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Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Review

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Yesterday, I surprised my girls after school and told them we would be going to see Disney On Ice. It was so fun to see them get so excited, jumping up and down and screaming! They have been to a few different versions of Disney On Ice over the past several years but it has been a couple years since we last went. It made for a fun Valentine’s date night with my girls. And my husband was more than happy to order Chinese food and stay home with the baby!

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We arrived at the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center) early and attended the media party where we got to see Mickey. The girls munched on snowflake cookies, blue hot cocoa, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip – all in keeping with the Frozen theme. They were also thrilled to get their faces painted. Then it was time to grab a few more snacks and head down to our seats.

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The show opens with Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie skating onto the ice, followed by several princesses including Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White. A few more Disney characters from Finding Nemo/Dory and Toy Story come out and they all perform during the opening song.

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Then the show proceeds into the Frozen story and pretty much follows the movie itself. The production, set, costumes, and special effects are all top notch per usual with Disney. It’s such an entertaining show and completely engages the little ones.

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If your kids are Disney fans, they will absolutely love the show. And if they are Frozen fans, they will love this even more! Tickets are very affordable and it’s definitely worth it! Just be forewarned that the concessions are steep ($15 for cotton candy and $12 for popcorn). There are also merchandise stands everywhere and your kids will want to buy all the things! I thought ahead this year and dug through the playroom and found several of the spinning light-up toys from previous shows and brought them along.

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There are still lots of shows remaining throughout the long holiday weekend:

  • Thursday, February 15th  7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th  7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th  10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th  12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th  12:30 p.m.

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000
To order tickets online:                  www.ticketmaster.com



Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Coming Soon to DC – Feb 14-19!

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I’m so excited to surprise my girls with a Valentine’s Day date to go see Disney On Ice! Are you taking your kids to the show? There are still tickets available and you can use code BLOG to save $5 on tickets.

Here is some fun trivia to play with your kids:

  1. In which kingdom do Anna and Elsa live?

Answer: The Kingdom of Arendelle.

  1. Who helped Young Anna recover from being hit by Elsa’s powers?

Answer: Grand Pabbie.

  1. Who likes “warm hugs”?

Answer: Olaf.

  1. What is Kristoff’s profession?

Answer: He is an ice harvester.

  1. What phrase does Elsa repeat when trying to control her powers?

Answer: “Conceal it…don’t feel it…don’t let it show.”

  1. Why do the guards open up the gates of the palace?

Answer: Elsa’s coronation.

    1. Bonus: How long have the gates been closed?

Answer: 13 years.

  1. How many salad plates do Anna and Elsa own?

Answer: 8000.

  1. Anna and Hans finish each other’s ______.

Answer: Sandwiches.

  1. What is the “amazing smell” Anna and Elsa detect at the coronation celebration?

Answer: Chocolate.

  1. Who does the crazy dance with Anna at Elsa’s coronation?

Answer: The Duke of Weselton.

  1. Why doesn’t Elsa want Anna to marry Hans?

Answer: Because Anna and Hans just met.

  1. What does Elsa build during the song “Let It Go”?

Answer: An ice castle.

  1. What is Sven’s favorite snack?

Answer: Carrots.

  1. Which animals chase after Anna, Kristoff and Sven when they begin to search for Elsa?

Answer: Wolves.

  1. What is Olaf’s favorite season?

Answer: Summer.

  1. What animal does Olaf dance with in his song about summer?

Answer: Seagulls.

  1. What is the name of the enormous icy snowman Elsa creates?

Answer: Marshmallow.

  1. Fill in the blank. “Some people are worth ______.”

Answer: Melting for.”

  1. When Elsa breaks Arendelle’s eternal winter, what does she do to keep Olaf from melting?

Answer: She creates a snow flurry that follows him everywhere he goes.

Bonus:

  1. What part of Anna’s body did Elsa hit with her powers when they were young?

Answer: Her head.

  1. Who does Anna tell to “hang in there” during the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Answer: Joan of Arc.

Additional Frozen facts:

The following trivia can/should be utilized during cast interviews to segue back to the show messaging or as an added fun element for the segment.

  1. During the song “For the First Time in Forever” how many pictures does Anna pass and imitate?

Answer: 5.

