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Family Offerings at Atlas Intersections Festival


February 21 – March 8


The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival from February 21 – March 8, 2014 is a unique all-arts festival which brings together more than 100 performing groups over eight days to offer intersections of music, theatre, dance, film, opera and spoken word.

I have culled from the INTERSECTIONS website and press release the information about Celebrate Family performances and Family Saturdays events for families and children.  To see the full line up of performances, visit IntersectionsDC.org.

Saturday Feb. 22 at 1:30pm

Zaniness reigns when a mischievous pack of pound puppies and their comic genius partners, Scott and Joan Houghton, present a circus comedy dog act meets hilarious canine thrill show.  Returning to the festival after charming a sold-out house in 2011, this family friendly show is sure to leave you howlin’ for more.  Come support two great causes – the Atlas’ family programs and DC animal rescue. Enjoy some free family activities with our friends from DC Actors for Animals, Metro Mutts and Atlas Vets in the lobby before and after the show.

50 minutes
$15/$12 student/senior
For ages 2+
The Singing Lizard
A Free Café Concert for the Very Young
Liz DeRoche works her musical magic for the youngest concert goers with her rocking keyboard and fabulous vocals.  Hosted by Boogie Babes.
Saturday, Feb 22 at 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Right before Mutts Gone Nuts
Kogod Lobby
Check out the full line-up of free cafe concerts — many of them family-oriented!

Arts on the Horizon 
Under the Canopy

Touch and explore the wonders of the rainforest in an interactive, non-verbal show especially for babies and toddlers.
Friday, Feb 28 at 10:00am & 11:30am
Saturday, Mar 1at 10:00am & 11:30am
Sunday, Mar 2 at 11:30 am
Friday, Mar 7 at 10:00am & 11:30am
Saturday, Mar 8 at 10:00am & 11:30am
Lab 1
35 minutes
For ages 0 – 2 (and ages 3 – 4 friends)


Gala Hispanic Theatre & Wit’s End Puppets
Fabulous Mayas
A bilingual adaptation of traditional Mayan legends and fables featuring puppets, movement and song from an innovative puppet company and award-winning Hispanic theatre.
Saturday, Mar 1 at 10:00am
Saturday, Mar 8 at 1:00pm
Lab 2
50 minutes
For ages 5+


Quynn Johnson
 Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet 

Lucky’s Tap Dancing Feet

Will Lucky the horse learn to tap dance? Find out in this delightful family show featuring young actors and tap dancers created Quynn Johnson based on her popular children’s book.
Saturday, Mar 8 at 4:00pm
Sprenger Theatre
50 minutes
$16.50/$11 student/senior
For ages 5+

A 2014 INTERSECTIONS Multi-Show Pass is a good way to save if you plan to attend or bring your family to three or more performances — you will receive 20 percent off. You can obtain a multi-show pass at the box office or by calling 202.399.7993 ext. 2. 

Disney on Ice This Weekend: All Shows On!


Although Thursday’s Disney On Ice shows at the Verizon Center had to be canceled due to the snowstorm (full refunds or exchanges were granted to Thursday ticket holders), the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows are ON! This is a fab, and very apropos way to find some indoor family fun during this snowy weekend. 

You will see 65 of Disney’s most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, the beloved Disney Princesses and other favorites including Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and many more.

ickets are still available for the following Verizon Center shows:

·       Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

·       Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

·       Sunday, Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

·       Monday, Feb. 17 (President’s Day) at 12:30 p.m.

Get tickets!



Disclosure: I received tickets for giveaway and review and an invitation to a media party. No additional compensation received. 

GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice Family Four Pack



I used to see the television promotions for Disney On Ice when I was a little kid back in the early eighties. I thought the show looked so beautiful as I watched the commercials. But although my parents were great about taking us kids to lots of shows and amusements, we never got around to seeing those Disney characters on ice skates live and in person.

So while I claim that I now attend Disney on Ice to entertain and delight my own children, often the kid in our family who is most excited is me. But as I have written about previously, my kids thoroughly enjoy the Disney on Ice shows, and they are happy to introduce little sister Alice to this favorite family outing, too.

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic  is here in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center February 12-17.  The show features a retrospective of kids’ favorite Disney characters over the past century, beginning with ol’ Steamboat Willie himself and all the way up to the gang from Toy Story. Eve is especially looking forward to her favorite girl warrior Mulan. And my cheesy heart is ready to see the  figure skating art is choreographed to old school Disney songs I adore like “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Show Times:

·       Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30 p.m.
·       Thursday, February 13 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
·       Friday, February 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
·       Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
·       Sunday, February 16 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
·       Monday, February 17 (President’s Day) @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $80.00 (Front Row)/ $55.00 (VIP)/ $30.00 / $20.00

To enter to win the family four pack, enter the form below! The winner will be drawn on February 4th at midnight.

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Miss Nelson is Missing at Adventure Theatre MTC


Currently on the syllabus at the Adventure Theatre MTC? Miss Nelson in Missing, a musical adaptation of the book beloved by kids (and substitute teachers.) 

