Resources for Families & Kids

Activities

Did you know there are are more than 20 Nature Centers in the DC Metro & Northern VA area? You might be next door to one and not even know it! Many of them have fun & education areas for children including native wildlife. 

 

Hiking Along engages children in exploration of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it while hiking on scenic trails around the metro DC region. While hiking, groups of children, preschool to high school, participate in hands-on science activities to learn about their natural surroundings. Hiking Along has published Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle and Best Hikes with Kids: Washington DC, The Beltway & Beyond

 

Completely Kids is the single most comprehensive guide for 'kid stuff' in the Richmond area.  We help parents find information and encourage them to try new things!  Visit our website at www.CompletelyKidsRichmond.com

 

 

Expert parenting writers come together in this extraordinary resource for families living or traveling in Northern Virginia. 

 

Our Kids is Your Link to Family Fun in the Washington, DC metro area. Find the best activities for kids in DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland!

 

Tiny-trots was launched in the summer of 2013 to assist caregivers in finding activities, classes, and events in the DC metro area. It's a FREE resource that also includes a forum for users to post questions and access recommendations for the best happenings and activities around town

 

Local moms make parenting easier and growing up fun!

 

Students at Bricks 4 Kidz learn to build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of LEGO® bricks, using one-of-a-kind model plans that encourage them to explore principles of engineering, architecture, physics and more. 

 

FamiliesONLY.com is your online source for local family events and resources in DC, MD and northern VA.

 

Arts and Music

Clifton Man Photography is an Award Winning husband and wife team creating Newborn & Maternity Photography.  Clifton Man Photography offers convenient in-home sessions, serving Northern VA, Maryland & DC.

 

B&B Music Lessons is a Washington DC small business which has been in service since 2005.  Their primary goal is to make the world a better place through music, one lesson at a time.  Its founders are Brad Clements and Bhagwan Khalsa.  Both are DC natives and are professional musicians, dedicated to sharing the joy of music through performance and education. Music lessons with B&B are fun and engaging while still covering the fundamentals of music.   B&B provides lessons that take place at the homes of their students in DC, Maryland and Virginia - in other words, they come to you!

 

Blue Ridge Music Together delights in sharing the joy of music with families throughout the Greater Charlottesville area and at our downtown studio in McGuffey Art Center.  To learn more about our program and class offerings, please visit the Classes page or give us a call at 434.293.6361

 

Hot tunes for cool kids! Mr. Skip has been strumming his tunes for nearly 40 years at child care centers, schools,Moms groups, libraries, parties, festivals and fairs, wherever young children are gathered. His recent performances include the 2008 Children's Inaugural Ball, The Great Nurse-In, the Smithsonion Institute, Union Market, Eastern Market and the Atlas Performing Arts Center, all of Washington, DC.

 

Jessica Monte is a NoVA mom and a lifestyle and studio photographer, which means that she likes to photograph moments as they happen and also understands the importance of knowing how to pose her clients.  She loves to photograph clients on location, whether it is in a big open field, at a garden, or in their home.

 

Flora Couture is full service floral design business currently serving the Washington, DC metro area.  Flora Couture specializes in floral design for weddings, special occasions, and businesses. 

 

Clothing

Darling Boutique is a new & consigned women's boutique offering contemporary brands, fresh consignment, and local and global artisans. At Darling, you will find new & gently worn women's clothing and accessories as well as restored and handmade home decor. 

 

With over a year of testing and research, Hansen Kids, LLC has perfected the eco-friendly Andy Pandy premium bamboo diaper with a comfortable 3-D form fitting, no-leak design. The product comes with a convenient wetness indicator, an elastic waistband that provides a snug, comfortable fit, and flexible side panels that stretch for increased comfort of active babies. Choose Andy Pandy Today, Because Your Baby Deserves A Better Tomorrow. 

 

Located in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, UpCircle Studio makes one-of-a-kind, handmade apparel and accessories for children and parents.  We also offer sewing classes at our workspace in Old Town. Whether you’re a budding seamstress or a frequent sewer who wants to learn a new pattern or two, you’ll love the individualized attention you’ll receive during these sessions—and you’ll always walk out with your very own hand-sewn creation!

 

We are a unique children's and maternity boutique located on the historic pedestrian mall in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia and also on the web at Petit Bebe. We take pride in providing products defined by heirloom quality, eco-conscious materials, and innovative design.

