Monthly Archives: February 2019

Review: Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment 2019

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Last week I celebrated Valentine’s Day at Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment with my daughters and a friend. It is such a fun way to make the holiday special for the kids. We have been going to Disney on Ice shows for several years but I love how each one features something unique. I’m not sure how much longer they will enjoy these shows, so I’m soaking it up while I can!

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Worlds of Enchantment is a 2 hour show with about a 15 minute intermission, so it’s the perfect length for little ones. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy are the hosts and take us through four fantastic Disney stories – Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Frozen.

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One of the most memorable parts of the show is the Disney Pixar’s Cars story. It is really fascinating to see the cars drive around on ice with no visible drivers.

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The Toy Story performance is the longest story in the show and it is amazing! The characters come to life in giant costumes and it was fun to watch them dance and skate considering what they were wearing.

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Next on the adventure, we went under the sea with Sebastian, Flounder, and Ariel. The Little Mermaid is such a classic and although this story was short, it was no less impressive. This piece was visually stunning with the amazing props and costumes.

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The final part of the show is all dedicated to Frozen. As the music starts to play, you can feel the energy in the arena change. The little ones get wide-eyed and start singing along and it is truly magical. We love the performance and songs by Olaf in this set!

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is such a fun show that the whole family can enjoy! Don’t miss this one the next time it comes to the D.C. area!



Water Safety at British Swim School

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A few weeks ago I started taking Teddy to swim classes at British Swim School. Although he is only 16 months old, it is extremely important to me that he starts building his water survival skills early. We have a pool in our backyard, so for safety reasons I need all my kids to be strong swimmers. And I thought with summer only a few months away that it was a good time to have Teddy start lessons.

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In all my different mommy groups, British Swim School is always recommended by several people. I have to say, I now understand why and I’m so glad that I decided to go with them for Teddy’s lessons.

The first thing I was impressed with when we walked into the pool area at Gaithersburg Courtyard Marriott Rio was that it was so nice and clean. There are changing areas and showers right next to the pool making it very convenient to get ready for class. The temperature of the water is also perfect. I can’t stand when pools are too cold and you get out with teeth chattering. You don’t have to worry about that here as it is nice and warm, making it comfortable for everyone. I also love how the instructor and deck ambassador greet Teddy and I with such enthusiasm. It really sets a good tone for class and I can tell Teddy likes the warm welcome!

It is evident that the instructors have been trained really well. They are comfortable with small children and know exactly how to handle their fears in the water. Our class instructor, Kimmie is also great at coaching me on what to say and how to react to Teddy.

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At our very first class, Teddy cried for the first few minutes and I was worried it wasn’t going to go well. But the instructors and manager got out some toys for him and he quickly calmed down. I was impressed with how they handled it and Teddy ended up loving the class. He now gets excited when we arrive for class each week; I can’t get him dressed in his swim suit quick enough!

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In the Tadpole class (ages 3 months – 36 months)  we work on an assisted back float with ears in, full gentle submersions, and getting comfortable using the swim ring. In between practicing these skills there is playtime, making it fun for the students. The instructors bring out balls and other water toys and we also sing songs. The Tadpole class is the first of  9 levels and is a parent assisted class. The small class size is nice; there are only 2 students in our class and the maximum allowed is 6.

I have had such a great experience with British Swim School, so I decided to enroll my 5 year old daughter Mae in classes as well. She just started yesterday in the Starfish class. She has hated swim lessons in the past and cried through many but loved her class at British Swim School. She didn’t want to get out of the pool when it ended. I’m confident we finally found the right program for her and she will make great progress!

Use code CAPMOM19 for $20.19 off your first month of group lessons! 

I partnered with British Swim School on this post.  However, all opinions and thoughts are my own.


Disney On Ice Coming to DC Next Week!

image001Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is coming to CAPITAL ONE ARENA from February 14-18, 2019. Treat your family with tickets to the show to celebrate Valentine’s Day and use offer code BLOG to save $5 per ticket!

Show Times:  

·         February 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
·         February 15, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
·         February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
·         February 17, 2019 @ 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
·         February 18, 2019 @ 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

To order tickets online:           www.ticketmaster.com

Here is some fun Disney trivia to play with your kids before the show:

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

  1. Ariel has a fascination with what, in “The Little Mermaid?”

  • Answer: Humans or the human world
  1. In “The Little Mermaid,” Ursula gives Ariel the ability to walk on land.  How long is this ability supposed to last?

  • Answer: Three days
  1. What is the name of Ariel’s best friend?

  • Answer: Flounder
  1. What is the device that Ariel refers to as a “dinglehopper?”

  • Answer: A fork
  1. What color was Tow Mater in “Cars” before he became rusty?

  • Answer: Baby blue
  1. What does Flo sell in Radiator Springs?

  • Answer: Gas or “the finest fuel”
  1. What type of car is Sally?

  • Answer: A blue Porsche

Disney•Pixar’s Cars 

  1. True or False: You never see humans in “Cars.”

  • Answer: True! Everything in the movie resembles something to do with cars. Even bugs resemble miniature Volkswagen Bugs.
  1. What type of tires does Lightning McQueen have?

  • Answer: Lightyear 
  1. What does Flo’s license plate say in “Cars?”

  • Answer: “Sho Grl” or  Show Girl 
  1. What is the name of Sally’s motel in “Cars?”

  • Answer: Cozy Cone 
  1. What is the road that Lightning McQueen finds himself lost on when he stumbles upon Radiator Springs?

  • Answer: Route 66 
  1. What is Ramone’s job?

  • Answer: He owns a body shop called “Ramone’s House of Body Art.”

Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 

  1. What is Andy’s last name?

  • Answer: Davis. It is written on his high school diploma which you see when he goes to the bulletin board to look at the picture of him as a child playing with the toys. 
  1. Sid Phillips, Andy’s next-door neighbor from the original Toy Story makes a brief appearance in the third movie as what?

  • Answer: A garbage man 
  1. The calendar in Andy’s room is always set to what month?

  • Answer: August 
  1. True or False: Lots-o’-Huggin Bear appeared in the first Toy Story movie.

  • Answer: True. A very early version of Lotso appeared in the original Toy Story film on Andy’s desk. 
  1. What is the name of the daycare center the toys end up at in Toy Story 3?

  • Answer: Sunnyside 
  1. How do the toys realize that Andy is looking for them in Toy Story 3?

  • Answer: Mrs. Potato Head’s other eye is still in Andy’s room. 
  1. Who saves the toys from the incinerator in Toy Story 3?

  • Answer: the Aliens 
  1. Where does Ken ask Barbie to live with him?

  • Answer: In his Dream House 
  1. In Toy Story 3, Lotso forces the toys to stay in what room of the daycare center?

  • Answer: The Caterpillar room