Classic Portraits

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Published: 07/03/2015
My momma is a college student (so proud of her!) and is almost done with her degree, so she's amping up her job search, and my dad is on the market, too, so they both needed to update their resumes.

With social media being such a key part of the job search these days, places like LinkedIn want you to have a headshot, and neither of them had a current one.  I was really excited to be able to be somewhat helpful by setting up a gift session with Deanne from Classic portraits.  She did my head shots after I was sick (when I was informed that my headshot no longer looked like me....speaking of which, these no longer look like me- but I did enjoy rocking the short hair!)
And I think she did an amazing job on my parents, too!

Here's my gorgeous mama who will finish her degree in Business Management:

And here's my dad, an IT manager, who we refer to as "Coach Papa" around here:
Deanne is really wonderful to work with.  She's kind and has a great eye for detail, doing things like coming over to fix a stray hair or tilting your head just-so.  When she did my head shots, she stood on a ladder so I wouldn't have more than one chin....not that that's a problem I have....

You can find more info about headshots, maternity, engagements, senior pictures, family portraits, or any other type of pictures with Deanne on her website  (note- it plays music, so if you're at work don't crank the speakers!) or visit her on her Facebook page! 
I love working with Deanne and have never had anyone give me anything but the highest praise when I've recommended they work with her!! If you attend the Real Housewives of Northern Virginia events, you've seen her there, too- she works every one of them! 

Thanks for another great session, Classic Portraits!

Disclosure: I paid for my parents pictures, and it was worth every penny :) I just really love Deanne. 

Occoquan Duck Splash 2015

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Published: 06/17/2015

EFK Summer Camps (And a coupon!)

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Published: 06/09/2015

Meet Dr. Hau Le with Potomac Pediatric Dentistry!

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Published: 06/09/2015
We want to take a moment to introduce you to our newest PwcMoms advertiser, Potomac Pediatric Dentistry! They've got a fun open house coming up on June 20th: 
But before that, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to their newest doctor, Dr. Hau Le! She took a few minutes to answer some important questions I know we're all looking for in a pediatric dentist- like what's your favorite Disney movie- and she sounds like such a sweet, fun person, I can definitely see her taking the stress out of visiting the dentist!! 
PwcMoms- Tell me a little about what made you want to go into pediatric dentistry? 
Dr. Hau Le- I grew up in Vietnam where dental care was a privilege. I had many incidences of dental pain when I was a child, and was extremely fearful of the dentist. In fact, dental visits were always a threat. I got lucky enough to be sent to study aboard in the US to pursue my education. I chose dentistry, and pediatric dentistry has been always something I hold dear to my heart due to my childhood experiences. After dental school, I worked for a community health center that served underprivileged children in Maryland, and it truly confirmed my commitment to pediatric dentistry.


PwcMoms- Wow! Having that childhood experience must make you a great advocate for your little patients!! What's your favorite part about working with kids?
Dr. Hau Le- They are so honest, unique and fun to work with. My most rewarding part is helping a child to conquer their fear of the dentist.  The best part is I get to be myself around kids, being a kid at heart myself :)

PwcMoms- Nice! So, what's your advice for parents with kids who are nervous about the dentist?
Dr. Hau Le- Preparation is the key. I understand parents sometimes have dental anxiety themselves, but try to limit transferring that fear to your children. Parents should always refer to dental appointments as a positive and not as a threat (the dentist is going to drill your teeth out if you don't brush!) and let our team guide their child's dental experiences when they come to the office. We also welcome "happy visits" for our littlest patients, or childre with special needs  who would benefit from a visit to the office without any work done for them to familiarize them with the doctors and staff. 