Room 207 is terrible. Awful. Their behavior frankly stinks. And they have the nicest, most patient teacher, Miss Nelson. Watch what happens when Miss Nelson goes missing and witchy substitute Viola Swamp takes over the class.

Parents and children alike will love the humor, the catchy songs, and the Adventure Theatre’s patented style of cast members playing multiple parts and creative use of the compact set. The actors were top notch,  and the music and choreography were enjoyable.

The play is recommended for kids age five and up. I think preschoolers with the attention span to sit through a movie at the theater will also enjoy.  My second grade companions to the play give the show an A+.

The play runs through March 9. Get your tickets now!

Pssst, grownups deserve to see shows too! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to see G. Love and the Special Sauce at the 9:30 Club. TWO winners will each win a pair of tickets. 


I received media review tickets; no compensation received. 

GIVEAWAY: Monster Jam 2014


Start your kids’ year off with a trip to check out the Monster Trucks!

Monster Jam is happening at the Verizon Center on January 24 and 25th. The last time Monster Jam was in DC was in 2011, so apparently this is a rare chance to see the massive trucks race, jump and crush.

I will be heading to the show for the first time with my son Charlie and Jeep Momma and her son. We are excited to experience an American phenomenon. All I know of monster trucks is from a few TV promotions and catching a glimpse of Grave Digger on our annual drives to the Outer Banks.

According to my pre-show reading, the definition of a monster truck is a custom-designed pickup with 66-inch-tall tires and a minimum weight of 10,000 pounds. Monster trucks are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and can jump 130 feet into the air – crazy!

Attendees of the Saturday 2pm show with Pit Passes ($10 additional) are welcome to attend the Party in the Pits from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. During the Party in the Pits fans and families have an opportunity to see the trucks up close and take photos and get autographs from their favorite drivers. 

Show Dates:
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25 – 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Buy Tickets through Ticketmaster. Ticket Prices: $65.00 VIP/ $25.00/ $20.00/ $10.00 Kids. All tickets are $2 more on the day of show. Additional fees may apply. Kid’s tickets are not valid on VIP seats.  Pit Passes $10 additional.

The Monster Jam folks have generously given me FOUR tickets to give away to a lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader family!

Enter the form below and hope you win! The winner will be drawn on Friday January 10 at 9am.

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Disclosure: I was offered four personal tickets. No additional compensation received. 

GIVEAWAY: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet – 2 tickets


Win Two Tickets to The Washington Ballet’s Magical Performance of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker 

The holiday wonder and magic is happening at the Warner Theatre! My daughter Eve and I saw this beautiful ballet last year and we were completely awed and entranced. It was very child-friendly and accessible, but also grown up and sparkly-special, too! Wear your patent Mary Janes and a fancy dress (well, if you’re under 12) and get your tickets before they sell out — prices start at $32.

The Washington Ballet Performs Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker 
December 5- 29, 2013 at the Warner Theatre

A holiday must-see full of magic and marvels. Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Full of swirling snowflakes, magnificent sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the curtain rises and the stage bursts with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations that have made Webre’s Nutcracker a Washington tradition with raves from critics and sold-out crowds.

Would you and your child like to experience holiday magic? Attend a gorgeous evening ballet at the Warner Theatre? One lucky parent/child couple will win just that!  Enter the giveaway form below. The winner will get to choose one of the following performances for their two ticket prize: Thursday December 12 at 7PM, Friday December 13 at 7PM, Thursday December 19 at 7PM or Friday December 20 at 7PM.

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Disclosure: My daughter Eve and I were gifted tickets as thanks for promoting the show. No additional compensation received. 

GIVEAWAY: Fiona Apple Tickets + Upcoming Concerts


Win two tickets to see Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.

Join my husband and me in our concert-going obsession.

Three babies, two jobs, nearly 80 years between us and this crazy-crazy DC pace has done this to us. We live for new music. We spend way too much on various radio subscriptions and mp3s. Our entire date night budget and all gifts to each other are tickets.

All because my husband Chris and I have realized that there is no better night out (without the kids) than seeing a quality musical act live. It’s our hobby, our shared recreational passion.

Won’t you join us?

Here are some upcoming acts that I, and the folks at the 9:30 Club and I.M.P. Productions, recommend, as well as the chance to win two tickets to the Fiona Apple and Blake Mills concert on Saturday October 26 at The Lincoln Theatre in DC. 

