By Amy Suski
This summer we planned an epic road trip in a rented minivan that circled through Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. The inspiration for our trip was the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks-- well that and the free domestic flights we'd earned with credit card miles! I knew the 2-week 2,000+ miles itinerary was ambitious, but I struggled to cross anything off our list. With the kids getting older I wasn't sure we'd have another chance to travel to these places together.
Planning the trip was half the fun -- I poured over travel guides and mapped out our routes on Bing. (I like Bing because you can enter multiple destinations and switch-up the order of your itinerary.) For the parks we planned to visit the closest airports were Las Vegas or Salt Lake City (SLC) and we chose SLC in order to visit my college roommate and her beautiful family.
I'm an East Coast girl through and through, but honestly after visiting my roommate's stunning home nestled in the Wasatch Mountains I may have to reconsider my coastal loyalties. Utah is truly one of the most special places I've ever visited. On a short day trip just outside SLC you can shop the boutiques in the Park City, hike canyons full of wild flowers, cross a mountain range covered in white-barked aspen, and spot moose along a trailside lake. Half-way through our first day my husband began musing about retiring in Utah and I have to agree it seems like a pretty good idea to me too.
After spending our first day and night in SLC, we drove south along a desert highway to the spectacular Zion National Park.
Zion is unlike any other place in the world with an incredibly varied landscape that includes rocky canyons, lush riverside trails, and red jagged mountains rising up in all directions.
My addiction to antique shows and yard sales came to an abrupt end once I had kids. Driving around back roads and browsing through aisles of fragile nick-nacks is pretty difficult with kids in car seats and strollers. Online person-to-person sales were appealing for a while, but my interest wore off pretty quickly after coming across some sketchy sellers.
So I was super excited by the launch of a new online auction site, Everything But The House (EBTH) that allows you to browse online, bid, and complete the entire transaction with a trusted professional service. Items can either be shipped or picked-up from a number of EBTH warehouses across the country. [Tip: If I'm shopping for furniture, I specifically look for sales in my city so that I can pick it up and avoid shipping costs.]
For deal hunters, the best part is that with no reserve prices, some items go for as little as a DOLLAR! If you love a deal and are on the hunt for mid-century pieces, original artwork, sterling silver, vintage holiday decorations or estate jewelry, EBTH is definitely worth checking out.
We attended the opening night of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream features an incredible display of special effects, great set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice. This was the world premiere of this particular Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream featuring Moana.
The show opens up with an upbeat cast number encouraging the audience to get moving and exercise. Then, it moves onto one of my favorite movies, Beauty and the Beast. The colorful "Be Our Guest" number with the elaborate food costumes was an audience favorite. Next, up was Cinderella, and we enjoyed the whimsical "horse" drawn pumpkin carriage and dancing choreography on ice. Finally, act one closed with Tangled. The performers used a golden drop scarf, representative of Rapunzel's hair, to perform amazing acrobatics on top of the ice. We were definitely on the edge of our seats during this number.
Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream is coming to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA from September 29-October 8th. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice. Plus, this year's performance features the popular, Moana. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office. Parking is free at the EagleBank Arena.
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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream is coming to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA from September 29-October 8th. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and breathtaking choreography on the ice. Tickets start at only $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the EagleBank Arena box office.
SAVE $5 BY ATTENDING ON OPENING NIGHT. OPENING NIGHT TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $15 EACH BY VISITING www.ticketmaster.com.
Check back on our website later this week for a giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to the show.
by Micaela Williamson
For a family that has seen a lot of live performances, Cirque Du Soleil's OVO was our first Cirque Du Soleil experience. I found the show to be visually aesthetic, high energy, and my children, ages 8 and 10, were entertained the entire time. The performance was approximately 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission.
Some highlights of the show included:
By Amy Suski
We'd always wanted to bring our kids to London, so when we had the chance to spend a long weekend there we jumped on it. Although we were there only three full days, we managed to fit in some neat experiences that captured a lot of London's character. Instead of waiting in line at some of the bigger attractions like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, we experimented a little and were often surprised by what the kids enjoyed (and didn't).
Our 24-hour journey to London started with an overnight flight from the U.S. into Paris, a transfer to Gare du Nord, and a high speed train through the Chunnel to London. Not surprisingly, this is what the kids looked like about 15 minutes into what I thought would be an exciting train ride.
by Stephanie Kanowitz
The Kennedy Center’s Opera House came alive with “The Sound of Music.” The moment Charlotte Maltby began belting out the title song, the audience gave gasps of recognition, seeming to hold themselves back from singing along. A new production of the famous musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein that debuted on Broadway in 1959, the play’s stars – a strong motherly type and the seven children she cares for – offer young audiences positive messages along with timeless tunes.
By Amy Suski
To be honest, with the heightened concerns of terrorism, we were a little nervous about taking the kids to Paris last summer. But since my sister lives there with her two boys (as do millions of Parisiennes), we were determined not to let our fears keep us from hanging out with my adorable nephews in one the most beautiful cities in the world. It was sobering to be strolling down a street only to realize we were steps away from the site of a recent atrocity. However, the joie de vie of the city is still very much alive, which I can attest to because it was hard to sleep with all the late night merrymaking in the lively Marais district (where some of the attacks last year occurred and where our hotel was located). Unfortunately, France's tourism industry was hard hit last year, with about a million fewer visitors than expected. If a trip of your own isn't in the cards right now, to show support and help those affected, a list of charities appears at the end of this blog. And now for the fun stuff: let me tell you about our amazing trip!
By Amy Suski
Over the many years we've been visiting Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, the attraction map has become somewhat of a growth chart for my 3 kids. In the early years they happily toddled around the Forest of Fun, visited the horses, got their swim diapers wet in the fountains, circumnavigated the park on the Busch Gardens Railway, and then passed out from exhaustion in their strollers by 2:00.
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