Summer Fun Fridays are coming to Fair Oaks Mall - enjoy kids activities, Summer of Science event, and a kids back to school fashion show. Find more details and event info at www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
Summer Fun Fridays officially sponsored by HCA Healthcare every Friday in August from August 3rd through August 24th from 10:30AM-11:30AM. Admission is free! First 100 kids get a free gift at each event!
Join members of the Children’s Science Center’s Team and friends for their annual Summer of Science Event on August 4th. Discover fun, hands-on, interactive exhibits that convey real-world applications of STEM. This event is FREE to attend!
Back to School Fashion show on August 5th, 2018 and 2PM during Tax Free Weekend. See the cutest outfits from our local tenants like Pottery Barn kids, Hanna Andersson, Lord & Taylor and many more.
For more details and event info, visit: www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events/directory.
This blog is sponsored by Wyndham Extra Holidays. All opinions are my own.
Last month, we took a quick getaway to Williamsburg, Virginia for Ava's first road trip! All of our friends have been telling us how family-friendly Williamsburg is -- and they were right!
We found the perfect resort to stay for the weekend: Wyndham Kingsgate, so we made the
quick trip down 95 South.
STAY: Wyndham Kingsgate
We were looking for a resort close to all the action - historic Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Busch Gardens. We found the perfect, family friendly spot at Wyndham Kingsgate. The resort is surrounded by the area's top attractions, sites and historic landmarks, it made it easy for us to quickly travel around Williamsburg.
The resort was styled with furnishings of the colonial period, but included upgraded amenities like a full kitchen to cook on-site, a beautiful pool, mini golf, and tennis. Brennan's favorite was the game room -- loaded with everything from pool to air hockey -- and then even had video gaming and arcade games which were ALL FREE!
Being that there are so many attractions in the area, we didn't spend the majority of our time in our room. However, since our suite had a full kitchen, we did hang out there just like we would at home. The ability to cook in your suite is a real game changer since traveling with a newborn and dining out isn't always that easy.
Wyndham Kingsgate offered spacious one- and two-bedroom resort suites which were much larger than we imagined. Next time, we'll travel with the grandparents!
Visit: Busch Gardens and Ripley's Odditorium
There is so much to do in and around Williamsburg, it was really hard to choose our activities for our weekend. We decided on visiting Busch Gardens now that Brennan is old enough for roller coasters and I personally haven't been since I was little. I learned that traveling as a family, you really can't beat Busch Gardens since there was something for everyone. I enjoyed eating my way through the park since we just happened to go during the food and wine festival! Next time we go back, I want to make sure we pack our swimsuits. Being the largest waterpark in Virginia, and seasonal events all year long, it's the perfect place for families.
Our next adventure was a trip to Ripley's Believe It or Not, located right in Williamsburg. Brennan always comes home with Ripley's library books -- so when we found out there was an attraction, we had to stop in! We could have spent more than just a few hours there -- are so many activities at Ripley's! After touring the Odditorium, Brennan played Laserace and experienced a 4D movie screening before heading home.
Explore: Things TO DO Around Williamsburg
Not sure what to do once you arrive?
Enjoy the charm of Colonial America at the historic Williamsburg living history museum. Tour the Governor's Palace and Bruton Parish Church, or get up close to unique arts and crafts at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Visitors should be sure to tour historic Jamestown, site of the nation's first permanent English colony. For fun family thrills, head to Water Country U.S.A. or Busch Gardens. A shopper's delight is at the Premium Outlet Mall or Riverwalk Landing in nearby Yorktown. For an unforgettable day of wine tasting surrounded by postcard perfect vineyards, a visit to Williamsburg Winery is a must-do. Nearby Richmond, Newport News and the gorgeous Virginia Beach are the perfect day trip.
Ava's first road trip was a success! If you're looking for more information about where to stay and what to do, you can always check in with the Visit Williamsburg site for a calendar of events and more information.
