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DC Event – Movie Pass Giveaway & Dragon Field Day at RFK

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How To Train Your Dragon returns with a sequel on June 13 but Daddy’s Cool can get you passes to the advance screening, if you are in the Washington, DC area.  We also have the inside scoop on an awesome free movie-themed event celebrating the movie this Saturday, June 2 at RFK Stadium called DRAGON FIELD DAY. Great stuff for the dad on a budget or just looking for something fun to do with your kids.

The first How To Train Your Dragon movie is one of my kids favorites, they even attended the live action experience when they formatted a play for arenas.  You don’t want to miss How to Train Your Dragon 2!  Get your FREE MOVIE SCREENING passes here.  Info about this Saturday is below:

 

SCREENING DETAILS
Regal Majestic

Silver Spring ,MD
Tuesday, June 10th
7:30pm

  • No admittance after screening begins
  • Admittance is first come, first served with pass
  • Early arrival is encouraged

 

HTTYD 2 FIELD DAY FLYERWatch the trailer below and get ready to have a blast.

Official site
http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com/

Fit Fathers Day Video Will Change Your Life

Fit Fathers Day has nothing to do with lame ties, stinky cologne or boring socks. This Father’s Day is about your life and your families, dad!

Through a partnership led by Fit Fathers, Daddy’s Cool has joined Mazda and Volkswagen in the effort to forever change the way we view Father’s Day.  Let’s celebrate the right way. Fit Fathers Day is born! WATCH the VIDEO now. Join the movement and Spread the word. We want this video to go viral. #FitFathersDay #DadsRule

 

To take the pledge and for more infromation www.FitFathersDay.com 
Hashtag #FitFathersDay to win prizes and more!

 

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First Lady Video Celebrates 4 Years of Let’s Move

First Lady Michelle Obama put out a video today recognizing the 4th anniversary of her “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity initiative.  She shows off some of her moves and sends out a direct challenge to show her how YOU move.   The video is a call to action to exercise, take photos and tag social media with #LetsMove.

Dads let’s get moving! And when you connect with your children do something active like walk or chase them around the house LOL … #DADsRule

Let’s Move! DC Today

Looking for something to do today? This morning from 10am to 2pm, come out to Deanwood Rec center in DC and bring the whole family for fun, games and activities.  It’s FREE!  Daddyscool will be at the Fit Fathers table, come by and say hello.

Let's Move DC

The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the DC Head Start State Collaboration Office (DC- HSSCO), in partnership with Fit Kids-DC, are collaborating to celebrate First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative by hosting the first annual Let’s Move! DC – Children and Families Health Expo on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. at the Deanwood Recreation Center, just across the street from the Deanwood Metro exit.

Come join the party for a day of:
• Music and Entertainment
• Prizes and Giveaways!
• Local farmer markets showcasing DC’s rich variety of food
• Health and fitness exhibits/activity station
• Free sports classes for the kids!
• Come work out the Washington Green Hawks, DC’s professional entertainment basketball team!
• MLS DC United will be there testing players soccer skills, giving away prizes, and raffling off game tickets!!
• NFL Play 60, US Tennis Association, and The President’s Challenge Program will all be there!
• Special appearance by Celebrity Chef Lauren Von Der Pool, personal Chef to Venus and Serena Williams. Giving away signed copies of her book “Eat Yourself Sexy!”
• Celebrating Champions for Children Awardees
• Children and parents can play in the Fit Kids-DC and Ruckus obstacle courses, fun zones, face painting, Zumba dancing, and much more!

Let’s Move! is leading a nationwide effort to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy lifestyle choices by empowering families to put their children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The initiative aims to inspire children to eat healthy foods and have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, whether before, during, or after school. In addition, the DC public school system has become the first U.S. district to fully commit to the Let’s Move! Active Schools program. All 111 DC public schools have agreed to participate in the program.

For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/18tbzDT.

DC Family TO DO Weekend 9-21

Lots of great things to do with the family this weekend in the DC Metropolitan Area.  All these events are FREE, perfect for the family on the go and on budget.

 

1.)  NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL  -  Saturday Sept. 21  10am – 5:30pm and Sunday, Sept. 22 Noon-5:30pm

A must for my family every year.  Authors , activities and books on the National Mall.

