September Reader Meetup: Edgemoor Art Studio

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Published: 09/12/2014
Ruth Johnsen, fabulous owner of Edgemoor Art Studio is hosting our September Reader Meetup! We'll be giving away spots to 20 children whose moms are fans of Edgemoor on Facebook (you'll enter using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post)

In addition to being my favorite art studio, Edgemoor was the winner of the 2013 Kathleen K Seedfeldt Award for Arts Excellence.  The studio offers classes for preschoolers (phonics and art) through high school as well as hosting special events, amazing birthday parties, and group events for scouts etc. 

For our September Reader Meetup, Mrs. Johnsen will host ages 3-6 on Thursday, September 25th from 10:30am-Noon.  Children will participate in a fall-themed art morning including stories, apples, pumpkins and more!! This is NOT a drop-off event, so parents will need to plan to stay.  

Hope to see you there! Good luck! 

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This reader meet up is sponsored by Edgemoor Art Studio.  Winners assume all risk and liability and are responsible for their children while at the event.

Homeschool Hockey Skills Class 2014 Fall Season

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Published: 09/11/2014
The Home School Hockey Skills Class is now available for registration on-line at and at the Guest Services desk at the Prince William Ice Center.  This class is meant to be a fun PE style class where participants learn both hockey skills and skating skills.
Our new Head Coach, Andy Newton will conduct our classes this year.  Coach Andy brings a wealth of unique coaching experience that will be a huge asset for your hockey player.  Coach Andy has coached players of all ages and is currently the head coach for the Potomac Patriots Junior Elite Team.  He has taken teams to National Championship Tournaments and has the experience to develop both our Home School Hockey Program and your hockey player to better meet their potential.  In addition to his coaching skills, Andy also brings the opportunity to introduce a variety of guest coaches to your player, offering a more individualized coaching opportunity.
Age:  The average age is 5-13; however, it is open to all ages.  The only requirement is that the child will stay with the group and follow instructions.  In the past we have had beginners and advanced skaters in the class.  Also, this class is for both boys and girls.
The class will run for 8 weeks on Wednesday from Sept 10 – Oct 29 at 10:30 to 11:30.
There will also be an 8-week class on Tuesdays also from Oct 7 – Nov 25 at 10:20 to 11:20.
Price: $168.00 for the 8 classes.  They will pro-rate for 1 missed class if you let them know at the time of registration.
Homeschool Class Bonus:  Free Stick-N-Shoot after class (a $120 value).
Directly following class, players can stay and practice during the Stick-N-Shoot session or Public Session for free.  The free Stick-N-Shoot and the Public Session is for the same day only and it cannot roll over to the other sessions or days if they are not able to use it then. Rink management just asks that players sign-in the child will stay with the group and follow instructions.  In the past we have had beginners and advanced skaters in the class.  Also, this class is for both boys and girls.
The class will run for 8 weeks on Wednesday from Sept 10 – Oct 29 at 10:30 to 11:30.
There will also be an 8-week class on Tuesdays also from Oct 7 – Nov 25 at 10:20 to 11:20.
Price: $168.00 for the 8 classes.  They will pro-rate for 1 missed class if you let them know at the time of registration.
Homeschool Class Bonus:  Free Stick-N-Shoot after class (a $120 value).
Directly following class, players can stay and practice during the Stick-N-Shoot session or Public Session for free.  The free Stick-N-Shoot and the Public Session is for the same day only and it cannot roll over to the other sessions or days if they are not able to use it then. Rink management just asks that players sign-in in the book at the front desk and write lesson pass on the page and indicate if they have private lessons (as usual). 
Rental gear is available through the pro-shop at the rink.  If you don't have your own gear, I recommend going into the pro-shop to be fitted for gear on a day before lessons start.  In the end it costs $20 to rent the gear for the entire 8-week class session.  They require a $70 deposit when you receive the gear and then they refund $50 back to when you return the gear at the end of the entire 8 class session.

Prince William Ice Arena
5180 Dale Blvd.
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone: 703-730-8423

Touch a Truck (and a Giveaway!!)

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Published: 09/10/2014

Discovery Junction children's museum is hosting a Touch a Truck on Sunday, September 21 from 10am-2pm at NOVA Manassas! Admission is $5/child, the first 100 children will get a free diecast vehicle, and there will be vehicles, kid-friendly activities, food, demos, and more! Join the fun!

Want to win a family four pack? We'll pick two winners!

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Week in Preview September 8th 2014

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Published: 09/08/2014
Hey Guys!

We enjoyed our weekend in Gettysburg for my brother's wedding.  My daughter was the flower girl and really enjoyed herself, and the boys danced all night.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend, too!

This week, get ready for:

Monday, September 8
At 11am, join Spanish Circle Time at Bull Run Library with stories and songs in Spanish.
Online Registration for Baby Signs at Chinn begins today:
Baby Signs: Sign, Say, and Play
Monday, September 15, 10:30 a.m.
Join Noelle Snodgrass, an Independent Certified Instructor, for a fun-filled class with signing,
singing, and dancing.
Ages 6 - 24 months with a caregiver.
Online registration begins September 8. 

