Staying in Ocean City Maryland

With summer in full swing, its the time that everyone thinks about the best way to stay at the beach. For us, we love being on the Western Shore of Maryland. We live less than a quarter of a mile from the beach and can go at a drop of a hat. The kids however are fascinated with Ocean City, Md. It is of course the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Yep if we could look straight across the bay we’d see the beach on the other side. But have you thought about staying in Ocean City Maryland?

While there are tons of great hotels and even condos that can be rented, but there are newer hotels coming each season. This season we heard the news that there is a new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott location that’s available to check out. On June 29th they had a ribbon cutting ceremony.

staying in Ocean city maryland

Real Hospitality Group (RHG) is proud to announce the official opening of Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ocean City located in one of the nation’s top-ten resort beach towns. The highly anticipated opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan as well as a number of notable guests including Ocean City’s Director of Tourism, Donna Abbott; Maryland State Delegate Marybeth Carozza; Maryland Secretary of Commerce, R. Michael Gill; Ocean City Mayor, Rick Meehan and several city council members and chamber of commerce officials.

“The level of support for this project shows how Maryland’s “We’re open for Business” initiative is alive and working here on the eastern shore as well as throughout the state,” said Ben Seidel, President and Chief Executive of RHG. “This new property is a terrific addition to the already thriving community here in Ocean City. We are so pleased to contribute to this one-of-a-kind destination and are excited to provide visitors a place to stay while they experience everything the Maryland shoreline has to offer.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was officiated by the hotel’s architect, Jeff Thaler and was attended by members of the Delmarva Veteran Builders, the local construction company comprised of veterans and active reserve members that brought the project to fruition. Also in attendance were owners and developers, Harry Singh, Raj Singh and RJ Malhotra along with members of Real Hospitality Group, a top 15 hotel operating company in the U.S. with hotel responsibilities throughout the US but also headquartered in Ocean City, Maryland.

Located directly on the bay front of the vibrant destination, Ocean City, Maryland, the five-story Fairfield Inn & Suites features stunning sunset views. The property is surrounded by the destination’s most popular restaurants, entertainment venues and attractions such as the Ocean City Boardwalk and Roland E. Powell Convention Center. The hotel is also walking distance from Ocean City’s famed beaches.

Nautical-themed design touches reflecting the coastal destination are found in all 108 rooms including the 22 suites as well as throughout the property. Spacious accommodations include kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and feature private balconies with either city or bay views for guests to enjoy. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast buffet as well as an indoor swimming pool and fitness center open to all guests.

“The Fairfield Inn & Suites offers visitors the perfect home base with access to all the wonderful attractions Ocean City has to offer,” says General Manager, Alina Kellar. “Our goal is to provide our guests with the best service and allow them to create memorable moments here in Ocean City.”

Traveling with a Tween: Mazda 6 Takes On DC

Traveling with a Tween isn’t always fun. The kids need more space than they used to. They want to stay connected but they still want to go to new places and visit new sights. This past week we got to test drive a Mazda 6. First of all it was a beautiful car but I wanted to see how it would do for traveling with my tween and most of all how would the Mazda 6 takes on DC. My first step since I wasn’t used to a car so big anymore was to take it for a spin to Solomon’s. I promise to tell you more about that trip next week though! This was all about DC. Traveling in heavy traffic, dealing with parking garages and how the different features of the Mazda 6 would handle it. I was provided with a Mazda 6 to drive for one week. All opinions are my own.

mazda 6 takes on dcCharlie and I had talked about where all he would want to go but by the time we finished with the first two stops, we just didn’t have time left for anything else. First we ran a small errand but then headed to Fuel Pizza for lunch. To get there though we had to get to the parking garage. I had some issues getting the navigation system to work for me (this is an extra feature and I’m sure if I had more time I would have gotten it figured out.) The infotainment system connected easily to my phone though and I was able to hear the directions from Maps through the speakers of the car. No need to look at the screen when I was able to clearly hear where I needed to turn. We made it to the parking garage. I had reserved a space the night before through Parking Panda. I have to say this was the worst parking garage I’ve ever seen. The spaces were extremely tight and there were only 3 small floors to chose from. After trying a few times I finally got parked. I will say I had to do like a 16 point turn in order to get in the spot safely but the Mazda 6 did it with ease.

