My latest in Washington Post: Best Indoor Play Places for DC Kids in Winter

These indoor destinations are the fun-filled remedy for your kid’s winter bluesby Jessica McFadden for The Washington Post Weekend & Going Out GuideWe love raising our kids in the D.C. area — except in January, February and March, when outdoor play options are limited, cold weather drives us indoors and schools are often inexplicably closed. If you and your crew have had your fill of family-focused hygge this winter, check out these 12 get-out-of-the-house destinations filled Read more...

What to Do With Kids The Last Days of Summer: Washington Post Going Out Guide Chat Today 1pm

I am honored to be a guest on today's Going Out Guide "Got Plans?" Thursday chat at the Washington Post. Weekend and Going Out Guide assignment editor Amy Joyce and I will be discussing what to do with kids these last two weekends and week before area schools start.Amy is a mother of two young boys, as well as the journalist of the family-fun-in-the-DC area beat. Combined with my blogging and get-out-of-the-housing with my three kids, I hope we can provide for you some cool ideas on how to make Read more...

Movies With Babies in the DC Area: My Latest Piece in the Washington Post

Been looking for when and where to find those baby-mama movies? Here's the scoop!Places for parents with babies to go to the movies By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostWhen you first become a parent, helpful friends, parenting books and Web sites list certain activities as de rigueur while you’re on maternity leave or beginning your stint at home. In addition to taking bonding-filled parent/child yoga classes and finding a moms or dads group, another oft-recommended outing is a Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring Joins Going Out Gurus Got Plans? Chat Today at 1pm

Looking for things to do with your kids this summer in Washington, DC?Then join today's Got Plans? chat with the illustrious Going Out Gurus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide. I'll be joining them as a guest guru and we will be focusing on family summer fun. You can also submit your questions for the chat now and Post experts such as Alex Baldinger, Fritz Hahn, Justin Rude, Amy Joyce and I (?!) will provide outing and event suggestions.The Going Out Guide blog featured my family and Read more...

Presidents’ Day Fun with Abe and George

George Washington's 279th Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. 703-780-2000. http://www.mountvernon.org.When: Today FREE admission for George's b-day!  Open daily November-February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March, September and October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April-August from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Cost: On days other than today, adults $15, ages 6-11 $7, age 5 and younger free. Parking is free.Admission fees are waived on the national observance Read more...

Kid-Friendly Activities This August: In The Washington Post

I provided half of the content of The Washington Post Weekend cover story on Friday, reviewing and recommending great outing options to share with your kids this last month of summer.  Although most camps are out, there's still loads of fun things to see and do!  Going Out Guru Justin Rude also gives reviews on Monday-Friday happy hours to which you can bring the kids.Camp's out: Kid-friendly activities and happy hours in the Washington area By Justin Rude and Jessica McFaddenWashington Read more...

Washington Post: Earth Day 2010 Fun for Families

Today I have a piece in The Washington Post on a ton of FREE area activities for families to celebrate Earth Day, Saturday April 17 - Sunday April 25.Earth Day will be celebrated with a week's worth of activities in the Washington area By Jessica McFadden Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, April 16, 2010 I asked my son Charlie what he knew about Earth Day and he replied: "It's the day when the Earth gets cleaned up -- kind of like the day when the recycling truck comes to your house, Read more...

Open Gyms, Indoor Play Spaces, Kids Theater: A Parent in Silver Spring for The Washington Post

Andrew and Anna Ross, children of Great Kids Village masterminds and owners Andrew & Paula Ross, think Mom & Dad's "office" is pretty darn fun.   I wrote a piece for The Washington Post Weekend section about some new, fab indoor play spaces you should definitely check out with your kids!Need to entertain the kids this winter? A few Washington area indoor activities.By Jessica McFaddenThe Washington PostWeekendFriday, January 22, 2010Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn't 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...