Are YOU a #DCSuperParent?

Posted on March 6, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, Notices and tagged with , ,

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Washington Parent Magazine

#DCSuperParent

Washington Parent Magazine has created another opportunity to connect DC area parents. Each Friday they are highlighting a local DC Super Parent on their Instagram account.

I’m honored to announce that today DC Thrifty Mom (yes me, Nicole!) is being recognized as a #DCSuperParent. View the Instagram post here.

I agree with Washington Parent, “DC is full of amazing parents!” So post a picture using #DCSuperParent and mention what makes YOU a Super Parent for a chance to be featured on their Instagram too.

Washington Parent Magazine - March 2015For 30 years, Washington Parent has been a resource for education and support AND for fun, enriching activities to do with their kids.

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Jay and the Genie by Lamont Clark {Review & Giveaway}

Posted on March 5, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, Book, Contests and Giveaways 2015, Review and tagged with , ,

jay and the genie

Book Review

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Do you remember getting the prize from a cereal box? Either you were lucky enough to dig in the box and get the prize or you had to eat enough cereal to get it. This childhood joy is discovered with a twist in  Jay and the Genie by Lamont Clark.

Jay and the Genie is a book about an eight year old boy named Jay who is smart and well-liked among his peers. Jay likes to keep up and compete with his peers about most things and the story follows his adventures for a cereal box toy. When Jay sees the prizes his peers are winning from their cereal boxes he desperately wants to get one too. He desires not just any toy but the greatest toy of “all time” to show everyone. Jay is clever in how he enlists the help of his little brother Ryan to persuade their mother to buy boxes of “Frosted Fruity Smacks” cereal. When the brothers get their prizes, Ryan gets a prize that he loves but Jay is very disappointed with his boring old magic lamp toy. Once Jay realizes his prize is Gabby, a mischievous and mysterious genie, he must handle the delightful and unexpected actions of his wishes.

Responsibility is a highlighted theme in Jay and the Genie. The characters learn that their decisions have consequences and the importance of respecting others. One of my favorite quotes is from the … Read more

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN METRO DC: MARCH 5-11 & UPCOMING EVENTS!

Posted on March 4, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2015, March 2015 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Arts & Entertainment:

Family Events in Metro DC

including Theatre, Dance, Music & More

March 5-11, 2015

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

CultureCapital - Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's CapitalEnvironmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city. Includes: Lucky Ducklings, Me…Jane, Song of the Sea, and more kid-friendly showings.

Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix CultureCapital - Iberian Suite
Through Tuesday, March 24, 2015
IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix highlights cultures that comprise the Portuguese and Spanish speaking peoples with performances by some of the region’s best contemporary music, dance, and theater artists—many of whom are making their U.S. or D.C. debuts—as well as companies from around the world. Visual arts are highlighted in exhibitions and installations around the building, and additional events focus on literature, design, cuisine, and more. Includes: Ron Lalá Theater Company (Spain): Somewhere in Quixote & More!

CultureCapital - Atlas Intersections FestivalAtlas INTERSECTIONS Festival
Through Saturday, March 7, 2015
Three weekends of over 100 Performances featuring artists from DC & beyond, spotlighting Sound, Movement, Story, Family & Café Concerts. All at the Atlas Performing Arts … Read more

Share Fair Nation 2015 ∙ STEMosphere is a FREE event open to all learners!

Posted on March 3, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, April 2015 Activities and Events, Educational Programs 2015, Family Fun 2015 and tagged with , , ,

Share Fair Nation - April 11 2015

Share Fair Nation 2015

STEMosphere

Saturday, April 11 

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hosted by the George Washington University
The Smith Center
600 22nd St, NW
Washington , DC 20052

FREE but Registration Required

Share Fair is where educators, innovative education leaders, and the community come together to become part of the transformation of education. Share Fair Nation is coming to Washington DC, hosted at the George Washington University on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Explore. Invent. Experiment.

STEMosphere is a FREE event open to all learners! Whether just 10 years old or a seasoned 90 years old, we believe everyone is a lifelong learner. As such, the exciting and innovative STEMosphere shouldn’t be missed! This one-day, free interactive expo takes participants beyond the classroom into a tailor made world where they are encouraged to explore, invent and experiment! STEMosphere highlights the best innovation and creativity to be found in the local community and provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in STEM-oriented interactive exhibits that are hands-on, minds-on adventures for all attendees, from educators, administrators and community members to young children, adolescents and parents.

