Top 6 Restaurants: Where Kids Eat For FREE (A Clarendon Moms Guide)

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I’ve strolled up and down Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard at least a hundred times pushing my two kids in their double stroller or red wagon and dining at various restaurants. However, I’ve never bothered to look at the “Specials” on the chalkboards outside of the restaurants let alone inquire about “specials for kids” once inside the restaurant. That is, until earlier this week. My three year old son and I were enjoying the 40 degree January weather while walking to go pick up my five year old daughter from Kindergarten when a sign outside of The Hard Times Cafe practically jumped out at me. It read “KIDS EAT FREE ALL DAY MONDAY & TUESDAY”. What? What? What?! Really? Were my eyes playing tricks on me? As I’m smiling like a stressed out mom getting a day of pampering in a luxury day spa, I suddenly realized I’d never seen this before in Clarendon. I was a little shocked and I didn’t quite understand why I was so pleasantly surprised. Perhaps it was because of the sheer amount of restaurants in the neighborhood that seem to cater towards singletons and the double income/no kids crowd or those that care nothing about a bargain. Most restaurants in the Clarendon-Courthouse area DO offer Kids Meals. However, I’ve never seen a sign offering up “Free Meals” and I now know it’s because I never paid attention and I’ve never ever thought to look for it. After Logan and I picked up Ella, we met up with one of my gal pals and enjoyed a nice lunch for 4 at The Hard Times Cafe. There was so much food, we left with doggy bags”. And the best thing about it: It was a whopping $22 before tip. I’m still in heaven thinking about how great the food was and how much fun we had, not to mention–the bargain!

This experience inspired me to call up the 30+ Restaurants we have from the Clarendon-Courthouse area all the way to Ballston and Rosslyn. These are my Top 6 Restaurants Offering “Kids Eat Free Specials”. Happy Dining! [Read more...]

White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21st

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White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tickets are distributed free of charge via an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate. All attendees must have a ticket. The 2013 lottery opens on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST and closes on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST. To apply, visit www.recreation.gov. Lottery winners will be contacted on March 1, 2013.

Signing up for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is free. The deadline for lottery entries is at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Lottery results will be available on March 1.

You will need to create a free account at recreation.gov to be able to enter the lottery when it opens.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.

The White House will open the South Lawn to children age twelve and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2012 event featured the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness with activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. The 2013 theme will be announced soon.

Date of the White House Easter Egg Roll: April 1, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LocationWhite House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.

All attendees will be required to go through a security screening process. No food or beverages are allowed on the grounds. Duffel Bags, suitcases and backpacks are not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby formula, and baby bottles are permitted.
More information about the event is available at www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll.

You’re Invited: DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular July 19th-20th at Verizon Center

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How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular


Unleash your inner Viking and prepare for the invasion of DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular!  Feel the heat and experience the adventure of high-flying, fire-breathing dragons with wingspans of up to 46 feet.  Astonishing animatronic technology and world class performers bring to life the heartwarming story of DreamWorks Animation’s Academy Award® nominated film.  This groundbreaking arena show breaks all of the rules of traditional live entertainment for the entire family.  You don’t want to miss it!

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, formerly known as How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, is a live-action production based on How to Train Your Dragon. Developed by a partnership between DreamWorks Theatricals and Global Creatures, the company behind Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC documentary.

The production features 24 larger-than-life dragons with wingspans up to 40 feet wide that will fly and breathe fire. Characters include dragons Night Fury, Gronckle, Nadder, and Nightmare, and vikings Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick and Gobber.

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The Georgetown French Market Is This Weekend (April 27th & April 28th)

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Join the Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown as the shops celebrate the annual Georgetown French Market.

Superb shopping complimented by the scent of fresh coffee and the sounds of strolling musicians immerse the Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown every spring with the annual Georgetown French Market coming up at the end of April.  The 2012 Georgetown French Market will be held Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 5pm. Check out all the details on participating merchants and their offers here.

This event takes place along upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, and features nearly 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries offering savings up to 70% off designer goods, art and antique home furnishings. Enjoy strolling mimes, children’s activities, live music and French cuisine from Georgetown cafes and restaurants.  To view the video from the April 2011 Georgetown French Market event, click on the link below.

Recap: Sweet Hope Dessert For Toys Reception at Michel Richard Citronelle

Where have I been over the last 15 or so years that this event has been going on? I don’t know. However, I’m making a vow to try to attend it every year from this point on! Michel Richard is one of my favorite chefs in the entire world!

Sweet Hope Dessert for Toys is a Dessert Reception to benefit the children at St. Jude’s Hospital. This is a charity near and dear to my heart. Each guest is asked to bring only one unwrapped, new toy or a monetary donation in exchange for an all you can eat buffet of the finest gourmet desserts Michel Richard’s Citronelle has to offer during the holiday season. As a self-proclaimed “foodie”, it wasn’t hard for me to sample and devour each of the tarts, cakes, cookies and candies offered along with the delectable and rich hot cocoa.

The reception featured a lovely and talented musical choir that performed classical holiday songs. The event only lasted two hours and there were plenty of goodies left. The gracious and generous staff made sure everyone was sent home with a nicely filled goody bag of the sweetest left-overs you could fit into one bag.

For more information on donating to the children of St. Jude, check out: www.stjude.org

Merriment in Georgetown Kick-Off Party Today, Saturday December 10th

Come Out and Play this Holiday Season
Enjoy 12 days of holiday shopping specials and events, $2 flat rate parking at select garages, dining specials, entertainment and more festive fun in DC’s best shopping neighborhood! Click here for more details.
MERRIMENT IN GEORGETOWN KICK-OFF PARTY
Saturday, December 10, 1 – 4pm
PNC Bank Lot at Wisconsin Ave & M Street
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS12 – 4PM
Complimentary pedicab rides from Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom metro stations to Georgetown

1PM & 1:50PM
Georgetown University’s a cappella group — The Georgetown Phantoms

1:25PM
Fruitcake Eating Contest
Chance to win fabulous prizes! To register for our contest emailevents@georgetowndc.com

2:15PM
“Don’t Forget the Lyrics” Holiday Style contest
Chance to win fabulous prizes! To register for our contest emailevents@georgetowndc.com.

2:30 – 3:45PM
Live Band Holiday Karaoke

1 – 4PM
Enjoy Gourmet Cocoa Tastings

Bring a donation for Goodwill and receive an “I Shop Georgetown” tote bag (while supplies last).

Wear your most hideous, outdated or downright silly holiday sweater and receive a tote bag or Georgetown water bottle — your choice (while supplies last)! Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes. Finalists and winners picked at 3:45pm.

Plus, 11 more days of festive holiday shopping events and promotions at over 50 stores and restaurants. Visit www.merrimentingeorgetown.com for details.

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Illustration of a family enjoying the 12 Days of Merriment in Georgetown