A GLOBAL PROGRAMME THAT PROVES THE SUN NEVER SETS ON THE JET SET
Backgammon Reborn; Rosé Reimagined; and a Sun-kissed Soundtrack by Nouvelle Vague; Le Méridien Transports Travellers to Experience the Iconic 1960s Beach Club Culture of the Mediterranean
Paris-born Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today introduced Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien – a global programme that brings the playful glamour of European summers to life at its more than 100 hotels around the world. Inspired by the brand’s French heritage and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, the global series of events invites guests to sip, sway and savour the journey of travel through all senses.
Beginning this month, Le Méridien hotels will feature a dedicated Petit Plates menu offering light and local fare alongside rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme. The brand will also bring a modern twist to the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon - ubiquitous throughout the Mediterranean in summer months – inviting guests to lounge a little longer, with an exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.
“No matter where you are from or where you are traveling, the idea of summer connotes a sense of slowing down and savouring the good life – a mentality that we celebrate at our hotels year-round,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “With a hint of whimsy and a nostalgic nod to the glamour of the French Riveria in the 1960s, this programme aims to inspire travellers to explore the world in style, the same way that we’re inspired when visiting destinations like Mauritius and Melbourne.”
Embodying the idea that the sun never sets on the jet set, Le Méridien will chase the sun continuing Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée programme around the globe, from Dubai and Bangkok. Soirées will occur nightly, weekly or at celebratory moments throughout the summer months in both northern and southern hemispheres, in destinations as diverse as Split and Seoul, Nice and New Orleans. Here are just a few on the horizon:
Le Méridien & Atelier Doré Celebrate L'Art de Vivre
Le Méridien has tapped Garance Doré - celebrated writer, creative director and founder of Atelier Doré – to continue evolving the brand’s summer programming. As creative consultant for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée, she will lend her editorial eye to guide how the sentiment of summer will come to life for Le Méridien guests around the globe. Doré, who embodies an effortless French style and sensibility similar to Le Méridien brand, first moved to Paris from her native Corsica and now also calls Los Angeles home. Sharing Le Méridien’s view that the sun never sets on the jet-set, Doré will introduce a new video franchise — The Art of Life — a “how-to” series about savoring the good life, told through her unique lens.
To visualize the intangible allure of summer, the brand also created a contemporary yet classic visual identity for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien programme developed by creative agency The Gathery, which will be featured in hotels, on the brand’s website, on social media and more. The graphic design treatment exudes a warm sophistication and bright simplicity that stays true to the brand’s distinctly European spirit anchored by mid-century modernism. Inspired by the iconic beach club culture of the 1960s, signature elements include chic straw sunbathing hats and backgammon patterns punctuated by yellow and white stripes.
For more information about Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée programme by Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.lemeridien.com/ausoleil and follow along on social media with #LMAuSoleil.
At Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, summer is the perfect time to play by the bay - whether reconnecting with friends, family, or nature, there is something for everyone on property - and around town .
You can recharge with one of the many services at Sago Spa & Salon, challenge someone to a round of golf at our River Marsh Golf Course, or simply enjoy the expansive views lounging by the pool. For active types, there’s fishing and crabbing, a full slate of water sports, and a plethora of nature walks…Maryland’s Four Diamond resort has it all. When in the mood for an excursion, Dorchester will not disappoint.
-Bike, hike or kayak through the 25,000-acre Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, while keeping an eye out for swooping bald eagles and nesting blue herons;
-Explore Cambridge and check out the downtown Farmers Market every Thursday, or take the Downtown Cambridge Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month;
-Tour one or more of the 20-plus breweries and wineries in the region; and don’t forget to try “Off the Rook,” RaR’s ale brewed especially for Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay;
-Visit local maritime museums and the Harriet Tubman Educational Center for learning opportunities for all ages; and
-View the galleries, shops and boutiques in nearby St. Michaels, the perfect location for a stroll, some window shopping, and an afternoon sweet treat.
At the end of a wonderful day of adventure and relaxation - or both - settle in for some fresh seafood and cocktails or s’mores making on Manor Lawn.
