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{Giveaway} Four-pack of Tickets to BrickFair ’13 for LEGO Fans

Last year's BrickFair exhibits included a working train.

Last year’s BrickFair exhibits included a working train.

Chances are you have one or more LEGO fans in your household. They may be kids or  AFOLs (adult fans of LEGO) or both. Imagine the looks on their faces as they check out 100,000 square feet of LEGO models, displays and winding trains at the Dulles Expo Center at BrickFair ’13 in Chantilly, VA! Even better, you can enter my giveaway to win a four-pack of tickets (see rules at the end of this post)!

Skyscrapers, mega-contraptions and other large displays demonstrated the level of creativity of LEGO fans of all at last year's BrickFair.

Skyscrapers, mega-contraptions and other large displays demonstrated the level of creativity of LEGO fans of all at last year’s BrickFair.

The fan festival expects to have more than a thousand exhibitors with LEGO creations of all sizes as well as vendors with items such as minifigures, custom-molded weapons, and unique models. If your kids are like mine, all this LEGO-stimulation will leave them eager to get their hands on a few blocks of their own, so fortunately there’s a Stay ‘N Play area filled with bricks where they can unleash their creativity! The first 3,000 people through the doors on each day will each receive a free BrickForge custom molded minifig utensil.

BrickFair ’13

August 3 -4, 2012
11 am – 4 pm
Dulles Expo Center
4230 Chantilly Center
Chantilly, VA 20153
Admission: 3 and under – FREE. Everyone else $12 at door or skip the long line and buy online (which I highly recommend!)
No strollers please

You pay $12 at the door, buy online (limited quantities available), but why not try for a four-pack of tickets right here?

Caffeineandaprayer.com’s BrickFair ’13 Ticket Giveaway Rules:

  • These tickets are good for one day only, at BrickFair ’13 in Chantilly, VA August 3 or 4 from 11 am to 4 pm. In fairness to others, please enter only if you actually plan on using the tickets. They have a total value of $48.
  • US entrants only, please.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Tickets will be physically mailed or delivered to you, so if you are the winner, you will need to be willing to provide me a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) within 24 hours of being announced as the winner.
  • To enter: Please comment on THIS blog post with a comment that includes the phrase “BrickFair.” For example, you can say, “My kids have 6 billion LEGOS and we would LOVE to go to the BrickFair!” or “I am married to an AFOL and would love to surprise my spouse with BrickFair tix” or “Wow, JavaMom, you are the coolest blogger in the world for bringing us this opportunity for BrickFair tickets…” (no, really, complimenting me has no bearing on who wins, I promise!) If you do not have the phrase “BrickFair” in your comment, you are immediately disqualified!
  • You can earn EXTRA entries by tweeting about this giveaway as long as you meet the following conditions:
    1. Include a link to this post (Shortlink: http://caffeineandaprayer.com/?p=3869)
    2. Either include @brickfair or #brickfair
    3. Include @caffandaprayer
    4. Comment here with a link to your tweet and include “BrickFair” (i.e. “I tweeted about BrickFair and here is my link: _____)
  • In all your entries, you must include a valid email address so I may contact you if you are the winner.
  • I must be able to reach you via that email address within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway so I can notify you that you are the winner and get your snail mail address (no P.O. Boxes) and mail  or deliver your tickets. If I am not able to reach you, I will move on to the next person. I am not responsible for emails that land in your spam or junk mail or are otherwise blocked by your system.
  • Winners will be selected at random from all qualified entrants.
  • Giveaway ends midnight, Eastern time, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
  • Have fun and good luck!

Hooray! We have a winner! She has been contacted and has responded! Congratulations STIMEY! Thank  you to ALL who participated.

Tired of stepping on lots of little LEGO pieces at home? You might enjoy my previous blog post about LEGO organization.

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Disclosure: BrickFair provided four tickets for the giveaway and a set of complimentary tickets for my family. All photos are provided by the BrickFair convention. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group.

How to Train Your Dragon Live Thrilling for Entire Family

“I feel like I’ve been dropped into the middle of a video game.”

