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A Night at the Wax Museum – Encore Stage & Studio

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Photo courtesy of Encore Stage & Studio.

My oldest daughter Clara and I always look forward to our momma/daughter theatre dates at Encore Stage & Studio. Last weekend we saw a performance of their latest show – A Night at the Wax Museum. This theatre company that is “for kids, by kids!” is always so entertaining and this production was no exception!

For six students, class is back in session when they take a summer school trip with their teacher to the local wax museum to help preserve the past. Between a hilarious love triangle involving Cleopatra and Henry VIII and a widespread hunt for buried treasure with Blackbeard and Butch Cassidy, it will be a trip for the history books!

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This production includes a large cast of over 20 actors and there is never a shortage of action on the stage as the historical wax figures come to life and race to uncover an ancient treasure rumored to be hidden somewhere in the museum. There are sword fights and lots of humor woven into this performance as the students work together to save the wax museum. The set and costumes are also very well done and overall this is a fun family show not to be missed! There are four more performances remaining this weekend:

• Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30pm
• Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11am and 3pm
• Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3pm

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Tips for your visit:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $12 children, students, seniors, and military. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.



Mobu Kids

Mobu Kids
442A South Washington Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
www.mobukids.com
 

I was thrilled to find out about another option for indoor play in the area when the owner of Mobu Kids contacted me. Mobu Kids offers classes including art, dance, music & movemet, and yoga. Their classes are geared mostly towards younger children ages 6months to 5 years old but the dance classes accommodate children up to age 8. I took both my girls to the Music & Movement class and they absolutely loved it! The instructor was upbeat, engaging, and worked really well with the children. The class incorporated singing, dancing, instruments, a parachute, and bubbles. I’m always looking for classes that I can take both of my girls to and this is definitely one that is fun for a range of different ages.

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Mobu Kids also offers lots of open play time where you can just drop in and enjoy their fun play space. Before and after our Music & Movement class my girls played in the play space and it was difficult to get them to leave when it was time. They had a blast. There are several different play structures the children can climb on and slide down and there are soft blocks to build different structures. There is also a climbing wall and lots of balls to play with.  I’m positive we will be back a few times this winter to play.

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The entire facility is very bright and clean, even the bathrooms. There is also free coffee so parents can pretend to have as much energy as their children!

Mobu Kids also offers birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays. The parties include 30 minutes of unstructured play in the play studio, 30 minutes of teacher led activities, and 30 minutes of refreshments in the party room.

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So if you haven’t yet been to Mobu Kids, I definitely recommend you take your children for a fun time. They also offer a free introductory class to new families!



Burnside Farms

Burnside Farms
2617 Longmill Road
Haymarket, Virginia
www.burnsidefarms.com
 

I was online searching for spring festivals in the DC area a couple months ago when I came upon Burnside Farms. After seeing just one photo of the tulip fields, I decided this was a place that we needed to get to this year one way or another. I have a love for flowers and nature and so do my girls. They are happier and behave better when we spend time outside around pretty things!

We arrived at the farm shortly after opening last Sunday morning. We paid the entrance fee and picked up baskets for our tulips. We walked over to the fields and first stopped to try on the wooden clogs. My girls got a kick out of trying these on!

BurnsideMaeshoesOf course when they saw the giant pair of clogs they had to take turns standing in them!

BurnsideMaegiantshoesThen we headed out to find a good picking spot in the fields. There were only a handful of people there early in the morning, so we had plenty of picking space to ourselves. There are advantages to having early rising toddlers!

The view is a feast for the eyes! Absolutely gorgeous!

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BFtulipscloseupThe girls were really enjoying picking and would have kept going if I let them. But at $1 per stem, I had to cut them off eventually!

BurnsideClaraWe had a wonderful first time at Burnside Farms and definitely plan on going back next year!

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Good to Know:

•Admission is $4 for a day pass, children under 12 months are free
•$1 per tulip, $.50 per daffodil.
•45 minute drive from DC.
•Baskets are provided.
•You pay for what you pick. So if you have toddlers picking and they break the tulips, you are still paying for those!
•They do accept credit cards.
•Don’t wear nice shoes because the fields can be muddy.
•Port-a-potties on site.



Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, Virginia 22182
 

My girls have been so excited to spend time playing outdoors this spring, especially after the winter we had. They absolutely love looking at (and picking) flowers. So, last week on an exceptionally beautiful day we headed out to Vienna, Virginia to explore Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

Inside the visitors center are a few tanks with turtles and fish, so we stopped to look at those first.

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After paying the entrance fee, we headed outside to explore the gardens. At first, Clara and Mae were disappointed when I told them they couldn’t pick any of the flowers but they got over it quickly. There was so much else for them to look at and do here. And we did find a few wildflowers growing by the lake that I let them pick. That seemed to keep them satisfied with their flower picking desires!

We stopped to admire the fairy garden right outside of the Visitors Center. Then I told Clara that there was a children’s garden area, so of course that was the spot she wanted to check out next. We took the path down to the whimsical area next to the Gardiner lake.

My girls were immediately drawn to the deck area that had a little wooden chairs and a table with tea cups. Such a perfect spot for a lakeside tea party!

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There is a second tea garden area with another cute table and chairs. The children’s garden also has “touch and smell” areas for the children to explore.

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My girls loved watching the geese in the lake and spotting all the turtles – lots and lots of turtles! Clara had fun counting them all.

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From the children’s garden, Clara spotted these totem poles out in an open field and ran over to them. Mae tried to follow as quickly as she could! It looked like these were put there just for them – big sister and little sister totems!

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We continued around the path and enjoyed the cherry blossom trees along Lake Caroline. We walked out onto the gazebo and the girls loved looking at the Koi fish.

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By this point, we had been at the gardens for close to two hours and Mae (who hadn’t yet napped) was on the verge of a meltdown. So we skipped the Korean Bell Garden and a lot of other areas. We started to walk back towards the visitors center but stopped briefly at this garden full of golden daffodils. It was too pretty to not enjoy.

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There is so much more to explore at Meadowlark! We will definitely return to see everything we missed during our first visit. I imagine that it’s a different experience with each different season.

Good to Know:

•Admission: free under age 6, $2.50 age 7-17, $5.00 age 18-54, $2.50 age 55 and older
•Free parking
•Bring a stroller for little ones. It is a lot of walking, so even if they don’t want to sit in the stroller at first, they might want it towards the end of your visit. There is a paved pathway throughout.
•There is a gift shop in the visitors center where they have drinks, snacks, and small toys available to purchase.