THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

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This past weekend I took my girls to see THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia. It was unlike anything we had ever seen before – a Halloween trail of more than 5,000 hand carved pumpkins! The trail is made up of many different scenes along the third mile walk. As you enter, you first get a look at Captain Jack and his 30-foot-long pirate ship, complete with skeletons and pumpkin pirates. Featured next is the Pre-Historic Park, where jack o’ lantern dinosaurs stand up to 16 feet tall.

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One of our favorite parts of the trail was the carnival scene. My girls marveled at the ferris wheel.

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The pumpkin graveyard is complete with black cats, ghosts, and gravestones.

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A winter-y pumpkin scene is accompanied by music and snow flakes.

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The trail ends under a pavilion where you can watch a carving demonstration and kids can try carving a pumpkin using the master carver’s special tools.

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And the grand finale is a display of hundreds of carved pumpkins across the hillside. It is really an incredible sight!

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The GLOW is such a fun and unique experience! I highly recommend checking it out this Halloween season. It isn’t scary at all so it’s perfect for families with small children and something that all ages can enjoy. The trail is stroller and wheel chair friendly. I recommend bringing a stroller for little ones – it is a lot of walking from the parking lot, through the trail, and back to your car. It took us about 15 minutes to get from the entrance to the start of the trail. And about 30 minutes to walk through the trail. You might even spend a bit more time in the trail but it was a late night for my girls and they were getting tired. There are a couple of food trucks on site, a tent with light up toys and necklaces, and also pumpkins for sale. For $20 you can even get your pumpkin carved before you take it home.

THE GLOW is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets start at just $16, and are on sale now at glowdc.tixr.com. Advanced tickets are required.

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Dora & Diego Exhibit at Port Discovery + Ticket Giveaway!

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Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10. I’ve been taking my girls here for a few years now and they always have the best time! We visited last weekend to check out the new Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit that is open now through February 19th.

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It’s time for adventure when children and their families come to explore Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore!  This interactive exhibit takes visitors on an active adventure in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze.

My girls headed straight for the Rainforest Maze once we entered. In this part of the exhibit kids can locate rainforest animals, swing across monkey bars, jump and hop across River Rocks and more.

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In the Animal Rescue Center, little ones can care for baby animals. If your child likes to role play, they will love this area. They can scan an animal to find out if it needs their help. Or if the animal needs a check-up they can listen to its heart, look inside of its ears, or apply a cold pack.

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In another part of the exhibit, kids can help Tico collect nuts to power his family car. My girls loved scooping up the acorns that were falling into the basket and then loading them up in the gas tank. Swiper, the sneaky fox makes an appearance here as he tries to swipe the nuts!

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Next to this area is the Pirate Piggies ship where kiddos can pretend to sail the high seas. There are even pirate clothes that the children can wear to dress the part as they play!

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Parents are encouraged to help their children count the Pirate Piggies treasure in both English and Spanish.

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In the Flowery Garden, kids can help Isa tend to her garden. This area has a padded floor, so its a good space to explore if you are visiting with a baby who might want to crawl around.

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In the rocket ship, little ones can put on a spacesuit and pilot the ship!

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Just across from the rocket ship is the Purple Planet, where kids can climb up and slide down.

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There’s also an area where children can form a constellation with glowing stars.

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There is so much to do in this exhibit, your kids can easily spend an hour playing in just this one area of the museum. I love the educational aspects of this exhibit and its opportunities for role-playing, problem solving, and learning words in Spanish.  Make sure to get to the museum to see the exhibit while its on view through February 19th! It would make for the perfect outing on a rainy or cold day this fall or winter!

And if you haven’t yet visited the museum and are interested in finding out more about all it has to offer, check out this article we wrote for Mommy Nearest.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! I’ve partnered with Port Discovery to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to Port Discovery which includes admission to the Dora & Diego exhibit. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, October 10th. Good luck!

Good to Know:

• The exhibit is best for ages 1 to 7.
• Admission to Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore 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.

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Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream – Opens Tonight in Fairfax!

image001Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream opens tonight in Fairfax, Virginia at Eagle Bank Arena. Get your tickets now while there are still some available!