Emeli Sandé

with special guest JohnnySwim
@ Meyerhoff  Symphony Hall in Baltimore on Saturday 10/19
Critics say: “A ruthlessly professional, ­economical songwriter’” — Alexis Petridis, The Guardian
Songs you know: “Next to Me”, “My Kind of Love”, “Beneath Your Beautiful” – with Labrinthe

Fiona Apple & Blake Mills

@Lincoln Theatre DC on Saturday October 26 (FYI – Friday October 25 is sold out)
Critics say: The Idler Wheel, Fiona’s first album since 2005, was a 2012 Grammy Nominee for Alternative Album of the year.
Songs you know: “Criminal”, “Paper Bag”, “Shadowboxer”

Toad the Wet Sprocket

with Lee DeWyze 
@ 9:30 Club in DC on Thursday 11/7 
Cool fact: Although the band officially split up in ’98, fans raised funds on Kickstarter for their first studio album in 16 years.
Songs you know: “All I Want”, “Walk on the Ocean”, but expect lots of play from New Constellation, the new album.

Sister Hazel

@ 9:30 Club DC on Saturday 11/16 
Happy anniversary: The band is celebrating its 20th with a tour.
Song you know: “All For You” (it’s hard to say what it is I see in you, wonder if I’ll always be with you….)

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

@ 9:30 Club DC on 12/29, 12/30, and 12/31
NYE Awesome: Ring in the new year with a new jazz/funk great. Dance your you-know-what off.

Robin Thicke

w/Jessie J and DJ Cassidy 
@ GMU Patriot Center on 2/27
Another show to bring those dancing shoes.

Win tickets to see Fiona Apple and Blake Mills on Saturday October 26 at The Lincoln Theatre in DC!


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Glen Echo This Weekend: Goodnight Moon and Then & Wow!

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Take the kids to see Goodnight Moon at Adventure Theatre MTC and then enjoy Then & Wow! at Glen Echo Park on Sunday!

A musical adaptation of Goodnight Moon starts off Adventure Theatre MTC’s Professional 2013-2014 62nd Season. Based on the cherished book by Margaret Wise Brown, this popular show, which earned ATMTC its first Helen Hayes Award nomination, will run September 20- October 27, 2013. Tickets are $19 each and can be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301.634.2270.

And when you take the kids to see the show, you can also teach them a valuable social good message. Bring a new pack of night time diapers to benefit the DC Diaper Bank and you will be assisting a local family in need.

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The fun happens this Sunday!
Relive the Park’s history, and share the fun!
Take a ride on our historic Dentzel carousel
on the last day of the 2013 season.
This year’s event features
award-winning magician Jay Mattioli
and performances by dance group
Urban Artistry
  • Arcade Games
  • Kiddie Rides
  • Mini Golf
  • Bumper Cars
  • Magic Shows and activities with Chris McCauley
  • Vintage Cars
  • Exhibits & Tours
And, of course, carousel rides for
$1.25 per ride!

For more information about Then & Wow!

or to download the activity schedule, 
visit the Then & Wow page.


GIVEAWAY + Discount Code: Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate! at Patriot Center

Win FOUR tickets to see Disney on Ice with your family on opening night, Wednesday October 23 at 7pm!


If your kids are one iota as excited as mine at the prospect of seeing their favorite Disney characters skate, spin and flip on the ice, they will have a fabulous time at Let’s Celebrate! Going to see Disney on Ice with my children has become a wonderful wintertime tradition. This year will be preschooler Alice’s first time, and she cannot wait. From our very first show when Charlie and Eve were just five and three, we have always found the Disney on Ice shows to be productions of the highest quality. The experience is a combo of seeing a kid-friendly Broadway show and having the magic of Walt Disney World or Disneyland brought to us, right here in DC.

This latest Disney on Ice production, Let’s Celebrate!, features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses and a Halloween haunt alongside Disney’s villains. You will watch Disney characters speed and dance across the ice to favorite classic Disney songs. When I told my big kids about the “line up” they were thrilled. Alice will see her favorite Alice in Wonderland, both girls will ohhh and ahhh over the princesses, and we are massive Nightmare Before Christmas fans. We are crossing our fingers that we get to sing “This is Halloween! This is Halloween!” right before the spooky-fun holiday.

You too can bring your kids for a night (or matinee) to remember.

Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the George Mason University Campus 

Wednesday October 23, 2013 – Sunday October 27, 2013

Show Times:
Wednesday, October 23rd @ 7:00 p.m. 
Thursday, October 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 25th @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26th @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 27th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20-$75 ($75 for front row, $50 for VIP seating, $30 and $20 for various other seating)

Opening night Wednesday 10/23 has tickets for a special one-time price of just $15

Discount Code to save $6 per ticket (valid before 10/18/13): PRINT 

Discount not valid on opening night $15 tickets or on front row or VIP tickets.

Tickets are available at via Ticketmaster online or via phone  at 1-800-745-3000 and in person at the Patriot Center box office.


Check out the preview video:


One lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader family will win 4 free tickets to see the opening night of Disney on Ice on Wednesday night October 23rd at 7pm 

Please check your calendar to make sure you are available, because after the tickets are issued in the winner’s name they cannot be transferred to another person.

  • Enter via the Rafflecopter form below! 

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Disclosure: My family and I were invited to attend Disney on Ice this year, as well as in years past. No additional compensation was received for hosting this giveaway. Facebook is in no way connected with this giveaway.