Can you see how tight that spot is? There’s another car directly next to us and a barrier wall on the driver’s side. Charlie had to get out first and hold my door to make sure we didn’t hit the wall.

We then started walking over to Fuel Pizza. On the way we found a great art piece fountain. The birds were taking little baths in it and as we walked through China Town we found the Zodiac Symbols on the bricks.

At Fuel Pizza we had a delicious gluten free pizza and enjoyed the different sights in the restaurant itself.

Next up was the Spy Museum. It’s a quick 2 block walk from Fuel Pizza so easy to get to. We spent 3.5 hours in the museum so we gave up on all of the other things we thought about doing that day.

Charlie wanted to know if I thought he could fit like this in the Mazda 6. That black in front of the motor is actually a mannequin.

We couldn’t end the day without something sweet though so we took a walk one block north and hit up Red Velvet Cupcakery. They have a White Velvet and Black Velvet that are gluten free.

Now keep in mind how close those spots were. How was I going to get the Mazda 6 out of that spot. I was honestly concerned. First we loaded into the car and put the car in reverse. Here’s the easy thing:

The Mazda 6 we used had a back up camera which is a standard equipment item! Now this photo I had to take at a parking lot with better visibility just because the garage was so dark. But it made it easy to back up without hitting the wall or the columns that were behind me in the garage.

What other features are standard and a must have especially for new drivers? Traffic Sign Recognition system (it displays traffic signs in a small pop up screen above the steering wheel This is perfect for roads that you might be new driving and feel you haven’t seen a speed limit sign. It pops up and no excuse for speeding now.), Auto dim rearview mirror, and blind spot monitoring. I think the blind spot monitoring was my favorite feature. I’m either in Steve’s huge truck or in my teeny tiny car. My car has no blind spot its just too short. Steve’s truck has blind spots and I hate driving it in traffic because of it. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring that we used had the blind spot monitoring and it was fantastic in the heavy DC traffic. If a vehicle is in your blind spot on either side you have two warnings available to let you know they are there. Unfortunately they only way to get a shot of that would be to use my camera while driving so no visual on this one. One of the warnings is going to be in your side mirror. A small symbol pops up that has a car coming on the side of your car. This pops up on what ever side mirror the car is on. IE A car is passing you on the left side, the symbol pops up there. The other warning comes in the small reflection screen above the steering wheel. This symbol is just a couple of lines that surround the car on the side that a vehicle is on.

The funny thing while driving was that Charlie insisted he had to sit in the front seat so he could use the seat warmers. Forget that it was 100 degrees out he wanted to test them out. On the last 2 days of using the Mazda 6 we discovered that if he had pulled down the center console in the back, our car had the optional back seat warmers.

Some other features we liked were the warm leather seats, the signal that tells you which door is still open and the ability to control the infotainment system from the center console rather than the touch screen.

The trunk had so much space. I was able to do 2 weeks worth of grocery shopping without cramming groceries!

A great feature of Mazda is that in 2013 they developed the Mazda Drive for Good program. So far they have donated $129 million and over 192,000 service hours. I was given a $25 charitable giving card to donate to the charity of our choice.

First step was to find a charity I loved. No hard when I knew it had to be child related.

Second step was to outline how much I wanted to send and add any comments to the charity. #NolanStrong

Finally we got confirmation that my donation had been made.

I want to say thank you to Mazda for allowing us to test the Mazda 6 for our Mazda 6 takes on DC article. Can’t wait to travel some more next week!

