Monthly Archives: February 2015

Great Wolf Lodge – Williamsburg, Virginia

Great Wolf Lodge
549 E Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

We just returned from a mini vacation at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year for Clara’s fourth birthday we decided to take a trip instead of having a big birthday party for her. Last year we did the big party with all her preschool buddies at My Gym, so we wanted to do something different this year. It was our first time at the resort and we (especially the girls) had a great time!


After we checked in we hit up the water park.



I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the water park and the attentiveness of the lifeguards. There are several different areas in the water park that accommodate all ages of kids.


Clara’s favorite part of the water park were the big slides that you ride down on an inner tube.


After our first round at the water park, we grabbed dinner at the Loose Moose Bar & Grill, which was actually a not so great buffet. The food at the resort was my least favorite part. I would research some local dining spots nearby if we were to visit again. They do have a Dunkin’ Donuts inside the resort, which was nice to get much needed coffee for my husband and I in the morning.

After dinner, Clara got her face painted as a wolf in the hotel lobby and then we headed to the Northern Lights Arcade. It was the birthday girl’s lucky night – she hit the jackpot!


We took the girls to story time in the main lobby and then it was time to get them settled into the Kid Kamp for the night. The nice thing about the room is the little private kids area with bunk beds and their own TV.


The next day we spent more time at the water park with lots and lots of rides down the water slides! We also checked out the Ten Paw Bowling alley.


As a special treat for Clara’s birthday, we went to Scoops Spa for Momma-Daughter mani-pedis. The spa has an ice cream theme and is super cute but a little pricey.


We enjoyed our first adventure at Great Wolf Lodge! Clara is already asking if we can go back! It is really a great kid focused resort with a lot of different fun activities.

Good to Know:

•Sign up to become a member (it’s free) on the Great Wolf website for the best rates on rooms.
•The water park has puddle jumpers and life jackets available.
•Beach towels are provided in the water park.
•The Scoops Spa is by reservation only, so make sure to book a reservation ahead of time.

Weekend Fun: Events & Activities for February 21-22

Here are a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and the parents sane during the frigid cold weekend!


The Avalon Theatre presents The RTTs


The RTTs (also known as the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours) bring their toe-tapping, award-winning, original roots rock back to the Avalon! The whole family will want to dance along as they play hits like “Snack Time” and “Turn it Up, Mommy.”

Tickets: $9.00 / $7.00 for Avalon members (Children under 2 are free)
60 minutes

Vulture Enrichment – Meadowside Nature Center


Vultures are smart! Come see Meadowside’s resident vulture play with her food at our weekly vulture enrichment session. This activity meets at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature. No registration required and programs are FREE! Groups please call in advance. Programs are held rain or shine! Please note: Though we try to keep our schedule, programs may be delayed or canceled depending on the health of the live animals.

All Ages; Free

Raptor Lunchtime and Talk – Meadowside Nature Center


Observe Meadowside’s resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit. These talks meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. No registration required and programs are FREE! Groups please call in advance. Programs are held rain or shine! Please note: Though we try to keep our schedule, programs may be delayed or canceled depending on the health of the live animals.

All Ages; Free

Saturday Story & Craft – Croydon Creek Nature Center


Stop by the Nature Center for story time and a craft.Our Naturalist will read a story and lead a craft activity based on the story. Dress for the weather. Adult participation is required.

$4 resident/$6 non-resident


Bookworms – Croydon Creek Nature Center


Curl up with a good book at the Nature Center. At each Bookworm program, we’ll read a new story and you’ll get a copy of the book to take home. Each program may include a craft or hike. Adult participation required. Spaces are limited.Ages 2-5 yrs.

$10 resident/$12 non-resident

Sleeping Beauty Ballet & Tea Party – Metropolitan Ballet

Sittings at 10am, 12pm, 5pm & 6:30pm

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre Studios
220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg

*Meet Aurora, the Lilac Fairy & More
*Enjoy a ballet class and a craft
*Enjoy ‘tea’ and a sweet treat
*Appropriate for ages 3-7

Reservations required
$18 per child
Adult must stay, no charge for adults.
Each sitting will last 60-75 minutes.

Fly Guy & Other Stories – The Alden, McLean Community Center


A Theatreworks USA production
$15/$10 MCC district residents

For ages 5+. Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet? Other stories by authors such as McMullan, Howe, Henkes and Munsch will be featured.

Agility Zone

Agility Zone
16814 Oakmont Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

The Agility Zone is an exciting new gym in Gaithersburg opened by the same owners of Dynamite Gymnastics Center. I have been taking my oldest daughter Clara to Dynamite for a couple years now, so when I heard about their new gym opening, I had to check it out. The Agility Zone was created to house several Agility programs borrowing elements and inspiration from parkour, Ninja Warrior training, and gymnastics technique. Each program offers varying emphasis on functional movement, air awareness, strength and flexibility.


In addition to classes, Agility Zone also offers open gyms, camps, and birthday parties. I recently took my girls to an open gym and they had a great time! The schedule is included on my open gym page here. I like the open gym sessions since both girls can participate and its nice to be able to fit them in whenever we have time in our schedule. At some point, I want my girls to try the classes too because they sound awesome!

The trampolines are definitely my girls favorite part of the gym. They could jump for days!



The tumble track is another favorite feature at the gym. I think you can tell by Clara’s expression that she is a fan! My girls love to run down the track and do a superman dive onto the mat at the end. It’s pretty fun watching this!


There is plenty of space for running and tumbling on the 5,000 square foot spring floor. Kids can let out their energy in a fun and safe way.


All the coaches and staff that I’ve met at they gym have been beyond friendly. They play and interact with my girls, watch them to ensure their safety, and help them when needed. I highly recommend stopping by with your kids for an open gym and checking out all they have to offer. You will earn awesome mom (or dad) points from your kids, I promise!


Good to Know:

•Hours: 10-8pm Mon-Fri, 9-8pm Sat, 12-8pm Sun
•Open Gym: $5 – 50 minute session, $10 – 90 minute session
•Classes include tumbling, cheer, and agility for ages 3-18
•Agility Zone offers Summer camp and day camps during MCPS days off and holiday breaks. Camps are for ages 3.5-17.

Presidents Day Camps – February 16, 2015

Need an activity to keep your child busy when school is out on Presidents Day? Here are a few day camps offered in the area:

Dynamite Gymnastics Center

Half Day AM (9-11:45am) – $50
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $50
Half Day AM Extended (9-1pm) – $60
Half Day PM Extended (12-4pm) – $60
Full Day (9-4pm) – $80

Agility Zone

Half Day AM (9-11:45am) – $35
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $35
Full Day (9-4pm) – $70

My Gym Potomac

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

My Gym Bethesda

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

My Gym Chantilly

1-4pm – $40 members, $45 non-members, $25 siblings

Marva Tots n’ Teens

Half Day AM (9-12pm) – $25
Half Day PM (1-4pm) – $25
Full Day (9-4pm) – $40

Encore Stage & Studio

9-3pm – $70