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.

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

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,...
Smithsonian Dinosaurs

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

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

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

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...

Questionable rash? Weird bumps? Ask Aysa

Maybe you’ve been here before: your kid has some bumps on his skin, and you’re not sure why.  You’re looking at him wondering if they are bug bites, heat rash … or wait, could...

Mini-Golf, Boat Rides, Gelato: A DC Summer “Vacation” Day

“You had me at ‘free water jitney,’” my friend told me. I had just described the delightful romp my family had in DC for my birthday: mini-golf, free boat ride, lobster rolls, and ice...

Kid-friendly flower arrangements: a great activity and gift

Spring -- and dare I say it, summer -- has finally come to DC. Flowers are blooming, the school year is coming to a close. This is the perfect time to nurture the budding florists...

Europe without jet-lag: take your family to Saturday’s embassy open house

Pack your snack bags, kids. We’re going to Europe! This Saturday, May 12, is one of my favorite spring traditions in D.C.: the annual European Union Open House. For one magical day, the E.U....