Weekly events, articles and contests from Washington FAMILY Magazine


With the holiday season in full swing, we thought it would be fun to take a look at popular toys throughout the decades. Whether finding the perfect toy for your child, a family member, or when giving back this season, keep these top toys of all time in mind!

What was your favorite toy as a kid? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

We are so lucky to live in an area rich with activities and outings of all kinds. In honor of the most wonderful time of the year, we've put together a list of local events to check out this month. Our
'Tis The Season: 25 Holiday Sightings, Winter Wonders & Festive Celebrations list features parades, festivals and so much more. If you attend one of these events, share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

"Nutcracker" Performances all season long!

Are you looking forward to seeing "The Nutcracker" this year? There are tons of local, wonderful and talented companies and theatres putting on the show! Click the link below for performances in MD, VA and D.C.

Click here for more holiday crafts, decorations, gift ideas, activities, recipes and more!   

The holidays can be a hectic time, but throw long-distance travel with kids into the mix and you've got a recipe for a high-stress experience that's not so merry and bright. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Whether you're traveling by car or plane, here are some tips to keep everyone full of joy and good cheer.

Holiday gift trends come and go, but books are a perennial classic. And the volumes that make the best gifts feature stunning visuals and well-designed content that educates while it entertains.

Here are six titles for everyone on your list...


Dec. 18
Timothy O'Shea Theater at Watkins Mill High School
10301 Apple Ridge Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 

Dec. 19
Where: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln.
Leesburg, VA

Dec. 19
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.

Click here for more events happening this week!

Mom Review: Sesame Street: Let's Cook by Sesame Workshop and Susan McQuillan  
Mom Reviewer: Christy Petrak     
C is for Cooking, That's Good Enough for Me!
One way I have found to encourage my children to eat a healthy and balanced diet is involving them in the entire food process: meal planning, grocery shopping, prepping and cooking. This not only makes my son excited to cook and eat food, but provides lessons in nutrition, math, science and language. He loves to page through cookbooks with me while planning meals, looking for new ideas that look yummy. Many of my cookbooks, however, are quite disappointing and lack colorful pictures and child-focused recipes. Sesame Street Let's Cook! solved these problems--the... 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!

Check our Facebook page for a ton of fantastic contests coming up where you can win tickets to fun and local events near you! Be sure to "Like" us so you don't miss out!
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