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Celebrate the Real Meaning of Memorial Day with Your Kids

  While we all enjoy a day off and throw some burgers on the grill, teaching kids about Memorial Day is an important way to honor our country and all who served. But it can feel hard to know what to say, how to make it memorable and ways to make a difference. These simple tips will help. First, What …

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Mom and Me Figurines

Make a memory this Mother’s Day with a craft that’s fun for all ages. This month, make painted figurines of both parent and child using a kid-friendly clay substitute that’s easy to handle. The completed figurines can be used as dolls or decorations! This craft is not recommended for children younger than 3 years old. You will need: 4-ounce packet …

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5 Pet-Friendly Outings in Frederick County

Pets are an important part of the family, but it can be a challenge to find pet-friendly spaces—meaning pets are often left behind when we go out. Luckily for our four-legged family members, Frederick is the place to be for dog-friendly dining, parks and shopping. Here are five ways you can get the whole family involved and celebrate the companionship …

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Editor’s Picks: Virtual reality, bedtime stories and more for learning and play

By Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards. NAPPA Awards has been celebrating the best in family products for 32 years. For more product reviews and gift ideas, visit  More Than Affirmations: Inspiring Affirmation Cards, Reflection Prompts and Activities for Kids Features 30 positive affirmation cards for kids with different and unique reflection prompts, and mindful activities …

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My Turn: Eco-friendly Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! It’s that time of year when our kids celebrate friendship and love by indulging in treats and handing out cards to their friends during Valentine’s Day class parties. It’s so exciting for them to receive these goodies from their classmates to show how much they care about each other, but have you noticed all the …

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Love Notes to Your Family

Valentine’s Day celebrates love, friendship and admiration. Here’s a simple, meaningful craft to help you celebrate this special day with your family. Show each member of the family how much you care. What you’ll need Red construction paper White construction paper Glitter Glue (stick or liquid) A dark-colored marker A pencil with an eraser Stick-on gems Step 1: Draw the …

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5 Places to Go Ice Skating in the Frederick Area

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Whether you’re taking a day trip or visiting local favorites, the Frederick area has plenty to offer when it comes to seasonal ice skating. Explore indoor and outdoor skating—and maybe sledding, too—at these locations in Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties.   Pinecliff Park 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick | Open 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily Pinecliff Park is …

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