That’s the thought that came to mind not too far into the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Verizon Center last night while watching the character Hiccup running on the screen wall, simulating climbing up a mountain, at times stumbling on rocks and falling on tree branches, all in perfect, although perpendicular choreography. In what they call a “full arena experience” DreamWorks makes use of every square inch of performance area. The floor, ceiling, and a wall of screens that is the equivalent of nine movie screens are part of the set as well as all the air space in between — not just for flying dragons, but to create an entire underwater sequence, filling the air with blue light and lighted bubbles. For a few minutes, the audience of the Verizon Center was underwater along with Hiccup and Toothless. The blurred lines of participation and performance continued throughout How To Train Your Dragon Live as audience cheers and screams became part of scenes such as the Dragon Games, and characters “broke the fourth wall” several times.

The scale of the show is immense and not just because of the enormous dragons, the larger of which can weigh over 1.6 tons. It takes 20 projectors (each costing $100,000 and processing 150 GB of video) to run the show. The floor is made up of 240 square tiles held together by 28,000 magnets and is yet another screen for the projectors, literally setting the stage to depict places on Hiccup’s hometown, the Isle of Berk, as well as the sea, and the dragon nest. The sophistication and scale of the show is comparable to an Olympic opening games ceremony, and dare I say, even better than some.

The dragons themselves are amazing to watch. While their mechanics are not completely hidden — the larger ones are trailed by beige motorized vehicles that blend into the flooring — they move so well and have such incredible facial expressions that it is easy to quickly suspend any disbelief. Small children may get frightened, my six-year-old JavaGirl at times covered her eyes, on the other hand, a two-year-old near us still enjoyed the show. There is enough comic relief mixed in to keep the show from being too frightening for too long. If for no other reason than to watch these large creatures “fly” it is worth it to take the family to see the show — all four of us enjoyed watching the large dragons take flight right before our very eyes. It is the closest you will ever get to having your kids see a “real” dragon.

Seating

The PR company for How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular graciously provided my family with complimentary seats so I could see and review the show, so I did not know where we would be seated. We were in the 215 section of the Verizon Center, which put us in the upper “club concourse” level and very close to the tall screen. For this show, the more you can get to a dead-on view of the tall wall screen, the better (think sections 104-109, which I now see is labelled “Dragon Hot Seats” on the ticketing web site), but it is not essential. We still got to experience everything and the show gives a great theater-in-the-round performance. The lower level will give you a more close-up view of the actors, but we certainly were able to see the dragons well from the upper level and got a great view of them flying! This is something to keep in mind when comparing the prices of varying seating options. Yes, some seats are better than others, but there really doesn’t appear to be a bad seat in the house. While there are live actors in the performance, the dragons, technology and acrobatics are really the heart of the show and all can be seen throughout the stadium. If seeing the actors’ faces is critical to your enjoyment, you will want to sit at a lower level. The sound is crystal clear not only due to the Verizon Center’s acoustics, but the 170 speakers brought to the show.

Let’s face it — the tickets are not inexpensive. Though there is a coupon code good for tonight’s Friday night performance (MOM in the promo box “mom blogger”) for most performances the least expensive seats are closer to $53 once you add in all the fees, which brings this to a $212 cost (plus parking, plus any concessions you buy) for a family of four. On the other hand, what I will tell you is that this is a memory-building experience. So if you find yourself comparing other things you may spend that money on (for example, two nights of eating out) versus this evening, I will say that based on how much my kids have already talked about the experience, this is worth the expenditure. They have already told every person they have seen since last night about the show. They have zoomed around the house with their plastic Toothlesses. (Teethless?) And these are kids who are fortunate enough to have a mom who blogs and gets tickets to lots of events so they are able to see lots of wonderful things. It is an investment, but this is one of those shows that is worth it. In addition to the show itself, it opens a conversation into the mechanics behind it, and if you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, you know how much I love anything that opens the mind to the uses of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math.)

If you have the extra money to spend on VIP tickets, we were also able to participate in a Dragon 101 Tech Talk, which is part of Hero’s Welcome package (we did not do the whole Hero’s Welcome) and all four of us found that quite enjoyable precisely because it gave us all the geeky behind-the-scenes details.

Storyline and Related Souveniers

The story is a condensed version of the movie (which is based on the book series by Cressida Cowell – which we have not read but now plan to). JavaDad had not seen the movie and still enjoyed the performance immensely. Being familiar with the movie is a plus, but not an absolute requirement. If your children are fans of the movie, be prepared for the inevitable hit up for How to Train Your Dragon items they will see — though my kids are trained not to ask for souveniers when we go to these events, I could practically feel the desire oozing out of their pores for the large hard-plastic Toothless dragons and asked them if they’d like them (at $25 a pop), to which they eagerly nodded their heads. JavaGirl has not let go of hers ever since and JavaBoy took his over to a friend’s house today. We were provided a complimentary program book and I forgot to see what the price is, but it is a well-produced glossy book with facts about the show, technical information about the dragons, and bios not only about the cast, but the technical people behind the making of the show. It is filled with beautiful photos of the production and if you are going to only get one keepsake from the show, it is a lovely one.

