Frugal Family: Book Festival, Native Plant Sale, Free Admission to Museums and National Parks, and More

Your local source for the scoop on family friendly resources and fun on a budget.

Here is our weekly round-up of events and deals in and around town:


  • What’s the Deal? Free Emergency Preparedness Event
  • When: Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Target Parking Lot, 3101 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria
  • Cost: Free!
  • Details: The Alexandria Office of Emergency Management will be participating in this event with Target and Target Pharmacy. Target will be distributing free preparedness kits to guests.


  • What’s the Deal? Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale
  • When: Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: 3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria
  • Cost: Varies
  • Details: Vendors from five states will offer native plants for sale. Learn more.



  • What’s the Deal? Free Entrance Day at National Parks
  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Where: More than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees
  • Cost: Free!
  • Details: In celebration of National Public Lands Day the country’s largest single-day effort to spruce up parks and other open spaces, enjoy free admission at a national park near you! And, volunteer to help clean up a local park. Find a site.


  • What’s the Deal? The National Book Festival
  • When: Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: National Mall, Washington DC
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: More than 100 authors will headline the two-day National Book Festival, including David McCullough, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jennifer Egan, Garrison Keillor, Amy Chua and Toni Morrison. Children’s authors include: Carmen Agra Deedy, Tomie de Paola, Calef Brown, Cassandra Clare, Katherine Paterson, and Kadir Nelson. See the line up and schedule of activities. Peruse the Kids and Teachers Guide to the Festival.


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Bernard Joseph Martino September 21, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Don't forget about the Worldwide Day of Play on the Ellipse. Nick channel starts and an NFL drills section.... lots of ways to get kids moving. http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play-information
Carolyn Semedo September 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Thanks for the suggestion!
Maria Wasowski September 22, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Another really interesting and fun event is the Solar Decathlon. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. http://www.solardecathlon.gov/


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