  1. When Anna asks Olaf to wait outside Elsa’s castle for “one minute” and Olaf begins to count, it is exactly one minute in the film until he enters the following scene.

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Something to Smile About!

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My third baby (Teddy) was born at the end of September and he has brought so much love and joy to my family! He is a super happy baby and I can’t help but smile when I look at him. He has completed our family in every way. But adding another child to our crew has definitely not been easy! In fact, it has been extremely challenging in many ways. I’m just having to figure out how to prioritize, balance, and do things a bit differently now that my life is even more crazy busy.

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One thing that is especially hard is making time for myself. But I’ve realized that I can be the best mother to my kids if I make sure to fill up my own tank. So, I try to get to the gym at least a few times a week, get a mani-pedi or massage every now and then, and most recently I made time to whiten my teeth. When I was pregnant with Teddy, I started to feel like my teeth needed brightening after years of running on coffee! Now that I’m out of the newborn haze I felt like I could dedicate some time to make that happen. I am really happy with my results after using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system.

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The system was super easy to use! After I received the kit in the mail, I made my impressions using the paste which only took about 15 minutes. Then I placed them in the prepaid envelope and mailed them back to Smile Brilliant. The lab then created my trays using an exact model of my teeth from the impressions. Once I received the customized trays, I began the whitening process – about 45 minutes with the whitening gel followed by 20 minutes with the desensitizing gel. I completed about 10 treatments to get my pearly whites!

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Here are my teeth before:

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If you are thinking of trying Smile Brilliant but still have questions, feel free to ask me or check out these 10 facts about teeth whitening and the Smile Brilliant FAQ. You can read other people’s testimonials too.

GIVEAWAY!!! I’d love for one of you to get the chance to try Smile Brilliant for free! So I’m giving away a kit to one lucky reader! Enter here for your chance to win. And if you simply can’t wait, use this code capitolmomma15 for $15 off your kit. You can order one here.

*Giveaway is open for two weeks. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $149 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.

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Disney On Ice Presents Frozen + Ticket Giveaway!

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 14-19!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7:30pm show on Wednesday, February 14th at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, January 30th. Good luck!

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen!  The heartwarming, Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Frozen is performing at Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, from February 14 to 19.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

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Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Date and Time of Performance:  

  • Wednesday, February 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15th @ 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th @ 12:30 p.m.

                Tickets start at:                                  $20

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:                  www.ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.



Peter Rabbit Movie – In Theaters February 9th!

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Peter Rabbit is a classic childhood favorite and I’ve enjoyed reading the stories to my girls so we were super excited when we found out it would soon be a movie!  With more than 150 million copies of the Peter Rabbit series sold worldwide, it is sure to be a hit on the big screen. My girls and I can’t wait to go see it! In theaters February 9th.

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The Star Movie – Soundtrack Giveaway!

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Sony Pictures is about to release the children’s holiday film THE STAR on November 17th. My girls are so excited to see a screening of it this weekend! The movie features lots of great music too and I’m happy to be giving away 2 copies of the soundtrack! The album features the songs from the movie, including the title track performed by Mariah Carey who also co-wrote the song with Marc Shaiman, as well as tracks by Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, Kirk Franklin, A Great Big World, Zara Larsson, Yolanda Adams, Jake Owen, Casting Crowns, Jessie James Decker, Saving Forever & Pentatonix.

Here’s the album track list:

1. The Star – Mariah Carey
2. Children Go Where I Send You – Kelsea Ballerini
3. We Three Kings – Kirk Franklin
4. Can You See – Fifth Harmony
5. Life Is Good – A Great Big World
6. Mary, Did You Know? – Zara Larsson
7. O Holy Night – Yolanda Adams
8. What Christmas Means to Me – Saving Forever
9. Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) – Jessie James Decker
10. His Eye Is on the Sparrow – Casting Crowns
11. What Child Is This? – Jake Owen
12. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

To enter to win a copy of the soundtrack, simply leave a comment below. I’ll draw and notify a winner next Thursday, November 16th. Good Luck!

