At Baby Ventures, we’re big fans of giving back to those in need in our community (be it our local neighborhood or our global village), and fostering empathy in our little ones to do the same. So with fall officially kicking off the holiday season, we’re launching our Giveaways for Giving: Each month until December, we’re asking you to join us in giving to those in need in the greater DC area, and in turn you’ll receive a giveaway from us!
For October: We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite Washington, DC indie bookstores, Walls of Books, to support their spook-tacular neighborhood initiative: They’re collecting gently used children’s Halloween costumes for DC area kids through this Friday, October 13th.
How You Can Give: Just donate a costume (or a few – ask your friends and neighbors to pitch in!), take a photo of your drop-off and tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Our Giveaway to You: Once you tag us, we’ll then contact you directly and ship you your choice of a FREE Baby Ventures’ super-soft, mom-approved toddler tee (3T) or onesie (12mo)*!
Oh and while you’re at Walls of Books…be sure to check out the literary haven that is their children’s books section!
Working together as a community to ensure DC children have costumes – that’s what we call a happy Halloween! Please join us in embracing the spirit of giving this holiday season, and stay tuned for our November and December Giveaways for Giving blogposts, featuring more giving opportunities + goodies!
Golzar & Lisa
Co-founders, Baby Ventures
*While supplies last – in the happy instance that we run out of tees/onesies, we’ll gladly offer you another treat!
No ABCs of Washington, DC book would be complete without a colorful ode to DC’s iconic spring blooms: cherry blossoms!
Even before writing and illustrating the ABCs of Washington, DC board book, Baby Ventures authors and illustrator Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash knew the letter C would represent cherry blossoms – those gorgeous, ephemeral blooms that bring our nation’s capital to life each spring and most famously, line the banks of the Tidal Basin overlooking the Jefferson Memorial.
The aesthetic beauty of the cherry blossoms is undisputed. For Baby Ventures – a children’s book company – so is the beauty of what these blossoms stand for:
- Kindness and Friendship: The cherry blossoms were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC in 1912. This gift marked the beginning of a lasting friendship between the US and Japan.
- Welcoming and Inclusive Spirit: Every year, over a million tourists flock to the Washington, DC area to experience the cherry blossoms first-hand. Our city welcomes them with a vibrant, internationally-inspired National Cherry Blossom Festival for all ages to enjoy (for emphasis on enjoyment, check out these insider planning tips from KidFriendly DC).
- New Season, New Adventures: The cherry blossoms are one of the first to bloom around DC. They usher in the spring and all of the wonder-filled adventures awaiting little ones around DC (boat tours on the Potomac, stroller rides through Rock Creek Park, out and about just sightseeing – check out MommyNearest DC for more!).
This year, a tardy cold snap disrupted the cherry blossoms’ peak bloom period, throwing tourists, DC families, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival into a scramble trying to reassess the viability of the blooms. Much to our relief, the National Parks Service recently reported that while the snow hurt many blossoms, those lining the Tidal Basin are still going to bloom!
More good news: if your family missed the cherry blossoms this year, don’t fret – you and your tots can experience C is for Cherry Blossoms year-round with our ABCs of Washington, DC board book! And if you’re in the greater DC area, stop by one of these one of a kind local specialty shops for your copy!
From the Baby Ventures Team in Washington, DC: Happy blooming spring adventures!
It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, which means it’s time for Baby Ventures’ Where in the World Wednesday series! We post a pic of one of our favorite adventures on the first Wednesday of each month – correctly guess the pic’s location for the chance to win fabulous Baby Ventures products! Plus, we’ll include fun facts and activities about these amazing places to share with your adventure-loving little ones!
So where in the world this first Wednesday of November? For our last contest of the year, we’re showcasing one of our favorite US locales: In fall 2008, Baby Ventures co-founder Golzar Kheiltash (re)visited this hilly west coast city with a famous bridge (or two). What city is it? Email us the correct answer by November 16th, 2016 and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free Baby Ventures toddler tee! Don’t miss your chance – this is our last contest for 2016!
Capitol Hill. Georgetown. Arlington. Bethesda. What do these and more DC, Virginia, and Maryland locales have in common? They’re home to one-of-a-kind local shops that offer Baby Ventures books or artwork!
Baby Ventures is a globally-inspired company with DC roots – that’s why we prioritize select local, independent bookstores, gift shops, and toy stores in the greater Washington metropolitan area to carry our products. We’re so excited to join each of these favorite neighborhood shops!
So next time you’re out on your weekend stroll with the little ones in tow – or visiting Washington, DC with family – support our wonderful retailers– that’s what a great neighborhood is all about!