Lastly, don’t miss Crab Week, August 10-19, a celebration of Maryland’s world-famous crabs including family-friendly, crab-themed events, food trucks, pool deck BBQs, cooking demonstrations, specialty dishes served at all restaurants on property, seaplane splash-ins, and a waterfront crab feast. Complimentary fitness classes and family golf clinics will be held all week to help burn off the well-earned extra calories.
Oh, and pets are welcome. We have lots of special treats for our four-legged friends.
For more information on Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Hotel check out their website.
When my son was born, the hospital was amazing. They gave me this nice book filled with all
the things I’d need to know as a parent. When to take him to his first doctor appointment. How
to handle the common cold. Sleepless nights. What lullabies to sing. When he should go to the
dentist the first time, and so much more. And if you believe anything I’ve just written, I have
beach front property in Idaho that is perfect for you. Only $5.46! It’s a steal.
Seriously, I was clueless. I remember this one time listening intently as a girlfriend relayed in
perfect minute detail her son’s second dental appointment. Needless to say, I reached for my
Pinot Noir more than once. All the while, I kept wondering, “Should I make an appointment for
Max? He’s three. Am I a bad mother?” (Her son was only one and had only one tooth.)
Of course, the next morning I called my dentist and booked Max his first visit. Despite his initial
apprehension and my guilt for not taking him sooner, we left the appointment feeling thrilled
he didn’t have any cavities. Although, I did find out that my son has a cross bite. Which meant
he’d need to see an Orthodontist when his big-boy teeth come in.
After doing some research I discovered that there are lots of ways to fix certain bite issues early
– especially if you take your child to see an Orthodontist around age seven. So, you can bet that
now that Max is seven I’ll be making that appointment. Seeing an Orthodontist early can mean
less extensive orthodontic methods later (like extractions and jaw surgery), and ultimately save
some green, too. (And who doesn’t want to save money?)
The question is how do you know if your child, who’s teeth seem straight as an arrow needs to
see an Orthodontist? Just to be on the safe side, your child should see an Orthodontist even if
they don’t have any problems with their teeth.
9 SIGNS YOUR CHILD SHOULD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST
1) Your child lost their baby teeth early
2) Your child lost their baby teeth late
3) Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food (not their sibling)
4) Your child is or was a thumb sucker or finger sucker
5) Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced
6) Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds
7) Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth
8) Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all
9) Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small
If you answered yes to one or more of the statements above, consider reaching out to an
Orthodontist for an evaluation. Overall, the best age for a child to get braces is between 8 and
14. But seeing an Orthodontist a few years early, could give your child the early intervention
they need to negate the necessity for braces later in life. Or, at the very least, shorten the
timeframe in which they need to wear braces. And what teenager doesn’t want to shorten the
time they’ll have to wear braces? (None that I know!)
So, grab your kids, buckle them into your 5-star, safety-rated, car seat and take them to an
Orthodontist early. Because what you can fix now, will make tomorrow a lot easier. And less
Hudson Orthodontics in Springfield, Fairfax and Centreville offers affordable orthodontic care
for kids, teens and adults. As a community service initiative, Dr. Hudson has implemented the
“Surfer Smiles Kids Club” which gives kids ages 7 and up free orthodontic growth check-ups
every six months (and a bunch of other cool stuff your kids will love!). To enroll your child in
this free program, click here.
The 2018 DC Baby Show will be held March 24, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
A sister event to the New York Baby Show and LA Baby Show, no other event provides a better experience than the DC Baby Show. The DC Baby Show will give attendees a look at products and brands never seen at other baby shows!
The event is fit for new and expectant parents as well as care givers and baby services professionals. You'll discover a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, lots of learning, support, bonding and fun as you make your way into parenthood.
Tickets are $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual, but all of our Housewives In The City readers can get 50% off by using the code: NOVAHOUSEWIVES50 when you book online.
Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming
with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to
find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out.
Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Anna and Elsa
and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.
See the Disney Princesses achieve their dreams through bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey and your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Fairfax!