The Bottom Line

Though we were provided complimentary tickets, had we purchased tickets, this would have been well worth the money. JavaBoy had already been up for 12 hours before the show started due to swim practice and sports camp and poor JavaGirl not only had just missed yet another day of camp but just found out she had strep throat. These kids could have easily crashed out on me and instead were absolutely riveted by the show and even remained alert and engaged for the Dragons 101 Tech Talk afterward. Though they were sleepy for the drive home, they excitedly chatted for a good 15 minutes before I suggested giving in to the sleep. I find myself still thinking about the many clever theatrics used throughout the performance from the high tech to even the lower tech simple abstract representations such as lighted paper lantern ships on poles to represent the Viking fleet at sea in search of the dragon nest. To me, these are all signs of family entertainment time and dollars well spent. I highly recommend How to Train Your Dragons Live Spectacular.

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Disclosure: This is a review. I was provided four complimentary tickets and a program book in order to attend the performance of How to Train Your Dragon Live and write this review, but all opinions are my own and receipt of the tickets did not color my opinion. Facts about the show itself (i.e. size of the screen, etc.) are based on information provided by the PR company and/or representatives of the show. This post includes a link to Amazon.com and I am an Amazon Associate, meaning I may get a tiny percentage of the sale should you purchase this book or anything else from Amazon after clicking on the link.

Giveaway: Four-Pack of BrickFair Tickets for LEGO Fans

Child looking at LEGO airplane at BrickFair

Children visiting the airport diorama at last year’s BrickFair. Photo courtesy of Abe Friedman, provided by BrickFair.

LEGO fans comes in all sizes — from kids to AFOLs (adult fans of LEGO). An estimated 17,000 of them will come to the self-acclaimed largest LEGO fan festival in US at BrickFair ’12 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA August 4-5 this summer and you can enter a giveaway for a four-pack of tickets!

The fan festival expects to have more than a thousand exhibitors with LEGO creations of all sizes as well as vendors with items such as minifigures, custom-molded weapons, and unique models. If your kids are like mine, all this LEGO-stimulation will leave them eager to get their hands on a few blocks of their own, so fortunately there’s a Stay ‘N Play area filled with bricks where they can unleash their creativity!

Intricate castle creation at BrickFair.

BrickFair ’12

August 4 -5, 2012
11 am – 4 pm
Dulles Expo Center
4230 Chantilly Center
Chantilly, VA 20153
Tickets: 3 and under – FREE, everyone else $10 at door
No strollers please

 

You can buy tickets at the door for $10, but why not try for a four-pack of tickets right here?

Caffeineandaprayer.com’s BrickFair ’12 Ticket Giveaway Rules:

  • These tickets are good for one day only, at BrickFair ’12 in Chantilly, VA August 4 or 5 from 11 am to 4 pm. In fairness to others, please enter only if you actually plan on using the tickets. They have a total value of $40.
  • US entrants only, please.
  • Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • Tickets will be physically mailed to you, so if you are the winner, you will need to be willing to provide me a mailing address within 24 hours of being announced as the winner.
  • To enter: Please comment on THIS blog post with a comment that includes the phrase “BrickFair.”  For example, you can say, “My kids have 6 billion tickets and we would LOVE to go to the BrickFair!” or “I am married to an AFOL and would love to surprise my spouse with BrickFair tix” or “Wow, JavaMom, you are the coolest blogger in the world for bringing us this opportunity for BrickFair tickets…”  (no, really, what you say has no bearing on who wins, I promise!)  If you do not have the phrase “BrickFair” in your comment, you are immediately disqualified!
  • You can earn EXTRA entries by tweeting about this giveaway as long as you meet the following conditions:
    1. Include a link to this post
    2. Either include @brickfair or #brickfair
    3. Include @caffandaprayer
    4. Comment here with a link to your tweet and include “BrickFair” (i.e. “I tweeted about BrickFair and here is my link: _____)
  • In all your entries, you must include a valid email address so I may contact you if you are the winner.
  • I must be able to reach you via that email address within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway so I can notify you that you are the winner and get your snail mail address and mail you your tickets. If I am not able to reach you, I will move on to the next person. I am not responsible for email that
  • Winners will be selected at random from all qualified entrants.
  • Giveaway ends midnight, Eastern time, Thursday, July 26, 2012.
  • Have fun and good luck!

