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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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Spotlight on Local Deals


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 CertifikidCurrent deals include children’s haircuts, a family cruise on the Potomac, festival and farm admission, and all kinds of kids’ classes.

Finally, Groupon Getaways always has a plethora of travel packages that stir my wanderlust. And while most just make me wish I could spend my days roaming the globe, there are a few that would actually make easy roads trips from DC with the kids, including a two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg (if you can swing a weeknight) and luxury accommodations at an inn and spa in Virginia Beach (the fine print says kids under 18 stay for free).

These are just a few of tons of great deals available through local deal sites — you can find links to even more on the Deals page.


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Get Summer Started with These Local Deals

Here’s a heads-up on some great deals going on right now.  And don’t forget you can find links to even more on the Deals page. Happy Savings!

Certifikid always has all kinds of fabulous deals for families, but their current offer for a Season Pass to Sesame Place is particularly great.

LivingSocial Families has passes for the City of Gathersburg Water Park ($6 for two!), which are guaranteed to go fast. And be sure to scroll down to find discounts on everything from soccer and tennis camps to art classes as well.

Goldstar has great discounts on tickets to all kinds of summer fun for families, from baseball games to children’s plays.  A few goodies:  Nats vs. Rockies, Goldilocks! at The Puppet Co., and a game day ferry ride to Nationals Park.

If what you really want to do is get un-local this summer, then check out Groupon Getaways. They currently have offers on stays all over the globe.

Stock up on summer clothes and gear AND get cash back when you shop through Ebates. It’s so easy – when you buy online, just access the store via the Ebates website — they partner with just about everyone — and you can get anywhere from 3-10% back (sometimes even more!) on purchases.


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Family Deals Alert

Pirate cruises, bounce sessions, pottery painting, and travel stays are just some of the deals being offered by the local deal sites.  Here’s where you can get in on them…

Certifikid – Start planning for county fair season with this new deal: $30 for Prince William County Fair Family Pack of Tickets for 5 Weekday Admissions and Rides ($120 value).

Plum District – Arrgh, Matey!  Take a pirate cruise at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for half the price with this offer: $11 for One Ticket on a Family Cruise from Urban Pirates.

LivingSocial DC Family Edition – Several good deals are going on right now. Their main offer is for Five 90-minute Playtime Session at Pump it Up for $25 good at the Leesburg and Gaithersburg locations.  Scroll down on the page and find offers for kids’ dance classes, training programs, after-school sports, and more.

SitterCity.com – Take advantage of their new offer, good through the month of August: Save 20% off memberships at Sittercity.com with the code SCHOOL.

SalesVote – The new company out of Georgetown has a deal for Pottery Painting and Ceramic Decoration at All Fired Up for $7.  Good at both the DC and Bethesda locations.

Mamapedia – They currently have deals on photo cards and announcements, personalized labels and tags, Parents Magazine, and more. And don’t forget that they send 5% of your purchase total to the school of your choice.

Groupon Getaways – If you haven’t signed up to receive these deals on travel accommodations, I highly suggest you do.  I’ve seen many offers that would be great for both family stays and parents’ getaways.

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Family Deals, Local and Beyond

Start the weekend with some good deals!  Here are current offers from our local deal sites, plus a few more that will be of interest no matter where you are.

Groupon Getaways – In case you hadn’t heard, Groupon is now offering travel deals. They are mostly hotel/resort stays, and many are family-friendly with no extra charge for young children.

SniqueAway – Another great travel deal site I recently started following.  You have to be invited in, so feel free to be my guest.

Hanna Anderson – Their pre-season back-to-school sale is going on through August 14. Save on fall clothes for girls, boys & pre-schoolers.

SalesVote  – This new local deal site out of Georgetown has an offer for a private swim lesson for just $9 at LivingWell Health Club, a great opportunity for kids to literally get their feet wet.

SitterCity.com – Need a baby sitter? Use the code BEACH to save 15% on a membership to Sittercity.com through July 31.

Certifikid – Get last minute deals on summer camp. Click here to get to the site, then look for the DC Area Camp Page.

LivingSocial – The Washington, DC Family Edition currently has a birthday party deal: $126 for a Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop Party Package.

Plum District – Right now, they have a couple of deals running for kids uniforms, play items, and mom-invented merchandise.


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