Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Share Your Thoughts on Motherhood (Prizes are involved!)

Becoming a mother is a transforming experience. And, although you may think you know what it is going to be like, it never turns out that way.

Along with exceeding your expectations, the birth or arrival of your first child will create a paradigm shift for how you see your own mother. All of a sudden all those things your mother used to tell you that you thought were a waste of your time or hers, they are all right and justified. Suddenly you understand why she said it and what it really meant.

Washington FAMILY Magazine is putting together thoughts and opinions about motherhood from other mothers. We would really like to hear from you. We want to find out what YOU think and what is important to YOU.

Tell us what you think and how you see the “Motherhood” experience.

Then we will share your comments on WUSA9 during the Moms Like Me and FAMILY Magazine segment on Monday, May 4 and with our online readers.

Every mom who sends me her comments by 4PM, Thursday, April 30 will also be eligible for a drawing for a GREAT BIG BOX of DVDs, kids books, toys and other great stuff. We will even customize the GREAT BIG BOX for the age and sex of your children.

Email your comments to –

Thanks in advance for participating!

Please Comment on These Questions:

What is the most important part of motherhood?

What is the hardest part of motherhood?

What makes you feel appreciated? (I feel appreciated as a mother when . . . )

What have you learned from being a mother that you didn’t expect?

What was your mother right about? (and you thought she was wrong)

What would you tell a new mother and father about being a parent?

What's the perfect Mother's Day gift for you?

(You don't need to answer all of these. Just answer the ones you feel strongly about.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Free Evening Out for Wonderful Music and Entertainment

We are giving away free tickets to the Bach Sinfonia Performance of King Arthur at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda on Saturday, May 9 at 8PM. This should be a wonderful performance.

The Bach Sinfonia: Purcell's King Arthur in Concert
Presented by Strathmore
Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM
In the Music Center at Strathmore

Enemies and enchantments abound in this 17th-century semi-opera for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator—a musical tale of love and war and magic.

Purcell's King Arthur is a robust large-scale work in five acts for soloists, chorus and orchestra. In this semi-opera, Arthur battles to unite Britain and to rescue his fiancé, Princess Emmeline, from the clutches of his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald. Based on a libretto by John Dryden, King Arthur was first performed in 1691. The semi-opera, a genre unique to the late seventeenth century, features both music and spoken dialog throughout. Sinfonia's performance presents an adapted dramatic narration to tell this exciting tale alongside the superb musical entertainment. This performance marks the 350th anniversary of the composers' birth.


All you have to do to enter our GOODIE contest is visit our web site, and click on the Green “G” with flowers all over it. There is a form there to fill out and you just enter the secret code.

The deadline is 9AM, Thursday, April 30. The winners will be drawn at random from the entries.

Usually to get the secret code for our GOODIE Give-Away, you have to be signed up for our eNewsletter (which you can do while you are on our site) but this time I am going to give it to you so you can participate in this fun & entertaining GOODIE Give-away.

Please sign up for our eNewsletter so you will find out about all of our GOODIE Give-Aways and also hear about all the great things going on in Washington for parents and children.

OH – I ALMOST FORGOT. The secret code is . . . . Arthur

Happy Parenting -- Brenda

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sibling Rivalry

The morning fights, the teasing that escalates into arguments, the yes-no battles. If you have more than one child, you know what I am talking about – Sibling Rivalry.

Amy Bevins, Assistant Editor of Washington FAMILY Magazine, appeared this morning on the Moms Like Me segment on WUSA9 talking about Sibling Rivalry, something that most families I know deal with.

Do you have any tips on how you handle sibling rivalry? What works for you? And, what doesn’t work? Please let me know.

Amy offers the following thoughts and suggestions:

Sibling Rivalry is very common. But research actually shows that kids do learn some valuable life skills as they argue such as compromise, negotiation, controlling aggression and valuing someone else’s perspective. While these skills are important in the long run, we all know the bickering can add a lot of stress and frustration to daily life.

