Our moms rock! They know the best places to take the kids any time of the year, so it’s no surprise that they have their favorite light displays to take the kids to. Here they are:

* Winter Lights Festival (http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/winter-lights-festival). This event runs nightly through January 1, except for December 25.

* Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens (http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/garden-of-lights/). It runs until January 1, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Go earlier in the day and check out the train display.

* Zoolights at the National Zoo (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights). It also runs until January 1, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but also includes special nights.

* Festival of Lights (http://dctemplelights.lds.org/). This event runs every night through January 1, and includes nightly performances indoors, as well as Christmas trees decorated in international themes.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season with your families!

November is almost over! And for many of our Moms Club members, that means our favorite holiday is almost here! While we try not to go overboard each year, we still have to find the perfect gift for the little ones in our families. I’ve asked our members to share their go to gifts.

  • Legos! And the options seem endless these days. Whether it’s Duplos for the little ones, Juniors when they graduate to the ‘little legos’ or the more involved sets, there is something for everyone. Definitely look at the age ranges on the boxes. The sets for older kids have a lot more pieces and can become to involved for younger kids.
  • Books! Again, you can find one on almost any topic. Even a favorite movie or TV shows.  Or find books that have your child’s name in it. There are a lot of personalized books on the market these days too.
  • Puzzles! Find the age appropriate level, but, again, this can go for any age. We love the Melissa and Doug ones ourselves.
  • For older boys, try Nerf guns (as long as you know parents approve).
  • Dress up items! Kids love to use their imagination to play and pretend. You can also include ‘real’ items in here if you have a child that loves playing certain things. For example, if your kids play waitress, buy a note pad, apron, tag, pens, etc.
  • Art supplies! It doesn’t matter how many crayons or markers my son has, when I walk in with a new box he is over the moon, and spends the rest of the afternoon with them.
  • Experiences! This is a great gift from Grandparents. Year memberships to zoos, parks, aquariums are a great place to start. Or even one off events that you know your child will love.
  • Playdoh! Another item that comes in so many different sets.
  • Board games are another great option. Age appropriate again.

Have a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you celebrate!

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Maryland is an incredible place to be in the Fall. Cool, crisp air, gorgeous red and yellow leaves, and endless pumpkin everything.

If you are looking for some ideas of what to do with your little ones this fall, here are some of our members’ favorite activities.

  •  Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard – Weekends in October. $12/person (free for 2 and under) – Info here.
  • Pumpkin Village Family Fall Fest at the Leesburg Animal Park – Daily September 17 through November 8. Check website for prices (free for 2 and under) – Info here.
  • Fall Fun Festival at Garver Farm – Daily September 6 through October 31. Check website for prices (free for 2 and under) – Info Here.
  • Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Daily through October 31. Info here.
  • Summer’s Farm in Fredrick is another popular Fall activity for our members. Info here.
  •  Apple picking throughout the area, including Butler’s Orchard, Rock Hill Orchard, Homestead Farm and Water’s Orchard just to name a few.
  • Take a drive to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park to see the colors – Info here.

If you need something to just get energy out of your kids as the weather turns, our members love PlayTime at the Plex at the Germantown Soccer Plex. It’s a great place to let the kids run and crawl! Info here.

As always, if you are new to the area and looking for a way to meet people and do fun activities, send us an email. We’d love to meet you.

Need something to do in the cold, winter months?

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*Check out the free discovery rooms and story times in the local libraries. http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/kids

*Visit a nature center:
Meadowside Nature Center – Inside visitors can explore the diverse habits found in Maryland as they crawl through a cave or look at the world from a fish’s point of view in our Legacy of the Land Exhibit. The Curiosity Corner discovery room contains books, games, puzzles, and more live animals for young naturalists to explore nature in child-friendly environment. 5100 Meadowside Ln, Derwood, MD 20855

Brookside Nature Center – There are the Harper 1870s Homestead, wildlife viewing areas, accessible interpretive boardwalk, and native landscape gardens. 1400 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Black Hill Visitors Center – offers a wide variety of special events and programs. See beaver lodges in the park, take a discovery walk to identify and gain an appreciation of native plants. Free interactive areas inside and outside for children. 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841

Locust Grove Nature Center – Wander the trails, enjoy the observation deck, explore exhibits indoors and out, or discover the wonder of the Center’s natural playground. 7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817.

