Tickets for Day Out With Thomas 2015 ∙ B&O Railroad Museum


Day Out With Thomas 2015

B&O Railroad Museum

Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, January 16!

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging into the B&O Railroad Museum for Day Out With Thomas™, Friday – Sunday, April 24-26 & May 1-3, 2015. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine. For over 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends.

Day Out With Thomas™ offers an opportunity for children and their families to take an estimated 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway. There’s a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. The activities on site at Day Out With Thomas™ are for you and your children to enjoy for several hours. Read our review from Guest Thrifty Correspondent, Shelly The Attic Girl.

Event Details:

Your DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TICKET includes a scheduled 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine™, all day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum, and the following activities and programs:

  • Photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt
  • Appearances and photo opportunities with Choo Choo Blue
  • Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play
  • Moon bounces
  • Kid’s climb-on train
  • Crafts & tattoo stations
  • Interactive B&O Railroad Museum exhibits
  • rides on the Carousel, Happy Train, and at Choo Choo Blueville


  • Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise at the Day Out With Thomas Gift Shop
  • Professional photos with Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt
  • self-serve photos in the B&O’s new photo booth
  • Gifts & souvenirs at the B&O Railroad Museum Store
  • Food Concessions (no outside food permitted during this event)

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, April 24-26 & May 1-3, 2015. Beginning Friday, January 16 tickets for Day Out With Thomas 2015 at the B&O go on-sale to the general public and B&O members. No purchase code required. Visit or call 1-866-468-7630. Advance purchase recommended. Please note that everyone including B&O members will need to purchase a Day Out With Thomas ticket for admittance into the museum during this six day event. Coupons, vouchers, discounts, consignment tickets, complimentary passes, membership cards, etc. are not accepted during Day Out With Thomas. The presale for B&O members only, code required, is available now through January 15, 2015. For more information please visit the B&O Railroad Museum or call 1-410-752-2490.

Advance purchase is recommended; train rides and admission at $21 per ticket do sell out.


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Thank YOU – First Blogiversary Celebration!


Happy Blogiversary

Thank YOU!

DC Thrifty Mom’s 

1st Blogiversary Celebration

Sunday, January 26, 2014

DC Thrifty Mom 1st Blogiversary

Dear Thrifty Friends,

Thank YOU for celebrating with me last Sunday at the National Children’s Museum at National Harbor.  I appreciate the more than ONE THOUSAND friends that braved the cold and decided to join the fun.

I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon which allowed me the opportunity to meet YOU, all while exploring the NCM exhibits, learning about the Occupy Schools pledge from Mocha Moms, Inc., interactive story time in Mandarin from Language Stars, babysitter options from Urban Sitter, decorating and eating yummy cupcakes with Spoons and Smiles, refreshing and “great-tasting, truly healthy, organic beverages” from Honest Tea, color changing cup fun and giveaways with Sports Zone Elite, amazing local youth performance from Kidz MusiQ Club, and of course a lively time with Elmo & Cookie Monster!

And for those that were lucky enough to receive a swag bag sponsored by DC Thrifty Mom and presenting sponsor Daihatsu Car Company, it included items from most of the above sponsors and a special DC Thrifty Mom discount code for the Washington Nationals 2014 season, the current edition of Washington Family Magazine, Thirty-One Gifts, and a calendar magnet from Orin Luke, Fairfax Realty, Inc.  Not to mention savings from Bright Life Photography who captured all the special moments of the day, 529 Kids Consign, Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, Cartoon Cuts, and other local retail coupons from KidWX Consultants.

I must recognize and thank my organizing sponsor MtoM Consulting for their efforts and assistance with this event.  And for all those that admired my colorful necklace, it was provided by Yashika P. Okon, Premier Designs Independent Stylist.

To relive the spirit of the day, view the video above.

Yet, the BIGGEST THANK YOU goes to you, Thrifty Friends, for your support during my first year.  Here’s to an even better second year!