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2.) National Museum Building BIG BUILD - Saturday, Sept. 21 10am -4pm

Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction

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3.)  H STREET FESTIVAL  - Saturday, Sept. 21  Noon-7pm

The festival will feature over 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages accompanied by an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE.

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4.)  BROOKLAND ARTS & FAMILY DAY - Saturday, Sept. 21

Free dance classes for adults and kids all day.  Check out schedule in link above.

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DC Race 4 Every Child Oct. 5

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My twins , now 7, were born premature and Children’s Medical Center was vital to their development.  Saturday, October 5th, we give back.  Calling Fathers, sons, daughters and families join DaddysCool and Fit Fathers for a 5k Race for Every Child.  The event will help fund specialized medical care, research into childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to keep all children healthy through supporting Children’s National Medical Center.

DaddysCool will be out there running and included is a dash for kids 10 – Under, so the kids can be apart of it.  My son, Arin, one of the aforementioned preemies will be running.

Join the Hyundai Hope On Wheels team t for this high-profile DC-area family fun run/walk to raise awareness of Pediatric Cancer. Sign up today for the #Race4EveryChild 5K by joining our team. Please select “join a team” and choose “Hyundai Hope On Wheels” under the “corporate” menu. 


We are looking forward to seeing you out there!

For More Info

https://www.facebook.com/events/1401397990080375/

 

Cool Dad Site Fit Fathers Launches

FitFathers.com recently launched and is just what the doctor ordered in today’s bad health habit, never-ending work and mass-connectivity driven world.  Health, nutrition, quality family interaction, and exercise have taken a backseat. Fast food, sodas, gaming, the Internet, and digital communication have supplanted home-cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct personal communication, and active living. With this threatening wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy habits, today’s kids, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, studies show.

Fit Fathers site is cool dad approved.  Proactive dads must be proactive in every way!  As important as it is to be proactive in your child’s life, it is just as important to be proactive in your pursuit of good health.

The web site is the vision of Kimatni Rawlins, the president and publisher of the automotive media and marketing portal, Automotive Rhythms.  He is definitely about the life.  I remember when he was about 50+ pounds heavier and eating potato chips like Lays was going out of business.  He has since changed his lifestyle and mission. His family has followed suit and it is a joy to see.  We work out together at his social workouts that brings the families to the track to interact and exercise. He has inspired me and mine and now that the site is live it can hopefully inspire a new health revolution for fathers around the globe.   It’s not just all health, it’s cool stuff on the site.  CHECK IT OUT!  www.fitfathers.com

 

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Just Say No to Procrastination

I said I would post tomorrow but …  #DadsRule #JustDoIt

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Earthday DC becomes Broccoli City

The Sunday, the best thing going in the DC area is the Broccoli City Fest for Earthday 2012 at the Nationals Stadium DC Fairgrounds.  BC Fest is an outdoor festival with a clean conscience complete with live music, sneaker recycling, healthy food trucks, yoga, and a pop-up marketplace with environmentally conscious goods.  For tickets visit BCFest.com

See you on the green! #Earthday2013 #BCFest #DadsRule

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Get Kids Moving This Weekend

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Healthy and fun event to kick off the spring in the Metro area.  My kids are out for spring break so this will be a good send off to get them ready for back to school.  Back to school is a celebration ALL the TIME for parents!

THE SPRING EDITION OF GET KIDS MOVIN! will feature interactive physical activity, workshops on healthy eating, musical performances, a special Scavenger Hunt, prizes from Sports Zone and partner stores, fitness demonstrations, a fashion show and much more!

Visit www.getkidsmovin.com for more information.

Bob Marley Musical for All Ages

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Son Arin and Cedella Marley

It was a treat to take my kids, ages 7 and 8 years old, to a marvel of sight and sound that would be the world premier of the musical “Three Little Birds” at Adventure Theatre, located at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. The play is based on a children story by Cedella Marley infused with the music and lyrics of her dad, Bob Marley.

READ MORE  >my full review

If  you are in the DC area the play runs until April 14th and trust you do not want to miss it!

