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Jersey Boys at The National Theatre + GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY!!! Win a pair of tickets to opening night on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30pm. Enter by leaving a comment on this blog post. Winner will be announced on Sunday, December 15th.

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

FEATURING THE LEGENDARY TOP TEN HITS:

“Sherry” • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” • “Walk Like A Man” • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” • “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”

Contains authentic, profane Jersey language. Recommended for ages 12 and up.  Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, including one intermission



Ticket Giveaway – Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theatre!

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I am thrilled to host a giveaway for a pair of tickets to opening night of Fiddler on the Roof – Tuesday, December 10th at the National Theatre! To enter to win, simply comment below. I will draw and notify a winner on Sunday, December 8th. Good luck! 

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to beloved theatrical masterpiece FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 55 minutes including one intermission

Fiddler on the Roof
Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 15
National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.com/events/category/series/fiddler-on-the-roof/
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uuL5YP5av4&feature=emb_logo



Ticket Giveaway! The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets for the opening night of THE ILLUSIONISTS: MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS on Tuesday, December 3rd  7:30pm at the National Theatre. Enter to win by commenting on this post. I will draw and notify a winner on Sunday, December 1st. Good luck! 

Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays Social Media Info:
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter – @TheIllusionistsLive        #TheIllusionists

National Theatre Social Media Info:
Instagram, Twitter – @NatTheatreDC
Facebook – @NationalTheatreWashingtonDC



Teddy is a Seahorse!

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It was an exciting week at British Swim School with Teddy graduating to the Seahorse level! He has been working super hard on his water survival skills and is doing a great job with separating from me in the pool.  If you’ve been following along here for a while you have probably seen some of my other posts on our experiences with classes at British Swim School. Teddy started in the first level (Tadpole) back in January, so we are coming up on a year now and it has been very rewarding to watch him make excellent progress!

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I can’t wait to see what Teddy will accomplish in the Seahorse class! This Advanced Water Survival class is for children ages 18 months to 36 months and there are no more than 4 children in a class.

The swim instructor works one-on-one with each child following the same structure and emphasis on water survival as the Swimboree kids and baby swimming class. While the child is in the water, parents sit on the pool deck and actively participate in their child’s swimming lesson. Students must meet Swimboree goals in order to enroll in Seahorse.

5 Goals of Seahorse

  1. Independent back float
  2. Independent underwater rollover and float
  3. Push from wall and rollover
  4. Jump in, rollover and float for 20 seconds independently
  5. Independence from parent(s)

These skills are pretty advanced so I anticipate it taking a while before Teddy reaches all of the Seahorse goals. But the good thing about staying in lessons year-round is that we have 6-7 months before our backyard pool and other outdoor pools open for the summer. By then, I know that Teddy’s water survival skills will have improved even more and he will be well on his way to completing the goals.

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We had Teddy’s first Seahorse class yesterday and he did so well! I was worried how he would do without me in the pool with him but he adjusted very quickly. At first he was trying to get me to go in the pool but once Ms. Kimmie put him in the water, he was happy to practice skills with her while I watched and cheered him on from the pool deck. He is already very close to doing his back float independently, so I think he will make great progress in the Seahorse class.

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My daughter Mae is also making amazing progress in the Turtle 1 class! Just last spring she was scared to put her head under water and now she’s doing backstroke and freestyle! Mae is my second child, so I just didn’t get her in swim lessons young enough like I did my oldest. By the time I got around to it she was about 3 and had a huge swim lesson fear. I think part of it was she just didn’t click with the instructor at the first swim school we tried and that made a big impact on how she felt about lessons for the next couple of years….until I thankfully found out about British Swim School!

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Mae started classes at British Swim School last February. The instructors were all so great with her and helped her ease into the lessons and get comfortable in the water. Once she finally got over her fear of submerging, there’s been no stopping her! Mae is so happy and much more confident. Her current instructor is Miss Sarah, who makes her work hard but also makes it a lot of fun too. Mae looks forward to going each week to work on the Turtle 1 skills:

5 Goals of Turtle 1:

  1. Streamline with flutter kick independently
  2. Swim-roll-swim to safety
  3. Independently swim 10 yards or 10 cycles of beginner backstroke with arms out
  4. Independently swim 10 yards or 10 cycles of beginner freestyle with arms out
  5. Demonstrate breathing on the side

Mae just needs to practice side breathing and keeping her legs straight when she kicks. But she is doing so well working towards the goals and I have no doubt she will be moving on up again soon!