So how does a frustrated mom or dad cope with the fighting?

First, look at why the kids are fighting. Quite often it is because they want parental attention, are competing or are jealous. But you can also look at their stages of development. Toddlers naturally protect their things and will react when someone touches their belongings. A school age child is learning about fairness and equality and can be very black and white with regards to this. It’s the age when you’ll constantly hear “it’s not fair.” And teens are developing independence and individuality and can be resentful of things like caring for siblings or household chores that they feel impinge on their time or space.

So what can you do to survive the sibling rivalry battles?

Whenever possible, try not to get involved - verbally or emotionally, which we all know is so hard to do. But kids will come to rely on your stepping in or, if they are after attention, will work to get a rise out of you.

Try turning on some music and pretend to ignore their arguing, giving them time to settle it themselves. If they are driving you crazy, move to another room. You can also ask them to take their fighting somewhere else. Often, this takes the wind out of their sails and they settle down. Of course, your kids’ safety is critical, so try these strategies when the fighting is minor and not escalating to dangerous levels.

It is so hard not to get involved. If you do feel you just have to step in, what should you do?

Coaching the kids and teaching them to work things out is different from telling them what to do. This is where you really help the kids gain life skills.

1.First of all, separate the kids until they have calmed down. They can’t learn well and problem solve when they are all worked up.

2.Secondly, don’t focus on who is to blame. Your goal isn’t to find the culprit; it is to find a solution.

3.Encourage them to talk things through and express their feelings.

4.Lastly, try to create a follow up win-win opportunity. Can they play a game together or paint a picture. Can they do a project or a chore together? Acknowledge and reward them for their positive behaviors.

Amy’s suggestions for keeping the bickering from happening in the first place include:

•Get the kids involved in setting house ground rules for acceptable behavior and consequences for breaking the rules.

•Let your kids know that things aren’t always fair and equal. It’s a hard lesson that we all struggle with.

•Schedule special time with each child geared to his or her individual likes. It can even be something simple like doing a puzzle or going for a bike ride.

•Along with that, rather than telling your kids you love them equally, tell them specifically what you love about each of them, what makes them special. I tell my daughter that I love her energy and her creativity and my son that I love his sense of humor and caring attitude.

•And set up time to have fun as a family. It really eases tension and creates stronger bonds.

Let us know what your experience has been with this problem. We will make sure to pass along to other moms any tips you share with us.

Happy Parenting,

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Calling Mom Bloggers!

Calling Mom Bloggers

Washington FAMILY Magazine is looking for a few good local Mom Bloggers. Our web site features a rolling menu of local Mom Bloggers who each share their thoughts on their Washington FAMILY blog for 3-4 months. If you are interested in participating, send an email to with a link to your blog.

We will then ask you to provide information about yourself to help us select bloggers to feature on our site.

You will need to be able to blog at least once a week. We hope to have blogs more often but the minimum is once a week.


Let me know.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Looking for the "Best Mom"

I was really thrilled when I heard that in the next few weeks, Reston Limousine will sponsor a contest to find the "BEST MOM."

The winning mom will have a limousine for the day to celebrate Mother’s Day in style from 8 AM until 6 PM!

Wouldn’t that be great? I can just fantasize about what I would do!!!

You can send in your nomination form by signing up for their newsletter. If you want to take your name off later, it is easy. But sign up so you can enter your mom – or forward the link to someone in hopes that they will nominate you!

With a 130-vehicle fleet, Reston Limousine serves the metropolitan area from locations in the Dulles corridor of Northern Virginia and Capitol Heights, MD. Offering high-quality transportation and a proven track record for safety and service, Reston Limousine also has a proud legacy of community involvement and philanthropic support, annually providing more than $100,000 in gifts in kind to charitable organizations. The company is steered by its President and CEO Kristina Bouweiri, who is also the proud mom of four children!

