Giveaway: Enter to Win Tickets to the Washington Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’!


In the spirit of the giving season, here’s yet another giveaway! This time you have a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Septime Weber’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at the historic Warner Theatre. We’ve seen the Washington Ballet’s version of the holiday favorite several times over the years, and it truly is a fantastic production. You can read a KFDC review of a past performance, and this is the official description of the show:

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his highly-acclaimed production, Septime Webre is planning some special surprises for his celebrated all-American Nutcracker. Set in 1882 Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of The Washington Ballet’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, TWB’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays.

Choreography: Septime Webre
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker will be on stage at Warner Theatre December 4 through December 28. Tickets start at $32, and you purchase them online and view the full performance schedule here. (KFDC tip: You can also check for a discount on select seats here). Or you can try to win them in the giveaway below.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to Septime Weber’s ‘The Nutcracker’ simply leave a comment below telling me the best tip you got from KidFriendly DC — an activity, event, etc. — this past year. To be eligible, you must also like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the blog (sign up is on the top left sidebar). This giveaway will run TODAY ONLY, December 4, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified tonight. The voucher for tickets must be redeemed by tomorrow, December 5, and the winner will have a choice of any evening performance Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday through December 18.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: I am receiving complimentary tickets to ‘The Nutcracker’ to run this giveaway, but any opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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Giveaway: Experience “Family Joy!” this Holiday Season


Celebrate the season with a special family tradition in the magnificent Washington National Cathedral! On Saturday, December 13, the Cathedral Choral Society presents “Family Joy!”, a 60-minute program that includes Christmas favorites and festive audience sing-alongs to tunes like “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The group will be in good musical company, joined by Washington Symphonic Brass and the C.D. Hylton High School Troubadours.

The performance begins at 12pm and will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $25/adults, $15/youth, or $70/family 4-pack. To purchase tickets, visit the Cathedral Choral Society website, or you can try to win them by entering the giveaway below. And to stay in the loop on this concert and others, like the Facebook page or follow @CathedralChoral on Twitter.

Giveaway: Want a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Cathedral Choral Society’s “Family Joy!” concert? Simply leave a comment answering “What’s your favorite Christmas carol?” To be eligible for the giveaway, you must like Cathedral Choral Society on Facebook as well as the KidFriendly DC page. The giveaway will run through Friday, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Cathedral Choral Society, however, I only promote events, activities, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Shop a Spanish Book Fair & Learn about Programs at Waterfront Academy


How about adding a little culture to your children’s array of holiday gifts? Waterfront Academy, the dual immersion (Spanish and English) Montessori school in southwest DC, is having a Children’s Spanish Book Fair next Monday and Tuesday, December 8-9 from 3-5pm, featuring hard-to-find authentic Spanish books that are a real treat for kids of all ages.

Portico Bookstore, a downtown DC shop that specializes in Latin American culture and literature, is partnering with the school, supplying the books and giving Waterfront Academy a portion of each sale. All are welcome to shop the fair and help support programs that currently serve a primary classroom for children 2.5-6 years old and an elementary level classroom for grades 1-4.

Along with buying books, this is also a great opportunity to learn about Waterfront Academy’s educational and enrichment offerings. Mamá y Yo, for children between the ages 18 months to 3 years old, is a Spanish immersion Montessori “Mommy and Me” class. Little ones, along with a caregiver or parent, participate in a collaborative class, building on foundational vocabulary and skills each week. The next session begins on Saturday, January 24.


There are even more after school enrichment activities during the week that are open to anyone, not just students. Mondays is Tippi Toes dance; Tuesdays is Good Moves Game Club; Thursdays is Super Soccer Stars and Fish and Rocks Science Labs; and Fridays is Children’s Art Expression. The next session for children 2.5 and up begins in January. Space is limited, so register your child soon!

Want to learn even more? Each month Waterfront Academy hosts a family night open to anyone in the community. For a small five dollar donation, children are entertained with a popcorn and pizza movie night, while parents participate in a short lecture. This month’s lecture takes place on Friday, December 11 from 5:30 – 7pm, and will focus on reading to children and language acquisition. Visit the website to learn more.

Waterfront Academy is a dual immersion (Spanish and English) faith-based Montessori school in the Catholic tradition located at 60 I Street SW.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Waterfront Academy, however, I only promote events, activities, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Book a Stay at Marriott with a Great Cyber Monday Deal!


Is your family seeking a getaway early in the new year? Or perhaps you have guests coming to town early, but not enough room for them to stay at your house? If the answer to either of those is a “yes,” then check out this Cyber Monday deal from Marriott: Today, December 1, get 30% off when you book a reservation at participating Marriott hotels. The stay must take place between January 1 and February 28, with a two-night minimum. The discount is good at core hotels Thursday through Sunday and for resorts hotels seven days a week.

With Marriott properties in over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada available to choose from for this promotion — including DC, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Boston — you might even thinking abut planning a winter escape with the deal. But if you’re booking for guests coming to visit DC, the J.W. Marriott located in downtown DC is an ideal option. Not only is it conveniently located near many major attractions, it also gets great reviews for its family-friendly accommodations. And there are more than 15 other participating hotels in the area, if you want even more options.

Ready to take advantage of the deal? Make your reservations now — just use the code 444 when booking to get the 30% off deal.

Happy booking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Marriott, however, I only promote events, services, and activities that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 1-5

Visiting the stables at the Rock Creek Horse Center

Visiting the stables at the Rock Creek Horse Center

Monday - Take advantage of the mild weather and go play at Clemyjontri, the brilliantly colored, sprawling playground in McLean that accommodates kids of all abilities. Hours are 7am to dusk, and admission is free. In the evening, enjoy a special Model Train Open House at the Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad. Since the holidays are here, the Polar Express makes an appearance, and Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) can also be seen in their holiday finery chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. Hours are 6-9pm, and admission is free.

Tuesday - Experience the Magical Holiday Express at the B&O Railroad Museum. Along with festive model train displays, the event features tons of fun and activities for kids. Admission is $18/adults, $12/ages 2-12. Hours are 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday (11am -4pm Sunday).

Wednesday - Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, take a hike if weather permits, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. You can also visit the Horse Center, which is just a stone’s throw from the Nature Center, for free.

Thursday - See a holiday stage favorite on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Nutcracker. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10.

Friday – Head to a local go-to for for fun and educational recreation: The National Air & Space Museum. The Flights of Fancy story time begins at 11am with a reading of The Story of Kites by Ying Chang Compestine. Stick around to explore the rest of the museum — filled literally floor-to-ceiling with fascinating exhibits, there’s plenty to interest kids of all ages. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

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