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A Good Time for Wine

Hands down and glasses up, one of the best wine festivals in the DC area takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 at Great Meadows, The Plains, VA 11AM-6PM each day.  The 38th Annual Virginia Wine Fest is two days of food, live music and some of the best wines to taste. Tickets are $30 for the day which includes tasting; deignated driver price is $18 and for children the cost is $7 . There also additional tickets for gourmet  Wine and Food Pairing Tent as well as You Be the Judge Tasting Tent. Learn more about wine and wine culture.  Grab a glass at the entrance and sample freely from over 50 wineries or skip the alcohol enjoy the fun and purchase a few bottles for later.  

Must Taste List:

Cooper – Sweet Louisa, Rhapsody

Mattaponi – Strawbery Wine

Hill Top – Voyage

Lake Anna – Lake Side Sunset Red, Totally White

Descriptions and purchase links visit ticketing page. Check out more information at

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Park Hopping- Summer To Do

Park hopping is something I like to do with the kids.  It’s great and usually free!  Pack a lunch and plenty of waters.  We checked out a two acre colorful wonderland of monkey bars swings and slides called Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax, VA, roughly 15 min from DC.   A scenic drive through George Washington Memorial Parkway.


Other than the heat the kids enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the umbrellaed area for daddies to chill in the shade while the kids ran the track or the schoolhouse maze. There is also a little trail in the pseudo woods that is shaded and quite short but a trek through woods none the less.  There is also a cool huge carousel in the middle of the park which costs $1.75 per ride.


Arin’s best muscle flex in the trick mirror.

Arin driving the car trying to hardest to dodge pedestrian, Michal Zoe … or hit her. I’m not sure.


Yo Gabba Yo!

This Friday Nick Jr’s popular live action/ weird human-sized puppet show, Yo Gabba Gabba!, comes to life for kids of all ages in the DC area at the Patriot Center in Virginia.  The event is presented by Kia Motors and since they have presented me with tickets … It’s time to dance!  For my old school Hip-Hoppers, Biz Markie (who I have always considered a puppet like character) is also part of the show.  The kids are pumped. You might not want to wait for my review of the show to get tickets, because it’s only in the area one night, Sept. 30.  If you are wondering when or if it is coming your way check the schedule of the tour at Yo Gabba Gabba!

#DADsRule  “Kid’s like the Darndest things. Learn to live with some of their choices.”

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