Archives for February 2014

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Classes for Families

I am enormously proud to be working with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as a blogger consultant to this incredible non-profit that serves local families, children and museums throughout the country. The best perk of my helping out a bit is the chance to check out their offerings for families with my own children! This past weekend, my almost-three-year-old Alice and I had the chance to experience a sample SEEC class.My kids and I are veterans of the kids' class circuits. Music Read more...

Runway Moms for the Cause May 8 – Interview with Founder and Designer Lara Akinsaya

An event close to my heart which I passionately recommend to families is happening this spring, Runway Moms for the Cause. Runway Moms for a Cause (RMFC) is a fashion show and gala which raises funds for non-profit organizations.  The beneficiary of the May 8, 2014 show is Kidsave International, which finds loving homes for forgotten older children worldwide living in orphanages and in need of parents.Lara Akinsanya is the founder of RMFC and the face behind internationally acclaimed ready-to-wear Read more...

Family Offerings at Atlas Intersections Festival

BOLD. PROVOCATIVE. DYNAMIC. February 21 - March 8  The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival from February 21 - March 8, 2014 is a unique all-arts festival which brings together more than 100 performing groups over eight days to offer intersections of music, theatre, dance, film, opera and spoken word.I have culled from the INTERSECTIONS website and press release the information about Celebrate Family performances and Family Saturdays events for families and children.  To see the full Read more...

Disney on Ice This Weekend: All Shows On!

Although Thursday's Disney On Ice shows at the Verizon Center had to be canceled due to the snowstorm (full refunds or exchanges were granted to Thursday ticket holders), the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows are ON! This is a fab, and very apropos way to find some indoor family fun during this snowy weekend.  You will see 65 of Disney's most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, the beloved Disney Princesses and other favorites including Read more...

All Joy and No Fun Review in the Washington Independent Review of Books

I was honored to be asked to review an interesting new parenting book for the Washington Independent Review of Books.All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is written by Jennifer Senior, a contributing editor at New York Magazine. Unlike traditional parenting tomes that focus on how parents affect children's development, this book turns the equation upside down and explores how children change the adults in the family.Insights I found most remarkable:Most adults Read more...

#Pax Snow Day 2 DC: Are you looking for things to do?

This snow is CRAZY, right?I have been researching things for families to do this Friday, but we are firmly snowed in in a neighborhood that has not been plowed. I was wondering what your situation is after the storm as I work on Presidents' Day activity posts.If you could hit one of the bubbles in the below poll, that would help. Thanks and keep warm (and sane!)Has your street been plowed?Nope. It's like The Shining around here.No, but we can get out to a plowed Read more...

Winterfest Children’s Carnival Saturday

WINTERFEST CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 10am-2pm Learning Center for Young Children, 10123 Connecticut Avenue, KensingtonEscape the cold with your kids at the Winterfest Children's Carnival in Kensington.  Hosted by The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC). This event is geared towards families with children in preschool and elementary school.Acclaimed local entertainer Frank Cassel, "The Banjo Man,” will play his blend of folk, bluegrass and children's music. Read more...

Kids’ Birthday Parties in DC: Playseum UPSTAIRS

My big kids love the Playseum UPSTAIRS (read my comprehensive review) for every day play stops and friend hangouts. So it came as no surprise that a birthday party at the Playseum Upstairs was one of our best parties ever. My son, his boy friends and his two tag-a-long sisters had a blast! The boys kept remarking how this was one of the most awesome birthday parties they had attended. Here's how the party went down.The boys arrived and were gifted with BU Bucks, good for them to spend Read more...