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Everything Easter:
20 Eggs-traordinary DMV Events

Celebrate Spring with a traditional egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny! Nothing says "warmer weather ahead" like a basket full of eggs, pastel candies and tons of kid-friendly activities! Mark your calendars for some family-friendly springtime events!

Spring Break Day Trips & Activities

Staying in town this spring break? Instead of spending every day around the house, try a day trip instead! We've compiled a list of great attractions and trips to keep the little ones busy while they're home from school!

Click here for the list!
Click here for more Easter themed activities, recipes, crafts and more!   
Millions of Americans look forward to spring's week-long escape from the real world for a chance to enjoy some fun in the sun, or perhaps skiing in the mountains with family and friends. Whatever type of trip you choose, finding the best deals on flights and accommodations are key to saving money. However, airfare and hotel aren't the only travel costs you need to worry about; small, unplanned purchases made on a daily basis can snowball quickly and bust your budget.
Here are the top six budget busters and how to avoid them while traveling this spring!

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a lot of time or money to make the outside of your home look as good as the inside. Not sure where to start? Keith Sacks, Vice President of RubberMulch, shared his best tips on updating your home's exterior this spring, whether it's to get it ready to sell or just to make it look more appealing!
Mark your calendars for Hoops Fest!

When: March 30th, 7 p.m.
Where: Hylton High School

Watch more than 60 of the area's top high school basketball players compete in a variety of skills competitions, including the high-flying slam dunk contest! All proceeds will be donated to help with medical expenses for 2-year-old Ayza Noor Qamar, daughter of Hylton High School teacher Sofhia Qamar, who has Down Syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day

When: March 26
Where: National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C.
"Noises Off"

When: March 25
Where: Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
Willowtree Plaza, 5 Willowdale Drive
Frederick, MD
 Japanese Culture Day

March 26
Where: Library of Congress - James Madison Building
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 
Click here for events happening this week!

Think about your favorite local businesses...

Do you have a local coffee shop that you frequent? Have you had an awesome experience with a birthday party venue? Does your pediatrician feel like a part of the family? Give back to the local businesses, men and women who give so much to our communities and our families by voting for them in our annual Best for FAMILIES survey! Click here for more information & for the survey! 

Celebrate Youth Art Month!

March is Youth Art Month! We've compiled a list of 10 awesome art related events happening all over the DMV throughout the month, including concerts, workshops, films & more. We're sure you'll find an event perfect for you and your family! Click here for the list! 
Mom Review: "It's Only Stanley" by Jon Agee
Mom Reviewer: Kate Schwarz  
I subscribe to a handful of book-filled, children's literature newsletters; many of them include a "books coming out soon" section. It's Only Stanley was on many of those lists for many weeks. So when I finally had the chance to hold it in my hands and read it for the first time, I was curious if it was going to be as good as the hype suggested it would be.

Yup, it is.

Jon Agee has this absurd, dry humor that manages to stick with his characters and translate to a picture book in such impressive ways. He makes the totally crazy seem totally normal. And even if you don't deconstruct the book like I did after reading it, you will chuckle at it and your child will likely laugh out loud at it, just like my son Kiefer did. Each time he had this read to him last night. (Which was twice -- in a row.) That's always a sign of a good book... to read the rest, click here! 

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