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.

DC Pandas’ Departure Is the End of an Era for Some Parents

The pandas are gone. The beautiful corner of the Smithsonian National Zoo where we watched them grow up, eat piles of bamboo, climb trees and roll down the hill in the snow  is now...
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Epic DC Summer Bucket List: 50 Free or Cheap Outings for Kids and Families!

WeAquatics is dedicated to sharing the love, discipline, skills and sport of swimming with the greater Washington D.C. community. Learning to swim is empowering and an important life skill our students will possess forever!...
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Enjoying the National Cherry Blossom Festival with Kids

Spring is blooming in Washington, DC! The weather is beautiful. Flowers are blooming. It seems nature is ready to celebrate. And as the city bursts forth in frothy white flowers, we can enjoy the...

Explore the Newly Renovated Air and Space Museum with Kids

Get ready for takeoff, because this weekend DC’s most popular museum reopens after an extensive renovation. The National Air and Space Museum has always been a top destination for kids and families. Now it...

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

One of my true loves is Christmas DC family fun in the month of December. The holiday lights are aglow, window displays beckon, and DC family fun festivities abound all over town.  This year, that...
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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...
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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...