DC DPR Community Gardens & Environmental Education Opportunities

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DPR Community Gardens - Gardeners for Spring 2014

The warm temperatures this weekend had me thinking about Spring and Gardening!

Last year, we participated in Howard University Hospital “My Garden Project.”  My daughters loved caring for their garden and particularly enjoyed eating the fruits of their labor.  View photos here.

This Spring, DPR is opening 10 new public community gardens across the District.  Each garden will be a mixture of personal plots and shared public plots for DPR’s garden education program.  If you are interested in gardening in the above locations, contact Josh Singer, DPR’s Community Garden Specialist, at [email protected] or (202) 262-2138. Want to obtain a plot at another DPR community garden, check here for locations and availability.

Also, consider participating in these DPR Environmental Programs:

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WGIMH: The Field Guide Project (formerly What’s Good in My Hood)
Dates: January 20 – March 28, 2014
Weekly Offering: One hour sessions, twice per week
Ages: 6 – 13 years
Environmental After School Program
WGIMH: The Field Guide Project is an after school program designed to connect youth with nature through neighborhood exploration.  Youth will learn how to observe and identify living things around them, while creating a field guide specific to their community-at-large.  View listing of participating sites here.

Plot 2 Plate: Intergenerational Gardening and Cooking Program
Dates: Spring through Fall seasons
Plot 2 Plate (formerly Gardeners Groove) is a three season small-scale gardening program based at a variety of recreation centers. During the spring season, participants will learn the basics of gardening and ‘seed to plate’ concepts while maintaining communal vegetable garden beds. During the summer and fall seasons, garden maintenance will continue and gardeners will expand their learning by harvesting and cooking healthy recipes with their newly grown vegetables.

 

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FREE “Things to Do” in the DC AREA: FEBRUARY 22 & 23

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FREE

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Happenings in the DC Area

February 22 & 23, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre – “The Barker of Seville” at National Theatre - Saturday 9:30 AM & 11 AM –
A barking puppy wants to hit the high notes and become a world famous opera singer. FREE!

DISCOVER ENGINEERING FAMILY DAY at the National Building Museum – Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM - Every February, the National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this hands-on and fun-filled festival.  Discover Engineering Family Day is a FREE, drop-in program. $5 donation suggested. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 4 to 12 with adult supervision. Registration is not required.

Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation at Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center - Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM - Discover the contributions of African Americans to aviation and space exploration. Guests may include astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Talk to museum experts, participate in hands-on activities, and hear aviation stories for children.  While there don’t miss  Follow Me! An Adventure with the Tuskegee Airmen A puppet show about the famous WWII pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen. Produced for the National Air and Space Museum by Rainbow Puppet Productions. (30 minute show) Noon and 2:00 p.m. (Puppet show repeats on Sunday at 11:30 AM & 2 PM)   Free; $15 parking

2014 Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo at Dulles Town Center – Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM & Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM – This two-day event will introduce your family to exciting summer opportunities for kids of all ages, all under one roof!  Free Admission.

Annual Mardi Gras Family Day at Anacostia Community Museum – Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM - Join us for our annual Mardi Gras Family Day, which includes the celebratory traditions in South Africa this year. There will be storytelling, face painting, mask-making, and other hands-on activities, live performances, and more. Attendees can also participate in the Art of Adornment workshop with creative artist Januwa Moja-Nelson (workshop space is limited, sign up upon arrival).  Free. For the Adornment workshop, sign up on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival. For more information, call 202-633-4875 or e-mail [email protected].

THE MAGICAL MIRRORS CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR at Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe! – Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM -  Continuing to expand its children’s literacy efforts through its 4th annual Children’s Book Fair, Sankofa, a cultural and intellectual resource since 1997, will bring diverse books about African, African American Caribbean, Native American and Latin American cultures (including Spanish and bi-lingual titles) to children and families in the Shaw neighborhood of the District and beyond.  FREE Admission

FREE SEED STARTING WORKSHOP & ANNUAL 20% BAG DAY DISCOUNT at the Old Takoma Ace Hardware
Saturday,  11 AM & 12 PM - It may be cold outside, but now is the best time to start your seeds indoors! Join their first FREE workshop as part of their new DIY Gardening Series at Old Takoma Ace. Participants will receive the supplies they need to start their seeds, including tomato and pepper seeds, soil, and a peat cup to start the seeds in- you’ll leave our store with some great knowledge on seed starting and your first few tomato plants of the season!  Plus, as an added bonus, the workshop takes place on the same day as our annual bag sale, which means you can get all your seed starting supplies (and anything else you may need in stores) for 20% off!