PwcMoms- I love that- I know some of my friends with kids on the Autism Spectrum sometimes need their child to have a little extra time to acclimate.  Speaking of your office, how does it differ from a regular dentist? 
Dr. Hau Le- Our staff and doctors are well-trained and experienced in working with children. We use kid friendly behavior guidance that is uniquely tailored for each child coming to our office. We've also definitely got a fun and inviting space- check it out and come visit us on June 20th! 
A few fun facts- 
Dr. Hau Le's favorite Disney movie is "Frozen"
Her favorite scrubs have Princess Ana on them
And when she was growing up, she wanted to be an Astronaut! 


Potomac Pediatric Dentistry is located at 16708 Jefferson Davis Highway #115 in Dumfries.
You can call them at 703-221-4040 or visit www.ppdsmile.com

Showcase Dance Summer 2015

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Published: 05/27/2015

Remember what a great time the kids had at our Showcase Dance Reader Meetup? Yeah, me too. So, what place could be more perfect for a little summer fun? Nowhere :) Check out the lists above for all the fun summer options at Showcase Dance Studio in Manassas!

Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

MARCH 24, 2015
Wednesday Morning at 10 am for Free Children’s entertainment under the big screen from June 3rd through September 23rd Schedule:
June 3rd            Mr. Knick Knack
June 10th           Tony M
June 17th            Kid Singer Jim
June 24th          Rocknoceros
July 1st                Mr. Knick Knack
July 8th              The Bubbas
July 15th              Kid Singer Jim
July 22nd            Rocknoceros
July 29th            Tony M
August 5th          Mr. Knick Knack
August 12th        Tony M
August 19th        Kid Singer Jim
August 26th        Rocknoceros
September 2nd   Mr. Knick Knack
September 9th    Tony M
September 16th  Kid Singer Jim
September 23rd  Rocknoceros

Leesylvania Canoe Tours 2015

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Published: 05/20/2015
Throughout the spring and summer, Leesylvania Sate Park will be offering Canoe Tours.  Tours are $9 per person, or $6 if you reserve a group of 4 or more.  YOU MUST REGISTER 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling 703-583-6904. 


Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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Published: 05/19/2015
Potomac Town Center-  14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191.  Bring a chair or something to sit on and enjoy a movie on the Jumbotron starting at 7pm.  
May 23- Rocky
May 30- Hook
June 6- Sleeping Beauty
June 13- Space Jam
June 20- Dolphin Tale 2
June 27- Maleficent
July 4- Independence Day
July 11- American Tail
July 18- Million Dollar Arm
July 25- Happy Feet
August 1- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
August 8- Annie (1982) and Annie (2014)
August 22- Big Hero 6
August 29- When the Game Stands Tall
September 5- Captain America The Winter Soldier

2015 Potomac Nationals Home Games

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Published: 05/14/2015
I tried to match up the promos I thought you guys would be interested in with the Potomac Nationals Home Games.  There's a few promotions every night, but some of them (i.e. Beer Tasting Night) aren't kid-centric so I skipped those :) Fireworks nights are hilighted in yellow, and the ever-popular $1 Monday is in aqua.  As always, BUY YOUR FOURTH OF JULY TICKETS EARLY!! That sucker sells out every year! 

I would WAY prefer to go to a P-Nats game than a Nats game.  I know that's sacrelige to some of you, but I hate parking in DC, I hate the enormous stadium where you are so far removed from the action, and I hate baseball.  There, I said it.  

And yes, I know, hate is a strong word. 

If I'm going to watch baseball, I'd rather be close in, not packed in (although on 4th of July it's cozy) and not pay some sketchy guy $50 when he's probably going to scratch up my car to park it.  



