Allison Winter

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.
summer activities at home

3 Cool Adventures at Home for the Dog Days of Summer

We're in the dog days of summer. It's hot, so very hot. Our kids have been home since ... forever. Sometimes we need to shake up the routine but still stay close to home. So...
Summer Bucket list

Summer Bucket List: 21 Cheap or Free Adventures with Kids in 2021

Are you ready for some free summer fun in 2021? The cicadas are shouting it from the treetops all over the DC region: summer is here! And while life is certainly not yet back...

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

Spring is finally here in all of its beautiful, pale-pink glory. It has been a long, hard winter and this spring, in particular, comes in like a breath fresh air and hope. Let's celebrate...

Twelve Days of Christmas Fun at Home

One of my true loves is the Christmas season. And for my family, that means an extended celebration of the twelve days of Christmas. This year, our usual celebrations are topsy-turvy, and gatherings and activities...

Holding on to the Tradition of a Real Christmas Tree in an Untraditional Year

Christmas is a season full of traditions. One tradition that I have carried from childhood is that every year, my family gets a real Christmas tree.  For me, the smell of Christmas is the rich...

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

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

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

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...

Archives Sleepover: A National Treasure of a Slumber Party

“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

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

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

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

  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

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...