Over the weekend, I had some pretty sweet tickets to the Tiger Woods Skybox on the 18th hole at the Quicken Loans National tournament being played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. I had NO IDEA how much fun a professional golf tournament could be... plus, it helps when your tickets cover food + alcohol. Check out a few of the pics from the Tiger Woods Foundation Skybox + my girlfriend and I in the Grey Goose Lounge!
Whole Foods Market Ashburn is hosting their sneak peek event: Whole Kids Block Party! This FREE family fun event is on July 26th from 2-4pm. Join them for live music, face painting, moon bounces, arts and crafts, grilling, ice cream, store tours, and a treats at the end!
Be one of the first to check it out before the store's grand opening on July 29!
Looking for a day trip from DC? We were invited to spend the day at National Harbor and discovered some of our favorite summer picks that made both mom and son happy!
Since we were coming from Fairfax, we drove into the heart of Old Town Alexandria and decided to take the water taxi over to National Harbor. Potomac Riverboat Company has a cute little cabana set up right on the dock in Old Town where you can snag tickets. The boats ran from Old Town Alexandria to the Gaylord Resort and then to the Commercial Pier at National Harbor.
Once we arrived in National Harbor, we found out that there's a local farmer's market set up right in the heart of American Way by the fountain. The farmer's market is set up every Saturday and Sunday, May through December, from 10am-5pm.
After a stroll through the market, B wanted to check out the Capital Wheel. With yesterday being such a hot day, I was thrilled to sit inside the air conditioned gondola and enjoyed every second of our 10 minute ride. From the Capital Wheel, you can see the Capitol building, Washington Monument, and over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Virginia.
After exploring a few of the retailers, we settled in for dinner. We made a dinner reservation at Fiorella and immediately found refreshment in their frozen Sicilian Lemonade cocktails -- probably one of the best frozen drinks I've ever had. So good that I might have had 2...
For appetizers, we ordered the meatballs and steamed mussels. Served next was the open-faced Fiorella Lasagna (which was big enough that it could have fed our whole table) and I ordered their roasted claypot fish of the day, which was salmon, prepared Calabrese-style with peppers, olives, and onions in a Pomodoro sauce.
As our dinner was ending, we could see that the Movies on the Potomac screening was starting and B wanted to check it out. We ran over to Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats, a cute 1950's inspired gourmet bakery and soda fountain in the middle of American Way, to grab a hand-spun strawberry milkshake to enjoy during the movie.
With so many fun things to do for families and kids at National Harbor -- I know we'll be back soon. I'm even thinking a date night or girls night out at National Harbor would be great for my next outing!
Special thanks to National Harbor for sponsoring our day trip!
This summer, we've been checking out the FREE family concerts in Herndon on Friday nights. I had never been before -- but the shows are awesome, the kids run free, and they serve food, drinks, and alcohol. Bring some cash for your kids to hit up the Dairy Queen tent!
Get there early to make sure you get a good seat on the lawn! More details: www.herndonrocks.com
Encouraging women to become masters of their GYN health, The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC) will host a free educational series this summer in Rockville, Maryland.
Kicking off on July 20th at the Rockville Hilton Hotel (1750 Rockville Pike), the first educational forum will focus on conditions that cause infertility, such as large uterine fibroids, severe endometriosis and pelvic adhesions, and minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat these conditions, including new fibroid removal options.
Infertility touches many lives – an estimated 6.7 million American women. The surgeons will discuss how new minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as LAAM and DualPortGYN, can help to drastically improve a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, while also improving recovery from the surgery itself.
Attendees at the educational session will also get a chance to meet Danni Starr from Hot 99.5 and Jenni Chase from WASH-FM and be entered to win a VIP package to the iHeartRadioMusic Festival in Las Vegas!
Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal & Conditions that Affect Fertility
When: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Where: Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Audience: Women & couples who struggle with fibroids or other conditions causing infertility who want to learn about surgical options that can improve their health and chances of getting pregnant.
