This week’s Camp Au Pair theme is Dinosaurs.
March 20th is the first official day of Spring, and the city is alive with so much to do. Take advantage of longer days and warmer temperatures to get outside and explore the city with your host kids. From cherry blossoms on the Potomac to Easter egg hunts at Hillwood or even Madame Tussauds, there truly is something for children of all ages.
Activities from Some of Our Favorite DC Blogs
- The Best Family Events to Celebrate the 2018 Cherry Blossom Season in DC
- Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (2019)
- Easter 2019 (2019 coming soon)
Red Tricycle DC
- Full Bloom: 10 Ways to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms
- 10 Festivals That’ll Put Some ‘Spring’ Into Your Step (2018)
Capital City Au Pairs (That’s right- don’t forget that this blog has plenty of ideas too!)
About Travel DC
Valentine’s Day is a time of love, friendship, giving, and caring. Americans use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to tell friends and family how much they care. Celebrated on February 14th, children usually exchange cards at school on that day or one close to the holiday.
Au Pair in America’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest Pinboard has lots of ideas for fun crafts and activities.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Brr…It’s cold out there!
Whether you’re staying home with the kids during a blizzard, a polar vortex, or just because it’s cold and dreary, the hours inside the house during winter can seem endless for everyone. But with just a bit of preparation, you can ward off the winter doldrums and keep everyone smiling. Here are some ideas to get your started:
APIA’s Pinterest Pinboards are loaded with indoor craft ideas and activities for kids of all ages:
America’s Test Kitchen has recipes and STEAM-focused, hands-on activities designed to get kids ages 8-13 cooking, experimenting, and exploring in the kitchen. Learn more by visiting America’s Test Kitchen Kids and following them on Instagram.
Making Paper Snowflakes: Cutting paper snowflakes is a fun and simple indoor winter activity. Tip: For younger kids, keep the designs simple to avoid frustration. Here’s a great video showing you how to cut some of your own.
If you’re looking to get out of the house, the Winter Fun for DC Kids (2018-2019) blog post from has the rundown on DC-area adventures.
During the last week of December and first week of January, many host kids will have between ten days to two weeks off from school for winter vacation. The thought of having the kids home for multiple days during the winter can send even the most seasoned childcare giver into a panic. Cold weather, shorter days, extra sugar, later bedtimes, and visiting relatives can be a challenge, but with some pre-planning, you can provide your host kids with a vacation to remember.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
- Take advantage of your host children’s free time. Pull out your calendar and read the Capital City Au Pair’s Winter Fun for DC Kids (2018-2019) post for hundreds of holiday and winter-themed events going on right here in DC.
- Play tourist with your host kids. Again, use the free time to explore DC. (Use the DC Guides section to help.) We live in an amazing city!
Tip #2: Dress the Part
Winter has finally arrived in DC. It’s important to dress for cold weather and to make sure that your host children are dressed warmly too. If this is your first experience with really cold weather, ask your host parents for advice on staying warm. For more info, read this blog post from October: It’s Cold Out There! A 2018 Guide to DC Winter Weather.
Tip #3: Plan a Cozy Day Indoors
- Staying home for the day? APIA’s Pinterest boards have loads of winter fun and holiday crafts and activities.
- Help the kids organize their toys and rooms with these suggestions. With mom and dad’s permission, perhaps your host kids can donate some of the toys they have outgrown. This will create more room for the new toys from Santa.
- Looking for a fun baking activity? Gingerbread is a delicious way to celebrate the season!
Tip #4: Make a Date
Playdates can be a great way for kids to socialize and work on the important skills necessary for being a good friend. Talk with your host family about planning a playdate over winter vacation. With their permission, you can use our cluster list to find an au pair who lives near you and has host kids who are compatible ages with your host kids. If hosting doesn’t work, you can also make plans to meet up at the library for a free story hour or crafting session.
In need of some ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer? Here’s a roundup of several great local blogs full of suggestions designed to keep whining to a minimum.
- New to the scene, this local blog is a great source for indoor activities and events with the kids.
- Don’t miss these posts: Indoor Pools and Delaware Beaches Edition
- Where to Play on the Weekdays and The Weekend Round-Up are updated weekly with suggestions on local events and fun places to take the kids.
- Seasonal suggestions also include the 2018 KFDC Guide to Best of Summer in DC and Live Entertainment on Stages around the DMV this Summer
- Don’t miss this comprehensive list of the DC area’s local seasonal activities.
- Wondering if it’s worth taking the kids to one of the many local happenings? Read the reviews before you go!
- The Family Events Calendar is a great source for events.
- This Big Awesome List of Sumer Activities helps prevent the dreaded phrase “I’m bored.”
- 6 New Smithsonian Museum Exhibits The Kids Will Love
- 30 Things to Do with Kids in DC This Summer
- Looking for some relief from the sun? Here are 7 Local Playgrounds with Tons of Shade.
- Spray, Splash, Play, Repeat: Your Summer Splash Pad Guide
And last, but not least, our very own cluster blog…
- DC’s Public Libraries have lots of great summer programs for kids. Click here for more information on how to get your library card and upcoming events.
- Life in DC is a comprehensive list of all of the many blogs, people, places, and activities that make living in DC so wonderful.
- Don’t miss our monthly posts with calendar ideas and seasonal activities.
- APIA’s Pinterest boards have oodles of suggestions.
- APIA’s Camp Au Pair Pinterest boards are a treasure trove of fun activities.
Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 17th. Au Pair in America’s Father’s Day pinboard has loads of gift ideas your host children can make for their fathers.
In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year Mother’s Day is on May 13th.
You can help your host children make a gift for their mom or even give her a card yourself. Au Pair in America’s Mother’s Day pinboard has loads of gift ideas, but remember that any gesture will be appreciated. (And don’t forget to send a special message to your mom back home too!)