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Mom Builds Ingenious Structure Allowing Grandma to Hug Kids

Nana was able to hold her grandchildren for the first time in months.

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Spoiler Alert!: Where to Take Visiting Grandparents

They’ve been to the Met. Seen the Zoo. Try these fresh ideas for guaranteed extended family fun!

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5 Ways to Get the Kiddos Ready for Fall Fair Competition

I guess it was beginner’s luck when, circa 1984, I submitted my first fall fair entry: a still life of an orange in the kids’ photo category. It won first place.

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So maybe I was…

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10 Things to Do Before Summer Is Over

Before you say bon voyage to summer make sure you check out our list of last hurrahs.

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Fairest in the DMV: Your Guide to Fair Season

With everything from pig races and tractor pulls to cotton candy and pie eating contests, we’ve rounded up the best of the best in the DMV county fair circuit.

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Are ‘Quiet Fireworks’ in Our Future?

It might sound like Fourth of July sacrilege to people in the U.S., but quiet fireworks are becoming more and more common elsewhere in the world.

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Stock Tank Pools Are Popping up Everywhere (and Here’s Why You Should Get One)

This will change everything you thought you knew about backyard water play.

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Sweet Scavenger Hunt Locations That Are Never Boring

Whether it’s shells, science or stars they seek, these are the places you’ll want to go to make it happen. The hunt is on!

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Power Moms of the Food World

These 11 women of the food industry are giving the term “power mom” a whole new meaning.

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Cream of the Crops: Kid-Friendly Farms Near NYC

No matter what kind of country you’re after (local? petting zoo? organic?) we’ve found a spot to help you get back to the land.

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Fun Farm: Spend the Day at Frying Pan Park

Pigs, cows, horses, turkeys, peacocks—these aren’t the usual beltway suspects when you think of living in D.C. But if your family longs for a simpler time, or just an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle, hit the road for Frying Pan Park.

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Fair Play! A Guide To State Fairs For The Small Set

School is back in session, football’s on the brain and you have an inexplicable hankerin’ to ride a Tilt-a-whirl. That’s right, folks, it’s Fall. Step right up and head to the fair!

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm…

Just 25 miles north of the city is a gorgeous farm that also happens to be an example of true farm-to-table living, The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. A pleasant trip by car or train, this 80-acre working…

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Frozen Dinner’s Local Makeover

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You do your best by your children to keep up with the culinary Joneses, shopping for what’s in season at the farmers market, keeping track of where and how far your produce traveled, and whether…

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Coo Coo Coyuchi

Seems like even the most mainstream brands and stores are putting out organic lines these days–definitely a good thing. As 25% of the world’s insecticides are sprayed on cotton, any steps we can take to decrease that amount is worth…

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