Family Resources

We know firsthand how challenging it is to nurture your child’s curiosity, empathy and creativity. That’s why we’ve shared some of our favorite resources for parents. 

Free Activities

Free print & play expansion for Kingdomino

Download these free activity books from Dover for some fun at home!

Activity Book 1, Activity Book 2, Activity Book 3Stone Painting

Game Tutorials

Learn how to play Abandon All Artichokes, by Gamewright

Learn how to play Trash Pandas, by Gamewright

Articles & Books

"What’s Going on In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story," Mind/Shift, KQED, May 24, 2018

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” American Academy of Pediatrics, Jan. 2007

"How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Primes Students for Interdisciplinary Learning, Including STEM," by Paul Darvasi, Mind/Shift, KQED, Oct 18, 2018

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, by Tony Wagner 

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, by Peter Gray

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson 

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman  
 

Classes

PEP Classes – Award-winning parenting classes right here in the D.C. area

KID Museum – Hands-on classes for kids that develop STEAM skills

Rhizome DC – A community art space with classes for kids, concerts and art installations

Ancestral Knowledge – Learn native living skills, like foraging, traditional bow building and camping – all in the great outdoors

 

DC Treasures You Might Not Know About

Fab Lab at the DC Library – Check out tools, use a 3D printer, learn to sew and more – all for free and all at the library 

imagiNATIONS at the National Museum of the American Indian – Amazing kid space with interactive stations to learn about native cultures

Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History – Children ages 6-12 become inventors with thoughtful experiments 

 

Birthday Parties

It’s a lot of work to plan an awesome party. These experts make your job easier.

Fabulous Face Painting by Natasha – A preschool teacher and an amazing face painter – what more does your party need?

Fancy Cakes by Leslie – Beautifully decorated cakes

Red Velvet Cupcakery – The best cupcakes in town, including vegan and gluten free

 

*Child's Play is not affiliated with any of these organizations and makes no guarantees about their services or products.