ATLAS INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL – FREE Cafe Concert on Saturday 12 – 12:45 PM - Join The Singing Lizard and Boogie Babes for a rocking show at the amazing Atlas Intersections Festival. “From Family Saturdays with performances and events for children, to new creative opportunities to engage with the artists and fellow audience members, to late-night parties and jazz jam sessions, INTERSECTIONS seeks to connect the broadest possible audience with the most exciting new ways of making community-inspiring art. We invite you to join us — to be delighted, energized and maybe just a little transformed.” —Mary Hall Surface, Festival Artistic Director

The Art of Storytelling: Pueblo Stories and Songs at American Indian Museum – Saturday 12 – 4:30 PM & Sunday 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM  - This family experience will delight all ages as they listen to storyteller and musician Gregory Analla (Isleta/Laguna) as he shares songs and stories from his Pueblo culture. Analla reveals his culture through personal knowledge, family stories, language, history, music and more.  Free

Celebrate Black History Month at Josiah Henson Park – Saturday 12 PM – 4 PM - Free Guided Tours to retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave from 1795 to 1830.  Also Spoken Word Poetry Event  – Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom, which closes out our Black History Month celebration with our annual poetry event. FREE

Under African Skies 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Nature Center - Discover the stars, star stories, and constellations of Africa  with Ranger Tony during this unique planetarium program. We’ll also learn how thousands of African American slaves in the United States escaped bondage and followed the north star to freedom. Recommended for ages five to adult. Please note: this is the last ‘Under African Skies’ program in the series, so it’s your last chance to come out and see the program in 2014.

Portrait Story Days: Marian Anderson at the Portrait Gallery ( Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151) - Saturday 1 – 4 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 singer Marian Anderson (18997-1993).  Free; drop-in

Earth Matters, Fashion Matters at African Art Museum – Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 PM –  Katie Rost, member of The Vogue 100, hosts this evening of music and eco-friendly fashions inspired by the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Metaphor and Material in the Arts of Africa. Grammy-nominated French-Cameroonian Les Nubians perform live with their unique blend of Afropean jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.  FREE

Forward, 54th! at National Gallery of Art (West Building, West Garden Court) - Sunday 12 PM & 1:30 PM - (Ages 8 and up) A dramatic interpretation honoring the rich stories behind the people and events remembered in Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial. (30 minutes) FREE

Black Georgetown Walk 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Old Stone House - A neighborhood known today for its gourmet cupcakes and ritzy row houses, did you know that 1800s Georgetown included a large population of African Americans, both enslaved and free? Join Ranger Jeff on a special walking tour and explore the neighborhood’s rich African American heritage. Be sure and dress warmly.

Portrait Story Days: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson at the Portrait Gallery ( Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151) – Sunday 2 – 5 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 tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949).  Free; drop-in

FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS at the Baltimore Museum of Art – Sunday 2 – 2:45 PM - Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime. Every Sunday, join the BMA for activities the entire family can enjoy.  Interactive gallery tour.  Object Lesson:  Calder’s Three Big Dots   FREE

Exploring the Universe 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center - Visit distant galaxies, nebulas, and other deep space objects. Discover the wide world of astronomy without ever leaving your seat in the only planetarium in the National Park System. Recommended for ages 7 to adult.

Great Play of Fairfax - Saturday (special open house schedule varies by age) - Take a FREE class during their Grand Opening  and experience why Great Play has been named one of the most innovative children’s gyms world wide!  All open house classes are full. FULL but they don’t want anyone missing out on the fun so please sign up for a FREE class during their regular schedule week starting February 24.

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THRIFTY FRIENDS, visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings.  

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]

Education equals Future

READ TO SUCCEED PROGRAM – FREE TICKET TO SIX FLAGS! - Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read. The program deadline is March 3, 2014 at 5 PM CST.  I’ve shared this program with my daughter’s school!

2014 WETA KIDS WRITERS CONTEST - WETA Kids is encouraging K-3rd grade children in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia to make their own “books” and enter the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.  Win great prizes at the local or even national level! And spread the word because the local class or child care center that submits the most entries to WETA Kids will receive a special prize.  There will be four winners at each grade level; First, second and third place winners, as well as an honorable mention. First place winners at each grade level will move on to the national contest!  All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2014.

Have a wonderful weekend and THANK YOU for following!

The Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair!

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The Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair

 

Recently, I was looking at the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide and noticed The Magical Mirrors Children’s Book Fair!

This 4th Annual Book Event, and Washington Post Editor’s Pick, was something new to me and I wanted to share with you.

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe continues to expand its children’s literacy efforts through its 4th annual Children’s Book Fair, February 21 – 23, 2014. Sankofa, a cultural and intellectual resource since 1997, will bring diverse books about African, African American Caribbean, Native American and Latin American cultures (including Spanish and bi-lingual titles) to children and families in the Shaw neighborhood of the District and beyond.

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FREE & CHEAP ACTIVITIES IN THE DC AREA: February 15-17, 2014

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FREE and Cheap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE, Cheap & Discount Happenings 

in the DC Area

February 15-17, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

NOAA Open House in Silver Spring – Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM - Explore your world and learn how NOAA—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources. Join us on NOAA’s Silver Spring, Maryland, campus for a series of free activities, including engaging guest presentations, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. Meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunter pilots, and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources. Early birds can also take a tour of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Operations Center and NOAA Exploration Command Center. Free and open to the public.

