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Where to Play on the Weekdays: August 8-12

Searching for shark teeth along the Potomac shore

Searching for shark teeth along the Potomac shore

Monday – Play paleontologist for a day at Purse State Park, where you can hunt for fossilized shark teeth and other fragments of prehistoric sea creatures. Be sure to check the tide table before you go (select Potomac River and Piney Point), as there’s not much beach at high tide. There are no concessions or facilities there, so plan accordingly. Admission is free.

Tuesday – See a movie for a buck! The Regal Summer Movie Express is still presenting family films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at participating theaters during the summer. See what’s playing at a theater near you — there are two movie choices every week. All movies start at 10am. In the afternoon, head to MLK Library, where Storyteller Baba C will entertain with his unique blend of interactive storytelling, narrative song, chants, and games celebrating the oral traditions of the African Diaspora. Starts at 4pm, and admission is free.

Wednesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the Children’s Garden, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as sublime as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday – Spend a hot day inside a cool museum! Head to Chantilly for Air & Space exploration beyond the National Mall — the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center showcases even more fascinating artifacts of flight. See all kinds of air and space crafts, pretend to pilot in a flight simulator, get hands-on in a discovery station, and much more. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free, but parking is $15.

Friday – Explore the high Potomac “seas” on a Boomerang Family Treasure Hunt Cruise. During the pirate adventure, you’ll help recover stolen treasure from scallywags who pilfered the ship’s booty. A couple of times are available several days a week. Cost is $20/passenger, but Goldstar and Certifikid often have ticket deals available.

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KidFree: Babysitting, Compliments of Chime & Neighborhood Restaurant Group


Who wants an evening of free babysitting? Yes, you read that right. From now through Labor Day, you have the opportunity to enjoy four hours of kid-free time compliments of Chime by Sittercity and Neighborhood Restaurant Group!

Chime is a new on-demand babysitting service that connects you with a select group of sitters who parents in your neighborhood already love. Handpicked from the top 1% of Sittercity’s national database, Chime works with sitters who are highly rated and get glowing reviews from local families. It’s perfect for parents looking for an occasional date night sitter, since the screening process is, essentially, done for you.

You can try it out for FREE now through Labor Day. All you have to do is sign up for the service, and the first time you use it, enter the code NRG to receive four hours of babysitting credits — that’s a $60 value! There’s no charge to register, and it’s subscription free. When you use the service beyond the first time, you just pay a flat hourly rate based on the average cost of babysitting in DC ($15).

And if you need ideas on what to do with that time, consider Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s collection of award-winning restaurants or bars in DC and Virginia*. Current businesses include Iron Gate, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, EatBar, Evening Star, Vermilion, Rustico, Red Apron, Buzz Bakery, Planet Wine, Bluejacket, Columbia Firehouse, B Side, The Sovereign, and Hazel. (I highly recommend Iron Gate, where we celebrated the launch of this awesome partnership!)

*If you first read about this in my Facebook post, note that you do not have to eat at one of NRG’s restaurants to get the babysitting deal. But they’re all fantastic options for a night out!

Now, go sign up and get out for an evening of KidFree fun!

Some of the spread at the Iron Gate

Some of the spread at the Iron Gate


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Discover New Eats and Deals on Your Faves with Groupon Pages


Many of us are familiar with Groupon and their deals for all kinds of local places and activities, from food & drinks to live entertainment to heath & beauty services to family activities. I’ve gotten fantastic discounts for some of my favorite spots and also learned about new ones through them.

Now, their services go beyond just the offers with a recently launched feature called Groupon Pages. This directory of businesses across the country contains thousands of listings, including loads of restaurants. Each page lists basic information (address, phone, credit cards accepted, etc.), reviews, tips for what to order, and links to any Groupon deals. And a feature I especially like: If it’s a place you really enjoy, you can request to be notified when a deal is offered if there isn’t one currently available.


There are a bunch of family-friendly restaurants among the DC-Metro listings, including Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, The Argonaut, Carmine’s, 2 Amys, and American City Diner. And, of course, there are even more if you’re planning for other occasions.