July 4th Goes Roof Top at The Embassy Row Hotel

July 4th is just days away and its the perfect time to see part of DC. The one thing I would recommend is seeing the fireworks from a different view. Everyone will be rushing the parks and open areas to see the fireworks from the ground but The Embassy Row Hotel in DC has a new spot to see the happenings. That’s right July 4th goes roof top in DC at The Embassy Hotel. I mean come on does this not look like the best place to watch the fireworks!
July 4th Goes Roof top

There is even a special offering for those staying. The Roof Top Package includes your room and a $50 credit to the Roof Top bar. There are tons of great events going on at the hotel as well!

Juice D.C.– Saturday, June 24th, Saturday, July 8th and Saturday, August 5th

Local DJ and producer, Jacq Jill, will host “The Cookout” at The Rooftop, a three-part summer series that highlights some of D.C.’s most talented DJs. Each cookout will feature collaborations between local DJs, giving guests a unique and original sound experience while they relax at the pool. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2s8Af79.

 

Elevate H2Ouse Party – Saturday, July 1st and Saturday, July 22nd

Transplant Productions is hosting the Elevate H2Ouse Party at The Rooftop. The party will feature some of the best house music in the city from DJs such as Wayne “Big Poppa” Davis, Sam “The Man” Burns and Tony Smooth. Guests and locals alike are invited to attend the party from 3pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at http://bit.ly/2r0cI4h.

 

4th of July “America” Party Sponsored by Budweiser® and CÎROC™

In celebration of the highly anticipated summer holiday, The Embassy Row Hotel is hosting a 4th of July “America” party at The Rooftop open to guests of the hotel and locals looking for the best view of Washington D.C.’s fireworks. The party will feature Budweiser® specials with their limited-edition camouflage aluminum bottles, specially designed and dedicated to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, as well as CÎROC™ specials featuring RED, WHITE and BLUE patriotic cocktails. There will also be a live DJ spinning, Silent Disco dance party from 8pm-midnight and giveaways for guests to enjoy. The “America” Party is from 6pm-11pm and is free for hotel guests. Locals can purchase day passes to The Rooftop for $30 starting at 3pm.

In addition to the 4th of July bash, travelers making their way to D.C. for the holiday can enjoy everything the city has to offer from The Embassy Row’s prime location just 75 steps from the Dupont Circle Metrorail. Whether it’s wandering through the city’s premier museums, getting a taste of the D.C. nightlife, or staying in the neighborhood and exploring a unique new attraction, Dupont Underground, The Embassy Row Hotel allows its guests to experience the nation’s capital to the fullest extent. Rates at the hotel around the 4th of July holiday begin at $179 and include access to The Rooftop and the 4th of July “America” party.

 

Let’s Go Coco –Saturday, July 29th

In partnership with Sugar Island Coconut Rum, The Rooftop will play host to an Island Party featuring specialty cocktails made with Sugar Island Coconut Rum. Guests can relax and soak up the sun poolside as the DJ spins island tunes. The party is from 2-6pm, free for hotel guests and locals can purchase day passes for $30 starting at 3pm.

Located on the 10th floor, access to The Rooftop is complimentary for guests of the hotel and day passes are available for locals to purchase ($30 per person/day starting at 3pm). The reimagined Rooftop offers an outdoor pool, modular outdoor sofas, shaded lounge area and a full dining and drinks menu that features specialty handcrafted cocktails and savory bar bites. There is an exciting roster of weekly programming, events and unique partnerships including sunrise yoga with local studio Epic Yoga DC, nationally acclaimed aqua-cycling class Splash Cycle, a summer concert series featuring local artists, weekly pool parties and more.

Add to that the rooms are magnificent looking!