National Archives to Display Original Emancipation Proclamation - Saturday, February 15– Monday, February 17, 10 AM–5:30 PM, and related programs throughout the month - The National Archives celebrates Black History Month with a free special display of the original Emancipation Proclamation. The display will be in the new David M. Rubenstein “Records of Rights” permanent exhibit in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. The Emancipation Proclamation is displayed only for a limited time each year because of its fragility, which can be made worse by exposure to light, and the need to preserve it for future generations.  The National Archives Building is Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of the program, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Presidents’ Family Day at the American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery [Kogod Courtyard] – Saturday, 11:30 AM – 3 PM - Top hats, Lincoln logs, and presidential portraits? Oh my! American Art and the National Portrait Gallery team up again with President Lincoln’s Cottage for our annual Presidents’ Family Day. Begin your holiday weekend with patriotic craft activities, performances, and special guests!  FREE

Portrait of America at the Portrait Gallery [Great Hall, 3rd Floor] – Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7 PM continues through February 17Portrait of America, from David Datuna’s “Viewpoint of Billions” series, is a 12-foot multimedia American flag covered in hundreds of eyeglass lenses. Try on Google Glass and explore historical and contemporary figures from American culture embedded in the artwork. Videos and interactive experiences are activated by different images in the piece and by your voice!  FREE

The ICE SLIDE  at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Through Monday, February 17, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
On Saturday, 12 – 5 PM, Fashion, Food, Sliding Fun & More! (Free & Public Event)
The ice slide is FREE to people under the age of 18. Day passes for adults are $5, while parking at the 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE site is free. Read Guest Thrifty Correspondent, Deborah’s review here.

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will host its annual Paint the Mall Red Event – celebrating women’s heart health and wellness on Saturday from 12 – 4 PM.  Come and Enjoy: Tips on heart health and wellness, makeovers,  seated massage, beauty tips, demos, sampling, and prize wheel giveaways and more!

Be My VALentine Fest - Village at Leesburg,  Saturday 12 – 9 PM - Celebrate with your sweetheart and take a Valentine’s Day Ride in the Sky on the FREE festive light-up and musical Ferris Wheel. Plus, enjoy evening horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling musician, cupid characters and more!

Astronomy Chat with Karl Battams at the Air and Space Museum [Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, South Terrace] – Saturday 12-1 PM - (weather permitting) Chat with Karl Battams, atronomer at the Naval Research Laboratory. Ask questions about his research on such comets as ISON that dive close to the Sun, how we study the Sun from space. Or anything else that interests you.  FREE

Mommy & Me Cupcake Date at Sprinkles [PROCEEDS BENEFIT NORTHWEST CENTER] – Saturday 1-3 PM - Posh Moms and the City will host a special Valentine’s Day Weekend Mommy and Me Cupcake Date as part of their event series with Sprinkles Cupcakes.  Moms and Tots will enjoy appetizers and drinks (juice for the little ones, wine for the moms and sparkling grape juice for the nursing mothers).  Between noshing on yummy cupcakes, tots will have the chance to make themed crafts for loved ones and more activities.  Posh Moms and the City is known for throwing the best socializing parties in town and this afternoon is going to be their best one yet!  Promotional Code Available.  After Discount, $12.50 for 1-Adult & 1-Child Ticket not including processing fees.  Proceeds will be donated to the Northwest Center

Weaving with Kwasi Asare at the African Art Museum [Workshop Room, Sublevel 2] – Saturday 1-4 PM - (for ages 10 and up) Join master weaver Kwasi Asare for a Kente-weaving demonstration and hands-on workshop.  FREE, but space is limited. Call 202-633-4632 to reserve a spot.

Portrait Story Days: Abraham Lincoln at the Portrait Gallery, Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151 – Sunday 2-5 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 America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln(1809-1865).  Free; drop-in

FREE Family Sundays at the BMA – Sunday, 2 – 5 PM - Enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families.  February 16: Create Three Dot Mobiles

Presidents' Day

On Monday, February 17, Mount Vernon’s gates open at 8 AM to celebrate George Washington’s 282nd birthday–and admission is FREE for everyone! View the schedule, for the complete listing of special events for the weekend, including birthday tributes starring the General himself, military demonstrations, and more.  Additional Discount Available On February 22 & 23, purchase two daytime admission tickets for only $22. That’s a savings of $14!

Community Appreciation Day at Gateway DC, Monday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Last Day to enjoy the Ice Slide too! Free & Public Event

Deals

Washington Nationals – Natitude Flex PacksPICK 4 GAMES, GET A 5TH FREE!

Choose from the following 8 different seating areas:

  • Field Level: LF/RF Baseline Reserved, LF/RF Corner, OF Reserved
  • Mezzanine Level: LF/RF Mezzanine, Scoreboard Pavilion
  • Terrace Level: Lower RF Terrace
  • Gallery Level: OF Gallery, Upper Infield Gallery

Packs start at $76 ($19/game) excluding service and order fees.  All seating based on availability. Game selection and seating areas subject to change.  All packs include a voucher for one free ticket to any other Nationals game of your choice,excluding Opening Day. All vouchers must be redeemed at the Nationals Park Main Box Office and all seating is subject to availability. Voucher can be redeemed for a ticket in any of the eight seating areas in which flex packs are offered in.  Game tickets with assigned seating will be ticketed for the 4 games selected. Tickets and voucher cannot be printed at home and must be received by regular mail. Natitude Flex Pack tickets will be mailed out beginning in March.  Maximum of 6 packs per order.

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Weekend – February 15 – 17 – This is a tax-free three-day weekend during which the state sales tax will not apply to the sale of any Energy Star Product including  air conditioner, clothes washer or dryer, furnace, heat pump, standard size refrigerator, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, or programmable thermostat that has been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star Efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Solar water heaters are also tax-free.

Don’t Miss some of the extended Valentine’s Day Deals here (includes Boston Market, Bob Evans, Jamba Juice, Quiznos, and Red Mango).

