Cartoon Cuts 25th Birthday + Discount Code!

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It’s Cartoon Cuts 25th Back-to-School season and to celebrate they are offering all Capitol Momma readers a 10% discount every time your child gets a haircut at the Rockville, MD location! Just give the staff the code “CAPITOLM” to receive the discount (please note it is not vaild with any other offer).

The location and hours of the Rockville salon are:

1619 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Congressional Plaza, Rockville
Near Starbucks

301-816-3098

Mon – Fri 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun10:00am – 6:00pm

The company’s month-long celebration features a giant birthday card in each salon, for all the children to sign.  There are balloons and bright primary colors, and lots of stickers and lollipops.  There is Ellie, the friendly elephant shampoo station.  There are distracting videos at every styling station.  And, for Baby’s First Haircut, there is a commemorative certificate along with a keepsake lock of hair.

Cartoon Cuts has special pricing for big families, as well as parent/child combos. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the price of a kid’s haircut is less than $20 in all markets.  There are 12 company-owned Cartoon Cuts salons, in Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

Throughout the company’s 25th year, in conjunction with Pencils of Promise, Cartoon Cuts has been raising funds to build a school in Guatemala.  The goal is $25K, and they are currently over $20K.  For parents who share a photo of their child with the giant birthday card, Cartoon Cuts will donate $5 to the cause.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at Strathmore + Giveaway!

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I am giving away a family four pack of tickets to the August, 5th performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert at Strathmore! To enter, just leave a comment on the blog post below. I’ll be choosing a winner at random on Tuesday, August 2 and notifying them shortly after. Good luck!

BSO to Present  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Audiences will experience the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history

Three Performances Only: August 4, 5 & 6, 2016

Baltimore, MD (May 11, 2016) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra today announced an addition to its summer schedule, three performances of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert. The concerts will be performed on August 4 and 6 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and on August 5 at The Music Center at Strathmore.

The concert will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”

CineConcerts is one of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media. Founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien, CineConcerts has engaged millions of people worldwide in concert presentations that redefine the evolution of live experience. Recent and current live concert experiences include GladiatorThe GodfatherIt’s a Wonderful Life, DreamWorks Animation In Concert, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Justin Freer has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Baltimore Symphony
Justin Freer, conductor
Thursday, August 4, 20167:30pm (Meyerhoff)
Friday, August 5, 20168:00pm (Strathmore)
Saturday, August 6, 20163:00pm (Meyerhoff)

The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in –a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the BSO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is located at 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Md.
The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, Md.

TICKETS

Tickets start at $35 for concerts at both Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore and will be available starting May 11, 2016 through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000, 877.BSO.1444 or BSOmusic.org.

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About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

Celebrating its centennial in 2016, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is recognized as one of America’s most innovative orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural organizations. Led by their dynamic and visionary Music Director Marin Alsop, the Orchestra is internationally acclaimed and locally admired for its outstanding concerts, recordings, broadcasts, touring, and for its groundbreaking education and community outreach initiatives. The orchestra’s centennial season is a celebration of Baltimore, featuring artists with deep relationships with the ensemble and the community; partnerships with peer organizations; signature projects; and commissions of new work tied to the city. The BSO annually performs for more than 350,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, its Baltimore home has been Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and in 2005, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. The BSO boasts trailblazing education and community programs designed for audiences of all ages, from a Music Box Series for toddlers and concerts for schoolchildren and families, to comprehensive programs for aspiring young musicians and amateur adult musicians. The award-winning OrchKids program, launched by Marin Alsop and the BSO in 2008, provides education resources and fosters social change through the power of music for children in the city’s neediest communities. To learn more, please visit www.BSOmusic.org.

 

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

 

HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

 

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is funded by operating grants from the 

Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, 

the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Department of Education.


 

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Mary Poppins – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
www.encorestageva.org
 

We have been to many Encore Stage & Studio shows in the past but Mary Poppins was the first show we saw that incorporated professional adult performers. This show had a different feel since the adults were played by actual adults! It is definitely at the top of my list as one of my favorites by Encore. Everything about it was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

 

Mary Poppins is a practically perfect, spoonful of sugar nanny that unexpectedly arrives in the Banks household one blustery day. Using lessons disguised as games, she helps to teach the Banks children how to be their best selves. But, is Mary Poppins’ magic enough to save this family from drifting apart? Enjoy your favorite Disney melodies and watch Mary Poppins soar across the stage in this Broadway adaptation that won seven TONY awards, including Best Musical.

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One thing my daughter and I loved about this performance is that Mary (played by 23-year-old Kaely Clapper) actually flew across the stage several times using cables. And Bert even did a few flips mid-air during “Step in Time”. There were a lot of talented actors with great vocals. The set in Mary Poppins was also quite impressive compared to their other shows.