Show Times:

  • Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click below:

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Wayside Farm Fun 2017 + 20% off Admission

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It’s officially Fall in just a few days, yay! If you’ve been following here for a while then you know how much my girls and I love to visit farms this time of year! I am super excited that Wayside Farm is opening this weekend – September 23rd! We first visited Wayside last year and although it’s about an hours drive away from us, it was well worth it and definitely one of our favorites! The trip out to Berryville, Virginia is so pretty with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. And Wayside has the BEST pumpkin patch where you can pick all different colors and shapes of pumpkins! (See the big white one we picked last year in the photo above!)

Also, this year Wayside has kindly offered all my readers 20% off the admission fee. Just mention “Capitol Momma” at the register to receive the discount off the prices below.

General Admission……..$10/person
2 and under………………..FREE
Military with ID…………….FREE
Group (10-20)……………..$9/person
Group (20 or more)……..$8/person

September 23-October 29
Saturdays…………………………10 am – 6 pm
Sundays……………………………10 am – 6 pm
​Columbus Day……………………10 am – 6 pm

Here is some more info from Wayside:

Located directly off Route 7 in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country, Wayside Farm Fun is a beautiful working farm set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Known for growing the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area, visitors are invited to pick pumpkins of all different shapes, colors and sizes in their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch.  After pumpkin picking, enjoy a variety of fall activities such as the jumping pillow, pumpkin cannons, slides, animals, and more.   End your day of fun by getting lost in one of the area’s largest corn mazes – this year our theme is Pokemon Go.

This year we are also hosting Scouting Day on Sunday, October 1.  Scouts receive a discounted rate and are invited to participate in a Pass-a-Pumpkin community service project.  A flag ceremony will be held at 1 PM before the pig races, and all scouts receive a patch.

On October 20 and 21st, Wayside Farm Fun is once again partnering with Loudoun Valley High School Performing Arts Department to create a Scary Corn Maze.  The maze will be open past dark and include a guided tour through a spooky maze inhabited by costumed actors. 

A couple more photos from our fun time at Wayside last year:

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Summers Farm 2017 + 4 Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year……there’s a crispness in the air and all things pumpkin are starting to appear! One of my favorite things to do with my girls in the fall is to visit farms and go to fall festivals. I love being outside as much as possible and there is just good ol’ fashioned fun to be had at the farms. One of our absolute favorites in the area is Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland. We’ve been going the past three years – see a blog post from 2014 here. (I can’t believe how little my babies look!!!) I’m excited to take them again this year. Summers Farm has added so many new things including a new themed (12 acre) corn maze, Round Bale Rollers, Lil’ Barnyard Ball, an Events Barn, fireworks most weekends on Friday and Saturday nights and much more! They are officially opening for the season on Saturday, September 23rd!

I would love for one of my readers to experience Summers Farm this year too! So I’ve partnered with the farm to offer a 4-ticket giveaway! The tickets can be used anytime this season (September 23-October 31). To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner next Thursday, September 21st!

Here are a few photos from our trip to Summers Farm last year-

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4-ticket GIVEAWAY! – Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream

image001I am thrilled to offer a giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets to see Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream for the Friday, September 29th 7:30pm show at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, September 12th. Good luck!!!

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office.

Performing at the EagleBank Arena from September 29 – October 8, audiences will celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! See how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.  Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office. To learn more about, go to DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

Show Times:

  • Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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Tinkergarten

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My girls and I recently tried a Tinkergarten class for the first time and loved it! The Tinkergarten philosophy is that children learn through play. They offer outdoor classes all across the country for children ages 18 months to 8 years old.

Tinkergarten is on a mission to elevate childhood. We’re growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through well-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.

Our class location was at Falls Road Park in Potomac, Maryland and our instructor (who was wonderful) was Denise Reznik. You can find her class schedule here. There are many more classes and locations offered in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. To find one near your neighborhood, click here.

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At our class, the kids started out by picking up a small bucket with a rock inside of it with their name on it. Then they took magnifying glasses and other tools to go searching for nature treasures in the park. I loved watching my girls do this activity and get so excited about the little things they found like pine cones, wild flowers, seed pods, and even caterpillars!