 

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THRIFTY FRIENDS, visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings.  

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]

 Have a great weekend!

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic REVIEW

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Disney On Ice

On Wednesday, February 12th, my family and I attended the opening night of Feld Entertainment’s Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic.  My daughters are always excited for the opportunity to see Mickey & Minnie and were elated that the expected snow didn’t cancel the performance.  Frankly, I also wanted a chance to relive my childhood with 65 of Disney’s most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories!

The first half of the performance starts with classic Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald.  And in the tradition of Disney, the LOVE stories of Aladdin, Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and Snow White.  There was the action from Toy Story.  But in my opinion, the best part was when we traveled to all 7 continents with a magical scene of “It’s a Small World” which included a wonderful Disney light parade.

After an approximate 15 minute intermission the second half begins with the audience singing the club song, M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.  Then I was contemplating my own special Disney memories with Jiminy Cricket during the enchanting scenery of “When You Wish Upon A Star.”  Not to be missed is the special effects of Pinocchio, amazing figure skating stunts in Mulan, the laughter of  The Incredibles (“I’m too sexy” dance), and the crowd favorite The Lion King.

Disney On Ice - 100 Years of Magic

Arrival/Parking:  I recommend taking the metro.  However, if you are attending the performance on Sunday or Monday (February 16 or 17) street parking is FREE.

Ages: Entertaining for all ages.

Food & Miscellaneous: As expected, on the pricey side.  A popular souvenir, the Disney On Ice Disc/Frisbee cost $10.00.  For my family, popcorn is the snack of choice.  At $12, it included a keepsake bag.

I wish I’d known: Dress in layers!  The temperature in the Verizon Center was cool.  Bring extra cash.  Necessary when purchasing from roaming vendors.

Kids’ response: My two-year old was mesmerized during the show.  However, my seven-year old did note that Princess Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) and Rapunzel (Tangled) were missing from the show.  In addition, we have been watching the figure skating portion of the Winter Olympics.  She definitely acknowledged an appreciation for the jumps, spins, and lifts in this production.

This must-see production is quintessential Disney… superior costumes, exceptional scenery, and of course the Fireworks!

Tickets are still available for the following shows:

Verizon Center
Washington, D.C.

Show Times: 
·       Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
·       Sunday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
·       Monday, Feb. 17 (President’s Day) at 12:30 p.m.

Verizon Center Ticket Prices: $80.00 (Front Row)/ $55.00 (VIP)/ $30.00 / $20.00 (plus applicable service charges)

Venue/Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 800-745 -3000; via www.ticketmaster.com; and at the Verizon Center box office.

Note:  Due to the inclement weather, the Thursday, Feb. 13 shows at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. of Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Verizon Center were cancelled.   Full refunds will be given to all ticket holders for these cancelled shows. Please return your tickets to the original point of purchase to obtain a refund. If tickets were purchased online through Ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge, your credit card account will automatically be credited.  If Thursday performance tickets were already exchanged for another performance the new tickets will be honored and no refund will be provided.

In celebration of the 100 Years of Magic, how much of a Disney Fan are YOU?  Test your knowledge here: Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic – Trivia Questions

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To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or follow on Facebook and YouTube.

Disclosure:   DC Thrifty Mom is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, ALL thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day – Deals & Freebies

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Pic Stitch - Valentine's Day

DC Thrifty Mom’s

Valentine’s Day Deals & Freebies 

February 14, 2014

Subject to change

Free Lobster Tail at Whole Foods -  Buy a dry-aged rib-eye or New York strip steak at Whole Foods Market, and they’ll throw in a lobster tail for free! Check with your local store for details and restrictions.  Expires Friday, February 14th, 2014.

Queso for a Kiss at Qdoba - This Valentine’s Day, buy one Queso entrée at Qdoba, share a smooch with someone special – or someone willing – and we’ll give you a second entrée for FREE. It’s Queso for a Kiss! #QuesoBliss

Share the Love at Starbucks – Buy one handcrafted latte and get one FREE.  Offer good between 2-5 p.m. on 2/14/14. Purchase any handcrafted espresso or tea latte and get one of equal or lesser value. Offer good only at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

2 for $20 Complete Meal Deal at Boston Market – 2 Individual Meals, 2 Drinks & 2 Desserts.  Each meal includes 2 home style sides and freshly baked cornbread.

Olive Garden 2 for $25 – For a limited time, three full courses for two people for $25!  View menu options here.

BOGO Breakfast Entree at Bob Evans – Dine-in only and coupon expires on Saturday, February 15th, 2014.

Jamba Juice loves company – BOGO free smoothie or juice.  Offer valid through Monday, February 17th, 2014.

FREE Toasted Cookie at Quiznos – When you purchase a regular or large sub at Quizno’s with this coupon.  Excludes Create Your Own Subs.  Expires Tuesday, February 25th, 2014.

Red Mango – BOGO FREE Any Frozen Yogurt - Click here to receive your Facebook Offer which is valid through Friday, February 28th, 2014.  Find A Red Mango Store Near You HERE.

Happy Un-Valentine’s Day from Redbox – Sick of romance?  Rent one of the selected Cupid-crushing movies, and you can add a select anti-Valentine game FREE for the first day. Details here.