MaryPoppinsMary Poppins (Kaely Clapper) soars over London. Photo by Larry McClemons.

Encore Stage & Studio should be super proud of this performance! And it turns out this was their highest attended summer production since 2007 (with High School Musical!) at over 3400 patrons! Bravo Encore!

Mary Poppins has ended but make sure to catch the next show at Encore this fall – The Best Haunted House Ever, October 14-23.

Good to Know:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. However, my  5 year old absolutely loved the show.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The show lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.

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Advance Screening of BAD MOMS + Pre-Party at AMC Tysons Corner

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I’m giving away 20 sets of ADMIT 2 tickets for the advance screening and pre-party for BAD MOMS on July 21st. Leave a comment on this post to enter! Winners will be notified by email on Saturday, July 16.

Mom’s Night Out!

You’re invited to a Mom’s Night Out with BAD MOMS special advance screening for July 21st at AMC Tyson’s Corner Center!

Join Intern John and HOT 99.5 at the pre-party from 5:30 – 7pm at Mac Guffins Bar & Lounge inside AMC Tyson’s Corner Theater! We will be giving away prizes every 15 minutes! Come out to enjoy a cocktail, have some laughs, and see all your favorite funny ladies in this new hysterical film! The film begins at 7:30pm.

Screening Details

• 7:30pm (Pre-party 5:30-7pm at AMC’s MacGuffins Bar & Lounge)
• AMC Tyson’s Corner Center
• Must have advance screening pass and valid ID to come to the pre-party and screening. Admission to the pre-party and screening is first come, first serve, so please arrive early. This film is rated R.

BAD MOMS is in theaters everywhere July 29th!

In this new comedy from the writers of THE HANGOVER, Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Clark Duke, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKCw-kqo3cs

Release Date: July 29th, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
Writer: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore

www.BadMoms.movie
www.Twitter.com/BadMoms
www.Facebook.com/BadMoms
www.Instagram.com/BadMoms
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Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart

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Record-Breaking Animated Hit DisneyPixar’s Finding Dory Makes a Splash as Part of Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart

 Riley and the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Also Take the Ice for the First Time in Feld Entertainment’s New Ice Extravaganza Coming to Fairfax, VA, October 19 -23

[Fairfax, VA, July 7, 2016] – Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory makes a splash in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc.  The action-packed adventure also brings Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out to the icy stage for the first time, together with other beloved Disney characters. Follow Your Heart will play at the EagleBank Arena October 19 – 23 and tickets are on sale today.

Follow Your Heart allows families to join in on the deep-sea adventure as Dory comes off the screen and onto the ice. With help from Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank, Dory embarks on a life-changing excursion. The engaging atmosphere of Disney On Ice allows Dory’s humor to take center stage deepening the audience’s existing connection to their favorite forgetful fish. The production will dive into the extraordinary underwater world from Finding Dory, as a vibrant rainbow of digital projection will transform the ice floor into a colorful aquatic paradise.

“What makes this Disney On Ice production so special is the variety of stories about self-discovery, courage and compassion,” said Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment and Producer of Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart Nicole Feld. “Each element of this show was carefully planned so our fans could experience favorite Disney moments while believing in their own destiny.”

Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out makes its Disney On Ice debut as Riley’s Emotions –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– reel the audience into the action to help her find the confidence to win the hockey championship and to experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up alongside Riley. Families are provided the opportunity to easily discuss the feelings children face every day through this live interpretation of Inside Out.

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia to Toy Story and Frozen, Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart opens up the thrilling world of live entertainment by immersing families in an array of treasured stories. The athleticism of the performers shines through as they embody Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana and the rest of the Disney Princesses, inspiring children around the world to dream big.

“One of the most magical things about Disney On Ice is the performers’ ability to authentically showcase the best qualities of Disney characters,” said Director Patty Vincent. “At our show, moms and dads are able to witness the production through the eyes of their children, allowing them to reconnect with their favorite characters and making them feel like a kid all over again.”

There’s something for everyone in a show that features 60 characters. The wintery world of Arendelle sets the stage for Olaf and Kristoff as they help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. Audiences will celebrate friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more pals from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax are on sale today. Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FollowYourHeart @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Members of the media should visit www.FeldEntertainment.com/PressRoom for more information.  Photos can be found at www.FeldEntertainment.com/hrp (username: feldmedia; password: photos).

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart start at $20. Tickets are subject to availability, and VIP and Front Row seating is limited.  Market pricing applies to all tickets.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the EagleBank Arena box office.  For group rates and information, contact 202-661-5061.

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The Little Gym

The Little Gym at Downtown Crown
116 Ellington Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
www.thelittlegym.com
 
 

My youngest daughter Mae and I recently tried the Super Beasts parent/child class at The Little Gym of Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown. It’s an understatement to say Mae enjoyed the class – she was smiling from the moment we arrived and was enthusiastically talking about how fun it was after it ended.

