Family Resources

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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. 

Helpful Resources

  • Make sure your child is wearing their backpack correctly with these tips from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Homeschooling Help

Free Activities

Art Demos

  • Toned paper art demo, by Kate
  •  DIY Miniature House by Hands Craft -- Follow along as we build one of the miniature house kits.

Game Tutorials

  • Learn how to play Abandon All Artichokes, by Gamewright
  • Learn how to play Trash Pandas, by Gamewright
  • Learn about some of the benefits of board games here

Child Development Resources

Articles & Books


  • 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.

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