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Teddy’s 1st Birthday Party at BusyBees!

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Just like that my baby boy turned ONE! I’m still trying to figure out how the past year went by in the blink of an eye. Time seems to pass faster and faster with each kid. Teddy is our third and final baby so I want to savor every one of his milestones. This was the last first birthday party we will ever have, so it was important to make it memorable! But I knew I couldn’t throw him a party myself….there just isn’t enough time to do that aaand get sleep with 3 little kiddos. So we booked it with BusyBees Chevy Chase and it was fabulous!

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I already knew how great BusyBees is with throwing parties since we had my oldest daughter’s 5th birthday party at the Falls Church location 2 years ago. You can read more about that here.

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BusyBees makes party planning a breeze because they will do it all for you! With their add-on packages you simply choose your favorite theme and let them work their magic. They will even create a custom design for you if you had something else in mind. Some of their themes include: A Mermaid’s Tale, Lil’ Farmers, Tutu Cute, Safari Expedition, and Glow in the Dark. I choose the Funfetti package because I love the polka-dots and bright colors. I also love that they use some of the super cute Meri Meri partyware in this package!

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This was such a fun room for the kids to walk into for pizza and cake! They especially loved the confetti balloons on their chairs!

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The personalized details were so special and cute! The water bottle labels said “Happy 1st Birthday Teddy” and the place mats said “Teddy is One!”. Everything was just perfect!

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The party was a big hit and the kids all had so much fun in the playspace! I am very thankful for all our friends and family who celebrated with us and to BusyBees for throwing such an amazing party! Lots of great memories were made this day!

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To learn more about the BusyBees Chevy Chase playspace and tips for your visit, click here. And to read more about the BusyBees Falls Church location, click here.

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Clara’s Birthday Party at BusyBees!

5 years old! FIVE YEARS! I can’t believe the one who made me a momma is now 5, a whole hand big! Clara started talking about her birthday a couple months ago and likes to make a big deal out it. But I can’t blame her. I’ve realized these years go by in the blink of an eye and are so precious when they are little, so full of life, and excited about everything! It only seemed fitting that we celebrate her 5th birthday at BusyBees, one of her favorite indoor playgrounds in the DC area.

If you haven’t yet been to BusyBees, then check out this article with all the details. You will definitely want to take your kids to play there soon because it’s a happy place to play for both kids and parents!

Planning the party at BusyBees was so easy and stress-free. We chose the private party option so that we would have the entire space to enjoy with all of Clara’s classmates and friends. They offer four different party packages with weekday and weekend options and exclusive or shared playground space. More information can be found here.

As an added bonus, I didn’t even have to plan the party decor and tableware! That was all taken care of by Simply Genie – a DC based company that offers designer parties in a box. They partnered with BusyBees to offer a personalized BuzzytheBee party package option. As you can see from the photos, it was absolutely adorable and they didn’t miss a detail. Stripes and polka-dots happen to be one of my favorite combinations! And better yet, the prices are so reasonable. They had everything set up when we arrived, so we felt like we could fully enjoy our guests.

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The package included customized water bottle wrappers, bamboo cutlery, plates, cups, straws, and napkins. It also included the adorable place mats featuring BuzzytheBee himself. And these place mats have a coloring page on the backside, so the staff wiped them down after the kids ate and everyone got to take theirs home! How cool is that?

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The party package by Simply Genie also included customized cupcake toppers. Seriously, adorable!

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The customized Happy Birthday banner and bright pom poms added a festive punch to the party room.

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Pure joy!

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The embarrassing little sister!

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The kids all had a blast playing together in the playground and didn’t want to leave when the party was over. It was the best feeling in the world to watch Clara having fun with all of her friends. We made some wonderful memories at Clara’s 5th birthday party thanks to BusyBees and Simply Genie! I really can’t recommend them highly enough! The owner of BusyBees is truly a wonderful person who sincerely cares about creating the best party experience for her guests. They offer a complimentary party concierge service to handle all the planning and will even order the food if you prefer. Or if you are a party planning extraordinaire, you can always bring in all your own stuff.  You really can get the exact party you are looking for at BusyBees!

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December 2015 – Monthly Roundup

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Happy New Year! December was a fun filled month and a great one to end the year. There are so many fun holiday events throughout the month in the DC area and we tried to do as many as possible. I love experiencing the magic of Christmas through my children. These years when they are little and truly believe in Santa is precious and I want to make the most of this time. So, we went to few different Santa events, a couple of light displays, a gingerbread house workshop, and a few different holiday shows in the theaters for a thoroughly festive Christmas season.

Below is a recap of where our adventures took us this month. Dumbarton Oaks was one of my favorite new (to us) places we explored and my girls really loved it too. The best part is that it is free during the winter months, so take advantage and check it out on a warmer winter day. You can also take your kids to the playground at Montrose Park right next door while you are there. The National Postal Museum was also surprisingly nice! No crowds and lots of different interactive exhibits for kids. And it’s right across the street from Union Station where you can grab lunch.

Places we visited:

Dumbarton Oaks
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Union Station – (Christmas tree & train display)
South Mountain Creamery
Glen Echo Park Aquarium
Potomac Library

Events we attended:

Winter Lights Festival – Seneca Creek State Park
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas – BlackRock Center for the Arts
Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit at BusyBees
Garden of Lights – Brookside Gardens
Garden Railway Exhibit – Brookside Gardens
Walkersville Santa Train
Gingerbread House Workshop at Tudor Place
The Nutcracker – Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy
The Nutcracker – The Puppet Co

Classes and camps we attended:

My Gym Potomac
Kids First Swim SchoolBlog post here
Tennis – Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center

Parks we played at:

Montrose Park – Georgetown
Glen Echo Playground
Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 –  top 50 playgrounds in the US
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Avenel Park – Potomac, MD

I hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list. Thank you for following along on our adventures and for all your support over the past year! Wishing everyone a wonderful 2016!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures in my gallery. I’d love to have you follow along!

