Archives for April 2012

Washington DC Family Weekend Picks: April 27 – 29, 2012 + GIVEAWAY

Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum FRIDAY APRIL 27On Friday, April 27, the Newseum will open the HP New Media Gallery, an interactive experience that uses the latest technology to allow visitors to physically step into a social network that shows media’s powerful impact on our world. Live Twitter feeds fill touch-screen monitors and connect visitors with trending news stories. The 2,500-square-foot gallery is the first permanent addition to the museum since its grand opening in 2008.As Read more...

Glen Echo Park Puppet Co. and Family Day – Ultimate Weekend Pick!

This Saturday April 28 is FAMILY DAY at Glen Echo Park Glen Echo Park's Family Day is full of free events abound from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  including face painting, music and dance performances, magic shows, a youth art exhibition, family dancing, T-Ball Extreme, tours by National Park Service rangers, and more. If you have attended in the past, new to this year's event is storytelling. There is also cake and lemonade for all.Family Day marks the opening of the Park’s historic Dentzel Carousel Read more...

Listen to Your Mother DC Performance on Sunday May 6

Listen to Your Mother makes its Washington, DC debut on May 6, 2012 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Listen to Your Mother DC is live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested life of mothers. In celebration of Mothers Day, 14 women will read their personal stories about the humor and the heartbreak that go hand in hand with motherhood.This production is dear to my heart, not only because it features so many of close personal friends, but a portion of proceeds from theticket Read more...

Children’s Ballet Matinee This Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, the Maryland Youth Ballet presents a special matinee, geared especially towards children, Caroline Goes to the Seashore. Proving that young children have more ballet viewing options than simply the winter cracking of nuts, dancing candy and fighting mice, the Maryland Youth Ballet’s young dancers present this delightful spring production.The story tells of young Caroline’s fantastic adventure at the seashore where she and her friends encounter characters such as friendly Read more...

Wednesday Night: Free GNO in Rockville

FYI, GNO = Girls' Night Out, no "y". Although as my friend K. has remarked, often an annual women's exam can be relaxing as it a guaranteed hour or so without children.Except for those times when we do have to take the kids to our pap smears and pregnancy check-ups with the kids in tow. ("Sweetie, stay behind the screen, 'k? Look at your Leapster. No really, look at your Leapster, now!!")Sorry. Digression.This women's night out event at St. Raphael's school in Rockville is a good Read more...

Disneyworld Vacation Tips: Help!

My family and I are taking our first trip to Disneyworld as attendees of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Conference, and I can really use your Disneyworld travel tips! You see, I grew up visiting Disneyland in California every couple years with my family, but that was a day trip or an overnight visit at the most. And us McFaddens are well-versed in traveling to the beach for a week or making ourselves at home in an urban hotel and exploring a city.But spending multiple days at theme Read more...

Washington DC Family Weekend Picks April 21-22

Rapunzel at Imagination Stage Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm and 4pm through May 26 (the show extended through Memorial Day!), 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda. (Special days: Princess Parade after 4:00 show on April 28, and a Wig Out Dance Party on May 18 after 7:00pm show– Get your wildest wig or wackiest hairstyle and boogie.)Show your Tangled-loving kids the story of Rapunzel on the live stage, with lots of interesting twists that differ from both the Disney retelling and the Brothers Grimm Read more...

GIVEAWAY and Scary Mommy Book Readings!

Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary  is the best book you will read this year. And us DC-area parents can see author and insanely popular Scary Mommy blogger Jill Smokler read her best-selling book in person this week!April 16th at 7:00 PM • BARNES & NOBLE • 4801 Bethesda Avenue • Bethesda, MDApril 18th at 7:30 PM Scary Mommy Night Out!• JCC OF WASHINGTON • 6125 Montrose Road • Rockville, MD • Read more...

Baby Goats and Lambs at Clarks’ Elioak Farm

If you are the type who rushes to the hospital or house to see your family and friends' newborns, then you really should rush with your kids to see these newborn kids (of the goat variety). We were able to pet one-day old baby goat triplets, as well as cuddle twin baby lambs. And more babies are being born at Clark's Elioak Farm daily (check their Facebook page for birth announcements). A trip here is an idyllic spring family activity.   Clark’s Elioak Farm Read more...