 

Located just outside of Washington D.C. in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique is a charming destination with hip and classy styles for both the expectant mom and baby. This chic boutique offers maternity clothing for work and play. while also carrying fun gifts, adorable baby clothing, and gear including Bugaboo strollers.

 

For Parents

barre.[d] studio in Charlotteville offers 45-60min dynamic group fitness classes designed to create long lean muscles, keeping each one challenging, balancing, and toning for your best workout. promise. Derived from Lotte Berk’s barre techniques, barre.[d] incorporates extensive high rep strength training for a total body workout yet keeping the flow low impact, balancing isometric with full-range movements, and adds a bit of a cardio kick to each class. an environment encouraging clients find balance in every breath and strength in their own body. Our studio also offers childcare for selected classes throughout the week! check us out online for schedules.

 

Earth Mama® believes in the natural process of birth, and the healing power of nature. Our mission is to provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and babies of all ages, and to help educate people about traditional plant medicine and safe personal care. We manufacture natural and organic products that work, combining generations of women's wisdom and traditional plant medicine with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence based research. If it doesn't measure up to Mama's standards, it doesn't leave the building. 

 
SmartyPants is the leading all-in-one gummy vitamin that combines the RDI for Vitamin D plus Omega 3 and a full multi, using the best forms of these ingredients. We're available on Amazon, and at Walgreens, Whole Foods, and other leading retailers around the US. For every bottle of SmartyPants Vitamins you buy, SmartyPants helps expectant moms and kids here and abroad through our one-for-one matching nutrient grant with our partners at Vitamin Angels.
 
 
 
 

Certified Natural & Organic Baby & Kids Products. Baby Oil, Diaper Cream, and Baby Sunscreens. Safe, effective and soothing organic products for babies and kids.

 

 

Happy Family is a mom-founded and operated premium organic food company that’s changed the way we feed our children. 

 

A Parent's Guide to First Aid by David Patterson.

 

"Love and Learn" with Bon Secours offers more classes for pregnancy, birth and parenting than any other health system in Virginia- we want you to have all the information you need to be successful as a new parent! Whether it's birthing options, yoga, Pilates, decorating a nursery or baby proofing your home, we offer all the classes you want with locations throughout Central and Eastern Virginia. Click here to learn more.

 

Here Wee Grown Again is Charlottesville's premiere children's consignment sale. The huge sale is held bi-annually, in the Spring and Fall, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. 

 

CareLuLu is the easiest way to find a daycare or preschool that fits your family's specific needs! Our personalized search, detailed daycare profiles with tuition rates and photos, and verified parent reviews make it easy for parents to find safe and affordable child care. Best of all, it’s free!

 

 

Momme Meals provides delectably healthy organic foods specifically designed for pregnant and nursing moms, but excellent for the whole family! From the door step delivery of our frozen creations to our new line of allergen-friendly energy snacks available nationwide, momme meals’ works hard to bring you and your family  healthy foods you can trust that taste out-of-this-world delicious.

 

The Joy Troupe NOVA Moms & Playgroup has been bringing families together since 2007! Remember when you were a kid, and your mom could walk out the back door and run over to a neighbor's house and visit with another mom, and there were always kids nearby to play with? Well, welcome to our neighborhood! We are looking forward to meeting you. (Also check out their Mamapreneur Directory!)

 

Hush Little Baby provides newborn care services in the Washington, D.C,  Northern Virginia, Maryland areas.

 

Baby Boot Camp (Charlottesville & NoVA) is an exercise program to help moms get back into pre-pregnancy shape!  Classes combine cardio, strength, and core exercises and keep the babies and toddlers entertained throughout with singing, counting, bubbles, and movement! First class is free--get a workout, make friends, and have fun with your baby!

 

At Bend, we serve the unique needs of children through playful and exciting exercises, while also providing instruction for the needs of their families. We offer yoga classes for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age, expecting and new mothers, and the whole family in a non-competitive and stress-free atmosphere.

 

Hazel Beauty Bar is a family-friendly cozy shop located next to Spudnuts Donuts. The owner and stylist is Leslie Lowry, and she feels like she is living the dream with her job. Everyone is welcome at this charming, laid back shop.

