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Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Awesome Con, Earth Day, Science April 27-28

Just in time for the opening weekend of The Avengers' final installment, AwesomeCon descends on Washington, DC. Three full days of geek culture celebrations, the sci fi fans in your family won't want to miss out on the capital's Comic Con. For the younger set, there is a "Jr." version of the event appropriate for children aged 3 through 10.

More into science than science fiction? Families can learn about dinosaurs, explore the wildlife in local parks, or hop into some Earth Day and Arbor Day fun. Families can also get out and enjoy some of the spring festivals that are going on this weekend as well.

Whatever you choose, we hope you have a great last weekend of April with your loved ones!

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25 Things to Do with Preschoolers in DC Before They Turn 5

Parents have just a few short years before their little ones head to kindergarten. These years are marked by rapid growth and development so while the days are long, moms and dads know, the time speeds by, and so they’re more than happy to spend precious quality time with their kiddos. That means heading to play spaces, enjoying kid-friendly museums (many with free admission!), getting outside, and everything else our nation’s capital and surrounding areas have to offer.

For more can't-miss DC family fun, check out 50 Things to Do in DC with Kids Before They Grow Up.

Orlando with Teens: Top 15 Things to Do at the Theme Parks and Beyond

I used to think of Orlando as a destination for little kids, but I discovered Orlando is even better with teens. Amusement parks are so much more fun when you can go on all the rides and don’t have to worry about the dreaded “theme park meltdowns.” My big kids were also able to pack in lots of other adventures and hipster shopping areas as we explored all the fun there is in Orlando beyond the theme parks.

We spent our recent spring break in Orlando with two teens and had a blast.

Easter Weekend Fun for DC Kids - Egg Hunts, Carnivals

There's plenty of springtime family fun to be had this Easter weekend for DC folks. From festivals to Easter egg-stravaganzas, there really isn't a shortage of events with which to fill the calendar. 

Families can take their pick from any number of Easter activities, including basket-loads of egg hunts to choose from. Need to take a break from the chocolate bunnies? Head to a carnival, a theater show, or a science demo. Looking for more ways to spend quality time with your family this weekend, be sure and check out our events calendar for more ideas. 

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See National Parks for Free in 2019 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2019. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, there are five FREE days in 2019, which all take place on easy-for-planning weekends or holiday Mondays, at national parks that typically charge an admission fee.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Joshua Tree, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

Why Legoland Is My Favorite SoCal Theme Park

Southern California is blessed with some of the world's most famous theme parks; families travel from all over to experience Disneyland and the original Universal Studios Hollywood (including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)—but just 90 miles to the south, in the San Diego suburb of Carlsbad, is a park that has at least as much to offer as the mouse and the wizard. There is a whole lot more to Legoland California than bricks, and truth be told I prefer a day there to any other major theme park.

Weekend Fun for D.C. Kids: Easter Egg Hunts, Spring Festivals, Carnivals April 13-14

This weekend, the end of the year's cherry blossom season overlaps with Easter fun. Soak up the last of the beautiful pink blossoms, then head over to one of many Easter egg hunts or spring festivals filling up our events calendar this Saturday and Sunday. 

In the mood for something else? Check out the final weekend of Alice in Wonderland on stage, head to an arts and crafts festival or two, or do some environmental volunteering. There's lots to choose from!

From Easter celebrations to Earth Day events, whatever you choose, we hope you have a fun-filled, memory-making weekend with your family! 

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These STEM Summer Camps Are Creating a Generation of Inventors

Curiosity, critical thinking, and a collaborative attitude might be three attributes all parents aspire to see in their children. These are also traits fostered at STEM summer camps where the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are turned into hands-on group and individual projects. Whether your teen is itching to found the next hot tech startup or she’s just into robots or maybe biology, summer camp offers kids a great place to explore these subjects in-depth, away from the pressures of the classroom.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top science and tech camps that offer sessions in multiple cities and states across the country. Some offer programs for kids as young as 6; some are more focused on coding and computer science, while others include “STEAM” programming with design, music, writing, and other creative pursuits on the roster. All emphasize hands-on collaboration aimed at creating the next generation of engineers and inventors. In many camps, kids will also gain presentation skills, leadership traits, and most likely, the confidence to stick with these sometimes difficult subjects and tasks...even when they fail. 

Easter Egg Hunts and Farm Fun for DC Families

Spring has sprung, and with it, comes Easter fun. There are loads of spring festivals and spring break activities to be sure. And from egg hunts to bunny brunches, DC families will find plenty to do to celebrate the season. 

Take a look below at some of our favorite events happening this year and fill up your family calendar! 

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100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

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