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GIVEAWAY!!! NYE at BusyBees!

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I can hardly believe we will be saying goodby to 2018 soon! Where did the year go?! Celebrating the New Year with kids (well before midnight) is so much fun and I am excited to give away tickets to the BEST kid-friendly New Year celebration in the area!

I have a family 4 pack (2 adults + 2 kids) of tickets for each Busybees location: Chevy Chase and Falls Church. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me which location you would like to attend. (See below for details) I’ll draw a winner for each location this Friday, December 14th. Good luck!

The Chevy Chase party is on December 31st from 11-1pm.

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The Falls Church party is on December 31st from 3-5pm.

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Jingle ARRGH the Way! at Encore Stage & Studio

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One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to go to the theater and Encore Stage & Studio is definitely one of our favorites. They are different than most children’s theaters in the area because all the actors are children! My girls love watching other kids perform. I took both of my daughters (ages 5 & 7) to see Encore’s latest production, Jingle ARRGH the Way! on Sunday and we were all captivated and entertained throughout! It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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Based on the story by Melinda Long, “How I Became a Pirate,” the story  follows Captain Braid Beard and his crew as they sail to the North Pole in search of Christmas Treasure. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who,”makes Jingle ARRGH the Way! a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.

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We loved that this show has lots of humor and such a great energy! It has fun and catchy songs that had us all singing and clapping along. It is recommended for ages 4 and up and is a great way to introduce your children to theater and celebrate the holidays! There are just 4 performances remaining this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so make sure to get your tickets soon!

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The show’s run-time is 1 – 1 /2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Performances run Fridays- Sundays, Nov. 30–Dec. 9, 2018 at the Gunston Arts Center, Theater One 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military and Seniors and are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at 703-548-1154.

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GIVEAWAY! Beetlejuice at The National Theatre!

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GIVEAWAY! I have 2 tickets for the show on Thursday, October 18th 7:30pm at The National Theatre to give away to one lucky reader! To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. I will draw and notify a winner the morning of Monday, October 15th. Good luck!

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Sunday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 18

The National Theatre

http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/beetlejuice18/

It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellent than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Get tickets now to BEETLEJUICE – hell, bring the whole family! We’ve got plenty of 4-letter words that your kids will love.

BEETLEJUICE will star Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman as ‘Beetlejuice,’ two-time Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso as ‘Lydia,’ Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler as ‘Barbara,’ Tony Award nominee Rob McClure as ‘Adam,’ Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser as ‘Charles,’ two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer as ‘Delia,’ Jill Abramovitz as ‘Maxine Dean’ and ‘Mrs. Shoggoth,’ Danny Rutigliano as ‘Maxie Dean’ and Kelvin Moon Loh as ‘Otho’.

The ensemble includes Tessa AlvesJohnny Brantley IIIRyan BreslinBrooke EngenAbe GoldfarbEric Anthony JohnsonElliott MattoxMateo Melendez,George MerrickRamone OwensDevin RobertsPresley RyanKim Sava, and Dana Steingold.

BEETLEJUICE is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers with choreography by Connor Gallagher, an original score by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King.

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Contains strong language, mature references, and a lot of the crazy, inappropriate stuff you would expect from a deranged demon. 



Review: Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

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I took my family to see Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party last week and it was a big hit! We have seen many Disney on Ice shows and I have to say this one is our new favorite! They brought brand new elements to the show that really took it to the next level. There were amazing aerialists, acrobats, and interaction with the audience as characters emerged from the stands. We loved that they added the Moana and Coco acts to the show as well!

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The show opens with a high-energy number featuring Club Mickey Mouse-inspired performers. They hype up the crowd with incredible figure skating choreography and hoverboard tricks on the ice. They also use air tracks to flip, twist, and tumble across the ice. It was a really fun and captivating performace!

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The next act was a favorite with Belle and the enchanted objects from “Beauty and the Beast” rising into the air with aerial silks and then turning into a rotating carousel. It was really mesmerizing!

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Next, the performance featured the characters from Toy Story in a fun number. Then Moana makes her debut and technology is used to give the illusion the ice is enveloped in flames as Moana encounters Te Ka on her daring voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti.

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The Coco performance was exceptional with vibrant colors and skeletons atop sway poles swinging back and forth over the audience in a dazzling display suited for the celebration of family. This was also one of our favorite parts of the show!

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The Little Mermaid followed the Coco act and then the show finished with Frozen and the entire cast coming out for the closing song. It was such a fun show!

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The final performances at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax were yesterday but you still have a chance to see a show in Baltimore! It’s playing at Royal Farms Arena October 10-14.

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Teddy’s 1st Birthday Party at BusyBees!

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Just like that my baby boy turned ONE! I’m still trying to figure out how the past year went by in the blink of an eye. Time seems to pass faster and faster with each kid. Teddy is our third and final baby so I want to savor every one of his milestones. This was the last first birthday party we will ever have, so it was important to make it memorable! But I knew I couldn’t throw him a party myself….there just isn’t enough time to do that aaand get sleep with 3 little kiddos. So we booked it with BusyBees Chevy Chase and it was fabulous!