Thrifty Friends, do you have a Valentine’s Day  Special to share?  If so, email me at [email protected]

A Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rooting DC FREE All-Day Gardening Forum

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Rooting DC 2014

Rooting DC 2014

Free, all-day gardening forum with 70+ workshops and a 50+ information fair.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Wilson High School
3950 Chesapeake St NW
Washington, DC 20016

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 60+ interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, information fair, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. Check out the full workshop line-up on the event website: rootingdc.org

8:30-9:30am          Registration
9:45-10:00am        Welcome Address
10:15-11:15am      Workshop Session 1
11:30-12:30pm      Workshop Session 2
12:30-1:30pm        Lunch & Information Fair
1:45-2:45pm         Workshop Session 3
3:00-4:00pm         Workshop Session 4

NEW THIS YEAR! Four fee workshops will be offered (one during each session time) that provide you a hands-on experience with a take-home for you kitchen and/or garden.  Currently, only Squiggly Squirm: Learn how to take care of worms available.  Register here.

LUNCH Enjoy lunch from your favorite food trucks! The Big CheeseFojol BrosBBQ BusDC Empanadas, and Maui Wowi will be at Rooting DC!

VOLUNTEER! Rooting DC runs on volunteer support. Can you lend us an hour or two to make the event a success? Sign-up for a shift.

Rooting DC is FREE to all conference goers.  They strongly encourage a donation of $10 to help host this event each year.

Rooting DC is hosted by DC Greens and collaboratively designed with City Blossoms,Capital City Farm Co.Capital Area Food BankArcadia and Neighborhood Farm Initiative.

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DPR Cooperative Play Program

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Cooperative Play Program - Post Pic

Cooperative Play Program

Open House – THIS WEEK

Are you aware of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Cooperative Play Program?  Currently, my 2 year-old daughter and I are participants and enjoying the experience.  Yes, our playgroup is diverse (languages include French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more).  Yes, we have an AMAZING Co-op facilitator.  Okay, I’m a little bias since she was also the greatest Little Explorer instructor when my now 7 year-old was in that Summer Camp Program.  And YES, the facility and group of parent volunteers are additional examples of why this is a successful experience for us.  In my opinion, the Cooperative Play Program is a little  gem within DPR!

Through the Cooperative Play Program (Co-op), young children ages 18 months through 5 years old are introduced to a structured play setting with activities that engage the whole child—mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally—in preparation for entering the formal education system. Emphasis is placed on socialization such as learning to take turns; cognitive growth through music, painting, and cutting; and gross motor development by running and jumping.

The involvement and leadership of parents is one of the most unique and exciting parts of the DPR Cooperative Play Program. All parents and guardians serve duty days (usually one day per week, per child) to assist the site facilitator with the organizing, implementing, and planning of activities. Parent groups will often bring in outside partners like yoga or music instructors for the children and many sites plan field trips to the zoo, the postal museum or the firehouse to coincide with the month’s theme.

This does require some work on behalf of the parent volunteers.  Our daily schedule includes a snack and activity, which is organized by the duty day volunteers.  View the requirements for Duty Day Participants here.  In addition to a parent organized monthly field trip, DPR provides our little ones with extracurricular activities too.  This year, our program included tennis and soccer lessons.

A typical Co-op day may follow this schedule:

  • 9:00-9:30 – Free Play and Welcome
  • 9:30-9:45 – Clean Up Time
  • 9:45-10:15 – Circle Time
  • 10:15-10:30 – Potty Break
  • 10:30-11:00 – Activity
  • 11:00-11:30 – Snack
  • 11:30-12:00 – Outside/Free Play/Story Time

The DPR Cooperative Play Program operates during the public school year, Monday–Friday, 9 am–noon. The 2013-2014 Cooperative Play Program will conclude on May 23, 2014.  The Cooperative Play Program dates for 2014–2015 are September 8, 2014 to May 22, 2015.  To register, children must be within the required age range for a program on September 30th of their enrollment year.  For more information, please consider attending one of the cooperative play open houses.  View the complete list of 2014-2015 Cooperative Play locationsOpen House schedule, program fees, and required forms.

Registration, offered online only, for the 2014–2015 Cooperative Play program year will open on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10 am for District residents.  Online enrollment for non-District residents will open on Monday, March 17, 2014.

All enrollments are completed online only.  Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is subject to availability. Enrollment will hold a space in the program; however, it does not cover the fee for the program.  It is recommended that parents create an online DPR account for all members of their family in our registration system prior to the registration period.

Cooperative Play Open House 2014-2015

The Cooperative Play program will be hosting open houses for new and prospective families February 11-13, 2014 for the 2014–2015 program year.

Locations will be open for visitors from 9:45 am – 11:30 am.  Parents are invited to drop-in at one, or all, of the open houses on the days listed below:

Please note the following:

  • Open houses are for adult visitors only; please do not bring children.
  • Open house drop-in’s are limited to 20 minutes per person per site.

If you are not able to visit during one of the scheduled open houses, please contact the Cooperative Play Office to set up an individual visitation.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Cooperative Play Program
Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20009
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 671-0421

 

DPR 2014 Summer Camp Registration Begins TODAY!