Hungry? Go to Groupon to find new eats — or maybe even score a deal on your fave.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Groupon, however, I only promote programs, activities, and products that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Take the Kids out to the Ballgame — for Less

Happy Nats fans

Happy Nats fans

Baseball season is in full swing, and catching a game at Nationals Park makes for a super fun and entertaining outing with the kids. However, one complaint I often hear about taking the whole fam out to the ballgame is the cost. Tickets alone can put a dent in the wallet; tack on concessions and parking, and it’s an all-out splurge. Luckily, there are some easy ways to save on the family ballpark experience and still have a great time. Here are some tips for doing a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Comparison Shop
Before you purchase tickets through the Nationals website, do some comparison shopping. Discount seats are almost always available through online ticket outlets, especially if you buy far enough in advance and have some flexibility with dates and seating preferences. These are a few of my go-to sites for ticket deals:
ScoreBig lets you propose a price on seats; they may or may not accept the offer, but when they do, you can potentially score really big.
StubHub is another popular one, conveniently listing the ticket price, seating section, and number of seats still available.
Goldstar often has Nats tickets among its discounts on live entertainment and events.
– Other local deals sites are also worth checking out — you can find on list of them here.

Packages & Promos
There are often special ticket packages and deals to take advantage of when you do purchase through the Nationals website. One of the best for families is the Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack. Available for Saturday & Sunday home games, two seating options (starting at $15 & $32) include a ticket, hot dog, bag of chips, and soft drink. Other specials, like the Beltway Burger Pack and Military & Government Employee Discount might appeal and/or apply to you and are worth checking out along with all of the deals available to fans.

Just about every home game has a promo going on, usually some kind of swag giveaway, but every once in a while there are $1 hot dogs or ice cream. If you’re familiar with the ballpark food prices, then you know this is a great deal.

Also, a friend told me she just Googles “Nats ticket promos” and often finds some great ones.

Hi, $5!
Take your chances and try to get really cheap seats the day of. Two and a half hours before every home game, you can get $5 tickets at the Box Office. You won’t be sitting behind home plate, but, hey, you’re in for five bucks! It’s not a guarantee since a limited amount are available, so have a back-up plan — be prepared to pay more for other available tickets or do something else altogether. (Yards Park and Canal Park boasting fountains that welcome kids to play are nearby, as are many eateries that show the game on TV.)

Ballpark fare is part of the whole baseball experience, but eating and drinking at a game adds up quickly. (Where else do you pay $9 for a Miller Lite?) But while you can’t BYOB, you can BYO snacks and water. Food must be brought in single serving bags, and one unopened bottle of water per person is permitted. So, while it might not be easy to pack up freshly grilled hot dogs (though you can certainly try), you can bring your own peanuts and cracker jacks to keep the kiddos snack-happy. Get more details on the outside food policy in the Nationals Park Information Guide.

Join the Club
If you anticipate bringing the kids to at least a few games, then signing them up for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club is practically a no-brainer. The $20 membership gets them all kinds of great benefits: a free meal at the ballpark, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, meet and greets, a special line for Kids Run the Bases, a coupon for buy one get one free tickets, Nats swag, and even more. Between the BOGO tickets and comp meal, it pretty much pays for itself — and it helps you save (to pay for the pricey beers). Read more about the club here.

Ride On
Don’t drive if you don’t have to. It’s difficult to find street parking near Nationals Park, and parking in the garage or a nearby lot can be expensive. Ride bikes if you can — not only is cycling there fun, an awesome bike valet makes it easy to stash your ride once there. It’s free to leave your bike, but plan to tip the guys running it — they deserve it. Metro is also great cheaper option. The Navy Yard station on the Green Line is just a block from the ballpark. Or you can ride the Blue/Orange Line to Capitol South, then take the shoe leather express from there.

For other transportation alternatives, see The Way to Go to Nationals Park.


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Hop Aboard the Goldstar Comp Train!


Free tickets, anyone? Hop aboard the Comp Train, Goldstar’s popular two-day promotion that features complimentary tickets to tons of fun events throughout the country.

For just 48 hours, Goldstar, the online discount ticket outlet, will be offering literally thousands of free tickets to live theater, concerts, dance, comedy, and more. And since all you pay is a tiny service fee (the amount varies depending on the event, but it’s usually just a couple of bucks), the Comp Train is a great way to discover new events in the area and treat the family, your plus-one, or even just yourself to something totally great — and totally unexpected.

Go here to see what’s free. And while you’re on the website, be sure to browse around — there are always loads of fantastic discounts on all kinds of live entertainment.

Disclosure: KidFriendly DC is an affiliate of Goldstar, which means I get a small commission on any sales generated through my blog. However, I only promote events, programs, and services, that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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