Spring Haircuts at Cartoon Cuts + GIVEAWAY!

Spring is finally here! The days are getting brighter, the birds are chirping, and flowers are starting to bloom! I decided this week was the perfect time to take my girls into our favorite Cartoon Cuts for fresh spring haircuts. We always visit the location at Congressional Plaza in Rockville. My girls are comfortable there and the staff is so friendly. When we walked into the store we were immediately greeted by the woman at the front desk and the manager, Melissa. As my girls were playing with the toys in the waiting area, Melissa starting chatting with them and they quickly became excited for their turn to get their haircut. She had such a nice demeanor and a way of making my girls feel comfortable. If your little ones have haircut anxiety, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Melissa and her staff at Cartoon Cuts!

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Clara went first with getting her hair washed and loved how the trunk of Ellie the elephant was spraying her hair!

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My littlest, Mae was nervous about getting her hair washed. Melissa was so great with her, she didn’t pressure her and decided it would be best to just wet her hair with the spray bottle.

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As you can see, Clara was thrilled with her new haircut! At first she was hesitant to cut it because she liked the length but the ends had gotten dry after taking swimming lessons all winter. The fresh cut was definitely needed and she was happy that she still had the length to her hair after the trim. And Melissa did a cute little braid around the side that she loved!

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Next up was Mae! She was blessed with a head full of curls but it definitely requires someone who knows how to cut curly hair. Melissa did an amazing job! She trimmed the ends and added some layers to make her curls really bounce!

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Mae was very happy with the result!

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The salon carries a lot of great products specially designed for kids hair. We bought the Knot Genie brush and the SoCozy detangler and I LOVE them! I’m not trying to sell these products or anything, just sharing what is working well for me on the hair brushing battle every morning!

(GIVEAWAY!) Cartoon Cuts has generously offered a free haircut to one of my readers! Simply comment on this blog post for a chance to win. I’ll draw a winner next Monday, April 3rd. Good luck!

We really had such a great experience at Cartoon Cuts in Rockville! I can’t recommend them enough! There are also a few other locations in the DMV area:

Baltimore – White Marsh Mall

8200 Perry Hall Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 931-1588
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

Columbia- The Mall in Columbia

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 740-6665
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

 

Rockville Congressional Plaza

1619 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 816-3098
Mon – Fri 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm

DullesDulles Town Center

21100 Dulles Town Cir
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 433-1440
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 7:00pm

Fairfax– Fair Oaks Mall

11784 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 359-2887
Mon – Fri 9:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

Springfield – Springfield Town Center

6511 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA 22150
703-719-9791
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 7:00pm

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Enjoy a Parents Night Out at Fun Home showing at The National Theatre + GIVEAWAY!

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Do you need a night out without the kids? Then this giveaway is for you! I have 2 tickets for the grand opening night, Wednesday, April 19that 7:30pm up for grabs! Just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. I’ll draw and notify a winner on March 29th. Good luck!

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, life-affirming and exquisite new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. (New York Times)

What the critics are saying:

“A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.” –Chicago Tribune

“A LANDMARK PRODUCTION THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN MUSICAL THEATRE.” –The Huffington Post

We are thrilled to offer you an exclusive discount to the first ten performances of Fun Home at The National Theatre! Use code KEYS to save more than 30% on select seats!

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1003566/?cobrand=nationaltheaterdc&partner_id=240#_ga=1.104802119.696061450.1407168584



Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Says its Final Farewell – Witness the Greatest Show on Earth One Last Time!!

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RINGLING BROTHERS IS A PLACE WHERE FAMILIES CAN CREATE MEMORIES THEY WILL CHERISH FOREVER – DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SHOW BEFORE THE CIRCUS SAYS ITS FINAL FAREWELL! Playing Verizon Center March 31-April 2 and Eagle Bank Arena, April 7-16th. Get your tickets today at Ringling.com.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show at the Verizon Center on Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm. Enter on this blog post here. The giveaway is open through March 19th. Good luck!

And here’s  fun coloring sheet to print out for you kids to get them excited for the circus!

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WASHINGTON, D.C. SHOW

The Verizon Center | March 31 – April 2, 2017

 Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, March 31 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 1 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 2 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW

The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

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A Night at the Wax Museum – Encore Stage & Studio

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My oldest daughter Clara and I always look forward to our momma/daughter theatre dates at Encore Stage & Studio. Last weekend we saw a performance of their latest show – A Night at the Wax Museum. This theatre company that is “for kids, by kids!” is always so entertaining and this production was no exception!

For six students, class is back in session when they take a summer school trip with their teacher to the local wax museum to help preserve the past. Between a hilarious love triangle involving Cleopatra and Henry VIII and a widespread hunt for buried treasure with Blackbeard and Butch Cassidy, it will be a trip for the history books!

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This production includes a large cast of over 20 actors and there is never a shortage of action on the stage as the historical wax figures come to life and race to uncover an ancient treasure rumored to be hidden somewhere in the museum. There are sword fights and lots of humor woven into this performance as the students work together to save the wax museum. The set and costumes are also very well done and overall this is a fun family show not to be missed! There are four more performances remaining this weekend:

• Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30pm
• Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
• Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3pm

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Tips for your visit:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $12 children, students, seniors, and military. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 45 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.



Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey – Out of this World + GIVEAWAY!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is Bringing the Out Of This WorldTM Circus Experience to Washington, D.C. Area. Families in Washington and Fairfax can See Ringling Bros. One Last Time Before the Touring Circus Closes Permanently in May 2017.

Who wants to see the circus one last time before it closes? I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show on Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm at The Verizon Center. For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway will run through March 19th and then I’ll notify a winner shortly after. Good luck!

Washington, D.C. – [March 6, 2017] – Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM comes to the Washington, D.C. area. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington March 31 – April 2 and the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax April 7 – 16. Out Of This WorldTM  will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore from April 20 – 30.

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena box offices.

WASHINGTON, D.C. SHOW

The Verizon Center | March 31 – April 2, 2017

 Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, March 31 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 1 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 2 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW

The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

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Kitchen Adventures – A new play series for preschoolers by Encore Stage & Studio

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My oldest daughter and I have been enjoying Encore Stage & Studio performances for a couple of years. Theatre was something I introduced her to when she was just a toddler and she has grown to really love and appreciate it. We always look forward to our momma-daughter theatre dates.  Now as Encore launched a new series for younger children (ages 1 and up) I was able to also introduce my youngest daughter to their theater as well.

Last weekend we saw a performance of Kitchen Adventures, the first show in the new play series for preschoolers. When we first arrived there were a couple of tables of healthy foods for the kids to play with and interact with each other. It was a great little spot to help the kids get some energy out before the show.

IMG_3549 IMG_3546The show was held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church and it was an intimate setting designed to make small children feel comfortable and also a part of the interactive performance. Bright colored carpets were placed right in front of the stage area where kids sat front and center for the show. There was space to move around and snacks and drinks were completely acceptable too. It was definitely designed with the comfort of the kids in mind.

In Kids in the Kitchen, two siblings, with their mom at their side, explore the wonder, excitement, temptation, and nutrition that their kitchen has to offer. On their journey, they encounter fantastic creatures, breakfast mixups, and must face difficult decisions. Ultimately, through cooperation and play, the brother and sister discover the joy in healthy choices and learn the beauty of “everything in moderation.”

The show was mostly non-verbal, there was no speaking just sounds but it really captivated the children and they watched intently. The actors were silly and brought a “tablespoon of fun” to the theatre experience. The show lasted about 30 minutes so it was the perfect length for the little ones.

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After the show, the children were invited up to the stage to explore the set and props and interact with the actors. My girls were excited to take a look into the giant refrigerator and sit at the table.

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I can’t wait to see what Encore offers next in their new Theatre for the Very Young series! Kitchen Adventures was such a fun and cute show. I definitely recommend checking out the next performance. Tickets are just $10. It’s a great way to introduce your little ones to the magic of live theater!



Nutt and Bolt at Arts on the Horizon + GIVEAWAY!

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Nutt and Bolt are robot rivals. They spend their days using the random junkyard objects around them (and on them!) in games of skill and sound, rallying their wee friends, the audience, for support. As the competition builds to a frenzied pinnacle, Nutt and Bolt realize that by working together, they can make something even more wonderful than they could on their own! Together, sounds become stories, notes become music, and the world becomes full of possibility.

Through props, costumes, and sets created entirely out of upcycled or recycled objects,Nutt and Bolt, reinforces a child’s transformative power of imagination and their own ability to make ordinary objects into something extraordinary.

Created and Directed by Matt Bassett. Best for children ages 2 – 6 and their families.

The Lab at Convergence
​1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302
​March 8-25, 2017

​​PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 9 at 10:30am
Friday, March 10 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 11 at 10am (Limited Availability)
Saturday, March 11 at 11:30am
Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 16 at 10:30am
Friday, March 17 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 18 at 10am
Saturday, March 18 at 11:30am*
Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30am
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 23 at 10:30am
Friday, March 24 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 25 at 10am
Saturday, March 25 at 11:30am

*Sign-Interpreted Performance

Purchase tickets here.

GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to see Nutt & Bolt. The winner will get to choose from one of the following performances: March 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 10:30am, or March 18th at 11:30am. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll randomly draw and notify a winner on Thursday, March 2nd. Good luck!

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Thomas the Tank Engine Rolls into Port Discovery Children’s Museum

My girls and I have visited Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore a few times and always have so much fun! Washington, D.C. really doesn’t have anything like it, so it’s well worth the 45 minute drive just to visit the museum. Port Discovery is located right in the inner harbor so it’s also convenient to check out other places and explore the harbor area while you are there. It makes for a nice little day trip!

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Once we arrived at the museum, my girls had quite a bit of energy to burn after sitting in the car for a while. So they climbed around on the amazing three-story KidWorks treehouse. This is so great for cold or rainy days when kids need to get the sillies out.

