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 17 – Portrait 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
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
Washington Nationals – Natitude Flex Packs – PICK 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).
THRIFTY FRIENDS, visit the CALENDAR for additional FREE & Cheap happenings.
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Have a great weekend!