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Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream – Opens Tonight in Fairfax!

image001Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream opens tonight in Fairfax, Virginia at Eagle Bank Arena. Get your tickets now while there are still some available!

Show Times:

  • Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click below:

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Wayside Farm Fun 2017 + 20% off Admission

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It’s officially Fall in just a few days, yay! If you’ve been following here for a while then you know how much my girls and I love to visit farms this time of year! I am super excited that Wayside Farm is opening this weekend – September 23rd! We first visited Wayside last year and although it’s about an hours drive away from us, it was well worth it and definitely one of our favorites! The trip out to Berryville, Virginia is so pretty with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. And Wayside has the BEST pumpkin patch where you can pick all different colors and shapes of pumpkins! (See the big white one we picked last year in the photo above!)

Also, this year Wayside has kindly offered all my readers 20% off the admission fee. Just mention “Capitol Momma” at the register to receive the discount off the prices below.

General Admission……..$10/person
2 and under………………..FREE
Military with ID…………….FREE
Group (10-20)……………..$9/person
Group (20 or more)……..$8/person

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Saturdays…………………………10 am – 6 pm
Sundays……………………………10 am – 6 pm
​Columbus Day……………………10 am – 6 pm

Here is some more info from Wayside:

Located directly off Route 7 in the heart of Northern Virginia wine country, Wayside Farm Fun is a beautiful working farm set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Known for growing the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area, visitors are invited to pick pumpkins of all different shapes, colors and sizes in their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch.  After pumpkin picking, enjoy a variety of fall activities such as the jumping pillow, pumpkin cannons, slides, animals, and more.   End your day of fun by getting lost in one of the area’s largest corn mazes – this year our theme is Pokemon Go.

This year we are also hosting Scouting Day on Sunday, October 1.  Scouts receive a discounted rate and are invited to participate in a Pass-a-Pumpkin community service project.  A flag ceremony will be held at 1 PM before the pig races, and all scouts receive a patch.

On October 20 and 21st, Wayside Farm Fun is once again partnering with Loudoun Valley High School Performing Arts Department to create a Scary Corn Maze.  The maze will be open past dark and include a guided tour through a spooky maze inhabited by costumed actors. 

A couple more photos from our fun time at Wayside last year:

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The Jungle Book at Encore Stage & Studio

DSC_0242From left to right: Bagheera (Gia Jackson), Baloo (Kyra Radomsky), Mowgli (Ryely Rogers), Kaa (Tara Hall), King Monkey (Declan Roberts).  Photo by Aileen Pangan.

The Jungle Book is a classic that my oldest daughter Clara and I have enjoyed reading and watching on screen together many times. When I saw that the show would be playing at Encore, I knew she would be excited to go see it live at the theater. It’s always inspiring for her to see other children performing on stage. Encore’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is creative, entertaining and makes for a fun family outing to the theatre.

Mowgli is taught the ways of the jungle by a bear named Baloo and Bagheera, a panther, and Kaa the snake. When father wolf becomes too old to rule his animal kingdom, an angry Tiger named Shere Khan who has been out to get Mowgli since he was a young boy, tries to name himself the new king. Mowgli, with the help of the nearby villagers and a treasure given to him from ancient ruins, must stop the tiger from becoming the new king, and help restore order in the jungle again.

DSC_0035The wolf pack teaches Mowgli the way of the Jungle. From left to right: Wolf 1 (Sam Regardie), Wolf 4 (Riley Dennis), Wolf 2 (Caroline Raymond) and Wolf 3 (Kylen Davis). Photo by Larry McClemons

The set was simple but effective with tall trees, vines, and boulders to create the jungle scene. The costumes were creative and interpretive. We thought the kids all did a great job delivering their lines and providing humor throughout the performance. The show was a bit shorter than Encore’s previous productions (about 1 hour 15 minutes with an intermission). So I would recommend this for ages 4+. Go see it this weekend for a nice air conditioned break from the heat. There are four performances remaining:

Friday, June 9th 7:30pm
Saturday, June 10th 11am and 3pm
Sunday, June 11th 3pm

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

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Tips for your visit:
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $12 children, students, seniors, and military.
•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.