No Baby Ventures yet at your favorite book or gift shop in the greater DC region? Let us know! We’ll do our best to venture into your neighborhood store! And of course, you can always find all our products on our website.
Shop local and happy Baby Ventures!
It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, which means (drum roll, please)…it’s time for our Where in the World Wednesday series! We’ll post a pic of one of our adventures on the first Wednesday of each month, and if you correctly guess its location you will be entered for the chance to win awesome Baby Ventures products! Plus, we’ll include fun facts and activities about these amazing places to share with your adventure-loving little ones!
So where in the world this first Wednesday of September? Let’s just say we were inspired by the back to school theme this month: In 2006, Baby Ventures co-founder Golzar Kheiltash visited this Western European, picturesque university town that’s nestled among two rivers. What city is it? Email us the correct answer by September 14th, 2016 and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free Baby Ventures toddler tee or onesie!
It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end – it seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the season with our little ones, summer bucket lists in tow and eager to check off beach days, camping trips, and all the ice cream we can eat. Now school is starting, and Halloween feels like it’s around the corner (or so we’re told upon entering every retail store these days).
But before rushing into fall, we want to take stock of the season we’re still in – summertime is such a magical part of childhood, and we’re loathe to short-change our little ones even one day of it. Sure it’s often sticky, icky, and hot, but those aren’t the things you remember as a child. Whether it’s an impromptu beach adventure or just a lazy afternoon with the whir of the A/C and a cold treat from Grandma, the freedom a youngster feels to get lost in the moment is what makes summertime unlike any other time of the year.
So put down the back-to-school to do list. Resist the pumpkin patch search. And forget about Halloween costumes…there’s more than enough time for fall’s many adventures! In these last few weeks of summer, all our tots really need is to be in the sun-kissed moment for just a little bit longer. We know we have to say goodbye to summer soon…we just want our “five-minute” warning before we do! So here’s to this last bit of summer, and to teaching our children (and ourselves!) to linger in the moment.
What was on your family summer bucket list this year? Share a story and pic with us for the chance to be featured on our sites!
Last week, we launched our Where in the World Wednesday series highlighting Baby Ventures founders’ real life adventures in diverse locales. Our inaugural photo showed illustrator Lisa Hall in this dance-loving Latin America city. What city is it?….Buenos Aires, Argentina!
Lisa visited Buenos Aires in 2003 during her six month backpacking trip across Latin America. She spent several weeks living with a lovely family and studying Spanish in this beautiful capital city. Want to learn more about Buenos Aires? Here are some fun facts.
And, we are excited to announce our contest winner: Allison Kohll of Providence, RI correctly guessed the city and is our lucky winner! She will be receiving a free copy of Baby Ventures Numbers in Spanish print. Congratulations Allison!
Stay tuned for our next Where in the World Wednesday contest and the chance to win fabulous Baby Ventures products!
Did you know: Baby Ventures books and products are inspired by co-founders Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash’s real life adventures in diverse locales! And we want to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into our inspiration!
The first Wednesday of every month, we’ll post a pic of one of our adventures as part of our Where in the World Wednesday series. Correctly guess the location and you’ll be entered for the chance to win awesome Baby Ventures products! Plus, we’ll include fun facts and activities about these amazing places to share with your adventure-loving little ones!
So, let’s kick it off! In 2003, Lisa visited this colorful, dance-loving neighborhood in one of Latin America’s coolest capital cities. What city is it? Email us the correct answer by August 10th and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a free Numbers in Spanish poster print!
This summer, our Baby Ventures Adventure Girls made their debut in our ABCs of Washington, DC board book: They popped up on the National Mall on page “V for Visitors!”
The greater National Mall area in Washington, DC offers a world of educational fun for little ones! Looking for some family adventure ideas? Here are some of our tot-approved favorites:
- Enjoy live jazz in the Sculpture Garden (with toes dipped in the Grand Fountain) at the National Gallery of Art, then head inside under the light-studded Multiverse in the Concourse walkway to the Children’s Shop, where little ones can relish in the unique books and gifts that the Museum offers!
The Adventure Girls appear in every Baby Ventures book – where are they heading to next? We’re guessing locales that are home to very unique friends (hint, hint). Stay tuned, and happy DC adventures!
Hot off the presses! Our highly anticipated ABCs of Washington, DC board book is now available! Perfect for a bedtime read or stashed in a diaper bag when you hit the town, your little one is sure to love this literary tour of our nation’s capital! From kayaking in Georgetown to boat tours on the Potomac, we hope our ABCs of Washington, DC spark some memorable family adventures of your own!
Happy summer adventures!