Monthly Archives: December 2016

Noon Yards Eve

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Kids New Year’s Eve party to culminate with a countdown to the balloon drop at noon

WHO: The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing.

WHAT: The Yards will host its fourth annual Noon Yards Eve festival, the FREE family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that transforms The Yards into a holiday wonderland, complete with interactive activities for children and adults. Activities will include:

  • Trackless train rides through Yards Park
  • Inflatable moon bounces and games
  • Kids’ crafting stations and balloon artists
  • Face painters and temporary tattoo artists
  • Stilt-walkers, magicians and roaming performances
  • Kid-friendly performances on The Yards stage
  • …and more to be announced!

The event will culminate with a countdown and celebratory balloon drop at 12 Noon to ring in the New Year!

WHEN: Saturday, December 31 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE:
 Yards Park | 355 Water Street SE | Washington, DC 20003. The event is rain or shine and will be tented. Directions can be found at www.TheYardsDC.com/explore/map. The Yards is metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Stroller valet will be provided, and parking is available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.

WHY: Kick off the New Year with family and friends and see why The Yards has become one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city. Following the balloon drop, enjoy lunch at one of over a dozen kid-friendly restaurants within walking distance from The Yards.

HOW: Noon Yards Eve is free to attend and open to all ages.

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About The Yards

The Yards is a development of Forest City Washington which, at full buildout, will feature 3,400 places to live, 400,000 SF of retail, dining & services, 1.8 million SF of office space and an award-winning waterfront park spread across approximately 25 buildings situated on 48 waterfront acres in the Navy Yard district. The neighborhood blends the historic feel of former Navy Yard industrial buildings given new lives through adaptive reuse, with sleek all-new construction components. Additional info can be found online at TheYardsDC.com. Follow The Yards on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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The Grinch at National Theatre – Flash Giveaway!

I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The National Theatre on opening night Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw a winner and notify them on Sunday evening! Good luck!

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December 13 – December 31, 2016

The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Run time: 85 minutes, no intermission

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Times calls “100 times better than any bedside story!”

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The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre

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I absolutely love the joy of Christmastime! I think it’s the best as a parent to witness the magic of the season through your child’s eyes. There are so many fun traditions during the month and one of ours is going to watch The Nutcracker. I try to keep everything else simple during this season so that I can spend time with my family enjoying the area’s holiday events.  I have taken my oldest daughter to see The Nutcracker since she was 3 years old and it’s wonderful mother/daughter time. This year was our first time at Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker performed by The Washington Ballet and it was an incredible experience!

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First of all, the theater is gorgeous! And of course we had to get a photo with the life-sized nutcracker before taking our seats! Parents will be happy to know they serve drinks and even offer some specialty “themed” mixed drinks –  there’s one called “The Mouse King”. There are also snacks for purchase – popcorn, candy, soft pretzel sticks, and cotton candy to name a few. And merchandise tables with nutcrackers, snow globes, and ornaments for sale.

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This production is unique in that it’s set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Here’s the story:

It’s Christmas Eve in 1882 in a Georgetown mansion. Clara and her family prepare for a holiday celebration. As the guests arrive, Clara’s mysterious godfather, Mr. Drosselmeyer, enters with his handsome young nephew, who greets Clara with a kiss on her hand. Drosselmeyer entertains the guests with a puppet show and dancing dolls and presents Clara with a special gift—a nutcracker. Jealous of his sister’s present, Fritz seizes the nutcracker and breaks it. As the party ends, Clara sadly places the nutcracker under the Christmas tree. Later that night, after everyone has gone to bed, Clara tiptoes downstairs to retrieve her nutcracker. Suddenly, the room fills with scurrying mice. Eventually, Clara falls asleep and begins to dream. When the clock strikes midnight, Drosselmeyer’s magic begins. The Christmas tree grows and a battle ensues between a brigade of toy soldiers led by a life-sized nutcracker against the Rat King and his menacing rats. As the Rat King nears victory, Clara distracts him, enabling the nutcracker to kill him. Suddenly, the nutcracker is turned into a handsome prince. He leads Clara through the enchanted winter to a glorious springtime.

Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel to Springtime, where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and her attendants: butterflies, mushrooms and other woodland creatures. When the Prince tells them how Clara saved his life, the Sugar Plum Fairy summons her subjects to entertain them with wonderful dances—Spanish and Chinese dances, a duet for an Anacostian brave and maiden. Brilliant red cardinals frolic with a Tom Cat; an American frontiersman dances with frontier girls; Mother Barnum dances with her circus clowns; and the waltz of the Cherry Blossoms is led by the Dew Drop Fairy. The celebration comes to a spectacular climax when the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a grand pas de deux. Just before the curtain falls, we see Clara asleep with her nutcracker, marking an end to her magical journey.

I thought the dancers were incredibly talented and the costumes and set were equally impressive. I especially loved watching the littlest dancers and the humor they brought to the performance. The show uses recorded music but I didn’t think that took away from the grandeur of the production. The show was definitely magical and one that I will take my daughters to for years to come!

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Here are the remaining performance dates and times at the Warner Theatre:

 

  • Friday, December 9, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 1:00pm
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Friday, December 16, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 1:00pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 – 2:00pm
  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Friday, December 23, 2016 – 2:00pm
  • Friday, December 23, 2016 – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 11:00am
  • Saturday, December 24, 2016 – 3:30pm

 

To purchase tickets click here.

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Adventures with Mr. Bear – Arts on the Horizon

Arts on the Horizon
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
www.artsonthehorizon.org

My daughters love to go see children’s shows so we’ve made the rounds at many theatre companies in the DC area but Arts on the Horizon in Alexandria, Virginia is one that I recently learned about:

Arts on the Horizon is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a unique and specific focus of providing performances and education programs for young people ages 0 to 6 years old. We were the first theatre company in the country to focus our work solely on this age range.

Arts on the Horizon values intelligent, innovative, and original work for diverse young audiences that is accessible, affordable, inspiring and fun.  We believe that the arts play an important role in the life of a child. Our interactive, nonverbal shows are performed by professional, adult actors.

When I found out that their December production was “Adventures with Mr. Bear” I knew that my littlest would love it and she definitely did!

adventureswithmrbear-logoWhen we first arrived at the theatre we went to the “Adventure Prep” room and did some activities with Mae’s bear friend she brought along. They first tried on their adventure hats, then did some coloring, read a book, and had a tea party.

img_2659It was soon time to go into the theater for the show. The seating is mostly on the floor except for a few chairs along the back. The theatre is very small, so it’s nice cozy environment for the little ones. I thought the set was really well done: simple with bright colors and fun toys.

img_2660As we waited a few minutes for everyone to get seated, we listened to the live music and played a little game of “eye-spy” with things on the set to keep Mae occupied.

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One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities – all from the comfort of her playroom!

The show was about 30 minutes long and was completely non-verbal, just live music accompanying the talented acting. I thought that was so unique – we’ve never been to show like this one. I was surprised how attentive the children were with no words being spoken.

It is a really cute production and perfect for kids ages 2-5 years old. If you have the chance to go see a show, you should! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Many weekend shows have already sold out but there are still tickets available for several of the weekday performances. You can purchase tickets here.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Thursday, December 1 at 10:30am  (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 2 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 3 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 3 at 11:30am (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 6 at 10:30am**
Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30am*
Thursday, December 8 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 9 at 10:30am**
Saturday, December 10 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 10 at 11:30am (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30am
Wednesday, December 14 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 15 at 10:30am**
Friday, December 16 at 10:30am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 17 at 10am (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 17 at 11:30am

Arts on the Horizon has an exciting 2016-2017 schedule! See the upcoming productions here.

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