Freebies & Steals {The Weekend Round-Up}

Looking for something fun (and inexpensive!) to do over the weekend?  Here is a list of Restaurant/Food Freebies, Store Freebies, Free Family Activities and Consignment Sales in the DC area, all happening tomorrow and Sunday!  This is the first official weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival – since peak bloom was on Wednesday, be sure to head into the District if you want to enjoy the beautiful blossoms!

Restaurant/Food Freebies
Petal Pass
Be sure to pick up your Petal Pass at any of the 240 Capital One Bank branches throughout the region – the free pass offers exclusive discounts to many local businesses (including $1 frozen custard & 15% at DC Pinkberrys!).

$10 off 2 entrees at Outback Steakhouse
Just “like” Outback Steakhouse to print print your coupon!  Since many entrees are $9.99, this is your chance to go on a date night without breaking the bank!

50% Off a Caffe Latte at Einstein Bros Bagels
Stop in at participating Einstein Bros. Bagels to get 50% off a Caffe Latte or a Vanilla Hazelnut Latte with this coupon.  This offer expires on April 1, 2012.  And, there is still time to print the coupon for FREE coffee with any purchase (valid through March 26, 2012 and good for a regular cup of fresh brewed drip coffee.)

Free Coffee with any Freshly Prepared Breakfast Item at Corner Bakery Cafe
Valid for one cup of coffee – must present the coupon.  This coupon expires April 10, 2012.  Cannot combined with other offers.

National Waffle Day at Eggspectation Leesburg
On Sunday, March 25, get a free kid’s waffle for all kids under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult.

Party with Your Peeps at Wegmans
Tomorrow, March 24, 2012, select Wegmans will be hosting a “Party with Your Peeps” for parents and their children.  Just when you thought we have done everything possible with Peeps!!! Enjoy Peeps in a Blanket and Peeps Smores Naan Pizza—two new springtime Peeps party projects.  1 hour hands-on class.  Ages 4 & up.  Cost is $5 for a child and parent ($10 without your Wegmans Savings card).  For DC readers, Wegmans Dulles and Potomac Mills is participating!

$3.00 off your Boston Market Purchase
Input your zip code to see if you qualify for this coupon!  Valid at FL, AZ, and Washington, DC locations.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe
Sign up for their Mimi’s eClub to get your coupon.

Store Freebies
Free Quart of Paint at ACE Hardware on Saturday (3/24)
Ace Hardware brought back their offer for a FREE Quart of Clark-Kensington Paint on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  Just “like” Ace Hardware on Facebook and print this coupon.  While supplies limit.  Average availability is 40 quarts per store.  One coupon per household.

Entertainment in the DC Metro Area
National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days
Date: March 24 & 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: National Building Museum – 401 F Street, NW
Cost: FREE
Description: Join the National Building Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in celebrating for two days of family fun. The annual family festival features hands on activities and dynamic performances, all part of the Centennial Celebration honoring the 100-year anniversary of the gift of the trees.  Make a kokeshi doll, design a shoji screen, construct an origami teahouse, watch taiko drummers, The Washington Ballet, and much more!

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
Open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, the Tidal Basin Boathouse will be offering free online reservations for paddleboats between 10 AM – 12 PM during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Hourly rentals are $12.00 for a two-passenger boat, and $19.00 for a four-passenger boat. At least one passenger must be 16 years old. Life vests are provided for individuals over 18 months of age or 25 lbs., and must be worn by all passengers at all times.

Japan Spring Opening Day Celebration
Tomorrow (3/24), head to the Freer/Sackler Smithsonian Museum to celebrate the arrival of Japan Spring on the National Mall with bento boxes and tea, available for purchase in the Sackler Pavilion from 11 am – 2 pm.  A free Hokusai-inspired family activity and a demonstration of the dramatic art of kabuki will begin at 2 pm. Japanese cuisine provided by Kushi.

2nd Annual Bike Ride and Cycle Expo
On Sunday (3/24), this year’s free Cherry Blossom Bike Ride and Cycle Expo will be held by scenic Georgetown Waterfront on Water Street. The Cycle expo with kick off at 10:00 am with local bike shops and cycling related vendors offering information on products, bike maintenance, training programs and more. At 11:00 am the first celebrity led ride will take off for a 10 mile out and back ride along the Capital Crescent Trail. Additional rides will take off every 45 minutes. Must pre-register here for a ride. Educational seminars will be offered throughout the event with topics like “How to Change a Flat Tire” and “Bike Safety”. Event will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Easter Egg Hunts in the DC Area This Weekend
Spring Festival at Ticonderoga Farms – Chantilly, VA

Date: March 17 – April 15, 2012
Time: 10am-5pm for Festival (Easter Egg Hunts: 12:30 PM, March 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 and 11 AM & 2 PM on April 7 & 8, 14 & 15)
Cost: Weekdays – $7.95/person; Weekends – $11.95/person (children under 2 are FREE)
Description: Join Ticonderoga Farms and the Easter Bunny for some festive fun.  Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find those special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can get on the slides, take a hayride, visit their farm animals and roast marshmallows.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.  Please, arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the Egg Hunt and remember to bring your own basket or bag for collecting eggs.  Baskets will be available for purchase.

