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GIVEAWAY! I have 2 tickets up for grabs to opening night Tuesday, March 26th 7:30pm at The National Theatre in DC. Comment on this post to be entered. A winner will be drawn and notified on Sunday, March 24th. Good luck!
A BRONX TALE
Tuesday, March 26 – Sunday, March 31
The National Theatre
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=AV-KBuNXp9k
A BRONX TALE – Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high, energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical, based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story, that The New York Times hailed as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”
Featuring 10 alumni from the Broadway production, the cast is led by Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly as Tyrone, Frankie Leoni as Young Calogero, and Shane Pry as Young Calogero Alternate.
The ensemble includes Mike Backes, Michael Barra, Sean Bell, Josh Burrage, Joey Calveri, Giovanni DiGabrielle, John Gardiner, Peter Gregus, Haley Hannah, Kirk Lydell, Ashley McManus, Chris Messina, Kyli Rae, Joseph Sammour, Paul Salvatoriello, Jason Williams, and Brittany Williams.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission. Recommended for age 12 and up.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
· 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:
Here is some fun Disney trivia to play with your kids before the show:
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Ariel has a fascination with what, in “The Little Mermaid?”
- Answer: Humans or the human world
In “The Little Mermaid,” Ursula gives Ariel the ability to walk on land. How long is this ability supposed to last?
- Answer: Three days
What is the name of Ariel’s best friend?
- Answer: Flounder
What is the device that Ariel refers to as a “dinglehopper?”
- Answer: A fork
What color was Tow Mater in “Cars” before he became rusty?
- Answer: Baby blue
What does Flo sell in Radiator Springs?
- Answer: Gas or “the finest fuel”
What type of car is Sally?
- Answer: A blue Porsche
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.
What type of tires does Lightning McQueen have?
- Answer: Lightyear
What does Flo’s license plate say in “Cars?”
- Answer: “Sho Grl” or Show Girl
What is the name of Sally’s motel in “Cars?”
- Answer: Cozy Cone
What is the road that Lightning McQueen finds himself lost on when he stumbles upon Radiator Springs?
- Answer: Route 66
What is Ramone’s job?
- Answer: He owns a body shop called “Ramone’s House of Body Art.”
Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story
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.
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
The calendar in Andy’s room is always set to what month?
- Answer: August
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.
What is the name of the daycare center the toys end up at in Toy Story 3?
- Answer: Sunnyside
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.
Who saves the toys from the incinerator in Toy Story 3?
- Answer: the Aliens
Where does Ken ask Barbie to live with him?
- Answer: In his Dream House
In Toy Story 3, Lotso forces the toys to stay in what room of the daycare center?
- Answer: The Caterpillar room
This past weekend I took my family to see Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena. It was our second time seeing the show and it did not disappoint! Last year was our first time going to the show and I was honestly a bit skeptical. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but wanted to give my kids the experience anyways and surprisingly I ended up loving it! This year was no different and I especially enjoyed watching my 16 month old son be completely mesmerized by the monster trucks. It really is a unique experience that is great fun for the whole family!
Monster Jam 2019 in DC featured eight different trucks: Bad News Travels Fast, Barbarian, Dragon, Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation, Pretty Wicked, Scooby-Doo, and Stinger Unleashed. My girls were excited to see that 3 of the drivers were female. Their favorite truck of the day was Scooby-Doo driven by Linsey Read. She was amazing and very entertaining to the crowd when she flipped her truck a couple times!
The athletes each took a turn competing in different competitions including speed, wheelies, donuts, and freestyle. The audience then has the ability to vote and score each driver from your own mobile device. My girls got really into this and loved participating in the voting our phones! I couldn’t believe some of the tricks they were doing with their massive trucks at approximately 12 feet tall and wide. The tires are 66 inches and weight at least 10,000 pounds. The trucks can travel up to 100 MPH and they can fly up to 125 to 130 feet out at up to 35 feet in the air. The most exciting part of the show was when Stinger Unleashed caught on fire. The driver jumped out and men ran over to the truck with extinguishers and put it out quickly. It made me nervous for a minute but they seem to have had it all under control, thankfully!
This is an amazing show that’s really an experience your kids will talk about for a long time. We brought our five and seven year old daughters and our 16 month old son and they all loved it! All of the trucks have fantastic designs and paint jobs, and the drivers do a good job of getting the audience involved and cheering. I was really impressed by the power of the trucks, as well as the skill of the drivers.