 

Fuel Center, LLC (Family Unity through Enrichment and Learning) is an empowering family coaching program designed for the typical family that is experiencing adolescent growing pains and want help and encouragement navigating this ever-changing, frequently frustrating developmental stage

 

Let Mommy Sleep provides overnight care to newborns and education to their families for care up to 4 months.

 

SleepWell Sleep Solutions is owned by NoVA mom Michelle Winters. Michelle is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Certified Greenproofer. Michelle will work with you to implement a plan that will have your child sleeping!  She uses various methods to help your child learn how to fall asleep on their own, without leaving them to cry it out all by themselves.

 

Green Links

Natural, eco-friendly wooden toys, teethers, knit wool stuffed animals, and quality natural Waldorf dolls! Let your little ones explore, play, and learn, naturally with our eco-savvy handmade toys! 10% of all sales go to feed hungry babies, rescue children from exploitation, bring clean water to remote villages, and more, all over the world through Samaritan's Purse ministries. 

 

An on-line community from Seventh Generation supporting bright and safe solutions for families and children.

 

Recycle your broken toys! Natural personal care brand Tom’s of Maine and TerraCycle® are teaming up during Earth Month to offer the first program that empowers families across the country to share in a teachable moment and recycle broken toys into something useful like park benches.The boxes come with a prepaid shipping label for an easy return process once full. Everything from dolls to board game pieces can be placed in the box and shipped to TerraCycle free of charge.

 

Kids can be Butterfly Heroes with the National Wildlife Federation! As part of National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife program, Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to the declining population and connect gardeners and kids and families alike to help the monarchs and other pollinators. Kids pledge to be Butterfly Heros (Butterfly Heroes Pledge) by sending in a picture (with the help and permission of their parents) making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly.They then receive a Butterfly Garden Starter Packet by mail that includes a seed packet with native milkweed or a flowering nectar plant and a Ranger Rick Nature Notebook.

 

Non-Profits

Mother Health International (MHI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to respond and provide relief to pregnant women and children in areas of disaster, war and extreme economic poverty. We are committed to reducing perinatal mortality rates by creating culturally competent and sustainable birth centers using the midwifery model of care. 

 

Mission Sleep is a non-profit organization that strives to provide free, overnight newborn care to military families where mom's partner is deployed or wounded when baby arrives.

 

Other

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® relies on you, the public, to share photos of missing children and safety tips for children and their families to help recover missing children and prevent sexual exploitation. One of the easiest ways to help the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is to stay informed. Every missing child’s photo you see or safety tip you read makes you a stronger advocate for children. Read more about how you can stay informed, and join us in the fight to better protect children. 

 

What is Child Abuse or Neglect? Why does it happen? What can I do?

Need help? Call 800-CHILDREN 

 

We offer affordable CPR (Child & Adult), First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Healthcare Provider courses. All of our courses are developed by a team of authorized U.S. board certified and licensed medical doctors. Our nationally recognized certificates are signed by authorized board certified U.S. medical doctors. 

 

Playgrounds and Gymnastics

Chibis (pronounced: CHEE-bees) Indoor Playground in Ashburn, VA for kids 6 and under is the perfect place to let your little ones’ legs and imaginations run free! Chibis' mission is to provide an environment where parents can exercise with their children or socialize while their children enjoy our fun, safe, CLEAN playground. We have a playground for big kids as well as an area designed exclusively for infants.

 

Bounce-n-Play is Charlottesville’s only family entertainment facility. We offer children a place to crawl, slide, bounce and paint no matter what the weather and a place for parents to relax, visit with friends, catch up on e-mails or get a little exercise on the treadmill. Our facility is open every day for open play, we also host amazing birthday parties and corporate events.

 

Sport Bounce of Loudon is a family-owned and operated facility proudly serving Loudon and Fairfax Counties since 2007. Their 10,000+ square foot space is filled with many GIANT inflatables to give children many options for exercise and play! The integrity and safety of their inflatables is a top priority at Sport Bounce.

 

The idea behind PB & Jack is to create a place where both kids and parents can have fun, hang out, and attend activities and classes. Fairfax, VA.

 

Websites

Red Tricycle is a digital city guide for parents. We offer ideas for things to see, eat and do with your kids in D.C.

 

From the creators of The Knot, TheBump.com gives parents the inside scoop on fertility, pregnancy, birth and babies.

 

WhatToExpect.com offers expert information along with a vibrant community for preconception through toddlerhood based on the best-selling What To Expect book series.