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My girls having fun with The Star activity sheets and colored pencils before school this morning :)

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THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

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This past weekend I took my girls to see THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia. It was unlike anything we had ever seen before – a Halloween trail of more than 5,000 hand carved pumpkins! The trail is made up of many different scenes along the third mile walk. As you enter, you first get a look at Captain Jack and his 30-foot-long pirate ship, complete with skeletons and pumpkin pirates. Featured next is the Pre-Historic Park, where jack o’ lantern dinosaurs stand up to 16 feet tall.

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One of our favorite parts of the trail was the carnival scene. My girls marveled at the ferris wheel.

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The pumpkin graveyard is complete with black cats, ghosts, and gravestones.

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A winter-y pumpkin scene is accompanied by music and snow flakes.

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The trail ends under a pavilion where you can watch a carving demonstration and kids can try carving a pumpkin using the master carver’s special tools.

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And the grand finale is a display of hundreds of carved pumpkins across the hillside. It is really an incredible sight!

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The GLOW is such a fun and unique experience! I highly recommend checking it out this Halloween season. It isn’t scary at all so it’s perfect for families with small children and something that all ages can enjoy. The trail is stroller and wheel chair friendly. I recommend bringing a stroller for little ones – it is a lot of walking from the parking lot, through the trail, and back to your car. It took us about 15 minutes to get from the entrance to the start of the trail. And about 30 minutes to walk through the trail. You might even spend a bit more time in the trail but it was a late night for my girls and they were getting tired. There are a couple of food trucks on site, a tent with light up toys and necklaces, and also pumpkins for sale. For $20 you can even get your pumpkin carved before you take it home.

THE GLOW is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets start at just $16, and are on sale now at glowdc.tixr.com. Advanced tickets are required.

Stay up to date by joining Jack’s Club at www.theglowjackolantern.com or by visiting THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience on Facebook.

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Tinkergarten

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My girls and I recently tried a Tinkergarten class for the first time and loved it! The Tinkergarten philosophy is that children learn through play. They offer outdoor classes all across the country for children ages 18 months to 8 years old.

Tinkergarten is on a mission to elevate childhood. We’re growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through well-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.

Our class location was at Falls Road Park in Potomac, Maryland and our instructor (who was wonderful) was Denise Reznik. You can find her class schedule here. There are many more classes and locations offered in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. To find one near your neighborhood, click here.

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At our class, the kids started out by picking up a small bucket with a rock inside of it with their name on it. Then they took magnifying glasses and other tools to go searching for nature treasures in the park. I loved watching my girls do this activity and get so excited about the little things they found like pine cones, wild flowers, seed pods, and even caterpillars!

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Next, we came back together as a group and met everyone and sang a cute “Come to Tinkergarten” song. Then Denise read the book, Stone Soup to the class. The story told an important lesson that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved. So then after the story it was time for the kids to work together and make their own stone soup using things they found in nature! All the kids were really enthusiastic about this activity. They all found things in the park to add to the pot and by using their imagination they had created a delicious soup!

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The class was a great experience for both my girls and I! It was a fun learning and social environment. The Fall classes start in just two weeks. There are a couple of free trial classes offered at the beginning of September as well. I highly recommend trying a class!

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Back to School Haircuts at Cartoon Cuts

I can’t believe summer is winding down and it’s almost back to school time! It feels like every summer goes faster and faster. Why is it that summer goes by so fast and winter seems to drag on forever?! We are trying to make the most of these last three weeks of summer while also getting organized and ready to start school again. My girls picked out new backpacks, we bought school supplies, and this past weekend we went to Cartoon Cuts for fresh haircuts.

We have been getting haircuts at the Congressional Plaza location in Rockville, MD for the past couple of years. Our experience has always been great so it just makes sense to go back to a place where my girls are comfortable. They actually get really excited to go….it’s pretty cute!

I love that we are greeted so warmly when we walk into the salon. I think that has a big impact on making the kids feel comfortable. This time my girls had their hair cut by Hatice and she was wonderful!

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My oldest daughter, Clara decided she wanted to go first. Cartoon Cuts has this great hair washing station where the water comes out of Ellie the Elephants trunk! It makes it fun and not so scary for the kids.

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Hatice was so friendly and chatted with Clara the entire time she was cutting her hair. She finished Clara’s cut with a blow dry and then put in a clip. And as you can tell, Clara was super excited about the final result!

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Next up was Mae. This was the first time she let anyone other than me wash her hair! I could tell she felt very comfortable with Hatice and she ended up really enjoying this part!

