November 30, 2010
- About our Holiday Giftaway Guide
- Gifts & Giveaways for Infants and Toddlers
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- Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Spectacular!!!
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- Win Tickets to Area Attractions & Shows!
- Winter Lights, Displays and Other Attractions
- This Week's Picks
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- Macaroni Kid Saves
- Weekly Reoccuring Events & Storytimes
(and how your business can still participate)
Welcome to my latest hairbrained idea... I figured, Oprah does it, so why can't I. While I would love to make some huge announcement like..."All my subscribers get a thing-a-ma-bob"...no such luck. But, what I can do is try to make your holiday shopping a little easier, and hopefully a little cheaper. There are over 20 giveaways currently available, and I hope to add more over the next three weeks. As of 1am, I have not had time to actually add in my gift recommendations that I ...
- Win a One Bunny Band DVD and plush toy from the Emmy Award-winning company Juno Baby! The Juno Baby and Juno Jr. line are definitely favorites in our household. Many of you have read my reviews of this adorable line and how it is fantastic for teaching little ones all about music. Click here to enter!
- Win a set of Discovery Toys Measure Up Cups for your little one! Watch learning in action as your toddler uses this set of cups to scoop, dump, fill, nest, stack and stamp. These ...
- E.nopi Math, Reading & Writing is giving away Two Gift Certificates:
1) One Free Month of E.nopi Math; and 2) One Free Month of E.nopi English.
E.nopi is a supplemental education program that offers Math, Reading & Writing to children from 3 to 12 years old. The E.nopi education system creates a learning space defined by the needs of the student rather than a rigid, one-size-fits-all education system. It's a fun, stimulating environment for children to learn at their own pace. Students attend E.nopi once ...
And gifts for the whole family!
- Ever thought of just leaving everything behind and taking your family around the world? Well David Boesch and his family did just that. In his new book Pins on a Map - A Family's Yearlong Journey Around the World, David tells about his family's experience and how you can do it too! And now, you can win your own copy of Pins on a Map. Click here to enter.
- Win a gift bag from Plum District, the great deal site geared towards moms! This prize giveaway includes a t-shirt ...
25 giveaways and counting...but hurry, some end today!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! We took a road trip to visit family in CT, which was fun. We went a different way then usual which took us through PA. I had forgotten how pretty the countryside is and think it is time to plan a mini family vacation to Hershey Park or somewhere else that would be close by and fun. I'd love to hear your suggestions on where we should go and review next.
I just went back to work and my schedule is ...
AKA...our road trip the Gaylord National Resort & ICE!
In addition to all the great giveaways available below, we also have four tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Kennedy Center. To enter this giveaways, click on the boxes on the right hand side of the screen.
- Win a free weekday party with The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten performer. This giveaway can be used for a birthday party, or a performance at your child's school. (Be sure to let other parents at your child's school know so they can enter the ...
(these are not listed in the events listing)
Where: Rio Center - on the Lakefront PlazaWhen: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Everyone welcome!How: Just show up!Cost: FREEFor more info: Mark your calendars for this one!!! Come visit the MacKid table for crafts, temporary tattoos, bubbles and face painting!!
Where: Washingtonian Woods Clubhouse 511 Midsummer Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878When: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PMWho: Everyone welcome!How: Just show up!Cost: FreeFor more info: E-mail me at [email protected] For the Holiday Giving Program, we are asking for donations in the form of $10 and $20 denomination Target gift cards, unwrapped toys and books, monetary donations and more. We will have more details as the event gets closer, or you can view the flyer here.
Where: Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814When: 1:30 PM ((Multiple days & show times))Who: Ages 4 and upHow: Buy tickets onlineCost: $10-$22For more info: Visit the website or call (301)280-1660. Field trip matinees are Tuesday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday-Friday at 10:30 AM. “Meet the Actors” after every weekend matinee, audience members can meet the actors in the lobby.
Thursday, November 18 through Sunday, January 9 - ICE! Experience featuring "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Where: Gaylord National Hotel, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745When: 12:00 PM (hours vary daily)Who: Everyone!How: Purchase tickets online; by phone (301)965-4000. Online advance ticket sales are available now. Walk-up sales available during ICE!'s regular operating hours.Cost:
- Adults (ages 13+) $24-29*
- Child (ages 4-12) $13-18*
- Seniors (ages 62+) $18-23*
- Military Adults (ages 13+) $21
- Military Child (ages 4-12) $13 Kids ages 3 and under are free
- Kids ages 3 and under are freeFor more info: We encourage visitors to purchase tickets online in advance, as many days are expected to sell out.