May 19th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 20th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 21st 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 27th 5:05pm vs Wilmington DOUBLE HEADER
May 28th 7:05pm vs Wilmington
May 29th 7:05pm vs Wilmington
May 30th 6:35pm vs. Myrtle Beach FIREWORKS
May 31st 1:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
June 1st 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach $1 MONDAY
June 2nd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
June 12th 7:05pm vs Frederick  KIDS RUN THE BASES/SCOUT NIGHT
June 13th 6:35pm vs. Frederick FIREWORKS/GIRL SCOUT NIGHT/BASES
June 14th 1:05pm vs. Frederick KIDS RUN BASES
June 18th 7:05pm vs Carolina
June 19th 7:05pm vs Carolina KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 20th 6:35pm vs. Carolina  FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 21st 1:05pm vs. Carolina KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 28th 6:05pm vs Carolina FIREWORKS
June 29th 7:05pm vs Carolina DOLLAR MONDAY
June 30th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
July 4th 6:35pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS
July 5th6:05pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS
July 6th  7:05pm vs Wilmington DOLLAR MONDAY
July 7th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg
July 8th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg
July 9th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg SUMMER CAMP DAY
July 15th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach
July 16th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach
July 17th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach KIDS RUN THE BASES
July 18th  6:35pm vs Myrtle Beach FIREWORKS/ KIDS RUN THE BASES
July 31st  7:05pm vs Salem KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 1 6:35pm vs Salem FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 2 6:05pm vs Salem FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 11 7:05pm vs Winston-Salem
August 12 7:05pm vs Winston-Salem TEACHER APPRECIATION
August 13 12:05pm vs Winston-Salem SUMMER CAMP DAY
August 14 7:05pm vs Wilmington KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 15 6:35pm vs Wilmington MILITARY APPRECIATION/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 16 6:05pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS/ZIMMERMAN BOBBLEHEAD
August 24th 7:05pm vs Frederick DOLLAR MONDAY
August 25th 7:05pm vs Frederick
August 26th 7:05pm vs Frederick
September 1st 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 2nd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 3rd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 4th 7:05pm vs. Salem KIDS RUN THE BASES
September 5th 6:35pm vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN BASES
September 6th  6:05pm  vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN BASES

September 7th 7:05pm vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/DOLLAR MONDAY

Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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Published: 05/03/2015
Leesylvania State Park always has a series of fun events for summer!! Join them outside for some great fun in the sun! Whether it's Naitonal Kids to Park Day or Music at the Marina, it'll be a fun (and low-cost!) time! 


21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival 2015

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Published: 05/01/2015

June 6, 2015

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANASSAS

COST:

Free to attend


Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.
Country and Blue Grass music will transport you, as you watch miniature trains come to life. These elaborate train displays are created by a number of local model train groups. Located under the Harris Pavilion, these displays are a must see.
Take your love of trains to a new level by boarding one of our four train excursions to Clifton and back. Times include: 10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM Tickets will be on sale starting May 1st. Visit HERE for additional info and pricing!! 

2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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Published: 04/30/2015
Leesylvania State Park hosts monthly fishing tournaments! Join them for some fun for ages 2-15.  The program is free, but there is a fee to park.

Virginia Gateway Little Tots 2015

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Published: 04/28/2015
Virginia Gateway offers a FREE family series all summer long! See our previous review here
Join us for fun and lively family entertainment every other Wednesday at 10:30 am all summer long on the Plaza at Atlas Walk (located across from Starbucks, between Famous Dave's BBQ and Grafton Street Restaurant). Be sure to check back for more updates!

May 6: Rocknoceros
June 3: Eric Energy
June 17: Shazam Magic
July 1: Kidsinger Jim
July 15: Reptiles Alive!
July 29: Peter McCory
August 26: Under The Sea 
Bring your Little Tot's swimsuit for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event (splash fountain located at Promenade at Virginia Gateway, just across Wellington Road).