*Go Ice Skating –
Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-905-3000

Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
301-765-8620

*Try out a playhouse –
Be With Me Playseum – 7000 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda, Md
The Original Playhouse – 4 West Main Street, New Market, MD 21774

*Check out South Germantown Recreational Park – a 736-acre park with a wide range of facilities. The park includes hiking trails, an indoor sports/soccer complex, 22 soccer fields with a lighted stadium, baseball and softball fields, several playgrounds, archery range, golf driving range, miniature golf course, a tot lot, and an indoor aquatic center. 14501 Schaeffer Road in Germantown , Maryland. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/south_germantown/

*Try some winter crafts or recipes: http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/winter/

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Winter Lights – The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to welcome visitors for its 19th spectacular season. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 365 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270.The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly November 28 through December 31. Please note that the festival will be closed on December 25. http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/winter-lights-festival

Watch a Sensory Friendly Film- Rio Cinemas 18 at the Washingtonian Center offers sensory friendly films…the lights are up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Movies are shown at 10 am. Saturday, December 6, 2014 – PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Holiday Trains and Planes – During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum. Time: 12/13 to 12/20 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm each day) Cost: Free with museum admission. Adults $4, Seniors $3, Children $2 , Free for ages 1 & under)
Site: http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/page63172.aspx

Take a Weekend Walk in the Woods – We invite you to take an hour out of your schedule to enjoy spending time with your family outdoors. Join our Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10 am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme. Programs are appropriate for family members of all ages and no registration is necessary. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the amphitheater by the main house. Location: Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd. Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am. Cost: Free. Site: http://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/family-programs
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Christmas on the Farm – Get into the holiday spirit with us on the farm, where you can enjoy: turn-of-the-century decorations, live Christmas music and caroling, hayrides (weather permitting), children’s activities and free hot cider and ginger cookies. Location: Agricultural History Farm Park 18400 Muncaster Rd. Derwood, MD 20855. Time: Sat 12/13 & Sun 12/14 (Noon – 5:00 pm each day). Cost: Free. Site: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/ag_farm.shtm

Go Ice Skating – Bring the family and friends and come ice skating any time of year at Wheaton Ice Arena in Wheaton, or Cabin John Ice Rink in Rockville. Public skating sessions are held at both rinks throughout the rink, as well as special “Cheapskates” (one low fee for both admission and rental skates!), Family Skates, Adult Skates and special event and holiday skating sessions.

Wheaton Ice Arena
Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
301-905-3000

Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
301-765-8620

Looking or craft or recipe ideas?
Find winter (non-Christmas) ideas here: http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/winter/
Find Christmas ideas here: http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/christmas/

Fall Things to Do including festivals, fairs, Oktoberfest celebrations, pumpkin patches, crafts, and recipes.

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Festivals/Fairs:

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Villagers and courtiers of King Henry VIII populate Revel Grove. Character interaction with patrons is the cornerstone of a visit to the Renaissance Festival. Enjoy the close-up entertainment from a strolling magician, mingle with a mime, or listen to court gossip from a noble Lady – you’re part of the show at Revel Grove. The village is comprised of pubs, stages, food booths and more than 130 craft shops. Eat, drink, wander through the village and enjoy the atmosphere. Open weekends only. 8/23/2014 – 10/19/2014. http://www.rennfest.com/

The Great Frederick Fair – Exhibits, rides, entertainment, amusements, educational programming and eateries. See a cow up close, eat candy cotton, learn about 4-H livestock projects, ride a Ferris wheel, and learn the best technique for canning grape jelly. Open Daily, 9am-9pm. Sep 12, 2014 – Sep 20, 2014. http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/

