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Harlem Globetrotters + Ticket Giveaway!

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GIVEAWAY! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters! The winner may choose from any of the three games: March 20 7:30pm EagleBank Center, March 21 1:00pm Capital One Arena, or March 21 7:30pm EagleBank Center. Leave a comment on this blog post to enter! I’ll draw and notify a winner on Thursday, March 12th. Good luck! 

EAGLEBANK CENTER – March 20 & 21 / CAPITAL ONE ARENA – March 21

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, are bringing their ALL-NEW show, “Pushing the Limits” to a city near you. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personable with a star-stuffed roster including Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, and woman stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George*. Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time. You won’t want to miss these memories worth repeating!

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Bandstand at The National Theatre + Ticket Giveaway!

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Giveaway! Enter to win a pair of tickets for opening night on Tuesday March 3rd 7:30pm at The National Theatre. Simply leave a comment on this post for your entry. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Thursday, February 27th. Good luck! 

The National Theatre
Tuesday, March 3 – Sunday, March 8
http://thenationaldc.com/events/category/series/bandstand/

From three-time Tony® winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, comes a poignant and inspiring new American musical that explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.

It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

BANDSTAND is “both a peppy celebration of can-do spirit and a more somber exploration of what American servicemen experienced when they marched home from World War II. It’s a great argument for why theater can sometimes tell a story more boldly and more viscerally” (The New York Times). “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York).

Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Tickets range from $54 – $114.  (A military discount is being offered)
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one intermission



Monster Jam 2020: Review

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This past weekend I took my family to see Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena. It was our third time seeing the show and as usual it did not disappoint! The first time we went to Monster Jam, 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 2 year old truck obsessed son be in complete awe by the gigantic monster trucks. It really is a unique experience that is great fun for the whole family!

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Monster Jam 2020 in DC featured eight different trucks: Alien Invasion, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt, Soldier Fortune, and Zombie.  My kids all loved the Monster Mutt and my girls were excited to see a female driving Soldier Fortune!

The Monster Jam competition is comprised of 5 main events:

  1. Timed Races through an obstacle course showcasing the driver’s ability and the truck’s agility.
  2. The Two-Wheel Skills Challenge for drivers to perform stunts that bring at least two wheels into the air.
  3. Performing Donuts requires the drivers to rotate the truck as many times and as quickly as possible.
  4. Head -to-Head Racing along a prescribed course.
  5. Freestyle driving allowing the drivers to show off all their best tricks and stunts.

The audience then has the ability to vote and score each driver from your own mobile device.  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.

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This is an amazing show that’s really an experience your kids will talk about for a long time. We brought our six and eight year old daughters and our 2 year old son and they all loved it! 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. The lines to get into the arena are long, so arrive early!

Don’t worry if you missed all the Monster fun this weekend because Monster Jam is returning to the area with shows in Baltimore Feb 28 – Mar 1.



Ticket Giveaway! The King’s Speech at the National Theatre

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GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win 2 tickets for The King’s Speech on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30pm.  Simply comment on this blog post for your entry. I will draw and notify a winner on Sunday, February 2nd. Good luck! 

Tuesday, Feb. 11 – 16, 2020
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MocppvOUJIw&feature=emb_logo [youtube.com]

THE KING’S SPEECH is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggle with a speech impediment and the friendship he formed with his unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the Nazi threat looming and civil unrest at home, royal secrets explode around the King as he’s thrust onto the world stage. David Seidler’s original play – which inspired the 2010 Oscar-winning film starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush – will make its long-awaited U.S. debut in a production The Mail proclaims “A right royal treat.”

Recommended for ages 13 and up



Monster Jam is coming to Capital One Arena in 3 Days!

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Monster Jam is coming to Capital One Arena in just 3 days! Make sure to get your tickets soon as shows are selling out fast!

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.


GIVEAWAY! Monster Jam 2020 Coming to Capital One Arena

image004GIVEAWAY! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7pm show on Saturday, January 25th at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Simply comment below for your chance to win. I’ll randomly draw and notify a winner on January 16th. Good luck! 

Monster Jam Show Description:

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ is an action-packed, points-based event that showcases athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions, driving three different vehicles – Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters and ATV’s.  These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes bring action-packed, adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country and deliver what they want to see most… more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more action!

Pit Party

The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Pit Party provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.  This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives you access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.

DATE:                         January 25-26, 2020

VENUE:                      Capital One Center

EVENTS:                    Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1:00pm, Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:00pm, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:00pm

*Doors open one hour prior to event time.

TICKET PRICES:       Tickets prices start at $20. Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.

TO PURCHASE:        Visit the Arena Box office or visit www.ticketmaster.com

PIT PARTY:                Saturday, January 25th and Sunday January 26th
10:30am – 12:00pm (must accompany corresponding 1:00pm event ticket). Pit Passes can also be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster for $20 or on the day of the show at the arena box office.

URL Link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Monster-Jam-tickets/artist/1542376



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!