Review: The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio

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Last weekend as the snow flurries were just starting to fall, my daughter and I saw The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio. It was the perfect activity for a cold winter afternoon and the show did not disappoint! The 26 child actors delivered a fabulous performance and we were entertained throughout. It was playful and exciting; a perfect show for the whole family to enjoy!

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.  Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?  Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.

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WHEN:  January 11-20, 2019

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 11 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, January 12 & 19, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, January 13 & 20, 2019 at 3 pm

WHERE: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22207

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at (703) 548-1154.



GIVEAWAY! Monster Jam Tickets!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away for the show on January 26th at 1:00pm. To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on January 16th. Good luck!

Monster Jam® Returns to Capital One Arena with Three Larger-Than-Life Events on January 26-27

WHAT:            Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, most family-friendly motor sport in the world today will tear through Washington, DC for three adrenaline pumping events at the Capital One Arena on January 26-27.

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Washington fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.

The 2019 Monster Jam season will see athletes on each tour battle it out every weekend from January to May to be crowned the tour champion and receive an automatic bid to Monster Jam World Finals XX that will be held in Orlando for the first-time-ever.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-venue fan voting on their smartphones.

Fans are invited to the pre-event Pit Party before January 26 and 27 1:00 p.m. events where they can get up-close-and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers, take photos and get autographs.

WHERE:         Capital One Arena – 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHEN:            Saturday, January 26 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 27 @ 1:00 p.m.

The Pit Party on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.

Featured trucks/drivers:

  • Grave Digger
  • Scooby Doo
  • Nitro Menace
  • Monster Mutt Dalmatian
  • Stinger
  • Pretty Wicked
  • Barbaria
  • Bad News Travel Fast

*Trucks/drivers subject to change.

TICKETS:       Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at www.ticketmaster.com.



GIVEAWAY! Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue”

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 PAW PATROL LIVE “RACE TO THE RESCUE” IS COMING TO FAIRFAX!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have 2 sets of family 4-packs of tickets to see Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue” at Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Winners can choose to see their performance of choice (see showtimes and dates below). To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly draw and notify 2 winners on January 19th. Good luck!

PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race.  When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.

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Friday, February 1  6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2  10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3  10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. 

Tickets start at $21.50
(Additional fees may apply.)

Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket.

Tickets on sale at the EagleBank  Box Office and through Ticketmaster.



GIVEAWAY! School of Rock at The National Theatre

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GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win 2 tickets to see the show on Thursday, January 17th 7:30pm at  The National Theatre. Simply comment below to be entered. A winner will be randomly drawn and notified on January 5th. Good luck!!!


SCHOOL OF ROCK
is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Chicago Tribune raves, “SCHOOL OF ROCK offers us a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had.”

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Sunday, Jan. 27
The National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/school-of-rock-19/
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHpUS5Lu8s
Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. Recommended for age 8 and up.



GIVEAWAY!!! NYE at BusyBees!

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I can hardly believe we will be saying goodby to 2018 soon! Where did the year go?! Celebrating the New Year with kids (well before midnight) is so much fun and I am excited to give away tickets to the BEST kid-friendly New Year celebration in the area!

I have a family 4 pack (2 adults + 2 kids) of tickets for each Busybees location: Chevy Chase and Falls Church. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me which location you would like to attend. (See below for details) I’ll draw a winner for each location this Friday, December 14th. Good luck!

The Chevy Chase party is on December 31st from 11-1pm.

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The Falls Church party is on December 31st from 3-5pm.

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Jingle ARRGH the Way! at Encore Stage & Studio

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One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to go to the theater and Encore Stage & Studio is definitely one of our favorites. They are different than most children’s theaters in the area because all the actors are children! My girls love watching other kids perform. I took both of my daughters (ages 5 & 7) to see Encore’s latest production, Jingle ARRGH the Way! on Sunday and we were all captivated and entertained throughout! It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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Based on the story by Melinda Long, “How I Became a Pirate,” the story  follows Captain Braid Beard and his crew as they sail to the North Pole in search of Christmas Treasure. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who,”makes Jingle ARRGH the Way! a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.

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We loved that this show has lots of humor and such a great energy! It has fun and catchy songs that had us all singing and clapping along. It is recommended for ages 4 and up and is a great way to introduce your children to theater and celebrate the holidays! There are just 4 performances remaining this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so make sure to get your tickets soon!

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The show’s run-time is 1 – 1 /2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Performances run Fridays- Sundays, Nov. 30–Dec. 9, 2018 at the Gunston Arts Center, Theater One 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military and Seniors and are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at 703-548-1154.

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GIVEAWAY! Beetlejuice at The National Theatre!

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GIVEAWAY! I have 2 tickets for the show on Thursday, October 18th 7:30pm at The National Theatre to give away to one lucky reader! To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. I will draw and notify a winner the morning of Monday, October 15th. Good luck!

