Giveaway: Make New Year’s Eve Magical with Michael Carbonaro…Live!



Magician Michael Carbonaro has performed over five hundred comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his hit TV series, The Carbonaro Effect on truTV. Now, Michael Carbonaro is taking his show on the road and will be stopping in Washington, DC, for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve show. Even better, you have a chance to win a 4-Pack of Tickets to see him perform!

If you have ever wondered what it must feel like to be on the other side of the charmingly devious Michael Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable, now is your chance to find out. You will not just “sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.” Michael Carbonaro Live! is jam-packed with audience interaction, hilarious videoclips, and a whirlwind of mind-blowing magic performed live on stage. See for yourself why Michael was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Art.

Michael Carbonaro is performing his family-friendly show at DAR Constitution Hall on December 31 at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $17 to $83+ and are available through Ticketmaster. You can also try to win them through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a 4-Pack of Tickets to see Michael Carbonaro…Live! at DAR Constitution Hall on December 31, simply leave a comment below telling me your current favorite TV show (I’m doing a little personal research here 🙂 ). Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too. This giveaway will run through December 22, 2017, then a winner will be picked at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Outback Concerts, however, I only promote events, programs, and places, that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 11-15

Set sail at the Calvert Marine Museum



Monday – See the city from a new vantage point at the Old Post Office Clock Tower. It’s free to visit and go up to the observation deck of the third tallest building in DC. It’s located in what is now the Trump International Hotel, but the Clock Tower is operated independently by the National Park Service. Open daily from 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday this time of year (12-6pm on Sunday). Just head to the location at 12th and Pennsylvania NW and follow signs once inside.

Tuesday – Venture out to Solomons, MD, to the Calvert Marine Museum. Discover how the prehistoric past, natural environment, and maritime heritage come together to tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay. Fascinating exhibits, including display cases full of fossils and artifacts, live fish and other creatures, and a real lighthouse to tour are engaging for all ages. There are things to see both indoors and out, including beautiful scenic views. And you can bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy by the water. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $9/adult, $4/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under.

Later on, celebrate the first night of Chanukah at the National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse! Along with the lighting, there will be live entertainment, menorah kits and dreidels to take home, and latkes and donuts. All are welcome to the free event, but you need to register for tickets. Gates open at 3pm, festivities begin at 4pm.

Wednesday – Play, learn, and explore at the National Museum of American History! Wegmans Wonderplace, the activity center designed especially for children 0-6 years old, is full of fun and interesting features that cater to curious young visitors. If you’re with older kids, check out the Spark!Lab right next door. Hours at Wegmans Wonderplace are 10am – 4pm, and free admission is on a first come, first served basis, so there may be a short wait to get in. If that’s the case, there’s a whole museum to explore in the meantime!

Thursday – Take little ones to Nook, an indoor play space in Arlington that gets raves for its sweet, calm space and approach. This week, Open Play features Santa’s Workshop with special holiday-inspired programming. Your little elves can make and wrap gifts for family and friends. There will also be a “photo booth”, where they’ll get to play amidst a mountain of gift boxes and you’ll get a sweet holiday photo op, a great alternative for those of us who find mall Santa a little scary. Open Play hours are 9am – 5pm, and you can tack on a class to your session for some learning, too. Admission is $20 for the day, and classes are extra.

Friday – Experience the Imaginary World of the Nutcracker! The new art installation at ARTECHOUSE, an innovative gallery showcasing digital art, engages and enchants as it celebrates the holiday season. Family-friendly hours are 10am – 5pm (21+ 5:30-10:30pm), and tickets are timed entry. Reserve yours in advance because exhibits there always sell out. It runs through January 7, so plan for later if you can’t make it this week. Admission is $15/adult, $8/child.

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Giveaway! All Aboard the Magical Holiday Express at the B&O Railroad Museum


Trains are magical during the holidays, and at a venue dedicated to locomotives, you know the seasonal exhibition is going to be extra special.

The B&O Railroad Museum invites all aboard the Magical Holiday Express! The spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse is devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes with holiday festivities and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. There is something to see and do every day at this annual holiday event!

Magical Holiday Express at the B&O Railroad Museum
Where: 901 West Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD
When: Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm/Sun 11am – 4pm through December 31
Admission: $20/adult, $17/senior, $12/age 2-12

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Giveaway: For a chance to win Admission for 4 to the B&O Railroad Museum’s Magical Holiday Express, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday song. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, December 13, then TWO winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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Giveaway: Join Nats Players & Coaches for a Homerun Holiday at Nationals Winterfest!

Winterfest, the Nationals’ event of the offseason, will again feature two days of baseball and holiday fun at the Washington Convention Center on December 16 and 17! Open to fans of all ages, guests can enjoy holiday and baseball-themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals player and coaches, take a photo with Santa and the Racing Presidents, enjoy their favorite ballpark concession, tackle any last-minute holiday shopping, and much more!

Activities for younger fans include:
· Clinics with Nationals players and coaches
· Home Run Derby viewing, featuring the Nationals mascots
· Snow fort building
· The steal home challenge and batting practice
· A winter or baseball-themed story read by a Nationals player
· Kids Press Conferences
· Sign ups for 2018 season Jr. Nats Kids Club memberships
· Rides down The Slider, a giant slide reminiscent of a sledding hill
· The “Video Pitch,” where fans can give virtual batters their best pitch

2016 Nationals Winterfest

Tickets may be purchased in advance ($39/adult, $25/child, free for children 2 and under) with prices increasing at the door. Once inside, all attractions are free of charge (except purchasing items such as merchandise, food, and beverage). Tickets must be purchased separately to each individual day. You can also try to win tickets for the whole family through the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win five tickets (2 adult, 3 children) to Nationals Winterfest for Saturday, December 16, 2017, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite Nats player. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through December, 12, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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