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If you are interested in getting your child enrolled in lessons, use code #CapMom19 for $20.19 off the first month of group lessons!



GIVEAWAY! Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

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GIVEAWAY!
I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away for the opening night show on Wednesday, October 2nd 7:00pm at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Simply comment below to be entered. I’ll randomly draw and notify a winner next Friday, September 20th. Good luck!

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures Takes Families on a Fun-Fueled Excursion to Iconic Disney Destinations

Fairfax, VA Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this multi-generational experience visits Fairfax from October 2 to 6 for nine performances at EagleBank Arena. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky.  Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Fairfax!

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures start at $25. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by visiting ticketmaster.com or at the EagleBank Arena box office.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Fairfax, VA
EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriots Circle, Fairfax, VA 22030
Date and Time of Performances:

  • October 2, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 3, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 4, 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • October 5, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • October 6, 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

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GIVEAWAY! Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at The National Theatre

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GIVEAWAY!!! You deserve a “Parents Night Out”, so enter to win 2 tickets for Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at The National Theatre – Wednesday, September 25th 7:30pm. Leave a comment on this post to be entered. I will randomly draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, September 17th. Good luck! 

Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 29
The National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.com/events/category/series/mike-birbiglias-the-new-one/
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZySV04RjQ

He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and “Thank God for Jokes.” (He was also really funny in that one season of “Orange is the New Black.” And in “Billions.” And “Broad City.”) Now he’s direct from Broadway, telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called THE NEW ONE “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss THE NEW ONE. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)

Run time: Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes, no intermission. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Children under the age of four are not permitted to attend the show.

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6 Reasons to Continue Swim Lessons After Summer Ends

 

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As the summer comes to an end and the pools close soon after Labor Day, it’s important to consider continuing swim lessons for your children throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. Here are 6 excellent reasons why from British Swim School:

  • Across the country, pools may close in the fall, and canals, rivers, and backyard pools may go cold – but they do not disappear. The danger is equally present year-round.
  • Learning Water Survival is first and foremost a skill – not a sport or activity. It is a lifelong necessity, and is always in-season.
  • Stopping the continuation of a learning process of any skill will set a child back at any age, but especially a young child. It will totally regress if lessons end, and is more beneficial if the child keeps it up.
  • For the child who has passed the learning stage, swimming year-round will enhance their all-around fitness. It’s a great way to promote activity in children, that also reinforces their skillset and improves their ability to survive in a variety of water situations.
  • Studies suggest that little ones who swim have enhanced cognitive ability, social skills and advanced coordination.
  • Being buoyant in the water is relaxing and can improve overall mood. Swimming can also reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

My children will be continuing their lessons because I strongly believe in all the reasons above and have seen the benefits of consistency with the program. Mae and Teddy have both made tremendous progress since we started classes last winter. Plus it’s a fun activity for them and they really enjoy it!

Mae started out in the program at the Starfish level. She worked on skills in that level for a few months but she remained stubborn about doing the submersion. She finally overcame that fear when she started working with the amazing Ms. Bonnie and since then she has moved up TWO levels! Mae is now a Turtle 1:

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Advanced Water Survival: 3+ Years
(4 Children Max)

In this small group, children are introduced to propulsion skills for survival. Learning beginner strokes on their backs and fronts, they will be prepared for our more advanced stroke levels.

5 Goals of Turtle 1:

  1. Streamline with flutter kick independently
  2. Jump in+ rollover + float+ swim-flip-swim to safety
  3. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary backstroke with arms out of the water
  4. Independently swim 10 yards of elementary freestyle with arms out of the water
  5. Demonstrate breathing on the side

Mae is doing great and has so much more confidence in the water now. She also loves practicing these skills at our neighborhood swim club. I know she will continue to make progress in the Turtle 1 class this Fall.

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Teddy started out as a Tadpole last February when he was 16 months old. I am really glad I enrolled Teddy in swim classes at a young age. He is fully acclimated and comfortable in the water and that will make it much easier for him to learn strokes when it is time. Since starting at British Swim School, he has moved up one level to Swimboree:

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Beginner Water Survival: 3 Months to 36 Months with Parent
(4 Children Max, Parent-assisted class)

Building on our Tadpole skills, little ones begin their water survival skills through a structured program of songs, games and fun. Your instructor will work one-on-one with you and your child.  Students must meet Tadpole goals in order to enroll in Swimboree.

