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Brandy Centolanza
Brandy Centolanza is a freelance writer and mother of two. She writes about family travel opportunities and lifestyle.

    “Is It Time?”

    Each spring brings a rite of passage for a new crop of mothers as they register their little ones for kindergarten. I can still remember what it felt like to sign up my baby girl for school, and what that…

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    Your Pick of Parks!

    When spring finally arrived, my family and I were on the hunt for Richmond’s best parks, places to picnic and play and simply enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Our original goal was to find the best playgrounds for our kids,…

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    Little Bullies

    Your daughter comes home from school looking sad and a little worried. She tells you she doesn't like school anymore and doesn't want to go back. After a little coaxing, you find out that a classmate has been shoving her,…

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    It’s Cool Kid-Time!

    Yes, it’s about two hours from Richmond to Portsmouth, Virginia. Yes, road-tripping to the beach with the kids in the dead of winter seems a little crazy. But the good news is once you arrive at the Children’s Museum of…

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    Do You Zoo?

    Have you been to the National Zoo? With its vast array of realistic habitats, grand scenery, and hilly terrain stretched out over 160-plus acres of urban parkland in Washington, DC, it’s amazing. But some say a family would be hard-pressed…

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    Festive Day Trips

    Ever consider riding a roller coaster in the company of penguins to celebrate the holidays? How about enjoying a Christmas meal in a colonial tavern, or drinking hot cider on the beach as festively decorated boats sail past you and…

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    Smarts & Arts

    We crank up the radio in the car on the way to school, and we often form our own little marching band, complete with maracas (uncooked rice inside plastic eggs), drums (empty Quaker oatmeal canisters) and plastic recorders. As it turns…

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    Stranger Alert

    While the holiday season is an exciting time for children, it may also be a time of anxiety and uncertainty for them. Interacting with unfamiliar people during shopping excursions, visits to Santa Claus, or trips to see their great Aunt…

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