About Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America is the nation's first legal au pair program. Since 1986, we have provided the best child care opportunities to host families across the US and au pairs from around the world.

How to Make S’mores

I thought this video was a nice explanation of how to make the delicious summertime treat known as s’mores. If you really want to live it up, try replacing the Hershey Bar with a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup! Yum

Health & Safety – What are Ticks?

When the weather is nice, we spend more time outdoors with the children. Playing in the back yard, at the playground or walking on nature trails are great ways to get fresh air and exercise.

kids in woods

What are ticks? – Ticks are small mites that attach themselves to skin and suck blood. Click HERE to see examples of ticks.

Where are ticks commonly found? – Ticks are normally found in areas with trees, bushes or tall grass. This includes back yards, parks, nature areas and most places you would be spending time with the children outdoors in the nice weather.

What needs to be done? - When you return home from areas where ticks might live, carefully check the children (their skin and scalp) for ticks.

Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it. Removing the tick completely may help you avoid diseases such as Lyme Disease that the tick may pass on during feeding, or a skin infection where it bit you.

Click HERE for Instructions on Removing a tick from WebMD.com.

Preventing Dehydration in Hot Weather


Step 1
Encourage your child to drink plenty of water. On hot days, children should drink significantly more water than usual, as they are losing more due to the heat.

Step 2
Do not wait until your child is thirsty to give him water. By the time they feel thirsty, they are already becoming dehydrated.

Step 3
Have other liquids on hand for your child to drink throughout the day. Juices also help with hydration.

Step 4
Be alert to changes in behavior.  A child may act confused or more irritable when they are becoming dehydrated/overheated.  Get them into cooler temperatures and drinking more fluids.

Step 5
Dress your child in lightweight clothing in the summer months, particularly if she’ll be playing outdoors in warm weather. You may also consider clothes that are well ventilated as they do not trap heat close to the body.

Additional Safety Note: When there are heat and/or air quality advisories because the weather is dangerously hot, you should avoid taking the children outdoors. Check with your host parents for further guidance on this topic.

Kids Bowl Free Summer Program

Click here to register

Click here to register

From the AMF website:

KIDS Bowl for Zip, Zero, Zilch!
This summer, your children 15 and under can bowl for free at your local AMF. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Just register your children for two free games per child per day all summer long. Children love bowling; it’s fun, active, social and local and – best of all – it’s FREE! That’s how AMF does summer!
Free bowling is available until 8 pm daily. AMF Summer is going on now through September 2.
Note: Bowling shoe rentals are not included.

Drive-In Movies

Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? Drive-in movies are outdoor theaters where the movie is projected on a large screen and you watch from your car. There were once over 4,000 drive-in theaters in the U.S., now only a few hundred remain.

One of those still operating is right here in Maryland, in the Baltimore area.  Bengies Drive-In has been in business since 1956.  It is about an hour drive from most parts of our cluster, but since they are the only one left in the entire state of Maryland, that doesn’t sound so far.


Click here to visit the website

I have been taking my kids to drive-in movies at Bengie’s for the past few years and we love it.

The drive-in is only open Spring-Fall.

Drive-In Movie Tips for First Timers:

  1. You pay one price whether you stay for 1, 2 or all 3 movies.
  2. You may stay in your car or bring chairs to sit in in front of your parking space.
  3. If you go in the summer and plan to sit outside, bring insect repellent spray or bug bracelets.
  4. If you go in the fall when the weather is cool, bring blankets.
  5. You cannot bring in outside food or drinks, unless you purchase an outside food permit. I recommend you buy your snacks there. They have some interesting options that you don’t see at a regular movie concession stand and that’s part of the full experience.
  6. Before you go, read the information on their website about headlights. You need to know how to disable your headlights when you are inside the movie.
  7. You also need to figure out how to turn your vehicle to the “accessory setting” with your key. This will allow you to listen to the movie without draining your battery. VERY IMPORTANT
  8. There is a note on their website about how to enter their address with GPS units because they don’t come up as Baltimore on GPS.

If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

Camp Au Pair Week #7 – London Olympics

tissue_paper_olympic_ringsYou will find lots of fun ideas for games, crafts, printables, activities and recipes related to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on the Camp Au Pair in America – London Olympics pinboard.

Fun Fact: The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions, used alone, in one or in five different colors, which are, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.

Contest: First au pair in my cluster to tell me what is their favorite event in the Summer Olympic games will win a prize. Send your answer via Facebook or email.

Photo: easypreschoolcraft.blogspot

Camp Au Pair in America Week #6 – Cars & Trucks

IMG_2553You will find lots of fun ideas for games, crafts, printables, activities and recipes related to cars and trucks on the Au Pair in America Camp Au Pair – Cars & Trucks pinboard.

Photo: Kifli és levendula

Camp Au Pair in America Week #5 – Backyard Beach

209980401346311354_K01PVu3O_bYou will find lots of fun ideas for games, crafts, printables, activities and recipes to create your own backyard beach adventures. Check out the

Au Pair in America Camp Au Pair – Backyard Beach pinboard.

Camp Au Pair in America Week #4 – Under the Sea

116812184055461759_bKV3PSoH_bYou will find lots of fun ideas for games, crafts, printables, activities and recipes to explore under the sea adventures. Check out the

Au Pair in America Camp Au Pair – Under the Sea pinboard.

Photo: 4crazykings.blogspot.com

Camp Au Pair in America Week #3 – Dinosaurs

1618549835595362_q1VDGxbM_bYou will find lots of fun ideas for games, crafts, printables, activities and recipes to explore dinosaurs. Check out the

Au Pair in America Camp Au Pair – Dinosaurs pinboard.

Photo: projectsforpreschoolers.com

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