Anatomy in Clay Centers
Human Powered Machines
Vision of Flight
Wish for Wheels
Murder at Old Fields Forensic Science
Audi Academy – Building circuts to power things in a car
KEVA planks
Discovery Kids Puterbugs
National Electronics Museum
The Jane Goodall Institute
The Nature Conservancy
Smithsonian Science Education Center

Admission is FREE but all participants must pre-register in advance here: space is limited.  AND TEACHERS, … Read more

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS {GIVEAWAY}

Posted on March 2, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, 2015 Discounts (Not FREE), April 2015 Activities and Events, Contests and Giveaways 2015, Family Fun 2015, March 2015 Activities and Events and tagged with , ,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Presents LEGENDS

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth!

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover legends from around the world and presents Paulo’s fantastic discoveries to circus fans everywhere. Mythology meets reality as Paulo encounters the wondrous Pegasus and the amazing Unicorn, as well as circus legends such as big cat presenter Alexander Lacey; the Riders of the Wind Cossack horsemen; and motorcycle daredevils, the Torres Family.  They all come together along with a cast spanning 25 countries in a spectacular production.

LEGENDS will come to life in the Washington, D.C. area. The show will be at the Verizon Center from March 19 – 22, the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. from March 25 – April 5, and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. from April 8 – 19.

An hour before show time, families can come to the arena floor and participate in an interactive, up-close circus experience, the All-Access Pre-show party – and it’s FREE ADMISSION WITH YOUR TICKET! Get autographs from … Read more

Frederick Douglass Scholarship Essay Contest 2015

Posted on March 2, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, Educational Programs 2015, March 2015 Activities and Events and tagged with , , ,

Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

MEMORIAL & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

Essay Scholarship Contest 2015

Each year the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (“FDMHA”) sponsors an Essay Scholarship Contest and invites senior high school contestants in Washington, DC or in Maryland or Virginia within a 50 mile radius of Washington, DC to consider the relevance of Mr. Douglass’ legacy by writing an essay on a carefully researched subject that incorporates the writings and the life history of Mr. Douglass.

The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 prize. A second place winner receives $2,000 and a third place winner receives $1,000.

The FDMHA Essay Scholarship Contest offers a meaningful opportunity for contestants to develop and enhance research, writing, and critical thinking skills while they deepen their understanding and appreciation of Mr. Douglass.

Topic Guidelines

Contestants are asked to write an original and creative essay of not less than 1,500 words addressing the following topic:

“What Would Frederick Douglass state to the members of the 2016 Democratic or Republican Convention to inspire the Party?”

The contestant must choose only one political party to whom Mr. Douglass would deliver an address that demonstrates an understanding of the life and contributions of Mr. Douglass.

Eligibility

The contest is open to senior high school students attending public schools in Washington DC, or in the State of Maryland or the Commonwealth of Virginia, within a 50 mile radius of the District of Columbia. The students must be accepted into post-secondary studies prior to receiving any monies. … Read more

Vote Best of DC 2015 – DC Thrifty Mom for Best Community Blog!

Posted on February 28, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, February 2015 Activities and Events, Notices and tagged with , , ,

VOTE Best of DC 2015

DC Thrifty Mom

Best Community Blog

Photo of DC Thrifty MomHello, I’m Nicole and the Mom behind DCThriftyMom.com. I’m writing to ask for your vote DC Thrifty Mom – Best Community Blog in the Washington City Paper’s “Best of DC” 2015 Readers Poll!

