@annecara Fellow Z-Teamer, who got to be on the prestigious Board Game test team for a year. I was always bummed to never get quoted in print, though-- 11-year-old me would write the floweriest reviews hoping to make the cut. I got to keep all the games, some of which were great, and some of which were duds. Zillions definitely contributed to my hearty skepticism of marketing/consumerism, and I'm still a proud Consumerist reader (yet not a paying subscriber-- blame my thrifty childhood magazine?)
Something similar was constructed during the OccupyBoston encampment of Sept-Dec 2011. The designer called it an Occubago, and it could serve as a mobile encampment. Article on it: http://www.good.is/posts/our-valley-forge-moment-engineers-seek-to-keep-occupy-protesters-warm
Free museum trips can be had at many public libraries-- there are passes that you can reserve to go. Some you don't even need to step foot in the library and can print from home. Warning, since weekends are more popular you may have to reserve a pass for your planned date several weeks in advance.