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Six Yummy Cherry Tomato Recipes You Should Try

By Brooke Barker

I grew something in my garden that is rapidly filling my refrigerator and freezer. Cherry tomatoes are everywhere. When the seed packet says Super Sweet 100, it really means you will have hundreds and hundreds by the end of the growing season. I have eaten bags of them while out at the park, I have... Read More

Great Falls Park: Nature in DC's Backyard

By Brooke Barker

It's been six years, but I finally made the 45-minute drive to Great Falls Park. I can cross it off my DC bucket list, and resolution for this yea... Read More

Clemyjontri Park: Every Kid (and Parent's) Dream

By Brooke Barker

 Clemyjontri Park. You've never made the drive? Your kids are missing out and will probably hate you if they find out. Clemyjontri Park is located just off Georgetown Pike in McLean. My toddler could spend ALL DAY here if I let her.[/c... Read More

National Gallery of Art: Summer Programs for Kids

By Brooke Barker

Aching for a bit of museum time without the summer crowds? Check out the National Gallery of Art. I know what you're thinking. "An art museum? What is she thinking? Recommending the National Gallery of Art to me and my busy-bodied kids?" Hear me out. The National Gallery of Art has films... Read More

American History Museum: July and August Fun

By Brooke Barker

The first few years we lived in DC, the only artifacts on display from the American History Museum collection were housed in a tiny room at the Air & Space Museum. ... Read More

20 of the Best Outdoor Games for Kids and Families

By Brooke Barker

I had idyllic summer vacations growing up. Camping. Sunday walks in the mountains. Family bike rides once or twice a week. P... Read More

My 2013 Summer Bucket List

By Brooke Barker

Memorial Day is over. It's unofficially, officially summer in my world. I am a warm-weather body, and I love it. I a... Read More

Burke Lake Park: My Summer Oasis

By Brooke Barker

I grew up in a very small town, and despite my love for the city I now call home, some days I just need some peace and quiet. Burke Lake is one of my favorite places to escape the summer heat and play for the day. I know there are quite a few little lakes in the DC area, and maybe some day I'll v... Read More

Summer Fun: DC Area Spraygrounds, Pools and Waterparks

By Brooke Barker

Can't stand the heat? Get in the water! With summer fun picking up around town, it's finally time to enjoy the waterparks and spraygrounds in and around the Beltway. Many of the waterparks and DC area spraygrounds will be opening for the season during Memorial Day weekend. Several will remain ... Read More

National Zoo: Made for Sunny Days

By Brooke Barker

Leopards, pandas, gorillas, oh my! On bright and sunny days, the National Zoo is where we love to be. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the zoo is open every day except December 25.  Le... Read More