Tuesday, September 9
Chinn Library hosts a 10:30 a.m storytime for ages 2-6 with a caregiver.
IKEA Woodbridge has kids eat free starting at 12pm. Visit the play area, have lunch or dinner, and have fun!

Wednesday, September 10
At 10 am the Great Zucchini will play a free show for the Movers and Shakers Club at Manassas Mall. Meet in the JC Penney Court.
On the other side of the county? At 10am, Uncle Pete Rocks will play at Stonebridge under the Jumbotron.

Thursday, September 11
​Prince William Community Band will play the Locust Shade Park Amphitheater at 7:30pm.  $4/ticket. This is a lovely outdoor venue- but be sure to watch the weather.
Alternatively, join the NOVA Manassas Campus at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater to watch Captain America the Winter Soldier General Public Admission - $3.00 per person, NOVA teachers/students are free with ID. Seating begins at 7:45pm.

Friday, September 12
Go out.  Seriously.  It's good for your marriage/relationship to get time together. If you need a place for your kids, Kids N Motion, Vertical Rock, and several martial arts studios offer kids night!

Saturday, September 13
NLGV will host a FamJam for FREE including 10:00 - 11:30 Pirate Games, 11:30 - 12:00 Live Pirate Show and 12:00 - 1:00 Free Cook-out Lunch. This is in Gainesville.
Join the National Museum of the Marine Corps for Family Day! Robotics theme will include learning how Marines use robots to find hidden explosives, and how students compete as teams in school competitions. 

Sunday, September 14
Great Country Farms in Bluemont is running their Apple Gala all month- but it's open this weekend! Get in some outdoor fall fun with the family!
Muppets Most Wanted will be playing on the Jumbotron at Stonebridge at 7pm.

Have a great week!

Week in Preview August 25th, 2014

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Published: 08/25/2014
We had such a fun weekend- a date night with friends on Saturday and our son's baptism on Sunday (Can I sneak in one more picture? I try not to brag to you guys too much about my kids, but it was the best day ever....and it's my I'm going to)
Yay! In case you're wondering, we go to New Hope in Lorton, which I actually picked when I stopped working at churches so I could not have to know anything about what was going on (it's a big church)- but now I really really really really love their 4th-6th grade program, Revolution, and so now we are those crazy people who drive 30-40 minutes for church.  #ForReal. People ask me frequently for help finding a place of worship, so if you love yours (whatever religion) send me info so I can pass it along to people when they ask.

Now, on to the stuff you actually come here for.

Again, the week before school starts is s...l...o...w in the events department- but I'll try to hit you with some last-minute-before-school-starts ideas.

Monday, August 25th
At 10:30 am, join Bull Run Library for a "Bubble Blowout" Outdoor bubble fun for the whole family! For families and children of all ages. If weather is clear, this program will be drop-in. If weather is inclement, we will blow bubbles indoors and tokens will be available 30 minutes before program begins.

At 4:30pm, join the 25th Project for their monthly gathering.  Come out and help the homeless in PWC by participating in The 25th Project each month. More information at or visit them on Facebook to RSVP for your family.

Tuesday, August 26th
$2 Tuesday at University Mall Theater.  They'll be finishing up the summer with Maleficent, Planes 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Walking with Dinosaurs. Tickets, popcorn, and sodas are $2 each.  Be sure to arrive early to get your tickets, they sell out to camps etc. pretty quickly.  We like to go, buy our tickets a few hours ahead, hit a park and/or lunch, and then come back.

Need a park recommendation near Burke or in Fairfax for while you wait? Check out my friend Kamber at NovaOutdoors- I love her site for finding outdoor play areas!

Wednesday, August 27th
Rocknoceros will be at Stonebridge at 10:30 am for the children's series. Meet by the Jumbotron for this free kids concert.

Have you been to Vertical Rock yet? This is, for real, our new favorite thing ever.  It's a little expensive for a new activity at $20 for 3 climbs- but that gets you a harness, certified belayer, and help learning how to use their amazing facility.  I think this would be an amazing treat for back to school- and don't forget to check your child's scout manual- they may be able to get a badge/patch/button/whatevertheheck. Another option? Call ahead and reserve a spot for your kids on Friday for the kids night on the rocks- and you and hubby can enjoy a date while the kids work their muscles!

Thursday, August 28th
The U.S. Army Blues Band will play from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street in Manassas.

Friday, August 29th
Have you signed your kiddos up for fall activities yet? Several of our sponsors (who we appreciate so much!) offer fall classes! Majest in Montclair offers classes for various levels and times of day, including homeschoolers, Edgemoor Art Studio is bar-none the best place for your creative learner (and I am not just saying that!), Daytime Playtime has added 3's classes, Toddlin Time has a great indoor space for your little one, Soccer Shots can help you keep your kiddo active, the Academy of Russian Ballet has classes for various levels, and Engineering for Kids is a great way to encourage STEM! Don't forget the Freedom Center- they have classes of all sorts! We really encourage you to support the businesses that support our site- not just because they do so, but because we're kind of picky about who we'll take, and we feel like you'll like them!

Saturday, August 30th
Thinking you need to stay local and avoid the beach traffic? What about a camping trip? In-county I recommend Prince William Forest Park for camping with kids although if you'd like to venture a little further, Burke Lake Park has a lot of fun amenities!

