Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Feeling a little "LoCo"? Go out for a change!

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated and is being republished!

Maybe you've felt a little "loco" today and just need a break from the "same old - same old"; or maybe you've got something to celebrate (if you look hard enough there's ALWAYS something to celebrate).  Consider gathering the kids and going out for dinner tonight.  Kids eat free (somewhere) every night of the week here in Loudoun.

Green Turtle - for the summer, kids eat free everyday with purchase of an adult meal.
Preet Palace - kids under 5 eat free from the buffet every day of the week!

Tropical Smoothie - with a combo meal
Mediterranean Breeze - ALL DAY long
Eggspectatons - Kids under 12 eat free w/purchase of adult entree
The Dock at Lansdowne - With purchase of adult meal

Picante - The Real Taco!
Red, Hot and Blue - 5 to 8pm w/purchase of adult entree
IHOP -w/ an adult meal from 4:00- 9:00
Main Street Wings -w/ an adult meal
CiCi’s Pizza – w/ one adult buffet for dinner (plus free tattoos!)
Moe’s -w/an adult meal from 5:00 to close
Dock at Landsdowne - With adult meal
Applebee’s - kids eat for .99
Chick-Fil-A - With the purchase of an adult meal.
Lone Star Steakhouse - Two kids eat free off of the kid's menu all day w/the purchase of any entree.
Mezza Grille Mediterranean - Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays w/the purchase of an adult entree.

Bob Evans
Los Toltecos  - Kids under 10 eat free every Wednesday evening.
The Original Steakhouse & Sports Theatre - For every one adult entree purchased, two children eat free on Wednesdays.

Moe’s -with an adult meal from 11:00-4:00pm

Spicy Pickle w/adult meal

Spicy Pickle w/ adult meal
Chicken Out Rotisserie  Kids eat free every Saturday & Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree.

California Tortilla -with an adult meal from 4:00- 7:00pm
Moes - w/ adult meal 11 to 4
Chicken Out Rotisserie Kids eat free every Saturday & Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree.

Other Noteworthy Notes:

The Web - I've linked to each of the main web sites for these restaurants.  Check out the locations and see if there are other specials advertised there. 

Social Media is catching on - most of your favorite businesses are testing the waters with Fan pages on

Facebook - visit their fan page to see if they have any specials advertised only there.  I've found lots of Facebook only specials.  Right now, TGIFs has 2 incentives (1) a "BYOB/bring your own buddies" coupon (all your buddies get $5 off their entrees) and (2) By Joining their "GIVE ME MORE STRIPES" club, you get a "skip the line" pass and a "free appetizer or free dessert" coupon.

There's a website where you can buy coupons for select restaurants:  Often, you still have to spend a minimal amount, so they are not true "gift certificates", but my friends have used this site and find that it's well worth it.

Birthday Clubs / Kids Clubs - many local restaurants offer birthday clubs or kids clubs.  Check their web sites to find out.
Most importantly - please add comments for any places I may have missed.  This is an "improved" version of a list I am circulating that was passed to me.  So, your additions or comments are important.

Monday, August 17, 2009

First Friday's In Leesburg

First Friday events are held in downtown Leesburg on the first Friday of each month. On these nights, 35 different specialty shops and businesses stay open until 9:30 offering various types of entertainment.

Each month, scheduled entertainment is posted at The entertainment varies, but usually includes many choices for art galleries, live music, wine tastings and more.

In August, my husband and I went and took the kids (ages 3 and 6). We grabbed a light dinner at the historic Georgetown Cafe and headed to the Last Ham Standing, a regulary scheduled monthly improv comedy show at Tally Ho Theatre...and yes, it is family friendly. It was hysterical... although I admit that my children kept waiting for the movie to come on. (They really didn't understand why we were in a movie theatre and not watching a movie!)

September promises to be great fun! While window shopping and antiquing, help yourself to the refreshments offered at the various shops, register to win a free makeover, and enjoy all the entertainment, much of it free.

You'll enjoy one or more of the many musical performances (anything from award winning pop vocalists to local favorite acoustic quitarists, or a classical piano trio, a punk rock band, a Latin American band and much more). Loudoun, well known for it's wines, won't tastings are offered all throughout the downtown area. Whether trying wines from around the world or sticking with local favorites, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For those with refined tastes, take in the museum or the art gallery display or a lecture and book signing. If you're looking for something a little more unique, stop in and visit Esoterica for a tarrot card or palm reading. Or, join the Yoga Happy Hour for a little yoga practice combined with beer tastings! Of course, Tally Ho is also offering their Last Comic Standing show - which promises to be great every month!

Come on down and enjoy all that the town has to offer! You won't be disappointed. In fact, there's so much to do, I bet you can't do it all. But, once you try it, you'll want to come back time and time again to check just one more item off your list! So, will YOU "Meet Me Downtown"?

PS - A hint from a local: join the Facebook Fan pages of the businesses you might want to check out. Not only will you get more info on their scheduled events, but many times Facebook Fans get special discounts!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Should I Be A Cheerleader?

With all the local summer camp options in Loudoun, it's nice for kids to try various activities. It keeps the summer interesting and keeps them constantly learning, sampling different activities that may (or may not) be of longer term interest to them. After horseback riding camp, I enrolled my 6 year old daughter (Rachael) in a Cheerleading Camp with DMB Sports, which was held at the National Conference Center on the east side of Leesburg.

The first day, Rachael was a little apprehensive since she didn't know anyone there, but she quickly made new friends, and found a few kids that she knew from other local activities. And, she fell in love with her camp staffers, especially Lauren who she said reminded her of me. (Isn't that sweet?)

The two weeks there were ones she'll remember for a long time. Each day, they'd swim. They played games and had many activities other than cheerleading. DMB is careful to make sure that having fun is more important than someone learning whatever cheer or whatever they are teaching that day. But, they did, of course, practice cheers and gymnastics. They learned some stunts - mostly what Rachael learned was she was scared to do stunts, but at least she was making an educated decision having had the opportunity to learn.

DMB also brings in a professional athlete to each camp, and Rachael got to meet Katie and Ana from the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders, and has a bring home souvenir with autographs. she was THRILLED. After that experience, she has decided she will be a cheerleader when she grows up. I doubt that she will, but if I can just get her to sit down with us and watch a football game, I'll be thrilled.

On the last day of camp, they had a cheer show. We really made Rachael feel special...grandma, two of her brothers, dad and I all came to see her show her stuff. It was a nice show, and I know that all the girls felt very good about having learned something that they could show off.

Rachael took one of the later camps in the year, but I will be looking forward to signing her up again next year. DMB offers many summer and holiday camp programs in eastern Loudoun County. Camps include Art Camp, Echo Camp and many various sports camps. Check them out online at

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On a scary note: Rachael was in the pool with other campers when a 6 year old little boy had a terrible accident. He was noticed at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. He was not breathing and had no pulse. Emergency services were called and he was revived poolside, and then taken to Loudoun Hospital, where they quickly transferred him to Fairfax Hospital. Each update I've received is positive, but it was very scary and the little boy was in the hospital for many days as they drained the water from his lungs.
Throughout this, DMB communicated WELL with other parents. I do not know exactly what happened, it is so easy for an accident like this to take place with children. PLEASE, make sure your children know their limits and do not succumb to peer pressure and venture to a deeper end of the pool. And, teach your children how to swim early, or keep them out of the pool all together. Teach them how to react when they fall into the pool. Not panicking can be the difference between life and death. Our children are just too precious.
My prayers continue to be with that little boy and his family. I'd like to think DMB for being so quick to respond, and so proactive about their communication with other parents.