Housewives In The City readers can get $6 off tickets by using offer code: BLOG when booking your tickets online!
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart will be at EagleBank Arena (formerly Patriot Center) in Fairfax.
Easter Bunny and Family-Friendly Adventures in Annual Bunnyville Experience Return to Fair Oaks Mall March 9th
With spring just around the corner, Fair Oaks Mall is preparing for the anticipated arrival of the Easter Bunny. Beginning 9, March, the Easter Bunny will greet visitors in Bunnyville -- a three-dimensional town for kids to explore. Located on the shopping center’s lower level in Grand Court, Bunnyville features many places to visit including Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop along the adventure is an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and have photos taken. Those who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). This special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Fair Oaks Mall from March 9th through March 31st. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite.
Adventures in Bunnyville + photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall
March 9 through March 31, 2018
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA 22033
Bunny Paws: Bring your furry friends to visit the Easter Bunny on March 18, 2017 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM and on March 24, 2018 from 8:30AM to 9:30AM.
Bunny Cares (Sensory Bunny): March 11 and March 18. Individuals within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with the Easter Bunny during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on EventBrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies: https://www.autismspeaks.org/bunny2018
For more information visit shopfairoaksmall.com/events
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's time to start making your reservations. I've rounded up my top five restaurants in the NOVA area for a romantic Valentine's Day Date just for you!
Stone’s Cove Kit Bar - Herndon
THE EXPERIENCE: RECESS FOR ADULTS.
Stone’s Cove offers an engaging and interactive dining experience that places the focus on you. Our unique design has no secrets, you are able to see who prepares your meal, how they prepare it, and speak to them during the entire process.
A KitBar combines the design of a kitchen and a bar to create a large communal table that surrounds the kitchen, placing you right in the middle of the action. We got the idea from parties we attended, noticing that folks naturally gathered in the kitchen where the food and drinks we being made. The KitBar's “Recess for Adults” mantra embodies this atmosphere by offering you a fun place to enjoy great food, drink, and laugh while you recharge your batteries.
Ford’s Fish Shack - Lansdowne
Their mission is to bring fresh-off-the-hook seafood to our guests, with exemplary service. The menu features fresh-off-the-hook seafood, home-made dishes, seasonal specials, award-winning desserts and more than 20 microbrew/craft beers. And you won’t want to miss our signature Wicked Pissah oyster, grown and harvested exclusively for us at Nottingham Oyster Farm in Cherrystone Inlet, Virginia. It’s perfectly balanced, with a mild, sweet finish!
Dolce Vita Restaurant and Wine Bar - Fairfax
Located in the heart of Fairfax, Dolce Vita is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and wine bar that has been proudly serving fine Italian cuisine to the community for over 20 years! With our Executive Chef and Certified Sommelier.
The Hitch - Chantilly
The mission of The Hitch Chantilly is to provide a dining experience that brings the coastal delights to the suburban regular. Their chefs and mixologists develop a menu that is simple but honors the bounty of the coastal regions of America through fresh and simple cuisine. The Hitch is styled in an ambiance of relaxed sophistication with service that delights and entertains.
Eddie Merlots - Ashburn
Quality, exceptional service and an unparalleled atmosphere have made Eddie Merlot’s one of America’s great steak houses. We want you, our guest, to have nothing but the best—which is why we go to such lengths to serve you the exceptional prime aged steaks upon which our restaurant has built its reputation.
don't forget to RSVP + join us for our next meet up and networking social!
Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Be a part of Anna’s adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join Olaf, Kristoff and Sven as they encounter wintry conditions and mystical trolls in a race to bring back summer.
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, your whole family will sing along to unforgettable music and be delighted with special appearances by the Disney Princesses, Woody, Buzz, Dory and more.
Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for!
Capital One Arena (Formerly Verizon Center), Washington D.C.
Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 17 @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 19 @ 12:30 p.m (President’s Day)
$85 Front Row, $55 VIP, $30, and $20
Additional fees may apply.
Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
2. Call 800-745- 3000
3. Visit Arena Box office (and save on service charges)
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