Free Entertainment

With the Christmas/Summer holidays fast approaching it would seem to be a good idea to try to get some free entertainment for you, your family and your friends organised for the coming months. Movie and concert ticket and heaps of DVDs and CDs are always available and in plentiful supply through competitions. One of my first wins earlier this year was movie tickets through an IGA Summer Fun promotion. All I had to do was upload a fun family photo to their FB page. Easy! Through the year I also went on to secure quite a number of DVDs (mostly Lego and Playschool ones for the grandkids) and a couple of CDs (for me). I won family tickets to a Playschool Concert (for the grandkids again, boy are they lucky) from Kidspot and just recently my daughter won a double pass to The Wizard of OZ through her local paper, The Illawarra Mercury. It wasn’t that long ago that she also won a whole collection of Thomas the Tank Engine DVDs through this paper as well. I am now waiting for my last lot of movie tickets for the year from a recent Bupa promotion.

Movie tickets, vouchers and DVDs appear to be some of the easiest prizes to win as there are so many promotions with new movies being released in cinemas and on DVD all the time. They are effortlessly obtained by businesses and websites to use as prizes for their promotions and inexpensive to post out to winners. There were actually 100 double movie passes in the Bupa competition, so they were not that hard to win, the odds therefore being extremely good. If movies are your thing, it is definitely worth subscribing to movie promotional websites and FB pages like Walt Disney Studios (for the kids) to keep ahead of the pack. And if you are interested in attending a premiere of a new release you just can’t wait to see, head over to their official website and check out any promotions there too.

As well as movie passes, there are always lots of special event and concert tickets up for grabs at any time too. Popular magazines like Mindfood, Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Style (Brisbane) are great places to find both movie and concert ticket giveaways. In fact Cosmopolitan is currently running a competition with two $400 Ticketek Vouchers as prizes. That way you can choose what you want to attend if you win.

In Queensland the Sit Down Comedy Club always has tickets and DVDs to giveaway. Warner Music (on FB) has regular competitions and free downloads as well. At the moment you could try to win a VIP Double ‘Scott Dooley’ Pass through them as there are four available.

Radio Stations are great places to find out about competitions promoting movies, music and concerts. You generally have to enter them through their websites and the concerts can range from the latest music, through rock to classical. It just depends on the radio station you are happy to listen to. For middle of the road music devotees in Sydney SmoothFM 95.3 have tickets to win to Wicked, Paddington (Premiere), Doctor Who – A Musical Invasion and a front row family pass to Live!

     Speaking of Sydney (where I am at) there is a new festival happening here next March –  Spectrum Now and there are tickets up for grabs at the moment for a Dinner and Show at The Theatre Royal as part of a promotion by Fairfax media for the festival. Watch out for more on this.

There are just way too may competitions with prizes like these to list here so I suggest you keep your eyes open (especially in your local area and local paper) if you are after free entertainment like I am. However, don’t forget that there is always plenty of free family entertainment in the summer at the beach and in local parks and at Christmas time with Christmas Carols in the Park and at New Year with light shows and fireworks displays. So sit back and enjoy!

After working for thirty years as a journalist/historian, Jenny started writing sci-fi for children and adults and occasionally illustrating them (when she was not spending time with her grandkids). Most have been published in The School Magazine, anthologies and online. She has also been contributing to a wide variety of magazines such as Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit, Australiana and Nurture. Now essentially retired Jenny has taken up a challenge of entering and (hopefully winning) competitions. Jenny will track her journey through this challenge here at www.competitions.com.au.

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