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Local Bakeries for Bite-Size Birthday Treats

While your kids may have blown-out candles on cakes before, why not shake things up this year and present a heap of delectable mini-treats to the birthday guy or gal?

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5 Places to Pedal Boat (and See Some Cool Sights)

Whether your little one is mesmerized by monuments or turtle chasing, there’s a pedal boat ride just for them.

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Get a Jump On: Bounce House-Filled Play Spaces

When bopping around outdoors isn’t in the forecast, check out one of these indoor bounce house play spaces for kids of all ages.

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A Toast! D.C.’s Kid-Friendly Beer Gardens, Breweries, and Ale Houses

D.C.’s beer scene is booming, with plenty of kid-friendly places to enjoy a cold one. Cheers!

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20 Surprising Places to Beat the Heat this Month

It’s getting so hot that the thermometer may just surrender. But don’t let your family raise the white flag just yet. Instead, why not explore these 20 hot spots to cool off?

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5 Summer Pop-Up Shops to Visit With Your Kids ASAP

From BBQ to baby dolls, the wares sold at some of the coolest D.C. pop-up shops appeal specifically to the under-10 set and their grown-ups. But if you want to check them out, you’ll have to hurry.

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Stir Things Up: A Tea Party Playdate for Two (or 10!)

Pinkies up! In D.C. tea play dates are the latest and greatest way to spend an afternoon with your little ones.

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A Guide to the Angelika Film Center With Kids

When you’re jonesing for a family film fest, visit the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, a haven for movie loving hipsters and their little ones.

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Check It Out! 6 Local Libraries With the Coolest Summer Programs

From live animals (gerbils!!) to arts and crafts, each of these public libraries offers kiddie programing that is just as fun as running cannonballing into your neighborhood watering hole. Really!

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The District’s Top Pops

The next time you need to beat the heat, zip over to one of these artisan popsicle shops that will give your favorite ice cream parlor a run for its money.

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Day-Off Escape: Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park has a beach, a playground, and picnic spots, making it the perfect place to chillax (sans email) with your little ones.

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12 Awesome (and Easy!) Summer Day Trips

Maximize the fun (while minimizing the headaches) with one of these day trips that are just a hop, skip, and jump from downtown D.C.

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Walk It Out: Kid-Friendly, Before Bed Strolls

Check out some of the best places to take your family for an early evening walk. Good luck getting them to want to walk back.

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7 Allergy-Friendly Cupcake Shops to Try Now

Craving a double chocolate cupcake (just because), but not sure where to go with a kid who needs a nut-free/gluten-free/vegan/sugar-free treat? Try these delicious bakeries for some alternatives.

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Shore Thing: Super Fun Beach Towns Near D.C.

Pack up your mini mermaids and mermen and head to one of these waterways (with family friendly boardwalks, shops, and restaurants nearby) for a there-and-back day trip.

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