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NOVA Camp & Summer Fun Expo

Dive into summer fun opportunities for kids of all ages at the Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dulles Town Center in Dulles, VA. This two-day event allows families to meet with representatives from local, regional and national programs to explore summer fun destinations – all under one roof! With giveaways, performances and hands-on activities, this is an event for the entire family. Do you know someone interested in being a camp counselor this summer? Information about training opportunities will also be available. More details about the event can be found at washingtonparent.com.

Brush Your Teeth

Here come The Brushies! Conceived and created by a dentist and child psychologist, The Brushies are finger puppet toothbrushes designed for the littlest of children. For kids one month to 4 years old, each finger puppet features a soft brush on the finger tip with different animals, such as Pinkey the Pig, Chomps the Dinosaur and Willa the Whale. Along with a board book featuring fun rhymes to guide your child through tooth brushing, The Brushies come in a cute packaging to make a perfect gift! Available at select retailers and online at TheBrushies.com for just under $30.00.

Obey the Magic

Based on the Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine, this play features Ella of Frell who is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. When tragedy strikes and Ella is reduced to being an obedient servant in her own home, can she find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Performances run from February 3 to March 19 at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park. For more information about the play and to purchase tickets visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org or call (301) 634-2270.

A Chance to Learn

Suburban Nursery school is a play-based cooperative preschool in Bethesda, MD for 2 to 4 years old. The curriculum fosters intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth with the way that kids learn best – with PLAY! Hours are recently expanded to include an optional afternoon enrichment program. For questions or to arrange a tour contact admissions@suburbannurseryschool.org.

Keys Just for Kids

Kids love keys. They love the noise they make. They love to chew on them. And they are not fooled by plastic imitations. But you don't want your baby gumming on the grimy keys that live in the bottom of your bag. Solution? Kleynimals are stainless steel toy keys that will delight your baby and keep your keys from being lost or drooled upon. The Annapolis-based business was founded by Mom and entrepreneur, Kirsten Chapman. Flatware and rattles also available. Available at select stores and at kleynimals.com.

Listen Up!

Some children just can't wear traditional headphones comfortably. CozyPhones, which are available in both kid and adult sizes, are a simple answer to this problem. Made of a soft material with ultra-thin speakers and a durable 52-inch braided cable built in, these lightweight earphones are comfy to even the most sensitive of ears. The speakers and cables are removable to make washing the headband a breeze. Based in Ashburn, VA, CozyPhones are a great way to listen to music. Check out cozyphones.com to see the cute patterns and sizes available and for ordering.