Monthly Archives: October 2013

DC Region of Au Pair in America – Scavenger Hunt at the National Zoo on Sunday, October 27, 2013

Everybody ready for hunt

Approximately 300 Au Pairs from all around the DC area and their 20 Community Counselors gathered at the National Zoo early Sunday to participate in the first-ever DC Regional Scavenger Hunt at the National Zoo!

It was an incredible day! Sun was shining, temperatures were great, the zoo was decorated for Halloween…

A wonderful day for Au Pairs and Counselors alike!

Diane and groupDiane and group and pandasThe au pairs gatherView from Lion.Tiger hilltop

United Nations Day

United NationsThis is the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations in 1947, committed peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. Teach your children something about your country today – a song, a story, game, a new food or a national tradition.

Photo: Harshil Shah

Game One of the Baseball World Series

BaseballIn baseball the World Series is the championship games of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winners of the American and  National Leagues. The Series winner is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, meaning that the first team to win four games wins the series. The World Series has been an annual event since 1903.  It is played at the baseball stadiums of the two teams in the series.  Baseball is so popular that it is sometimes called the “national pastime.” The word “ballgame” in the United States almost always refers to a game of baseball, and “ballpark” to a baseball field.

The rules of baseball can be found here

Photo: Pierre-Olivier

Columbus Day

Today commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the “New World.”


Columbus Day, which is observed annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Americans are often invited to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of their country with church services and other activities. In some towns and cities, special church services, parades and large events are held. Most celebrations are concentrated around the Italian-American community. The celebrations in New York and San Francisco are particularly noteworthy. In Hawaii Columbus Day is also known as Landing Day or Discoverer’s Day. Not all parts of the United States celebrate Columbus Day. It is not a public holiday in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

For more information about this holiday go to:

For activities for children including arts and crafts, word searches, puzzles and more facts and history go to

Foliage Friends


Use your imagination (and some paper, glue, and a pen or pencil) to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical menagerie.

  • Autumn leaves from your yard
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Pencils, pens, or crayons
  1. Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding in your leaf piles. Below are some possibilities. When you’ve found leaves in your yard whose shapes you like, glue them to pieces of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to make your creatures complete. To preserve your creations, press them between two books.
  2. Foliage Friends - Step 2 MAPLE:These leaves have three main points and lots of smaller ones; count them as they flutter by.
  3. Foliage Friends - Step 3 ROSE:The rounded shape of this bush’s leaves makes them look a lot like little shields.
  4. Foliage Friends - Step 4 BIRCH: As big and tall as this white-bark tree can get, its leaves are as small and as light as feathers.
  5. Foliage Friends - Step 5 GERANIUM: You might flip your wig if you find one of these wild-looking leaves in your yard.
  6. Foliage Friends - Step 6 BARBERRY:While this plant doesn’t live underwater, its leaves resemble raindrops.

Flu Shots

Many au pairs and host families are looking for places to get flu shots this time of year. Au Pair insurance does not cover immunizations, but there are lots of places to get flu shots for $30 or less.  If the host family is insisting that an au pair get a seasonal flu shot and she agrees to get it, the host family would be responsible for the expense.

If you are planning to get the seasonal flu vaccine, it is recommended that you get it as early as possible.


Giant Pharmacy – $30

CVS Pharmacy & Minute Clinic – $31.99 and up

Walgreens Pharmacy – cost not listed on website

Rite Aid Pharmacy – cost not listed on website

Target Pharmacy & Target Clinic – cost not listed on website

Storm Encyclopedia


According to

Tornado watch — Conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Tornado warning — A tornado has been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Severe thunderstorm watch — Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Severe thunderstorm warning — A severe thunderstorm has been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes or cause damage from their strong wind gusts and/or hail.

Click on this link to find out more about what to do in case of a big storm/tornado

Emergency Information

Visit for tips from that will help you keep safe and able to respond to changing events. In the event of an emergency, their emergency blog will be updated with breaking news and information.

Photo: Jimmy Baikovicius

Fire Safety Week

Click here to read more Fire Safety Tips on PBS Kids

Here are some fire safety tips from Go over these fire safety tips with your children.

Be Smart

  1. Don’t touch matches. Stay away from lighters and candles, too.
  2. Don’t touch radiators or heaters. Ask a grown-up to turn a heater on or off for you. Don’t stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove, either.
  3. Don’t play with electrical cords. And don’t stick anything into an electrical socket.
  4. Don’t play around in the kitchen. If you want to cook something, be sure to check with a grown-up first.
  5. Don’t put anything over a lamp. Things thrown over a lamp (like blankets or clothing) could catch fire.

And Remember…

Stop, Drop, and Roll. If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop where you are and drop to the ground. Cover your face and mouth with your hands, and roll over and over until the flames are out.

World Smile Day

This is a day dedicated to good cheer and good works: “Do an act of kindness – help one person smile”. Use your imagination to think of little ways to bring a smile to someone’s face – kind words, good deeds, thoughtful gestures, there is no limit to the things you can do.