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I already knew how great BusyBees is with throwing parties since we had my oldest daughter’s 5th birthday party at the Falls Church location 2 years ago. You can read more about that here.

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BusyBees makes party planning a breeze because they will do it all for you! With their add-on packages you simply choose your favorite theme and let them work their magic. They will even create a custom design for you if you had something else in mind. Some of their themes include: A Mermaid’s Tale, Lil’ Farmers, Tutu Cute, Safari Expedition, and Glow in the Dark. I choose the Funfetti package because I love the polka-dots and bright colors. I also love that they use some of the super cute Meri Meri partyware in this package!

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This was such a fun room for the kids to walk into for pizza and cake! They especially loved the confetti balloons on their chairs!

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The personalized details were so special and cute! The water bottle labels said “Happy 1st Birthday Teddy” and the place mats said “Teddy is One!”. Everything was just perfect!

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The party was a big hit and the kids all had so much fun in the playspace! I am very thankful for all our friends and family who celebrated with us and to BusyBees for throwing such an amazing party! Lots of great memories were made this day!

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To learn more about the BusyBees Chevy Chase playspace and tips for your visit, click here. And to read more about the BusyBees Falls Church location, click here.

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Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party

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The newest Disney On Ice show is coming to Fairfax in just a little over a week! I’m excited to take my family and especially my little guy since he’s crazy about Mickey! If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can use offer code GOOFY to save $6 per ticket through October 7.

Click here to download a fun coloring sheet for your kids!

Fairfax, VA
Eagle Bank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

Date and Time of Performances:        

  • Wednesday, October 3 @ 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 4 @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at:                       $15, opening night. $20, all other shows.

To order tickets by phone:      (800)-745-3000

To order tickets online:           www.ticketmaster.com



Baby Jam + Promo Code!

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Teddy and I had the chance to try a Baby Jam music class last week and it was so much fun! Baby Jam is a new program in our area that offers music and yoga classes for 0-4 year olds around Bethesda and Rockville. I was excited to take him to the class since he hasn’t done nearly as many baby classes as I did with my girls when they were little and I had more time.  The Baby Jam class we attended was at Nordstrom in the Westfield Montgomery Mall before the store was open.

Our instructor Suzanna was very warm and great with the children. She started by playing the guitar and singing a welcome song. Then she continued with more of the classic children’s songs like “Wheels on the Bus”, “Five Little Monkey’s”, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. She brought out several different things for the kids to play with including scarves, egg shakers, and bells. The songs were all fun, interactive and kept the children engaged well; even my just turned one year old was only distracted a few times.

I love the convenience of the classes being held at stores in the area (Nordstrom, Hanna Andersson, and GapKids). It’s a win-win if you can do something fun and educational for your child and also get some shopping done in the same trip! There are also great added bonuses for the moms, dads, or caretakers when you bring little ones to the classes. At Nordstrom you get a free beverage from the eBar, at GapKids and BabyGap at Pike & Rose you receive 10% off your purchase, and at Hanna Andersson in Bethesda you get 20% off when you register as a new client with them.

There is a lot of flexibility in booking the classes as well. Customers can purchase individual classes, 5 packs/10 packs at a savings, or an unlimited monthly membership for $99 ($79 with code CAPMOMMA). Classes are currently offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings and a weekend class is coming soon!

Best of all, Capitol Momma readers always get 20% off! Use promo code CAPMOMMA at checkout to get the discount on all your purchases!

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New Disney on Ice Coming to Fairfax!

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY

IS COMING TO FAIRFAX, OCTOBER 3-7!

GIVEAWAY!!! I am excited to announce that I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. Tickets are for the opening night show on Wednesday, October 3, 7:00pm at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on September 20th. Good luck!!!

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is performing at EagleBank Arena from October 3 - 7 for nine performances.

Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats alike.

Fairfax, VA
Eagle Bank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

Date and Time of Performances:        

  • Wednesday, October 3 @ 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 4 @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at:      $15, opening night. $20, all other shows.

To order tickets by phone:      (800)-745-3000

To order tickets online:           www.ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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10 Best DC-Area Outdoor Places to Spend Time with Your Kids in August

It’s already the end of July and I don’t know how we got here so quickly! In just a few weeks the kids will be back in school and the crazy mornings of packing lunches and getting everyone ready to rush out the door will return. Here’s to making the most of our last month of summer break!