The class started in circle time with introductions and a hello song. Then Ms. Ally brought out the sticks and lead the group in some counting exercises and songs. There were only a few children in the class, which I thought was nice – the kids were not overwhelmed with the chaos of a large group and the instructor could give enough attention to each child.

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Throughout the class, the kids had some time to explore the gym on their own, while Ms. Ally set up for different skills. The children worked on their forward rolls, walking across the balance beam, and donkey kicks. At the end of class the kids all shrieked when Ms. Ally brought out the balls. And of course the bubbles were a big hit too!

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The Little Gym does such a great job of creating a fun program for physical development and socialization. The instructors are so energetic and bubbly and really make an effort to get to know each child. Parents can relax knowing that the gym is sparkling clean!

We also recently attended a birthday party at this location and I was impressed at how well run it was for a large group of about 25 children. Ms. Victoria and Ms. Jackie lead the kids in group activities, gave them free time to explore the gym, and brought out the tumble track for lots of jumping (Mae’s favorite part)!

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The Little Gym offers a great summer camp for children ages 3-12. And there is currently a Certifikid deal for half-day camp at 11 different locations in the DC area. My oldest daughter, Clara participated in the camp in previous summers and it was one of her favorites!

The Little Gym has a lot to offer – check out their variety of classes here! We couldn’t be more happy with our experience!

 

 



Cul de Sac – Encore Stage & Studio

 Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
www.encorestageva.org

Encore Stage & Studio is delighted to present Cul de Sac, the world premiere play adaption based on the nationally syndicated Cul de Sac comic strip by Richard Thompson. Thompson and his comic strip won the 2010 Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The play follows four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her older brother, Petey, as they learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself. When Alice decides to help Petey become more exciting she risks sending Petey further into his shell. With the help of their parents, teachers, and new and old friends the Otterloop children just might be able to learn something from each other.

My daughter Clara and I saw the show last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining performance by the young cast of actors. We have been attending Encore shows for the past couple of years and it’s always so special for my daughter to watch other children perform on stage. Even more so with Cul de Sac, because the main character is four-year-old Alice who is funny, energetic, and has a great imagination much like my 5-year-old Clara.

I love how the comic strip was brought to life and a great effort was made to preserve the look and feel of it on stage. The set was designed to look like a drawing and included the recognizable Otterloop house, Mr. Otterloop’s tiny red car, Dill’s kiddie car, and Alice’s manhole cover.

AliceOtterloopAlice Otterloop is played by Gabriella Flanagan. Photo by Encore.
OtterloopFamilyFrom left to right: Mr. Otterloop (Henry Hubbard), Alice (Gabriella Flanagan), Petey (Xander Tilock), and Mrs. Otterloop (Caitlyn Knittig). Photo by Encore.

Cul de Sac is a wonderful performance that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Best for ages 4+.

Remaining Performance Dates and Show times:

Friday June 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 12,2016 at 3 p.m

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for Children, Students, Military and Seniors. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.

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JumpIt Pass + Giveaway!

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Parents in the DC area are lucky to have so many different types of classes to choose from for our children. But it can be hard to decide which ones are the best for our kids and also fit into our busy schedules. Well, that is where JumpIt Pass comes in!

What is JumpIt Pass?

JumpIt Pass is a monthly membership based service for access to the best kid’s classes in the DC Metro area. For a monthly membership fee, families can discover and schedule classes at 100+ venues offering classes for children ages 0-6+. This translates into hundreds of classes per week. Classes provide a wide range of opportunities for families: music, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, sports and much more. Activities even include Mommy-and-Me classes.

How does it work?

JumpIt Pass members can choose a plan that works best for them: The Starter Plan: $59/3 class mo, The Unlimited Plan: $99/unlimited classes mo, but not to exceed more than 3 classes at any given venue, The Family Plan: $169/unlimited plan for 2 kids ($70 per additional kid)

How do JumpIt Pass holders find and reserve a class?

Members can search for classes by class type, age of child, location, date and time. Once you find the class you want to attend you simply click “Reserve”.

How far in advance can members reserve a class?

Classes can be booked up to 14 days in advance.

Why are families excited about JumpIt Pass?

