Allison Winter

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Ali came to DC “for the summer” in 2000 and has been here ever since. She worked for more than a decade as an environment and energy reporter on Capitol Hill. After her second son was born, she took some time off to chase her children instead of lawmakers. She's now juggling both as a freelance reporter and mom of 2 active sons. Ali lives in NW DC with her husband, sons, and a rotating menagerie of foster animals from the Humane Rescue Alliance. She loves reveling in the awe and wonder of the ordinary with young children as a guide for a Montessori-inspired class at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom. She also loves to explore DC on the family cargo bike. Likes: Long runs, pour-over coffee, theatre, nature, seasonable weather, and DC’s amazing array of free museums. Dislikes: Mosquitoes, mayonnaise, and change.

5 Ways to Celebrate Distance Learning (and Bring Some Good Back-to-School Vibes to Your...

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How can we celebrate distance learning? In a normal year, the first day of school usually comes with nervousness and excitement. My children are always sad to see summer end, but they wake up that...
This photo shows how children propped cushions on a sofa and draped towels over them to make a tent in their living room.

5 Quarantine-Friendly Summer Adventures

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Summer in the time of coronavirus. Usually, at this point in the year, I am working on my epic bucket list of summer adventures around DC. But this summer is … special. Museums and...

Kids Need Recess, Even in a Pandemic

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My son, Ezra Winter, wrote this essay on how kids need more recess. He began work on this project during distance learning, as we started our isolation at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Spring Art for Kids: 3 Sweet Cherry Blossom Painting Crafts at Home

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Spring is here in all of its beautiful, pale-pink glory. Let's make some spring art for kids!  This year spring in the DC area is unlike any we have experienced. We should not go...

Archives Sleepover: A National Treasure of a Slumber Party

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“Mommy, this is what we are going to do. We are going to sleep right under the Declaration of Independence.” My nine-year-old son had a plan. He was going to go to the National Archives...

12 Days of Christmas: DC Family Fun Bucket List for Winter Break

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One of my true loves is Washington, DC in the month of December. The holiday lights are aglow, window displays beckon, and there seems to be another new, fun event every weekend. I don’t...

Inside “Enchant”: The Spectacular Holiday Light Maze at the Nationals Park

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This post is written in partnership with Enchant, but all of the views are our own.  “I feel like I’m in a Christmas movie!” This is what I yelped on my first loop around the ice-skating...

Ali’s Family Life: A Photo Essay Series

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My children are 8 and 5 years old, pretty magical ages when I stop to appreciate it. They are old enough for adventures, conversations, and chapter books, but still young enough to climb in...
summer sunset

Crying Behind my Sunglasses: A Mom’s Farewell to Summer & A Season of Childhood

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  Summer is over, and this mama’s heart is a little broken.  We toasted the end of summer with lemonade and ice cream, as we filled our final summer days with trips to the pool and...
Dino Summer Natinoal Zoo

Have a Dino-mite Summer at the National Zoo

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They roar. They spit. They may even playfully try to bite off your child's head. No, I'm not talking about older siblings. Dinosaurs have invaded the National Zoo for the summer! The Smithsonian National Zoo...

Epic DC Summer Adventure Bucket List: 55 Fun Outings for Kids and Families

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The DC area has no shortage of fun activities for families. Here is our epic guide to 55 local, kid-friendly excursions we're putting on our bucket list for the summer ... and even better,...

Dinosaurs in DC! How to enjoy the new Smithsonian Fossil Hall with Kids

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The dinosaurs are back on the National Mall! The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opens its spectacular, newly-renovated fossil hall this weekend. If your children are dinosaur fans, you have to check this...

Whittle School Hosts Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares

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Matt Tavares has a simple way to introduce his career to a room full of children:  “I have a very cool job.” And he does. Tavares is an illustrator and author of children’s books. He...

Saying Goodbye to Bryce Harper–My Kids’ First Baseball Hero

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Today marks a monumental --and monumentally sad-- day for my children. It could be their last chance to cheer for their first baseball hero, Bryce Harper, in a Nationals uniform. Harper, whose personality is almost...