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DPR Summer Camps

Thrifty DC Parents and Guardians:

Today at 12 p.m., marks the start of registration for the 2014 DPR Summer Recreation Camps.  As a DC Resident, you are entitled to priority registration for a wide variety of camps.  The Summer Camp Fees range from FREE (Rec Camps) to $450.00 for a session of an Outdoor Adventure Specialty Camp.  NOTE: Registration for Before & After Care and some other FREE camp options, including ACHIEVE Kids Triathlon and Three Pointers and Prose Camp, will open on Monday, March 10th.   View the complete 2014 Summer Camp Listing here

I have posted the details from the DPR website below.  Please take a moment to notice the agency’s rolling registration period and revised Reduced Rate policy.

2014 Summer Camps

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to announce the 2014 Summer Camps season as they prepare for another great summer of swimming, field trips, creative activities, and new experiences in the District of Columbia. The 2014 Summer Camp season will offer four sessions from June 23 through August 15, 2014.

Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 23 – July 3, 2014 (Holiday, July 4)
  • Session 2: July 7 – July 18, 2014
  • Session 3: July 21 – August 1, 2014
  • Session 4: August 4 – August 15, 2014

Most camps operate Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm.

DPR also offers a Before and After Care package for an additional flat rate. Before care is offered from 8 am – 9 am and after care is offered from 5 pm – 6 pm.  Before and After Care registration will begin on Monday, March 10th.

2014 Summer Camp Listings

DPR Summer Camps offer urban camping opportunities annually from June to August. Camps are offered at recreation centers across the District. Select a camp for more information:

Please note that Partnership Camps follow a different sessions schedule.  Please visit the full camps listing page for more information.

** Please note that DPR Specialty Camps and Aqua Day Camp follow a different fee structure than other camps. Visit the Summer Camp Fees page to find out specific fee information for all camps.
Outdoor Adventure Camp will offer (2) four week sessions.  Please visit the full camps listing page for more information.

*** To register for DPR Teen Career Camps, please contact the Department of Employment Services (DOES) Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492.

Summer Camp Registration Schedule

Monday, February 10th at 12 noon

  • Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW – Ward 8)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Boxing Camp (ages 8-13)
  • Banneker Community Center (2500 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 1)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
  • Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue & Fable Street, SE – Ward 7)  
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Brentwood Recreation Center (2311 14th Street, NE – Ward 5)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Volta Park Recreation Center (1555 34th Street, NW – Ward 2)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site

Monday, February 10th – In-person registration opens

  • REC Camps
    • All ​REC Center camps require in-person registration only.  Please scroll to the bottom of the page for REC camp locations. Registration is available during the normal operating hours of the participating sites.  Online registration is not offered for this camp.
  • Tennis Camp at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC)
    • DPR’s Tennis camp requires in-person registration at the SETLC and an assessment.  Registration is available during the normal operating hours of the center.  Online registration is not offered for this camp.
  • Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Center Camps
    • All ​TR Center camps require an in-person registration at the TR Center and an assessment.  Registration is available during the normal operating hours of the center.  Online registration is not offered for this camp.

 

Tuesday, February 11th at 12 noon

  • Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street, NW – Ward 1)
    • Tweens (ages 11-13)
      * Play DC Site
  • Friendship Recreation Center (4500 Van Ness Street, NW – Ward 3)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver Street, SE – Ward 7)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Nothing But Net (Basketball) (ages 8-13)
  • Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street, NW – Ward 6)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
  • Petworth Recreation Center (801 Taylor Street, NW – Ward 4)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street, NE – Ward 5)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
      * Play DC Site

 

Wednesday, February 12th at 12 noon

  • Lafayette Recreation Center (5900 33rd Street, NW – Ward 4) 
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
      * Play DC Site
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Macomb Recreation Center (3409 Macomb Street, NW – Ward 3)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE – Ward 4)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Softball (ages 8-13)
  • Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th Street, NE – Ward 6)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
  • Stead Recreation Center (1625 P Street, NW – Ward 2)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)

 

Thursday, February 13th at 12 noon Due to the inclement weather, this camp registration was rescheduled to Friday, February 21st at noon

  • Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW – Ward 3)    
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Tweens (ages 11-13)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Douglass Community Center (2100 Stanton Terrace, SE – Ward 8) 
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Kalorama Recreation Center (1875 Columbia Road, NW – Ward 1)
    • Outdoor Adventure Camp - Cabin Level (ages 8-13)
  • Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman Street, NE – Ward 4)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Nothing But Net (Basketball) (ages 8-13)
  • North Michigan Park Recreation Center (1333 Emerson Street, NE – Ward 5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)

 

Friday, February 14th at 12 noon

  • Chevy Chase Recreation Center (5500 41st Street, NW – Ward 3)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Avenue, NW – Ward 4)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Nothing But Net (Basketball) (ages 8-13)
  • Fort Davis Community Center (1400 41st Street, SE – Ward 7)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Camp Score (Multi-Sport) (ages 8-13)
  • Jelleff Recreation Center (3265 S Street, NW – Ward 2)
    • Jelleff Summer Camp (ages 6-12)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Langdon Park Recreation Center (2901 20th Street, NE – Ward 5)
    • Camp Cheer (Cheerleading) (ages 8-13)

 

Monday, February 17th – PRESIDENT’S DAY 
District Government is Closed.  No new camps open for registration today.

