The Newseum’s state-of-the-art space is just as impressive as the myriad remarkable exhibits
Good news! The Summer Fun Deal, the Newseum’s yearly program that waives the $12.95 admission for youth visitors 18 and under, begins today! From now through Labor Day, up to four kids can get in for free with each paid adult or senior admission, or Press Pass membership. And like all Newseum tickets, Summer Fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
I highly recommend taking advantage of this deal — the Newseum is one of the most impressive museums in DC, in my opinion. Dedicated to all things news and media, exhibits cover everything from the Berlin Wall to Pulitzer Prize winning photos to 9/11 to the First Amendment. If this sounds heavy for younger children, there are plenty of lighter elements for them to enjoy: They can pretend to be a TV news reporter, view an exhibit about presidential pets, see all kinds of paraphernalia from presidential races, and ride up the glass hydraulic elevator then get a grand view of DC from the balcony.
The great thing about the two-day tickets is that you can go with the kids one day, then go back the next day by yourself to really take it all in (which is what I did the first time I brought my kiddos there).
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Hours are 9am – 5pm daily. Admission for adults is $21.95, and it’s always free for children 6 and under. For directions and more information, visit the Newseum website.
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.
– 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.
– 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.
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.
*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.
The local deal sites are loaded with great offers for families right now, and I’ve selected a few that I thought would be of particular interest and listed them here. Happy savings!
You have merely hours left to get Three Classes and Two Play Passes for Kidville in Bethesda from LivingSocial. That’s a fantastic deal — we did a sample class of the children’s play and learning center last year and loved it. If it was closer to home, I’d scoop up the offer in a second. 9/5 UPDATE: This deal has ended, so how about free coffee instead? Get a $10 Starbucks Card for just $5. That’s practically a no-brainer!
If your kids love the Disney on Ice shows, then check out Goldstar’s deal for tickets to Rockin’ Ever After, coming to the Patriot Center in October. You can get a pretty good discount on select seats for several different show times.
Plum District has a bunch of offers especially for moms and kids available right now, you should just go to the website and check ’em all out.
You can also get a variety of bargains through Certifikid. Current deals include children’s haircuts, a family cruise on the Potomac, festival and farm admission, and all kinds of kids’ classes.
As you get ready for Dad’s big day this weekend, here are some special promotions in honor of Father’s Day to check out.
Old Navy– On Saturday, June 16, Dads have the chance to win a DIY Network Man Cave makeover and other prizes like tool kits, flat screen TV’s and gas grills at “Shoot & Score” pop-up basketball hoops games set up in Old Navy locations around the country. The promo will run all day, and coupons and discounts will be given out, too.
Medieval Times – Treat Dad to a meal fit for a king — for free! This Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, Dads can enjoy the new two-hour tournament show and four-course medieval feast for free when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission. Just use code DFWEB when you purchase tickets. (Not valid on prior purchases or gift certificates, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations and payment required.)
Caribou Coffee – They will be “raising a mug to dad” this Sunday, June 17, by offering a free beverage with any drink purchase. Customers who show this official Father’s Day BOGO coupon – either printed or on their phone – and purchase a beverage at participating Caribou Coffees will receive a free drink (be sure to see offer details at bottom of the coupon).
Sprinkles Cupcakes – Get the special DAD Box filled with peanut butter chip, red velvet, black and white, and vanilla milk chocolate cupcakes adorned with stars and DAD sugar decorations. The box is sealed with a “DAD Digs Cupcakes” sticker.