Sunday, August 31st
Need something local so you don't have to battle returning beach traffic? What about a day on Rivershore Charters? Check out our guest post about the experience.

Not my favorite- but say it with me three times, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice will be playing at Stonebridge at 7pm.

Enjoy your last week of summer vacation!

Don't forget, if you have events to add to our calendar, it's FREE to have them added! This can include open houses, info sessions, registration deadlines, community events, programs, whatever! 

Meet National Community Church- Gainesville Campus

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Published: 08/11/2014
It is my great privilege to be able to offer one of my advertising spots for free to community groups, churches, or non-profits that would like it for 3 months.  Meet National Community Church, who did just that! 

NationalCommunity Church is a multicampus church that meets in movie theaters  including the Regal Stadium 14 in Gainesville.  This relaxed, contemporary church launched in January and invites people to join them for music and a message each Sunday.  As a bonus, there’s a cup-holder on every seat, and snacks are not only allowed, free coffee and donuts are provided. Pastor Robb Schmidgall is on-site for live worship, and then the message is typically simulcast to the 7 DC-area locations. 

Mid-week while the theater is too busy with shows to rent space, the church focuses on connecting people with small groups that meet for the obvious bible study, but also groups that play board games, a Second Saturday Service project, cooking groups, and more.  Small groups change every trimester, so you’re not “stuck” doing one thing.

As far as kids go, children’s programming is offered every week and uses the Orange Group (which is awesome because PwcMom says so, and she used to work in Children’s Ministry, so there!) Youth at the church are active in a local Young Life Community. 

If you’d like to check them out one Sunday at 10am, they’d love to have you out for coffee.  If an hour, hour and fifteen minutes is too much commitment, they’ll be hosting “Parents on the Plaza” on August 17th, offering a fun time at the interactive splash pad with pizza and conversation for families. 

National Community Church is a multicampus church that meets in movie theatres, including the Regal Stadium 14 in Gainesville.  This relaxed, contemporary church launched in January and invites people to join them for music and a message each Sunday.  As a bonus, there’s a cupholder on every seat, and snacks are not only allowed, free coffee and donuts are provided. Pastor Robb Schmidgall is on-site for live worship, and then the message is typically simul-cast to the 7 DC-area locations. 

Mid-week while the theater is too busy with shows to rent space, the church focuses on connecting people with small groups that meet for the obvious bible study, but also groups that play board games, a Second Saturday Service project, cooking groups, and more.  Small groups change every trimester, so you’re not “stuck” doing one thing.

As far as kids go, children’s programming is offered every week and uses the Orange Group (which is awesome because PwcMom says so, and she used to work in Children’s Ministry, so there!) Youth at the church are active in a local Young Life Community. 

If you’d like to check them out one Sunday at 10am, they’d love to have you out for coffee.  If an hour, hour and fifteen minutes is too much commitment, they’ll be hosting “Parents on the Plaza” on August 17th, offering a fun time at the interactive splash pad with pizza and conversation for families. 

Free Children's Day at Weems Botts Museum

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Published: 08/05/2014

Giveaway: The Music Box

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Published: 08/01/2014
As part of their ongoing Hylton Family Series, the Hylton Performing Arts Center will be hosting  The Music Box:

Synetic Theater presents The Music Box

  • August 6, 2014 at 11:00 am
Merchant Hall
Embrace your inner eccentric! The Music Box is a magnificent collection of comedic short stories set to music and brought to life in Synetic Theater’s unique movement theater style. Audience members journey into the wonderful world of storytelling through pantomime, imagination, illusions and physical comedy. Where an average day becomes extraordinary when a surly janitor and an uptight businessman discover a magical mask that tricks or teases whoever discovers it, two cowboys in the wild west tame a bull on the loose, two road workers try to catch a butterfly in an attempt to capture the heart of a girl, and—not to be missed—the classic invisible wall. Synetic Theater is D.C.’s premiere physical theater company producing world-class performing arts for more than a decade and winning 24 Helen Hayes Awards.
These performances are appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 years old.
$15: Adults
$5: Children

Want to win a family 4 pack of tickets? Check out the Rafflecopter below!

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Giveaway: Kids N Motion

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Published: 07/30/2014
Ah, Kids N Motion.  We have spent some serious birthday party time there!! My oldest son used to have the "if you want to invite one person you must invite the class" mandate, which meant everyone was not going to fit into our townhouse- but they'd definitely fit (and need a nap) after Kids N Motion.  My daughter actually decided to have her birthday party there this year, which was fantastic because it was the week before Silver Sparkles and I didn't have to do a thing except send an evite and pick up the cake.

In addition to birthday parties that will fit your entire class, Kids N Motion also offers open play, parents night out, a preschool program, and a drop-in Summer Fitness Program, which is fantastic if you need a morning off-duty but don't want to pay for a week of camp, or if you have an appointment to get to.

As a bonus for those of you with allergies, Kids N Motion is a peanut-free facility.  I know that is a concern for many of you on the page!  They also do school fundraisers.

For today's giveaway, Kids N Motion is offering a $50 gift card good for Parents Night, Open Plays, Parties, Preschool and Camps (anything they offer).  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

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Disclosure: By entering you are agreeing to all of our giveaway rules.  Gift Card is provided by KNM and any issues/liability/play-related difficulties should be directed to them upon claiming your prize. PwcMoms is further not responsible if your kids fall asleep in the car after open play and then wake up when you get to your house and won't go back to sleep and do the "I'm so cranky" thing all afternoon.  We've all been there, but it's not my bad. Good luck, have fun.

