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Those of us who are parents in the D.C. area have it easy — entertainment-wise. If you can’t make it into the city to visit the Museum of Natural History or let the kids loose at the National Arboretum, have no fear. I’ve rounded up some things to do and places to shop in the D.C. ‘burbs that will save your weekends with the little ones.

Read on for recommendations for the three major components of any parent’s weekend (note — no recommendations on bedtime ; ).


Oh Bessie!

Oh Bessie! continues to be one of my favorite local designers. I featured this talented mother-daughter duo in my MiM Wonder Woman series last fall. The eye-catching designs they create are one of a kind and I always get compliments when Mason wears one of their t-shirts.

In addition to clothing, Oh Bessie! also has a bright and cheerful line of decor for your child’s room. I love their giraffe growth charts. A few friends’ children might be getting one of their banners for birthday and shower gifts (wink, wink). Free shipping on orders over $50!

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Dawn Price Baby 

If you’re trying to avoid the purple carts at Babies R Us and you’re not sure you can handle red carts either (looking at you, Target), stop by Dawn Price Baby. There are locations all over the DMV. I’ve always found great baby shower gifts here. While they are a boutique, you can also find baby standards like the Ergo and sleep sacks. The best locations I’ve found are in the Mosaic District and Reston Town Center because you can grab a bite after and continue running errands. Multitasking at its best.


One Loudoun

The tag line for One Loudoun is “Loudoun County’s New Downtown.” Don’t laugh. It’s actually a great spot for not only the kids, but for you. With a splash pad in front of the Alamo Theater, the shopping hub attracts tons of kids in the summer. There’s also a custard place next door, restaurants and shopping. There are great things about the ‘burbs — you just have to be a parent to recognize them!

Udvar-Hazy Center

Another great place for kids and adults alike. A museum in an airplane hanger translates into room — plenty of room to roam/run. Mason was fascinated by the space shuttle (and we were, too) and of course all the airplanes. This should be on your list whether you have little ones or not.

Clemyjontri Park

Clemy who? I know, I’m not sure where the name came from either but I am sure that this is the playground of playgrounds. There are bridges, monkey bars and swings for as far as the eye can see. Your kids will be begging for naptime after this — which is one of the primary reasons we go. That and the parent-watching is bar none. We’re all in this together!



Love this place. I mean, who doesn’t? Have you tried their caipirinhas? Perfection. The other great thing is Bartaco’s kids’ menu. They have trays which include tacos, fruit skewers and corn wheels. Always a winner with Mase. Try the location in Reston Town Center. There’s a park right across the street.

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Ted’s Bulletin

We’re sticking with chains here because as a parent, you know they are tried and true. And they have high chairs. One of our favorites is Ted’s Bulletin in the Mosaic District. This restaurant also has a small splash pad in front and next to…wait for it…a Mom & Pop’s COFFEE SHOP. Enough said.


I hope you — and the kids — enjoy these recommendations, parents!

Mom in Manolos, Washington D.C.


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