Weekly events, articles and contests from Washington FAMILY Magazine


Happy New Year!

2015 was a crazy year for us and we're sure it was for you, too! As we say goodbye to 2015, we're eagerly looking forward to 2016. We have some amazing opportunities, contests, prizes, fairs, and more coming up soon and we're so excited to share them with you! We wish you and your FAMILY all the best and we'll see you next year!

Do your kids love ice skating? There are so many amazing and beautiful local ice skating rinks, both indoor and outdoor! Check out this list to find one near you! Most are open through February or March. Check the individual websites for their open and close dates.

Click here for more fort ideas, indoor games, activities and more!   

"We are beginning to see parents-especially millennial parents-make fundamental shifts in their approach to raising children," said Katie Bugbee, senior managing editor and global parenting expert at Care.com. "With more dual-income households, greater access to technology, and shifts in parental roles, family dynamics are changing and giving rise to some exciting, and positive parenting trends."

Do you have a New Year's resolution to do with losing weight or health? Is it the same as last year and nothing really changed? Did you start out with good intentions, but just got busy? You must set a goal; otherwise your motivation will lag and fall off. Do you have an event coming up? A vacation? An outfit you want to fit back into? Use the SMART goal system... 

Dec. 31
Franklin Park Performing Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Ln.
Purcellville, VA 

Jan. 3
Where: Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia
5900 Symphony Woods Rd.
Columbia, MD

Dec. 31
Where: Monkey Joe's
23521 Overland Dr. #120
Sterling, VA

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Mom Review: "From Sea to Shining Sea" by Callista Gingrich
Mom Reviewer: Kate Schwarz      
Callista Gingrich is adding another book to her New York Times best selling Ellis the Elephant series. Gingrich has already used America's "favorite time-traveling pachyderm" to teach young children about important moments in American history. Gingrich and illustrator Susan Arciero have already teamed up to produce and publish three Ellis the Elephant books to date: Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims' Pride, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. This time... 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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