Also, Encore Stage & Studio announced their 2017/2018 season last weekend. They have some great shows lined up. I’m especially looking forward to Disney’s The Lion King Jr. and James and the Giant Peach!



Strawberry Picking at Wegmeyer Farms + Discount!

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One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to go berry picking. So I’m very excited that strawberry season starts in just one week, yay! Our absolute favorite farm to pick strawberries at is Wegmeyer’s. They take strawberry growing to the next level! Their berries are the sweetest and juiciest berries you can find in the D.C. area. Their fields are beautiful and so well cared for – they grow the strawberries on on raised plastic beds, which keeps the berries clean, dirt-free and makes for easy picking. And new this year, they are offering a Sparkling Strawberry wine in partnership with Fabiolli Vineyards.

Wegmeyer Farms has generously offered all Capitol Momma readers a 25% discount during weekdays (M-F) at any of the three locations. Just mention Capitol Momma at the register to receive the discount on your berries. Happy Picking!

Wegmeyer Farms has three u-pick locations:

Hamilton, VA boutique farm setting – Tucked away on back roads of Lincoln (between Purcellville and Leesburg) at a historic homestead, our farm provides the most scenic views of rolling farmlands.  We offer picnic tables for you to bring your own lunch and refreshments available for sale. After you pick berries, we invite you to stick around with the kids and let them play on the John Deere tractor slide and playground. 38299 Hughesville Road, Hamilton, VA

Historic Oatlands – our strawberry patch and era-themed attire at this historic mansion will whisk you back to the 1800’s.  For those who do not want to walk from the parking lot to the field, you may hop on the wagon for $5 for adults and children under 16 are free.While visiting our strawberry patch is free, you can choose to make a day of it by purchasing tour passes for the historical garden and/or mansion in addition to strawberry picking. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln, Leesburg, VA

Gilbert’s Corner – strawberry picking in its most natural state.  This no-fuss location is perfect for a simple outing.  Parking is available right at the site.  Intersection of Route 15 and Route 50 in Aldie, VA.

Customers are encouraged to call the strawberry field hotline at (540) 751-1782 or visit www.wegmeyerfarms.com to check field conditions.

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SenSations Party Designs + Giveaway!

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As parents, we want our children to have fun, unique and memorable parties to celebrate their birthdays. But the party planning process can be stressful with all the time and money it takes. I’m all for anything that saves time and simplifies things for me, so I was excited to hear about a new local party design company.

SenSations Party Designs was started by an Arlington mom who has a passion for entertaining. She was tired of the generic themes at the party supply chain stores and decided to make her own party-ware and decorations. Now, her goal is to help other busy parents plan and deliver the perfect, one-of-a-kind social event that will leave you and your guests delighted. SenSations focuses on attention to detail and high quality products to make every party special on any budget. Check out the website to see some of the adorable creations by the owner, Meredith. The options are endless as she will take any theme or idea you bring her and make something truly unique.

We are giving away this fun SenSations “Trick-or-Treat” banner and 8 personalized goodie bags! This is perfect for anyone who is throwing a Halloween party. It would also be cute to have as a decoration in your home and the goodie bags could be used for your children’s friends! Just leave a comment on this post to enter! A winner will be selected and notified on October 18th.

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart + GIVEAWAY!

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We are so excited for this show! And I am thrilled to be giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to see the performance on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm. Leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win! I will choose a winner at random on Tuesday, October 11th.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FOLLOW YOUR HEART IS COMING TO FAIRFAX, VA, OCTOBER 19-23!

Featuring Disney•Pixar’s Record-Breaking Animated Hit Finding Dory and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out

 Tickets are on sale now!

 [Fairfax, VA, September 8, 2016] – Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice-skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA on October 19 – 23, for 9 performances. Tickets are on sale now.