Guest Post: Miss Rivershore One Hour Tour

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Published: 07/24/2014
Look! It's another guest post! The blogging gods have smiled upon me! Well, in this case, since Sarah is a Pastor's Wife, I guess it's Jesus smiling on me- but I'm good with that :) 
Hooray!! Thanks to Sarah from The Wild Ruby!!

Miss Rivershore One Hour Tour

            This is a one hour boat ride on the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers.  For a decent price ($6 per child from ages 4-12, 0-3 free and $12 per adult -  but they sometimes offer Groupons for 2 adults for $14, so be on the lookout for that) you get a 1 hour tour on a mostly-enclosed large pontoon boat with a bar.  As far as I could tell it's pretty much first come, first served -  no reservations needed.  However, I'd recommend scheduling in advance if you have a group.  There was a family reunion group of about 30 people assembled as we were getting ready to load and thankfully it appeared they had chartered their own boat, otherwise the rest of us would've been out of luck -  or part of their group would've been left waving on shore.

            There are vending machine-style snacks available as well as canned sodas, bottled water, beer and wine for reasonable prices ($1 for a bag of Cheetos, $2 for soda and water,  $5 for a beer and $6 for a plastic cup of wine -  we're almost on the open sea, so safety first!).

            On our tour at 4 p.m. on a Saturday in July the boat was almost at capacity at about 35 guests.  There are cushioned bench seats along both sides and plastic folding tables with plastic folding chairs down the center.  The windows were all open to allow for a bit of a breeze, but I saw a portable AC unit as well as a heater in case of extreme temperatures.  There is a very small space at the front of the boat for people to stand or sit outside.  In the back of the boat was a basic bar with the aforementioned snacks and drinks.  There was also a bathroom on board.

            Boarding took place at the four tall posts on the pier to the right of the boat loading area/kayak input at Occoquan Regional Park (located on Route 123, just over the Occoquan bridge as you're heading into Fairfax County.  If you pass the Workhouse Arts Center, you've gone too far.) .  Our first stop was to the town of Occoquan to drop off a family-  evidently there is a way you can board there as well.  Then we turned back around and took a leisurely cruise past several marinas as the captain told some of the history of the area.  It was fun going under all the bridges for I-95, Route 1 and the railroad track next to Route 1.  We also learned a little about ospreys and saw some baby ospreys in a nest on our journey.  I found it relaxing and my only complaint was that 1 hour was too short.  In a perfect world I'd love to experience this same location for a longer period of time and on a boat with more outdoor options, but for the price and the novelty of the experience, it was worth it. 

            This company does offer a variety of longer tours including a round trip to Tim's Rivershore Restaurant on the weekends, which I'd love to try sometime!

FREE Physicals/Sports Physicals

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Published: 07/21/2014

Hylton High School will host a free Health Fair including physicals, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training, enrollment assistance, giveaways and more.  To schedule an appointment, call 703-967-3772.

Soccer Skills School Summer Sessions

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Published: 06/12/2014

Registrations now open for upcoming summer sessions!!

Training will be held at SNF (Sports Network & Fitness) 8320 Quarry Rd, Manassas VA

Includes 6 sessions at 1.5 hours each. Each session will take place once a week over the summer season.

Training will focus on shooting, passing, shooting in transition and finishing.

Ages 6-9 will be held Wednesday starting June 25th from 7-8:30pm
Ages 10-13 will be held Thursday June 26th from 7-8:30pm

$99 per child – Sign up now through June 15th and receive a $15 discount!!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Soccer Skills School. 

Kids Fishing Tournaments Summer 2014

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Published: 06/11/2014
Coming up in a few weeks at Lake Ridge Park! Ages 4 - 12. Call 703-494-5565 to register.

Leesylvania State Park hosts a kids fishing tournament each month starting May-September the first Saturday of each month.  Ages range from 2-15 years old and there is no program fee! 
WHERE: Tournaments take place at the marina in lot #1 (your first right after Bushy Point) at Leesylvania State Park.
WHEN: First Saturday of the month May thru Sept from 9a.m-11a.m. at Leesylvania State Park!
WHAT: No worries if you don't have your own fishing equipment, participants can borrow from the park, but we encourage folks to bring their own. 
WHO: Kids ages 2-15 years old can fish for free! There are several volunteers on hand to give participants help where help is needed. No Fishing license required!

Painting in the Park Father's Day Event

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Published: 06/09/2014
FREE Father's Day activity idea in the Woodbridge, Dumfries, Triangle vicinity! Take your artistic dad to the Marine Corps Museum for a contest and some painting, and then get dinner at a 10% discount!

Summer Camp Option: AviationEd Camp

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Published: 05/01/2014
AviationEd’s summer camps combine our standards-based, STEM curriculum with enhanced project-based learning activities for kids in a variety of settings including the classroom, air traffic control towers, aviation maintenance hangars, and aircraft. These week-long programs begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon during the weeks indicated below. Camp will be held at the Manassas Regional Airport. Light snack and a t-shirt will be included.

