FREE & CHEAP “THINGS TO DO” IN DC: April 5 & 6

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestyoutubeinstagram

FREE & Cheap Events in DC

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap Happenings in DC

April 5 & 6, 2014

**Visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings.**

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

FREE Kids Workshop
Home Depot
Sat, April 5 at 9 am
Project: Build a Birdbath/Birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2″, in theaters April 11.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.  Designed for children ages 5 – 12.

FREE Saturday Morning at National
The National Theatre
Sat, April 5 at 9:30 am & 11 am
**LAST PERFORMANCE for Spring 2014**
Delta Blues – Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with Curtis Blues and his soulful American music.

OPEN HOUSE FOR CHILDREN
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE WASHINGTON DC – Dupont
Sat, April 5 at 9:30 am
Bienvenue! You are invited to the Alliance Française to discover our programs for children 1 to 18 years old!  Visit the beautiful building and classrooms dedicated to babies and toddlers, Meet the experienced teachers, who are native speakers trained to teach French at all levels, Listen to a few stories in the warm and welcoming library and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through comic books, novels and movies, Watch a special performance created and presented by children in the Shadow Puppetry Workshop, and Listen to some poems read by our FREF students.  Children can also attend one of our mini-classes to get a taste for French language at the Alliance. FREE

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Japanese Cultural Day
Library of Congress
Sat, April 5 at 10 am
Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn about the Japanese culture through reading, writing, and draft making with cultural and linguistic professionals. The National Conference of the State Societies, which each year coordinates the Cherry Blossom Princess Program, has already committed to bringing some of the 2014 cherry blossom princesses to make tiaras with children. There will be origami, book readings (Japanese stories in English), kimono trial, and other activities. Visitors will also be encouraged to explore the center’s library of current and classic books. FREE

Cherokee Days
American Indian Museum
Sat, April 5 at 10 am
For the first time in intertribal history, the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” a public educational program that shares the true Cherokee story.  The Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band will share the Cherokee story that spans time immemorial to the Trail of Tears to the successes of the modern tribes. The program includes a 3-day festival featuring food, dance, music, demonstrations, films, and hands-on activities including decorating clay medallions, making a corn bead necklace, pottery stamping and making mini stickball sticks or cornhusk dolls.  Click HERE for the full schedule.  FREE

DC FAMILY FIESTA – FAMILY MUSIC SERIES!
El Tamarindo
Sat, April 5 at 10:30 am - The Uncle Devin Show
$4 per person – 3 people for $10

DC MEETMARKET
Parking Lot of St. Luke’s Church
Sat, April 5 at 11 am
DC MEETMarket is an outdoor community market in the heart of Logan Circle that is held on the first Saturday of every month beginning in April through November. The market’s mission is to engage the local community by showcasing and supporting local small businesses, artists and designers and thoughtfully collaborating and working with local-minded, community-heartened partners, supporters, and vendors.  FREE Admission

ROBOTICS EXPO: CELEBRATING NATIONAL ROBOTICS WEEK
Air and Space Museum – DC
Sat, April 5 at 11 am
The Smithsonian National Air and Space museum commemorates National Robotics Week.  Robotics has become an integral part of aeronautics, space exploration, and human spaceflight.  Our museum exhibits a number of robotics milestones, such as DARPA’s ARM robot, Robonaut 1, the MER Mars Rover model, and the Google Car, among many others.  During this official National Robotics Week event, teams will demonstrate the projects they have created.  FREE

Thread
Union Market
Sat, April 5 & Sun, April 6 at 11 am
Union Market’s Dock 5 event space hosts Thread, a fashion festival featuring designers, artists, crafters, and more from local and national brands of all sizes.  FREE Admission

AMERICAN COOL FAMILY DAY
The National Portrait Gallery
Sat, April 5 at 11:30 am
Are you “American Cool”? Come to the Portrait Gallery and check out some “cool” music, art projects, and docent-led tours of the American Cool exhibition.  FREE

GATEWAY TO HEALTH SPRING KICK-OFF
Gateway DC – St. Elizabeths East
Sat, April 5 at 12 pm
Discover new foods, tastes, & ideas for healthy eating at the Whole Foods Market at Gateway DC! Shop DC’s finest food and retail, vendors, cooking demonstrations, and fun activities for kids of all ages- including a Pie Eating Contest!  FREE

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Southwest Waterfront
Sat, April 5 at 1 pm
Experience eight celebratory hours of live music on three stages and water-related activities for the whole family, food trucks, a waterfront beer garden, and the Very Cherry Marketplace. At 8:30 pm, watch the spectacular Fireworks Show on the Washington Channel. FREE Admission

INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY 2014 – HOSTED BY CAPITOL IMPROV
Washington Monument Grounds
Sat, April 5 at 2 pm
It’s that time again! International Pillow Fight Day 2014 will be on April 5th, 2014 at 2PM on the Washington Monument! Just like last year, they will be meeting at the Washington Monument, on the rectangular plot of grass facing the World War 2 Memorial.  The rules have remain unchanged, view them here.  FREE Admission

IMAGINASIA: ILLUMINATED NIGHTS
Sackler Gallery – Sublevel 
Sat, April 5 & Sun, April 6 at 2 pm
Explore how gaslights and electricity transformed the night in the nineteenth century. Examine the content, mood, and techniques used in paintings and woodblock prints of Whistler’s London and Kiyochika’s Tokyo. In the classroom, use black backgrounds, paper cutouts, oil and chalk pastels, and wax gilt to create nightscapes of your favorite outdoor evening activities.  ImaginAsia programs are for eight- to fourteen-year-olds and their adult companions.Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs begin promptly at 2 pm with introductions and a question-and-answer session. Next, families use an activity book to explore an exhibition or theme at their own pace. They then return to the classroom for an art project related to the works viewed in the galleries. Art supplies are provided, and families are invited to take home their creations. FREE