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Mae has really curly hair and I feel like it takes a skilled stylist to know how to cut it well. Hatice clearly knew what she was doing!

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Cartoon Cuts always shows Peppa Pig on the TV screens in front of the chairs which is very helpful in getting the little ones to sit still.

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Mae was also very happy with her haircut!

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After a summer of spending many days at the pool, haircuts were definitely needed to get the dry and damaged ends off. We couldn’t have been happier with Hatice; she was so nice and did a great job! It feels good to check one more thing off our list before school starts!

We really had such a great experience at Cartoon Cuts in Rockville! I can’t recommend them enough! Another great thing about this location is that you can grab a treat at Starbucks or Baskin Robbins afterwards. Or get lunch or dinner at the kid-friendly restaurants nearby – Baja Fresh, Noodles & Company, and Lebanese Taverna (to name a few). There are also a few other Cartoon Cuts locations in the DMV area:

Baltimore – White Marsh Mall

8200 Perry Hall Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 931-1588
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

Columbia- The Mall in Columbia

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 740-6665
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

Rockville Congressional Plaza

1619 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 816-3098
Mon – Fri 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sat 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm

DullesDulles Town Center

21100 Dulles Town Cir
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 433-1440
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 7:00pm

Fairfax– Fair Oaks Mall

11784 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 359-2887
Mon – Fri 9:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm

Springfield – Springfield Town Center

6511 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA 22150
703-719-9791
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sun 11:00am – 7:00pm

**I received two free haircuts in exchange for this blog post. No additional compensation received. All opinions are my own.

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DC Pediatric Smiles Dental Practice Opens in Bethesda

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The team at DC Pediatric Smiles and Dr Derek Blank are excited to announce that their new office in Bethesda is now open! They take pride in creating a relaxed environment for children of all ages to enjoy their dental experience.  Dr Derek, as he is known to his patients, is a board certified pediatric dentist and father of three young children.

Why DCPS?

  • Board Certified – DC Pediatric Smiles is proud to be the only pediatric dental practice in Bethesda owned and operated by a board certified pediatric dentist.
  • Free Parking – We offer ample, surface parking just steps away from our door.  And the office is completely stroller accessible, no stairs or elevator.
  • Convenient Hours – Open select evenings and Saturdays with 24/7 on-call services provided by our pediatric dentist for any after-hours emergencies.
  • Complimentary Initial Visit – For children ages 2 and under, we offer a free initial appointment.  And for patients of all ages, please stop in for a complimentary office tour!
  • Latest Technology – Our all-digital office is excited to offer the newest high-tech conveniences including iPad check-in, online appointment booking, and Netflix.
  • Potomac Surf Club – Have you ever surfed the Potomac?  Doubt it.  But a clean check-up will earn your child a spot in our exclusive Potomac “Cavity-Free” Surf Club.

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The DCPS Experience

At DC Pediatric Smiles, we understand that a child’s experience with dentistry is a journey.  Each child enters our office at a different stage along that journey.  Dr Blank and his team are specially trained to identify how to help your child feel comfortable and develop a patient-provider foundation of trust.  Our Laugh.Grow.Smile. approach is critical to this success.

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Teeth aside for a moment, we want to start by learning about your child.  Your child’s interest in music, sports, language, art, and dance.  What makes your child excited?  And of course, essential questions like… Paw Patrol or Cars?  …Daniel Tiger or Nemo?  …And Anna or Elsa? (or Olaf?).

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At each appointment, Dr Blank and the team at DCPS aim to make a real, direct impression on your child.  The goal?  To instill one pearl of practical dental knowledge in your child’s memory.  Sometimes this can be a brushing demonstration, a new way to hold floss, or even a healthy snacking tip.

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At the end of the first appointment, we strive for your child to leave the office grinning from ear-to-ear.  Does this really happen?  Yes, most of the time.  And when it doesn’t, we work even harder to ensure that we improve your child’s level of familiarity and enthusiasm with each subsequent appointment.

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DC Pediatric Smiles is now scheduling new patients! They look forward to seeing your smiling face in their office soon!

DC Pediatric Smiles is located at 5640 Shields Dr. in Bethesda, MD. They can be reached at 301.363.9026.