Monthly Archives: July 2015

BusyBees Indoor Playground

BusyBees
6110 D Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
www.busybeesplay.com
 

Busybees is the newest, coolest, and most unique indoor children’s playground that just opened last week in Falls Church, VA. The owner contacted me a few months ago to tell me about her new business she was working on opening. I was immediately very excited! I started telling all my friends about this new play space that would be especially perfect for those days when it’s raining or too hot or too cold to play outside. Then last week I had the opportunity to preview the space and play with my girls at Busybees for the first time. I can honestly tell you, there is really nothing like this in our area! You must check it out if you have small children under 4 feet tall.

As soon as you step in the door, Busybees will put a smile on your face. The space is designed so beautifully in crisp white with pops of blue and green. It’s just the right size – not too big and not too small; so it’s easy to look after multiple children here. The structures in the playground are so incredibly unique – everything spins, moves, or flies.

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My girls especially loved this little space filled with flying balloons. Pure joy in here!

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And as Busybees states, here are 7 reasons to love them:

  1. Everything at BusyBees moves, spins, or flies!

  2. We offer the most Funtabulous parties!

  3. In-N-Out-N-In… $15 all day play

  4. Adults and kids under 1: Always free

  5. Sparkling Clean every 3 hours!

  6. Complimentary coffee/tea for the sleep deprived

  7. And of course, there is free wifi

Definitely lots to love about Busybees. This is a place we will be returning to many times!



Race for the Case: Back to School Philanthropy with Cartoon Cuts

The summer is flying by way too fast and as I looked at the calendar this morning, I realized school starts in just 5 weeks! School supply displays started popping up in stores a few weeks ago to remind us a little too early. Soon, I’ll be getting out my daughter’s supply lists and taking them shopping to pick things out but unfortunately not everyone is able to purchase items on their child’s supply list so easily.

In many homes across the country and around the globe, families struggle to get their children the supplies they need for school. Cartoon Cuts is working to change that with their Race to the Case on August 6, 2015 at Cartoon Cuts salons across the country.

Cartoon Cuts, has partnered with Pencils of Promise (PoP) to raise $25,000 to build a school in Guatemala. PoP is a for-purpose organization that builds schools in developing countries in addition to providing scholarships, teacher support, and water and health programs. Since its founding in 2008, PoP has built more than 200 schools.

On August 6, 20 pencil cases filled with pencils, combs, free haircut cards and other freebies will be hidden around each shopping center with a Cartoon Cuts salon. Clues will be given out via social media, and the winners will be announced on the company’s website. The pencil case winners will share their experience on social media using the #RaceForTheCase, and Cartoon Cuts will donate $1.00 for each social media post. In addition, during the busy back-to-school month of August, Cartoon Cuts customers will be able to purchase pencils for a suggested donation of $1.00 each – the proceeds of which will go toward building the new school.

Can’t make it to a Cartoon Cuts salon on August 6? Don’t have one in your area? You can also help the Race for the Case via social media. For each social media post using the hashtag #RaceForTheCase, Cartoon Cuts will donate $1 to PoP.

Click here to find a Cartoon Cuts salon in your area!



Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap
1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182
www.wolftrap.org
 

The Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods program at Wolf Trap is a summer tradition with fun shows for children ages 4 and up. Performances change weekly and range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling. The shows are interactive, educational, and fun. This week my girls and I saw Alphabet Rockers, an award-winning hip hop children’s music group.

After parking we started down the hill on the path through a large field and a flower garden area.

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The box office is a cute little gazebo at the end of the path where you can buy tickets or pick them up at will call.

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Just beyond the box office is a bridge that crosses over a small creek.

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Then we continued on a dirt path for about 50 yards to reach the amphitheater.

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There is stroller parking just outside the theater, along a fence. It is a bit of a walk from the parking lot, so I recommend bringing a stroller for toddlers.

Seating in the amphitheater is general admission and it’s bench style. There really isn’t a bad view from anywhere in the stands. It’s such a charming and unique theatre nestled in the trees with a canopy overhead. The setting of the theater makes for a fun and relaxed outing.

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The Alphabet Rockers took the stage with so much energy and enthusiasm. It was a sold-out crowd and they had the audience standing up dancing, singing, and beat boxing in no time. There were several times they asked for kids to volunteer to join them on stage. Some of their songs included positive educational messages including self-esteem, friendship, and making healthy food choices.

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When the 45 minute show was over we walked back to the creek and had a picnic at one of the tables. There are also many picnic tables available at the top of the hill. Kids are not allowed to play in the creek but they can run around and play in the large field area. My girls enjoyed looking at the fish in the creek from one of the bridges. It was a nice way to end an outdoor theatre adventure!

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Additional Info:

•Admission $8 per ticket for ages 2 and up. Children under age 2 are free.
•Parking is free.
•No food or drink (besides water) is allowed in the theatre area.
•Designated stroller parking available just outside the theatre.
•Bathrooms located at the top of the hill near the parking area or at the bottom of the hill across the field from the box office. There are no bathrooms right by the amphitheater so plan accordingly with your little ones.