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! PRESENTS ROCK! LIKE A GIRL™
The Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage 
Sat, April 5  at 6 pm - Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m
Black Girls Rock! Presents Rock! Like a Girl™ featuring MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, Rapsody, and DJ Beverly Bond with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill. Please note: This performance contains explicit language.  Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Join a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.  FREE Admission.  Part of the One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide - The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents a festival celebrating this American art form and highlighting the original four elements of hip-hop culture: MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing. Through ticketed and free performances and exhibitions this festival shines a spotlight on international artists who use hip-hop to transform their communities, as well as local artists and activists from D.C.’s hip-hop community, and celebrates a master of the craft who continues to influence audiences and artists of the global hip-hop culture. View the One Mic Hot Hits here.

SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE
Folger Shakespeare Library
Sun, April 6 at 12 pm
Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance, stage combat workshops, and more. It’s the one day of the year when the Folger reading rooms are open to all plus, birthday cake for everyone!  View the birthday festivities here.  FREE Admission

Booksigning/Reading with Kathy Beynette
Gallery plan b
Sun, April 6 at 2 pm
Kathy Beynette’s narrative, fun, and whimsical paintings have been published in two books and for the first time the paintings will be presented in a gallery setting. Beynette will also be reading from her newest book on April 6, 2014.  FREE Admission but please call ahead for reservations, 202-234-2711.

MEDIEVAL DAY 2014
The Catholic University of America – on the Pryz Lawn
Sun, April 6 at 1 pm
All proceeds from Medieval Day benefit the manuscript conservation efforts of the Rare Books Collection of CUA’s Mullen Library.  The event is FREE and open to all. Donations for the raffle or to Rare Books are much appreciated.  View the Events & Entertainment schedule here.

KIDS OPENING DAY: WASHINGTON NATIONALS VS. ATLANTA BRAVES
Nationals Park
Sun, April 6 at 1:35 pm
When considering your visit view the  2014 promotional schedule and Family Fun Promos: SIGNATURE SUNDAYS PRESENTED BY NEW ERA, KIDS RUN THE BASES & JR. NATIONALS KIDS CLUB.  Details and DISCOUNT CODE HERE. REMINDER – Children Two and under are admitted FREE!  GO NATS!!!

PORTRAIT STORY DAYS: ELVIS PRESLEY
The National Portrait Gallery
Sun, April 6 at 2 pm
(for ages 5 and up with adult) Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. Today, learn about American musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977).  FREE

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
The Tidal Basin
Sun, April 6 at 2:30 pm
This venerable observance opens the NCSS Cherry Blossom Princess festivities and features traditional Japanese music, the presentation of the United States and Japan Cherry Blossom Queens, along with the 2012 Cherry Blossom Princesses, and remarks by a number of dignitaries, including the Ambassador of Japan to the United States. FREE

 REMEMBER to Visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings like SPRING-MAR’S 4TH ANNUAL TOUCH-A-TRUCK2ND ANNUAL OLNEY PET-PALOOZAFAMILY MAGAZINE’S FAMILY FESTIVALHOLI DC – FESTIVAL OF COLORS 2014HANSEL AND GRETEL at The Puppet CoEASTER BUNNY ARRIVES WITH CELEBRATION at The Mall of Prince GeorgesAU PAIR IN AMERICA DC REGIONAL CULTURAL FAIR at the Glen Echo Spanish BallroomROCKVILLE SCIENCE DAY, AND MORE!

Do YOU have an event for the Calendar?  Share Your Event HERE.

If you are attending an event and are interested in volunteering to submit a review as a Guest Thrifty Correspondent, email me at [email protected]

Giveaway Reminder

 

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS™: THRILL OF THE RIDE TOUR 2014 PULLING INTO THE B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM {GIVEAWAY – ENDS MONDAY, April 7 at 11:59 PM} - Preschoolers will get the thrill of their lives when Thomas the Tank Engine™ steams across the country this year. When Thomas arrives at Baltimore for the Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014, he will not only take his fans for a ride, but also talk to them for the very first time on the tour! The event, which takes place April 25-27 & May 2-4, 2014, will be hosted by B&O Railroad Museum and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands.  Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 10:00 am on Fridays and 9:15 am on weekends through 3:15 pm on Friday, 4:45 pm on Saturday, and 4:00 pm on Sunday during each day of the event. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 are $20 plus tax for ages two and up.

THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S NEW PRODUCTION OF SEPTIME WEBRE’S PETER PAN APRIL 16-27, 2014 AT THE KENNEDY CENTER {GIVEAWAY – ENDS WEDNESDAY, April 9 at 11:59 PM} - Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with the The Washington Ballet’s NEW Production of Septime Webre’s dazzling Peter Pan. A swashbuckling coming of age tale that pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain Hook and his outrageous band of pirates, this whimsical adventure is told through vibrant dance. Peter Pan is a story about growing up that never seems to grow old.

Don't Forget

FREE Performance – IMAGINATION STAGE: INSIDE OUT AT THEARC THEATER (APRIL 16 – 18, 2014) - It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! Show runs April 16-18, 2014. Two shows each day at 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM.  FREE admission.  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE.

 

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

 

 

One Response

Leave a Reply