Manassas Airshow 2015

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Published: 04/27/2015

Manassas Airshow

May 2, 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many of the finest local aerobatic performers are coming to the Annual Air Show and Open House at Manassas Regional Airport in 2015. You’ll see some of the top aerobatic pilots and teams! Everyone with the Manassas Airshow is passionate about aviation and airshow entertainment. Our goal is to inspire you and the future aviators of tomorrow with safe, top quality, family friendly entertainment. The Manassas Airshow and Open House will present a wide variety of Displays and Attractions for the entire family to enjoy including the Freedom Museum based at the airport!
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century – the American century. What you will see is a time line on which the stories of our local heroes are told. Many of the exhibits are artifacts and source documents donated by our local citizens. You will see the Norton Bomb Sight, military art, and the story of combat as told by the participants. Don’t miss the Local Heroes Memorial recognizing all of the men and women from Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County who died in all of the wars from WW I to present. You will come away with a new feeling of profound respect and admiration, for the sacrifice of families in our community.
Aircraft Displays
American Aviation
American Helicopters
Virginia Airborne Search and Rescue Squad
Aviation Adventures
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Flying Circus Airplanes
L-39 Gurardi
Commemorative Air Force
Dulles Aviation
B-25 Ponchito
WWII Tanks and Jeeps
EAA Chapter 186 – Aircraft Display
As part of the airshow, EAA Chapter 186 will be displaying a variety of member-owned aircraft. These aircraft will consist of Certified airplanes (such as Cessna, Piper, Beech) as well as homebuilt airplanes. Some of the homebuilt airplanes were built by their owners and some were purchased from the builder. One owner will be bringing his partially completed RV12 kit built aircraft. Kit-built or Experimental aircraft are similar to plastic model airplanes you built when you were young. Only when you are done with these kits, you can fly in them!
People unfamiliar with amateur-built aircraft are sometimes put off by the term “experimental”, as it can conjure up an image of something less than a “real” aircraft, or something that’s unproven. But that is not the case– “experimental” merely mean that the aircraft isn’t mass-produced in a factory. In addition, all experimental aircraft must be registered with the FAA and pass a stringent airworthiness inspection conducted either by the FAA. The plane MUST pass this inspection before it can be issued an airworthiness certificate and legally fly.
All aircraft owners will be around their airplanes and able to answer questions about them as well as letting you sit in them and see how the flight controls work. Come see the wide variety of aircraft that your neighbors own.
Military Re-enacters and Displays
Re-enactor volunteers representing different times of war will be attending show. Many authentic items will be on display including: Vehicles, Uniforms, Machine Guns, Mortars, Anti Aircraft, weapons of all kind, camps with supplies and various gear of war.
On display will be U.S., British, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Canadian. You will be able to touch a real MG, climb into a vintage tent and talk with subject expert Re-enactors.

Live Well Festival- April 18, 2015

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Published: 04/13/2015

In honor of Earth Day, Historic Downtown Manassas announces the 8th Annual Live Well Festival (formerly Spring Cleaning Day) to be held on Saturday, April 18th.
Start your morning with a 5K Run (the Soaring Eagle 5K) and then head on over to the Harris Pavilion for free health screenings, fitness classes, kid activities, entertainment, and more. The historic downtown merchants will also be hosting their biannual sidewalk sale!
Recycle those gently used household items or clothes to a worthy cause, visit with the recycling and environmental exhibitors, and help the kids make earth friendly art projects. The day includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information.
Historic Manassas, Inc. will once again partner with the City of Manassas in a Community Shred. The Shredding Truck will be located on West Street (between Center and Church Street). Attendees are asked to park in the back of the BB&T parking lot and form a line along West Street to drop off their documents to be shredded.

Saturday in the Garden 2015

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Published: 04/07/2015


Saturday in the Garden 2015

Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136. All programs are free and run from 9 a.m. - Noon. Free but registration is requested, please call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org 
 
Save the Dates!
April 11 - Companion Planting - Discover which plants, grown side by side, benefit each other and result in healthier plants and better garden yield.  Join the Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners for planting potatoes and turning cover crops.

May 9 - Good Guys and Bad Guys – When you see an insect on your plant do you immediately squish it? You may be targeting an ally instead of your enemy!  Learn about the many insects that help us in the garden. Tips and Tricks in the organic vegetable garden. Secrets from Cooks’ Garden volunteers.  MGPW Plant Sale – find some new plants for your garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden

June 13 - A Walk Through the Native Bed with bed leaders, Jannell and Karen. Want to save water and have a garden that survives our dry summers?  Join Master Gardener Volunteers, Linda and Sally for tips and tricks used in the Drought Tolerant bed. 

