Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tysons Corner Ice Rink + Giveaway!

Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22102


Last weekend I was invited to attend a party at the Tysons Corner Ice Rink by Andrea at Northern Virginia Housewives. The ice rink just opened for its second season so I was excited to help kick off the opening weekend of skating fun at Tysons!

It had been many, many years since I had put on a pair of ice skates but I found that it is just like riding a bike and I didn’t forget how! Phew! Clara had taken a few ice skating lessons last winter but I wasn’t sure how it would go since it had been a year. However, she did great! And thankfully Tysons Corner Ice Rink has the child skate trainers for the kids to push around the rink making it a lot easier for them.

We had so much fun we skated for quite a while before taking a break to have hot chocolate from Earl’s Kitchen + Bar, located on the plaza next to the ice rink. There are multiple fire pits to cozy up to as well.

IMG_6131 Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset IMG_6129(1)Clara has been asking to go back to ice skate pretty much every day since, so I’m sure we will be back soon!

The rink is located on the new plaza between Lord & Taylor and Hyatt Regency. And the skate shop is located inside the mall on the 2nd floor next to Lord & Taylor.

Hours and Pricing:

Monday-Tuesday: 3pm-7pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 3pm-9pm
Friday: 3pm-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm
Extended hours during the Holidays.

Adult Admission: $10
Children/Seniors/Military Admission: $9
Skate Rental: $6
Season Pass (Individual) $195 (includes admission and rentals)
Season Pass (Family) $395 (includes admission and rentals for up to 4 people)

10 Visit Pass $85 (admission only)
Group Rate: $12 (10 guests or more)
Socks: $5
Gloves: $5

I am excited to be giving away 4 passes to the Tysons Corner Ice Rink. Please enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Marvel Universe LIVE! + Giveaway

MUL-062514-1539_combine_fnlMarvel Universe Live! Arrives in Baltimore Dec. 10 – 13. Local premiere features your favorite Marvel characters at Royal Farms Arena.

I am giving away 4 tickets to one of my readers to see the show on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30pm! Please scroll to the bottom of this blog post to enter via the Rafflecopter widget.

Baltimore, MD – November 12, 2015 –After much anticipation, Marvel Universe LIVE!, featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, will be flying into Baltimore with performances at Royal Farms Arena starting December 10.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is an action-packed, live entertainment experience for the entire family. Children and adults alike will enjoy watching their favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine and many more during a comic extravaganza that brings both heroes and villains to life. Audiences will enjoy special effects, stunts and a never before seen story in this family-friendly, live action adventure. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is the newest and largest show ever produced by Feld Entertainment. See Marvel Universe Live! December 10-13 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

Please note that this will be the only performances of Marvel Universe Live! in the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area. Tickets for Marvel Universe LIVE! start at $20 and are on sale now at, and at the Royal Farms Arena box office.


Royal Farms Arena | December 10-13

Show times:

  • Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 PM *opening night 50% off
  • Friday, December 11 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 12 at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 13 at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Ticket Information: All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via, and at the Royal Farms Arena box offices.

All Ticket prices start at $20.00. Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

Stay current on the latest from Marvel Universe LIVE! through social media on Facebook ( Twitter (@MarvelOnTour/@Juliette Feld) and Instagram (@MarvelOnTour), and YouTube (

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Hansel and Gretel – Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia 22204

We have attended several shows at Encore Stage & Studio and are always very entertained by their productions. My daughter was so excited she began asking a few days in advance if it was time to go see Hansel and Gretel. One reason she loves Encore’s shows is because the cast is made up of a group of passionate young performers ages 9-18. I read the classic fairy tale story to my daughter before attending the performance so she would understand the storyline:

Deep in a German forest awaits the Gingerbread Witch and her hobgoblin henchmen ready to transform children into tasty treats. Siblings Hansel, Gretel and friends go into the woods and find themselves in the path of the witch. To return home to their parents, this brother and sister duo will have to use their smarts to outwit the evil Witch.

The stage was transformed into a forest with a wonderful gingerbread house and an oven that actually emitted smoke. The costume designer did a great job with creating an ensemble of fairy tale characters that were all easily recognizable.

DSC_0156“Frick (Grace Gent) and the Gingerbread Witch (Jessica Layton) prepare gingerbread cookies. Photo by Larry McClemons”
DSC_0150The Gingerbread Witch (Jessica Layton) welcomes the children to her gingerbread home. Photo by Larry McClemons”
 DSC_0088“Hansel and Gretel meet a family of trolls in the Black Forest.” (From left to right: Miranda Tonsetic, Nick Boone, Kelly McArdle)

After the shows, the cast gathers in the lobby to sign autographs and take pictures. My daughter always looks forward to this part and decides which character she wants to get her picture taken with before we even exit the auditorium! This time it was Hansel and Gretel’s mother played by Izabella Porter, Gretel played by Lynn Loftus, and the Gingerbread Witch played by Jessica Layton.

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Treat your kids to a showing of Hansel and Gretel! You’ll have a great time! There are four performances remaining:

Friday, November 13th 7:30pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11am and 3pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3pm

Good to Know:

•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 30 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.


October 2015 – Monthly Roundup


October is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s so beautiful with all the Autumn colors and there are lots of family fun things going on in the DMV area. We were very lucky to have such nice weather so I tried to do as many outdoor activities as possible. I also love all the events and excitement leading up to Halloween. It’s the best to experience the holidays with our children’s enthusiasm.

Here is a recap of where our adventures took us this month. We spent a lot of time at farms – there aren’t many things my girls love more than feeding and petting animals! Visiting Mount Vernon with my girls for their first time was a definitely day to remember. And our Indiana Jones-ish adventure to find the 19th century stone cutting mill ruins along the Potomac was a unique experience!

Places we visited:

National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Glenview Mansion Gardens
Locust Grove Nature Center
Green Meadows Petting Farm
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Riley’s Lock and Seneca Quarry on the Potomac River
Discovery Room at Quince Orchard Library

 Events we attended:

Trick or Treat at Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens
Fall Harvest Family Days at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Pumpkin Harvest Days at Butler’s Orchard
Autumn Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Gaver Farm Fall Festival
Cabin John Eye Spy Train
• Potomac Day Parade

Classes and camps we attended:

Mobu Kids – Music and Movement
Dynamite Gymnastics
My Gym Potomac
FS Soccer
USTA Tennis – Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center

Parks we played at:

Rockville Civic Center Park
Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

I hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list. After a very busy (but fun) October I’m thinking we might slow down a bit before the holiday rush starts….but we’ll see how my girls feel about that! Hoping we have some more nice weather for outdoor playtime before hibernation begins! Happy November!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures in my gallery. I’d love to have you follow along!

Instagram: capitol.momma

And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.