Fair City Mall Easter Breakfast and Easter Bunny Visit
Date:
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 9:30 -11:00 AM
Cost: Adults $5.79 plus beverage and tax; Children 8 – 11 years old $4.99 including beverage, plus tax; Children 4 – 7 years old $2.99 including beverage, plus tax; Children 2 – 3 years old $1.99 including beverage, plus tax; Children under 2, FREE
Description: Fair City Mall will have a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Bring the kids to have breakfast at Old Country Buffet, and then receive a professional 5″ x 7″ portrait with the Easter Bunny in a decorated card frame for $3.  All proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Farm – Herndon, VA
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $6/in-county, $8/out-county
Description: Egg hunt and animal visit outdoors at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 703-437-9101. Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes. Weather decision will be made 10am and makeup date would be Sunday, March 25 same hunt times.  You must register for this event here.

Pump It Up Manassas Easter Egg Hunt
Date: March 24 & 25, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (3/24); 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (3/25)
Cost: $15.00/child
Description: Grab the kids and a camera and join Pump It Up for an inflatably, fun Easter Egg Hunt! Kids will be eggstatic searching for eggs and bouncing on their giant inflatables with friends. They’ll even get to meet the Easter Bunny! Don’t forget your Easter basket!

This Weekend’s Consignment Sales in the DC Area
Kids’ Stuff Sale

When: 3/24, 8:00 AM – Noon
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA
Description: Over 100 consignors selling gently-used maternity, baby, and kids’ clothes, toys, books, and equipment.  After nearly 20 years, this consignment sale is trusted by many of our regular customers as a well-organized, reliable source of all kid-related items! Due to stairs and tight spaces, strollers are not allowed at the sale.  For more details, visit their website.

CFC MOPS Sale
When: 3/24, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (regular sale), 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Half-Price Sale), 3:15 – 4:00 PM (Dollar Dash)
Where: Ashburn Elementary School, Ashburn, VA
Description: The CFC MOPS Consignment Sale is a one stop shopping place for all your children’s needs!  They have everything from children’s gently-used clothing (size infant to size pre-teen seasonal clothing); toys; baby & child equipment; baby & child furniture; children’s books, games, videos; and maternity clothing.  For more information, visit their website.

My Child’s Closet Consignment Sale
When: 3/24 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Regular Sale)
Where: Douglass Community Center, Leesburg, VA
Description: Admission is free! Take advantage of great prices on a huge assortment of new and pre-owned clothing, toys, baby equipment, strollers, furniture, books and much, much more.  They carry items for newborns to teens, as well as maternity clothes.  For more information, visit their website.

Old Bridge Preschool Consignment Sale
When: 3/24 (8:00 AM – 2:00 PM {The sale closes from 12:30 – 1:00 and re-opens with many items marked ½ price for the last hour of the sale!})
Where: Old Bridge United Methodist Church, Woodbridge, VA
Description: There will be Spring/Summer Children’s Clothes (sizes infant through juniors), like-new shoes and boots (no scuffs), toys, baby accessories, bedding, and much more!  For more information, visit their website.

PWMOMC Spring 2012 Clothing and Toy Sale with Household Goods
When: 3/24 ( 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM {The sale will close from 11:30-12:30 for restocking, and will re-open at 12:30 with most items marked at 50% off.})
Where: Manassas Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville, VA 20110
Description: This sale will feature: Spring & Summer Baby and Toddler Clothing, Shoes & Accessories, Easter Outfits, Baby/Toddler Equipment, Toys & Games, Books, DVD/VHS movies, Maternity Clothes, and some Household Items.  Bring your sweet tooth for the bake sale and don’t forget to check out the vendor area.

Calvary Road Baptist Church Children’s Consignment Sale
When: 3/24, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM (between 12:15 – 2:00 PM, select items are 1/2 price)
Where: Calvary Road Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA
Description: They accept cash and credit cards.  But, no strollers are allowed!  They will have over 250 consignors that offer baby & children’s Fall/Winter clothing, toys, books, CDs, baby furniture, sports equipment and much more!  For more details, visit their website.

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