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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 whichevents are sure to please. Have fun, make memories and go on an adventure with your family!

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4D Fun with Jumanji at Adventure Theatre

You may feel a rumble beneath your bum, and a spritz of water near your face. You may also notice that it has begun to snow, though it is June and you are indoors and this whole experience began in the cozy living room of an old mansion. But fear not - it's all part of the show in Adventure Theatre Musical Company's immersive four-dimensional adaptation of the children's classic, "Jumanji."

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A Dad's Life with 3 Girls

When you have three sweet, loving, intelligent, beautiful girls, each day is a boundless treasure of joy, wonder and other stuff. 6:47 a.m. There's not much of a buffer zone between sleep and wakefulness. That tends to happen when a 5-year-old sits on your chest, grabs your upper and lower eyelashes, and yanks them apart.

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Easy Ways to Give Your Brain a Boost this Summer

It's summertime, and while the school doors may be closed, that doesn't mean children have to take a break from learning. In fact, some of that hard-earned knowledge may disappear if they do. Try some of these fun and easy ways for the whole family to combine time off with activities that give the brain a boost.

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How to Handle Your Tweens Brain and Emotions with C.A.R.E.

Changes in the brain typically begin before physiological signs of puberty, so there's no warning when a child enters adolescence. One day your child is centered and cooperative, and then - earthquake - you have an irritable and even mean pre-teen. Learn how to manage your tween's mind and emotions.

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Learn to Fly at D.C.'s Trapeze School

I finally heed my instructor's command and leap from the platform and fly. I don't remember, however, to point my toes or keep my legs together and swing them from the hips, but all of that is okay because this is only my first flying trapeze class at the Trapeze School of New York, situated next to Nat's Stadium on the D.C. waterfront.

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"Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough" Protecting Your Gifted Perfectionist

Giftedness comes with a desire for perfection. Perfection is seldom achieved and requires enormous time management skills. There is "good" perfectionism and "bad" perfectionism. No wonder some gifted students underachieve or are perceived as "lazy;" they are protecting themselves from themselves.

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Thank You Stepdad You're Important Too!

Stepparenting is tough. Mistakes are made. Misunderstandings happen. And variables outside our control influence stepfamily relationships. But there's always tomorrow: A fresh start to work through differences and hope for harmony.

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The Best Swimming Program for Your Kids

Most parents recognize the need to give their children swimming lessons to keep them safe in the water. But teaching philosophies may vary from one program to the next. So how do parents choose the right swim program for their child? Check out what these experts have to say about age appropriateness, program size and instruction, submersion techniques, fear of water and more.

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