Archives for July 2017

Coolest Back to School Items at School Specialty.com

I don't want to go out physically shopping for the items on my kids' school supply lists. Imagine Melisandre intoning "The summer is busy and full of errands" and you will understand exactly how I feel.Rather, my kids and I can snuggle up together at home and choose all their necessary items for the 2017-2018 school year on School Specialty.com. This site has everything we parents need to hunt down for our kids. The exact notebooks, paper, pencils, folders and more that your children's Read more...

Washington Nationals’ Family Days on Sundays

We love attending a Washington Nationals baseball game as a family, but especially on Sundays! Home game Sundays at Nationals Park now throughout the regular season are official Family Days. There is a kid-friendly ticketing deal for families, Kids Run the Bases and a new Family Fun area, located inside the Right Field Gate.On Sundays, kids 12 and under receive Nats Wiffle ball and bat sets at the end of the game, and this kids' giveaway is in addition to the various other goodies offered Read more...

Feeding Birds, Not Children: Observe Classroom Routines when Looking for the Right Preschool

 Today, I’ve asked mom of two and child development expert Kai-leé Berke to share some advice for parents looking for the right preschool. As CEO of Teaching Strategies, a Bethesda-based early childhood company that develops research-based curriculum and resources for educators, Kai-leé spends a lot of time in preschools and child care centers. In the post below, she offers up behaviors to pay attention to as you look for the right place for your child.  Feeding Birds, Not Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Weekend Getaway!

Our family turned a free summer weekend into a majorly marvelous summer vacation, simply by hopping in the car and heading to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. We spent a full day at each park, spending one night in Williamsburg in between, and we created a season's worth of amazing memories with our children.Water Country USA is just a few miles down the road from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and these two parks are the perfect pair for your summer getaway. Water Country Read more...

The Aquabats Concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring + Giveaway

 The AQUABATS! are a band of costume-clad crime fighters who "battle all things lame in the pursuit of ultimate radness" and produce some very entertaining and kid-friendly rock and roll, as well as a wacky TV show you can catch on Netflix and Hulu. These five singing superheroes are bringing their celebrated family rock show to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday evening!The AQUABATS! are led by the fearless MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs, co-creator of the hit children's Read more...

Badlands Playspace Rockville Rocks!

The most beautiful open gym and playspace my family and I have ever visited in the DMV is - hands down! - the new Badlands Playspace on Randolph Road in Rockville. This nature-inspired play space and interactive environment was designed with the goal of creating an interactive environment where "children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way."Targeted to children ages 2-13, Badlands offers many diverse areas for learning and play. The focal point of Read more...

Activities and Cool New Products for a Hot 4th of July

Our family's favorite 4th of July fun (not on the National Mall because we are officially too old for the long lines for the Metro home)...July 1st: SummerFest at Bohrer Park, GaithersburgJuly 1st: Free Concert by the US Navy Band The Commodores at Black Rock Center for the ArtsJuly 4th: Takoma Park Independence Day Parade and FireworksJuly 4th: Kensington Children's Bike ParadeJuly 4th: Palisades DC Parade and Picnic July 4th: Mid-County Sparkles at Einstein High School, Read more...