How to entertain a family of five for < $10. And there’s ice cream!

The consequences of not following Jake’s Ice Cream on Twitter are much like the consequences of dissing Dr Dre:  quite simply, you diss yourself.

Thanks to a congested commute on the southbound downtown connector Friday night, I had plenty of time to catch the following tweet:  “Tonight is Family Fun Night @ Irwin Street Market! Come play games, enjoy ice cream and meet new friends!”

And then, “Secret Password! 10% off your ice cream purchase TODAY ONLY when you tell us ‘Jake’s Ice Cream is seriously cool!’”


connect fourSo, we loaded up the Odyssey and headed up Boulevard toward Irwin Street.  The Mrs, the tween, and the toddler gathered around a Connect Four game while I read the required catchphrase off my Blackberry before ordering two double scoops of Chocolate Slap Yo Mamma and Strawberry Fields.  The scooper even agreed to divide the two doubles into four cups, so we wouldn’t have to endure spoon sparring between strategic plastic disk dropping.

As Connect Four gave way to Uno, the infant watched while the rest of us enjoyed our sweet desserts and Michael Jackson oldies until naptime pulled us away.

uno and ice cream

The bill was $8.65 after the Twitter discount, meaning we successfully entertained five for under ten bucks, and I looked like the smart head of household for making it happen.  Think about it.  This could be your backseat next Friday night:

happy children

2 Comments so far

  1. Brock Brunswick (brockbrunswick) on July 6th, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    My family entertains itself inexpensively by sitting together in a bath tub and farting. Then, we jump in the dryers at the local laundromat. Way cheaper than Whitewater or Six Flags. You should try both.

  2. laptopbob on July 24th, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    I find that if you look for discounts online you can usually save a lot of money on almost anything around Atlanta. One site is particular,, has a lot of sales for stuff around Atlanta.

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