Best Washington DC Area Pumpkin Patches: My Piece in Washington Post Weekend

11 Pumpkin Patch Family Favorites in Maryland and Virginia I was honored to contribute to the Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Weekend a directory for DC-area parents of some Great Pumpkin places. Have a read and happy orange squash season!Pick your perfect pumpkin at one of these area patches By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostFinally, the 90 degree days are over, and between the weekend soccer games, birthday parties and other obligations, it's time to kidnap your Read more...

Kings Dominion in Fall: Great DC Family Road Trip #PlanetSPOOKY

Disclosure: Kings Dominion Virginia provided review park tickets for my family and passes to the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. All other expenses of the day were covered by me. All opinions expressed are my own. We all have seen the Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt ads on TV portraying zombies staggering through the park, rides transformed to fright fests and other delightfully scary touches. But that is just after dark!During the day at Kings Dominion the fun is all family friendly and directed Read more...

Washington DC Family-Friendly Hotel: Hotel Monaco Alexandria

The best hotel for a family visiting Washington, DC and Northern Virginia? A hotel that is focused on making both parents and children feel welcome and entertained, such as Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria.Kid-Friendly Hotel Monaco Alexandria Our family loves staying at hotels. Even before becoming a blogging family we have been hotel reviewers, comparing and contrasting pools and pillows and continental breakfasts and window views at the places we have stayed. However, 99 percent of our Read more...

Artomatic: Free Fun for DC Families

Artomatic opens tonight, May 18, at 6pm. Artomatic 2012 is a month-long art festival in the DC area that is "by artists, for everyone," with no charge for admission or workshops.This year's event is a Crystal City office building scheduled to be demolished, featuring 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists. of every medium. Visual art, music, performance, film, fashion, and more are highlighted. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events are held all month long.Special events for kids 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...

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...

ICE! Merry Madagascar at Gaylord National Harbor Open Daily Until January 8, 2012

For our family, heading to National Harbor to check out ICE! and all of the Christmas on the Potomac features at Gaylord National Harbor has become a holiday season tradition. And we loved this year's version of the ice sculpture wonderland, ICE! Dream Works' Merry Madagascar.Yes, King "I like to move it,  move it" Julien and friends pictured above are crafted completely from blocks of ice.Our Freeze and Fun Day Pass included bundling up in the warm blue coats the ICE! attraction loans Read more...

Summers Farm Adventure in Frederick Opens Saturday Sept. 25th – Guest Post by Tricia Scharnberger

This is a re-post of an awesome guest post by Tricia Scharnberger, a supermom of two in Kensington who loves finding fun, educational activities for her family. She's always got the latest and greatest ideas for fun outings. She REALLY needs to start a blog!!!Here's some great pumpking patch info: my family and I love  Summers Farm Adventure in Frederick, MD. It is by far the best farm in the area we have visited for fall festival fun. There are so many things for the kids to do, Read more...

Day Out With Thomas 2010

Charlie in his favorite Thomas hat at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, where Thomas the Tank Engine’s rolling in this month.Attention all you parents of a train fanatic:  Thomas is coming into Baltimore in just two weeks!For an honest review of the experience, check out the piece I wrote last year for The Washington Post Weekend today on Day Out With Thomas. Fun fact: the article features special guest star appearance quotes by Jodifur and Corina of Celebrate Read more...