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My Reptile Guys

My Reptile Guys provides a fun-filled reptile safari in the convenience of your home or venue of choice. Reptile experts offer a selection of reptile show packages, which can cater to events ranging from birthday parties, summer camps, school functions, library presentations, Cub Scout banquets and more. The reptile shows are geared to all age groups and provide a presentation format which combines both education and entertainment. A variety of lizards, turtles/tortoises and snakes are put in the spotlight, while peculiarities specific to each species are covered. My Reptile Guys is an interactive reptile experience for all to enjoy! myreptileguys.com

The Sneeve

Sharing is caring … Unless you're talking about cold and flu germs. Protect your child's health this winter with the innovative design of The Sneeve. Made of absorbent, antimicrobial material, The Sneeve kills 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria on contact. Simply slip the stretchy, comfortable band on your child's elbow. Then the next time they say “Achoo” they'll be saying “so-long” to yucky germs. $10. The Sneeve is available at select retail locations. To purchase online visit thesneeve.com

“There Was Once a Cat” by Mary Jane Cogan, M.Ed

Winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award and endorsed by the Cat Fanciers' Association, “There Was Once a Cat”, is designed to capture the interest of young readers. Within the pages are amusing limericks about 26 charming cats, beginning with Anna and ending with Zipper. Each limerick is presented with a watercolor illustration, and within each illustration is the first letter of the cat’s name. For example, on the page about Anna, the young readers can search for all the A’s in the picture, count them and check the total with the answer page. Little ones will enjoy the limerick poetry while also gaining knowledge about the alphabet, letter recognition and counting skills. Available on amazon.com.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown D.C. comes to life with a high-energy spring celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. One of the Washington, D.C.'s largest spectator events, the pink-tacular parade includes giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity performances and much more! The parade will march down iconic Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, NW. The event is held rain or shine. Standing along the Parade route is free; grandstand tickets can be purchased online at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Blossom Kite Festival

April 16, 10 a.m. to noon Soar off into a whimsical adventure at the Blossom Kite Festival. Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Washington Monument grounds, international master kite makers will be setting their creations into the sky for all to see. Feeling inspired? Have your child enter the youth Kite Makers Competition. Families are also invited to step into the activity tents to create their one-of-a-kind kite masterpieces.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day

March 26 Celebrate the legacy of the National Park Service, and gain a deeper appreciation for nature, at the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Family Day. This free event will take place at the National Building Museum. Families can partake in hands-on learning as they explore kite flying, yoga, landscape architecture, design and more.

National Geographic Museum

Get up close with crocs at “Crocs – Ancient Predators in a Modern World,” on display at the National Geographic Museum through May 8. Explore everything about crocs, from their prehistoric ancestors to the modern animals. View a life-size model of the world’s largest crocodile, explore how crocs communicate, create 3D animations of extinct species and even see some of the world’s most intriguing crocodilians in their native habitats. Tickets and info at ngmuseum.org.