5 Reasons Every Family Needs to Visit KidsFest Kings Dominion

When you first think of KidsFest at Kings Dominion, you may immediately jump to younger kids and it’s not a great idea for your 10- 11 year old. I’m happy to say that’s not the case for our family. This past weekend we were invited to participate in KidsFest. We were given tickets to the park in exchange for sharing our thoughts on the park itself. I wanted to make sure you knew all the fun things happening and thought I’d give you 5 reasons every family needs to visit KidsFestKings Dominion. While we were there last weekend, KidsFest is also happening next weekend as well. KidsFest allows extra access to the characters from Planet Snoopy.

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1. NEW RIDES: For us there are a few rides in the Planet Snoopy area that are too small for us. Planet Snoopy was enlarged over the off season though and there are a bunch of new rides that are perfect for all ages. The very first ride we rode on was Sally’s Sea Plane and it was fun for the kids. It’s a quick ride in a yellow seaplane that goes around in the air a few times before landing quietly. From there, Charlie headed to Joe Cool’s driving school where you received some driving instruction before hitting the road complete with stop signs and traffic lights. It was so cute to see the really small kids obey those traffic signals while the older ones kind of did some California stops!


Other new rides include the Kite Eating Tree and Peanuts 500.

2. Arts and Crafts. There were a few stations set up around Planet Snoopy for the kids to do special arts and crafts. Rae loved the sand art section. There were choices to make though. Each child could chose between a key chain, necklace or bracelet to make. All supplies were included and you had a nice shaded spot to sit for a few minutes while creating.

KidsFest Kings Dominion

Sand Art made by Charlie at KidsFest Kings Dominion

3. Balloon Twisters. Mickey’s Magic Shows was at the park and provided balloon creations for all visitors from 12-5. She did some pretty amazing work! You can even see her make Charlie’s sword in our video below.

4. Brickfest. Brickfest is the largest LEGO traveling exhibit. I loved that it was set up all over Planet Snoopy. One area was straight building. There was a nice large pit of green 2×4 bricks to build with and a table that you could leave your creation at and then on the other side there were several small sections of DUPLO bricks for the younger builders.

 

 

 

As we strolled through Planet Snoopy we also found a glow in the dark brick area and the special build area. In this are you had a space where you could build on the walls but as you wove through the area you were given a special diagram and plate. They asked that you follow the diagram to create a piece of the mural. We realized quickly that we were helping to create the Planet Snoopy logo.

5. Firsts. Whether it’s the first time heading to Kings Dominion, the first visit to Soak City (The amazing water park that is included in your admission price), the first time playing a carnival style game (There were several in Planet Snoopy that were only a $1 and a guaranteed winner) or the first time on a ride you’ve dreamed of. There are so many firsts that can happen and Kings Dominion was a perfect place for a first for us. Charlie loves NASCAR. It’s not a secret and we love it. His favorite driver of all time is Dale Earnhardt Jr but he loves Dale Sr as well. Two years ago we went to Kings Dominion and Charlie was too short. Last year we ran out of time. This year Charlie finally got to take on the Intimidator. This massive roller coaster lasts almost 2 minutes as you skyrocket 305 feet in the air, go 91 MPH over 1500 feet of track. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go with him (OK I chickened out) But Charlie proudly rode it and loved every second of it. I think he loved the plaza almost as much as he loved the ride. There are several billboards chronically Dale’s career, one of his race cars, an amazing photo of him and of course the logo in the middle of the ground.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DC

While we live close to DC, its not often that we go there and just play tourist. This is something we’re actually going to do a bit this summer since Rae will be with my parents. Charlie and I will have to keep busy and I know he will love to see some of the museums and just walk the city. But the thing is I want to see and do something that is not the norm. The norm of course is all of the Smithsonian museums and they are great but I want to be different. I was asked last week to visit Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DC and we were hosted for this event. I headed to DC and I think my first big hint for traveling is to use the Metro. While it can be a pain to figure out at first, all you need to do is visit the WMATA website. You can tell it when you’ll be in town, what time you want to leave and what stops you want to start and end at. It will tell you every step from when the train is coming, when there might be an issue with track work, when you should arrive and how much your fare will be. We usually park at the Suitland Metro station and head in on the green line. For this particular day you’ll want to head to the Galleria Place station. Its a pretty central hub in DC and you can then walk to many places from there.Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DC

