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.
By Amy Suski
As a parent and history buff, I'm constantly searching for ways to engage our 3 kids in the stories of the past. Fortunately, Virginia's historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown is home to some of the best interactive history museums in the country. Recently, we visited the region's newest addition, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which officially launched in the spring of 2017 with a brand new 80,000 square foot building and outdoor living history museum.
April is Autism Awareness month, and PBS KIDS is promoting awareness, acceptance and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder by airing new episodes of shows featuring characters with Autism. This includes a premiere episode of SESAME STREET featuring a new muppet character, Julia, who has autism.
PBS KIDS NEW EPISODES, SPECIALS & PROGRAMMING EVENTS FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH:
4/10 Sesame Street “Meet Julia” **NEW**
4/10 Dinosaur Train “Junior Conductors Academy”
4/10 Arthur “When Carl Met George/D.W. Swims with the Fishes”
4/11 Arthur “Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite”
4/12 Arthur “Carl's Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing”
4/13 Arthur “He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble”
by Micaela Williamson
For nearly a decade, I have been bringing my kids to Fair Oaks Mall to visit the Easter Bunny. We love that he looks like a real live Peter Rabbit. Make the trip part of your family's Easter tradition and save with an exclusive coupon for our readers.
Details: With spring just around the corner, Fair Oaks is preparing for the anticipated arrival of the Easter Bunny. Beginning Friday, March 24th, 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 West, 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 from March 24th through April 15th. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite. For more information visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events.
WHAT: Adventures in Bunnyville + photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks
WHEN: March 24th through April 15th, 2017
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Fair Oaks Mall
11750 Fair Oaks
Fairfax, VA 22033
Thomas the Train returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD, April 28-30 & May 5-7, and we have two family 4-packs of tickets to give away to two lucky readers!
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Enter to win a family 4 pack to Day Out With Thomas for Friday, April 28, 2017 which includes the 2:30pm train ride time by leaving a comment below. Two winners will be selected on Friday, February 24, 2017.
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*No Compensation was received. All opinions are our own. The giveaway is courtesy of the B&O Railroad Museum.
Thanks to Washington’s birthday, a three-day weekend is in your future. If you’re still trying to figure out how to spend the much needed day off, look no further than celebrating President’s Day like a President. Natural Retreats, the experiential travel company written about in Travel+Leisure and The Huffington Post, has a list of destinations and activities to embrace some of our previous President’s favorite pastimes. From spa days, to skiing, to fly-fishing -- live like a President during that 3-day weekend!
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