Summer Camp Options 2014: Prince William Ice Center

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Published: 04/29/2014
Prince William Ice Center offers several fantastic camp options, including their Eleite Hockey Camps!! Check them out for the hockey fanatic in your life!! If you have a lower-level skater, or someone more of the "figure" than "hockey" persuasion, check out their Fun Camps below!

$1-$3 Baskin Robbins Scoops April 22-24!

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Published: 04/21/2014


April 14 2014
Guests are Encouraged to Visit Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops Nationwide
from April 22-24 for Super Sweet Deals

(April 14, 2014) Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off the ice cream season with a three-day Scoop Fest promotion from April 22 through April 24 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide. Ice cream lovers are encouraged to visit their local Baskin-Robbins shop to take part in sweet Scoop Fest deals, including:

  • $1.00 for a Single Kids Scoop (2.5 oz scoop)
  • $2.00 for a Double Scoop (4 oz scoops)
  • $3.00 for a Triple Scoop (4 oz scoops)
Guests can visit to get more information about these great deals on their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including the new April Flavor of the Month, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ ice cream, which features blue and red vanilla-flavored ice creams with a dark chocolate flavored web and popping candies that combine to make an amazing hero of a flavor.
“We are excited to offer our guests three days of great deals during Scoop Fest and invite them to try our new hero-inspired April Flavor of the Month, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ice cream, to celebrate the movie, which is in theaters May 2, and ice cream season,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “Scoop Fest is a fun and delicious way for us to kick off the ice cream season with our guests and thank them for their patronage by offering sweet deals on their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavors.”
Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is offering its guests a range of festive ice cream treats to help celebrate the Easter holiday on April 20th. These include Baskin-Robbins’ classic Bunny Roll Cake, which is returning this year in pink and is available for order in a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake flavors both in-store and online at Baskin-Robbins is also offering a new Easter Egg Hunt ice cream flavor in select participating locations, which features green white-chocolate flavored ice cream with pastel-colored candy eggs and a sweet crème ribbon.
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Giveaway/Event Notice: Promenade at Virginia Gateway

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Published: 04/17/2014
Virginia Gateway (we were just there yesterday for our Little Gym Reader Meetup!) is hosting a fantastic two-day event for the grand opening of the Promenade! Check it out! (We're getting our own splash fountain, PWC!!)

--> The Peterson Companies invites the community to attend the Grand Opening of Promenade at Virginia Gateway. The weekend events will celebrate the official opening of the highly anticipated 300,000 square foot lifestyle center with new store openings, live entertainment, giveaways, fashion presentations, promotional offers, fireworks, and more

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
·      Opening Ceremony begins at 10:30 am
·      New Stores Open – White House Black Market, LOFT, Francesca’s Collections, Soma Intimates, Charming Charlie and Pinkberry
·      Fashion Show & Freeze Modeling
·      Meet Aly from WMZQ  
·      Register to Win a $1,000 Promenade shopping spree
·      Performance by the Manassas Symphony Orchestra Winds begins at 7:15 pm
·      Fireworks Show begins at 8:15 pm   
·      Plus, live entertainment, specials and giveaways throughout the day
Sunday, April 27, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
·      Interactive splash fountain opens
·      IT’Sugar opens
·      Face Painting and Balloon Artist
·      Children’s Entertainment
·      Performances by three-piece power pop band, Big Bang Boom 
I am so excited about this event! We're definitely going to plan to be out for the Saturday event, I'm all about Fireworks- although both days sound like a ton of fun!! Be sure to find me and say hi if you come out!! 

As an added bonus for PWC Moms readers, I have THREE fantastic giveaways for you guys!! Please note that you MUST ATTEND THE GRAND OPENING TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.  I cannot mail it to you, and you can't claim it another weekend- but they're amazing prizes, so if the Pinkberry and the facepainting weren't enough to get you out, this should do it! 

Prizes are:

Winner 1: Loft $250 gift card

Winner 2: Grace jewelers $100 gift card

Winner 3: Charming Charlie $50 gift card

I'm not actually sure which of these I would want the most (if I could win, which I can't, which stinks)...I totally love all three!! Enter early, enter often, I'll pull winners next week before the big day!! 

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Youth Chorus Program Beginning in the 2014-2015 Season

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Published: 04/15/2014

Youth Orchestras of Prince William Announces Addition of Youth Chorus Program Beginning in the 2014-2015 Season

Woodbridge, VA (April 11, 2014) – The Youth Orchestras of Prince William(YOPW) is delighted to announce the addition of a Youth Chorus for the 2014-2015 season.  This treble voice choir will be open to both male and female students in grades 3 through 8.  The chorus will perform a variety of repertoire including classical, folk, and world music and collaborate with YOPW’s orchestras.
John Devlin, Music Director said, “YOPW’s mission is to serve the area’s youth by providing them with high-level musical opportunities. We saw a need for an excellent choral program that will bring together talented youth from around the region. Our unique position within the county allows YOPW to do this and will give the chorus the chance to perform with our instrumental ensembles.”
YOPW began incorporating choral collaborations into their performances in the 2012-2013 season.  These have proven to be successful learning opportunities for all of the students – orchestra members and singers – and YOPW is excited to expand these offerings. 
“Integrating a youth choir into our own offerings is an ideal channel for younger students that are interested in the choral arts. With us, they will grow into excellent ensemble members and enjoy the experience in the way that our instrumental students are currently able,” said Devlin.
Students interested in joining the new Youth Chorus will be required to complete a voice check.  Voice checks will give students the opportunity to meet with Chorus staff one-on-one and will last 5-7 minutes per student. 
Voice Checks will be held:
·      Monday, May 12th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Gar-Field High School
·      Monday, May 19th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Patriot High School
·      Saturday, September 6th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Gar-Field High School
Appointments can be made by contacting the YOPW Office at (703) 590-7083 or