Germantown Oktoberfest – Clarksburg, MD – October 5, 2014
High Point Farm has been holding this event for more than thirty years. Live music, food and Oktoberfest biergarten serving Warsteiner and Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest. There will also be a dance floor and local crafters/artists/businesses selling products. It is a family friendly event with children’s activities including games, amusement rides and other fun. Admission is free. They generally have thousands of visitors. Location: High Point Farm, 23730 Frederick Rd Clarksburg, MD 20871

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands – Gaithersburg, MD – October 12, 2014
The 23rd annual Oktoberfest will happen between noon and 5 PM. Locations are connected by trolley. Includes Beer Garden, Wine Terrace, German food and live music with dancers. Family friendly activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting and more. At Main Street, they have three stages of entertainment by bands and community groups. There will also be chalk artists, entertainers, aerialists and a children’s crafts and activities area. Admission and parking are free. Location: Kentlands Village Green, 320 Kent Square Rd , Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Frederick’s Oktoberfest – Frederick, MD – September 27-28, 2014
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E Patrick St Frederick, MD 21705

Pumpkin Patches:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland (301) 924-4141
This Montgomery County facility hosts one of the largest harvest festivals in the area. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, farm demonstrations, crafts, hay maze, live entertainment and more

Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland (301) 972-3299
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities.

Homestead Farm
15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland (301) 977-3761. Take a hayride, pick your own apples or pumpkins, find your way through the hay maze.

Larriland Farms
2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland (301) 854-6110
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; and explore a hay maze and more.

Summers Farm
5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland (301) 620-9316
Pumpkinland festival is open September 23 – November 1, 2013 with day and evening activities. Visit the farm animal barnyard, corn maze, giant slides, straw mountain, and American Indian Teepee and much more

Crumland Farms
7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Maryland. (301) 845-8099. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted hayride, pedal carts, giant trikes, mini-barnyard, hay jump, giant slide, MooChoo train and more. September 28-November 2, 2013, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall Crafts and Recipes:
I’ve collected a wide variety of fall crafts, activities, and recipes on a fall Pinterest board including football, leaves, pumpkins, apples, and more. You do not have to join Pinterest in order to view the board or to click on the links on the board. Find it at http://pinterest.com/mway24/fall/

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Little Tots free family shows at the Rio Washingtonian Center

May 07 – Aug 27

209 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

10:30 AM (Inside RIO’s Atrium)
7/2 – Wildlife Ambassadors
7/16 – Shazam Magic
7/30 – Under The Sea
8/13 – Mad Science
8/27 – Peter McCory

6PM (On the LAKEFRONT PLAZA)
5/14 – Great Zucchini
5/28 – Peter McCory
6/11 – Kidsinger Jim
6/25 – Rocknoceros
7/9 – Beowulf T. Wonderbunny
7/23 – Blue Sky Puppets
8/6 – Eric Energy
8/20 – John Henry England

Concerts:
Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion
31 South Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland. A variety of performances are offered for children, adults and the whole family.

Rio Entertainment Center
Gaithersburg, Maryland. Live music is played outdoors on Saturday evenings.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
20105 Town Commons Road, Germantown, Maryland. Free outdoor concerts are available on Saturday evenings.

Glenview Mansion
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland. On select Sunday afternoons free concerts are offered.

Rockville Town Square
Rockville, Maryland. Free outdoor concerts are held on the Square on Friday evenings. Kids nights and outdoor movies also entertain families throughout the summer.

Water Fun:
Gaithersburg’s Water Park at Bohrer Park
510 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD (301) 258-6445.
The Water Park at Bohrer Park includes several activity areas with lap swimming, rain drop umbrella and a double water slide. The splash pool, designed for children under age five, has a frog slide, seal spray, and a special eating area.

Splash Playground & Mini-Golf
Stay cool playing in the one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze, cave with a waterfall, water bucket drops, slide, and spraying animals. Tables and umbrellas provide shaded rest areas. Restrooms, changing rooms with lockers, and vending machines area available onsite.
The park has one 18-hole Miniature Golf course adjacent to the Splash Playground. South Germantown Recreational Park 18056 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841.