BEETLEJUICE

Sunday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 18

The National Theatre

http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/beetlejuice18/

It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellent than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Get tickets now to BEETLEJUICE – hell, bring the whole family! We’ve got plenty of 4-letter words that your kids will love.

BEETLEJUICE will star Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman as ‘Beetlejuice,’ two-time Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso as ‘Lydia,’ Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler as ‘Barbara,’ Tony Award nominee Rob McClure as ‘Adam,’ Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser as ‘Charles,’ two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer as ‘Delia,’ Jill Abramovitz as ‘Maxine Dean’ and ‘Mrs. Shoggoth,’ Danny Rutigliano as ‘Maxie Dean’ and Kelvin Moon Loh as ‘Otho’.

The ensemble includes Tessa AlvesJohnny Brantley IIIRyan BreslinBrooke EngenAbe GoldfarbEric Anthony JohnsonElliott MattoxMateo Melendez,George MerrickRamone OwensDevin RobertsPresley RyanKim Sava, and Dana Steingold.

BEETLEJUICE is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers with choreography by Connor Gallagher, an original score by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King.

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Contains strong language, mature references, and a lot of the crazy, inappropriate stuff you would expect from a deranged demon. 



Review: Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

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I took my family to see Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party last week and it was a big hit! We have seen many Disney on Ice shows and I have to say this one is our new favorite! They brought brand new elements to the show that really took it to the next level. There were amazing aerialists, acrobats, and interaction with the audience as characters emerged from the stands. We loved that they added the Moana and Coco acts to the show as well!

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The show opens with a high-energy number featuring Club Mickey Mouse-inspired performers. They hype up the crowd with incredible figure skating choreography and hoverboard tricks on the ice. They also use air tracks to flip, twist, and tumble across the ice. It was a really fun and captivating performace!

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The next act was a favorite with Belle and the enchanted objects from “Beauty and the Beast” rising into the air with aerial silks and then turning into a rotating carousel. It was really mesmerizing!

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Next, the performance featured the characters from Toy Story in a fun number. Then Moana makes her debut and technology is used to give the illusion the ice is enveloped in flames as Moana encounters Te Ka on her daring voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti.

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The Coco performance was exceptional with vibrant colors and skeletons atop sway poles swinging back and forth over the audience in a dazzling display suited for the celebration of family. This was also one of our favorite parts of the show!

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The Little Mermaid followed the Coco act and then the show finished with Frozen and the entire cast coming out for the closing song. It was such a fun show!

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The final performances at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax were yesterday but you still have a chance to see a show in Baltimore! It’s playing at Royal Farms Arena October 10-14.

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Teddy’s 1st Birthday Party at BusyBees!

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Just like that my baby boy turned ONE! I’m still trying to figure out how the past year went by in the blink of an eye. Time seems to pass faster and faster with each kid. Teddy is our third and final baby so I want to savor every one of his milestones. This was the last first birthday party we will ever have, so it was important to make it memorable! But I knew I couldn’t throw him a party myself….there just isn’t enough time to do that aaand get sleep with 3 little kiddos. So we booked it with BusyBees Chevy Chase and it was fabulous!

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I already knew how great BusyBees is with throwing parties since we had my oldest daughter’s 5th birthday party at the Falls Church location 2 years ago. You can read more about that here.

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BusyBees makes party planning a breeze because they will do it all for you! With their add-on packages you simply choose your favorite theme and let them work their magic. They will even create a custom design for you if you had something else in mind. Some of their themes include: A Mermaid’s Tale, Lil’ Farmers, Tutu Cute, Safari Expedition, and Glow in the Dark. I choose the Funfetti package because I love the polka-dots and bright colors. I also love that they use some of the super cute Meri Meri partyware in this package!

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This was such a fun room for the kids to walk into for pizza and cake! They especially loved the confetti balloons on their chairs!

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The personalized details were so special and cute! The water bottle labels said “Happy 1st Birthday Teddy” and the place mats said “Teddy is One!”. Everything was just perfect!

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The party was a big hit and the kids all had so much fun in the playspace! I am very thankful for all our friends and family who celebrated with us and to BusyBees for throwing such an amazing party! Lots of great memories were made this day!

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To learn more about the BusyBees Chevy Chase playspace and tips for your visit, click here. And to read more about the BusyBees Falls Church location, click here.

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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

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The newest Disney On Ice show is coming to Fairfax in just a little over a week! I’m excited to take my family and especially my little guy since he’s crazy about Mickey! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can use offer code GOOFY to save $6 per ticket through October 7.

Click here to download a fun coloring sheet for your kids!

Fairfax, VA
Eagle Bank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

Date and Time of Performances:        

  • Wednesday, October 3 @ 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 4 @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at:                       $15, opening night. $20, all other shows.

To order tickets by phone:      (800)-745-3000

To order tickets online:           www.ticketmaster.com