They have some other great opportunities for fun. With spring's arrival, Reston Limousine's Virginia Wine Tour provides both an opportunity to enjoy the countryside in bloom and to sample our local fruits of the vine! There are many new wineries in Loudoun, including Sunset Hills (an incredible Destination Winery) and Corcoran, which is woman owned by its wine maker! Each weekend Reston Limousine runs a public wine tour for only $35 per person that includes a visit to two wineries. You can join our wine tour at West Falls Church Metro or the Dulles Town Center Mall in Loudoun County.

Other popular destinations are New York shopping trips, Charlottesville Wineries, Atlantic City, Charles Town Races and Busch Gardens. All Reston Limousine day trips are listed on their website, . Please log in and sign up for Reston Limousine's newsletter offering specials and promotions --- AND NOMINATE YOUR MOM!

Happy Parenting,

Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Day Crafts for Kids

With Earth Day quickly approaching environmentally friendly topics are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Everyone is trying to do their part to help make the world green. It’s important to teach our children this way of living as early as possible so that they can learn the practices and carry it on into adulthood. So how can we include our children in our quest to be more eco friendly in our home?

This morning Annette Cooper, Managing Editor of Washington FAMILY Magazine appeared on the WUSA9 News Now program showing two crafts that are earth smart and will make your home beautiful.

Here is a link to the video.

Annette also had two very special guests (children) with her to show how to do two environmentally friendly crafts.

The first craft is to make a homemade bird feeder. All you need are four items: a pinecone, peanut butter, birdseed and a string.

Take your pinecone and smear peanut butter all over it. Then roll your pinecone in birdseed. And last but not least, tie a string around your pinecone and hang it in your backyard. Make sure to keep some binoculars near your backyard window so your kids can keep a lookout for all the different birds.

The second craft is to make your own wall art. Everyone has bits and pieces around their house that mean something to only them. So why not make your own collage and frame it. This activity allows you to be as simple or elaborate as you want.

Take papers you’ve collected from family vacations and arrange them on a background paper, add some ribbon or other element that you have lying around your house and then put your finished collage in a picture frame. Using paper is a great way to be environmentally friendly since paper is a renewable resource.

Do you have any crafts you would like to share that use earth friendly materials? Send them along to share!!!!

Happy Parenting, Brenda

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Love to Party

There has been some discussion on the mom’s social network about when you should stop having birthday parties for kids.

Maybe I am different, but for all four of my children I threw a birthday party every year. Certainly if your family tradition is to not do this, it is not something every one does. However I do believe that you should celebrate a child's age because it is a way of telling them you are proud of how they are growing up.

We had some wonderful birthday parties over the years. On my middle daughter's 13th birthday (Dec. 20) we did a scavenger hunt at the mall. The girls (we invited 13) LOVED it. Then we had cake and hamburgers in the food court. It was really fun. And, she remembers it vividly.

Now, my own kids are older (you all probably know this) but I do have three grandkids and we still have parties. But when my youngest turned 21 her dad and I took her and a friend to New York City and went dancing. She asked for this when she was 12 and it was a great experience.

This year my husband and I are going to go spend her birthday with her (she lives in Florida now). She is just thrilled.

My managing editor's parents come to see her every year on her birthday. It is their tradition.

I believe that no matter how you celebrate (or just send a pretty card) it is important to recognize the significance of a birthday. This also builds self esteem and helps you bond with your child and can be very helpful in developing a relationship with step children.

Need ideas for parties? I can help. Experience comes in handy sometimes.

You can also go to our web site for a fantastic list of party resources—

We also have several articles about parties and ideas for party themes on our web site as well. I did a search for the word PARTY and 27 came up for information.

Or you can ask me. I love birthday parties.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Measles Outbreak?

One of the moms (Karen) who blogs online at posted an alert that came from officials with Montgomery County. Apparently there was a person treated in the Shady Grove Emergency Department or Short Stay Unit that was infected with measles. There have already been four cases reported related to this unvaccinated adult.

Here is the story from the web.