For more than 30 years, the Youth Orchestras of Prince William has provided exceptional instrumental education for the youth of the region. We offer opportunities for a wide spectrum of students, ranging from beginning string players and intermediate wind players to advanced students performing professional symphonic repertoire. YOPW enrolls approximately 275 students in three string orchestras, two symphony orchestras, a wind symphony, and a variety of chamber music ensembles. Our students are primarily from Prince William County, Virginia, but YOPW members come from all over Northern Virginia and North Central Virginia. For more information about the Youth Orchestras of Prince William visit our website: 

Week in Preview: April 14-April 20, 2014

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Published: 04/14/2014
 I hope that you're planning a fun spring break, whether you're traveling or staying put, working, or taking a week off. My boys are going to be checking out programming camp at The Animated Child, and my daughter is hanging out with me for a little girl time (read: I couldn't find a camp that worked right for pickup/dropoff with the boys)- but we're going to have fun! We should have some great weather, so consider one of the county parks for some mini golf or outdoor fun!!

Monday, April 14
 If you or someone you know could use a little extra help getting food on the table while the kids aren't in school, here's one for you: In partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), Holiness Tabernacle provides free, healthy and nourishing food to Prince William County every second Monday from 12 to 3 P.M.

If you need a little break this week but can't do/don't want to do a full week of camp, Kids N Motion has 9:30 am - 12:30 pm morning session or 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm afternoon session
Early drop off and Late pick-up available at an additional fee of $5.00/Hour.
(Must be prearranged and scheduled) $20 for 1 session per day. $30 for 2 sessions per day.

Tuesday, April 15
SOS: Spring Break Edition: Art Attack Tuesday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. Join us at the library for an art attack! We’ll have four stations with different projects set up, and you can take a turn at all four, or concentrate on three, or two, or just one. Grade K–5 Please pick up a free pass beginning 1/2 hour before the program; each child participating must have a pass. Limit 24. 

Wednesday, April 16
Baby Animal Petting Zoo Wednesday April 16, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Pet the baby animals from the Bar C Ranch Tickets for timed intervals available beginning Wednesday, April 9. Tickets are necessary only if there is inclement weather. Limit: Five Tickets per Adult 

Thursday, April 17
Shenanigans at Central Library Shenanigans Alternating Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  Make practical or whimsical items and have fun while doing it! All of the programs are free and all materials are supplied!  Grades K–5. Registration is required and may be done by phone or online.

SOS Matinee: An American Tail at Potomac Library Join your siblings or  friends at a school’s out special matinee; you are welcome to bring a snack and drink to enjoy while you watch! All ages. Drop in. No registration required.

Friday, April 18
People love Port Discovery Children's Museum, and even though it's in Baltimore, we've got it on our calendar for their $2 night.  I assume that it'll be crowded, but if you're looking for a fun and inexpensive spring break field trip, this could be it! Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night!  Enjoy a discount admission of $2 from 4pm - 7pm.  Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

Want to stay a little closer? It's GEICO free night at the Children's Museum at National Harbor.  We did this over Christmas, and, again, while you'll wait in line to get it, it's free and fun!  This isn't my favorite children's museum, I think it's a little small and definitely aimed at the preschool/kindergarten set.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt: April 19, 2 PM - 3:30 PM Rain or Shine for Kids through 5th grade

8899 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20110
Come one, come all children to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19th 10:30-11:00 am. We will hear a story, make an Easter craft, and HUNT for candy-filled Eggs. 
LRPRA Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  All children up to age 10 are eligible; parents must pre-register children by Wednesday, April 16, in order to participate.  The cost is $3 for LRPRA members and $5 for non-members.  Don't forget your cameras and Easter baskets.  Call the Recreation Department at 703-491-2154 for more details.  Begins at 9am SHARP.  Do not be late or you'll miss all the eggs!! 
Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted.   
Sunday, April 20 (Easter Sunday) 
Spirit and Life Church (Dumfries) and St. Thomas (Manassas) will both have egg hunts after their services on Easter Sunday. 

Don't forget that there's school on April 21st as a makeup day for snow! 

Host a Student with USA Connections

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Published: 04/08/2014
USA Connection is an exchange program that is currently looking for host families (who are compensated!) who would like to have a student from Spain join their family for a few weeks this summer.  Interested? Here are some details! 

1) Tell me a little about your organization and how you got involved

We have always enjoyed intercultural experiences, since we  ourselves are an international couple, and we have traveled, lived in different countries, and speak different languages. Last year, for the first time, we decided to extend that experience to others by inviting a carefully selected group of Basque teens to stay with American families during the month of July.  It was a great experience for everyone.  After last year's great experience, we were really motivated to do it again!

2) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from students?
One of our more conscientious students forgot to change the timezone on his cellphone alarm. So, on his first night with his host family he went to bed at a relatively normal time only to get up, shower and go down to have breakfast at 1:00 a.m. all the while wondering how American's could sleep so late on a week day!

Another was at a 4th of July pool party, and was the only one to notice when a toddler fell into the pool. He quickly jumped in to pull the toddler out.

3) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from a family?
One of the families from the Lake Ridge area enjoyed the experience of having one of our youth so much that they want to host the same student again! They've kept in touch all year and are even planning on being the first family to do a full exchange with our program by sending their daughter to Spain to stay for 3 weeks with their host student's family.

4) What's involved in hosting a student?
Nothing special, really. We do ask that our student have a private bedroom and that Spanish not be the primary language of the host family. Other than that, they should do their own laundry, help with basic chores and go where your family goes.

If your family goes to church, take them to church. If one of your children has a softball game, take them to the game. The only "extra" thing would be to drop them off at the pickup point for our 2 day trips and when we take them to summer camp- and pick them back up, of course!

The families, in general, aren't expected to pay the students way. They travel with their own pocket money. They also travel with full medical and liability insurance in the case of any mishaps.

Having a teen in the family is preferable, but not necessary. Children that they can interact with is a requirement though.

5) Where do students come from? What do they like to do?
Our students come, primarily, from the Basque Country, a small nation between Spain and France. Most of the Basque live on the Spanish side of the border.  Because of the Basque Country's unique situation, most of our students are trilingual, with Spanish, Basque and English. A few speak French as well.

Our students are very similar to kids in the US. The boys like soccer and video games. Many of them surf if they live near the coast. The girls tend to be athletic as well, playing soccer and field hockey. Basketball is also very popular. It's common to see groups of teens hanging out on a park bench talking and playing with their cellphones just like kids in the U.S. In the summer, they tend to spend the day at the beach.

6) What kind of support is offered to host families?
We try to be as supportive as possible. We travel with the kids from Bilbao to Paris and on to Dulles and help make sure they arrive with their host families safely. We stay in the area for the entire trip, so we're available any time to help out with any issues, like homesickness or illness, that might come up. We give families basic instructions on what is expected of them while hosting one of our students, as well as a list of appropriate activities that they might want to consider. We also invite family members to come on day trips that we organize and the going away party.

We also offer a stipend to the families to cover the cost of having an extra person in the house.


This is a sponsored post brought to you by USA Connections.  PwcMoms has not participated in the program and makes no explicit or implied claims about your family's experience.

Week in Preview: April 7-13, 2014

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Published: 04/07/2014
Guys, I seriously suck at doing this many things.  I swear I used to be good at it!! I am so overwhelmed right now with kid activities, our looming move, house renovations at our new project home, end of year testing plans, and everyday life.  I would like to tip my hat to all the military moms that do this every year or two, the working moms who do all this AND work from 9-5, and all of you who just rock at life. 

In other news, I can see either a light at the end of the tunnel or an approaching train.  Either way, things ought to be ending soon ;)

Here's your week in preview, and I will try to get back on my game ASAP.

RSVP/Get Tickets For/Heads Up On
Ringling Brothers will be at the Patriot Center in Fairfax this week and next for their "Built to Amaze" show.  Performances are April 9-13 and April 17-20.  Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

The New Dominion Choraliers will have a Pirate-themed concert on April 26th and 27th.  Order your tickets by clicking on the link for the date you'd like to attend.  Tickets are $15/adults, $5/kids, $10 military/seniors/students.

Join one or BOTH of our MOMS classes! (A 30-40 minute music class followed by a playdate for toddlers and moms).  Our weekday class meets Tuesday from 10am-12pm.  The weekend class meets on the SECOND SATURDAY of the month from 10am-12pm. If interested, please contact Brandi

Twisted Tee Scarves Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.Give new life to a used tee shirt when we turn them into infinity scarves. Try out a new style and update your spring wardrobe; recycling is always on trend! Please bring a used tee shirt. Grades 6–12; Please register on-line beginning April 6. (Bull Run Library)

Pick up tickets at Potomac Library for "The Magic is Real" with Joe Romano.  The show is April 19th at 11am, and tickets became available this weekend, so hurry!

Monday, April 7
Chick Fil A Signal Hill is having a recruitment day- this would be a great opportunity for your teenagers to go fill out job applications before the summer rush!! Two time slots are available, with the after-school option running from 3-7pm.

Head to Central Library to pick up free tickets for the Uncle Devin Show at Central Library on April 14th at 7pm. 

Tuesday, April 8
A new addition to our calendar this week is "Little Adventures" at the Chinn Center.  Each week from 11-12, kids can enjoy open gym while parents meet new friends, too! $3/child, follows PWCS schedule for closings.

7:05pm- it's Potomac National's Opening Day

Mom Linda wrote in to make sure you all know about the Board of County Supervisors Meeting tonight at 7:30pm at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge.  They'll be discussing some budgetary issues including the Montclair and Gainesville libraries being cut to save money.  My only note on this is that if you're showing up to speak for the libraries, come prepared with what you'd cut instead. 