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Fairfax, VA!

There’s something for everyone in a show that features 60 characters. The wintery world of Arendelle sets the stage for Olaf and Kristoff as they help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. Audiences will celebrate friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more pals from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages.

Date and Time of Performances:

  • Wednesday, October 19th @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20th @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 21st @ 10:30 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22nd @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 23rd @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FollowYourHeart @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Members of the media should visit www.FeldEntertainment.com/PressRoom for more information.  Photos can be found at www.FeldEntertainment.com/hrp (username: feldmedia; password: photos).

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart are on sale now and start at $20. Tickets are subject to availability, and VIP and Front Row seating is limited.  Market pricing applies to all tickets.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the EagleBank Arena box office.  For group rates and information, contact 202-661-5061.

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Wayside Farm Fun!

Wayside Farm
5273 Harry Byrd Highway
Berryville, Virginia 22611
www.waysidefarmfun.com
 
 

Fall is just around the corner and Wayside Farm will be opening next week on Saturday, September 17th! Each season they turn their 120-acre working farm into a unique Fall Festival with pig races, hayrides, pumpkin drops, corn mazes and much more! The best part is this year Wayside has kindly offered all of you 20% off – just mention Capitol Momma at the register! 

​General Admission……..$10/person
2 and under………………..FREE
Military with ID…………….FREE
Group (10-20)……………..$9/person
Group (20 or more)……..$8/person

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Wayside also has some fun events this year:

Family Friendly Pumpkin Run

On Sunday, October 23 they will have their popular Pumpkin Run around the farm.  The morning starts with a kids’ 5K obstacle run, followed by a carnival where the kids will be entertained so that Mom and Dad and older siblings can walk/run a 5K around the farm.  After the race, the farm will open and all families are invited to stay and play.  100% of proceeds from the race are donated to Loudoun Breast Health Network.  To register or for more information, visit http://www.waysidefarmfun.com/pumpkin-run.html

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Spooky Night Time Corn Maze

On October 21st and 22nd from 6-10 PM the Loudoun Valley Drama Club will turn the maze into a spooky haunt. Visitors can choose to either navigate the corn maze in the dark at night without extra spooks, or pick the spooky path and plan to be scared!

Redskins Corn Maze

This year the farm is celebrating all things Redskins, including the Kirk Cousins Corn Maze (as seen on ESPN!) How cool is this?! Go skins!

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Make sure to include Wayside in your family fun plans this Fall! They will be open weekends September 17 through October 30.

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Mary Poppins – Encore Stage & Studio

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125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
www.encorestageva.org
 

We have been to many Encore Stage & Studio shows in the past but Mary Poppins was the first show we saw that incorporated professional adult performers. This show had a different feel since the adults were played by actual adults! It is definitely at the top of my list as one of my favorites by Encore. Everything about it was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

 

Mary Poppins is a practically perfect, spoonful of sugar nanny that unexpectedly arrives in the Banks household one blustery day. Using lessons disguised as games, she helps to teach the Banks children how to be their best selves. But, is Mary Poppins’ magic enough to save this family from drifting apart? Enjoy your favorite Disney melodies and watch Mary Poppins soar across the stage in this Broadway adaptation that won seven TONY awards, including Best Musical.

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One thing my daughter and I loved about this performance is that Mary (played by 23-year-old Kaely Clapper) actually flew across the stage several times using cables. And Bert even did a few flips mid-air during “Step in Time”. There were a lot of talented actors with great vocals. The set in Mary Poppins was also quite impressive compared to their other shows.

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Encore Stage & Studio should be super proud of this performance! And it turns out this was their highest attended summer production since 2007 (with High School Musical!) at over 3400 patrons! Bravo Encore!

Mary Poppins has ended but make sure to catch the next show at Encore this fall – The Best Haunted House Ever, October 14-23.

Good to Know:

•The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. However, my  5 year old absolutely loved the show.
•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The show lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 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.

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JumpIt Pass + Giveaway!