July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning  grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner.  Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost.  Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.

August 8 - What’s that Weed?  Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden.  Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and  experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed. 

September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden.  Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation.  Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden –  Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables.  Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how.  MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
 
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web.  Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips. 

Giveaway: Peter Yarrow at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

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Published: 04/01/2015
Next week at the Hylton, don't miss Peter Yarrow!! 



Peter Yarrow
April 12, 2015 at 2 pm
Folk musician, songwriter, and children’s author Peter Yarrow returns to the Hylton Center for a fun and interactive musical performance that combines beloved folk tunes with inspiring lessons for children of all ages. This American music legend and Grammy Award winner is perhaps best known for his career with the beloved folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary; yet he is also a spirited activist who now uses his music to educate children about the effects of bullying. In this family-oriented concert, Yarrow performs “Don’t Laugh at Me” and other songs that encourage children to treat each other with compassion, kindness, and respect, as well as some of iconic folk songs from throughout his career, including “If I Had a Hammer,”  “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children



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Hayfield Comic Con

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Published: 03/16/2015



Hayfield Comic Con is coming!
Hayfield Comic Con, Hayfield Secondary School’s first ever comic convention and fundraiser, is coming this April 11th from 10 AM- 4 PM. Hayfield Comic Con, which will support and be supported by the combined after school program “Club Orange”, will provide a learning experience for student artists, as well as activities for everyone to enjoy.
Building off of the years of convention experience from the show organizers, Hayfield Comic Con will provide attendees with an authentic convention feel that has something for everyone, be they new to conventions or old fans. Attendees will be able to participate in a Cosplay Contest, meet with student and professional artists, attend panels about a variety of topics, and take pictures in the “Cosplayground”. And, best yet, admission is FREE!
The con will also introduce an event called the “Epic Loot Table”. This table, run by Hayfield high schoolers, will be the heartbeat of the con. This table will run the “Club Orange Raffle”, giving people the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win a variety of sci- fi, fantasy, gaming and comic prizes. This table will also be where people can participate in the “CONquest”, a convention hall scavenger hunt to win even more raffle tickets. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards funding “Club Orange” for the rest of the school year.
Held inside Hayfield Secondary School’s two cafeterias, with student volunteers, as well as free tables for Hayfield Students, it promises to be a convention like no other. It is the hope of Hayfield Club Orange to bring a love of art, comics, and video games to the Northern Virginia area, as well as provide a place for people to have fun being themselves amongst other fans.
For more details, directions and the latest news you can find Hayfield Comic Con online on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hayfieldcomiccon
Limited space for vendors, guests and artists to exhibit is still available. For any questions, to reserve your space or for press inquiries please contact Scott Markley at scottmarkley@msn.com 

Kids Reader Meetup- St. Patrick's Day Jump

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Published: 03/15/2015
So this month, our Kid-Friendly Reader Meetup will be a super fun bounce day at Pump it Up of Manassas!

This meetup is for ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN (K-5th).  I will not be taking younger siblings as a safety issue (have you seen my 11 year old? He's a giant.  You don't want him knocking into your 2 year old).

Our host will be Pump it Up of Manassas, and we'll be having a blast from 5:30-7pm.  The fun is totally on us if you snag a spot, but if you'd like to save yourself the trouble of dinner, you can get 2 slices of pizza and a drink for $2.95.

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Giveaway: Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland at the Hylton Center

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Published: 02/18/2015
Next week at the Hylton, don't miss Alice in Wonderland!! 



