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...

Rock the Farm Family Festival on May 22nd

Rock the Farm Family Festival will hit Crumland Farms on May 22nd from 10am to 5pm and will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national charity that benefits our soldiers. General Admission: $15 each (children 2 and above must have a ticket) VIP Ticket: $30 each (includes meet and greet with all the artists, special, reserved viewing area and more) The main stage will feature live music including: Grammy Nominated artists (12 times!) Cathy & Marcy, Milkshake (the full 6-piece Read more...

Field Research

This week between Christmas and New Year's, posting will be light as my husband's taken the week off and the whole family and I are personally visiting lots of new places of hands-on learning and entertainment.  In the meantime, here are some more links of ideas for your own discoveries this week:Venture to a free nature center you haven't yet tried out, maybe the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, National Wildlife Visitor Center or other local nature center (scroll down for link Read more...

Washington Post: Leonardo da Vinci, National Philharmonic and more fine arts for kids

I had the sheer pleasure of providing a good deal of the content for today's Washington Post Weekend section's focus on fine arts for kids in the DC area.From the cover story on the Maryland Science Center's Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit, to a piece on the free tickets for kids to the National Philharmonic in residence at Strathmore, I had a ball researching these awesome activities for kids.  (And I'm sure my editors had a ball editing my filings into submission - thank you all!)Moira E. McLaughlin Read more...

Pumpkinville & the Leesburg Wild Animal Park

Eve, her cousin and one very patient sheepMy kids and I had a blast visiting Pumpkinville at the Leesburg Wild Animal Park this week with their aunt and cousins. The kids ranged in age from almost six-almost one, and everyone had a great time (including two moms in their thirties.) I'd first visited this place back in 2004 when my oldest was a baby and it's still as I remember it - a homey, accessible, cute place for kids to experience animals and fall fun.The Leesburg Animal Park park goes Fall Read more...

Labor Day Weekend in Washington DC – Weekend Picks

My firstborn started kindergarten, without two teethand with a ton of excitement!If, like in our family, school stared for you this week, then you're probably in town and looking for a fun way to spend the three-day weekend in one last hurrah of summer. The pools are still open, the weather's supposed to be ideal and thankfully, there's TONS of fun for kids in the Washington DC area Labor Day Weekend 2009!ALL WEEKENDGlen Echo Park's 39th Annual Labor Day Art Show, Open House and Weekend of Irish Read more...

The Baltimore Zoo: Guest Post By Becky Hill

This fabulous, funny, incredibly informative guest post is by my friend and idol, Becky Hill of Silver Spring. Becky is a mom of three boys - a ten year old and five 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. The Hill boys come face to face with a cheetah at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Photo by Becky Hill.Last week we Read more...

100 Things to Do With Kids in Washington DC

100 Things to Do With Kids in Washington DC    And this list is only the tip of the iceberg! There are oodles of incredible, fun activities for families in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia. I hope you enjoy this list of field and day trips, and that it inspires you and your kids to explore something new.   1. Call your Member of Congress and obtain White House tour tickets 2. Visit Mount Vernon 3. Hop on a trolley tour or double-decker Read more...

Clark’s Elioak Farm Opens for Spring!

Clark's Elioak Farm opens Wednesday, April 1st for the spring-fall season. This charming land of family fun is located right on the Howard County-Montgomery County border off of Rt. 29. A working farm since 1797, the 540 acre farm has oodles of animals that children can view up close, pet and feed. Pigs, cows, horses, turkeys, ducks, chickens, rabbits, turtles, sheep, donkeys and goats will delight your kids, and pony rides will send them over the moon. There are hay rides through the farm fields, Read more...