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Where in DC?

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How well do you know your city? This new contest might help you gauge that. If you think you know where this image was shot AND want a chance to win a cool prize, leave a comment answering the “Where in DC?” question.

Everyone who correctly names the location of the photo will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win TWO of these Certifikid deals for admission to the Newseum! This contest will run through the weekend, and a winner will be notified on Monday.

Good luck!


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Cruisin’ the Potomac

A lovely vista from the bow of the boat

A vista from the bow of the boat



A few weeks before the first predicted cherry blossom peak, I scooped up a deal from Certifikid for a family sightseeing cruise on the Potomac that promised great views of the trees in bloom and other iconic DC attractions. I figured it would be a novel way for us to see the blossoms and enjoy an outing on the water, something we very rarely get to do.

Well, two peak date predictions later, we still hadn’t taken that cruise. Whether it was the late bloom or my own disorganization/laziness/procrastination that threw off our plans, I really can’t say, but by the time we put the deal to use, the blossoms had come and gone.

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However, the offer was good for several months, so I decided to use it when my brother was in town for a visit in late April. It was easy enough — we already had our voucher, so we just headed over to the Washington Harbour in Georgetown where Capitol River Cruises launches The Nightingale for 45-minute tours on the Potomac to see the sights along with historical narration provided by the crew.

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We didn’t follow the tour talk so much, but still enjoyed views of the places it covered — the Watergate, Kennedy Center, Key & Memorial Bridges, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Roosevelt Island, and LBJ Memorial were among the sites we saw. It was relaxing to be out on the water on a pretty spring day, enjoying a perspective of the city we don’t usually get to see. And the kids, they were just excited to be on a boat.

Concessions are available for purchase — we grabbed some drinks and snacks to tide over our hungry kids (and thirsty adults) before a late lunch back in Georgetown.

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Capitol River Cruises has daily departures April through October from 11am – 9pm. Cost is $14/adults, $7/ages 3-12 on location. Purchase in advance online for $11/adults, $6/children. Tours launch from the Washington Harbour at 31st and K Streets NW.

The local deal sites offer discounted river cruises all the time — ours was a steal at $20 for two adults and two kids, while it’s regularly $14 per adult. Groupon and the Capitol Deal both have them going on right now.

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Deals to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Black Friday has come and gone, and whether or not you scored huge savings on the year’s biggest shopping day, there are still loads of great deals to be had. Lots of online discounts will come in handy for the gift-giving that’s just around the corner, then there other local deals that will help you enjoy some of the many holiday happenings around DC over the season.  Here’s a nice selection of them… just follow the links to take advantage.  Happy savings!

– Gorgeous light displays, Nutcracker tickets, a Christmas pedicab tour, holiday shows, even a Christmas experience at Sesame Place… all currently available at awesome discounts through Certifikid.

– On Cyber Monday only, Imagination Stage will be offering great seats in the orchestra for the upcoming show Anime Momotaro for only $10!  You can also get a 10% off Winter Break and Spring Break camps.

– How about some holiday entertainment?  Or tickets to fun shows as a stock stuffer?  Goldstar has offers on  shows, events, and experiences for every member of the family — a puppet version of The Nutcracker, the Harlem Globetrotters at the Verizon Center, a variety of holiday performances, a Medieval Times dinner and tourney, admission to the Spy Museum among them.

– Get a LivingSocial deal on a Family Weekend Pass for the Harbor Holiday Festival taking place November 30 – December 2 at National Harbor.  For $15 (regularly $30), you can do some holiday shopping from a variety of specialty exhibitors and savor a flight tasting, while the kids can enjoy performances and activities just for them.

– Still need to order your holiday cards?  Tiny Prints, the online store specializing in printed products, currently has an after Thanksgiving sale going on through tomorrow, November 25: Get 20% off your entire cart using the code 20NOVSW.

– If you shop on Land of Nod before midnight on Monday, you’ll get 15% off just about everything when you enter promo code SAVE15. Plus, you also get free shipping on qualifying items, which includes most of their holiday decor.

Tea Collection has some great offers on their gorgeous clothes for girls and boys — find $15 dresses, $10 leggings, $10 boys tops, and $15 boys bottoms among their sale items.

– Whether you’re decorating for the holidays or looking for nice gifts, One Kings Lane is worth a look with lots of pretty and unique items among their holiday ornaments and decor sale.

– The REI Winter Sale is going on through November 26. Gear and clothes for outdoor recreation always make for great gifts, and they’ve got a nice variety for really good prices.

– Get ready for a Cyber Monday sale at Hannah Andersson, where you’ll get an extra 15% off your total purchase. (Some exclusions will apply.)

– Before you do any online shopping, be sure to go to Ebates.com first. If you access stores through them, you get cash back on all of your purchases, sometimes up to 10%. It’s so easy — and very worth it — to sign up.


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Deal Picks this Week

If your email inbox is anything like mine, it’s overloaded with messages each morning from the horde of deal companies offering discounts on, well, everything.  I’m in no way complaining; I love a good deal.  But it can be tedious and time-consuming to go through them all to find the best ones. Yet I still peruse them, and not just to score a bargain for myself, but because I like to try to keep you informed of can’t-miss offers. I often mention good ones on Facebook and have links to a bunch of sites on the Deals page, but thought it might be helpful to post a round-up of great deals (like this one last week) more regularly, hopefully weekly.  And with that, here are your deal picks this week.  Happy Savings!

*You and the kids can get creative with this Groupon deal: $20 for $40 Worth of Art Supplies, Studio Time, and Beverages at ArtJamz in Dupont Circle.  They host an open-house painting studio both during the week and on weekends. A first look at the deal may seem like it’s a boozy happy hour type-thing, but I’ve been in touch with the folks at ArtJamz, and they definitely encourage kids to get artsy, keeping ages 5-18 in mind during the daytime hours (though I’m sure tots a little younger can do some Pollack-esque works, too).  I’ve been wanting to check out the place , and this deal will get me there.

*Guarantee yourself good seats under the bog top with this deal for up to 50% off tickets for the Big Apple Circus from Goldstar. Select seats are available  at a discount for many dates during its September 20 – October 8 run at the Big Top at Dulles Town Center. You can also try to win a four-pack of tickets through my giveaway.

*Certifikid debuted a nice deal yesterday for clay time: $10 for $20 Worth of Pottery Fun at All Fired Up in Bethesda & Cleveland Park.  Look for the offer on the right sidebar.

*If you’re looking for an indoor birthday party idea, this Plum District deal might inspire: The Ultimate Bowling Party for 10 Kids at Bowlmor Lanes in Bethesda for $180. For a DC-area party at a venue other than home, that’s not bad at all. You can also find a deal for weekday admission to Great Country Farms — just $6 (regularly $12).

*This might be a bit of a stretch, but Groupon Getaways has a terrific deal on a 3- or 4-night resort stay in Costa Rica (two kids 9 and under stay free). If you’re thinking about a family vacay, I can’t recommend the destination highly enough – we took the kids this past Spring Break, and an amazing time was had by all. While I haven’t been to this resort or region of the country, it gets great reviews on Trip Advisor, and if it’s anything like the places I have been to there, you really can’t go wrong. Less than a day left to get the deal!

*I’ve mentioned this before, but can’t stress enough what a no-brainer Ebates is if you do a lot of online shopping. Once you’re signed up, all you have to do is link to your favorite stores through the Ebates website, and you get cash back on all of your purchases, sometimes up to 10%! And they have huge selection of stores, pretty much all of the big ones.

*Be sure to read the fine print on all these deals, as there’s sometimes a weird catch.

 

 

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