2019 Monster Jam Review

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This past weekend I took my family to see Monster Jam at the Capital One Arena. It was our second time seeing the show and it did not disappoint! Last year was our first time going to the show and 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 16 month old son be completely mesmerized by the monster trucks. It really is a unique experience that is great fun for the whole family!

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Monster Jam 2019 in DC featured eight different trucks: Bad News Travels Fast, Barbarian, Dragon, Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmation, Pretty Wicked, Scooby-Doo, and Stinger Unleashed. My girls were excited to see that 3 of the drivers were female. Their favorite truck of the day was Scooby-Doo driven by Linsey Read. She was amazing and very entertaining to the crowd when she flipped her truck a couple times!

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The athletes each took a turn competing in different competitions including speed, wheelies, donuts, and freestyle. The audience then has the ability to vote and score each driver from your own mobile device. My girls got really into this and loved participating in the voting our phones!  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. The most exciting part of the show was when Stinger Unleashed caught on fire. The driver jumped out and men ran over to the truck with extinguishers and put it out quickly. It made me nervous for a minute but they seem to have had it all under control, thankfully!

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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 five and seven year old daughters and our 16 month old son and they all loved it! All of 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.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment!

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GIVEAWAY! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the opening night show on Thursday, February 14th 7:30pm at Capital One Arena. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I’ll draw and notify a winner on Monday, February 4th. Good luck!

 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 14-18!

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to your hometown!  This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the Academy Award®-winning Frozen.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing at Capital One Arena, February 14-18 for 10 performances.

Thrill to high-speed stunts, as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozenas they learn that true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show.

From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment!

Washington, DC – Capital One Arena, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Show Times:  

  • February 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • February 15, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • February 17, 2019 @ 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
  • February 18, 2019 @ 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $20. 

To order tickets by phone:      (800) 745-3000

To order tickets online:           www.ticketmaster.com

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



2019 Monster Jam is coming to DC in just 2 days!

 

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Monster Jam is coming to Capital One Arena in just 2 days! Make sure to get your tickets soon as shows are selling out fast! Use code ICE to save $5 on tickets.

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.


Review: The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio

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Last weekend as the snow flurries were just starting to fall, my daughter and I saw The Enchanted Bookshop at Encore Stage & Studio. It was the perfect activity for a cold winter afternoon and the show did not disappoint! The 26 child actors delivered a fabulous performance and we were entertained throughout. It was playful and exciting; a perfect show for the whole family to enjoy!

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive.  Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen?  Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.

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WHEN:  January 11-20, 2019

Performance Dates and Showtimes:
Fridays, January 11 & 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays, January 12 & 19, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm
Sundays, January 13 & 20, 2019 at 3 pm

WHERE: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22207

TICKETS: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military, and Seniors. Tickets are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at (703) 548-1154.



GIVEAWAY! Monster Jam Tickets!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away for the show on January 26th at 1:00pm. To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on January 16th. Good luck!

Monster Jam® Returns to Capital One Arena with Three Larger-Than-Life Events on January 26-27

WHAT:            Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, most family-friendly motor sport in the world today will tear through Washington, DC for three adrenaline pumping events at the Capital One Arena on January 26-27.

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Washington fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.

The 2019 Monster Jam season will see athletes on each tour battle it out every weekend from January to May to be crowned the tour champion and receive an automatic bid to Monster Jam World Finals XX that will be held in Orlando for the first-time-ever.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-venue fan voting on their smartphones.

Fans are invited to the pre-event Pit Party before January 26 and 27 1:00 p.m. events where they can get up-close-and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers, take photos and get autographs.

WHERE:         Capital One Arena – 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHEN:            Saturday, January 26 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 27 @ 1:00 p.m.

The Pit Party on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.

Featured trucks/drivers:

  • Grave Digger
  • Scooby Doo
  • Nitro Menace
  • Monster Mutt Dalmatian
  • Stinger
  • Pretty Wicked
  • Barbaria
  • Bad News Travel Fast

*Trucks/drivers subject to change.

TICKETS:       Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at www.ticketmaster.com.



GIVEAWAY! Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue”

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 PAW PATROL LIVE “RACE TO THE RESCUE” IS COMING TO FAIRFAX!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have 2 sets of family 4-packs of tickets to see Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue” at Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Winners can choose to see their performance of choice (see showtimes and dates below). To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will randomly draw and notify 2 winners on January 19th. Good luck!

PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race.  When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.

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Friday, February 1  6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2  10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3  10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. 

Tickets start at $21.50
(Additional fees may apply.)

Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket.

Tickets on sale at the EagleBank  Box Office and through Ticketmaster.



GIVEAWAY! School of Rock at The National Theatre

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GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win 2 tickets to see the show on Thursday, January 17th 7:30pm at  The National Theatre. Simply comment below to be entered. A winner will be randomly drawn and notified on January 5th. Good luck!!!


SCHOOL OF ROCK
is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Chicago Tribune raves, “SCHOOL OF ROCK offers us a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had.”

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – Sunday, Jan. 27
The National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/school-of-rock-19/
Sizzle Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHpUS5Lu8s
Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. Recommended for age 8 and up.



GIVEAWAY!!! NYE at BusyBees!

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I can hardly believe we will be saying goodby to 2018 soon! Where did the year go?! Celebrating the New Year with kids (well before midnight) is so much fun and I am excited to give away tickets to the BEST kid-friendly New Year celebration in the area!

I have a family 4 pack (2 adults + 2 kids) of tickets for each Busybees location: Chevy Chase and Falls Church. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me which location you would like to attend. (See below for details) I’ll draw a winner for each location this Friday, December 14th. Good luck!

The Chevy Chase party is on December 31st from 11-1pm.

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The Falls Church party is on December 31st from 3-5pm.

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Jingle ARRGH the Way! at Encore Stage & Studio

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One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to go to the theater and Encore Stage & Studio is definitely one of our favorites. They are different than most children’s theaters in the area because all the actors are children! My girls love watching other kids perform. I took both of my daughters (ages 5 & 7) to see Encore’s latest production, Jingle ARRGH the Way! on Sunday and we were all captivated and entertained throughout! It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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Based on the story by Melinda Long, “How I Became a Pirate,” the story  follows Captain Braid Beard and his crew as they sail to the North Pole in search of Christmas Treasure. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find “you know who,”makes Jingle ARRGH the Way! a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.

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We loved that this show has lots of humor and such a great energy! It has fun and catchy songs that had us all singing and clapping along. It is recommended for ages 4 and up and is a great way to introduce your children to theater and celebrate the holidays! There are just 4 performances remaining this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so make sure to get your tickets soon!

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The show’s run-time is 1 – 1 /2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Performances run Fridays- Sundays, Nov. 30–Dec. 9, 2018 at the Gunston Arts Center, Theater One 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Children, Students, Military and Seniors and are available online at www.encorestage.org or by calling the box office at 703-548-1154.

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GIVEAWAY! Beetlejuice at The National Theatre!

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GIVEAWAY! I have 2 tickets for the show on Thursday, October 18th 7:30pm at The National Theatre to give away to one lucky reader! To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post. I will draw and notify a winner the morning of Monday, October 15th. Good luck!

BEETLEJUICE

Sunday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 18

The National Theatre

http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/beetlejuice18/

It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellent than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge!), BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Get tickets now to BEETLEJUICE – hell, bring the whole family! We’ve got plenty of 4-letter words that your kids will love.

BEETLEJUICE will star Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman as ‘Beetlejuice,’ two-time Lortel Award nominee Sophia Anne Caruso as ‘Lydia,’ Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler as ‘Barbara,’ Tony Award nominee Rob McClure as ‘Adam,’ Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser as ‘Charles,’ two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Leslie Kritzer as ‘Delia,’ Jill Abramovitz as ‘Maxine Dean’ and ‘Mrs. Shoggoth,’ Danny Rutigliano as ‘Maxie Dean’ and Kelvin Moon Loh as ‘Otho’.

The ensemble includes Tessa AlvesJohnny Brantley IIIRyan BreslinBrooke EngenAbe GoldfarbEric Anthony JohnsonElliott MattoxMateo Melendez,George MerrickRamone OwensDevin RobertsPresley RyanKim Sava, and Dana Steingold.

BEETLEJUICE is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers with choreography by Connor Gallagher, an original score by Eddie Perfect and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King.

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Contains strong language, mature references, and a lot of the crazy, inappropriate stuff you would expect from a deranged demon.