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...

Holiday Outing for DC Families: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre MTC

We are massive Adventure Theatre MTC groupies now, but back in December of 2007 we selected Adventure Theatre for our then four-year-old Charlie's first stage production ever. It was a two-person telling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book we had been reading to him at bedtime. We guessed that the small theater, children-centric storytelling and one-act format would be a great first foray to theatre for our preschooler.We were so right. The outing was a success, as Charlie was Read more...

The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...

ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor: Christmas on the Potomac

Since Gaylord National Harbor brought ICE! and the Christmas on the Potomac celebrations to the Washington, DC area, our family has made this visit a treasured holiday tradition. It's the perfect way to get excited for the season!This year the theme is especially magical, Christmas Around the World! Celebrate a world of cultures and celebrations, all done in amazing ice artistry.To experience ICE!, you walk through an ice wonderland village of over two million pounds of colored Read more...

Sledding Hills for Snow Days

If the plow gods have graced your street, enjoy!  Since beginning this blog I have hoarded lists of hills recommended by other local parents. I have only launched my children and myself down a couple of them. I would just like to say that I accept NO LIABILITY for any injuries incurred. I do know that none of the hills listed dump children out into oncoming traffic. Sled at your own risk, supervise the kiddies, mind the icy roads, and stay safe today! 20910 The hill behind the Silver Spring Read more...

Disney on Ice This Weekend: All Shows On!

Although Thursday's Disney On Ice shows at the Verizon Center had to be canceled due to the snowstorm (full refunds or exchanges were granted to Thursday ticket holders), the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows are ON! This is a fab, and very apropos way to find some indoor family fun during this snowy weekend.  You will see 65 of Disney's most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, the beloved Disney Princesses and other favorites including Read more...

Winterfest Children’s Carnival Saturday

WINTERFEST CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 10am-2pm Learning Center for Young Children, 10123 Connecticut Avenue, KensingtonEscape the cold with your kids at the Winterfest Children's Carnival in Kensington.  Hosted by The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC). This event is geared towards families with children in preschool and elementary school.Acclaimed local entertainer Frank Cassel, "The Banjo Man,” will play his blend of folk, bluegrass and children's music. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice Family Four Pack

 I used to see the television promotions for Disney On Ice when I was a little kid back in the early eighties. I thought the show looked so beautiful as I watched the commercials. But although my parents were great about taking us kids to lots of shows and amusements, we never got around to seeing those Disney characters on ice skates live and in person.So while I claim that I now attend Disney on Ice to entertain and delight my own children, often the kid in our family who is most Read more...

List of Local Hills for Sledding

Since beginning this blog I have hoarded lists of hills recommended by other local parents. I have only launched my children and myself down a couple of them. I would just like to say that I accept NO LIABILITY for any injuries incurred. I do knot that none of the hills listed dump children out into oncoming traffic. Sled at your own risk, supervise the kiddies, mind the icy roads, and stay safe today! 20910 The hill behind the Silver Spring library leading into Ellsworth Urban ParkRosemary Read more...