Where: 10066 Darnestown Rd. Rockville.When: 7:30 PM (See more info section for exact dates & times)Who: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Free admission!For more info: Check out this link for all the exciting activities! Events change daily so plan accordingly. 11/26-11/28 & 12/1-12/5 Sat. night 7:30pm; Sun. 10:30am-5:00pm; Mon-Thurs. 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm; Fri 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Noodles & Company in the Kentlands
177 Kentlands Boulevard
Gaithersburg, MD 20878When: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Your mealFor more info: This event is being sponsored by our friends at North Metro DC Mommies.
- Dec. 1: The Great Zucchini
- Jan. 5: Mad Science- A, B, C's of Science
- Feb. 6: Tracey Eldridge- Shake Your Sillies Out
- March 2: Beowulf T. Wonderbunny's Traveling Show of Mystery
- April 6: Carousel Puppets- The Spring Fling
Where: At the Washingtonian Center in the lobby of the RIO Center.When: 10:30 AMWho: Everyone!How: Just show upCost: FREEFor more info: visit the website
Where: The Ellipse, Washington, DCWhen: 4:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Tickets are required! Click here to request your free tickets.Cost: FREE (but you need a ticket!)
Where: Rockville Town Square, Between Maryland Ave. & Gibbs St.When: 6:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Menorah Lighting is free, $5 for the indoor family Hanukkah party.
Where: South Lake ES, 18201 Contour Rd., GaithersburgWhen: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMWho: For parents of K–2 students.How: Register online or call 301-517-5940Cost: Free! Child care services provided.
Where: The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg’s premiere cultural arts facility, is located at 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg.When: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (1st and 3rd Thursdays every month)Who: Preschool agedHow: Just show up!Cost: Free!For more info: For more information call 301-258-6394 or visit the website.
Where: Pentagon Row outdoor rink. 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, VAWhen: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PMWho: Everyone welcome!How: rsvp to 703-370-2774 or www.chabadAA.orgCost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Includes skate rental, food sold seperately.For more info: Check out the flyer.
- Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Horse and Carriage Rides (please bring a toy to benefit the Montgomery County HOC program)
- Photos with Santa
- Live Entertainment
- Holiday Dance Performance by Dawn Crofton Dance Center and More!
Where: Rockville Town SquareWhen: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Free
Where: The Warner TheatreWhen: 7:00 PM (show times vary by date)Who: EveryoneHow: Buy online, visit the Box Office or call 202-397-7328.Cost: See website
Where: Adventure Theatre, Glen EchoWhen: 11:00 AM (dates and times vary)Who: All agesHow: Buy tickets online or by calling 301-634-2270Cost: $15 per person
Where: Kentlands Mansion is located at 320 Kent Square Road and the Arts Barn is located 311 Kent Square Road, both in GaithersburgWhen: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Reservations are required and may be made with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. For reservations and information please call 301-258-6425.Cost: The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger.
- 12/04- A Christmas Carol
- 12/11- Christmas Dreams from "The Nutcracker"
- 1/11- Meet Penguin Bob
- 1/29- Michael Taggart, Magician Extrodinaire
- 2/5- Treasure Quest! Rollicking Pirate Comedy
- 2/12- Michaels Rosman: Defying Gravity!
- 2/26- Tom Crowl and his sassy friends
- 3/5- Comedian Uncle Ty-Rone and a box full of fun!
Where: The National Theatre in Washington, DCWhen: 9:30 AM (9:30 & 11am shows)Who: All families welcomeHow: Seating is limited!! Tickets are Required, and are Distributed Without Charge one Half-Hour Prior to Performance, on a First-Come First-Served basis, one ticket only, to each person standing in line. Children must be accompanied by an adult who remains present for the entire performance.Cost: FREE!For more info: Saturday Morning at the National has been sponsored exclusively since its inception by
Marriott International, Inc. and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Inc. Visit the website.
Where: Seneca Valley High School, GermantownWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Free to enter. Concessions available for purchase.
Where: Lilly Magilly's, Washingtonian Center, GaithersburgWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Free. To purchase your copy of the book, click here.For more info: Before or after the book-signing, swing my the Macaroni Kid table between Rio Grande and Joe's Crab Shack. Will have our craft table and face painting set up from 1-4pm.
