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Gift Ideas for Brainy Kids | Updated 8/8/18

Roominate: engineering toys for girls This is a list of 75+ birthday gift ideas and Christmas/holiday gifts for brainy kids for 2018. There are plenty of great birthday gifts out there to help smart kids get smarter…and lots of stuff that will be a waste of your kid’s time. I hope this list of educational math and science gift ideas will help you with some suggestions for the best gifts for smart kids. Each educational present idea includes a link to the item on Amazon.com, suggested age levels, and dollar…

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Five Ideas to Keep a Digital Record of Your Child’s Growth and Best Memories

I love the idea of keeping track of my kid’s best memories, growth, and accomplishments with a digital record. Below are some ideas I use in hopes of creating future-proof records for family and friends to enjoy. Conduct a yearly video interview with your child. We do ours every New Year’s eve. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of questions to ask. I always ask about how school was going, their favorite teachers and classes, but I like to include more philosophical questions as well. This year, I asked…

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School’s Out and Spring Break Camps in Howard County Maryland 2017 – 2018 School Year

Looking for ideas for what to do with your kids when schools are closed for special days off in Howard County during the 2017 – 2018 school year? Here are a few of the organizations that I know of that can provide care and learning during days off such as spring break, fall break, teacher in-service days, and other days off during the school year. Howard County Conservancy – Great camps my kids really enjoy these. Beautiful locations in Elkridge and Woodstock. Space is available on February 16, March 30,…

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Parental Control Apps to Monitor and Control Your Child’s Screen Time

As a parent, I hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did. Screens have invaded the minds of my two girls, and I needed to get control over it. Since my kids switch between a few devices and types, I needed to use a combination of things to reign this in. Here is what I was up against: Mobile Phones – My kids both have mobile phone devices from Republic Wireless. That means they can use either mobile data plans or WiFi to access the internet. I needed to be able…

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Great Restaurants in Howard County for Kids

My family is always working on finding the restaurants in Howard County that offer the best experience and best quality food for our family lunch and dinner outings. It’s easy to go to the usual suspect restaurants such as Friday’s and Red Robin, but there are other great restaurants that you and your kids may enjoy. Below find a few of my favorites. Cava Grill (Columbia) – This is currently my favorite restaurant. They offer Greek food Chipotle-style. You and your family get a healthy meal and they have great…

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Howard County MD

SEE MY LIST OF 50+ IDEAS FOR KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES AROUND HOWARD COUNTY BELOW I am sure other parents are as sick as I am of inflatable bounce house birthday parties.  It’s not to say kids don’t enjoy them–they are fun, but they are so repetitive and unimaginative, and I really can’t stand the production-line-style birthday party they seem to thrive on. To help parents learn about the various options, I present my list of birthday party ideas–some of the party locations are typical, but others more unusual, creative and even a…

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Children’s Theater and Dance Companies in Maryland

There are some amazing and unusual dance and kid’s theater companies in Maryland and Washington D.C. We have some excellent places for kids to see performing arts as well as great places for them to take classes. Below is my list of some of the dance and theater places that I am aware of: Places for Kid’s To See Performing Arts in Maryland Candlelight Kids – The Candlelight Concert Society of Maryland offers a series of dance and musical performances that kids of all ages will surely enjoy. This year they…

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Before and After Care in Howard County

We’re definitely going to need before and after care for our children this school year (2017-2018).  We’ve started looking into what the standard options are, and we’re a little worried. As a former teacher,  I have seen what before and after care can be (a waste of children’s time, with some fun mixed in) and hope to find something better. One possibility is a martial arts program at one of a few locations around Howard County. The deal is that for about $450 dollars/month, they pick your child up after school and they can…

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List of Fun Activities For Kids To Do Around Maryland

Looking for worthwhile things to do with your kids in the Baltimore/DC Area?  I am too.  Here is a list of 27+ fun activity suggestions that I have compiled from experience with my own children.  Please feel free to add to this list by leaving a comment below. 1) Children’s museums: Visit the  National Children’s Museum in National Harbor or in Baltimore called Port Discovery.  Kids love both places. Another great place to take kids and teens is the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.  There are some great exhibits including…

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Birthday Party Theme Ideas For Kids in Howard County Maryland

Looking for birthday party ideas for your child in Howard County, Maryland? Here are some themes and ideas to help you decide what type of party to have. [Looking for a special place to have your child’s party? Don’t miss my post with 40+ birthday party places in Howard County.] With two children, I find myself at many different types of birthday parties lately–some of them original and loads of fun for the kids, and some of them…not so much. I have created this page to help parents out with some…

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