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Santa’s Visit at BusyBees!

BusyBees
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!



Mrs. Claus Tea at Strathmore

Strathmore Mansion
10701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
www.strathmore.org
 

My 3 year old daughter Clara loves to have tea parties at our house. So, when I saw the Mrs. Claus Tea event at the Strathmore Mansion advertised, I knew it would be a big hit with her. Santa, Mrs. Claus, cookies, & tea – what’s not to love? I try to do one activity with just Clara every weekend, so that she feels like she has special one-on-one time with her Momma. This seemed like the perfect fit for our momma-daughter date.

The Strathmore Mansion is beautiful! As we were walking up to the front doors, I was telling Clara that this is where Momma and Daddy had their wedding reception but in return she said “No, you can’t marry Daddy. I’m going to.” I’ll have to try to explain that to her in another couple years!

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After entering, we were seated at our table in the Music Room. The tables are set according to your party size, so Clara and I had an intimate little table all to ourselves. The table included a name card and menu.

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The first plate we were served had four little tea sandwiches, a muffin, scone, and ants on a log. Clara loved putting the sugar cubes in my tea and getting to use real fancy china!

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After we were served our dessert plate, they gave bells to all the children and told them to ring them so Mrs. Claus would know where we were. Then sure enough, Mrs. Claus made her appearance. She visited each table and gave the children a small stuffed snowman.

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After tea, Mrs. Claus read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the children in the Main Hall.

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Santa Claus surprised the children after the story. They all got a chance to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

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This was such a cute event!  I will definitely attend the tea again when little Miss Mae is older and I can take both girls.

Additional Info:

•Tickets were $28/person
•The Strathmore has many events for children throughout the year. Check their events calendar for more info.
•If you want to attend next year, make your reservations early – the tea was sold out at the end of October this year.



Santa Events & Photo Opportunities: Holiday Season 2014

 
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here is a list of places (other than shopping malls) where you can take your little ones to visit Santa in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

Brunch with Santa at Strathmore Mansion
Bethesda, MD
December 21, 10am or 12pm

Cookies with Santa at Thomas Farm Community Center
Rockville, MD
December 20, 2-4pm

Holly Trolleyfest
Colesville, MD
December 6 – 28, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm

Breakfast with Santa at the Kentlands Mansion
Gaithersburg, MD
December 6, 9-11am

Rockville Town Square Holiday Open House
Rockville, MD
December 4, 6:30-9pm

College Park Aviation Museum Santa Fly-In
College Park, MD
December 6, 12-4pm

Congressional Plaza Holiday Open House
Rockville, MD
December 6, 12-4pm and December 7, 1-5pm

Ticonderoga Farms Winter Christmas Festival
Chantilly, VA
December 6, 7, 13 and 14, 10:30am

Virginia Railway Express Santa Train
Northern Virginia
December 13
(all tickets for this year are sold out)

Breakfast with Santa at the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad
Purcellville, VA
December 6, 8-11am

Mount Vernon Triangle Santa Celebration
Washington, DC
December 11, 4:30-8pm

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
December 13, 14, 20, and 21, 10am

Santa-Day at Stead Park
Washington, DC
December 6, 11-1pm

Santa’s Workshop at the National Christmas Tree
Washington, DC
December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 12:30-9:30pm