Where: Croydon Creek Nature Center, RockvilleWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMWho: callHow: Register by 12/1 by calling 240-314-8770.Cost: $10 residents, $12 non-residents.
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavillion, 31 South Summit Ave.When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: Free
- homemade latkes
- a Sesame moon-bounce
- candle making
- face painting
- relay races
Where: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, RockvilleWhen: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Tickets are required and can be purchased at the door.Cost: $7 per person (or family maximum $20)For more info: For more information, call Fara Gold at 301-348-3880
Where: Borders @ White FlintWhen: 3:00 PMWho: Ages 3-8.How: Just show up.Cost: Free!
Where: Market Square, Center Point Way and Market Street, Gaithersburg, MDWhen: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PMWho: Everyone welcome!How: Just show up!Cost: Free!For more info: Sponsored by Whole Foods, Christmas Decor, and Kentlands Downtown Partnership.
When: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: To register call 301-924-4141 or register online.Cost: Free
When: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMWho: 3-6 yearsHow: Register online.Cost: $5
Where: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20566.When: 7:30 PM (matinees at 1:30pm on 12/11 and 12/12 as well)Who: EveryoneHow: Available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, online at or via phone at 202-467-4600.Cost: $31.00-$110.00 per personFor more info: We have one family four pack we are giving away!! To enter, click here.
When: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AMWho: Ages 2-4.How: Register online.Cost: $5
Where: Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., RockvilleWhen: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMWho: All Montgomery County parents welcome.How: Register online or call 301-517-5940Cost: Free! Child care services provided.
Where: Centre Court, White Flint Mall, Rockville, MDWhen: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Just show upCost: FREE!
Where: Studio 310, Rockville, MDWhen: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMWho: Kids ages 6-12.How: Reservation required. E-mail [email protected] and tell them Macaroni Kid sent you :)Cost: $15 per child. If you would rather your child have pizza then bringing their own bagged dinner, there is an additional $4 charge.
Where: AMC Rio Cinemas 18
9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, Md. 20878When: 10:00 AMWho: Everyone welcomeHow: Purchase at the box office on the day of the show.Cost: $4-$6
Where: The Mansion at StrathmoreWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Ages 5 and up.How: Registration required. Call (301)581-5109Cost: FREE!
Where: Glenview Mansion, RockvilleWhen: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (also on 12/19)Who: Everyone welcome.How: Just show upCost: Free
Where: Croydon Creek Nature CenterWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AMWho: Ages 2-3.5How: Registration suggested - call 240-314-8770.Cost: $6 residents, $7 non-residents
Where: Croydon Creek Nature Center 852 Avery Road, Rockville, MDWhen: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMWho: Ages 3.5-6 yearsHow: To register, call: 240-314-8770Cost: $6 for residents, $7 for non-residentsFor more info: Visit the website
Where: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VAWhen: 7:00 PM (12/16: 7pm; 12/17: 10:30am, 7pm; 12/18: 10:30am, 2pm; 12/19: 1pm, 4:30pm)Who: All ages!How: Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT.Cost: $15, $20 & $28. Limited number of $40 Gold Circle seats & $75 Sunny Seats are available. *Opening Night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle & Sunny Seats) are $15.
Where: Warner Mansion Grounds 10231 Carroll Place, KensingtonWhen: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Also on 1/22)Who: Everyone welcome.How: Just show up!Cost: $10 per person with a max of $25 per family. Non-walkers are free.For more info: Visit the website
Where: Great Kids Village, Silver SpringWhen: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMWho: Everyone welcome!How: More details to come.Cost: $5 per person
Where: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VAWhen: 12:30 PM (2nd show at 3:30pm)Who: EveryoneHow: Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEATCost: $50.00, $33.00 and $22.00For more info: Use presale code ZX3 during the presale which runs from 11/19 to 12/20. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 12/21.
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A great, free or low cost way to keep your kids entertained
Do you need to get the kids out of the house? Too hot, or cold, or rainy to go outside to play? Here is a list of local businesses that offer FREE weekly story times. I suggest arriving early as these events are very popular and fill up quickly. If you find any of these need updating, please let me know right away at [email protected].
- Borders Books @ White Flint 10am in the Amphitheater
- Child's Play @ Congressional Plaza 10:30am
- Pottery Barn Kids @ White Flint 11am-11:30am ...
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