UPDATE:  We have a winner! Using the sequence generator at Random.org to pick a winner from an Excel spreadsheet list of the names of the qualified entrants, LEGOMOM is the winner. She has been notified and has responded.  Thank you, everyone, for your comments! And thank you, BrickFair, for providing tickets for the giveaway.

Tired of stepping on lots of little LEGO pieces at home? You might enjoy my previous blog post about LEGO organization.

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Disclosure: BrickFair provided four tickets for the giveaway and a set of complimentary tickets for my family. All photos are provided by the BrickFair convention. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group.

How To Train Your Dragon Live 25% Off Promo Code

Toothless takes flight in How to Train Your Dragon Live. Photo Credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

This 25% off promo code is good for weekday (including Friday) performances of select seats of the production How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular in all cities. See the end of the post for more details.

 

One of my favorite parts of being a parent is watching my children and waiting for that eye-widening moment of wonder and astonishment as they experience something for the first time. It’s that moment I can’t wait for when we attend the July 19 show of How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. I’m already giddy just looking at the photos and videos of the show, I can only imagine their reactions to the enormous, free-roaming animatronic dragons as well as watching Toothless take flight right before their very eyes.

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular represents the combined effors of DreamWorks Animation, producers of the Academy Award®-nominated film, How to Train Your Dragon, and Global Creatures, the masterminds behind the international phenomenon Walking with Dinosaurs, the number one grossing world tour of 2010. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, it focuses on a Viking teen (Hiccup) struggling with his tribe’s tradition of heroic dragon slaying, and the conflict that ensues when he encounters a dragon who challenges all he thought he knew about dragons.How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular immerses the audience in the story with bigger-than-life fire-breathing state-of-the-art animatronic dragons interacting with actors and trained acrobats in a full-arena live performance.

I can already see that there is going to be something for each of us in this show. JavaGirl will be entranced by the creatures. JavaBoy, of course, will enjoy the action-adventure portions. And JavaDad and I will geek out enjoying all the technology behind it — for example knowing that each of large dragon weighs about 2.6 tons (about the size of an average family car!) and covering the 23 dragons required more than 2 miles of “dragon skin.”

These dragons are massive — the official promotional video clip is gorgeous, but I think the NBC Today Show interview gives you a much better feel for the size of the dragons in comparison to people as well as how they will “behave” — it may be a good way to prepare your children for the show.

You can further enhance the experience with VIP packages that include a Hero’s Welcome from Hiccup and Astrid, backstage tours to meet the dragons and more. Note that the coupon code is not valid for the VIP packages.

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular will be at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC July 19-22. Regular ticket prices range from a low of $29.50 to a high of $69.50 (excluding fees). A limited number of premium seats and special VIP ticket experiences and family packages are also available. See www.dreamworksdragonslive.com for details on tickets and times.  Promo code information is below.

How to Save:

  • There is currently  a Living Social deal for 50% off that runs until the 11th, this information is for the DC area only.
  • Purchase your tickets online and enter the promo code MOM in the “Mom blogs” promo box. If you are buying tickets for an area other than DC and do not see the “mom blogs” promo box, I have been told that you can enter the code in the general promo box. Please note that not all cities have put their tickets on sale  yet. This promo code is good for a 25% off discount on select seats for WEEKDAY (including Friday) shows.

Get a Sneak Preview of a Baby Dragon

See a baby dragon and his Viking trainer at the Gaylord National Resort Saturday, July 7! Kids and their families are invited to a free live performance featuring a seven-foot-tall, 14-foot-long, smoke-breathing Baby Dragon and his brave trainer as they take kids on a magical and humorous journey to learn how to train a dragon.  Kids will learn the three important lessons every young dragon trainer should know and will become an “Official Dragon Trainer” for the day.  Kids will also receive a special coupon valid for discounted tickets to the DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular show at the Verizon Center.