A few tips before you go: Noise cancelling headphones area must for both adults and children. You can find some on Amazon that don’t cost too much and work great. Make sure to wear coats if it is cold outside because the arena is ventilated for the event. You aren’t allowed to bring in your own food or drinks.
GIVEAWAY! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the opening night show on Thursday, February 14th 7:30pm at Capital One Arena. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Monday, February 4th. Good luck!
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 14-18!
Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to your hometown! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the Academy Award®-winning Frozen.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing at Capital One Arena, February 14-18 for 10 performances.
Thrill to high-speed stunts, as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozenas they learn that true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show.
From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment!
Washington, DC – Capital One Arena, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
- 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.
Tickets start at $20.
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.
Monster Jam is coming to Capital One Arena in just 2 days! Make sure to get your tickets soon as shows are selling out fast! Use code ICE to save $5 on tickets.
Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Here is some fun trivia you can play with your kids on the way to the show!
Monster Jam Trivia Questions:
- How big is a Monster Jam truck?
- Answer: Monster Jam trucks stands approximately 12’ tall
- How much does each Monster Jam truck weigh?
- Answer: Each Monster Jam truck weighs 12,000 pounds.
- How tall are official Monster Jam truck tires?
- Answer: Each tire must be 66 inches tall.
- How many tons of dirt are needed to set up a track for one Monster Jam show?
- Answer: Stadiums use up to 500 truckloads of dirt. Arenas use over 100 truckloads of dirt
- How much horsepower does the average Monster Jam Truck have?
- Answer: Each truck produces approximately 1,500 horsepower, which is the equivalent of about 10 average cars.
- Who judges each Monster Jam competition?
- Answer: The fans! Through Judgeszone.com, each fan can have a say in the outcome. Monster Jam is the only sport in the world gives the judging exclusively to the fans.
- Who holds the most Monster Jam World Finals Championship titles?
- Answer: Tom Meents holds the record for the most Monster Jam World Finals Championships at 11.
- How many drivers hold two or more Monster Jam World Finals Championship titles?
- Answer: Since the inception of the Monster Jam World Finals, only 8 drivers have two or more Championships to their credit.
Last weekend as the snow flurries were just starting to fall, my daughter and I saw The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio. It was the perfect activity for a cold winter afternoon and the show did not disappoint! The 26 child actors delivered a fabulous performance and we were entertained throughout. It was playful and exciting; a perfect show for the whole family to enjoy!
During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.
WHEN: January 11-20, 2019
Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 11 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, January 12 & 19, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, January 13 & 20, 2019 at 3 pm
WHERE: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22207
TICKETS: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online ator by calling the box office at (703) 548-1154.
GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away for the show on January 26th at 1:00pm. To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on January 16th. Good luck!
Monster Jam® Returns to Capital One Arena with Three Larger-Than-Life Events on January 26-27
WHAT: Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, most family-friendly motor sport in the world today will tear through Washington, DC for three adrenaline pumping events at the Capital One Arena on January 26-27.
Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Washington fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.
The 2019 Monster Jam season will see athletes on each tour battle it out every weekend from January to May to be crowned the tour champion and receive an automatic bid to Monster Jam World Finals XX that will be held in Orlando for the first-time-ever.
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-venue fan voting on their smartphones.
Fans are invited to the pre-event Pit Party before January 26 and 27 1:00 p.m. events where they can get up-close-and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers, take photos and get autographs.
WHERE: Capital One Arena – 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
WHEN: Saturday, January 26 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 @ 1:00 p.m.
The Pit Party on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.
- Grave Digger
- Scooby Doo
- Nitro Menace
- Monster Mutt Dalmatian
- Pretty Wicked
- Bad News Travel Fast
*Trucks/drivers subject to change.
TICKETS: Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
PAW PATROL LIVE “RACE TO THE RESCUE” IS COMING TO FAIRFAX!
FEBRUARY 1 – 3
GIVEAWAY!!! I have 2 sets of family 4-packs of tickets to see Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue” at Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Winners can choose to see their performance of choice (see showtimes and dates below). To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly draw and notify 2 winners on January 19th. Good luck!
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.
February 1-February 3
|Friday, February 1||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 2||10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, February 3||10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.|
Tickets start at $21.50
(Additional fees may apply.)
Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket.
Tickets on sale at the EagleBank Box Office and through Ticketmaster.