Weekly events, articles and contests from Washington FAMILY Magazine


WIN a FAMILY 5-Pack to Trick-or-Treating at Mt. Vernon

Enter now to win 5 tickets to this historic and fun Halloween event! Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride, create great crafts and more!

One of our favorite fall activities is going apple picking and we're so lucky to live in an area full of local, beautiful farms! Check out this list of apple orchards in Maryland and Virginia! Click here for the list! 
Fall Festivals

Festivals, Oktoberfests, Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches... We've got you covered for all the fall family fun activities in and around D.C. this month! Click here for the list! 
Click here for more Halloween costumes, decorations, crafts, party games and more!  
Look around these days and you will often see very young children playing on mom or dad's tablet or smart phone. Recent studies have showed that 38 percent of babies under the age of 2 are using an electronic mobile device, and over 40 percent of parents report their children spending three or more hours per day on these digital screens... I've put together some guidelines for parents when it comes to screen time and the health and wellness of their kids...  
The list of hiking locations in the DMV area is endless! We've put together a quick list of both the well-known and smaller locations. Under each location, there are multiple trails and points of entry. Check out the websites linked for details on difficulty, activities available, events the parks hold, directions and what's closest to you!
Don't miss the 2015 MCM Kids Run on Saturday, October 24, 2015 starting at 9:00 a.m.

Registration is open now for the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia 529. Watch young runners ages 5-12 take off from the start line at the North Pentagon Parking Lot, running past parents, mascots and cheering Marines. With finish line in site, kids run their hardest to complete the mission and be greeted by a United States Marine. Have fun, be healthy and earn a medal finishing this one-mile run. Free post-event challenges, competitions and games await the entire family at the Camp Miles activity area.

Oct. 16
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 

 Oct. 17
Where: Manassas Park Community Center
99 Adams Street
Manassas Park, VA

When: Oct. 17
Where: Mitchell Park
S and 23rd Streets NW
Washington, D.C.

Click here for more events happening this week!

Mom Review: Who Needs a Prairie?   
Mom Reviewer: Kate Schwarz 
Karen Patkau's Who Needs a Prairie? is part of a six-book series on ecosystems. The series, in its entirety, covers an impressive variety of habitats: Patkau covers jungles, deserts, swamps, icebergs, and reefs in the collection.
In this book, Patkau aims to teach kids about prairies, including how grasslands become prairie, what animals and plants thrive in this ecosystem, how
... to read the rest, click here!  
We have been running the Best for FAMILIES survey in our magazine for more than 20 years! This year, we surveyed thousands of DMV moms and dads in over 200 categories and rounded up tens of thousands of votes. Take a "scroll" down this list for access to the D.C. area's Best for FAMILIES restaurants, retail, activities, trips and more!

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