5 Goals of Swimboree:

  1. Assisted back floating (or independent)
  2. Assisted submerged Torpedo rollover (or independent rollover)
  3. Full submersion sitting or standing
  4. Able to separate from the parent
  5. Independent in the swim ring

Teddy is doing well with all his goals. His favorite thing to do right now is jump in from the pool deck. He needs to work on his back float more and I hope that we will get him to do it independently soon! The next level after Swimboree is Seahorse, which is the first level where the parent doesn’t assist in the pool but instead watches from the pool deck. Teddy isn’t quite ready for that yet…he still has some occasional separation anxiety. I think that is something he will grow out of as he gets a little older. He is also starting a 2’s program at a preschool in September so that should help him get used to the separation from me and learn how to follow directions from other adults.

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If you are considering lessons for your child, you can find more info here. And if you decide to enroll, use code #CapMom19 for $20.19 off your first month of group lessons!



GIVEAWAY! Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake

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I have a fun pirate cruise giveaway for the last month of summer break! Just comment below for your chance to win 4 tickets for Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake! I will draw and notify a winner on Friday, August 2nd. Good luck! 

My family has gone on other pirate cruises in the area but not this one yet! I can’t wait to take them next week. It sounds like Pirate Adventures goes above and beyond to make it a fun experience. I am also excited to explore more of Annapolis and get out on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay! I will report back on our experience!

Celebrate summer with family fun at Pirate Adventures in Annapolis, MD. Come aboard the pirate ship and get caught up in this real life adventure. Be amazed as the crew taps into the wonder of a child’s imagination. This is not a typical pirate cruise, before you know it your child will be painted with a curly mustache or a beautiful mermaid, dressed up as a pirate and marching off to the ship.

Once aboard, the young pirates will learn the rules at sea aboard their pirate ship and read a treasure map to find the sunken treasure. A message in a bottle floats by and the children discover that Pirate Pete is lurking nearby. Pirate Pete is the smelliest, most rotten pirate on the seven seas!  He has something our brave crew needs. Off we go into battle with our famous water cannons! Will the crew defeat Pirate Pete and find the sunken treasure?

Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake is a can’t miss kid’s attraction that is perfect for family fun, a unique birthday party place, and an unforgettable field trip destination. Conveniently located in Annapolis, Maryland making it a great day trip from Baltimore and Washington DC.  Make your reservation today!  Read more about the experience at Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake.

Follow @chesapeakepirates on Facebook and Instagram!



Mae is a Minnow!

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The past few weeks of swim class at British Swim School have been so exciting! Mae finally turned a corner and has made a huge leap forward in her progress. She stubbornly refused to put her head underwater for the longest time (we’ve been trying for years). Nothing and no one could convince her to do it….that is until she started working with Ms. Bonnie. After a couple weeks of having Ms. Bonnie as her instructor, she felt really comfortable and more confident than ever. Ms. Bonnie seems to always know what to do and say to kids who are nervous. One day, Ms. Bonnie was able to get Mae to go completely underwater by going under with her. Mae finally realized it’s no big deal! After that class, she started putting her head under when we would go to our swim club. Now Mae is constantly jumping in the water from the pool deck and is having so much fun now that she’s overcome that fear!

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Once Mae completed her submersion, she graduated to the Minnow level! She was thrilled and I was super proud of her as well! This past Sunday was her first class at the Minnow level and she did amazing! Mae is already doing the jump in + roll over + floating independently! She even asked me to help her practice this at our swim club today, so I can tell she’s motivated and really wants to master the skills.  I can’t wait to see her make even more progress and complete all the goals at this level:

5 Goals of Minnow

  1. Safe entry/safe exit with mobility using the wall
  2. Jump in+ roll over+ float for 20 seconds independently
  3. Independent glides back to the wall
  4. Elementary backstroke 10 yards
  5. Safe entry + stream line from the wall+ rollover+ float independently for 20 seconds.

Mae’s swim lesson last week was the day before her birthday, so she was thrilled that she got to celebrate it at British Swim School. She received a special Birthday swim cap and the entire pool sang “Happy Birthday” to her at the end of class. It meant a lot to Mae! I love how BSS goes above and beyond to make their students feel special!

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Teddy is also doing great in his Swimboree class and still gets excited about going each week! He is getting very comfortable working with Ms. Bonnie on his skills and doesn’t fuss too much anymore when he is separated from me. During a recent class, Ms. Bonnie had him so relaxed while practicing a back float that it looked like he was going to fall asleep! She is truly an amazing instructor! Teddy still likes to practice his back floats at home in the bathtub too!

