Archives for August 2014

GIVEAWAY: FROZEN Disney on Ice in Fairfax, VA

Disney on Ice Brings FROZEN to the Rink We are big, huge, massive fans of Disney on Ice at our house. We are also in the midst of a full-blown, unbelievable Frozen obsession (it has been going strong since Thanksgiving.) I know we are not alone.So it is pretty exciting that Disney on Ice is bringing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and the gang to the Patriot Center in Fairfax October 22 - 27.Here is a video sneak peek.Tickets are on sale now for all 12 shows.Date and Time Read more...

Ropes Course for Kids at Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill

Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill, Maryland has added a Terrapin Explorers course for kids age 5-9.My Charlie and Eve were some of the first kids to try out the new course on opening day, and they were dazzled by the experience. Both of my kids are a little tentative when it comes to heights and risks, but the gentle, confident, plentiful staff members are with the children every step of the way. Knowing they had constant support made all the difference to Charlie and Eve, and gave them Read more...

Marvel Universe LIVE! Coming to DC and Fairfax

Marvel Universe Live! Arrives in D.C. Area Sept. 4 - 21 Performances featuring your favorite Marvel characters at both the Verizon Center and Patriot Center Marvel Universe LIVE! is an action-packed entertainment show for families featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production. The show is flying into the nation’s capital with performances at the Verizon Center starting September 4 and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia starting September 12 through September Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA at National Harbor, 4 Tickets

My family and I attended our first ever Cirque du Soleil performance, Amaluna, and we were awestruck. Would you like to go, too? Amaluna is at National Harbor Washington DC until September 21.  Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 32nd production and the artistic company will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% female band.Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Rio Washingtonian Family Date Night – Share the Love

One of the most perfect days my kids and I have spent this summer was on our family fun "date" at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg. There are so many options for family fun! In one blissful afternoon, my children and IHad a yummy lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Works Took a turn on the beautiful brand new carousel, full of interesting animals (and we saw the horse that one of YOU readers named!) Walked around the lake, making friends with the ducks and geese Played at the multi-age playground Hopped Read more...

GIVEAWAY: GameTruck Party (our family LOVED it!)

GameTruck was an exciting experience for our kids and their friends My family and I received an offer from GameTruck of Howard County to host a GameTruck party for our children and 17 of their friends. Although no one had a birthday any time soon, we thought this was an incredible way to celebrate summer.GameTruck offers a premier party experience in an interactive, multi-player environment that accommodates 16 or more players (the GameTruck Howard County vehicle can hold 20 kids.) Totally Read more...

Embassy Suites for Family Travel is the Best

When I was a kid -- one of five children -- my dad became the Embassy Suites hotel chain's number one fan. For the price of a standard hotel room, a family gets two rooms, three beds, a massive cooked-to-order breakfast buffet and an evening reception with bevvies and snacks. Room to breathe, house your crew and feed them on-site without added expense? The Embassy Suites was a godsend to families when they started popping up around the U.S. in the 1980's.When my husband Chris and I got married Read more...

YMCA Summer Food Program

This guest post is provided by and sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. As summer tourists flood the local DC area, it seems like life is good. Individuals from all over come to our nation’s capital each year, and spend 1.71 billion on food and beverage alone!The sad reality is that millions of DC area children and families suffer from food insecurity and food hardship. Twelve percent of District of Columbia households report having limited or uncertain amounts of food, Read more...