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Volunteer with the Kids at DC Diaper Bank to Help Babies & Families Thrive

DC Diaper Bank Founder and Executive Director Corinne Cannon

DC Diaper Bank Founder and Executive Director Corinne Cannon

“We want to give babies what they need to thrive.”

On a recent blogger visit to DC Diaper Bank in Silver Spring, this is how Executive Director Corinne Cannon began explaining the mission of her amazing organization that provides diapers to families in need.

A small sample of the many Size 1 diapers ready for distribution

A small sample of the many Size 1 diapers ready for distribution

The non-profit was born in 2010 from Corinne’s own experience as a new mother with a challenging baby. Realizing how hard parenting was even with a lot of support, she thought about those who weren’t as fortunate and began to research ways to help make caring for an infant easier. It was then she learned that diapers, a basic necessity for babies, are not covered by WIC, food stamps, or other social welfare systems, and she set out to help make them available. Six years later, DC Diaper Bank provides over 100,000 diapers a month to families in need and has donated over 3,000,000 diapers since launching. (Wow!)

Keeping track of DC Diaper Bank's amazing work

Keeping track of DC Diaper Bank’s amazing work

It truly takes a village to make it all happen. Donations, both diapers and monetary, are contributed by everyone from huge multinational companies to individuals in the community. Diaper drives are held by businesses, schools, and other area organizations. Local ambassadors help spread the word about DC Diaper Bank and offer drop-off locations around the region. And members of the community — kids included! — are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at the warehouse to help bundle diapers and prepare them for distribution to partners.

Volunteers tables where diapers are bundled to prep for distribution

Volunteers tables where diapers are bundled to prep for distribution

So, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I had never been to the DC Diaper Bank warehouse until that visit a few weeks ago. I have been very aware of it for years and even know Corrine — our kids attend the same school, and we served on the fundraising committee together a few years ago. I am seriously in awe of what she has created and achieved, what she has given to those in need, how it all brings the community together. While I have helped promote their diaper drives and Boogie Babes — the music show is now run by DC Diaper Bank, and all proceeds support the organization — I have yet to volunteer there. But that’s about to change, as the kids and I are signed up to go next month. :)

Diapers are often donated in original boxes then repackaged to fit more in each bundle

Diapers are often donated in original boxes then repackaged to fit more in each bundle

You can help out, too! Interested in volunteering at DC Diaper Bank? Check out their family-friendly warehouse volunteer hours for a day and time to sign up. And don’t worry if your kiddos are too little to help package diapers — they are still welcome to join, and there’s even a small play area where they can stay busy while you help.

A sweet area for little kiddos to play while you volunteer

A sweet area for little kiddos to play while you volunteer

And if you want to donate to DC Diaper Bank, there are several ways to give, all listed on the website here. And I should mention that they take more than just diapers, there are many other essential items, like formula and breast feeding supplies, that they also accept — see a complete list here.

Follow DC Diaper Bank to stay updated:
* Facebook
* Twitter
* Instagram
* Subscribe to their e-newsletter

More quick links:
* Host a Diaper Drive
* Become a DC Diaper Bank Ambassador
* Donate to DC Diaper Bank’s Amazon Wishlist
* Donate to this non-profit in your charitable giving

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Kick It with British Soccer Camps this Summer


British Soccer Camps is the most popular camp in North America hosting 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide girls and boys with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own communities. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development and cultural education, and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

BSClogoCOB There are some bonuses to signing up for the camp now: Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp during Early Registration and receive a Free British Soccer Jersey. And enter code FMG15 and they’ll include a bonus Challenger water bottle.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Challenger Sports, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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A Return to the Trees: The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring


An outing to the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring to end the summer break is becoming somewhat of a tradition for us. Owen and I first went last summer as a last hurrah before going back to school, and we returned for the same occasion a few weeks ago. This time, though, we went with friends. And this time, the experience was elevated, both literally and figuratively, as Owen’s extra year — he’s now 7 — gained him access to more courses, many of them more challenging and at higher heights than the routes he was previously allowed to traverse.

All geared up and ready to go!

All geared up and ready to go!

So, in case you missed last year’s post about our excursion there, and the photos don’t make it evident, the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring offers a thrilling aerial forest experience. Adventure-goers navigate ropes courses in the trees, crossing over bridges, whizzing down ziplines, and scaling ladders to get from platform to platform, all many (in some cases, many, many) feet above the ground.



The pricing has changed since our first venture there, when there was a special rate for 5-6-year-olds and an adult for a 90-minute session. Now, admission is free for that age with the purchase of an adult pass ($49). For ages 7-9, it’s $39, and for ages 10-11 it’s $44. Admission is for three hours, and you have access to varying courses depending on age.



Last year, we could only do the easiest purple courses, but this time ’round, we got to do the yellow and green, too. Many proved to be more challenging (and occasionally a little bit scary), but also a lot more fun.

For more background on the park, including hours, check out this post and visit the website.

And for a great local thrill in the trees, go.

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Scenes from the Montgomery County Fair


Our family always tries to hit a county fair when they recur around the area each summer. The thrill of carnival rides, fun of seeing farm animals, chance to indulge in tasty fair grub, and kistchy entertainment all in one place is, to me, a slice of Americana to be experienced this time of year.

We made our annual pilgrimage to the Montgomery County Fair yesterday for the better part of the afternoon and evening and definitely got our fill. And while the kids might say we must go back for more, I think the 6+ hours we spent there yesterday will hold us over until next year.

For more details about what’s there, you can read this review from a couple of years ago. And the photos below will give you a glimpse of it all.

The Montgomery County Fair will take place through August 17 in Gaithersburg, Md (directions here). Times vary by day, so check the schedule for specifics.













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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Family-Style at the Shamrock Shindig


Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly (you know what I mean) that is also family-friendly? If that’s a yes, then mark your calendar for Sunday, March 10! That’s when the 2nd Annual Shamrock Shindig will take place at Pierce’s Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. And from the sounds of it, this definitely will be worth the trip up to Charm City.

The host of the event, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, planned it with families in mind, offering festivities for both grown-ups and children in one of the city’s coolest new parks. Celtic band Barleyjuice will bring the live entertainment, plus there will be food trucks, adult bevvies, a Shamrock Alley with kids activities (cookie decorating, games, etc.), stilt walkers, a strolling leprechaun, and much more.

And the location couldn’t be better. Opened this past May, Pierce’s Park is a true delight for all ages. The one-of-a-kind space was designed for play, with a musical fence, an interactive funnel sculpture, willow tunnels, and more.

Running through the willow tunnel at Pierce's Park

Running through the willow tunnel a Pierce’s Park

Guests can enjoy all of it from 11am -2pm. Following the event will be 58th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which kicks off at 2pm at the Washington Monument (yes, Baltimore has its own smaller version).

Admission to enjoy the band and strolling entertainment at the Shamrock Shindig is free. However, other activities cost extra, but you can enjoy them all with one easy pass (or wristband) for each family member: The Shamrock Pass for children in just $6 and includes parade gear including a shamrock derby hat, green beads, Irish button, Irish flag, Irish fun brand bracelet; two crafts; a temporary tattoo; and cookie decorating. An Unlimited Drink Wristband for Adults is $15 and includes beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Both passes and wristbands can be purchased here, and you can get $1 off each one by entering the discount code KIDFRIENDLYDC.


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