DC Thrifty Mom

P.S.  Stay tuned for MORE GIVEAWAYS…



Happy Blogiversary

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Happenings and

1st Blogiversary Celebration

in the DC Area

January 25 & 26, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

DC Thrifty Mom’s 1st Blogiversary Celebration presented by Daihatsu Car Company at National Children’s Museum, THIS Sunday 12 – 4 PM –  Come celebrate with me and decorate cupcakes with Spoons and Smiles, samples from Honest Tea, interactive storytime with Language Stars,  learn about support group Mocha Moms, Inc., enjoy Jazzing Up Learning performance from local group Kidz MusiQ Club, and swag bags for the first 365 families that arrive.  All while exploring the museum exhibits for FREE!  ENTER TO WIN BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAYS:  IMAGINATION STAGEMAKE IT AN AMC DATE NIGHT!

Katherine Lyons – Transformation Imagination at National Theatre – Saturday 9:30 AM & 11 AM – Kids become animal characters using their bodies, voices, and imaginations in this fun play!  FREE

10th-Anniversary Open House at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center – Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM – Celebrate the Udvar-Hazy Center’s 10th anniversary! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at historic artifacts, documents, and works of art that are not on public display and see what it takes to collect, preserve, and restore them. Admission Free; parking, $15 per car

Hands-On Learning: The Lego Movie Event at your local Barnes & Noble – Saturday – A Hands-On Learning event as they count down to the release of The LEGO Movie. There will be activities, fun and surprises for all who attend! FREE

Winter Blast Family Day at the American Indian Museum (Potomac Atrium, 1st Level) – Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 4:30 PM – Bring the kids for a family celebration of winter games. Learn various string games from across the hemisphere and join representatives from the “World Eskimo Olympics” as they demonstrate traditional Inuit games such as the “high kick” and “knuckle hop.”  After the games, relax with other winter pastimes including making a beaded bracelet. Winter family fun for all! FREE

Chinese New Year Family Festival at the American Art Museum (Kogod Courtyard) – Saturday 11:30 AM – 3 PM – American Art invites the whole neighborhood to join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year in the heart of Chinatown. Festivities to bring in the Year of the Horse begin at 11:30 by awakening the Lion for a Lion Dance performance by the JHU Yong Han Lion Dance group. Then enjoy two puppetry performances by the Tianjin Arts Troupe from China, and live music on traditional Chinese instruments by the The Washington Guzheng Society. Visit a display on Giant Pandas, make a panda-craft and send a New Year’s greeting to Bao-Bao at the National Zoo. Learn the art of calligraphy and watch expert paper cutters, dough sculptors, and painters create artworks on-site. Try your own hand at making red paper lanterns to take home and bring yourself good luck in the New Year! Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of China. FREE

The ICE SLIDE  at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Every weekend through Saturday, February 15, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The ice slide will be 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.

ImaginAsia: Yoga at Sackler Gallery – Saturday & Sunday 2 PM – Explore the exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation with an activity book. Drop in between 2 and 4 pm to learn how a person became a yogi, what was gained and lost in the process, and yogis’ influence on Indian rulers and villagers during the period in which the art in the exhibition was created. Then return to the classroom to paint yantras used to focus the mind.  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; walk-in.

Snow Much Fun! at the Corcoran Gallery of Art – Saturday 6 – 9 PM – Enjoy winter’s many wonders with an after hours evening of art making workshops and a performance. Make the season warmer for all by bringing a donation of winter clothing and blankets benefiting Covenant House Washington. FREE; warm clothing donation encouraged. Pre-registration encouraged

Tianjin Puppet Troupe at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage – Saturday at 6 PM – The troupe brings a puppet play featuring world-class puppeteers and marionettes. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of China. FREE

Art Cart: Unearthing Chinese Art at Freer Gallery (Outside galleries 18 and 19) – Sunday 1:30 – 3 PM – Stop by this interactive cart to explore examples of natural and carved jade and the tools used to shape them. Learn how bronzes were made by assembling the parts of a bronze mold. Touch pieces of jade and bronze. Discover designs in the works of art in the ancient China galleries. FREE

Portrait Story Days: Julia Child at 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 chef Julia Child (1912-2004). Free; drop-in

DC Youth Poetry Slam Team 2014 Semifinals at Portrait Gallery (Kogod Courtyard) – Sunday 4 – 6 PM – The top high school poets from the D.C. area compete in a poetry slam for a chance to earn a spot on the 2014 D.C. Youth Slam Team. These teenage performance poets have qualified for semifinals by winning previous slams. This evening, they perform original poetry and are judged by members of the audience. Presented in collaboration with Split This Rock, a D..C-based poetry nonprofit that sponsors the city’s youth slam team and sends it to regional and international competitions. FREE

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


Thrifty Friends, stay warm and I hope to meet YOU at the Blogiversary Celebration!