I am sure you are all aware that anyone who is pregnant should be very careful to not be exposed to the measles. This terrible disease has been nearly eradicated in the United States. These are the first infections in Montgomery County since 1993.

If you were at Shady Grove on these dates, officials say that you need to seek testing and preventative treatment.

* April 5, from 8 p.m. to April 6, 2 a.m.
* April 6, from 4 p.m. to April 7, 5 a.m.
* April 7, from 3 a.m. to April 7, 10 p.m. (in the short stay unit of SGAH)

This points out the importance of immunizations. Does anyone have a good link to a list of recommended immunizations?


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Social Networking

When you raising kids, sometimes it is hard to find the time to search out like-minded moms. And, many of us live miles away from our extended families. In this area, many moms are transplants making them even more isolated. Sometimes connecting with other moms is just not that easy.

This has all changed with the growth of social networking sites on the internet.

On WUSA9 News Now we will be discussing social networking with Elizabeth McConville, Resource Editor at Washington FAMILY Magazine and MLM site manager Niki Dowdell.

Most of the moms reading this will be familiar with Social Networking, but it does not hurt to review this phenomenon.

What is Social Networking?

Social networking actually started as a response to a surge in SPAM in the 1980’s. People pushed back at the clutter of advertising and are now looking for ways to make personal connections.

Sites like DC.MomsLikeMe, Facebook and MySpace, those are cyber communities, places where people of all ages and nationalities can have a place of individuality on the web to share information and pictures, or just connect with other people.

What kind of people are participating in this?

The fastest growing demographic according to Facebook, that is logging on are those that are 35 years old and older. Moms have picked up this trend and are finding it one more way that they can stay connected to the world.

How would a typical person start social networking?

First you set up an account on sites. Then you will enter your profile, personalize your site and also look around in the network for other people with similar interests or that you might have known before and invite them to be a part of your network.

How is it different for moms to participate in social networking?

Moms have the shared experience of motherhood. They might network with other moms for a variety of reasons that many times are unique to motherhood. They would probably talk more about issue related to motherhood.

What sites are out there for moms?
A social site for moms of all ages and stages of motherhood that includes discussions, videos & games.
A local discussion about raising children and more.
Site contains editorial content, expert advice, video testimonials, and a forum community made up of parents. - our local site
Moms Like Me features groups and discussions on all kinds of topics, a place to post pictures and videos, contests, coupons and group calendars.

What these sites have in common is that the discussions and groups are based around the shared experience of motherhood. Moms share information, set up play dates, or share resources.

What kinds of discussions will you find online?
On there have been some very interesting discussions lately including should your 15 year old wear a thong, potty training and summer camps.

Is it dangerous to participate in social networking?

With every site one has to be cautious about what personal information they are putting up on the web. Online predators and identify theft are a concern of social networking sites. Each site has privacy settings that you can maintain yourself. You can allow everyone to see your profile or you can restrict the amount of people who have access. In this world of growing technology it doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

What do you think about social networking? Have you found it be valuable or enjoyable? Tell us what you think.

Thanks, and Happy Parenting,


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Rocket Fuel in Formula?

Have you seen the data out that says there is rocket fuel in baby formula? I was shocked. Here is a link to the article I found on it.

I breast fed all 4 of my kids, but this sounds like it is not a good thing? Anyone heard anything else about this? Maybe it is a hoax.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party.”

During the WUSA 9 News Now Segment with FAMILY Magazine and we are discussing throwing a great birthday party for your children.

FYI- April is the 18th Birthday for FAMILY Magazine!

I can’t believe that it has been 18 years since we started our magazine! I guess time flies when you are having fun.

I do love throwing a great birthday party for my kids. And, over the years we have had some great ones. However not everyone shares my enthusiasm.

Here with some ideas that will help you plan that special day without feeling overly stressed.

The first decision needs to be if you are going to have the party at home or go somewhere else. There are some great locations where you can take kids in the Washington area as well as some wonderful entertainers who will come to you. Keep in mind you will definitely spend more money. Here is an idea of costs.