I must admit I am honored that I could be considered for such an acknowledgement. Two years ago, I decided to start this blog to share FREE, Cheap, and Discount happenings around the Washington DC metro area. It’s my opinion that spending quality time with the family shouldn’t break the household budget.  Here are a few other reasons why I hope to have your support:

  • Weekend FUN! – Every weekend you can expect a list of FREE & Cheap Happenings around the Washington DC metro area.
  • GIVEAWAYS –  Your odds of winning a DC
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Free & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend in the DC Metro Area

Posted on February 28, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, Family Fun 2015, February 2015 Activities and Events, March 2015 Activities and Events, Weekend Recap 2015 and tagged with , , ,

FREE and Cheap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap THINGS TO DO 

This Weekend

Black History Month Events, Lunar New Year Celebrations, & MORE!

in Washington DC Metro Area:

February 28 & March 1, 2015

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

Rooting DC 20158th Annual ROOTING DC
Wilson High School
Saturday, February 28 ∙ 9:00 am ∙ FREE – A donation of $10 is suggested
Rooting DC is a FREE, all-day gardening forum that aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment. The program includes dozens of interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event also hosts 60+ green businesses and nonprofits from throughout the region at an information fair. Check out the full workshop lineup.

Saturday Morning at the National – Rainbow Puppets: The Really BIG Dinosaur Show
The National Theatre 
Saturday, February 28 ∙ 9:30 am & 11:00 am ∙ FREE, Tickets Required: first come-first seated.
Imagine that dinosaur fossils could talk… what amazing stories they could tell! Rainbow Puppets takes kids on a musical romp through prehistoric times featuring a dinosaur beauty pageant, a dancing T-Rex, and a long-necked dinosaur who measures 16 feet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail!
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Day Out With Thomas 2015: The Celebration Tour {GIVEAWAY}

Posted on February 27, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, April 2015 Activities and Events, Contests and Giveaways 2015, Family Fun 2015, May 2015 Activities and Events and tagged with , , ,

Day Out with Thomas 2015

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 2015

THE CELEBRATION TOUR

B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

April 24 – 26 & May 1 – 3, 2015

Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas the Tank Engine™ when the #1 Engine pulls in the B&O Railroad Museum for Day Out with Thomas™: The Celebration Tour 2015, presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands.

This year, Thomas & Friends celebrates 70 years of friendship.  All aboard the Best Friends Express for an unprecedented year of Thomas-themed programs.

Day Out with Thomas™: The Celebration Tour 2015 includes:

  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and hear Thomas greet his fans!
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway.
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets.
  • Storytelling, video viewing, live interactive entertainment, petting zoo,  balloon bounces, and kiddie train and carousel rides.

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are on sale now by calling toll-free 866.468.7630 or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt. For more information and directions, contact the B&O Railroad Museum at 410-752-2490 or www.borail.org.

Fridays, April 24 & May 1 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Saturdays, April 25 & May 2 (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Sundays, April 26 & May 3 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Advance purchase is recommended. Ticket prices are $21 each for ages 2 and up (service charges and fees may apply)

Thomas & Friends

Thomas the Train

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FREE TICKETS FOR FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE OF TRUTH THE MUSICAL!

Posted on February 26, 2015 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2015 Calendar of Events, February 2015 Activities and Events and tagged with , , , , ,

truth the musical

TRUTH THE MUSICAL

THEARC THEATER

February 26 – 28, 2015

See the performance of TRUTH the Musical on Friday, February 27th, 7:30 PM at THEARC Theater for FREE! Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis! This performance of TRUTH the Musical will be live streamed!

TRUTH mixes the modern day journey of a youth searching for purpose, with African American history. When Peter, a troubled urban teen with a thirst for meaning finds himself in trouble, an unlikely champion from the past appears to show him a way out. Sparks fly as Sojourner Truth takes Peter on a journey back through time, into her amazing life story, her world and its people. As Peter opens his eyes to scenes and songs from Sojourner’s life he discovers who he really is and how good it feels and sounds to finally speak the TRUTH!

During February, audiences have enjoyed fantastic dance, music and dramatic performances highlighting important moments, movements and experiences relating to African American history and culture at THEARC. TRUTH is the final 2015 Black History Month program at THEARC Theater. Do not miss out on this fantastic cultural and historical experience!

Pick-up your tickets for the Friday, February 27th 7:30 PM performance of TRUTH the Musical at THEARC Theater’s box office! The box office is open Thursday, February 26th and Friday, February 27th from 5:00 PM-8:30 PM!

Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20020 [Directions]

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Light Puppetry Brings to Life Children’s Classics — Lightwire Theater

The Three Musketeers: The Swashbuckling Classic for Kids

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