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. 

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  


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.