Archives for August 2010

Great Baltimore Kids Museum: The Walters Art Museum

I'm sure you guys are all veterans of the Baltimore's Inner Harbor or the National Aquarium in Baltimore day trip. But those trips are often exhausting, crowded and the fun does not come cheap. An alternative Charm City family destination is  The Walters Art Museum. It's FREE and it's awesome.Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm., the Walters' Family Art Center gives kids interactive gallery materials any time they visit. ArtCarts for children full of free in-gallery materials are placed throughout Read more...

Working moms: How the heck do you DO IT ALL?

This has been my first summer working a real, honest-to-goodness jobby-job since bringing home a baby in December 2003.  See photo above for a representation of how I've been handling it. Last summer I began freelancing for Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, and this January I accepted an editor position with this premier, entertaining and REAL parenting site. I get to work for a major media company and write for a website that meshes with my "skills" from home (while still maintaining my blog)...a Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Baby Loves Disco at the 9:30 Club on August 22nd

Baby Loves Disco Giveaway! Interested in winning one of two free family 4-packs (a $50 value) for Baby Loves Disco on Sunday August 22 at 11am at the 9:30 Club?The Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour rocks its way into DC on Sunday August 22nd.  This national tour of the super fun dance parties for parents and kids has a summer mission to spread awareness and raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit organization devoted to finding a cure for childhood cancer.If you haven't heard Read more...

Funny kid quote

"This is my mama. Her name is Jessica. She's wearing that giant hat and sunglasses so she can be saved from being put in a ditch or a box." — How my daughter Eve introduced me today to another mother on the beach, misquoting my earlier joke to her daddy that my over-sized sunglasses and sunhat were a last-ditch effort to stave off Botox.These photos were taken with the incredible Nikon D3000 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens that I randomly, luckily won at the Read more...

Moms Night Out Movie Giveaway: Free Tickets to The Switch on Tuesday 8/17

"Let me tell you about being a child actor, kid. It's great in the beginning if you can keep your folks out of the till. Then you'll hit 24 and wonder if you should rent a permanent Hollywood Square. But if you can hold on through those Lifetime movies and animated voice work, eventually you'll be able to re-woo your teen fans when they're moms.  Just ask Patrick D. and Robert D.J.!" Want to watch Jen get sperminated?Jason do his loveable-manic-sarcastic schtick?Relax in a cool air-conditioned Read more...

Do Good Day in July Inspires Do Good Month in August … at our house!

August can be boring.  Swim team and lessons are done. Most day camps are over.  Lots of playmates and pals are out of town visiting beaches and grandmas.  Why is it that all year long we dream and long for summer, and then we get to August and start musing for those days when school begins and our routines resume?At our house, we're halting that August slump right in its tracks. And anyone who whines, "I'm boooored"  will be banned from ice cream truck privileges FAST.Instead, we've Read more...

Giveaway: FOUR Tickets to Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods to See Rocknoceros & West Side Story

Looking for something cultural to do with your kids this week?  Look no further!  Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods has given me a family pack of FOUR free tickets for their last performances of summer this week,  featuring the Dance Institute of Washington performing a hip-hop version of West Side Story, and then Rocknoceros bringing the best in kid rock and folk.The winner can choose either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday performances.  The dancing begins at 10am, and then after Read more...

Gem Show & Sale This Weekend – Great for Families!

The Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of DC will host its 60th Annual Gem Show & Sale THIS weekend on Saturday August 7 10am-6pm and Sunday August 8 10am-5pm in Bethesda. The show has one whole room dedicated to activities for kids, and kids 16 and under are FREE. Photo by Michael Colella The star of the GLMS kids' room is the incredible "Crystal Cave" for kids to walk through and explore that features stalagmites and stalactites and lavacicles and dark crystals and other cool cool Read more...

Kid-Friendly Activities This August: In The Washington Post

I provided half of the content of The Washington Post Weekend cover story on Friday, reviewing and recommending great outing options to share with your kids this last month of summer.  Although most camps are out, there's still loads of fun things to see and do!  Going Out Guru Justin Rude also gives reviews on Monday-Friday happy hours to which you can bring the kids.Camp's out: Kid-friendly activities and happy hours in the Washington area By Justin Rude and Jessica McFaddenWashington Read more...