Pushcart Players: Alice in Wonderland
February 28, 2015 at 11 am and 2 pm
Lewis Carroll’s zany and fantastical tale comes to life when this Emmy-nominated troupe returns to the Hylton Center with Alice in Wonderland. Filled with pure nonsense and madcap characters that everyone knows and loves – from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts – this intriguing tale about a curious and imaginative young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. Pushcart Players now brings young Alice’s adventure to the stage in this delightful adaptation, complemented by whimsical music, vibrant costumes, and spectacular scenic elements. “A polished and knowing theater company and a felicitous event for children.” (The New York Times)
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Children



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Review: Peace of Pottery

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Published: 01/19/2015

 I love this kid.  He's awesome.  He's funny and smart and he does hilarious voices and impersonations.  He's the first person to comfort someone who feels left out or scared, and he's just an all around great person.  He's also the middle kid, so that makes getting alone time all the more special to him.  We had some time on Saturday to hang out, just the two of us.  I decided that we'd grab lunch and visit Peace of Pottery- which is located at 9838 Libera Ave in Manassas just across from the car wash.
 If you've never been to a paint your own pottery establishment, this one works pretty much the same way all of them do.  When you come in there are a large variety of plain white pottery pieces for you to choose from.  Little statues of animals, plates, bowls, tea pots, big small, inbetween.  Each piece has a different price, so be sure to set a budget before you go in.  Peace of Pottery also charges a $6 studio fee on top of the price of the pottery (some studios include this fee in the price of the piece, others charge it separately- either way you're paying it).
 There are plenty of tables, you can sit and enjoy a quiet afternoon or you can host a party (scout troop, large family, etc). Logan and I each picked a mug.  Mine had polka dots and Logan opted for a mug with a "mouth" for cookies. The first step is to wash your piece of pottery and then you pick out glaze colors.  To get an even, non-streaky finish, the owner recommended three coats of glaze, which takes a little bit of time, but getting on base colors is pretty mindless work and we had a lot of fun chatting while we worked.
I didn't get a picture of my finished mug, but I thought that Logan's minion mug turned out really cute.  He's planning to make some banana cookies to eat with his tea when we get it back on Saturday (firing turnaround is about a week).

Peace of Pottery is a lovely, inviting space.  It's not a cheap afternoon- we spent $45.92 for two mugs, so it was perfect for a one-on-one day, but isn't something I'd just do on the spur of the moment with all three kids (which would have put me closer to $100 assuming they'd all picked mugs and not something bigger).  Pottery parties, on the other hand, start at $19 per person, so if you have a large group of kids you'd like to take, that could be a great way to keep your costs a little lower.

We definitely had a fun time and enjoyed the laid back, peaceful atmosphere.  I'd definitely recommend Peace of Pottery for a fun afternoon or a great venue for a party if you've got a kid with a little artistic flair!


Disclaimer: We just went to Peace of Pottery.  Nobody invited us or asked for a review.  All opinions are our own.

Guest Post: BumbleABC

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Published: 01/18/2015
Thanks to Katrina for sharing about BumbleABC with us! If you'd like to guest post, just shoot me an email! 



BumbleABC is a wonderful little place inside of Engineering for Kids located in Lake Ridge, Virginia. Bumble ABC offers workshops, classes, and programs for infants – 6 year olds. They also offer field trips and birthday parties.

BumbleABC was founded and created by two local moms,  Lisa Dillard and Dori Roberts. How cool is that?!

We went and checked out their Open Play for the first time the other day. Im not sure what I was expecting going in, I mean I knew it would be good, but this place is so awesome. My kids are still talking about it days later!

When you first walk into the building there is a waiting area and a customer service desk! Off to the side is a little spot for coffee, tea, and water.

So once you get your kiddos name tags and get all squared away with the awesome people at the desk, you can go into the play area.

OHHHHhhhhh the play area! There are HUGE foam blocks for building, a Lego wall, an area with magnaforms, potato heads, etc., a wind tunnel, a car track, a room for infants (a ROOM for INFANTS yall!), and oh so much more.

The kids had so much fun. They painted, they ran, they jumped, they used their little noggins, and got all that built up energy out!