Nature Centers:
The four nature centers of Montgomery County Parks offer a variety of interesting, educational and fun programs for individuals (adults and children) and families all year round. Hike with an interpretive naturalist and learn more about nature’s hidden treasures. View special exhibits and displays in our visitors’ centers. In addition, group programs are offered for schools, scouts and other organized groups. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair:
August 8 – 16. Includes: Tractor Pull, Monster Truck Show, Monster Truck Rides
Demo Derby, Big Time Pro Wrestling, MD Draft Horse & Mule, Hogway, Speedway, Maxx The Robot, Old MacDonald’s Barn, Kid Zone, Rides, and much more. 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 2-3, 2014. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.

DC Funk Parade – New this year!
May 3, 2014. U Street Corridor, Washington DC. This is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival bringing to life one of the city’s liveliest entertainment districts.

Around the World Embassy Tour
May 3, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others.

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
May 3-4, 2014. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 4, 2014, noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.

Georgetown Garden Tour
May 10, 2014, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

National Train Day
May 10, 2014. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids’ activities, model trains and more.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 10-11, 2014. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.

Reopening of the Washington Monument
May 12, 2014. The Monument reopens after a 32-month closure due to damage from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August 2011. A re-opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary
May 13-June 15, 2014. The cemetery will host a series of special events and tours in celebration of their 150th anniversary. Learn about the history of our nation and its national cemetery.

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 16-18, 2014. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.

Bike to Work Day
May 16, 2014. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 16-18, 2014. Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. See artwork by more than 200 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers. Also enjoy musical performances, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.

National Asian Heritage Festival
May 17, 2014, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 17, 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gaithersburg, Maryland. The annual festival features 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, musical entertainment and more.

DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 17-18, 2014. Thompson’s Boathouse Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the Chinese Women’s League of Washington, DC, the event features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
May 17-18, 2014. Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the area’s most beautiful public and private properties.

Blue Angels Air Shows
May 21 and 23, 2014. Annapolis, MD. The Blue Angels Air Shows demonstrate choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon
May 24-25. 2014, 6-9 p.m. George Washington’s estate is opening its doors for a special evening event. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, and colonial games.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 24-25, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. The annual festival includes live entertainment, children’s games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, food, crafts and strawberries.

Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
May 24-26, 2014. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children’s entertainment, a parade and more.

Herndon Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 31, 2014. Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. More than 25 breweries present over 175 different brews. This family-friendly festival features live music by popular regional artists, kids’ activities, exhibitors and a variety of food.

Washington Folk Festival
May 31- June 1, 2014, 12-7 p.m. Glen Echo Park. Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. Audiences will enjoy American musical traditions such as bluegrass, blues, and swing as well as international traditions from across the globe. Rain or shine.

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Since I can never pick just one craft or recipe to share, I’ve put together two Pinterest boards of children’s crafts, activities, and recipes – one for Easter and one for just spring in general (non-Easter).
Find the Easter board at: http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/easter-stuff/
Find the spring board at: http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/spring/
You do not have to join Pinterest in order to view the page or to click on the picture links on it. Have fun!

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Event: King Farm will “Hop into Spring” on Saturday, April 12, 2014 starting at 10:00 a.m. with a special performance by Peter Wood of “Shazam Magic.” After the show, gather on the Saddle Ridge Circle lawn for the community’s fourth annual egg hunt, weather permitting. The lawn will be sectioned off in three locations by age: 2 & under, 3-to-5 years and 6 and over. Only children will be permitted on the lawn during the hunt!
Be sure to bring a basket or bag to collect those treat-filled eggs.
After the hunt, take photos with Hoppers the Bunny, face painting and fun.
You do not need to register for this event. 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, Rockville, MD

Event: Michael’s Kids Club: Craft Easter Fun
Location: Your local Michael’s store
Cost: $2
Create some one-of-a-kind Easter fun! Join us on Saturday, April 12, from 10-11:30am, for our Crafty Easter Fun Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details.