Locations to go to --

Bounce U in Clarksburg, Maryland
$325 to $475
This is a new facility that opens on May 1. They have several specials going on for their grand opening in May.

Jumping Jack Sports in Ashburn, Virginia
$280 to $350
They have some great activities – and not just for birthdays! you can just drop in.

Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake
$18-20 per person plus additional features
Now what boy does not love a good pirate adventure?

Clay Café in Falls Church and Chantilly
$6-$9 per child plus food
I love this idea. You get to create your own take home gift.

Entertainers that come to you –

There are SOOOO MANY magicians, princess parties, big bouncy things, ponies, dance parties, animals experiences… all kinds of party entertainers that specialize in kids parties. The cost will range about what it costs to go to a location, some less, some more.

The best way to take a look at the variety of places or entertainers is to visit the FAMILY Magazine web site and go to the ANNUAL Party Extravaganza. We have links to all their web sites and email. You will be able to gather a great deal of information there.


If you decide to plan the party and put it on yourself, you will need to decide on a theme. This can be easy or it can be hard. Let your child help you plan. For younger children, pick a theme and plan simple games around the theme. If you choose a Blues Clues theme, make everything blue. Pin the tail on a blue dog. Play games with blue balloons. For an around the world party, have the children come dressed as though they were from another country. Make cardboard passports and provide stickers for different countries. Party goodies could be souvenirs from each country -- plastic sunglasses for the USA, fans for Asia and so on. Make the cake to look like a globe. Older children might want a theme based on a reality show or a mystery to solve.

Our web site has some ideas for themes in the web extras for April. There are also several articles about throwing a great party in our archives.


Some moms use the age of the child as their guide for how many guests to invite. For a nine year old you might invite nine children. However there are always exceptions. If you are doing something really expensive or exceptional, you may have a buget and need to limit your 12 year old daughter to 9 friends. Or, there might be 10 children in your 6 year olds play group so you would want to invite all 10 children.

You need to think about what you will be doing as well. Nine boys who are all nine years old might make for a difficult sleepover.


Start planning early. The last think you need on party day is to have to run out to the store for decorations. Make yourself a list and try to get all the materials well in advance of the party.

Plan your games and activities in advance and add in some options. If you are plannning an outdoor party, plan for rain. Be prepared.

Send out the invitations well in advance with all the important details. Followup with phone calls when you feel you need to.

If you don't know all the children personally, check ahead for food allergies. Nothing is worse than having a four-year-old come to a party and not be able to eat the cake or drink the kool aid.

And, finally – Don't worry about having a spotless house. Children don't care if the bathroom is sparkling or the carpet freshly steam cleaned. They're there for the fun and treats. Just tidy up and save your energy for the party.

Take lots of pictures or have someone else do that for you. Your memories will last a lifetime.

Happy Parenting,

Here are some ideas for themes from Katrina Cassel, a writer for FAMILY Magzine. You can read her entire article, Planning the Perfect Birthday Bash for Tots to Preteens on our web site.

Art/Craft Parties - You can purchase simple crafts supplies and kits for home, or pay for a certain number of children to make a project at a craft store.

Cooking Parties - This can be as simple as decorating cupcakes or as elaborate as preparing specialty food together.

Live Animal Parties - Meet at the zoo or hire someone to bring the animals to you. Check references and safety issues ahead.

Science Parties - Get a book of simple science experiments and set them up around the kitchen or bathroom. Turn the geniuses loose.

Storybook/dress up parties - Either have little ones come dressed in a certain theme -- favorite character, prince or princess, zoo animal -- or have dress up clothes available. Take pictures on a digital camera or Polaroid that you can send home with them.

Gymnastics, Bowling, Swimming, or Skating Parties - Unless you're set up for this at home, you'll have to pay to have the party at a facility.

Tea Parties - Tea parties and teddy bear tea parties are popular for the youngest party goers. School age girls sometimes enjoy a more formal tea party fashioned after an adult affair.