The things that stuck out to me the most were how KIND and ACCEPTING the employees were of all the children, and the layout. I love that I can see my children pretty much wherever they went.

Quote from the 2 year old “I loved crawling through the tunnel!”

You can check out there upcoming Open Plays ( and other programs) HERE. (Link for that is http://bumbleabc.com/registration/)

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
 
 
Katrina is a Stay At Home Mom to three, one girl and two boys, and wife to her high school sweetheart. She is passionate about her faith, family, natural living, the outdoors, and all things creative. If you liked this post you can find more at Sunflowers On The Hill, where she blogs about life as a SAHM, her faith, and as well as everything in between. You can also follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.


New Years Eve 2014

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Published: 12/29/2014


Prince William County doesn't have a First Night Celebration, although I did talk with our county supervisor about the process at one point.  But, there are a few family-friendly options for folks in PWC (okay, and I'll include first nights that are close by!)


Pump it Up of Manassas will be offering NYE festivities a day EARLY on December 30th with open playtime, DJ, Karaoke, Glow, Pizza, a NY Countdown and a balloon drop.  This is not drop off and last year it sold out! Times are 12-2pm and 5-7pm.  They will also have events on the 31st.





Skate N Fun Zone will host a New Years Eve Skate on December 31st with Balloon Drops at 2pm and Midnight.  You can read about our review of their NYE party here.












Pump it Up of Manassas will have a drop-off event for kids on December 31st from 5-8pm Looking for some one to watch the kids while you celebrate ringing in the New Year? Let Pump It Up take care of the kids for a few hours. They will enjoy GLOW, Karaoke, Sparkling cider and ring in the new year with our balloon drop and we'll even feed them dinner! *This is a DROP-OFF event.*

Kids N Motion will offer a NYE party with sleepover option.  It's $30 (I'm not clear on if that's per kid or for two kids, the website says "$30 per siblings") and includes pizza, a movie, donuts and milk for breakfast, and lots of bouncing.  There's a balloon drop at 10pm, and you're able to pick your children up after that or leave them for the night.

Christ Chapel will offer a 10pm New Years Eve Service

FOR FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATIONS:
Alexandria
Annapolis
Vienna
Falls Church 
Winchester



Start your New Year off right with a 5k with the Freedom Center on January 1st! 
Leesylvania State Park will offer a first day hike from 1-2:30pm.  It's a 90 minute 2 mile hike led by Jim Klakowicz.  

Resolution Run 2015!

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Published: 12/17/2014

The Resolution Run Fun Run and 5K
Thur. Jan. 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. The Resolution Run – 5K
11:00 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – click  for more info

Location:

Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
9100 Freedom Center Blvd. Manassas, VA 20110

Race Theme:

“In 2015, I Resolve To…….”
This family friendly event is a fun and festive celebration of New Year’s Day.  We start the race at 10:00 so you can sleep in a little bit.
As with all Fun Run Races, we emphasize the FUN.  You will receive a race bib that says, “In 2015, I Resolve TO…”  the rest of the bib is blank and entirely up to you if you want to write in your New Year’s Resolution.  Have some fun with this!  We will give out multiple Best Resolution awards for: Most Sincere, Funniest, Sappiest, Most Creative, Most Disturbing, Most Likely to Warm the Hearts’ of Your Loved Ones, and many more!
Stay Warm! The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center has graciously opened its facility so participants and spectators can stay ‘warm’ both pre and post race.
A DJ will play music from 9:00-11:30.

Charity and Community Partners:

Fun Run Racing is proud to have raised over $12,400 for local charities and non-profits!
Fun Run Racing is proud to work with our charity partner the Manassas Bull Run Rotary Club.  A portion of all race proceeds support the Rotary and all the numerous local charities they support. Read More.
Fun Run Racing is excited to partner with the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center for our upcoming race series.Read More.

