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The Newseum Via the NOW Pass

The Newseum's state-of-the-art space



I finally made it to the Newseum.  And I have NOW Pass DC to thank for it. The museum dedicated to all things news and journalism has been high on my list of must-sees for years, but it was one of those places that, until very recently, I just hadn’t yet gotten to.

So, when the folks from NOW Pass DC approached me about partnering with them, I jumped at the opportunity.  The company offers great values for some of our city’s best attractions with the NOW Pass, a single card that grants access to the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, and a double decker bus tour of the city for much less than it would cost to do all of those things individually as well as discounts at restaurants, shops, and other DC businesses. And while it’s targeted to people visiting the city, it’s also a great deal for locals interested in those attractions, too, especially since you have a year to use it (though you can only use the pass once at each venue).

Viewing the Berlin Wall

When I learned about all of this I knew my first NOW Pass foray would be to the Newseum. We made it a family venture, as I wanted to see see how kid-friendly it would be. I’ll be frank: There are some exhibits that are way over kids’ heads (especially a 2.5 and 5-year-old’s), but there are several that they will enjoy and may, in fact, prompt a great learning experience with some preparation and discussion from parents. For kids I recommend these exhibits: Pictures of the Year; the Berlin Wall Gallery; First Dogs; the 4-D Theater (for older kids); Sports Theater; The Funny Pages; The President’s Photographer; Internet, TV, & Radio Gallery; Be a TV Reporter; and a ride on the hydraulic elevator to the top level where you can go out on the Pennsylvania Avenue Terrace for great views of the city.

Front page news

For adults, I recommend it all. In a nutshell, it is an incredible museum.  I actually spent two days there, one with the whole family and one on my own, so I could take my time viewing the exhibits that I couldn’t see with the kids. A Newseum ticket grants you two consecutive days to the museum, so it worked out well, though I plan to go back because I want to spend even more time taking it all in.

I’m off to a great start with my NOW Pass.  Next up, an open-top bus tour of the city!

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Explore Public Art with the National Building Museum

Who says you have to be indoors to enjoy works of art?  Not the National Building Museum!  On Sunday, May 15 from 1 – 2:30pm, the Museum that celebrates the built environment is hosting Public Art for You and Me!, a Family Workshop that highlights art in the community outdoors.

Participants will go on a guided walk through the Museum’s neighborhood with a special focus on public art. They’ll take in the art and architecture of the city, then return to the Museum to enjoy murals and mosaics in two of the Museum’s exhibitions.  Using all that they’ve seen as inspiration, guests will then make their own murals to take home and enjoy.

The program is recommended for kids ages 6 and up. Cost is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members.  Visit the National Building Museum website to register.  Advance registration is advised, as there is a limited capacity.

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Save the Date, Learn to Skate!

Sure, the cookies rock, but how about a healthy, active, fun way to support a Girl Scout? Komi Tinkelman is a local Senior Girl Scout working on her Gold Award, the highest decoration a member of the organization can earn. To achieve this, she’s holding a special skating event for families next weekend.

On Saturday, April 30, kids ages 6-10 are invited to attend Let’s Move! Learn to Skate!, where they can enjoy an interactive lesson in healthy habits, watch a figure skating exhibition, and get lesson in ice skating themselves. This will all take place at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel from 2-5pm.

There is no charge for admission, but Nomi will be accepting donations to cover the costs.  For more information and to register, email Nomi at [email protected]

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A Few Good Deals

Let’s brighten this dreary morning with some deals.  Here are three great family offers going on right now.

LivingSocial Baltimore’s  Family Edition has a deal for a One-Month Membership Pass to Great Kids Village for $32 (51% savings).  Read a review of GKV.

LivingSocial’s Washington, DC Family has an offer from Kids in Sports for a Four-Week Children’s Multi-Sport Fitness Program for $60 (50% savings).

Plum District’s daily offers is  $20 for a Five-Session Bounce Pass at BounceU in Clarksburg, MD (a $40 value)

Happy Savings!

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