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Make the Best. Cakepop. Ever. at a Baked by Yael Cakepop Party!



Looking for a unique and delicious way to celebrate a birthday, girls’ night out, group date, staff team-building activity, or any other excuse to have fun?  Baked by Yael’s Cakepop Parties are the perfect idea for kids or adults.  This adorable “cakepoppery” right across from the National Zoo makes what they accurately describe as the “best. cakepop. ever.”  And now you can, too!

Baked by Yael will clear out its bakery kitchen just for you and your guests, and everyone gets their own cake, frosting, and decorations.  Their party hosts show you what to do, and then everyone gets to roll, dip, and decorate their very own cakepops to take home.  Best of all, you won’t have to clean up!  Getting creative with cakepops makes for the perfect activity that everyone will enjoy, both for the experience and the treats you’ll be taking with you. 

Parties last about 90 minutes, are best for children turning 6 or older and grownups of all ages, and include all materials and staff.  A basic party includes up to 8 guests, but more can be added.  You can also add dessert platters, drinks, custom decorations, and more.  Baked by Yael will make sure your event is super special.

Whether it’s for a kid’s birthday, a special outing with friends or coworkers, or just for the fun of it, a Cakepop Party is a sweet time for everyone!

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Mention you heard about cakepop parties at Baked by Yael from KidFriendly DC and save $25 off any Cakepop Party booked now through March 31, 2018.

For more information about Baked by Yael, including gifts, catering, and delicious treats, visit their website.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Baked by Yael, however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Badlands Play Space Offers Mountains of Indoor Adventures



Having go-to places for indoor recreation is essential, in my opinion. And when one offers everything from active play to creative explorations to learning experiences to relaxation, you definitely want it among your picks.

This is Badlands Play Space. The brand new facility in Rockville, MD, is a one-stop shop for adventures that take place inside. Nature-inspired and full of interactive pursuits for children 2-13 years old, it’s a place where kids can exercise both their bodies and minds in a variety of ways.

Designed to look like the outdoors, a mountain of faux boulders and “grassy” hillside are the centerpiece of the space with a green turf-covered floor. This is where kids can be active. They can climb up rocks to the peak or ascend using ropes, then whiz down slides. They can run up slopes, then roll down them or slide through a tunnel. Little spelunkers can crawl through a cave and emerge on the opposite side.

A path made to look like a dusty trail loops the mountain, and when we visited, a few kids were giving each other rides in a double wagon they fashioned together in the building area (more on that below). Real birch trees line a section of the path, with another small play area on the other side. Guests can walk across a footbridge, hop among tree stumps, and balance on “fallen” tree branches. A little rock garden adds to the outdoor aesthetic.

Beyond the mountain is the Workshop, a spacious room filled with all kinds of stations for creative and constructive activities. Kids can craft parachutes to fly in a wind tunnel, build marble runs, mold clay, play in a giant bin of LEGOs, and design with a variety of materials supplied. Staff are there to help and encourage innovation. And a nature film playing on one wall offers inspiration, too.

Right on the other side of a glass wall from the Workshop is the exhibit area, which will change out periodically. Right now it’s a lovely butterfly garden filled with plants and flowers, chrysalises on view, and, of course, butterflies.

There is also a building room where kids can do even more tinkering. There are wooden parts that fit together, crates to stack, and other materials to create everything from forts to those double wagons. And right next to that room is a theater with comfy seating and a large screen, where kids can chill out as educational programming is shown.

They keep accompanying adults in mind, too! A cafe is located right next to the mountain, so parents and caregivers can hang out while they watch the children play. It’s also convenient for a snack break or lunch.

Badlands isn’t just a destination for everyday play, it’s also a place for special celebrations. There are four fantastic, spacious pavilions available for parties, and they’ll take care of everything from the food to decor to leading the kids in play. For further information about birthdays email [email protected]

Ready to play the day away? Badlands is located at 5200 Randolph Road in Rockville, MD. Admission is $22.50/child and $12.50/toddler per day, and they offer memberships and monthly rates which make for big discounts! Hours are 9am – 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.


