Dear FAMILY Friend,
We're right in the heat of summer- literally! We don't know about you, but this hot weather has us craving something cold and sweet to eat. Luckily, the DC area has lots of great local shops to enjoy a nice cool treat. Click here for the list of delicious choices to try. Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, along with any other local shops you and your family frequent!
Ultimate MegaMAZE
Families work together to build the Ultimate MegaMAZE in the Great Hall. Construct a cardboard maze with twisting paths, towers, and dead ends. Then have fun exploring and finding your way through the maze!
When: Saturday, July 19
Cost: $5 - $25
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC
Baseball Family Festival 
Play ball with the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery! Tour the galleries to find some of the best names in the game, baseball themed crafts, a book signing and appearances by local team mascots!


When: Saturday, July 19
Cost: Free
Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC
Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest


One of the most popular races of the summer, this event draws over 3,000 runners and this year will be adding new features to the event!


When: Saturday, July 19
Time: 7 pm - 11 pm
Location: Rockville Town Square
North Washington Street and Beall Avenue
Rockville, MD

VAL's Pals Kid's Club


Free activities every Wednesday! This week, Kevin Owens production will be present, featuring music, live animals, and fun!


When: Tuesday, July 22 - Wednesday, July 23
Cost: Free
Time: 10 am
Location: Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd.
Leesburg, VA


For more information, click here! 


School's Out for Summer!

Are you looking for an exciting day trip for your kids this summer?

Why not plan a visit to Washington, D.C., a city brimming with tons of fun things to see and do? Everyone knows the grand monuments and well-known historical spots that cover the city, but there's more to D.C. than just that. If you're looking  for something a little off the beaten path, why not visit Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.?

More than just a wax museum, Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. is a fully interactive experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear historical icons and celebrities like never before. You can meet all 44 presidents and brush shoulders with your favorite celebrities and sports stars!

Sound like your kind of fun? Book your tickets online and save up to 40% off here!


Featured Mom Blog:
Teach Mama: Create a Library Plan: Make the Most of a Trip to the Library   

Kids can be a little silly when it comes to picking out their own books at the library. Where some can easily head right on over to the section they want, grab the books they want, and quickly find a quiet, cozy spot to read, others need... a little more direction.

And believe me, I'm all for giving kids time to browse the shelves, look around, re
lax and explore.

But really. 

Our kids are so totally lucky to have so many books at their fingertips. Let's give them... to read the rest, click here! 
Thank you for reading!

If you have a great time at one of these events or have a story to tell, please share it with us! It is our mission to experience the great adventure of parenting with you!



Your Friends at FAMILY Magazine



The results are in! Our "Best for FAMILIES" winners and finalists list can be found here and in our July 2014 issue, out now! We hope you enjoy and keep a look out for next year's survey!

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