Detective Parties - School age children will enjoy finding clues and solving a mystery -- especially if it results in treats at the end.

Party ideas for preteens
Crafts parties - More elaborate crafts such as ceramics or pottery can be done at home or at a craft shop.

Sports facility parties- Gymnastics, swimming, roller skating, ice skating, and bowling parties can be hosted at the appropriate facility.

Makeover parties - Hire a beautician to come to your house and give make up and hair styling tips. Get parental permission before making permanent changes to hair.

Sleep over parties - Limit it to one gender. Provide lots of snacks and appropriate videos and let them make their own fun.

Hired entertainment - This age group is harder to please than the younger group so make sure bands, magicians or other entertainers are familiar with what preteens like and want.

Scavenger Hunt - Divide into teams and give each team a list of items to find. Have prizes for winners and losers alike.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Easter Brunch Locations

I found this list of restaurants doing Easter Brunch on I thought I might share it with you.


In Washington, DC
701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202) 393-0701 Easter brunch featuring a 3-course menu and live jazz. $40/person.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 965-1789. Easter Day brunch includes a guest appearance of the Easter Bunny at each table delivering candy for children. Celebrate the holiday with a festive three-course brunch or an a la carte dinner.

3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 244-6750. Three-course Easter brunch by Executive Chef Alex McWilliams for $35 per person.

Blue Duck Tavern
Park Hyatt Washington. 24 & M Streets, NW, Washington, DC (202) 419-6755. Easter brunch with a fixed-price, three-course menu including the first course, entrée with sides and dessert. Outdoor terrace seating available. $85 per adult and $42 for children 6-12.

Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC. (202) 659-3727. The recently renovated restaurant will be offering their popular Champagne buffet brunch this Easter. Enjoy live piano music and special menu items such as seafood curry and other traditional brunch fare, as well as gulab jamun for dessert and unlimited Champagne. $28 per person.

Cafe du Parc
Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 942-7000. Three-course menu for $39.50, with choice of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. A la carte menu is also available.

Cafe Milano
3251 Prospect St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 333-6183. Easter brunch, made to order omelets and Italian cuisine, $80 per adult, $35 ages 6-12.

Café Promenade
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW. (202) 347-2233. Easter brunch buffet featuring a Pacific Seafood Table, The Carvery with Prime Rib, Carved Moroccan Rotisserie Organic Chicken and a Roasted Leg of Lamb and a wide variety of fresh baked goods, salads, fresh seasonal fruit and a grand dessert selection. $75.00 for adults and $35.00 for children ages 12 & under.

Michel Richard Citronelle
3000 M St. NW Washington, DC (202) 625-2150. Enjoy Easter dinner at one of DC’s top restaurants.

The Colonnade
The Fairmont Washington DC. 2401 M St. NW Washington, DC. (202) 429-2400. Easter brunch buffet with a huge selection of salads, appetizers, main courses and desserts. $95 per adult; $42.50 per child age 6-12.

Coeur de Lion
Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC. (202) 414-0500. A la carte Easter Brunch menu featuring items such as Rack of Lamb, Petite Fillet Mignon and a variety of small plates. Live entertainment.

CommonWealth Pub
1400 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 265-1400. Easter Sunday Brunch from 11am-4pm and a Roast Menu from 11 am till close. $20-30 per person.

3435 Connecticut Avenue Washington, DC (202) 686-2966. A 3-course brunch 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. as well as the regular menu all day til last seating at 8:30. $39/person, $15/child.

Morrison-Clark Inn
1015 L St. NW Washington, DC (202) 898-1200. Easter brunch is a three course pre fixe menu $45 per adult, $20 for children under 10.

Odyssey Cruises
Celebrate Easter aboard Washington, DC's premier sightseeing cruise ship and enjoy dining, dancing and breathtaking views of DC. Morning and afternoon cruises are available. $65.90 per adult, $32.95 per child age 4-13, Children under 3 are free.