Participant Costs:

Early bird registration: (Through Dec. 1)
5K-$30, 1 Mile-$12.50
Regular registration: (Dec. 2 – Dec. 16)
5K-$35, 1 Mile-$12.50
Procrastinator registration J: (Dec. 17 – Dec. 26)
5K-$40, 1 Mile-$12.50

Packet Pick Up:

Tue. 12/30 10:00-7:00 p.m. & Wed. 12/31 10:00-3:00 p.m. at The Running Store
7343 Atlas Walk Way Gainesville, VA 20155

Awards:

Top 5 men and women receive Running Store Gift Cards – $100/$75/$50/$25/$25
Fun Run Racing’s world famous (yeah right) “Golden Ticket Awards” will be given randomly to race finishers – good luck!
Best Resolution Awards
Age Group Awards: Top 3 male & female in each age group receive awards — Under 12,13-15,16-19,
20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70-74,75+

Cool Race Swag:

All 5K participants receive an awesome long sleeve race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.
All 1 mile participants receive a cool cotton/poly race tee and a custom commemorative race bib.

Holiday Camps at Engineering for Kids 2014

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Published: 12/12/2014
  
Engineering For Kids® 
 Holiday Mini-Camps  


 
Spots still open in Woodbridge & Stafford! 

Discovery Center - Woodbridge

Set Sail!
December 22nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; Ages 7 - 14; $60/child.   
During this one day camp, student will learn the principles of boat design, buoyancy, friction, and motors by working on various marine projects from Cartesian diver in a bottle to a motorized power boat. At the conclusion of the camp students will get to take home all of their creations.
 
Junior: Wind-Up Robot!
December 22nd
10:00am - Noon; Ages 4 - 6; $20/child
Step inside our workshop and build and design your own robot. Learn what goes on in side a wind-up toy and how it works - without batteries! Become a mechanical engineer and design your very own wind-up robot.

Junior: Software Engineering
Scratch - Go to the Moon!
December 22nd
1:00pm - 3:00pm; Ages 4 - 6; $20/child.
Learn the basics of computer programming while helping an astronaut complete his journey to the moon. Students will create their own custom character and write a script it to fly to the moon. All students will leave with a functioning program that they can run at home.
 
Rambling Roller Coasters!
 

December 23rd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day workshop students will work in teams to build the tallest, fastest and craziest roller coaster that Engineering For Kids has ever seen and explore the concepts of gravity, friction, centripetal force, and various kinds of energy. Join Engineering For Kids for this exciting and educational workshop.
 
Create a Video Game!
Platform Games
December 29th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

Chemical Engineering:
Crazy Concoctions!
December 30th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties. They develop solutions to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel, and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentation.
 
Mechanical Mayhem!
January 2nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp students will become Mechanical Engineers by learning about the different forces and energy such as gravity, inertia, kinetic energy, and potential energy through fun, hands on activities such as creating sail boats, balloon powered cars, and roller coasters.
 
 
Engineering For Kids - Stafford
 
Create a Video Game!
Platform Games
December 22nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

 
Minecraft Madness!
December 23rd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
In this brand new camp, students will tackle a wide range of engineering challenges, all within the virtual world of Minecraft.  Students move through time into an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters.  At each point in the camp, students will need to rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of increasingly difficult challenges such as surviving on limited resources, building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket to land on the moon!  The fate of the human race relies on the classes imagination and engineering know-how.  Through application of engineering principles, students will solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
 
 
Create a Video Game!
Racing Games
December 29th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

 
Minecraft Madness!
January 2nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
 
In this brand new camp, students will tackle a wide range of engineering challenges, all within the virtual world of Minecraft.  Students move through time into an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters.  At each point in the camp, students will need to rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of increasingly difficult challenges such as surviving on limited resources, building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket to land on the moon!  The fate of the human race relies on the classes imagination and engineering know-how.  Through application of engineering principles, students will solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
 
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*Registration is required for all of these programs*
 

 
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