Photo Courtesy of Renita Hosler

Photo Courtesy of Renita Hosler

DC Thrifty Mom

Guest Thrifty Correspondent:

Renita H.


Date: Friday, January 24th, 2014 – attended 7:30 PM Show until approximately 9:45 PM


Arrival/Parking:  In the Gallery Place/Chinatown Area of DC, parking is really best in a garage. In the evenings and on weekends, most garages have a flat event parking fee. Depending on how close you park to the Verizon Center, these fees can range from $10-$25 per car.  Also, make sure to ask about closing times and access to the garage in later hours. Another transportation option is to take the Washington Metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red and Green/Yellow lines.


Venue:  Monster Jam is is a fan-friendly venue with trucks on oversized tires, quad races (4 wheeled terrain vehicles) and freestyle motorcross performers that do gravity defying acrobats. It is L-O-U-D (bring ear plugs or headphones). At the beginning of each show, our nation’s first responders and soldiers are honored. The announcer is a “crowd pleaser” always asking for a louder cheer and wanting to give away Monster Jam merchandise to the “fan” with the most spirit.


Best for What Ages:  People of all ages can find something to enjoy at Monster Jam. I would continue to caution protect your ears and be aware that tons of dirt has been laid on the arena’s floor. Dust particles are definitely in the air.


Food:  This is a major sports arena. There are many different types of vendors and food can be pricey. We had dinner at a restaurant near the Verizon Center and only spent money on drinks and souvenirs.


Don’t miss:
1) There are a couple of “green screen” photo booths where *YOU* are seen in the cab of a MONSTER TRUCK.
2) Look at the official merchandise. It is reasonable priced and includes things like a Souvenir Book ($10), a Grave Digger or Illuminator Velcro hat, K’Nex Monster Truck models and my favorite is the “Digger Disc”, a boomerang like disc.
3) During intermission, go to the end of the arena where the trucks are lined up to do photos.
4) Wait for the drivers and get their autographs!

I wish I’d known:  If you’re visiting on Saturday at the Verizon Center, consider purchasing a ticket for the Pit Party. This allows guests to go on the dirt track and walk along the Monster Trucks. You can take photos and meet some of the drivers.

Kids’ response:  The two kids I went with loved the whole venue. You’re encouraged to get loud and show your “show spirit” and to root for the crews. Also, they loved meeting the drivers and getting their autographs. It was so cool to have a Maryland native, The Illuminator, win the racing heat.


Insider Tip:  It’s easy to get on “sensory overload” with the action, the noises, the loud rumblings of vehicles. Definitely get up and walk around during intermission. The Souvenir Book makes a great autograph book for the drivers.

~Guest Thrifty CorrespondentRenita H.  All thoughts, opinions, and comments are her own.

Thank you, Renita, for volunteering to be a Guest Thrifty Correspondent for Monster Jam.  Check Ticketmaster for availability here.



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.  On behalf of DC Thrifty Mom, guest Thrifty Correspondent Renita received a family 4-pack to this show.  Even though these benefits were received, ALL thoughts and opinions are her own.  No other compensation was provided.

DC Thrifty Mom Blogiversary {Giveaway CLOSED} – Imagination Stage


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1st Blogiversary Giveaway

Imagination Stage

Family 4-Pack: You Choose!

Expires Saturday, February 15, 2014

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. They offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of their programs are informed by their core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

Upcoming Performances:

Imagination Stage - Saturday Song Circle

Photo from Imagination Stage Website

Saturday Song Circle

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.*

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

January 25: What a Wonderful World
February 1: Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep
February 8: Rhapsody
February 15: Skidamarink
February 22: Grandma’s Feather Bed

Photo from Imagination Stage Website

Photo from Imagination Stage Website

 Sunday Fun Day

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

February 2 – Where the Wild Things Are
February 9 – My Heart is Like a Zoo
February 16 – Froggy Gets Dressed
February 23 – The Little Engine that Could

Photo from Imagination Stage Website

Photo from Imagination Stage Website


By Mike Kenny; Directed by Janet Stanford.