 

Tuesday, February 18th at 12 noon

  • Benning Stoddert Community Center (100 Stoddert Place, SE – Ward 7)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Fort Stanton Community Center (1812 Erie Street, SE – Ward 8)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Camp Score (Multi-Sport) (ages 8-13)
    • Aqua Day (Session 4 only : ages 6-13)
    • Three Pointers and Prose (Basketball : ages 6-12)  ** This camp will have late registration.
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert Street, NW – Ward 3)  
    • Verano Spanish Camp (ages 3-5)
      * Play DC Site
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center (1299 Neal Street, NE – Ward 5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • Tweens (ages 11-13)
  • Takoma Community Center (300 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Aqua Day (Session 2 only : ages 6-13)
    • Camp GOAL! (Soccer) (ages 8-13)

 

Wednesday, February 19th at 12 noon

  • Fort Stevens Recreation Center (1327 Van Buren Street, NW – Ward 4)  
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
  • Hardy Recreation Center (4500 Q Street, NW – Ward 3)     
    • Camp Score (Multi-Sport) (ages 8-13)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Palisades Community Center (5200 Sherrier Place, NW – Ward 3)
    • Outdoor Adventure Camp - Tent Level (ages 8-13)
      ** This Center is NOT a Free Summer Meals Site
  • Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th Street, NW – Ward 4)
    • Verano Spanish Camp (ages 3-5)
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, NE – Ward 5)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • DC Achieve Triathalon Camp (ages 9-14)  ** This camp will have late registration.
    • Aqua Day (Session 3 only : ages 6-13)

 

Thursday, February 20th at 12 noon

  • Birney School @ Barry Farm Recreation Center (2501 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, SE – Ward 8)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE – Ward 7)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)
    • DC Achieve Triathalon Camp (ages 9-14) ** This camp will have late registration
    • Aqua Day (Session 1 only : ages 6-13)
  • Stoddert Recreation Center (4001 Calvert Street, NW – Ward 3)  
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
  • Watkins Recreation Center (420 12th Street, SE – Ward 6)
    • Little Explorers (ages 3-5)
    • Discovery (ages 6-10)

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REC Camps: 
In person registration is required for all REC camps.  Registration for these camps will open on Monday, February 10th.  Online registration is not available for these camps, in person registration must take place at the site that your child will attend during each sites normal hours of operation.

  • Arboretum Recreation Center : 2412 Rand Pl., NE (Ward 5)
  • Benning Park Community Center : Southern Ave. & Fable St., SE (Ward 7)
  • Benning Stoddert Recreation Center : 100 Stoddert Pl., SE (Ward 7)
  • Birney School (temporary site of Barry Farm Recreation Center) : 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE – entrance is on the parking lot side (Ward 8)
  • Brentwood Recreation Center : 2311 14th St., NE (Ward 5)
  • Columbia Heights Community Center : 1480 Girard St., NW (Ward 1)
  • Douglass Community Center : 2100 Stanton Terr., SE (Ward 8)
  • Edgewood Recreation Center : 3rd & Evarts St., NE (Ward 5)
  • Ferebee Hope Recreation Center : 3999 8th St., SE (Ward 8) * Play DC Site
  • Hamilton Recreation Center : 1340 Hamilton St., NW (Ward 4)
  • Harrison Recreation Center : 1330 V St., NW (Ward 1)
  • Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center : 1743 Lincoln Rd., NE (Ward 5)
  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center : 201 N St., SW (Ward 6) * Play DC Site
  • Langdon Park Community Center : 2901 20th St., NE (Ward 5)
  • Marie Reed Recreation Center : 2200 Champlain St., NW (Ward 1)
  • Marvin Gaye Recreation Center : 6201 Banks St., NE (Ward 7)
  • Park View Community Center : 693 Otis Pl., NW (Ward 1)
  • Raymond Recreation Center : 3725 10th St., NW (Ward 4)
  • Rosedale Recreation Center : 1701 Gales St., NE (Ward 6)
  • Upshur Recreation Center : 4300 Arkansas Ave., NW (Ward 4)

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If you register for camp, consider attending the Summer Camp Parent Orientation.   The Summer Camp Office hosts parent orientations throughout the city beginning in June. Parents are invited to attend these orientations to get better acquainted with DPR’s policies, as well as the numerous summer camp programs and desired outcomes. These orientations are separate from the parent orientations you will receive at your specific site.  View schedule here.

For more information, visit dpr.dc.gov OR contact:

DPR Summer Camp Office

Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 671-0372
Fax: (202) 671-2796
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation:
-  Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 am – 7 pm
-  Wednesdays through Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm

FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE DC AREA: Celebrating – Black History, Valentine’s Day, & Family FUN!

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FREE Happenings in the DC Area

February 8 & 9, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

Paul Hadfield – General Foolishness at National Theatre - Saturday 9:30 AM & 11 AM – Juggling, music, and slapstick comedy are the norm in this wacky celebration of laughter! FREE

Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation at the Air and Space Museum – Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM - Discover the contributions of African Americans to aviation and space exploration. Guests may include astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Talk to museum experts, participate in hands-on activities, and hear aviation stories for children. [Note: Repeats February 22 at the Udvar-Hazy Center] FREE

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration at various locations – Saturday - Frederick Douglass liked to have fun. Come out for a community wide celebration of his birthday. Music, plays, movies, its all fun in Douglass’s name.  All events are free and open to the public.  View the complete schedule here.