Event: Breakfast with the Bunny: The Bunny is making a special trip to Thomas Farm Community Center! Activities include D’s Magic show, spring crafts, egg hunt, Candy Land Challenge game and an opportunity to pose with the Bunny. Continental breakfast served. Bring your camera. Thomas Farm Community Center 700 Fallsgrove Dr. Rockville, MD 20850. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. $10 Rockville resident /$12 Non-resident. Fee applies to each person attending. Preregistration required: https://rockenroll.rockvillemd.gov/ Course #46335$5 at door for 11:45 am Magic show & egg hunt ONLY. Fee applies to each person attending.

Event: First Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt: First Baptist Church of Rockville 55 Adclare Rd. Rockville, MD 20850. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. Come and enjoy a fulfilled day of games, food, music, and lots of eggs! Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/773699835982415/

Event: Easter Egg Hunt & Bible Verse Carnival: We start with telling the story of Jesus in songs and activities. Then on to the hunt (indoors if it’s raining/snowing). Every child is assured of finding eggs—no mad scramble where little kids are run over by bigger kids. Next is the Bible Verse Carnival—fun games and unlimited time in the Moon Bounce. Everything is free—-everything connects our faith with fun! Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 17740 Muncaster Road Derwood, Maryland 20855Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm. Cost: Free Site: http://www.stlukesderwood.org/

Event: Spring Fling: Location: Lakeforest Mall 701 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm. Cost: Free. Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/730797530273597/ Join us for this FREE fun event! There will be a petting zoo with live baby bunnies and chicks, balloon sculptures, and more! First 200 children will receive a plush chick.

Event: 19th Annual Bunnyland – April 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 21, 26, 27, 2014 (closed Easter Sunday)
An Eggstravaganza of fun! Bring your basket and take a hayride in Bunnyland, hunt for eggs, participate in the Rubber Ducky Derby and visit with Butler’s very own Country Bunny. Barnyard Buddies will be there, too. 9:00am until 3:00pm each day. All activities run continuously throughout the day. No reservations required. 22200 Davis Mill Road • Germantown MD 20876 • Telephone – 301-972-3299

Event: Meadowside Nature Center’s Annual Egg Hunt. Location: Meadowside Nature Center 5100 Meadowside Lane (located in Rock Creek Regional Park) Rockville, MD 20855. Time: Select your time slot from those listed below & register! Cost: $8 Site: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/meadow/seasonal_programs.shtm#Special_EventsSearch for real eggs through our meadows, then dye and decorate the eggs you find. Event includes other on-going Spring-related activities throughout the day. Fun for the entire family! Reservations are required (we want to be sure we have enough eggs for all!)

Event: Journey’s Crossing’s 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Location: Seneca Valley High School 12700 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874. Time: Noon – 3:00 pm. Cost: Free. Site: http://journeyscrossing.org/easter Easter Eggstravaganza features 40,000 plastic candy-filled eggs, to be shared between age-specific egg hunts conducted as follows. Please note age group times & location designated as follows: Toddlers [Under 3 yrs] 12:15-2:30pm, Large Gym [indoor]. Special Needs 12:15-2:30pm, Large Gym [indoor]. Preschoolers [3&4 yrs old] 12:15-12:45pm, Football Field. Kindergarten & 1st Grade 12:55-1:25pm, Football Field. 2nd & 3rd Grades 1:35-2:05pm, Football Field. 4th & 5th Grades 2:15-2:45pm, Football Field. To ensure there are enough eggs for every child, we ask that your “egg-hunter” only participate in ONE egg hunt during their age-appropriate time. Children will be required to use the bags provided at the egg hunt entrance. There will be plenty of free and ongoing family entertainment, including: Music, Face Painting, Carnival Games, Moon Bounces, Magician, Easter Bunny, Community Businesses with games and prizes, and even a Photo Booth to remember the fun! Food and drinks from local restaurant vendors will be available for purchase at the event at a reasonable price. Free and limited parking will be available on Seneca Valley High School’s campus and in nearby area parking lots; just follow the signs to get to the event.

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I’ve put together a Pinterest board of children’s crafts and activities for March, including March Madness, Dr. Seuss Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, as well as some recipe ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/march/. You do not have to join Pinterest in order to view the page or to click on the picture links on it. Have fun!