JumpIt Pass is the new way to approach children’s classes. Instead of spending money signing up for a variety of classes around town, a JumpIt Pass holder can search on the JumpIt website and find classes that work best with their changing schedules. Kids can try something new or “jump” around to their favorite spots. With a diverse offering of classes, kids are guaranteed to find what invigorates and interests

Our review of JumpIt Pass:

My daughters and I tried the JumpIt pass membership this past month and absolutely loved it! My girls are both busy bees who like to try new classes. They tend to get bored with the 8 or 12 week classes towards the end of the session, so jumping around to explore new places and classes is great for them. And it was so nice for me to be able to select classes that we could work into our busy schedule. There are so many different options for classes in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. With the Starter Plan, we got 3 classes for the month so we took a Music Together class, a mixed ages/siblings class at My Gym Potomac, and went to open play at Kid Junction. The flexibility is so nice for parents and it’s a great way to find the best classes for your child without committing to a full session. I definitely recommend giving JumpIt Pass a try!

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Would you like a chance to win a free 30 Day JumpIt Pass membership? Just leave a comment on the blog post to enter! I’ll be drawing and notifying a winner on June 1.



Strawberry Picking at Wegmeyer Farms Oatlands

Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA 20175
www.wegmeyerfarms.com
 

After 15 consecutive days of rain in DC, we just couldn’t wait any longer to get out into the strawberry fields. We knew there would be a pretty good chance we’d get rained on so we just put on our boots and jackets and decided to embrace the mud!

Once we arrived at Historic Oatlands, we found out that they were not offering the usual wagon rides to the strawberry fields due to the muddy roads. So we followed the strawberry signs and took the kids on a walk. They were full of energy, so this ended up being a good thing! Even though it is a fairly long walk to the fields the kids were entertained by the sights along the way. They stopped to look at the cows grazing in the field and look for frogs in the lily pond.

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We had the entire field to ourselves on this rainy Friday morning, so the kids got to choose their rows and were excited to start picking right away. Since there has been a lack of sunshine the past two weeks, the ripe berries were mixed in with lots of unripe berries. We explained to the little ones that they could only pick the bright red strawberries and thankfully they (mostly) obliged.

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Wegmeyers berries are simply the best; so juicy and sweet! We ended up eating almost half a bucket on our walk back to the car.  You can see the passion that Wegmeyer Farms has for their strawberries just by looking at their fields. They grow their berries on raised plastic beds, which keeps the berries clean, dirt-free and makes for easy picking. We completed our strawberry picking outing with a picnic! And then headed home to make strawberry shortcake!

Bonus: Wegmeyer Farms is offering all Capitol Momma readers 25% off on weekdays – just mention Capitol Momma at the register!

 

Good to Know:

•Open 9am-6:00 daily
•Hayride tickets: adults $5, children 16 and under are free
•Strawberries are $3.99 per pound.
•Don’t dress your children in their nicest clothes. There’s a good chance they are going home with strawberry stains. Totally worth it though!
•Containers are provided or you can bring your own. Just ask them to weigh your container first if you bring your own.
•The Carriage House has a restroom.
•No food is sold here but you are welcome to bring a picnic.

 

 



The Wizard of Oz at The National Theatre

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I was thrilled to be able to spend Wednesday evening with my 5 year old daughter, Clara at The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre. It was the tour’s second night in DC and it was a completely magical adventure to Oz! Clara has been in a bit of an Oz craze ever since we visited The Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park a few months ago. When we got home from the playground she immediately wanted to see the movie and has watched the all-time classic starring Judy Garland several more times since then. So, it was really special to see The Wizard of Oz on stage in this new adaptation of the of the popular MGM screenplay.

We were enthralled right from the start of the show. My daughter especially loved the live dog playing Toto and it was evident he was a favorite for many people with all sighing coming from the audience! The stage set and costumes were impressive! Glinda the good witch had the most amazing sparkly dress. My daughter is still talking about it! The performance used a lot of special effects like projections, strobe lights, smoke, haze, and loud noises. The song and dance numbers were all very entertaining and had the audience “oohhhing and aahhhing”.

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Justin G. Nelson as Mayor of Munchkinland, Rachel Womble as Glinda and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy and Company in “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3-15. www.thenationaldc.com © Daniel A. Swalec

I think it is neat that a local actor stars as Dorothy. Sarah Lasko is a University of Maryland and Rockville High School graduate and she most recently appeared at Imagination Stage. Her performance was outstanding!

I definitely recommend the show for kids ages 5 and older. There are some witch scenes that might scare the more sensitive younger kids. It’s the perfect show to enjoy as a family because it’s a story that appeals to all ages and it’s fun! I absolutely love theater dates with my oldest daughter and this one was an extra special treat!

National Touring Production of the Wizard of Oz.Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy in “We’re Off to Meet the Wizard” in The Wizard of Oz at the National Theatre May 3–15. www.thenationaldc.com © Daniel A. Swalec

Hurry and catch a show if you can, it’s only in DC through May 15. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz start at $48, plus applicable service charges, and are available at the National Theatre box office, online at TheNationalDC.org, or by calling (800)-514-3849. A day of performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each cash only will be held at the theater two hours before each performance.