  1. Start the day with a great breakfast at Fruitive. While there you can grab some of their toast options or get a supergrain bowl. Now the toast isn’t gluten free but most of their liquid meals and supergrain bowls are.
    While I couldn’t eat the toasts, I did test the Fruitive Original Granola and the Charcoal Limeade. The Limeade wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t horrible either. It had a strong taste of lime and it threw me a bit. The granola though has become a favorite for me. I received a package of it while on our visit and it is so good mixed in with my yogurt in the morning. It’s fantastic! Oh and Gluten Free!
    While you’re there and relaxing, make sure you take a glance around at the fresh and creative space that they have. I know we’re going back and I’m grabbing one of their reusable glass bottles because they’re just plain beautiful.
    If you’re in a hurry and want to keep moving you can also grab some of their favorite drinks to go. They are best kept cold so make sure you’re drinking as you walk to your next stop. But if you want to keep them in the fridge for a bit, they actually last for longer than you think. The best part is Fruitive is one of only 2 certified organic restaurants within the DC proper. Unfortunately they will be the only one in a few months when the second restaurant closes. They even grow many of their own produce on their farms.
  2. Once you’re fueled up for a good day, you’ll need to hit your next stop. For me I would be heading to the International Spy Museum.
    While this museum is not free, they are reasonably priced with tickets for adults at $22. My honest opinion is to upgrade for a total of $29 and do the Operation Spy at the same time. The biggest thing is to remember that this museum is totally interactive. While some of the displays are historical and requiring more reading, the museum has family guides so the kids have activities as they go through the museum. There is a huge Bond exhibit and includes a few of the cars from the movies.
    When I say it’s an interactive museum, mean that it really means interactive. There are exhibits where you can put your sleuthing/spy skills to work including learning about the enigma machine and using it:
    Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DCThere are even a few spaces where kids can get really into the act and climb through tunnels and air vents. Mimi from Mimi Cute Lips was spying on us from the vent at one point.Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DC I would make sure you allot at least 2 hours for the museum. We had about 1.5 hours and I know there were things I missed seeing because we needed to move on. Operation Spy is a special program that is for grades 7+ and will take an additional 90 minutes. Participants travel to a foreign country where they play the role of US intelligence officers on a high-stakes mission. The museum has programs for grades as low as 4 and they even have a summer camp program.
  3. After all that spying you’ll be hungry and need some sustenance. We were invited to try a quaint little vegan restaurant called HipCityVeg. This was another place I had never heard of before but fell in love with. They didn’t have a huge amount of gluten free foods but I did get an amazing Cesar salad. It had a special dressing and included jicama and plantain chips. YUM!
    The other bloggers got to try a few of their sandwiches.

    I wasn’t too sure about the BFG drink but it was delicious as was the Banana Whip.

    The BFG: Blended spinach, apples, bananas and seasonal fruit

    Banana Whips are nothing but frozen bananas blended smooth. Toppings can be added for texture.

  4. To walk off the decadent yummies, we headed over to Tesla. I think this was the first trip I’ve ever been on that Steve was massively jealous of. Thankfully I didn’t find out we were visiting until the night before. I have to say when I left I was excited to have learned as much as I did about the newest in Tesla vehicles and we’re actually thinking about reserving a new Model 3!

    Front Trunk Space Model S

    Model S

    Model X

    I mean come on when a car will park in the spot for you, and pull out so you can get in? Who doesn’t want that? Plus the Model X had the most amazing doors for the back. It means getting to the back seat with more space. The vehicles have tons of cameras making it safer to drive and operate. The doors on the Model X even have cameras so when they open they won’t hit anything including the ceiling in a low garage.

