Estes Flying Model Rocket Kit: Hornet $3.80, Space Eagle $4, Chuter-Two $4, Plasma Probe $4.10, Ricochet EXPIRED
Deal Editor's Note: Great deal on these rocket kit sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. - GoodDay
Estes is having a big and really nice sale on their website right now. Usually they only have a few oddball models on sale, right now they have a lot of simple and straight-forward kits for 60-80% off. There was no sales tax for me, and shipping was a flat rate $10.49.
If you need a launch pad try one of the "launch kit" packages on sale. They're $12-15 versus $20-28 on Amazon.
You will need to buy engine/plug/ignitor kits separately. The best price on those is typically to use a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. That gets a 3-pack down into the $4.50-6 range for most A-C engines.
This probably isn't a huge deal if you're only looking for one rocket, but if you want to pick up 3-4 for a few kids or a beginner kit or two and then an advanced one, it get's quite hot as you spread the shipping over more than one or two items.
Science b*tches - Jesse Pinkman
I have heard from California clubs, that launching in parks is not only illegal but subject to $1000 fine each occurrence. Story goes a lady took her kid and launched twice, noticing a police officer watching them she thought he was just making sure she was being safe. He came over and wrote her up for $2000.
An alternative to a (flimsy) Estes launch pad: http://fliskits.com/products/free...le_pad.p
That's a pdf link. I built a pad very similar to Jim Flis' design there and I would never use an Estes pad again. This is far more stable and cheaper, too.