Disclosure: Badlands hosted us for a play session, so we could experience the play space, however, all opinions expressed here and any decisions to write a review are entirely my own.


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Create Custom Cards for the Holidays and Beyond with BasicInvite.com

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You swore this would be the year that you would finally do your holiday card right. You know, capture the perfect photo, pick out just the right design, and have them all signed, sealed, and delivered to greet friends and family just as the season hits full swing. But, then, life happened. And it’s just days before Christmas, and you still haven’t even gotten to step two.

But all hope is not lost! There’s no rule that says holiday cards have to arrive before the actual holidays. Seasonal greetings are always appreciated, and there’s plenty of time to wish friends and family a Happy New Year. You just need a little extra something to make yours stand out, so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of cards that came before it.

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Enter Basic Invite. The online stationary company goes beyond the usual offerings for online holiday cards. When you create stationary through their website, you can Customize Everything, putting your personal touch on cards through colors and designs as much as the words on them.

Basic Invite is one of the few greeting card websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you choose a design — from a fantastic, creative selection, no less — you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

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Envelope options are just as colorful as cards. You can choose from over 40 different colors, so that your mailing will stand out even before it is opened. Bonus: All of their envelopes are peel and seal, so they can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one. They also just introduced an address capturing service, letting you simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request addresses which will be stored in your account and selected during the design process. And during the 2016 season, you can get address printing at no extra cost!

For even more incentive to get those holiday season cards done, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code HOLI30.

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Of course, if you’re holiday cards are already done, there are plenty of other occasions you can mark with the help of Basic Invite. From Baby Showers to Birth Announcements to First Birthday Invitations, you can get the word out with ease, flair, and your personal style.

Ready to create your custom card? Visit Basic Invite to get started!


This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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A Birthday Party Giveaway, Classes, & Open House from My Gym Bethesda & My Gym Potomac!

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Yes, you read that right… it’s a birthday party giveaway! One lucky KFDC reader has a chance to win a celebration for their child at My Gym Bethesda or My Gym Potomac, an opportunity you definitely don’t want to pass up.

Parties at My Gym Bethesda and My Gym Potomac cater to both kids and parents. Tailored to delight each birthday boy or girl, they take special song and game requests and incorporate them into activities that reflect their regular offerings for families. Even better, they include just about everything — set up, decor, staff to lead activities and serve refreshments, and clean up — so parents can relax and enjoy the celebration along with their child.

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Three levels of birthday party packages are available, Grand, Deluxe, and Preimer. All of them give party-goers exclusive use of the space.

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Birthday packages are just part of the great offerings from My Gym Potomac and My Gym Bethesda. They also have age appropriate classes for ages 3 months to 10 years. There are Mommy and Me movement and music classes for babies and preschoolers, and older kids love tumbling, sports, and parkour classes. Plus, they have school holiday camps and special events. Read more about everything offered at My Gym Bethesda and My Gym Potomac.

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You can all go scope it all out for yourself! This Saturday, September 10, My Gym Bethesda and My Gym Potomac are hosting their Free and Fun Fall Open House. From 9:30am – 1:30pm, stop by either location to learn more about their programs and parties firsthand, meet the staff, and get the year’s best prices when you sign up!

My Gym Bethesda is located at 5110 Ridgefield Road and My Gym Potomac is located at 11325 Seven Locks Road.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Grand Birthday Party package at My Gym Bethesda or My Gym Potomac, simply leave a comment below telling me what theme your child would pick for a birthday party. To be eligible to win, you must like My Gym Bethesda or My Gym Potomac on Facebook and follow KidFriendly DC on Facebook as well. This giveaway will run through Friday, September 16, 2016, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by My Gym Bethesda and My Gym Potomac, however, I only promote places, programs, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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