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4-ticket GIVEAWAY! – Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream

image001I am thrilled to offer a giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets to see Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream for the Friday, September 29th 7:30pm show at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, September 12th. Good luck!!!

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office.

Performing at the EagleBank Arena from September 29 – October 8, audiences will celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! See how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.  Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office. To learn more about, go to DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

Show Times:

  • Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

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Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO – Review

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Cirque du Soleil has built quite the reputation for their artistic contemporary circus shows, so I was super excited when I heard Ovo was coming to the DC and Baltimore area. I have seen a couple of their productions in Las Vegas but this was the first time I attend one of their touring shows. I was also thrilled to be able to take my oldest daughter Clara with me for a special momma-daughter date to see the show Friday night.

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OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

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The performance is broken into two acts.  We loved the entire show but I think the second act was our favorite. Cirque du Soleil does an amazing job of combining music, dance, juggling, and acrobatic acts to keep the audience entertained throughout.

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The second act was a little faster paced and featured the trapeze artists and the trampoline performers – these were two of our favorite parts.

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At the end, all of the performers came together for the fun and upbeat finale.

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I was happy that my daughter loved the show! I would definitely recommend taking kids but probably ages 5+ would be best. Clara loved all the different insects and we both thought the costumes were outstanding! Go see the show; you will not be disappointed!

There are 7 shows at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore this week August 23-27. Purchase tickets here.

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*I received 2 complimentary tickets in exchange for a review. No other compensation received. All opinions are my own.

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Featuring Moana and Beauty and the Beast

image001Disney’s Moana comes onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream when the show arrives to the D.C. metropolitan area this fall, September 29th – October 8th. The tour will bring Disney’s favorite characters and fun events. Tickets are on sale now.

Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across North America. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza when beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella visit Fairfax from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 8 for 11 performances at the EagleBank Arena.

Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in an epic adventure with demigod, Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity. Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness. Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter. Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.  Journey with Mickey and Minnie to uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream start at $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office. To learn more about, go to DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.



By the Seashore at Arts on the Horizon

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

bytheseashore-logo-webLast weekend I took my girls to see By the Seashore at Arts on the Horizon. It was super cute! If you have little ones ages 0-6, you should definitely check out their shows! “Arts on the Horizon values intelligent, innovative, and original work for diverse young audiences that is accessible, affordable, inspiring and fun.”

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By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit – the beach!  From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky (with no need for wings or scuba gear!). Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers.

Even though this show is recommended for ages 0-2, my girls ages 4 & 6 really enjoyed it! Before the show started we checked out the all the fun stations set up in a separate room. There was a Beach Day photo station where the kids could try on leis and hold beach toys for a fun photo opp. A sensory station contained items of different textures like things you would find at the beach. My girls had fun in the sandcastle station where they built a castle out of blocks.

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After we explored all the different stations it was time to go into the theater for the show. At the performances the children sit on the floor, right in front of the stage area. Parents can join them or sit in the row of chairs directly behind the floor seating.

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There are three actors in the show and it is all non-verbal. The actors make noises and are accompanied by music and ocean sounds. The children love how the actors interact with them and let them feel the props throughout the show. We were very impressed with the props that are so creative and visually appealing to the little ones. There is a fish mobile, a sea turtle made out of a life preserver, and jellyfish made out of a beach balls with lights inside. Running time is 20 minutes, plus a 10-15 minute exploration time after the production where children can interact with the props used in the show and the performers (30-35 minutes total). The show is perfect for ages 0-2 but if you have older children, they will love it too!

There are just 3 shows remaining:

Friday, July 28th at 10:30am
Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am
Saturday, July 29th at 11:30am

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Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO is Coming to Baltimore this Summer!

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For the first time ever, Cirque Du Soleil’s award-winning OVO is coming to the DC/Baltimore region. The internationally touring show is coming to the Royal Farms Arena from August 23 to August 27. OVO is the quintessential Cirque performance, filled with the acrobatic stunts, spectacular costumes, sets and theatrics audiences have come to love.

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.  It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.  The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $36. Purchase here.

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National Building Museum’s “Hive” Exhibit

The National Building Museum’s highly anticipated Hive installation is now open and, trust us, it’s a must-do for both D.C. families and visitors! As part of the Summer Block Party series, Studio Gang (an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York) brings us the tallest installation to ever be constructed in the historic Great Hall—it’s built with more than 2,500 wound paper tubes. The Hive consists of three interconnected domed chambers reaching 60 feet tall that are designed to be experienced through sight and sound. This interactive exhibit is very kid-friendly and something the whole family can enjoy together. (Not to mention the perfect summer outing to escape the D.C. heat and humidity!) I took my girls the day it opened and we had such a fun morning at the museum.

Click here to read our article on Mommy Nearest to see what all the “buzz” is about, and make sure to plan your visit before the exhibit closes on September 4.

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Badlands Play Space

Badlands, the new nature-inspired play space is now open in Rockville, MD. You must check it out if you are in the D.C. area. It’s a 30,000 square foot place where your kids will be happy to play for hours! My girls have been begging me to take them back ever since we attended the preview.