Instagram: capitol.momma

And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog



Santa’s Visit at BusyBees!

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6110 D Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, Virginia 22044
www.busybeesplay.com
 

BusyBees is one of our favorite indoor places to play, so when it was announced that Santa would be making a stop there, I just had to get tickets. The kids started out playing in the playground when Santa made his grand entrance playing the bagpipes! It was such a fun surprise! I was so impressed with this Santa, who had a very detailed costume and a real beard! How authentic! Then he gathered all the children around him for story time.

 

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Santa performed a few tricks like making snow and Olaf the snowman magically appear, which was a big hit with the little ones. Then it was time for each of the children to have their individual visits with Santa.

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To make the experience even more magical for the kids, BusyBees sent a questionnaire to the parents in advance of the event to gather information about their children.  So when the children sat down with Santa, he knew special things about them like their pets name, favorite Christmas gift from last year, teachers name, etc. When it was Mae’s turn with Santa, she wasn’t sure about sitting next to him at first. But then Santa knew that she loves to sing the alphabet, so he asked her if she would sing to him. She happily agreed and climbed onto the bench next to him and sang the Abc’s. It was quite the sweet moment!

Busybees definitely put their creative party planning touches into this event with the cutest hot cocoa cart. It paired perfectly with the Chick-fil-a chocolate chip cookies and made for a festive and kid approved snack break.

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There was lots of extra time for fun in the playground. Mae must have gone down the slides at least 50 times.

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She also spent a lot of time in the room full of flying balloons. It’s pure joy in here! The giggles are everything.

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If you haven’t yet been to BusyBees, take a look a this post I wrote with additional info. And parents, trust me you will love the extra long nap your child takes after spending a morning at BusyBees!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting BusyBees one more time before they head back to the North Pole on Tuesday, December 22nd from 1-3pm. The event is already sold out but there is a waiting list if you are still interested. Next year remember to snag your tickets early for this super fun event!



July – Monthly Roundup

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Wow, I blinked and another month of summer just passed by! July was a really fun month full of amazing memories. We spent the first 9 days visiting family and friends in Nebraska. Celebrating the 4th of July there was a fun experience for my girls. I was able to (legally) light fireworks for them in Mimi & Papa’s driveway. Smoke bombs and ground bloom flowers were a big hit! Clara also got to stay up late to watch a “big” fireworks display for the first time. Then we traveled back to DC and a week later we celebrated Mae’s 2nd birthday. The last two weeks of July, both girls went to summer camp together for the first time. That has been life changing to have a few hours to myself a couple mornings a week! But in between traveling, celebrations, lessons, and camp, we did make time for some family fun activities in the DC area.

Places we visited:

Sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area
Butler’s OrchardBlog post from last summer here
BusyBeesBlog post here
Bounce U
Potomac Farm Market
Homestead FarmBlog post from last fall here
• Old River Road swimming hole in Poolesville – This trip was inspired by an article I saw in the Washingtonian – “6 Great Swimming Holes Near Washington, DC”.

Events we attended:

Wings of Fancy Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
Summer Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Alphabet Rockers at Wolf TrapBlog post here
Backyard Theater for Children at Strathmore
Shrek the Musical at Encore Stage & Studio

Classes and camps we attended:

Geneva Day School Summer Camp
My Gym Potomac

Parks we played at:

Hadley’s Playground – Potomac, MD - #41 in a list of the top 50 playgrounds in the US
North Farm Park – Rockville, MD
Cabin John Park – Bethesda, MD
Potomac Woods Park – Rockville, MD

Hope you found some good ideas for your family in this month’s list! We are looking forward to a trip to Rehoboth Beach in August. My goal is to make the most out of the last month of summer before Clara starts full day pre-k! I want to seize every last day of this sweet summer goodness. Happy August!

Also, I use instagram as my everyday blog and share a lot of photos from our adventures in my gallery. I’d love to have you follow along!

Instagram: capitol.momma

And I share more information and photos from our field trips and outings on facebook.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolmommablog



BusyBees Indoor Playground

BusyBees
6110 D Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
www.busybeesplay.com
 

Busybees is the newest, coolest, and most unique indoor children’s playground that just opened last week in Falls Church, VA. The owner contacted me a few months ago to tell me about her new business she was working on opening. I was immediately very excited! I started telling all my friends about this new play space that would be especially perfect for those days when it’s raining or too hot or too cold to play outside. Then last week I had the opportunity to preview the space and play with my girls at Busybees for the first time. I can honestly tell you, there is really nothing like this in our area! You must check it out if you have small children under 4 feet tall.

As soon as you step in the door, Busybees will put a smile on your face. The space is designed so beautifully in crisp white with pops of blue and green. It’s just the right size – not too big and not too small; so it’s easy to look after multiple children here. The structures in the playground are so incredibly unique – everything spins, moves, or flies.

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My girls especially loved this little space filled with flying balloons. Pure joy in here!

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And as Busybees states, here are 7 reasons to love them:

  1. Everything at BusyBees moves, spins, or flies!

  2. We offer the most Funtabulous parties!

  3. In-N-Out-N-In… $15 all day play

  4. Adults and kids under 1: Always free

  5. Sparkling Clean every 3 hours!

  6. Complimentary coffee/tea for the sleep deprived

  7. And of course, there is free wifi

Definitely lots to love about Busybees. This is a place we will be returning to many times!