Top picks for things to do in August:

  1. Visit the animals, go on rides, and splurge on jumbo sugary treats at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair August 10-18.MaeFair
  2. Catch one of the final performances of the summer at Wolf Trap’s Children’s-Theatre-In-The-Woods. Wolftrap (1 of 1)
  3. In between the field trips have some good old fashioned summer fun in your own backyard with a slip n’ slide, sprinkler, or water balloons. We have been spending a lot of time in our backyard and it’s been so nice to enjoy bug-free! We get regular mosquito and gnat treatments from the DC Mosquito Squad and have had no bug bites from our yard this summer! Mosquito Squad logo
  4. Cool off at the South Germantown Splash Park. This is one of the bigger splash parks in Montgomery County and it is sure to wear out your kids between all the fun water features and the jumping pillow.
  5. Take your crew to the Frying Pan Farm Park 4H Fair and Carnival for rides, games and live entertainment August 2-5.FryingPanCarnival
  6. Go for a hike in the morning when it’s cooler at Great Falls Park on either the Virginia or Maryland side. Kids can complete the Junior Ranger Program to earn a badge.
  7. Head to Clemijontri Park in McLean, VA where your kids can swing, slide, and run around the vast playground. There is also a trackless train and a carousel.
  8. Go for a whirl on the carousel at Glen Echo Park. While there you can also go to the playground, catch a puppet show at The Puppet Co. or see Tinker Bell at Adventure Theatre. GlenEchoCarousel
  9. Attend a Washington Nationals baseball game at Nationals Park. For insider tips read this guide to visiting with kids.
  10. Splash, picnic, and play the day away at Yards Park. Read this article before planning your visit. TidalBasin (1 of 1)

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with D.C. Mosquito Squad who is providing standard barrier treatment for our yard this summer.



The Inside Ski Training Center is a Must-do!

insideski-logo-350I have loved skiing since I was a little girl and my parents first enrolled me in ski school at age 5. Some of my favorite memories from growing up are our ski trips to Colorado with family and friends. I was so excited to take my oldest daughter Clara skiing for her first time a few years ago and now it is something we look forward to doing together every winter.

I first heard about The Inside Ski Training Center just a couple weeks ago through Certifikid and thought it sounded so amazing…..a place in Leesburg, Virginia where you can ski or snowboard all year round! We had to try it!

When we first arrived at The Inside Ski Training Center we met the owners, Nancy and Brian who were super friendly. I filled out a couple forms and then Brian got us set up with equipment – boots, skis, and helmets. It’s all the same equipment used out on the mountain.

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While we were waiting for the lesson before us to finish, Brian had Clara practice a couple things on the carpeted slope and then she was ready to try the infinite slope.

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The simulator is a revolving carpet made out of a material similar to astro turf that is sprayed with water. Wondering how it works exactly? The upward revolving surface simulates the slope that slides underneath you, like a treadmill. With variable pitch and speed, the slope can be tailored to the ability of the skiers or boarders on the slope. A support bar at the bottom of the slope offers stability and confidence for less experienced students. A large mirror at the base of the slope gives you real-time feedback.

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It takes a little bit of time and practice to get used to but our instructor, Nancy was so great at getting us up to speed quickly. We started out at the bottom of the slope, holding on to the bar while the simulator turned on. Then we practiced pushing off the bar a little bit and moving across the bar and slope to get the feel of things.

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Once Clara was comfortable, Nancy started working with her on “pizza and french fries” and she played “red light/yellow light/green light” with her to work on controlling her speed. Nancy also had Clara “draw” shapes on the slope to help her work a little on turning. As a beginner skier, this was so helpful for Clara to work on these skills.

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A group lesson is divided into 3 ten minute sessions per student (equal to a whole day of skiing out on a mountain), so Clara and I alternated our ski time. Once I was comfortable on the slope, Nancy worked with me on turning. It was extremely helpful to have the huge mirror in front of me to watch my form. When she would tell me to square my hips or shoulders I could easily make the correction by looking at myself in the mirror. Even though I’ve skied for many, many years I haven’t had a lesson since I was a kid, so this was extremely helpful! I really focused on the little things that actually do make a big difference in improving skills like pressing down on my pinkie toes while turning.

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At the end of our lesson, Clara and I skied together. She stayed towards the bottom and I skied at the top. This was so much fun but a little trickier as we had to make sure we didn’t run into each other. I did fall down once and I can assure you it doesn’t hurt at all! The surface is made of soft fibers so it’s not nearly as bad as falling on ice or packed snow. The instructor also carries a hand-held remote at all times and will stop the slope immediately if you fall.

The Inside Ski Training Center is for all ages and levels. It’s especially great if you have little kids that you want to get out on the mountain with you next winter. I’m planning on taking my younger daughter Mae who just turned 5 to the training center to see if it’s something she’ll enjoy before I take her up to the mountain. It’s also the perfect place to work on your skills if you are a more advanced skier. Most importantly it’s a ton of fun! It’s such a unique thing to try as there are only a handful of these infinite slopes in the entire U.S.

The lessons are very reasonably priced at $49 for a group lesson and $89 for a private lesson. Plus right now there’s a deal on Certifikid for a group lesson for only $35! Click here to purchase. You can also click here for more details on packages. Additionally, the Inside Ski Training Center is offering a kids summer camp August 6-9 and you can find a deal on Certifikid for that too, click here!