5 Goals of Swimboree:

  1. Assisted back floating (or independent)
  2. Assisted submerged Torpedo rollover (or independent rollover)
  3. Full submersion sitting or standing
  4. Able to separate from the parent
  5. Independent in the swim ring

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The submerged Torpedo rollover is the hardest skill to achieve at the Swimoree level but Teddy keeps getting better and better! This skill is where the child does a submersion and turns over underwater and surfaces into a back float. This is a really important water survival skill for little ones because it teaches them what to do in the event that they fall into deep water. If they know that they need to get into a back float position so they can breathe and call out for help, it can save their life.

Teddy has come a long way in the British Swim School program. It is really rewarding to see his progress each week. I am really glad I started classes for him at a young age (17 months) because he has developed a love of the water and isn’t afraid. He also wants to do what his big sisters are doing, so these classes will help him learn how to swim quicker!

If you are interested in enrolling your child in classes at the British Swim School, use code “CapMom19″ for $20.19 off your first month of group lessons.



Dutch Wonderland – Summer 2019

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is truly a “Kingdom For Kids” with over 35 fun filled rides, attractions, games, and shows. The park is designed for smaller children so it has been a perfect fit for my family the past few years. My daughters talk about it all year long; it is that special and memorable to them! We visited for our third time on Monday and as always had so much fun!

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One of the reasons I love Dutch Wonderland is because the park is small and easily manageable with young children. I have found that less is actually more with little ones. Here kids can walk the entire park and won’t complain that their legs are tired and demand a piggy-back ride. We have always visited on a Monday and the lines and wait times are zero to minimal. Kids are much happier when not having to wait in lines! You can even stay on a ride for several rounds if there is no one in line, which is common here! Weekends are more crowded but you would most likely never wait more than 20-25 minutes at most for the top attractions. And even though it is small, we still never do everything in one visit!

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This was Teddy’s first time on the rides and he was amazed! When we visited last summer, he was only 9 months old so he was just watching his big sisters and taking it all in! There are many toddler rides at Dutch Wonderland; some you can go on with them and others they can ride by themselves. These were Teddy’s favorites (he is 20 months old): Duke’s Dozers (pictured above), Panda Party (pictured below), Merry-go-Round, Leapin’ Frogs, Balloon Chase, Turtle Whirl, and Off-Road Rally.

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We went on rides for a couple of hours; with no lines, you can do a lot in a short amount of time! My girls favorites were Merlin’s Mayhem, Pipeline Plunge, Kingdom Coaster, Frog Hopper, and Kite Flight. Then we caught “The Adventures of the Frog Prince” show in the Aqua Stadium. There are diving boards and platforms high atop the castle where the performers do quite impressive jumps and dives into the pool down below. Kids can also meet the characters after the show.

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After the show, my kids were ready for lunch so we grabbed a bite to eat from one of the food stands (there are many located all around the park). They offer all the typical amusement park fare: pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets, soft pretzels, ice cream, etc. They also offer salads and healthier sandwich options at the Bean Sprout cafe. You are not allowed to bring in picnic lunches but you could keep it in a cooler in your car and eat outside the park in the picnic pavilion.

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After lunch, we went to Duke’s Lagoon to cool off in the water! I recommend paying a little extra for preferred parking that is right in front of the entrance to the park. So then it makes it super easy to run out to your car to get your pool bag. There are changing rooms and bathrooms located in Duke’s Lagoon where you can put on your bathing suits and flip flops. Make sure to bring water shoes or flip flops for everyone in your family if you plan on going down the two big slides as they are required. If you happen to forget, they do sell flip flops in the store located just across from the water slides.

Duke’s Lagoon also has a few smaller slides for kids around the ages of 2-7. There is no pool, so you don’t have to bring floatation devices. It is more of a splash park type set up with spray nozzles, jets, tipping buckets, etc. There is plenty of seating including chairs and tables with umbrellas. You can also rent your own personal cabana if you wish.

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Dutch Wonderland is about a 2 hour drive from the DC area, so it makes for an easy day trip. There are many options for accommodations nearby as well, if you wanted to stay a night or two. They also offer a “park preview”, so your tickets are valid for the last 3 operating hours the night before your planned full day visit. We are already looking forward to visiting again next summer!

Tickets are normally $44.99 but with promo code summerblog19, you can save $5 per ticket. Click here to purchase.