Wednesday, April 9
Wednesdays are always serious storytime days for PWC Libraries.  Catch a 10:30 at Potomac, Dale City, or Chinn, or a 10:45 at Central. 

Tonight is opening night of the Circus at the Patriot Center in Fairfax.

Chinn Library will host an animal petting zoo on April 16th.  Tickets are free, but will go fast.  Pick them up at the library beginning today.

Thursday, April 10
Don't forget to check our Facebook page for a giveaway from Spirit & Life Montclair at 10:30am- they've got a family 4 pack of tickets to see "Heaven Is For Real" at AMC Potomac Mills on Easter Saturday!! 

It's an "on" week for Totally Terrific Thursday at Potomac Library. Crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult helper. Younger siblings are welcome.  Pick up a free pass beginning at 4:00 p.m. A pass is required for each child doing the craft.  Limit 24 crafters.  Ages 4 and up.

Friday, April 11
Do you have date night plans? Be sure to check out Vertical Rock, Kids in Motion, and Animated Child for Parents Night Out options! 

Saturday, April 12
Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center begins at 10am.  Register Online no later than April 11th. $5/child.

There's an "Adaptive Egg Hunt" at 11:30am at Miracle Field in Manassas Park for youth and teens with mental or physical disabilities.   6 years to under 17 years are welcome, and there's a $5 fee. Register Online before you go, but by Friday the 11th at the latest.

From 12-3, celebrate with the National Museum of the Marine Corps as they host a "Celebration of the Military Child" Join us for crafts and activities that foster family team building.  Kid-friendly activities will include puppet shows, book readings, a LEGO display and face painting.  The Museum's mascot "Chesty the Bulldog" will also be on site for photos with kids and parents alike.  Open to all children and families.

Sunday, April 13
A little history! Join living historians as they interpret the life of Confederate soldiers from 3rd Regiment ANV. This event will allow visitors a unique glimpse into a camp setting where they can watch soldiers, conduct picket duty, drill, and learn the school of the soldier. 10am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

Summer Intensives at Academy of Russian Ballet

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Published: 04/01/2014

Our friends at the Academy of Russian Ballet are offering several summer intensives, master classes, and maintenance classes for your dancer!  The Academy of Russian Ballet appears on our "Readers Recommend: Dance Studios for Children in Prince William County" list, as well. 

The Academy of Russian Ballet is a sponsor of  All opinions expressed are those of, however. 

Sponsored Post: Help Wanted @Natural Mom Home Day Care

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Published: 03/31/2014
Natural Mom Home Day Care is seeking an energetic, responsible and patient person to provide care for 3-4 children (ages 18 months and 3 years) on occasional sick days and vacation in our State Licensed Home Day Care. You’re welcome to bring your children with you (depending on the ages). Meals for you (and your children) will be provided, you’ll have to cook easy meals (often just heating as they are prepared ahead of time) and feel comfortable changing diapers.
Toys, books, projects and a basic schedule are here to assist you, and with few exceptions the days are fun and stress free. You would need to have transportation here and back, but you would not need to transport the children. Our hours are from 7am-6pm, and all children nap together for about two hours. Background checks are needed as well as CPR and first aid certification. If you aren’t already certified, I can help you get certified.
This would be a great job for a stay at home mom who is happy staying at home, but would like the opportunity to make extra money occasionally while still staying with her child.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love to meet you!
You can contact me with a description of your experience and information about yourself at,  a resume isn't needed but your philosophy on child care and a lot of information about yourself would be great!
This is a sponsored post with content provided by Natural Mom Day Care.  It does not represent an endorsement by PwcMoms, or a guarantee of employment. 

Readers Recommend: Marriage Counselors

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Published: 03/30/2014
We had a reader request for a good marriage counselor in Prince William County.  Good work asking- marriage is hard, but it's worth the work!! Obviously I have not tried all of these, and you should always check your insurance benefits before booking.

*I have heard great things about Prince William Family Counseling. They have several offices around NOVA. God Bless those referees!
--I don't like PWFC either. I tried several times to get help from them with other things They are mean on the phone and told me to look else where.
--I would go against pwfc. I was in contact with them for my son and even the basic contact from the receptionist and one of their therapists was unprofessional and nasty.

*The preist at the catholic church always helps.

*Dr. Carol Walsh with Life In Balance.
*I agree with Dr. Walsh!!! 

*Pastoral Counseling. There used to be a counselor named Becky (can't remember her last name) and she was really good!

* Also in Tackett's Mill Janine Cosentino! She is absolutely wonderful (703) 490-3210

* I am a marriage therapist in Manassas, you can look me up at And I would actually advise against PW Fam counseling, unless you have a good name of someone specific there...

* Occoquan counseling center

* I have heard nothing but wonderful things from several sources about Dr. Paul Jenkins. He's based in the west, but works with people all over the country. 

* Therapy and Life Counseling on Hereford Rd (Dale City area) 

* My son uses phoenix family counseling. They have an office is Gainesville and woodbridge. I've been nothing but impressed.

* Richard A. David he's in Manassas and Old town Alexandria 703-541-6270.... He's awesome! 

All recommendations are freely offered by readers.  Your needs and preferences may vary.  Have a recommendation to add? Leave a comment!  
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