Register: Click here to register.
Future sessions will focus on new minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures & other complex GYN conditions. Visit www.innovativegyn.com for more information.
We've been big fans of Dr. Charlie and Dentistry for Children for quite some time! Their staff is amazing - and now, they're opening a new office in Fairfax! To celebrate, we're giving away a Longchamp Le Pilage Large Shoulder Tote with Pouchette for one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below:)
From the Dentistry for Children team: "Let them see the world while they see the dentist. From floor to ceiling, this dentist office is like no other. Our “Adventures Around the Nation's Capital” theme makes each visit stress-free and full of fun. As pediatric dental specialists, we know dental health is about more than keeping teeth healthy – it’s about keeping children happy. And when dentistry is this fun, you can be sure your child will grow into healthy, smiling adults. Call 703-665-1206 to schedule an appointment at Dentistry for Children in Fairfax or visit http://dentistry4childrenva.com/contact-us/request-appointment/. Appointments begin July 10!"
*giveaway sponsored by Dentistry for Children of Northern Virginia
by Stephen Diehl
Relatively-Short Spoiler Free Performance Review: Second exit to the right and straight on ‘til morning! Errrr, I mean, ‘til Tysons’. I recently was lucky enough to visit “Neverland” by entering a huge tent in a parking lot down the street from the Tysons Corner Mall. What could possibly be different about this performance of a tale that’s been around for over a century? Three hundred and sixty degrees, CGI effects, and fantastic aerial acrobatics, that’s what. I think we all know the basic story of the boy who refused to grow up (no, not Michael Jackson, but rather “Peter Pan”) and so I’ll save you from a rehash. Except to say that this performance differed in some ways from the theatrical and TV versions; “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
That said, this performance is fun for the whole family although it may benefit younger viewers to have seen another version previously (such as Disney’s classic animated version) as it may make it easier for them to follow the high flying, acrobatic action they see on (and above) stage. Speaking of the stage, this one is circular—so all the action is quite visible from anywhere in the tent. And since the tent is entirely supported by external trusses, there are no pillars or poles inside to obstruct the view; there’s really no bad seat in the house. And there are no obstacles to the “flying” which was spectacular with the cast soaring more than 40 feet above the audience at times.
And speaking of Disney, it’s worth noting that this is NOT a Disney production so you shouldn’t expect to hear either familiar Disney songs or those from the more familiar theatrical versions. However, that is entirely okay, as the music and Cirque de Soleil like performances make for a very enjoyable time. I personally enjoyed Peter Pan 360’s take on Captain Hook’s feared nemesis, the crocodile, who was intimidating and endearing with its clothespin teeth and visible human actors operating from within the skeletal frame.
I’m sure you’ll also enjoy helping the audience bring Tinker Bell back to life. Speaking of the audience, I was surprised to see that—while there were many adults with children—there were also a number of adults there WITHOUT children. I guess some of us still like escaping the daily grind with a journey to a land where one’s imagination rules supreme.
This journey was a fully engrossing experience with multimedia projection in 360 degrees all along the tent’s interior making for a fanciful flight through London and throughout the entire stay in Neverland. Note that the production runs for 2 hours which includes a 20 minute intermission. The bathrooms were surprisingly pleasant as they were located in trailers with running water. Definitely a step up (literally and otherwise) from the Porta Potties that typically accompany an event located in an outdoor venue.
As for parking, although you can pay $25 for one of the limited spaces adjacent to the site, I’d suggest simply taking the production company’s recommendation to park at Tyson’s Corner (Garage A). From there it is a relatively short walk with officials assisting in crossing the main streets. And there are a number of local production attendants to direct you to the venue. My biggest regret regarding the show? The dread I felt upon leaving with the knowledge that I’d have to get up the next day to work at my “big boy job” instead of remaining in a place where I could spend my time—fun and fancy free—in a land where I make all the rules.
You can experience your own ‘Neverland Adventure” through August 16th. For more information and tickets, visit peterpan360.com.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.