The Oval Room
800 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 463-8700. Located just steps away from the White House. A three-course prix fixe menu features dishes such as white asparagus soup, striped bass and toasted coconut cream tart. $45 per person.

Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC (202)416-8555. Brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Take your picture with the Easter Bunny and receive a special treat. Enjoy a special Easter brunch with skyline views of the Potomac River. $39.95 for adults and $20.00 for children.

Tabard Inn
1739 N St. NW Washington, DC (202) 833-2668. A la carte Easter brunch in a quaint hotel setting near the White House.

The Willard Room
Willard InterContinental 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 637-7440. Easter buffet from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., $79 for adults including a glass of champagne, and $39 for children ages 5 through 12. Also in the Willard Grand Ballroom, a family brunch is available, $65 per adult and $30 for children ages 5 through 12, with seatings available at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

In Maryland
Black's Bar & Kitchen
7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD (301) 652-5525. Easter brunch buffet. $49, $55 with champagne per adult and $20 per child 12 and under.

Mrs. K's Toll House
9201 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD (301) 589-3500. Easter brunch and an Easter egg hunt. $55 per adult, $20 per child, $10 for the egg hunt.

Normandie Farm
10710 Falls Road, Potomac, MD (301) 983-8838. Enjoy an elegant brunch in this charming Potomac, Maryland restaurant. $35 per adult, $15 per child under 13.

Old Anglers Inn
10801 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD (301)365-2425. Celebrate the Easter holiday at a charming country inn.

7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD (301) 656-5515. Bethesda's newest upscale restuarant features a four-course springtime menu. $38 per person.

Tower Oaks Lodge
2 Preserve Pkwy., Rockville, MD (301)294-0200. Easter brunch at an elegant yet rustic restaurant in Rockville, Maryland. A la carte menu with a wide range of prices.
In Virginia
2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA. (703) 270-1500. Six-course tasting menu $95.

1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA (703) 519-3776. Three-course Easter brunch $29 per adult, four-course prix-fixe, which includes the cheese course, is $38, children’s menu (for ages 12 & under) is $16.

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
1600 King Street Alexandria, VA. (703) 894-3440. The new restaurant in Old Town Alexandria will be offering a special Easter brunch. All entrees are $14.

La Rue 123
4023 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA (703) 691-2266. Easter special, three-course brunch. $40 per adult, $20 per child. French cuisine.

Morrison House
116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA (703)838-8000. The European style hotel restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria offers a 4 course a la carte menu for lunch from 11.30am and last seating is at 4pm. $52 per person; $30 per child.

Sette Bello
3101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 351-1004. Easter brunch buffet, Italian cuisine $25 per person.

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro
Westin Reston Heights, 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA (703) 234-3550. Easter Brunch a la carte menu $9 - $18. Kids are also invited to participate in one of Vinifera’s Easter egg hunts starting at noon or 2 p.m. where they can win special Easter treats or family four pack admissions to the Reston Zoo.

Vintage 50
50 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg VA (703) 777-2169. Easter brunch $39.99 per adult, $12.99 per child. Live Jazz and activities for kids.

Egg Hunt and Bunny Sightings

I just posted a great list of Easter Egg Hunts in the Travel and Family Fun articles section of the new Washington FAMILY Magazine web site. Visit our web site, and go to article archives. Here is a direct link (but check out the site – it is AWESOME.).

The list is HUGE and also includes Easter Bunny Sightings. “Sightings” are malls and shopping areas where you can have pictures taken with the bunny.

There are some really great activities that are going to be taking place over the next two weeks. One that really jumped out at me is a Flashlight Easter Egg hunt at the Sterling Community Center in Sterling, Virginia. That really sounds interesting especially for the young child that might be a bit old for the traditional egg hunt.
Here is a link.

Then there is Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland. You can visit with the farm’s very own Country Bunny, ride a pedal tractor, play in Kiddie Hayromp and Castle, see live bunnies, lambs and chicks.

Here is their web site.

It is very exciting that spring has finally arrived. Have a fantastic weekend.

Happy Parenting,