Wednesday, February 5 – Sunday, March 16, 2014

“This is a story that’s old as old, of how a girl turned straw into gold.” When a poor miller brags that his daughter has a talent for spinning straw into gold, a greedy and zany king commands her to make gold for his coffers. Unable to perform this feat, the miller’s daughter enlists the help of a rotten riddling fairy named Rumpelstiltskin…but his price for helping is high. Will she be able to solve Rumpelstiltskin’s mystery in time to save her family? Best for Ages 5-10.

***Rumpelstiltskin SPECIAL EXTRAS!***

– A limited amount of $10 tickets will be available for each performance over the phone through the Box Office courtesy of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation. These tickets will go on sale for the following week’s performances on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 301-280-1660.
– Extend the experience at home with the Rumpelstiltskin Activity Guide!
– Don’t miss the Cub Scout special performance Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for any of these upcoming shows. 

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***Giveaway Details***

In celebration of my 1st Blogiversary, DC Thrifty Mom is excited to offer one lucky follower a family 4-pack to enjoy a show from the list above.  This giveaway, sponsored by Imagination Stage, is non-transferable, expires on Saturday, February 15th, and subject to all their rules and restrictions.
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Disclosure:  DC Thrifty Mom received this family 4-pack from Imagination Stage as a Blogiversary gift for one lucky follower to enjoy.  No other compensation was received.  This giveaway is sponsored by Imagination Stage, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you, Imagination Stage!



National Theatre - Saturday Morning Spring 2014


January 25: Katherine Lyons – Transformation Imagination
Kids become animal characters using their bodies, voices, and imaginations in this fun play!


February  1: George Washington Carver & Friends 
Bright Star Theatre presents stories of the most influential African-Americans in history.


February 8: Paul Hadfield – General Foolishness 
Juggling, music, and slapstick comedy are the norm in this wacky celebration of laughter!


February 22: Blue Sky Puppet Theatre – “The Barker of Seville” 
A barking puppy wants to hit the high notes and become a world famous opera singer.


March 1: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres Salguero!
Kids embark on a musical journey through Latin America learning Spanish on the way.


March 8: Laureen O’Neill-James Irish Dance 
High-spirited jigs and lively step-dancing celebrate the wee bit of Irish in all of us!


March 15: Rich Potter – Bert the Nerd 
Daring stunts, incredible magic, and loads of laughter with a man perched on a unicycle!


March 22: Bright Star Theatre:Jack’s Adventure in American History 
Kids help write the Constitution and demand the right to vote in this high-energy adventure.


March 29: Tim Marrone – Clowning Around with Shakespeare  
Laughter reigns when kids help a lowly court jester prepare to meet England’s King James I!


April 5: Delta Blues 
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with Curtis Blues and his soulful American music.


Saturday Morning at the National has been sponsored since its inception by

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Inc.


Marriott International, Inc. 

Shows are best appreciated by children four years of age and older.

The National Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization presenting Broadway-level productions, supporting local talent, and providing free educational and cultural arts programming for children, adults and senior citizens.

Things to Do in the Washington DC Metro Area: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend


Weekend Fun

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Happenings and

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

in the DC Metro Area:

January 18 – 20, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

Giant panda cub Bao Bao is now on exhibit at the National Zoo
From January 18 to January 20, the panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Starting January 21, the panda house will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive early. Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes. Note: Although the panda house will be open, Mei Xiang and Bao Bao may not always be visible during that time. They will have access to the den where Bao Bao has spent much of the past few months and may choose to spend time in there instead of on exhibit.

The ICE SLIDE  at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Every weekend through Saturday, February 15, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The ice slide will be 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.  See review from KidFriendly DC here.