    The @teslamotors X totally parked itself! #upcfamtour #hosted

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  5. Our last stop was right around the corner at Core Power Yoga. I can honestly say I have never done yoga before and wasn’t sure this was going to work well for me. I left feeling invigorated and calmer. Our Yogis gave us a 10 minute class where we went through several yoga movements and learned to breath more naturally. As we were told, it was great to learn this breathing technique just for our day to day life. When things have gotten stressful the last few days, I’ve taken a few of these breaths and recentered myself. It really has been a great way to refocus my energy and let things go.

I want to thank each location that invited us out and provided us with a meal or experience that helped us with Five Great Stops to Make A Day in DC.

Cars 3 Road to The Races Tour DOLE Pineapple PitStop Smoothie

I’m sure you’ve seen by now that there is a Cars 3 Road to the Races tour. Its a magical event that is open to the public. The tour is going around nationwide. It does have several sponsors that have dedicated spaces inside the tour space. Each space has some sort of activity for the kids to do. We were invited by Dole to visit the Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour as a VIP. We were given early access. All opinions are our own.

cars 3 road to the races tour

Once you enter the gates you get enjoy several activities. The first thing we did was head to the DOLE booth to try the Pineapple Pit Stop Smoothie.
Charlie wasn’t a big fan but I sure loved it. It was sweet, couldn’t taste the spinach and a pineapple banana dream. Dole has even allowed me to share the smoothie recipe with you:

Pineapple Pit-Stop Smoothie
Inspired by Cars 3 Character Cruz Ramirez
Prep: 5 min.
Makes: 2 servings
Ingredients:
2 cups DOLE ® Pineapple
1 cup DOLE Baby Spinach
1 DOLE Banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup ice
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Directions:
COMBINE pineapple, spinach, banana, almond milk, ice and cinnamon in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information per Serving:
160 Calories, 2g Fat, 110mg Sodium, 16% Potassium, 38g Carbohydrate, 5g Fiber, 24g Sugars, 2g Protein, 35% Vit. A, 170% Vit.C, 15% Calcium, 6% Iron, 10% Vit.D, 25% Vit. E, 90% Vit. K, 20% Vit.  B6, 20% Folate, 15% Magnesium, 90% Mangese.
There’s other great activities too. Like seeing life size versions of Lightening McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm.
You can also visit and take a pit crew challenge, design your own NASCAR car or even test out some of the new Cars 3 toys from Mattel.
Make sure you check out the Cars 3 Road to the Races tour schedule. You can also check as there is limited availability of Fast Lane tickets so you can skip the line. My suggestion is get there early.
Did I mention that if you visit you can sit in a trailer that has been converted into a movie theater and see an introduction from directors and producers as well as 15 minutes of exclusive footage? While there make sure you stop in at the DOLE booth, grab a smoothie and a recipe card.

Why You Should See Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus One Last Time

Last night we were able to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of this World one last time. Its unfortunate that the show that has been thrilling all ages for 146 years is suddenly coming to an end. The kids and I enjoyed tickets to see the show in exchange for making sure our readers knew the latest news. All opinions are our own though. Why You Should See Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus One Last Time? The simplest reason is the memories you would be making with your kids. Check out our experience from last night.

As for the past few years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of this World show starts with an hour of time where you get to meet and greet some of the performers. I would suggest you grab a program before you head in. The performers all had Sharpies and were happy to not only sign your program but take multiple photos with you.

Got to meet a clown at #RinglingBros @ringlingbros

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While the performers were on the concourse of the Eagle Bank Arena, down in the middle we got to learn about performers and their jobs like Alexander Lacey, the lion and tiger trainer, and Max.

During the preshow @ringlingbros we're learning about Max and the white markings behind his ears #RinglingBros

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Then the show started. We watched lions and tigers, clowns, trapeze artists, pigs, dogs and so much more as they told the story of two circuses combining out of this world to become the greatest show on Earth as well as the universe!

