GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Gift Card for High Tech Westfield Montgomery Location

Updated, High Tech Build-A-Bear Workshop at Montgomery Mall One reader will win a $25 gift card for your child to create his or her own cuddly pal! Last year my children and I had the chance to try out one of the first new high tech Build-A-Bear locations at Westfield Annapolis. I wrote about how the expanded technology made the Build-A-Bear experience more joyful, exciting and longer for the kids when they created their Build-A-Bear friends.The Westfield Montgomery location in Read more...

Custom Cupcakes in DC: Partycake Partycake

Partycake Partycake Offers Custom Cupcakes and Party Planning for Kids I have baked cupcakes for my children's birthday celebrations with family, schoolmates and friends...usually at 1 a.m. in an I Don't Know How She Does It fog of exhaustion and martyrdom. Sometimes the cupcakes tasted good, but I am all thumbs with decorating so they usually sported sticky royal icing in bizarre colors. Other times they had a Betty Crock-box chemical aftertaste, but most of the time my kitchen cupcakes were Read more...

National Children’s Museum is Open and Awesome

The National Children's Museum, located at National Harbor, is a harbor for families looking for indoor, interactive play! After years of planning and construction, the National Children's Museum (NCM) officially opened on Friday December 14. My crew and I got to test play the new digs at a press preview. I have to say, we will be purchasing a family membership so that we can head there for creative indoor play all winter long!We enjoyed the 3 and Under Gallery, sponsored by Sesame Workshop, Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Tea with Mrs. B Family Holiday Etiquette Party November 11!

We DC-area families have the unique and awesome opportunity to bring our children to a gorgeous party to kick-off the holidays AND give our kids important etiquette training for the rest of the season. Tea with Mrs. B Holiday Etiquette and Tea Party for the Entire FamilySunday, Nov. 11 1 – 3 p.m.In the iconic ballroom of The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel at the intersection of beautiful Dupont Circle and Georgetown in NW DC At the event you and your children will be both treated Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Experience and Grand Opening Annapolis

A new Build-A-Bear High Tech store is opening at the Westfield Annapolis this Friday, October 19th and YOU can win an in-store or online Build-A-Bear buddy for your child! A newly-designed, digital experience Build-A-Bear store at Westfield Annapolis opens its doors on Friday! This local store is one of only six that Build-A-Bear will open this year in select markets across the United States.The new store merges the hands-on bear-making process with innovative technology designed especially Read more...

Birthday Party Places for Kids in Washington, DC (and nearby)

This fabulous, informative guest post is by my friend and idol, Becky Hill of Silver Spring. Becky is a mom of three boys – a twelve year old and seven year old twins – and if it’s an educational or entertaining activity for families in the DC area (and most of the East Coast), Becky and the Hill crew have done it. She’s also the witty writer of Elvis, Corgis and Me.And this mom sure knows how to throw a party!  Here are her kid party location and theme party first-hand recommendations.Black Read more...

Birthday Parties for Your Kids Every Year?

I'm over on Wheaton Patch today talking about our new house policy to only host birthday parties for the kids' friends every other year, and why this fills me me with both relief and guilt.I've also listed some great places to host your kid's b-day party this year, oh you GOOD parental units who are going to make your kids' eyes sparkle with glee, whilst mine cry into their pillows.Come have a read!Kid Birthday Party Ground RulesAnd the latest Moms Talk topic is on child spacing.  Read more...

Free Cookie + Washington DC Kids Birthday Party Location: My Little Baker Parties at Capital City Cheesecake

There's a new kids birthday party venue in Washington, D.C./Montgomery County and a delicious cafe: Capital City Cheesecake in Takoma Park. Located at the old Savory site on Carroll Avenue,  it's owned by sisters Meaghan (a fellow parent) and Caitlin Murphy ... two women who really know their way around a cheesecake.  And muffin. And pizza.  Go ahead and drool over the complete menu.I highly recommend you go and check out the delicacies in this light-filled cafe. While you're there, just mention Read more...

Birthday Party at the Kensington Fire House – Guest Post By Jodifur.com

Birthday parties for kids in the Washington DC area:I receive more email questions regarding birthday parties than any other topic.Which is why I believe this informative guest post by the engaging writer and beautiful local mom Jodi of Jodifur.com will be of supreme interest to you guys.  She says that having a child's birthday party at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department is  fabulous.  However, there is no party planner or on-site coordinator.  That role is left up to Read more...