Schedule:

  • 6:00 – 6:15 pm – DreamWorks Character Parade featuring the Baby Dragon
    The Dragon will join the other DreamWorks characters (Shrek, Kung Fun Panda, etc.) as they march thru Gaylord’s Atrium interacting with guests.
  •  7:45 – 8:00 pm – Dragon Training Show 
    The Baby Dragon and his Viking Trainer will give a live, 15-minute performance that features many fun, interactive moments with the kids in the audience.
  •  9:30 pm – Gaylord National’s Summer Fireworks Show
    Afterwards, stick around to enjoy a summertime tradition at Gaylord National – fireworks every Saturday night over the Potomac River.  The best view is along the waterfront!

Fun Facts about How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular:

THE MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED TOUR INTEGRATING ANIMATRONICS, PROJECTIONS, LIVE CAST AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

  • Global Creatures & DreamWorks have partnered to bring the Academy-Award® nominated film to life with real flying, fire-breathing dragons.
  • The production is four years in the making.
  • The production has the largest number of animatronics ever to tour the globe.
  • The Red Death Dragon is the largest animatronic ever built by Creature Technology Company at over 40 feet high and 60 feet wide.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR IS THE LARGEST FAMILY TOUR EVER PRODUCED!

  • Travels in over 30 18-Wheeler Trucks (52’ each) with a touring cast & crew of 85.
  • Together the show weighs over 200,000 pounds.
  • It would take one person over a year to load in the production.
  • Takes over 160 people to set up the production in each city (the equivalent of one person working 24 hours over 70 days).
  • If all the cables in the production were laid out end to end, they would stretch from Los Angeles to New York City.

DRAGONS TAKE TO THE SKY WITH GROUND-BREAKING TECHNOLOGY!

  • The production created the first-ever touring flight track system that weighs over 28   tons.
  • The flight track uses a proprietary barcode system. The creatures scan a barcode strip as they fly around the track which tells them (and us) where they are at all times.
  • Toothless weighs over 7,500 pounds and flies over 1.2 miles throughout the performance which is equivalent to a Range Rover soaring through the arena.
  • There are more automation cues in the opening sequence alone than a Broadway musical has in a night.
  • The first-ever fully immersive live experience with projection spanning more than 20,000 square feet throughout the entire arena. The back projection wall is equivalent to 9 movie screens combined.

THE DRAGON FACTS & FIGURES.

  • Produced over a two-year period in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 23 dragons.
  • 12 different dragon species represented.
  • Dragon wings span up to 46 feet.
  • Each large dragon weighs over 2.6 tons (the size of a family car).
  • Over 2 miles of “dragon skin” was created.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR FOLLOWS ON THE HEELS OF THE HUGE SUCCESS OF WALKING WITH DINOSAURS!

  • Before “Walking With Dinosaurs,” no free-roaming animatronics of this scale existed.
  • Creature Technology Company has become a world leader in animatronic technology.
  • “Walking With Dinosaurs” was #1 in Worldwide Ticket Sales in 2010, ahead of Bon Jovi, AC/ DC and Black Eyed Peas with over 6.5 million tickets sold worldwide to date.

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Disclosure: My family has been provided with complimentary tickets in order to review the performance. I am thrilled that the PR company has chosen to reach out to local bloggers to share a promo code so families may save money on special performances.  Remember this code is for certain seats so purchase your tickets early, and put “MOM” in the “mom blogs” promo box.

Quick Giveaway for Celebrate Fairfax Tickets

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about 25 acres of fun? Celebrate Fairfax! is Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide event and features concerts, family programs, exhibits on science and green living, thrilling carnival rides and nightly fireworks! Tickets are available online and at the gate, but you could win a four-pack of tickets right here!

Celebrate Fairfax! is this weekend at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA). Event hours are:

Friday, June 8, 2012: 6:00pm – midnight
Saturday, June 9, 2012: 10:00am – midnight
Sunday, June 10, 2012: 11:00am – 7:00pm

For more details including shuttle bus information, see: www.celebratefairfax.com

Since the event is this weekend, this is a very quick and simple giveaway with very simple rules:

  • Out of fairness to participants, you should actually be able to attend. Please don’t enter if you aren’t going to use the tickets.
  • You must enter using a legitimate email address, tickets will be delivered electronically.
  • To enter, simply comment to this post with something you love about Fairfax County.
  • You may earn an extra entry by tweeting with a link to this post and including @caffandaprayer and @CelebrateFFX and then letting me know you have done so in the comments here. For example you could tweet: @caffandaprayer giving away 4-pack of tix to @CelebrateFFX http://caffeineandaprayer.com/?p=3428
  • I will pick a winner from qualified commenters at 8:30 pm Friday, June 08, 2012 and will notify them via email.