Join the Village at Leesburg for the biggest kick off to the holiday season Saturday, November 17 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm!
The free festivities include Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Acapella Musical Performances by Clear Harmonies, Holiday Characters, Visits with Santa, Gingerbread House Making with The Conche, Glow in the Dark Activities & Treats After Dark and More Festive Fun!
You are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. We are proud to partner with Loudoun Toys for Toys. The free horse-drawn carriage rides will run from 3-9pm.
Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage to light the Spectacular Musical Tree! This 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights performs daily music and light shows.
Winterfest is coming home - to Nationals Park - for the holidays! The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents.
This year's Nat-ivity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park.
The event is to be held Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2 at Nationals Park open to Season Plan holders: 10:00am-4:00pm and the General Public: 11:30am-4:00pm.
New Winterfest Events for 2018:
For information on ticket pricing and parking, visit the Nationals website.
All naughty and nice children are invited to stop by Santa’s Suite, with their parents, on Saturdays and Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Each child will enjoy yummy treats and a holiday keepsake to commemorate the visit. Those writing a letter to Santa, while in his suite, will receive one back. Due to his busy schedule he will depend on the postal service, rather than his sleigh, to deliver his response.
In preparation for Santa’s check-in, Fairmont has partnered with official elves from EDGE Floral Event Designers. They have been busy transforming his suite into a stunningly whimsical winter wonderland. Exquisitely decorated trees will twinkle along with a host of enchanting details, from an elegant, mirrored dining table, set with places for Santa and his special guests, to a letter-writing station for leaving holiday wish lists.
Santa’s Suite is available for family visits at no charge, however guests are encouraged to make a donation to Horton’s Kids during visits.
Guests who post or tweet a photo of their visit using the hashtag #fairmontdcwonder, will automatically be entered to win a number of prizes including a stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown.
Santa’s Suite is also available for small receptions and even wedding proposals. For information on how to book the suite contact Fairmont’s Director of Catering Robert Mikolitch
About Horton’s Kids
Horton's Kids empowers children growing up in one of Washington, DC's most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready for success in college, career and life. https://www.hortonskids.org/+
About Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown
The newly renovated 413-room Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is located at 2401 M Street, NW. Adjacent to historic Georgetown, the hotel is convenient to the finest museums and national monuments. Located only five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown offers a wealth of facilities. An air of tranquility ensured through the design of intimate spaces and natural daylight creates an urban oasis. Learn more at: www.fairmont.com/washington
Fair Oaks Mall Hosts 7th Annual Sensory-Friendly Santa Event Reserved for Children with Special Needs
Reserve your space now for the 7th Annual
Sensory Friendly Santa event at Fair Oaks Mall's Santa's Flight Academy!
Fair Oaks Mall will create sensory-friendly adaptations to Santa's Flight Academy to allow for a softer environment with lower lights and sounds for children with special needs. This private event will allow your family to avoid the lines this holiday season. This year, we'll be hosting 3 sessions:
Saturday, November 17 from 7:30am-9:30am --> GET TICKETS
Sunday, November 18 from 6:30pm-8:30pm --> GET TICKETS
Saturday, December 1 from 7:30am-9:30am --> GET TICKETS
Space is limited. Please reserve 1 ticket per FAMILY.
Each family that attends will receive $10 off their photo package during this special event.
About Santa's Flight Academy: Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Now through December 24th in Center Court. For more information about Fair Oaks Mall, visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
Event made possible by: Fair Oaks Mall
Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party is performing at EagleBank Arena from October 3 - 7 for nine performances.
Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats alike.
Eagle Bank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030
Date and Time of Performances:
Tickets start at: $15, opening night. $20, all other shows.
To order tickets by phone: (800)-745-3000
To order tickets online: www.ticketmaster.com
*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.
To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
Three reasons your kids need to see an orthodontist, not a dentist.
I love my dentist. I really do. Everything about him is amazing. And so, when it came
time for my son to get braces, my first instinct was – well, our dentist can handle it. But
after thinking about it more, I realized that maybe that’s not the case? Maybe what my
child really needs is to see a specialist. And that’s when I started researching the
differences between a dentist and an orthodontist. At first, I didn’t really think there was
a difference, but there is. A big difference. Okay, so here’s what I discovered:
TOP THREE REASONS YOUR KIDS NEED AN ORTHODONTIST, NOT A DENTIST:
1) THEY WENT TO SCHOOL FOR THIS.
Being an orthodontist is a specialty that takes 2 or 3 more years of additional training
and education just to master. Not everyone can do it. I sure couldn’t! So, do your
research and find out if your dentist is both an orthodontist and a dentist. If they are both
– sweet. Most likely, they aren’t, in which case you should find an orthodontist who can
give you the expertise your kid deserves. After all, fixing your child’s smile isn’t cheap,
and having to have it redone would be even more costly and time-consuming.
2) THEY HAVE SPECIAL SKILLS.
Orthodontists need to possess a specific set of skills to realign your child’s jaw and
straighten their teeth perfectly. An orthodontist has these skills in spades, which means
they’re able to shift and transform smiles by using dentofacial orthopedics.
What is dentofacial orthopedics, you might ask? (I had no idea.) According to Wikipedia:
it’s the process of normalizing the growth of a patient’s bone structure and repairing any
imbalances of the face and jaws. My takeaway: See someone who has the proper
skills to transform your kid's smile.
3) THEY ARE ON THE PULSE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
Although dentists stay up to date on technology, orthodontists must be more than up to
date. They need to have their finger on the pulse of what’s next. This cutting-edge thirst
for knowledge and new techniques is what drives orthodontists to learn more about how
to best manipulate the jaw and bite to not only change the shape of someone’s smile,
but also their facial features. This specialized expertise is paramount in what separates
a regular dentist from an orthodontist. Go with a doctor who understands the latest
breakthroughs inside and out and knows how to utilize them successfully.
So, before you make that appointment for your kids with their regular dentist to talk
about braces, think it through. Go with someone who is the best at what they do. You
(and your wallet!) will be happier in the long run. Trust me.
Looking for an orthodontic specialist in Springfield, Fairfax or Centreville? Dr. Brad
Hudson of Hudson Orthodontics is a Board Certified Orthodontist offering braces and
Invisalign for kids, teens and adults. Dr. Hudson offers 0% interest financing, affordable
monthly payments and accepts most insurances. For a limited time Hudson
Orthodontics is offering $500 off braces or Invisalign. To schedule a free braces or
Invisalign consultation and download this offer, visit their website.
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.
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