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Next, we came back together as a group and met everyone and sang a cute “Come to Tinkergarten” song. Then Denise read the book, Stone Soup to the class. The story told an important lesson that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved. So then after the story it was time for the kids to work together and make their own stone soup using things they found in nature! All the kids were really enthusiastic about this activity. They all found things in the park to add to the pot and by using their imagination they had created a delicious soup!

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The class was a great experience for both my girls and I! It was a fun learning and social environment. The Fall classes start in just two weeks. There are a couple of free trial classes offered at the beginning of September as well. I highly recommend trying a class!

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Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO – Review

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Cirque du Soleil has built quite the reputation for their artistic contemporary circus shows, so I was super excited when I heard Ovo was coming to the DC and Baltimore area. I have seen a couple of their productions in Las Vegas but this was the first time I attend one of their touring shows. I was also thrilled to be able to take my oldest daughter Clara with me for a special momma-daughter date to see the show Friday night.

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OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

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The performance is broken into two acts.  We loved the entire show but I think the second act was our favorite. Cirque du Soleil does an amazing job of combining music, dance, juggling, and acrobatic acts to keep the audience entertained throughout.

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The second act was a little faster paced and featured the trapeze artists and the trampoline performers – these were two of our favorite parts.

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At the end, all of the performers came together for the fun and upbeat finale.

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I was happy that my daughter loved the show! I would definitely recommend taking kids but probably ages 5+ would be best. Clara loved all the different insects and we both thought the costumes were outstanding! Go see the show; you will not be disappointed!

There are 7 shows at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore this week August 23-27. Purchase tickets here.

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*I received 2 complimentary tickets in exchange for a review. No other compensation received. All opinions are my own.

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Back to School Haircuts at Cartoon Cuts

I can’t believe summer is winding down and it’s almost back to school time! It feels like every summer goes faster and faster. Why is it that summer goes by so fast and winter seems to drag on forever?! We are trying to make the most of these last three weeks of summer while also getting organized and ready to start school again. My girls picked out new backpacks, we bought school supplies, and this past weekend we went to Cartoon Cuts for fresh haircuts.

We have been getting haircuts at the Congressional Plaza location in Rockville, MD for the past couple of years. Our experience has always been great so it just makes sense to go back to a place where my girls are comfortable. They actually get really excited to go….it’s pretty cute!

I love that we are greeted so warmly when we walk into the salon. I think that has a big impact on making the kids feel comfortable. This time my girls had their hair cut by Hatice and she was wonderful!

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My oldest daughter, Clara decided she wanted to go first. Cartoon Cuts has this great hair washing station where the water comes out of Ellie the Elephants trunk! It makes it fun and not so scary for the kids.

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Hatice was so friendly and chatted with Clara the entire time she was cutting her hair. She finished Clara’s cut with a blow dry and then put in a clip. And as you can tell, Clara was super excited about the final result!

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Next up was Mae. This was the first time she let anyone other than me wash her hair! I could tell she felt very comfortable with Hatice and she ended up really enjoying this part!

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Mae has really curly hair and I feel like it takes a skilled stylist to know how to cut it well. Hatice clearly knew what she was doing!

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Cartoon Cuts always shows Peppa Pig on the TV screens in front of the chairs which is very helpful in getting the little ones to sit still.

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Mae was also very happy with her haircut!

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After a summer of spending many days at the pool, haircuts were definitely needed to get the dry and damaged ends off. We couldn’t have been happier with Hatice; she was so nice and did a great job! It feels good to check one more thing off our list before school starts!

We really had such a great experience at Cartoon Cuts in Rockville! I can’t recommend them enough! Another great thing about this location is that you can grab a treat at Starbucks or Baskin Robbins afterwards. Or get lunch or dinner at the kid-friendly restaurants nearby – Baja Fresh, Noodles & Company, and Lebanese Taverna (to name a few). There are also a few other Cartoon Cuts 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

**I received two free haircuts in exchange for this blog post. No additional compensation received. All opinions are my own.

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Featuring Moana and Beauty and the Beast

image001Disney’s Moana comes onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream when the show arrives to the D.C. metropolitan area this fall, September 29th – October 8th. The tour will bring Disney’s favorite characters and fun events. Tickets are on sale now.

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza when beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella visit Fairfax from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 8 for 11 performances at the EagleBank Arena.

Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.  Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office. To learn more about, go to DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.