Model Train Open House at Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC. – Vienna Railroad Station
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open House visitors include people of all ages who enjoy watching railroad activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950’s. That railroad was called the Western North Carolina (WNC) and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry on our layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; we must admit that to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. Young visitors are often offered a souvenir WNC Railroad ticket as they enter the depot. FREE

Family Fun at the Baltimore Museum of Art – BMA!
Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Project: Create Clay Animal Shelves
Visit the BMA for exciting family programs —hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are FREE, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Children of Uganda’s Tour of Light Music and Dance Troupe at the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage
Sunday, January 19, 6:00 PM
Through rhythm, drums, flutes, and folktales, this organization works to preserve and raise awareness of Uganda and East Africa’s rich culture.  Learn more about this non-profit organization and view past performances here. FREE

Reading Stories with Ranger Steph: 1, 2, 3… How Many Piggies Do You See?
Oxon Hill Farm – Visitor Barn
Monday, January 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Numbers are all around us at the farm.  Every third Monday of the month, come listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy other activities.  This month, they will concentrate on counting.  How many animals do we have all together at the farm?  Meet Ranger Steph in the Visitor Barn and find out! FREE

Family Day at Black Hill Regional Park
Monday, January 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
School’s off today, so bring the kids to the Visitor Center for an afternoon of exploration and discovery. Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs will be on hand to show you how to use their popular nature boxes.  Enjoy a short nature walks, hands-on activities, and games.  Drop in anytime between 1  – 4 pm for the fun!  This program is FREE but please register so they’ll have enough materials and help for all.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.NOT ALL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Listed are FREE

MLK Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  Locate a project in your area here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – Various FREE programming including:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Kids Tour – Saturday through Monday
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Quotes – Saturday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
All the King’s Books: Stride Towards Freedom, 1958 – Saturday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Dr. King Comes to Washington – Sunday & Monday, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
View a complete listing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Activities here.

I Have A Dream Weekend Celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Saturday, January 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 20, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Community comes to life over the three-day “I Have a Dream” weekend! Join Port Discovery as they celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  View discounts available, like AARP Members and Maryland Zoo/Port Discovery Children’s Museum Reciprocal Program here. $$

Day of Dr. King Documentaries at the Petworth Library in Washington DC
Saturday, January 18, 12:00 PM
Stop by and familiarize yourselves with the library’s collection of DVD documentaries on Dr. King. They provide so much information to discuss and debate. Petworth Library invites you to view the following movies as a means for broadening your understanding about the socio-political climate and events that affected King’s background, mission and death.
For children and families, beginning at 12 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room:
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World (2010), followed by Martin Luther King Jr. Day (2005, 12 minutes)

Collective Voices 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in Honor of Dr. King at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM
Meet in the Great Hall for this very special event as Collective Voices once again presents their annual literary tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be many special guests, including the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Delores Kendrick. FREE

View a Complete Listing of DC Public Library MLK Activities HERE.

Portrait Story Days: Martin Luther King Jr. at the Portrait Gallery
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151 – Free; drop-in
(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 clergyman and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). FREE

FREE MLK Jr. Day Family Festival at The Walters Art Museum
Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Come together to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our nation’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through theatrical and musical performances, special guests will help you to reflect on the importance of free speech and diverse communities. Share your dreams, congratulate your personal heroes, and tell your stories through art projects and collaborative activities! View Schedule of Events here. FREE

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday at the National Children’s Museum
Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin  Luther King, Jr. by contributing to a very special peace quilt! Add your creative flair to a square or a dove to hang on the quilt. They’ll unveil the finished quilt in February. Families will have the opportunity to design and decorate small quilts, which Maddie’s Blankets will donate to shelters and other organizations serving animals in temporary homes. $10 per child or adult.  View discounts available here. $$

Monday, January 20, 11:30 AM
A riveting compilation of documentary footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Montgomery bus boycott to the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, from the dogs of Selma to the Nobel Prize and the fateful motel balcony in Memphis. With narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III and others. Co-directed and produced by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Tickets available at the AFI Silver box office on the day of show ONLY, limit 4 tickets per person. Box office opens at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 20. Free Screening!

Global Peace Makers – 8th Annual MLK Peace Walk
Monday, January 20 – 11:00 AM at 2500 MLK Jr. Avenue SE
FREE but bring a donation of socks and toiletries for the homeless

14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Baltimore, Maryland
Monday, January 20th – 12:00 PM
The annual celebration is becoming an event to honor not only Dr. King, but to pay homage to others continuing his legacy. The event steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. The annual parade honors the immeasurable contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration for the late civil rights activist features entertaining high school and community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, high stepping fraternities, honor and color guards, lively cheerleading squads and equestrian units.

LET FREEDOM RING! A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The Kennedy Center
Monday, January 20, 6:00 PM
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring five-time Grammy Award®–winning singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.  FREE tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Monday, January 20, 2014, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability.

