069383150&share_id=138768006136635&comments=1#s138768006136635

posted on your wall as Dee G :)

dreamzz12{at]aol{dot}com

DG on June 26, 2010 at 11:51 PM said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/17147557478

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

JC on June 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM said...

We'll be using online code and auction site to save on vacation.

JC on June 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM said...

Wrote on your wall@tcarolinep JessieKatie S

JC on June 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM said...

Wrote on Tropicanan wall@tcarolinep JessieKatie S

JC on June 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/17172511080

Anonymous said...

we planning to move later this summer...so summer vacation is being postponed. guess this means off season will save money. :-)

~eunice b
rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

Anonymous said...

posted on fb

~eunice b
rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

Anonymous said...

posted on tropicana fb wall

~eunice b
rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/17250091332

tweet :-)

~tigergal01
rsmile2u @dejazzd .com

Melinda on June 28, 2010 at 9:03 AM said...

To save - we use coupons, rebates, and wait for deals!

mjf926 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

bluegirl1423@gmail.com

I will be using promo codes online to save money

Joy said...

I'll be using coupons & looking for online discounts.

mjharvey26@yahoo.com

Jen G. said...

We'll take advantage of summer freebies, like free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Regal theaters and the library. Anything to stay indoors during the HOT summer.

Thanks!

jennifer.gilmore@gcmweb.org

Jen G. said...

I posted on the Bonggamom FB fan page [Jennifer Yeo Gilmore]

Thanks!

jennifer.gilmore@gcmweb.org

Jen G. said...

I posted on the Tropicana FB fan page [Jennifer Yeo Gilmore]

Thanks,

jennifer.gilmore@gcmweb.org

pestkaj on June 28, 2010 at 11:44 PM said...

I look for discounts just like these! yeah!!

Anne J on June 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM said...

We save by looking for discounts like these, and by taking our own drinks and snacks along with us.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J on June 29, 2010 at 8:11 AM said...

I wrote on your FB wall (Anne Jolly)

Anne J on June 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/17339674666

icefairy on June 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM said...

We use online coupons to get discounted theme park tickets, and gather friends to get group rates.

icefairy on June 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM said...

Wrote on your FB wall (Bing)

icefairy on June 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM said...

Wrote on Tropicana's FB wall (Bing)

icefairy on June 29, 2010 at 8:59 AM said...

Tweet
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/17343194342

Anonymous said...

We wait until we have a coupon. I don't like to visit attractions on the "free day" because it is usually so crowded that the financial benefit is outweighed by my irritation at the crowded conditions.


pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/17354183854

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

posted on your fb wall
(Pauley Do)

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

posted on Tropicana fb wall
(Pauley Do)

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

JoeyfromSC on June 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM said...

One way I'll be saving (and have been so far) is by taking my Godson to the free movies at our local theatre! Love that!!

I also will be using the Tropicana Juicy rewards program to get a deal on things!

Thanks for the chance to win!

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC on June 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM said...

I posted on the Bonggamom facebook page:

www.facebook.com/ajoebloe

Joey J.

JoeyfromSC

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC on June 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM said...

I posted on the Tropicana facebook wall too!

www.facebook.com/ajoebloe

Joey J.

JoeyfromSC

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

JoeyfromSC on June 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM said...

I tweeted about your giveaway also:

http://twitter.com/JoeyfromSC/status/17363022313

ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

slehan on June 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM said...

Free concerts in the park; take a picnic dinner and you're all set. Thanks for the contest.

slehan on June 30, 2010 at 12:46 AM said...

Posted to your page: Slehan
http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=197069383150&share_id=131803333517552&comments=1#s131803333517552

slehan on June 30, 2010 at 12:50 AM said...

http://twitter.com/slehan/status/17398564107

slehan on June 30, 2010 at 12:54 AM said...

FB post on Tropicana: http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=73580501234&share_id=134171389940225&comments=1#s134171389940225

Betty C on June 30, 2010 at 1:27 AM said...

We use coupons whenever we can find them. I've also discovered that the local radio stations often broadcast special events with great prices.

angie lilly on June 30, 2010 at 6:17 AM said...

We save a lot of money by just not spending it. We do free things, things around the house/yard, etc.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

angie lilly on June 30, 2010 at 6:18 AM said...

I left a comment on your FB wall as Tofu Fairy.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

angie lilly on June 30, 2010 at 6:18 AM said...

I left a comment on their FB wall as Tofu Fairy.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

angie lilly on June 30, 2010 at 6:18 AM said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/17413188718
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

Scott on June 30, 2010 at 6:40 AM said...

We try to do things locally that are put on free by city/county/state governments. We also take advantage of hiking and enjoying state parks, which are also free.
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott on June 30, 2010 at 6:41 AM said...

left wall post on your facebook page under Heath Cole
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott on June 30, 2010 at 6:41 AM said...

left wall post on Tropicana's facebook page under Heath Cole
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott on June 30, 2010 at 6:41 AM said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/17413992294
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Donna on June 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM said...

I am going to use coupons.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna on June 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM said...

I wrote on your wall. Donna Kozar
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna on June 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM said...

I wrote on the Tropicana Facebook Fan Page. Donna Kozar
donna444444@yahoo.com

Betty N on June 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM said...

We have some wonderful deals in our area for summer fun for grandkids that will be visiting off and on throughout the summer (9 grandkids plus two friend's kids) One that we are doing is having my husband buy an adult membership to Mote marine aquarium and he gets to take up to three people with him as often as he wants and then during July/Aug there is a reciprocal agreement so he can take the same # of people to the G Wiz children's hands on Science Museum as often as he wants for these two months and then it also has a reciprocal agreement with an art museum for our older grandchildren.

Betty N on June 30, 2010 at 4:25 PM said...

I wrote on Bonggamom's facebook page (BettyN)

Betty N on June 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM said...

I wrote on Tropicana's wall (Betty N)

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