Click here to read our article on Mommy Nearest to find out just how much fun you’ll have at Badlands!

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Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre – Review

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Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook is now showing at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. This is one that you should not miss this summer. It is so entertaining and hilarious! I’ve been taking my daughters to shows at Adventure Theatre for a few years and this is definitely our favorite yet. We are even planning to go see it a second time!

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The show is based on the popular book series by Barbara Park and is directed by Rick Hammerly. “When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some “stealers,” she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too.” Is it “Finders Keepers”? The performance takes the audience along as Junie explores this question.

The show is recommended for all ages and runs about 80 minutes with no intermission. From beginning to end, the energy is high and my daughter and I were both laughing throughout. There are a couple of cute musical numbers when you just can’t help but start singing along!

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We were “wowed” the moment we walked into the theatre and saw the bright and beautifully designed set. A few of the supporting cast members were out welcoming guests while swinging on the swings and hanging from the monkey bars.  There are lots of objects hidden in the rafters of the ceiling, so it was fun to play a game of “eye spy” before the show started. The costumes were equally impressive! And of course the acting was brilliant too!

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Go see this show! (Buy tickets here.) It’s the perfect summer outing with your kids. Make a day of it and ride the Dentzel Carousel while you are at Glen Echo. There is also a little cafe where you can grab lunch or a snack and a playground too.

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Arts on the Horizon Presents By the Seashore + GIVEAWAY!

bytheseashore-logo-webArts on the Horizon is a theatre for children ages 0-6 years old in Northern Virginia. Their mission is to offer high-quality theatre for young children and their families at an affordable rate. Their shows are 30 minutes in length and are performed by professional actors. We attended one of their performances earlier this year and loved it. See my review here. The next show coming up is called By the Seashore and is recommended for ages 0-2.

By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit – the beach!  From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky (with no need for wings or scuba gear!). Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers.

I have two family 4-packs of tickets to giveaway! One 4-pack for the July 13th show at 10:30am, and one for July 15th at 10am. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. The winners will be drawn and notified on June 30th. Good luck!

Location of performance:
The Lab at Convergence
1819 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, July 13th at 10:30am
Friday, July 14th at 10:30am
Saturday, July 15th at 10:00am
Saturday, July 15th at 11:30am (Sign-interpreted performance)
Tuesday, July 18th at 10:30am
Wednesday, July 19th at 10:30am
Thursday, July 20th at 10:30am
Friday, July 21st at 10:30am
Saturday, July 22nd at 10:00am
Saturday, July 22nd at 11:30am
Tuesday, July 25th at 10:30am
Wednesday, July 26th at 10:30am
Thursday, July 27th at 10:30am
Friday, July 28th at 10:30am
Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am
Saturday, July 29th at 11:30am

Tickets:

Tickets are $6.

Purchase tickets here: http://www.artsonthehorizon.org/by-the-seashore-buy-tickets.html



Educational Summer Activity: Make An Alligator and Learn About the Letter A

Summer break is here! I have lots of fun outings and field trips planned for my girls over the next three months but I also want to work in some educational activities at home as much as I can. I think it’s important to keep their brains active, especially for my oldest daughter after learning so many new skills in Kindergarten this year.

I have a super cute Alligator activity from Education.com to share with you. It’s focused on reading and writing skills for Kindergarten aged children.

Make An Alligator and Learn About the Letter A

Sure, Apple starts with A… but so do big, green Alligators! Kindergarten is an important time when kids are learning about letters and sounds. In this activity, your child will have fun crafting an alligator out of household items while developing “letter-sound correspondence,” a skill that will prepare him for reading by connecting specific sounds to letters and will eventually help him link those sounds into words.

What You Need:
Cardboard tube from a paper towel roll
Green paint
Scissors
Green construction paper
2 googly eyes from an arts and crafts store
Black permanent marker
1 piece of plain white paper

What You Do:

  1. Help your child paint the cardboard tube with green paint, and set it aside to dry.
  2. While you’re waiting, cut the plain white paper into strips lengthwise, 1”x11”. Tape three of them end to end to make one strip that’s 33” inches long.
  3. Then, ask your child how many words he can come up with that start with the letter A. Let him dictate as you write the words in clear block letters onto the 33″ strip. If your child knows how to write a word, let him write it down for you. See if you can fill the whole long sheet. When you’ve filled the paper with all the “A” words you can think of, roll up the strip tightly.
  4. By now, the paint on the tube should be dry. Help your child use the scissors to cut a v-shaped opening in the front of the cardboard tube for a mouth. Use the sharpie to draw teeth. Then help him use the sharpie marker to draw on scales for the alligator. Cut four legs from the green construction paper, two stand-up “eyes,” and a pointy tail.
  5. Glue the legs onto the bottom of the alligator, the tail onto the back, and the eyes on top of the construction paper.
  6. Glue the end of your rolled up “word” strip inside the alligator’s mouth. A is for alligator…but when you and your child unroll the words, it’s for dozens of other stuff too which your child will be reading before you know it.

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