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Great Deals on Family Fun

What better way to start the week than with a few good deals on family recreation and kid fun.  Baseball, whitewater, music classes, and sweet treats are among the offers available today.

So What’s The Deal has a bargain on baseball with 50% off Nats tickets for September 6, 7, 8, & 10.  The team will be hosting the NY Mets for the first three games, and the Florida Marlins will be in town for the Friday evening game.  Ticket choices are Upper Infield Gallery for $10 (value $18), LF or RF Corner for $18 (value $36), or Home Plate Reserved for $54 ($90 value). This deal is available for another 10 days, but seats are likely to go fast.  Get in on it here.

If you are looking for some musical fun for your toddler, Certifikid has a great offer on music and movement classes with MusiKids.  Sign up your child for a Fall Session class for just $145–that’s a 50% savings on the regular $290 rate.  Get the deal here.

If your kids are a little older and like outdoor adventure, check out Living Social’s daily deal on a rafting adventure with Rivermen.  For $99 you can get a two-night camping and whitewater rafting trip on the Middle/Lower Gauley River. This 51% savings is available for one day only, so get in on it soon.

Get a 50% discount through Goldstar on tickets to see The Sound of Music at Wolf Trap.  Get seats regularly priced at $55 – $60 for $27.50 – $30.  This deal applies to select show times and has limited availability.  Check it out here.

Goldstar also has an offer for half-price tickets to the International Spy Museum.  These are for select dates–usually during the week–but a good deal if you can get there.  See the secret world of espionage for just $9 (regular admission price is $18).  Get tickets here.

Finally, Buy With Me has a sweet deal on treats from Cold Stone Creamery.  For $25 get 10 Like It Size Create-Your-Own Ice Creams (a value of $47.70) or for $20 get a Small Round Signature Ice Cream Cake (a $27 value).  This offer is available for 6 more days and needs 20 more purchasers to activate the deal.  Be part of it here.

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Tennis, Anyone?

For years, my husband and I have had an ongoing debate about tennis and its spectator silence rules. He doesn’t understand why there is no cheering during points, why the crowd can’t yell at the exact moment the server is going to hit the ball in an attempt to break concentration and foil an ace, like fans do during free throws at basketball games. I understand where he’s coming from, but as someone who grew up playing tennis, I feel a loyalty to the sport and its unwritten rules, as important or ridiculous as they may be.

“Tennis requires great concentration,“ I always tell him. “And a quiet stadium is part of the tradition. Besides, it’s cool to hear the sound of the racquets hitting the ball.”

“And shooting a basketball through a hoop from 15 feet away doesn’t require focus?” is the usual retaliation, along with a diatribe about why the “tradition” is B.S. (But he never argues about it sounding cool.)

Okay, I get it. And to be totally honest, sometimes I think it would be kind of fun to hear the crowd go crazy or see how a player handles some good heckling.

Well, apparently we can. Because the World TeamTennis Pro League brings its own set of rules to the court with a different match format (games are no-ad and count toward the overall team score) and different fan rules (cheer as loud and heckle as much as you want).

The WTT Pro League has been around for 35 years (Philadelphia’s team, the Freedoms, actually inspired Elton John’s famous song. Who knew?), but if you haven’t really heard of it, that’s probably because DC didn’t have it’s own team until 2008. The Washington Kastles are the newest franchise to the league, but they are off to a great start as the reigning 2009 champions. That’s not surprising when you hear Serena Williams, one of the most exciting womens players ever, was on the team. And good news: this year Venus is joining her.

The 2010 WTT season begins next week, July 5, and continues for three weeks until July 25. The Washington Kastles’ first home match is July 6 against the Freedoms. All home matches take place at Kastles Stadium at City Center, 11th and H Streets NW. I can’t vouch for it myself, as I haven’t yet been to a match, but according to Yelp reviews, it’s a really good time. And, of course, something the whole family can enjoy. Tickets start at $15, and So What’s the Deal currently has several promotions going on for tickets at various prices.

So, if Wimbledon has you and the kids excited about tennis, or you’re looking for a new sports team to support now that the US is out of the World Cup, or if your family just wants to do something different, go check out the Kastles.

And cheer as loud as you want.


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