Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Star Movie – Free Tickets!


Sony Pictures is about to release the children’s holiday film THE STAR on November 17th. In the film, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

I have 15 – admit 4 tickets available for a pre-screening of the movie on Saturday, November 11th 11am at AMC Mazza Gallerie. Click here to get your passes (until they run out) and join me and my girls at the theater!

The movie looks really cute! What a fun way to kick-start our Christmas spirit this season! Check out the official trailer!

Also, click here for a chance to win a trip to New York!

A Bad Moms Christmas screening – Free Tickets!!!


A Bad Moms Christmas is STX’s upcoming comedy (hitting theatres Nov 1), and sequel, to the first major hit, BAD MOMS. This American Christmas comedy is about three under-appreciated and overburdened moms rebelling against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.  By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

I have 15 “admit 2” tickets available for the screening next Monday, October 30th at 7:00pm at the AMC Mazza Gallerie theater. Click here to claim your tickets before they are gone! Please remember seating is first come, first serve so try and arrive to the theater early!

The movie looks hilarious! Take a peek at the trailer below!



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 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.