With so many people in the Washington, D.C. area struggling to get by this holiday season, knowing which charitable organizations need your help the most is key. These donations help children, adults and seniors get by and enjoy the holidays year after year. Whether it’s purchasing a toy or other gift, making a monetary donation or volunteering your time, use these awesome area organizations to give back this year.
With options for all ages, these haunted houses are perfect for the whole family this Halloween.
Mitt Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy involving the pint-size voters of tomorrow.
Before you know it, your innocent child will be a teenager and off to the craziness that is college. Cherish the present and, better yet, have something to show for it. The famous saying proves true, “A picture is worth 1,000 words,” especially when they’re grown up and come home to share memories with mom. With an abundance of talented photographers in the D.C. area, it’s time to put your blurry digital camera photos and pixelated iPhone images on hold. Don’t underestimate the power of a professional photographer, hire someone with a passion for exposing the smiles, character and candidness of your child or family. Start here.
With the colors of the trees changing, and the tremendous heat wave D.C. saw this summer finally abating, families may once again step out to enjoy outdoor activities together. The five best ways to spend a fall day, all selected specially for families, include visiting D.C.’s Giant Panda Habitat and the Asia Trail exhibits at the Smithsonian National Zoo, apple picking at Butlers Orchard, hiking along the kid-friendly Limberlost Trail, and visiting Discovery Theater and the National Air and Space Museum.
There are plenty of ways to encourage your child to learn a language, and these extracurricular activities in the D.C. area are a great place to start.
Apple picking time is here, and fear not, the Washington area offers plenty of orchard options. The apple harvest in the Washington area lasts from August to December and peaks in October, boasting red and golden delicious, empire, idared, jonagold, mustu/crispin, Rome, stayman/winesap, york, fuji, gala and, of course, granny smith varieties. Try them all, most are good for baking too. Orchards not included here but also worth checking out are Butlers Orchard and Homestead Farm. For the top five, however, head to these area favorites.
Sports and recreational activities are aspects of childhood that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Whether it be sportsman-like conduct, discipline, teamwork or handling a loss with stride, the best fall sports leagues for kids in D.C. promise to help kids grow.
With school is around the corner, this is the ideal time for busy families to let their candle burn at both ends and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Get the kids out of the house and soak up the last few days of summer in Penn Quarter, one of the area’s best places to play before school starts.
It’s back to school time, which means shopping, shopping and, oh yeah, spending. This year, take it away from the chains and check out these awesome, local businesses guaranteed to give you everything you need without the hustle and bustle of big box stores. These represent D.C.: vibrant, different and definitely not run of the mill.