{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.


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.

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.


Halloween Treats for PBS Fans

Dinosaur Train's BuddyIs your little trick-or-treater a PBS fan?  The children’s network has come out with special episodes, books, costumes and even a trick-or-treat bag to celebrate the spooky holiday.  And one lucky Caffeine and a Prayer reader can win a copy of the book, The Spooky Scavenger Hunt, see the end of this post for details.

Halloween Episodes

For Dinosaur Trainfans, don’t miss the new episode Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pond Pumpkin Patch premier October 20 on PBS Kids, with repeats on October 24, 28, 30 and 31.  Check local listings for the time.  Description:   “In Haunted Roundhouse, dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.  And in Big Pond Pumpkin Patch, the Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them.”

Sid the Science KidSid the Science Kid watchers will enjoy the new Spooky Science Special, which premieres October 17 on PBS Kids (check local listings) and repeats October 25, 28, 30 and 31.  Description:  “In Halloween Spooky Science Special, it’s Halloween time and Sid and his friends have dressed up in the spookiest and scariest costumes possible.  Sid is a bat with big fangs.  May is a spooky black cat.  Gabriela is a furry, yucky spider.  And Gerald is a super spooky skeleton that goes boo!  Susie (dressed as a silly mad scientist) loves their costumes, and helps the kids discover that Halloween can be spooky and scientific!  The kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our body frames!  At the Halloween party, the kids also investigate how to make icky, gooey green slime.  Susie then ends the day with a special “Halloween Parade” song so the kids can march around and show off their spooky and scientific costumes!”

Costumes to Buy or Make

Complete the look with a Sid the Science Kid Happy Halloween black trick-or-treat bag, which can be bought online and personalized with a name.

Dig Into a Book

The Spooky Scavenger Huntfrom Grosset & Dunlap is a great read for the season.  Featuring the characters of the Dinosaur Train, the book is based on Mr. Pteranodon taking Buddy and Tiny on an evening outing to the Big Pong for a nature walk using their senses.  The Conductor explains to them that he has night vision because he is nocturnal.  The book is a simple read with brightly drawn illustrations and is a nice story about using your senses to explore nature.  It would be a fun extension activity to take your child for a nighttime walk in your own neighborhood to see what you can explore by focusing on your sense of sight, hearing, and smell.  Soon available wherever books are sold, for $3.99.

Giveaway Details!

PBS is providing one copy of The Spooky Scavenger Huntfor me to give to a lucky reader.  To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me either what your child’s favorite Halloween costume is, or what your favorite Halloween treat is and why.  You must leave your email address so I can contact you to let you know if you have won.  Due to PBS’s shipping restrictions, the winner must live in the US.  Contest runs until midnight Eastern time November 1.  Winner will be chosen at random from eligible entries.  Extra entries allowed by tweeting about this contest and posting a link to the tweet in the comments section.  Winner must respond to notification email with 24 hours or I will have to move to another winner.  Prize will be shipped directly from PBS.  Good luck and thank you!

AND THE WINNER IS…. JILL!  Congratulations and thank you Jill and Latonya for participating!


Disclosure:  PBS provided me with a copy of The Spooky Scavenger  to review and is providing a second copy to give away.

Disney On Ice Comes to Town — Coupon Code and Giveaway

I’m always on the lookout for family fun in the Metro DC area and here’s a late-breaking entry to the Fall Fun GuideDisney on Ice presents “Celebrations!” a production by Feld Entertainment, which is coming to Fairfax next week – October 21 – 25 at the Patriot Center.   While I have not yet been to a Disney on Ice show, I have heard from other families that they are terrific, which is why I am excited that I can offer you a coupon code to save on tickets!  And, I have a very quick contest to give one family four tickets to the show!


  • Wednesday October 21: 7:00pm
  • Thursday October 22: 7:00pm
  • Friday October 23: 10:30am, 7:30pm
  • Saturday October 24: 10:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm
  • Sunday, October 25: 12:30pm, 4:30pm

Coupon Code

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows,or receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com and entering the coupon code: MOM.**

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the MC promotion code box on Ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Not valid on Rinkside or VIP seating or combinable with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.   

WIN 4 Tickets — Hurry!

UPDATE:  This contest is over — Congratulations Mindy Long!  Thank you to my other readers for participating — I loved hearing about all your favorite Fall activities!  Don’t forget the coupon code is still available if you would like to buy tickets!


The JavaFamily will also receive tickets to the show.


WINNERS of the Spongebob Humidifier Giveaway

spongebobhumidifier1Many, many thank yous to the wonderful blogosphere citizens who signed up as bTrendie.com members, tweeted, and blogged about the Spongebob cool-mist humidifier giveaway!

I submitted the list of participants to the List Randomizer on random.org to pick the three winners, who are:

  • anilawc

  • dcole

  • Angie O

Congratulations!  I have sent you each an email asking for your shipping address — if you have not received the email, please check your spam/junk folders.  If you still can’t find it, please use the contact me function, post a comment below, or reach me via twitter.

Thank you to our sponsor, bTrendie.com for providing the Spongebob cool-mist humidifiers by Crane for this giveaway, including one for myself to try out!

For those who didn’t win, please keep coming back for more content and possibly more giveaways!