Feb 14, 2018 | DC/MD/VA
Fun Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year With Kids in D.C. and Baltimore
Millions of people around the world will ring in the Year of the Dog beginning on February 16, 2018, coinciding with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. While commonly referred to as “Chinese New Year,” Lunar New Year is celebrated by many countries, principally in East and South Asia. Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, ...
Feb 05, 2018 | DC/MD/VA
D.C. With Kids: Hands-On Fun at the National Postal Museum
Located next to Union Station off the beaten path of the usual tourist attractions and other Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, the National Postal Museum truly fits the "hidden gem" cliché. When we visited last summer during peak tourist season, we had the place nearly all to our ourselves. What surprised me most is just how awesome this museum is for kids. I had no ...
Jan 05, 2018 | DC/MD/VA
FREE Family Fun at the Kennedy Center!
When we hear about cool local events for families that are totally FREE, we can't help but spread the news! Have you heard about the new FREE Second Saturdays Series for families at the Kennedy Center? Every second Saturday of the month, in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., local arts organizations provide free 45-minute workshops for families with ...
Dec 27, 2017
Print Photos for FREE With Frameshot!
We all have them. Photos of our kids at the playground. At soccer games. At family gatherings. On the first day of school. At graduation. On vacation. On the couch. You get the idea. They number in the hundreds, maybe even thousands, yet we never truly enjoy them. They just sit there 'collecting dust' on our phones. And then there are all of those relatives who are constantly nagging ...
Dec 22, 2017
New Year's Eve With Kids: 12 Family-Friendly Ways to Ring in 2018!
New Year’s Eve is a day of anticipation and excitement. There’s something about counting down the hours, minutes and finally, seconds to the new year that’s thrilling. However, us moms and dads know the hard truth -- holidays with kids are just different, especially New Year's Eve. Whether your kids are old enough to make it to midnight, or will be corked out by 8, check out our top ...
Dec 22, 2017 | DC/MD/VA
Light Up Your Holidays at Georgetown Glow!
Every year a few days before Christmas, we make our annual family pilgrimage to the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace. And every year for the past few, our teenage sons have grumbled about how boring it is and how we do the same thing every year (ever hear of traditions, people?!). This year, for the sake of family harmony, we decided to change up our routine and visit Georgetown ...
Nov 27, 2017
13 Experience Gifts for Kids: Create Memories Instead of Clutter This Holiday Season!
Five years ago, we took a two-week family vacation to Europe. It was our first international trip with the kids, then ages 3, 8 and 11. Our two oldest still talk about the fun they had propelling big wooden sailboats around the duck pond at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, bike riding through Vondelpark in Amsterdam, and our houseboat rental on the Amstel River with the swing on the ...
Nov 21, 2017
Free S'mores at the Ritz! [and Other Free and Cheap Holiday Fun for Families in Washington, D.C.]
The holidays are a magical time in our Nation’s Capital with many special and unique seasonal events, festivals and activities set against the backdrop of the landmarks of this historic city. Celebrate the season with our top picks for free and affordable fun that are sure to get your whole family in the holiday spirit – yes, even those hard-to-please teens! 1 ...
Nov 09, 2017
CertifiKID KINDness Challenge: 25 Acts of Kindness for Kids (and Parents, too!)
Let’s face it, it’s been a rough year. With so much tragedy, devastation, anger, hate, division, and just plain scary stuff all around us, it’s easy for adults, let alone kids, to lose faith in humanity and feel afraid and helpless. I think one thing we can all agree on is that the world is in desperate need of more kindness. You may be familiar with this quote from the late, beloved ...
Oct 11, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Grow Your College Savings with Virginia529!
Paying for college is one of the most stressful issues parents face as their children grow. One minute, you're helping them learn to tie their shoes; the next, they're in high school and you're only a couple of years away from writing that first tuition check. As a parent of a high school sophomore, I know this all too well. College costs are soaring. According to the ...
Sep 15, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Lucky Strike Bethesda
Planning a group outing that appeals equally to kids and adults can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility. When we came across Lucky Strike Bethesda, we knew it was the perfect venue for our next Team CertifiKID family event. Conveniently located on the first level of Westfield Montgomery Mall, Lucky Strike Bethesda is part upscale sports bar, part swanky bowling venue. ...
Aug 30, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Greenlight® - The Debit Card for Kids
This is a photo of my son's shorts about to go in the washer, an all too familiar weekly scene in our laundry room. I don't even want to know how much cash he's lost around town (**insert facepalm here**). Despite all our teaching about financial responsibility and money management (yes, he owns a wallet!), we needed some help. When I heard about Greenlight, I was excited to ...
Aug 22, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: LePort Montessori Schools
As soon as you walk on to the campus of LePort Montessori School in Reston, you can tell this is a special place. Your eyes are immediately drawn to their large, open natural playground built right into the landscape of the school, nestled within the shade of mature trees of all different species. While I don't suggest judging a school merely by its playground, in this case, it ...
Aug 08, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Ibotta - Easy Couponing for Busy Families
We are big fans of businesses that save our CertifiKID families either time or money. When we come across a product or service that claims to do BOTH of these things, we get pretty darn excited. Enter Ibotta. Ibotta is a free mobile coupon app that allows shoppers to earn cash rebates on select products from hundreds of popular retailers like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohl's, and ...
Jun 26, 2017
Top 10 Summer Boredom Busters [That are Totally #OnTrend]
School is out and the lazy days of summer are in full swing. Doesn't it feel amazing to sleep in until 9 a.m. every day and relax with cup of coffee in hand while the kids entertain themselves for hours? On the off chance that's not quite how your summer is going, we've put together a list of super cool activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer and that dreaded ...
Jun 08, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: Music & Arts
Thinking about music lessons for your child, but unsure about adding yet another activity to your already hectic schedule? Whether you think you have the next Beethoven or Hendrix on your hands, or simply want to introduce your child to music, there are many benefits of music lessons that go well beyond learning how to play an instrument. Research has found that music instruction improves ...
Jun 05, 2017
CertifiKID Field Report: We Tried Wee Blessing and We're Hooked!
Wee Blessing is a company that acts as a children's personal shopper to save you time and money. If you're familiar with Stitch Fix for women, Wee Blessing works the same way, but for kids brand name fashions. You start by filling out a style profile with your child's clothing preferences - sizes, colors, brand names, style, hobbies, etc. - and your preferred budget per ...
Apr 28, 2017
We have a WINNER!
Congratulations to Instagrammer @sewlovele17 for winning our 2017 Spring Break Photo Contest with this amazing photo snapped at Adventure Park USA. You really captured the THRILL of the moment! How about those facial expressions? Priceless. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. There were so many great ones, it was hard for our team to pick just one winner! Here are ...
Apr 05, 2017 | DC/MD/VA | Just For Fun
Share your Spring Break Photos and WIN FREE FUN!
Share photos of your family using your CertifiKID voucher over Spring Break on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the tag #CertifiKIDSpringBreak. If we pick your photo as our favorite, you will win CertifiKID credit equal to the amount you paid for your voucher! Whether you're enjoying some of our local family fun, getting away from it all with one of our awesome getaway deals, or ...
Dec 27, 2016
17 Ways to Ring in 2017 with Kids!
Whether this is your first year as a parent, or you’re praised among your friends as a true vet, us moms and dads know the startling truth – holidays with kids are just different, especially on New Year's Eve. If your kids aren't passed out by 10:30 p.m., then they're probably ringing in the New Year with major meltdowns, having all of your kid-free friends mentally scratching ...