I’m beyond sad to think about the end coming. As a child my parents worked full time jobs but every year my mom would take off and we would skip school and go to the DC armory to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. I have vivid memories of walking in that building, watching such an amazing group of performers and even picking that one souvenir that I just had to have. This is your last change to make those memories with your kids. The last time you can see what has truly been the greatest show on Earth for 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of this World.

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW
The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

Spring Break at Medieval Times

Spring break is coming up for so many families and it can be hard to fill the days and evenings.Spring Break at Medieval Times is more than fun its an adventure including Knight Training.


Steve and I fell in love with Medieval Times back in 2002 when we visited our first castle. We were on our honeymoon in California (yep this Disney mom went to Disneyland for her honeymoon) and I wanted to do something that was more for my new husband. I had never really heard of Medieval Times but I knew that it had to be something Steve would love. So we went. He paid the extra money to have an announcement made. So imagine my surprise when the king announces Lord Steven and Lady Holly here on their honeymoon. Of course the king then made a joke about maybe we shouldn’t be at the castle but off doing other things. Since that trip we’ve been to the Castle in Florida and of course the beautiful castle in our hometown of Baltimore. spring break at medieval times


We were asked to participate in a Blogger Knight. We received 3 tickets to visit the Baltimore Castle in order to give a proper perspective for readers. All opinions are our own.

Last night we headed to the Baltimore Castle and met up with some friends. We had a delicious meal. Did you know that they offer vegan meals as well as gluten free meals? So a gluten free meal is actually pretty much the same as regular meals. We don’t get a piece of bread and at dessert time we get a special ice rather than a pastry. Honestly I’ve had both regular and gluten free and I love them the same.

I love that every so often Medieval Times changes up the story line. Something new is always available. I think my favorite part is always seeing the horsemanship at the beginning. These animals are just magnificent and it’s so fun to see them do their leaps, prancing and more. The kids love the falconry demonstration though.

As I said the story changes every so often but one thing is always consistent and that is cheering on your knight. We cheered on our favorite XXXXX knight!

Like I said this is a great time to head to the Baltimore Castle. Not only is it fun but there are a couple great specials going on right now. Prices for our 2017 Spring Break will be $37.95 for adults and $29.95 for Students & Kids when guests use the code SPR3729.
Before the 5pm shows this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 11-13th) we will include FREE Jr. Knights Training (limited space available first come first serve) and a FREE activity book for every child! Doors open at 3:30pm & training begins at 4pm. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 to participate. Training is open to both boys and girls. Closed toe shoes are required to participate.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of this World Giveaway

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out of this World is coming to EAGLE BANK ARENA from APRIL 7 – 16, 2017! I’m excited to have 4 tickets for a reader to be there on April 7 at 7:30 at Eagle Bank Arena! Our family received 4 tickets to the show for promoting.

Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM comes to the Washington, D.C. area. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington March 31 – April 2 and the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax April 7 – 16. Out Of This WorldTM will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore from April 20 – 30.

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena box offices.

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW
The Patriot Center | April 7 – April 16, 2017

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

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Moana Prize Pack #Giveaway

we loved Moana. Rae sings the soundtrack on repeat over and over and over again. I love the morals behind the movie as well the fact that girls can do anything they set their minds to. This is what we brought Rae up to believe. I’m thankfully to have teamed up with Heidi to offer this Moana prize pack giveaway.

Moana Giveaway

Welcome to the Moana Giveaway!! Four lucky readers will win 1 of the 4 sets up for grabs and each has a $100 ARV. Be sure to check out this behind the scenes glimpse of Moana as well while you are here.

A little about Moana

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ presents,” the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. “Moana” sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand on March 7.

Get social with Moana on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram available to purchase on Blu-Ray on March 7th.

4 sets of the prize package including:

Moana Giveaway

Moana | Making the Music: Getting Together

Giveaway Details

Must be 18 years old or older US residents in order to win.

Dates will be 3/10/17-3/19/17 (at midnight CST)

Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize via email.

Get entered for your chance to win this great prize package today! Good luck!

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