D.C.’s Awesome Airbnbs for Families

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Sometimes the greatest escape from the hustle and bustle of the city isn’t an escape at all. An Airbnb staycation is a perfect alternative to all of that flight booking, guidebook reading, and restaurant scouring. Make your next family vacay R&R-ready by booking at one of these local abodes with kid friendly perks (think: dress up closets, projector screens and fun green spaces).


Yard for Days 
Even though this Arlington home is full of wide open spaces (exhibit A: the sprawling basement playroom), it manages to give off major cozy vibes. Just a hop, skip and jump from Westover Library, spontaneous story times are the standard. If your brood is in a bouncy, ball tossing kind of mood there’s plenty of yard plus three public parks nearby.

From a guest: “It had tons of space, a playroom for the kids, is close to restaurants, and a 10-15 minute drive to downtown D.C.”
Sleeps: 8

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/16879191


The Whole Kid and Caboodle
This house was literally designed with kids in mind. Equipped with cribs, play kitchens, and tons of books, you’ll only need to bring your bambino’s change of clothes (leave the hefty toy bag at home). Located in Brightwood, you’re two blocks from Rock Creek Park and just minutes from Silver Spring, gateways to family fun activities. Bonus: The master suite boasts a king-size memory foam bed, so you can sleep-in or co-sleep comfortably.

Sleeps: 9

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/23558219

Cute as a Button
his adorable home is located in Capitol Hill, just minutes from H Street (date night!) and Eastern Market (weekend stroll!). The light and airy vibes are perfect for your fams rest and relaxation but you’re still close enough to see any of the museums and monuments. With a play space, projector and dress-up costumes on site this will provide your kids with hours of fun while you relax on the patio with a bevy.

From a guest: “Terrific host and beautiful home. The kids loved the projector and the outdoor space and are already asking about going back!”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/8149062

Garden Party
The garden of this home will entice you to spend the majority of your time outdoors (we’re envisioning kids chasing butterflies and making some major grass angels). Not to mention, this home is located in Arlington,  right next to a historic park. FYI: Let the host know, before you go if you need a crib, toddler bed, or kid’s table, all of which she’ll set up before your stay.

From a guest: ” After very busy days, being able to come “home” to a quiet, spacious and relaxing retreat was perfect for our family.”
Sleeps: 6

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/6314741

Fun Land
This 100+ year old historic row house located in D.C.’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is perfectly situated to fun spots for the entire family, including Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo that are next-door neighbors, and the White House and National Mall that are two miles away. After exploring the city, let the kids hang in the playroom with toys, books, Wii games or splash in the ball pit (yes! there’s a ball pit!).

From a guest: “The attic room is a kid’s haven. We had to drag them out everyday. They enjoyed the ball pit, puppets, Legos, drum set, Wii game console, and a myriad of other toys.”
Sleeps: 8

Online: airbnb.com/rooms/1761677

—Miller Jackson

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Not all story times are created equal. Just ask the mom whose kid has a kicking-and-screaming meltdown midway through a reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear. You know a good tot reading when you see one—squirming is at an all-time low, tantrums are non-existent, and the kids (and you) are completely transfixed on the story from beginning to end. Yes, there are some storytimes that are a hit—even if its attendees are in need of naps. Here are five to check out.

Photo: S. Davis via flickr

Monday

Two and Over Stories (10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.)
Your preschooler will be begging you to attend this ongoing, super-interactive reading program, which is often accompanied by fingerplays and flannel board tales that help hone listening skills, and boost exposure to picture books, the library, and the joy of reading. Grown-ups, don’t expect to just sit there. Your full and active participation is highly encourage.

Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Avenue (Arlington, Va)
703-228-6545
Online: library.arlingtonva.us

Tuesday

Preschool Storytime 
For that pre-lunch/nap hour, kids (ages 2 and up) will love this story time featuring unique books, rhyming and singing. If your little isn’t ready to leave right away, no worries! There’s a 30 minute stay and play immediately following story time.

Aspen Hill Branch Library
4407 Aspen Hill Rd. (Rockville, Md)
Online: host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd

Pajama Story Time at Woodridge Library (6 p.m.)
Craving a midweek after dinner activity?! Say no more. The Woodridge Library in northeast D.C. hosts a weekly evening story time for the whole fam. Put on your jammies and get ready to wind down for the evening.

1801 Hamlin St., NE
Online: dclibrary.org

Wednesday

Story Time at the Hirshhorn (10 a.m.)
If your bookworm loves exploring the many museums that D.C. has to offer, then Storytime at the Hirshorn will be her jam. A book read by one of the museum staff, a guided tour through one of the exhibits, plus a hands on activity at the end, makes for a packed, art-focused morning.

Hirshhorn Museum
Independence Ave. at 7th St.
Online: hirshhorn.si.edu

Thursday

Wiggle Time (10:30 a.m.)
Some kids—try as they might—just can’t sit still long enough for story time. Well, they don’t have to with this one. Kids (ages 1-6) are encouraged to explore movement, from jumping to shaking, during and after the librarian reads a story. The idea is that through guided movement they’ll learn fun ways to recall stories and enjoy reading.

Francis Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Ave., SE
202-698-6373

Pajama Story Time (6 p.m.)
Eyes crossed from a long day at work, but your kid can’t sleep without a bedtime story? Tote your pajama-clad babe (all ages) to the library, where a kid-loving librarian reads dream-inducing stories and sings lullabies. All that’s left is a goodnight kiss from you.

Benning Library
3935 Benning Rd., NE (Minnesota Ave.)
202-281-2583
Online: dclibrary.org

Friday

Story Time at the Library of Congress (10 a.m.)
We love the history that surrounds us in this city and the Library of Congress is one of our fav spots. The Young Readers Center offers an infant and toddlers story time every Friday that’s a must-see. Pre- or post- reading, wander a bit to enjoy the history (and tunnels) of the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Online: read.gov

Wee Ones Story Time (10:30 a.m.)
Hooray for Books, a locally-owned and operated children’s bookstore stocked with one of the largest selections of kids’ tomes, hosts this weekly story time for the two and under set. What makes this reading series special are the bookstore salespeople who read. They just get it when it comes to keeping kids of all ages entertained with books.  Come with a notepad to steal a few of their tricks for your at-home story time sessions.

Hooray for Books
1555 King Street (Alexandria, Va)
703-548-4092
Online: hooray4books.com

Saturday

Wall of Books (11 a.m., every other Saturday)
Does your kid love to dance and sing, making sitting down for story time a bit of a production? They’ll dig the twice a month story time sing-a-longs at Wall of Books with Bear Song. The coolest part is that immediately following story time, kids books are 10% off.

3325 Georgia Ave., NW
Online: wallsofbooksdc.com

Where do your kids love to hear a good story? 

—Miller Jackson and Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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Longing for the days when self-care Saturdays included sleeping in, brunching, facialing, massaging, and manicuring? Us too! With kiddos afoot, we’re lucky if we get to wash our face. The secret to getting your gorgeous on without rushing through the motions is to let Junior get involved. Below are a few of our favorite hand and feet pampering salons that are both grown-up- and kid-friendly.

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Progressions
Progressions Salon offers an array of options for mom, including scalp treatments, facials, and all manners of nail services. And there’s a mini mani/pedi for your kiddo while they wait. The mani/pedi time for your little one does depend on their age ($10 for anyone under the age of 10, and $15 if they’re between 11-14).

12211 Nebel St. (Rockville, Md)
301-231-8757
Online: progressions.com

R.E.A.L. Kids Family Salon and Spa
A Waldorf, Maryland favorite, R.E.A.L. Kids Family Salon and Spa has kid-tastic vibes and sea spa packages down pat. If pop would love to get in on the mani-pedi action then he should definitely try the Daddy’s Day Out Package, which includes a mini mani-pedi AND a mini facial all for $50.

2078 Crain Hwy. (Waldorf, Md.)
301-374-2228
Online: realkidssalon.com

Nail Saloon
This nail shop offers a great smelling, five-free environment, as well as a mani/pedi for your younglin’, complimentary beverages, and a bevy of salon services. You’ll also be helping to give back to the community in the process. So get on down to the saloon! 
Mani for Momma starting at $32 and Mani for your L.O. starting at $18.

1508 14th St., NW (Logan Circle)
202-299-0095
Online: thenailsaloon.com

Varnish Lane
If mama is going solo (because, let’s be honest, you have to go alone every now and then), Varnish Lane is the place to go for super zen vibes with a chic all white interior and waterless treatments to not only save your mani but also protect you AND the environment. Manis start at $28.

5236 44th St., NW
202-506-5308
Online: varnishlane.com

Beauty in a Beat
Started by a mom that knows the struggle of remembering the importance of self care, Beauty in a Beat is a mobile concierge that offers salon treatments starting at $35. Perfect for when you put the kiddo down for a nap and just need a little “me time.” *Slowly raises hand. 

202-676-7310
Online: beautyinabeat.com 

Know of any other kid friendly nail salons in in the DMV? Drop us a line in the comments below!

–Miller Jackson

D.C.’s Globally-Inspired, Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots

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You and your littles love to travel and experience new cuisines, but you know that a 14 hour flight is not at the top of your list. So that you can have your tres leche cake and eat it, too, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite brunch spots in D..C that give you global vibes without the prep and planning.

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Zaytinya
Located in downtown D.C. right off of the Gallery Place metro stop, this restaraunt is perfect for a quick bite especially if you’ve been museum hopping. The open space and the brightness makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the Mediteranean. With dishes like Ashta, a Lebanese-style french toast with bananas and orange blossom honey, you and your little one are definitely in for a treat. Don’t forget to try a traditional Turkish coffee!

701 9th St., NW (Chinatown)
Online: zaytinya.com

Menomale
If your little one is a pizza fan but you’re craving something more authentic than our American classics then try Menomale in Brookland. With ingredients sourced straight from Italy, you are guaranteed deliciousness in every bite. The Brooklandissima is must try!

2711 12th St., NE (Brookland)
Online: menomale.us

Ocopa
Looking for a quick day date? Ocopa is a gem located in H street corridor. With dishes like Lomo Anticuchos, a beef skewer with scallions and potatoes, and the Super Pancakes with the LemonGrass maple syrup and a bottomless mimosa Uhm..YES! You will certainly curb your South American dreams for a few. ;)

1324 H St., NE (H Street)
Online: ocopa.kitchen

Cactus Cantina
A definite favorite for quite some time in DC you must try Cactus Cantina if you haven’t already. Your little one can watch the tortillas being made and even make their own (ask your server for dough). A RedTri fav is the Tijuana fajitas because we always regret not getting the fajitas!

3300 Wisconsin Ave., NW (Chevy Chase)
Online: cactuscantina.com

Palette 22
For an all encompassing brunch try Palette 22. Located in Shirlington Village in Arlington, Virginia, you will definitely have a visual brunch. With art for sale on the wall and a variety of small plates to choose from your fam will be in for a treat! A must try are Tonys French Toast Sticks because NUTELLA! and a chilled draught coffee because mama needs her gogo juice on ice!

4053 Campbell Ave., (Arlington, Va)
Online: palette22.com

Know of any other must try global brunch spots around the DMV? Let us know in the comments below.

–Miller Jackson

Make and Take: Where to Craft Last Minute Gifts

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Whether you’re designing greeting cards, or perfecting your chocolate fudge recipe, the holiday season is a great excuse to indulge your creativity. The D.C. area has a number of DIY holiday crafting opportunities where you can entertain the kids while making a few memorable gifts for the special people on your list. Here you’ll find ways to add extra sparkle to your tree with handmade ornaments or sweeten your world with holiday cookies, or decorate your house with hand painted art.

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Photo: Cockburn Libraries via Flickr

Alexandria Holiday Market
The Alexandria Holiday Market is a holiday must for the family. With multiple vendors and tons of activities you will find something at this holiday market for the whole fam. The kids corner is an annual favorite, and this year your little one will be able to paint their own ornament.

When: Saturdays and Sundays; 12 pm-5 pm
300 John Caryle St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: alexandriaholidaymarket.com

Tiny Chefs
Does your little one love to watch you cook or bake? Tiny Chefs is offering a 2-day holiday camp in the Trinity preschool gym. In this class, your little ones will learn to make holiday inspired treats as well as play a few games and enjoy story time.

When: Dec. 19th and 20th 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $95
Trinity Preschool
5533 16th St. N (Arlington, Va)
Online: tinychefs.com

Tinker Time
Does your kiddo have an imagination that just won’t quit? Tinker Time at Upcycle is the perfect gift making one stop shop. At Tinker Time, your little one will use upcycled materials to create whatever their heart desires.

When: Wednesday’s 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturday’s 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $5/person or $15/family
1605 Cameron St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: upcyclecrc.org

Picasso, Baby!
If your little one fancies themselves a modern day Picasso then All Fired Up! has canvas painting classes that are perfect for them. Classes are for ages 6-12 on Tuesdays. Bonus: snack is included! Don’t forget to bring a smock or apron, or have Junior wear play clothes. All Fired Up has locations in DC and Maryland.

When: Tuesdays 3:45 pm-5 pm
Cost: $35/class or $130/month
3413 Connecticut Ave., NW
4923 Elm St. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: allfiredupdc.com

Procrastinator’s Holiday Market
When you have absolutely no time to do anything but you don’t want to battle mall crowds with your kiddos– Procrastinator holiday market is the perfect event for you. Located in NE D.C. right across from the Rhode Island metro, this market will be located in heated tents so you’ll stay warm! The market includes a holiday crafting station so that your little one can make their own Christmas card.

When: Dec. 16-18
680 Rhode Island Ave., NE (Rhode Island)
Online: eventbrite.com

Are there any other kids holiday crafting opportunities that we should know about? Share your intel in the comments section below. 

—Miller Jackson

 

Give Me a Break! 8 Awesome Winter Camps

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So, you like to sweat during workouts. Like that tough mudder/half marathon/kickboxing kind of sweat? And now that your bundle of joy is in the picture, you think you have to chillax a little, especially if you’re working out with baby. News flash! You don’t have to pigeon hole yourself into a yoga/stroller jogging/playground pilates box now that you’re toting a little one along for workouts. Here are five serious workouts that kiddo is welcomed to tag along with you to.

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For Boot Camp…Baby & Me Boot Camp
Baby & Me Boot Camp is a baby friendly exercise class that is definitely a favorite of ours here at RedTri! Started by DC mom and longtime personal trainer, Karen Ringo. The class is a total body workout that incorporates resistance bands, body weight resistance, core work and interval training. The class vibe is so baby friendly that if your little wants to roam, Karen may pick them up and continue on with instruction. If your little one is older then bring a mat and let them join in on the fun! Classes are Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9am in the Edgewood Arts Center in Brookland. The first class is complimentary, $15 for a drop-in, and $125 for a 10-class pass.

Online: ringofitness.com

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For Intensity…Baby and Me MINTensity
Babies, bicep curls and burpees team up in this 40-minute high intensity class that you do with your bambino at MINT gym. The class focuses on giving the grown-up the best workout possible while ensuring that baby has a fun time, too. Don’t leave home without a carrier, swaddle blanket, and tons of water.

Online: mintdc.com

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For Zumba-Inspired…Baby and Mombo
Baby And Mombo is a 45-minute high-energy babywearing dance exercise class designed by Bouncing Bambini founder/mompreneur, Amanda Holliday, where babies are wrapped in love while feeling the rhythm of their mamas/papas getting fit. All participants must have their postnatal checkup completed and be cleared by a doctor and must follow all safety guidelines regarding their carrier before attending this class. Fridays are located at Yoga Heights DC in Columbia Heights and Saturdays are located in Edgewood Arts Center in Brookland.

Online: amandaholliday.zumba.com

 

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For Karate…D.C. Self Defense Karate for the Whole Family
Families who kick butt together stay together. At least they do at D.C. Self Defense Karate where the whole family learns the ancient Japanese art of Karate which emphasizes skill, discipline, fitness, virtue and leadership. Kids and their grownups can build muscle, sharpen mental awareness and gain self-confidence. Stronger bodies, disciplined kids, and a sharper mind? Where do we sign?!

Online: dcsdka.com

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For Hiking…Locust Grove Nature Center
If hitting a gym or a traditional class isn’t your idea of fun with your little one then maybe hitting a trail may be more your speed. Locust Grove Nature Center is a favorite among hiking families in the DMV. Known for its 1.4 mile trail with its gorgeous sites it may be the perfect activity for you and the fam this fall. A plus is the trail begins and ends at a park so gather up the water bottles, sweaters, and shades and hit the trail!

Online: montgomeryparks.org

Know of any other kick-your-booty, parent-friendly workout classes in the DMV? Let us know in the comments below.

–Miller Jackson

14 Must-Download Apps for DMV Parents

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Looking for the nearest park or kid-friendliest public potty? Breathe easy moms and dads; we’ve rounded up the best apps for D.C. parents, which answer these and other parenting-in-the-District questions on the spot. No matter if you’re trying to find parking, need groceries in an hour or you’re trying to figure out which museum has a fun exhibit for your 6.5 year old, there’s an app that can help you plan your day in the DMV and keep your sanity.

National Zoo App

Live animal cams, games, maps, demo times and more are at the heart of the National Zoo’s app. Little ones can get their panda fix no matter where you are, and kids of all ages can learn about different animals, how they live, what they eat and more. There’s even a live feed of when the metro and buses are running to get to the Zoo. Never miss the Orangutan Crossing or Tiger feedings by adding the times to your calendar. It also shows you the nearest restroom, food stop and animal exhibits for when you are roaming the Zoo. Cost: $1.99 Device: Android and iPhone Online: <a target="_blank" href="http://nationalzoo.si.edu/smithsoniannationalzooapp/"&gt; nationalzoo.si.edu </a> fuck

Know of any other apps that you just can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below!

—Miller Jackson and Hilary Riedemann

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Do you have a hard time getting your little one to eat their veggies? Word on the street (er, in the garden) is that kiddos are more likely to clean their plates if they have a hand in the prep. Translation: Head to one of D.C.’s nearby pick-your-own produce farms where Junior can stock up on everything from broccoli to beets, while getting a taste of farm life.

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Larriland Farms
Broccoli, beets, and spinach…OH MY! Located an hour outside of the district in Howard County, Larriland farms is a gem in Maryland with delicious fresh veggies for the family. Operated by the Moore family since 1973 they have over 15 acres of vegetables for your little one to pick from! They also have a market on site with all of the fruits and veggies that are grown on the farm.

2415 Woodbine Rd. (Woodbine, Md)
301-854-6110
Online: pickyourown.com

Butlers Orchard
A Red Tricycle fav, Butlers Orchard stocks delicious tomatoes and herbs, and even offers potato digging fun for the whole family. Butlers Orchard also has a bakery with fresh breads and PIES! Do we need to say more?!

22222 Davis Mill Rd. (Germantown, Md)
301-972-3299
Online: butlersorchard.com

Hollin Farm
A little over an hour outside of the city, Hollin Farm is another family owned farm that we just can’t get enough of. With basil, okra, and fresh herbs like parsley your little chef will be one happy camper! Hollin Farm is also next to Sky Meadows State Park which has beautiful hiking trails as well as fresh water fishing. Can you say “weekend adventure”?

1524 Snowden Rd. (Delaplane, Va)
540-592-3574
Online: hollinfarms.com

Middleton Farm
Located in Waldorf, Middleton Farm is a great place to pick delicious fall vegetables that your little one will devour! They also have a pumpkin patch and a regular bon fire!! S’mores anyone?! We’ll need dessert after all of these veggies!

Cedar Hill Pl. (Waldorf, Md)
301-399-9812
Online: middletonfarm.com

Brossman’s Farm
With a yummy roster of squash, leeks, string beans and even a homemade pico de gallo, Brossman’s farm is a great catchall for the veggies soups that populate cold weather menus. Brossman also offers garden plots where you can plant and pick your own fruits and veggies.  

14740 James Monroe Hwy. (Leesburg, Va)
703-777-4432
Online: brossmansfarm.com

Know of any other pick your own farms in the area? Tell us about your favorites in the comments below.

–Miller Jackson

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How often do you wish you could snap your fingers after a long day at work, and dinner would magically appear on the table? Enter Munchery, a service that recently started delivering fresh, restaurant style suppers to D.C. foodies and their families. So while it’s not quite magic, Munchery is a dream come true for busy moms and dads all around the district. Bon appetit!

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How it works:
Start by planning ahead and ordering by 9 am for guaranteed same day delivery. You’ll choose from options for main dishes, sides, kids’ meals, desserts AND drinks (think: sparkling water for you and a juice box for kiddo)!  The menu switches up regularly, depending on the fresh ingredients available to the Munchery chefs. There are even meals available for those with special dietary needs, like Vegan Black Bean Enchiladas. Dinner ($11 for adults and $7 for kids) is delivered chilled with simple in-oven or microwave heating instructions. Insiders secret: Order double for a healthy prepacked lunch the next day. 

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Kid meals they’ll beg for:
It’s no secret that Mom’s Secret Sauce With Pasta is a huge hit for the toddler crowd. Another fan fave is the chicken teriyaki that comes with the sauce on the side (genius!). The kids meals are slightly smaller than the grown-ups grub, but just as filling, courtesy of a tasty veggie side included with every meal.

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Do Good:
Munchery is currently in five cities across the country,  including D.C. They promise locally sourced ingredients and each food container and untensil is recyclable. Another great thing is that for every one meal you order, Munchery (who believes that everyone deserves a good meal) feeds someone at a local food bank.

Have you tried Munchery? Want to give it a try? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

–Miller Jackson