Lego Masters
Mon Mar 3, 2014, 4–6 pm , recurs every Monday.
At the Potomac Library in the large meeting room.
10101 Glenolden Dr, Potomac, MD 20854
For children 8 and up to build and create with Legos. Parents and caregivers are welcome and are required to accompany children younger than 8 yrs old.
Because of small pieces and choking hazards, not recommended for children younger than 4 yrs old.
No registration required.
Free!

Mommy Movie Mondays (Daddy/Caregiver, Too!)
Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10 am – noon.
At JCC of Greater Washington  6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 (Movies will be shown in the Kreeger auditorium)
Cost: $5
Terrified of being “that parent” who brings their baby to the movie theater? Have no fear, Mommy Movie Mondays are here! Each Monday, we’ll feature a grown-up movie complete with popcorn, water, stroller parking and an audience that won’t mind if your baby cries!
THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED TO PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS WITH CHILDREN 12 MONTHS OR YOUNGER.
Older children may be dropped off at our J-Club Babysitting for $3.
YOU NEED TO REGISTER ONLINE: Program #12901
https://online.jccgw.org/OnlineEdge/programlist.html?event=InitSearch&keyword=mommy+movie

Nature Explorers
It’s spring and every Tuesday in March and April, budding nature explorers will experience the seasonal changes while discovering the woodlands, fields, pond, and stream at Meadowside. Learn about baby animals, dig for worms, search for signs of spring outdoors, and more! Participating in a variety of activities, games, and crafts will enhance children’s learning experiences. After each program, expand your visit by bringing a bag lunch to enjoy at our picnic tables under the trees. Adults must accompany children.
Where: Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Every Tuesday in March & April.
Ages 3-5.
To register call 301-924-4141.
Cost: $32; Registration fee is for all classes within each series

Little Tots!
Jan 08 – Apr 02
Join us on the first Wednesday of every month inside RIO Center’s lower level atrium (near AMC RIO Cinema 18) and treat your little tot to more great interactive entertainment from some of the area’s most talented performers. ALL SHOWS BEGIN AT 10:30 AM.
March 5 Mad Science
April 2 Uncle Pete
http://www.washingtoniancenter.com/events/washingtonian-little-tots

Preschool Songs & Stories
Back by popular demand, the Arts Barn will once again host an exciting and enriching cultural arts program for children. Preschool Songs and Stories gives three to five year olds and their parents or guardians the opportunity to explore the arts through singing, dancing and active listening to story books.
At The Arts Barn, located at 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg.
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM First & Third Thursdays of the month through June 19, 2014
For Pre-school age.
No registration necessary. Pay at the door.
Cost: $3 per child. Adults are free.
For more information call 301-258-6394.

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Valentine’s Day childcare options:

Pump It Up Gaithersburg:
Valentines Day is on Friday, February 14, 2014. To celebrate we are holding a Parents Night Out event from 6:00-10:00 pm! Just drop the kids off and off to your dinner date or movie with your special someone! Reservations are required for this event. We’ll have movies, crafts, snack and drinks available, and of course Bouncing! Event Cost is only $25.00 ($15.00 for siblings) A Pizza dinner can be purchased for $2.95

Romp n’ Roll Germantown: We are now taking reservations for Friday, Feb 14th (Valentines Day), 6-9 pm. No potty training necessary. Please call us at 301-528-ROLL to reserve your spots or for any questions.

Funfit Organically Grown Gym Olney:
Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out 6:30-9:30 pm. It’s 3 hours of free time for you to do with what you want! A nice date, a relaxing evening, shopping, free play time! So drop your kids off to Funfit and leave the fun to us! Included is pizza, crafts, active game time, Snake Pit Circuit time, Moonbounce bouncin & loads & loads of active, healthy fun! Ages: Completely Potty-trained to 10 yrs. Members: $25/child; 10% off for siblings. (if you are not a member, use Non-Member pricing for your first registration & a one time fee of $45 will be added at checkout)

My Gym Potomac & Bethesda:
All potty trained kids have their own party here at My Gym while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. My Gym is the best babysitting around! Kids play games, practice sports skills, do gymnastics, arts and crafts and more! We will also eat a pizza dinner! $30 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 per additional sibling. Space is limited-Reserve your spot! Reservations required.

