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10 Terrific Things to Do with Kids this Week

We've done the hard work for you, sifting through our extensive kids' event calendar to let you know which events are sure to please. Have fun, make memories and go on an adventure with your family!

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Babies and Dogs

Roughly two-thirds of American families own at least one dog. Add baby to the mix and often times the family dog drops quickly on the priority list or is removed from the household altogether. Before your baby arrives, prepare your dog for the changes ahead and enjoy the rewards of raising your children alongside your furry companion.

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Volunteer on a Summer Science Project

Salamanders, crickets, butterflies and bees. As warm weather encourages everyone to enjoy more time outdoors, you may encounter these critters without too much thought. The summer months offer a perfect opportunity to help children develop a deeper appreciation of nature through engagement.

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Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, D.C.

Families in the D.C. area have lots of choices when making plans for the Fourth of July. From parades to historical re-enactments to fireworks, there's bound to be something to please every member of your family. So grab some sunscreen, put on your patriotic best and head to one of these events to celebrate America's birthday.

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Creating Smart Online Passwords

Now that families conduct so much of their social and financial business online, strong passwords are every bit as important as sturdy locks on the doors of your house. Unfortunately, parents who are very conscientious about other forms of family security often do the virtual equivalent of leaving the key under the doormat.

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Reconnecting As a Family After School and Work

Working parents, you know the drill. It's pickup time at the child care center. You've barely had a chance to unplug from your workday-not to mention D.C. area traffic-and your child chooses to start misbehaving the moment you walk into her classroom. The last thing you need right now is more demands on your attention and patience.

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Summer Arts Activities for Kids

It is a simple fact that funding for the arts in schools has decreased, reducing the time children engage in them. Having fewer opportunities to explore the arts is a shame because the arts play an important role in children's math, reading, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills

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How to Control Teens' Risky Behavior

Binge drinking before a school dance ... popping prescription drugs at school to get high ... texting nude pictures to a former boyfriend ... drag racing on the Beltway ... Given that the Washington area is filled with some of the better educated teenagers in the country, why do they still do such "stupid" things?

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