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Parents in the DC area are lucky to have so many different types of classes to choose from for our children. But it can be hard to decide which ones are the best for our kids and also fit into our busy schedules. Well, that is where JumpIt Pass comes in!

What is JumpIt Pass?

JumpIt Pass is a monthly membership based service for access to the best kid’s classes in the DC Metro area. For a monthly membership fee, families can discover and schedule classes at 100+ venues offering classes for children ages 0-6+. This translates into hundreds of classes per week. Classes provide a wide range of opportunities for families: music, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, sports and much more. Activities even include Mommy-and-Me classes.

How does it work?

JumpIt Pass members can choose a plan that works best for them: The Starter Plan: $59/3 class mo, The Unlimited Plan: $99/unlimited classes mo, but not to exceed more than 3 classes at any given venue, The Family Plan: $169/unlimited plan for 2 kids ($70 per additional kid)

How do JumpIt Pass holders find and reserve a class?

Members can search for classes by class type, age of child, location, date and time. Once you find the class you want to attend you simply click “Reserve”.

How far in advance can members reserve a class?

Classes can be booked up to 14 days in advance.

Why are families excited about JumpIt Pass?

JumpIt Pass is the new way to approach children’s classes. Instead of spending money signing up for a variety of classes around town, a JumpIt Pass holder can search on the JumpIt website and find classes that work best with their changing schedules. Kids can try something new or “jump” around to their favorite spots. With a diverse offering of classes, kids are guaranteed to find what invigorates and interests

Our review of JumpIt Pass:

My daughters and I tried the JumpIt pass membership this past month and absolutely loved it! My girls are both busy bees who like to try new classes. They tend to get bored with the 8 or 12 week classes towards the end of the session, so jumping around to explore new places and classes is great for them. And it was so nice for me to be able to select classes that we could work into our busy schedule. There are so many different options for classes in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. With the Starter Plan, we got 3 classes for the month so we took a Music Together class, a mixed ages/siblings class at My Gym Potomac, and went to open play at Kid Junction. The flexibility is so nice for parents and it’s a great way to find the best classes for your child without committing to a full session. I definitely recommend giving JumpIt Pass a try!

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Would you like a chance to win a free 30 Day JumpIt Pass membership? Just leave a comment on the blog post to enter! I’ll be drawing and notifying a winner on June 1.



Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme – Review

We had a thrilling night at the circus last week at the Verizon Center! My girls watched in awe and wonderment as “The Greatest Show on Earth” did not disappoint! The fun started even before the show as we arrived early to attend a media event. Clara and Mae enjoyed face painting and special treats that got them even more excited for the show.

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Then it was time to take our seats for Circus Xtreme, the newest production from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. My girls were amazed right from the beginning with entertainment from the world’s funniest clowns and acrobats.

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The elephants were definitely a highlight of the show, especially since this was our last opportunity to see them perform. The treasured Asian elephants are soon moving to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Did you know that elephants are among the brightest, friendliest and most social animals? The famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Asian elephants can smile, dance, paint, and respond to over 60 verbal commands. It was truly an amazing experience watching them perform!

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We also loved watching the Bengal tigers perform!

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An act that had my girls mesmerized was The Sirens of the Sea – a breathtaking aerial ballet. The aerialists had these magical mermaid tails that floated gracefully as the aerialists were dancing suspended in mid-air.

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It was non-stop entertainment and there were so many more cool performances – The Danguir Troupe on the high-wire, the Wheel of Steel, the Bactrian camels, and the human cannonball were more of our favorites.

The circus was definitely a special night for my girls that they have been talking about ever since. And of course the best part about it for me was experiencing the magic of childhood through their eyes.

There are still several opportunities to catch a show while the tour is in the DC area:

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW

EagleBank Arena | April 6 – April 17, 2016

·       Saturday, April 9 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
·       Sunday, April 10 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
·       Thursday, April 14 | 7:00 pm
·       Friday, April 15 | 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
·       Saturday, April 16 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
·       Sunday, April 17 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm