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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.



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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Farewell Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey!

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The “Greatest Show on Earth” made it’s final appearance in DC this weekend at the Verizon Center. The tour is permanently closing down in May after more than 140 years of entertaining the masses. We’ve taken our girls to the show the past few years and were very happy we got to take them one last time to see the “Out of this World” performance. But don’t worry, if you didn’t see it at the Verizon Center this weekend you also have a chance to see it at The Patriot Center in Fairfax Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 16th.

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At the pre-party we were lucky enough to meet some of the performers!

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There was popcorn, hotdogs, cotton candy, cupcakes and lots cool circus swag like these elephant flags, clown hats, and light-up glasses. It was every kid’s dream!

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There was face painting too! Clara decided to go with a butterfly and Mae choose a clown! After a fun pre-party the girls were super excited for the circus to start.

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The opening act was just incredible! I was so surprised that they incorporated ice skating into the Out of this World performance. They also had clear balls hanging from the ceiling that were spinning around with dancers inside – so cool!

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There was never a dull moment – always something amazing happening!

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Alexander Lacey and his majestic big cats was another favorite act.

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I’m always amazed by the motorcycle act and how they ride around the metal sphere at warp speeds in synchronization.

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There were so many other great parts of the “Out of this World” show – the trapeze artists, the animal performances, the clowns, and the basketball superstars were all so entertaining! Most importantly, my girls had a very fun and memorable night at the circus. I hope they will remember this and how special it was to see the last Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show.

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Here is the remaining performance schedule for Eagle Bank arena in Fairfax, VA:

  • Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena box offices.



Enjoy a Parents Night Out at Fun Home showing at The National Theatre + GIVEAWAY!

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Do you need a night out without the kids? Then this giveaway is for you! I have 2 tickets for the grand opening night, Wednesday, April 19that 7:30pm up for grabs! Just leave a comment on this blog post to enter. I’ll draw and notify a winner on March 29th. Good luck!

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, life-affirming and exquisite new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. (New York Times)

What the critics are saying:

“A RARE BEAUTY THAT PUMPS FRESH AIR INTO BROADWAY.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“EXQUISITE. AN EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE.” –Chicago Tribune

“A LANDMARK PRODUCTION THAT WILL FOREVER CHANGE WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN MUSICAL THEATRE.” –The Huffington Post

We are thrilled to offer you an exclusive discount to the first ten performances of Fun Home at The National Theatre! Use code KEYS to save more than 30% on select seats!

Link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1003566/?cobrand=nationaltheaterdc&partner_id=240#_ga=1.104802119.696061450.1407168584



Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Says its Final Farewell – Witness the Greatest Show on Earth One Last Time!!

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RINGLING BROTHERS IS A PLACE WHERE FAMILIES CAN CREATE MEMORIES THEY WILL CHERISH FOREVER – DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SHOW BEFORE THE CIRCUS SAYS ITS FINAL FAREWELL! Playing Verizon Center March 31-April 2 and Eagle Bank Arena, April 7-16th. Get your tickets today at Ringling.com.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show at the Verizon Center on Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm. Enter on this blog post here. The giveaway is open through March 19th. Good luck!

And here’s  fun coloring sheet to print out for you kids to get them excited for the circus!

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WASHINGTON, D.C. SHOW

The Verizon Center | March 31 – April 2, 2017

 Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, March 31 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 1 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 2 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW

The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey – Out of this World + GIVEAWAY!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is Bringing the Out Of This WorldTM Circus Experience to Washington, D.C. Area. Families in Washington and Fairfax can See Ringling Bros. One Last Time Before the Touring Circus Closes Permanently in May 2017.

Who wants to see the circus one last time before it closes? I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show on Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm at The Verizon Center. For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway will run through March 19th and then I’ll notify a winner shortly after. Good luck!

Washington, D.C. – [March 6, 2017] – Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM comes to the Washington, D.C. area. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington March 31 – April 2 and the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax April 7 – 16. Out Of This WorldTM  will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore from April 20 – 30.

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena box offices.

WASHINGTON, D.C. SHOW

The Verizon Center | March 31 – April 2, 2017

 Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, March 31 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 1 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 2 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW

The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents Kids in the Kitchen

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Something’s sizzling at Encore! In its newest play series for preschoolers, Encore Stage & Studio presents Kids in the Kitchen— starring professional artists Francesca Chilcote, Carol Spring and Adrian Iglesias who bring kitchen adventures and colorful foods to life, all the while teaching your little one about healthy choices. With more than a tablespoon of fun, Encore has the recipe for an exciting theatre-going experience for you and your child! The show is recommended for ages 1 and older.

I have partnered with Encore to giveaway a family 4-pack of tickets to see the show! The winner can choose from any of the performance dates below. Just leave a comment below to enter! I’ll notify a winner on Monday, February 13th!

Performance Dates and Showtimes:

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 am & 11:45 am

TICKETS: $10 General Admission. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling our box office at (703) 548-1154.