I give it 3 smiles … my 3 kids all loved it and to get them all on the same page with liking anything is impossible at times.

tickets available at  www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

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Arin reading Three Little Birds on the way to the play

Free Computer Training DC Youth

DEADLINE IS TODAY!! >>>

Byte Back, a DC-based non-profit computer training organization, is offering a FREE, four-day Summer Youth Technology Sampler next week for young DC adults ages 17-21.  The deadline to register is Friday.  This program gives young adults a taste of careers in the IT field, and professions that make extensive use of technology:  Web Design, Graphic Design, Computer Repair and Database Administration.  They will also learn intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.



Those who complete the four-day program will receive a free computer, an internet modem, and one year of free internet service.



Training will take place Monday July 23 to Thursday July 26 between 12:30 and 6:00 PM at four DC public libraries:

Bellevue (115 Atlantic St SW)

Capitol View (5001 Central Av SE)

Francis Gregory (3660 Alabama Av SE)

Woodridge (1801 Hamlin St NE)



Call Byte Back at (202)529-3395 to make an appointment to come in and register.  You must register in-person.  The deadline to register is Friday, July 20.  Contact is Tasiyiwa Mapondera, Byte Back Director of Programs, telephone 529-3395,  tmapondera@byteback.org

Go Karts – Summer To Do

I decided to get out of the city and travel to White Marsh for the Baltimore Go Karts. We drove the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid about one hour to Baltimore. The go-karts would be my kids’ first time driving outside of a little motorized Caddy Escalade or in a game at the arcade.

Needless to say, there was lots of bumping (which is against the rules) and a crash after the final lap when Michal ignored me screaming, “BRAKE!!” She slammed into a parked go kart containing Nya.  No injuries, just laughs.

Cost: $6:50 per ride and kids can ride alone in Junior karts on a “Junior” track but my kids were tall enough for the “Fast” track. Worth it.

Arin the car junky of the group drove very well. He was focused.

Michal (The Brakeless One) was already pressing the gas before she was given the cue.

Nya was fast and reckless but not at all wreck-less. She kept waving at daddy and losing control into the barriers.  She had fun.

Got the kids a couple snow cones and we were back down 295 before traffic started.

Park Hopping- Summer To Do

Park hopping is something I like to do with the kids.  It’s great and usually free!  Pack a lunch and plenty of waters.  We checked out a two acre colorful wonderland of monkey bars swings and slides called Clemyjontri Park in Fairfax, VA, roughly 15 min from DC.   A scenic drive through George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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Other than the heat the kids enjoyed it.  I enjoyed the umbrellaed area for daddies to chill in the shade while the kids ran the track or the schoolhouse maze. There is also a little trail in the pseudo woods that is shaded and quite short but a trek through woods none the less.  There is also a cool huge carousel in the middle of the park which costs $1.75 per ride.

 

Arin’s best muscle flex in the trick mirror.

Arin driving the car trying to hardest to dodge pedestrian, Michal Zoe … or hit her. I’m not sure.

 

Father’s Friday on Twitter – #FF

It’s official the new #FF is  Father’s Friday on Twitter.  Happy Tweeting.  Father’s Day Weekend!

#DADsrule

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My son Arin got a chance to play soccer at the DC United’s practice field at RFK stadium and kick it with some United players yesterday.  It was a fun little soccer tournament that even included a moon bounce in which the kids played soccer inside. Crazy!

Special thanks to Arin’s school KippDC

2nd Grader Starts Book Club at School

You have to love Michal Zoe’s initiative; my second grader has started her own book club!

At one point during the school year she was invited to join a group of second and third graders in a small book club at her school.  She was so excited she was reading on such a high level to be chosen and loved the idea of not having lunch with her classmates but lunch and book talk elsewhere. Well, that idea could not be upheld by the teacher’s busy schedule and the book club ended.

Soon Michal talked to me about how she missed it and how she wished she could do her own.  I told her that was a great idea and to do it. My idea was over the summer but her thoughts were more immediate, as they ALWAYS are.  She went directly to her vice principal and set the ball in motion. She was going to invite anyone interested to attend, then she got specific and created a list to give the flyer/invites.  Not my suggestion but definitely how daddy would have done it.

Check out the flyer daddy created for her. That little girl inspires me, she is a go-getter.

 

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