Boo! at the Barn on Sunday October 29 – Arts Barn Gaithersburg Fun

Just in time for Halloween, Boo! at the Barn features themed art activities, games, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, photo opportunities, and a showcase of live, spooky animal ambassadors provided by Echoes of Nature.Enjoy a children’s version of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, Jr., at 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. (requires theater tickets) in the Arts Barn theater. This family event is recommended for young children. Enjoy complimentary snacks provided by Zoës Kitchen.Bring Read more...

Northern Virginia Pumpkin Patch: Wayside Farm (with Angry Birds!)

Wayside Farm off of Route 7 in Berryville, Virginia has animals, hayrides, a big pumpkin field and yummy food. They also have an Angry Bird-themed corn maze and an live Angry Bird launch coming up! The 10-acre Angry Bird corn maze is full of twists, turns and dead ends. Use your imagination to see the Angry Bird being "launched" at Wayside farm with a superhero-like slingshot and land at Dan-D Farms in Knoxville, Iowa. It's the first-ever multi-state corn maze!There are also pig Read more...

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...

Free Kids Classes at Whole Foods: Half Pint Kids Club

Free classes for children? Hands-on learning? Promotion of healthy food? The Half Pint Kids Clubs at Whole Foods Silver Spring and Whole Foods Bethesda have 'em all! Half Pint Kids Club events typically require parent/caregiver assistance with the activity, and snacks are usually served (or made by the kids themselves!).  Be sure to call the individual Whole Foods locations ahead of the event to make sure there is space for your child and that there are enough goodies to go around. Whole Foods Read more...

Halloween in Washington DC: Halloween Rocks Festival in The Kentlands 3-7pm

Halloween in the DC area is one night in which most parents have the night covered without any bossing around from a local blogger like me. But I cannot resist!Because in addition to simply hitting your own neighborhood in a costume and begging for candy, you can also get your party on staring at 3pm today at the The Kentlands in Gaithersburg at the Halloween Rocks Festival.This event is a fabulous way to satisfy kids chomping at the bit to get into costume and get out of the house before Read more...

Halloween Fun on Saturday October 29 in Silver Spring

GIVEAWAY: $40 to Spend at Halloween Express from Plum District

As a child, my mom made many of my Halloween costumes using a Butterick pattern and a sewing machine. I remember an adorable witch costume with a skirt trimmed in orange rickrack, a silver Judy Jetson miniskirt, a pink tulle ballerina tutu, a fairy princess wand made from a star-shaped sponge squeegie sprayed with glitter.(She created those costumes, mind you, while working over 40 hours a week as a single mom of two girls.)You know how I "sew" my children's Halloween costumes? I give them Read more...

Halloween Rocks! – Family Festival on Friday to Start the Halloween Weekend