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.

Celebrate the 4th of July


4th of July ideas for kids


How to Make Ice Cream

1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbl sugar
4 cups crushed ice
4 tbl salt
2 qt size Ziploc freezer bag
1 gallon size Ziploc freezer bag
1 hand towel or gloves to keep your fingers from freezing

Mix milk, vanilla and sugar together in of one the quart bags. Seal tightly, allowing as little air left inside the bag as possible. Place this bag inside the other quart bag, again leaving as little air left inside as possible.
Place the two bags inside the gallon size bag and fill that bag with ice and then sprinkle sale on top. Again, let the air escape and seal the bag. Wrap the bag in a towel or put on gloves and shake and massage the bag, making sure the ice surrounds the cream mixture. 5-8 minutes is enough for the mixture to freeze into ice cream.

TIPS: freezer bags work best!

AuPairs at Marine Barracks Friday Parade

Friday Parade 2 May 14 (800x497)

Mothers Day Ideas


AuPair in America Regional Cultural Fair

On Saturday, April 5, from 1-3pm, interested families in our area are invited to come and celebrate the cultures of 35 different countries with kids’ activities, performances, visual displays and a cultural parade. Join us at The Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

Here we are at this year’s parade.St Pat's Parade

Visiting The White House

VAO cluster at The White House

VAO cluster at The White House

ABC’s of Winter Fun

A is for Art- try drawing, painting or gluing
B is for Baking- bake dessert with the kids
C is for Clay- use non hardening clay or play dough to shape and mold
D is for Dance- put on a lively tape and have fund
E is for Exercise- take the kids out and run them
F is for Friends- invite some over to play in the snow
G is for Greenhouse- find a local greenhouse and visit
H is for House- make a playhouse from a large box
I- is for ice skating- but only if you have sports insurance
J is for jigsaw puzzles- pick one that is not too hard
K is for Kitchen science- try a safe experiment- the library has books with good ideas
L is for Library- see above
M is for Movie- make one with a video camera
N is for Necklaces- use Cheerios and make some
O is for Origami- see Library above
P is for Puppet- socks make great puppets
Q is for Quiet time- everyone needs some of this
R is for Reading aloud- make a game of it
S is for Seeds- plant some inside and watch them grow
T is for Tent- make one of blankets and chairs
U is for Unplugged-do a day with no TV
V if for Variety- try something new every day
W is for Walk- fresh air makes everyone feel better
X is for Xylophone- make one with glasses, water and a metal spoon
Y is for Year- make a calendar or scrapbook with the kids about the year so far
Z is for the Zoo- go visit the Bao Bao, the baby panda.


Many aupairs help their host children with their homework. It is very important to continue to keep the kids on task, even with the approaching holidays. Tips to help everyone can be found here: http://aupairinamerica.com/resources/activities/homework_support.asp

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