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Then we headed up to the third floor to check out the new Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit. This is a visiting exhibit and will only be at the museum through May 7, 2017 so make sure to get there before it’s gone! Developed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and based on the popular book and television series, the exhibition is designed to help kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math through play – while interacting with their favorite characters!

When we entered the exhibition space my girls first saw the life size Thomas the Train model and climbed aboard. The cab has levers and other moveable parts the kids can explore while they play conductor. There are even costumes the kids can wear!

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My girls especially loved the role play parts of the exhibit. There is a little ticket window with paper money and tickets to different destinations where we played for a long time.

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Behind the ticket window there are a few train cars the kids can climb into and pretend they are passengers on the train. There is also luggage and other goods they can use to help load and unload the train cars.

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On the opposite side of the exhibit is Thomas’s friend Percy. At this station the kids get to help fix Percy’s wobbly wheels. They can experiment with different size wheels, bolts, and rods to see what works to fix Percy.

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Just on the other side of Percy is a guide to Steamies, where children can learn all about how they work. To get Percy going, the kids can load coal and add water to the boiler.

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The exhibit also includes a large train table modeled after the island of Sodor. This was a very popular spot in the exhibit. The table is plenty big and had lots of trains so many children can play there together.

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The Thomas & Friends exhibit is so well designed with all of its interactive learning adventures. My girls played happily here for about an hour. It is definitely worth the trip if you have little ones who love trains. They will be thrilled with everything there is to do in this exhibit. After playing in the Thomas & Friends exhibit we explored all the other rooms in the museum. There is so much to do at Port Discovery, you can easily spend an entire afternoon here.

Good to Know:

• The exhibit is best for ages 2 to 7.
• Admission to Thomas & Friends is included with general admission tickets to Port Discovery. $14.95 for adults and children 2 and up, and free for Museum members.
• The best place to park is Harbor Park Garage – 55 Market Place. Ask for validation before leaving the museum to get a discounted price.
• Port Discovery is a stroller friendly museum.
• Food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibit areas, but there is a designated eating area available.
• There are also lots of different restaurant options right outside the museum where you can get lunch or dinner.

GIVEAWAY! I am excited to be giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to Port Discovery. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll notify a winner on Monday, February 20th. Good luck!



A Whole Foods Market Valentine’s Day Dinner for the Family

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away! Are you ready? I think I’m almost there and with help from Whole Foods Market I have a cute dinner planned for the family. Since the holiday is on a Tuesday night this year, my husband and I decided we would skip the fancy dinner out and just stay home and celebrate with our girls. So I went to Whole Foods Market and found everything we need for this heart-warming occasion at home with our family.

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First, I headed to the floral department to get the roses needed for our table. How pretty are these?! And you can’t beat the price – $24.99 for double dozen roses!

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Then I needed to decided on what to have for dinner. My oldest daughter is a very picky eater but pizza is always something she’ll eat so I went with the Whole Foods Market cheese pizza. I also bought pepperoni to add to it in the shape of a heart before I bake it.

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I grabbed the Whole Foods 365 lemonades to go with our meal. Have you tried these? They are a favorite in our house!

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I thought the strawberry lemonade was perfect in keeping with the red theme for Valentine’s Day.

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Then I headed over to the bakery to find something special for our dessert. Probably the most important part, right?! I saw this chocolate heart torte on sale for $9.99 and had to get it. My girls are already discussing who gets to eat the flower….

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I also grabbed some Driscoll’s strawberries to add to the meal. And that pretty much completes our simple and easy family Valentine’s Day dinner from Whole Foods Market!

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While at the store, I also picked up a couple goodies for the girls. I love these heart shaped frothy bath bombs. And for only $1.29 they are a steal (and smell really good too). My girls will love them!

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I also bought these Melissa & Doug decorate-your-own wooden heart boxes – $6.99.

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My girls are very into their arts & crafts and had so much fun making these.

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I’d say my Valentine’s Day shopping at Whole Foods Market was a success. I got our meal, drinks, dessert, and gifts for the girls – all for just under $100! If you are short on time, Whole Foods Market also offers pre-shopping online.

GIVEAWAY – I would love to delight one lucky reader with a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card to do your Valentine’s Day shopping. Just head over to my facebook page and “like and comment” for a chance to win! For a bonus entry, comment below on this blog post too (but you must also enter on facebook)! I’ll notify a winner on Sunday, February 12th. Good luck!



Encore Stage & Studio Presents Kids in the Kitchen

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Something’s sizzling at Encore! In its newest play series for preschoolers, Encore Stage & Studio presents Kids in the Kitchen— starring professional artists Francesca Chilcote, Carol Spring and Adrian Iglesias who bring kitchen adventures and colorful foods to life, all the while teaching your little one about healthy choices. With more than a tablespoon of fun, Encore has the recipe for an exciting theatre-going experience for you and your child! The show is recommended for ages 1 and older.

I have partnered with Encore to giveaway a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show! The winner can choose from any of the performance dates below. Just leave a comment below to enter! I’ll notify a winner on Monday, February 13th!

Performance Dates and Showtimes:

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am

TICKETS: $10 General Admission. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.