Last year was our first experience with Six Flags Read to Succeed. We had such a great time, so we already signed up again for this year.
What is “Read to Succeed”?
Six Flags gives free park tickets to students who complete 6 hours (or more) of independent reading during the school year (By March 2, 2015). They also give a free ticket to the teacher in charge of the program. For homeschoolers, this means that one parent and all the kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can earn a free ticket.
It takes a few minutes to sign up, and then all you need to do is keep a reading log per child. You don’t even have to mail in the reading log but just keep them in case they ask. If I remember right, my kids read more than six hours over the course of a rainy weekend right after we signed up for the program. It definitely isn’t a lofty, unattainable goal.
You do have to specify which Six Flags tickets that you want. We debated on picking a local place or one while on our summer road trip. In the end, we opted for the local place (Great Adventure), and it was a great choice for us. You can look for Six Flags parks here.
Our Six Flags experience:
Having never been to Six Flags, we really didn’t know what to expect, but with 4 free tickets, we decided to take a chance. I’m glad we did.
We had a really great time at Six Flags Great Adventure this summer. We went on a weekday (July 3rd) when the forecast was a little iffy. The park was empty, the lines nonexistent. Seth and Elijah got to ride a ton of great roller coasters. The younger kids loved the rides as well as the animal shows and the safari. The animal shows and safari were a bit more “entertainment” than educational. My kids weren’t really impressed with the odd pop culture references or contests to “make the show more interesting” since they were more interested in the animals.
Everyone had so many turns riding rides that we were done by 6:30 pm. It turns out that it was the perfect time to leave since a storm rolled in after that.
Two family members did not get free tickets from “Read to Succeed” so we did have to buy two. One local borough sells discount tickets to amusements parks (and other attractions). We spent $36 per ticket.
Parking was a ridiculous price of $25-$35, but we still were able to take our family of six to an amusement park for a great price. We actually paid the higher price for parking so that it was easier to go to the van for food. With Seth’s food restrictions, we packed food and went to the van to eat. Paying an extra $10 so that we would actually walk to the van for food really saved us a lot of money. Avoiding the commercialized shopping sections also let us save some money.
The day we attended was extremely hot so we did buy lots of water in the park. On a cooler day, this would obviously not be as necessary.
You can sign up now (and through March 2, 2015).
Sign up for the 2014-2015 Read to Succeed Program here. All students (and their reading hours) have to be entered into the system by March 2, 2015. This date also appears to be the registration deadline so I think you can sign up and fill in the reading hours on that date.
Last year, the tickets had to be used between the end of June and the middle of August at our local park so you will want to check out the dates on your tickets when you get them (by email).
We are already signed up and ready to earn our free tickets!