Nothing says autumn like a trip to the pumpkin patch, and for families living the urban life around DC, getting out on a beautiful fall day to pick a pumpkin, enjoy some apple cider, and have fun on a hay ride is the perfect way to celebrate the season. So we've put together our top ten favorite pumpkin patches for DC families in both Maryland and Northern Virginia. Read on for our picks for fall fun. Bonus: Most of these pumpkin patches offer extra family fun, from firing off pumpkin cannons and apple slingshots to face painting.
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Your baby is turning one! It's a memorable, exciting, and bittersweet milestone, and a celebration is certainly in order. But with all the great birthday spots in the Washington, DC area, it can be hard to decide where to host. That's where Mommy Poppins DC comes in. We've rounded up our favorite places to host a first birthday party for your growing little one.
Yes, we're back to school, but that definitely doesn't mean the fun of the season has ended. Squeeze the last bit of summer out of September and then turn right around and enjoy the first glimpses of fall. While this month can feel especially busy as you try to get back into the swing of the school year routine, we've made having fun easy for you with our top picks for September all in one place. So round up the family and get going, from free museum admission to the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.
As the leaves turn so too do the thoughts of DC families towards apple picking. This favorite fall tradition is a must for kids and grown-ups alike and often go far beyond just plucking ripe apples from the tree. Many of these orchards host autumnal activities of all kinds, from corn mazes to music festivals and everything in between.
There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms within easy driving distance of the nation's capital. But remember: Farm conditions and apple availability change through the season, so be sure and call or check the website before your visit to any of the spots listed below.
Usually, the only time parents seem to get a chance to enjoy a glass of wine is after the kids are tucked into bed. But the rolling hills of Delaware Valley are teeming with vineyards, and some of the onsite wineries are even, dare we say, kid-friendly. This is especially true during the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is nice enough for families to take advantage of the wineries’ outdoor spaces.
Some wineries are more geared towards families than others so we’ve compiled a list of four Delaware Valley wineries that you can add to your warm weather list of places to go.
While Washington, DC is a travel destination, filled with museums, zoos, parks, and restaurants that are perfect for the entire family, there are times when DC kids and their parents want to get out and explore something other than the nation’s capital.
With a prime location on the mid-Atlantic seaboard, there’s plenty to do when families are itching for a day away. We’ve put together our favorite spots that are less than a three hour drive from downtown DC. So whether you soak up the last few weeks of summer vacation or want to plan ahead for Labor Day Weekend, read on for our favorite summer day trips.
It’s nearly impossible to believe that summer starts to wind down this month, but not before families soak up the last bit of summer fun. And for this, August does not disappoint. We’ve rounded up 13 happenings around the Philly area that we think you and your kids will love.
Besides what’s on our list, don’t forget to catch a free outdoor movie or music concert before the season ends, cool off at an area splash pad, and find a place to unwind with a brew while the kids happily play close by or grab an ice cream cone. And as always, dive into our full events calendar for more ideas for August fun.
No matter if it’s the middle of summer and your kids are begging for some pool time or winter has you looking for ways to get out of the house and burn some energy, there are plenty of public swimming pools in Washington, DC that are free for residents. All you need to do is show proof of residency for some watery fun free of charge. So grab the pool toys and some snacks and head to the water at our favorite public pools in DC.