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Join us for a day of FREE family-friendly fun!
Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 6pm, at the Washington Convention Center.

The 2014 Tots-to-Teens Expo is educational, entertaining and fun for the entire family. We're excited to present the 2014 Tots-to-Teens Science Fair. The winner receives tickets from Southwest Airlines — for the entire immediate family — to any of the 78 domestic airports where Southwest flies. For details and registration information, check out our Science Fair page.

There's something for everyone: Bumper Cars, Basketball, Face Painting, Kids Zumba Classes, and a special Living Healthy and Eating Right Stage featuring area chefs, restaurants and nutritionists. We're also hosting Special Workshops on Cyber Bullying, Teen Safe Driving and CPR Training and Certification. Come and participate in our special Kid's Spa Retreat, Free Dental Exams, Free Eye Exams and opportunities to meet with some of the area's leading schools and educators.

A Kid's Expo-nanza!

Washington DC's Walter E. Washington Convention Center is one of the region's largest facilities of its kind and we're filling more than 128,000 square feet of exhibitor space (room for more than 600 exhibitors) with interactive events and services that are sure to please the entire family. Face Painting, Clowns, Magicians, Musical Performances, a Moon-bounce and Free Samples from our exhibitors, make this event one that you will not want to miss.

Whether they're still in strollers or old enough to seriously investigate their college choices, the 2014 Tots-to-Teens Expo promises to provide the right combination of fun and learning to make all agree that it was a day well spent. Our Science Fair, Fashion Show and Live From the Expo Special Reports (featuring area teen reporters), mean that your totlers and teens can be active participants — not just attendees. To register and receive additional information, use our registration from below or contact us.

It's a Family Affair!

Did you know that in 2011, parenting.com listed Washington, DC as the best city for families. And there is an incredible amount of families in this market: 66% of parents in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area have children under 6 years of age and 32% have children between the ages of 13 - 18.

Investing in our children is a long-term proposition. In fact, the most recent U.S. Census estimates that parents spend an average of $249,000 to raise a single child to age 18. Most is spent on education and entertainment. Parents aren't the only ones spending their money. In the past five years, spending by teens in the U.S. has jumped from $122 billion a year to $170 billion a year.

Families are spending their money on activities they can do together, including activities that are not only fun but also healthy. Our Living Healthy and Eating Right Workshop, Kid's Zumba and Kid's Yoga are wonderful opportunities for you to embrace important exercise and eating habits for the entire family. We're also featuring a panel of Kidpreneurs to prove that kids can teach many adults a few things about what it takes to be successful in business.

"It Takes a Village..."

Today, children have ready access to technologies that empower them to experience the world across the oceans and the neighborhood next door. This requires parents to be even more vigilant in ensuring their safety and well-being.

The Tots-to-Teens Expo has partnered with several organizations to create special workshops on:

  • Teen Safe Driving - Just 14% of teens say they talk daily with friends on a landline, down from 30% in 2009. And 31% of teens say they never talk on a landline with friends. Similarly, 26% of teens say they talk daily with friends on their cell phone (down from 38% of teens in 2009). Unfortunately, too much of the conversation takes place while these teens are behind the wheel of a vehicle, leading to driver distractions that cause preventable accidents, injuries and deaths.
  • Cyber Bullying - Cyberbullying occurs whenever kids bully each other through use of digital and electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include: mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. It's important to know what it is, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens. Our Cyberbullying workshop will help you learn how your family can work together to recognize cyberbullying and explore safe ways to use technology.
  • CPR Training and Certification - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training is important. CPR saves lives of adults, children and infants and the life saved through competent CPR training could be our own or that of a close family member. Class sizes are limited, and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information please contact us.

Family Health Screenings

When many of us think about health issues, we think about the kinds of things that are treatable, curable, or not likely to happen to us. However, many of the ailments that our families live with on a daily basis were (and are) preventable. Healthy choices play a large role in health outcomes, but so does early discovery and diagnosis. That's why the Tots-to-Teens Expo is excited to offer Free Family Health Screenings to all Expo attendees. Free Dental Screenings and Free Eye Exams combine with our many other health-focused activities, events, workshops and presentations to make it possible for your family to be healthier - and wiser - after you leave the Expo than you were when you arrived.

Our health partners will provide Free Screenings the entire day. So, bring the entire family, your friends, neighbors and a healthy attitude. You can also register to receive updates and announcements as new activities become available. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your email address to subscribe to receive our newsletters and announcements.

THIS JUST IN: THE Tots-to-Teens Expo Announces an Open Audition for Young Newscasters to Provide Live Coverage of Expo Events and Activities!

We're looking for children and teens, ages 7 to 17, to be special guest reporters for the Tots-to-Teens Expo. Auditions will be held in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Winners will be selected and notified prior to the event and training will be provided. This your chance to gain exposure, experience and have some fun at the same time.

Auditions re scheduled for March 26, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. Click here form more details.

Start planning now! Our open call for child models to participate in the 2014 Totlers & Tiaras Pageant is set for March 26, 2014. To find out what you'll need to know to enter your child for consideration, visit our Pageant information page or email us: info@thebetterfamily.com. Please be sure to include your contact information (name, address, your email address, a valid phone number and the best time of day to reach you). No video or photo submissions will be accepted at this time. Categories include: Formal Wear, Casual Wear, and Q & A

Pageant Requirements and Criteria:

  • The competition is open to girls and boys ages 3 to 9
  • All toddlers must be potty trained
  • No make-up please, except lip gloss or lip balm
  • No belly exposure or inappropriate attire
  • Age appropriate attire only!

The Sky's the only limit is the 2014 Tots-to-Teens Expo Science Fair!

We partner with area schools to ensure that the best and brightest are represented. Winners receive awesome prizes (last year's winner won Southwest Airlines for the entire family to travel to any of the 78 airports in its network of domestic destinations!). Students from Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia can compete in the Science Fair to win. Rules and restrictions apply. Click here for more information.


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