And the winner is

CONGRATULATIONS to Tiffany B., WINNER of the Family-4-Pack Giveaway to MONSTER JAM®!  Thank you to all those that participated.

Please mark your calendar and join me as I host my First Blogiversary presented by Daihatsu Car Company on Sunday, January 26th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the National Children’s Museum. Decorate cupcakes with Spoons and Smiles, samples from Honest Tea, interactive storytime with Language Stars,  learn about support group Mocha Moms, Inc., enjoy Jazzing Up Learning performance from local group Kidz MusiQ Club, and MORE..all for FREE!

Enjoy your Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend!

Let Freedom Ring! a Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kennedy Center

Photo from Kennedy Center Website

Photo from Kennedy Center Website

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University
present Let Freedom Ring! 

featuring Dionne Warwick
and the Let Freedom Ring Choir in
a Musical Tribute to

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When: Monday, January 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 [Directions & Parking]

Performance Duration: 90 minutes

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring five-time Grammy Award®–winning singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.

The Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir was organized especially for the 2006 King celebration.  View past performances here.  The choir is made up predominately of Georgetown University students, and also includes members of the Metropolitan Music Ministry of the Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Capitol Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  Reverend Nolan Williams, Jr., Music Director for this year’s Let Freedom Ring Celebration, is the Chief Music Editor of the critically acclaimed publication, The African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications, 2001), and Minister of Music for the Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Free tickets are required.

Please dress warmly; the line for people waiting to receive tickets will be outside.

Tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Monday, January 20, 2014, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability.
All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40 p.m. Please enter through the Hall of Nations.

The program is part of the FREE daily performance series on the Millennium Stage.  Georgetown University will award the 12th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Lecester Johnson, Executive Director of Academy of Hope, a Washington, D.C. organization that provides basic education and adult literacy services to men and women.

Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.

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DC Thrifty Mom’s FIRST Blogiversary Celebration – FREE FAMILY FUN



DC Thrifty Mom’s

First Blogiversary Celebration

presented by

Daihatsu Car Company

Innovation for Tomorrow

Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

at the National Children’s Museum [Directions & Parking]

FREE and Open to the public

Come celebrate my First Anniversary of Blogging with a FREE family-friendly party featuring local businesses, organizations, performances, Sesame Street characters, interactive exhibits, and GIVEAWAYS! Please note that tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at  12:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014.


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Weekend - 5 FREE FUN

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE Happenings

in the DC Metro Area:

January 11 & 12, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

2014 NBC4 HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO – Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center  – The Health and Fitness Expo offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or dancing. The show includes lots of hands-on activities for all ages.

2014 DC Education Festival: Explore. Innovate. Celebrate. – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington’s premier education festival presenting an all-in-one experience for community and families to discover, navigate and engage successfully with preschool to high school and adult education/GED options.  Includes Group Workshops about education-specific topics like selecting/applying to schools and saving and paying for college, and non-education specific topics such as financial literacy and healthy living; and Demonstration Pavilions showcasing schools via student STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and other course/curricula-focused activities/exhibits.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 2014 – Saturday through Monday at various H Street NE and Capitol Hill neighborhoods – The National Symphony Orchestra will present many activities, with an emphasis on chamber performances, education, and community engagement programs (including MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO). They hope people of all ages will embrace classical music with the same excitement that they do at the NSO.   View the entire schedule or the brochure for additional details.

EARLY KEEPERS PROGRAM CELEBRATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S BIRTHDAY! – Saturday from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at The Mall at Prince Georges – Explore multi-cultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance, and arts & crafts. Each month our Early Keepers will explore cultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement, and arts & crafts. Parents can spend quality time with their children while engaging in fun and culturally rich activities that incorporates problem solving, math, and reading!

Free Admission to the National Geographic Museum – Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM – The National Geographic Museum will be waiving admission costs on Sunday, January 12, courtesy of PNC, national presenting tour sponsor of “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”, currently open at the museum. Thank you, Capitally Frugal for sharing this deal!

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

Giveaway Reminder
MONSTER JAM® COMING TO THE VERIZON CENTER & GIVEAWAY – For the first time since 2011, Monster Jam® returns to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. January 24 and 25, 2014.  View event and giveaway details here.