Urban Eyes– Family Friendly Artist Gallery Talk and Activities at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) – Saturday (time varies by age group, grades PreK-5) Art can be found in the most unexpected places if your eyes and imagination are open. Explore the art of graffiti with Camille Clifton as she reveals secrets and surprises in the photographs she has taken in busy cities around the world. Free but please call (202) 547-6839 to reserve your space.

Super Science Saturday: Scientists & Inventors at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center – Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM - Immerse yourself in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration through demonstrations and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.  Free, but $15 parking fee per vehicle

Winter Film Series 2014: Creative Adventures at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium - Saturday 10:30 AM & Sunday 11:30 AM - (Ages 7 and up) Stretch your imagination and let the ordinary become extraordinary with this series of animated shorts. Films include The Lost Thing (Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan, Australia, U.K., 2010); The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Brandon Oldenburg and William Joyce, U.S., 2011); Simple Harmonic Motion #5 (Memo Akten, U.K., 2011); Sleeping Betty (Claude Cloutier, Canada, 2007); and Luminaris (Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina, 2011). Approximately 60 minutes.

Early Keepers: African American Music Genres at the Mall at Prince Georges, Center Court – Saturday 12-1:30 PM – Bring the kids for a fun time!  The Uncle Devin Show will present a fun interactive musical learning experience.  Activities include story-telling, music, dance plus arts and crafts. Best for ages 3-7 years old.  Free event.  Parent participation required.

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the Postal Museum, Atrium on the level 1 - Saturday 12 – 4 PM - Love is in the details at the annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum. Come out and create heart-felt handmade cards and visit the museum’s stamp store to send the cards to your loved ones with a special Postal Museum postmark!  Free. No reservation required.

The ICE SLIDE  at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Every weekend through Monday, February 17, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The ice slide is FREE to people under the age of 18. Day passes for adults are $5, while parking at the 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE site is free. Read Guest Thrifty Correspondent, Deborah’s review here.

Weaving with Kwasi Asare at the African Art Museum, Workshop Room, Sublevel 2 – Saturday 1-4 PM - (for ages 10 and up) Join master weaver Kwasi Asare for a Kente-weaving demonstration and hands-on workshop. [Note: Repeats Saturday, Feb. 15]  Free, but space is limited. Call 202-633-4632 to reserve a spot.

In Every Language Love at Sackler Gallery, Sackler sublevel 2 – Saturday & Sunday 2-4 PM - Drop in to view a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art. Use printing blocks that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages as well as symbols of love to print vivid Valentines to take home. FREE

Know Your Family History – Improve Your Health at the Natural History Museum, Q?rius, ground floor, Northwest – Saturday 2-3 PM - Participate in a demonstration of how your ancestry, family culture, and lifestyle choices can influence your future health. Learn how to use one of the most powerful genetic tools, your family health history, to identify specific ways to stay healthy. Let us dispel common myths about genetics and inheritance, and learn how to recognize what information matters. Leave knowing how to get the information, services, and resource tools you need to assess your risks and take charge of your health. FREE

Smithsonian Stars Lecture: On-orbit Observing: An Astronaut View of Our Universe at the Air and Space Museum – Saturday 4 PM - (for ages 13 and up)
4:00 PM: Discovery Station (in front of Welcome Center)
5:15 PM: Lecture: Jennifer Levasseur discusses the important role astronauts have played in astronomy since 1962. Learn how, as on-orbit surrogate astronomers, they provide images and impressions of astronomical sights and events from outside Earth’s atmosphere. (Albert Einstein Planetarium)
6:30 PM: Telescope observing (Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting)
FREE but only Stand-by Tickets Available

Jewelry Making Workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum, Program Room – Sunday 1-4 PM - Join artist Deidra Bell as she leads a hands-on workshop making personal jewelry for different occasions.  Free. For more information or to attend, call 202-633-4844.

Portrait Story Days: George Washington Carver at the Portrait Gallery, Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151 – Sunday 2-5 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 scientist and inventor George Washington Carver (1864-1943).  Free; drop-in

Takoma Park’s 4th Annual Mid Winter Play Day at the Takoma Park Community Center – Sunday 2-4 PM - Are your kids suffering from cold-weather-induced cabin fever? Then get them to the annual play day that has the all the ingredients of a warm weather party — face painting, balloons, games — indoors.  The 8 Ball Band will be featured in the auditorium. This fun FREE event is for people of all ages.  For more information visit www.takomaplays.org. You may call Pat Rumbaugh, The Play Lady if you have any questions 301-928-9962.

FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS at Baltimore Museum of Art – Sunday 2-5 PM – FEBRUARY Theme: Big and Tiny Project: Fashion Little Pins - Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime. Every Sunday, join the BMA for activities the entire family can enjoy. Express your inner artist in a hands-on workshop or enjoy an interactive gallery tour. FREE

Astronomy Chat with Joleen Carlberg at the Air and Space Museum, Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, South Terrace – Sunday 2-3 PM - (weather permitting) Chat with Joleen Carlberg, Vera Rubin Fellow at the Carnegie Institution. Ask questions about her research on stars that swallow their planets, what it’s like to be an astronomer, or anything else that interests you.  Free

THRIFTY FRIENDS, visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings.  

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

Enjoy your weekend!