Little Gym Germantown:
February 14, 2014 6:30 pm You get to enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal without your pint-sized food critics in tow. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through games and music-filled activities. Spots fill quickly, so call (240) 686-1640 to book your win-win parents’ night out. Members: $32.00, Non-Members: $36.00 For kids 3 -12 years.

Little Gym Potomac:
February 14, 2014 5:30 pm Members: $32.00, Non-Members: $40.00

Kidville Fallsgrove:
Valentine’s Day Drop & Play! Attention parents of 2 through 6-year-olds…TAKE BACK DATE NIGHT! Friday, February 14th, Kidville Fallsgrove will host a drop-off program from 6-9pm including gym, art, pizza, juice, water, cookies and a ton of fun! $30 first child, $15 additional siblings. RSVP TODAY to (301)545-0300!

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Make it and Take It Groundhogs Day
When: Mon Feb 3, 2014, 1:30–3:30 pm
Where: Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Dr. Boyds, MD 20841
Description: Drop by the Visitor Center and have some fun! We’ll have easy-to-make seasonal crafts that you can make and take home. It’s almost Groundhog’s Day – will we have 6 more weeks of winter?? Make your own groundhog craft that you can take outside to make your own weather prediction.
Drop by the center (no registration required). $2/charge is per craft. Ages 1 & up. Exact change is appreciated.

Annual Heart-to-Heart Family Valentine’s Dance
When: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 7–9 pm
Where: Twinbrook Community Recreation Center
12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD
Description: Enjoy a red hot night! Family and friends spend time together making Valentine’s craft, playing carnival games and dancing as a DJ spins musical favorites. Refreshments sold by Twinbrook E.S. PTA.
$3 per person; no pre-registration required.

Family Storytime and Lunar New Year Celebration
When: Sat Feb 8, 2014, 10:30–11:30 am
Where: Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd Germantown, MD 20874
Description: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special storytime for preschool children and their families that includes stories, fingerplays, songs, a craft, and other early literacy activities. Ages 3-6
Cost: Free
Site: http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=58832

Mommy Movie Mondays (Daddy/Caregiver, Too!)
When: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 10 am – noon
Where: JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852 (Movies will be shown in the Kreeger auditorium)
Description: Cost: $5
2/10 Movie: Captain Phillips
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535109/
Terrified of being “that parent” who brings their baby to the movie theater? Have no fear, Mommy Movie Mondays are here! Each Monday, we’ll feature a grown-up movie complete with popcorn, water, stroller parking and an audience that won’t mind if your baby cries!
THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED TO PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS WITH CHILDREN 12 MONTHS OR YOUNGER.
Older children may be dropped off at our J-Club Babysitting for $3.
YOU NEED TO REGISTER ONLINE: Program #12901
http://www.jccgw.org/event/mommy-movie-monday/

20th Annual Baby Plus Bazaar
When: Sat Feb 22, 2014, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Lake Marion Community Center
8821 E Village Ave, Montgomery Village, MD 20886
Description: Join hundreds of your neighbors at the Lake Marion Community Center to find great deals on gently used and new baby products. Admission for bargain hunters is free!

Paper heart garland

Find this easy paper heart garland (my son loves getting to use the stapler!) and more Valentine craft and recipe ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/mway24/valentines/.  You do not have to join Pinterest in order to view the page or to click on the picture links on it.

Chapter Boundaries

MOMS Club is an international organization with several chapters in the area. You belong in our chapter if you live in the following school zones:

Cedar Grove ES
Dr. Sally K. Ride ES
William B. Gibbs ES
Lake Seneca ES
Waters Landing ES

Don’t know what school zone you live in?  Just visit the Montgomery County School Locator to find out.

If you fall in our boundaries and are interested in more information, e-mail germantownmomsclub@gmail.com!

Don't fall into our boundaries? Inquiries outside our local area can be made by visiting the International MOMS Club website at www.momsclub.org.