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‘Find the Fun Fair’ Comes to Vienna

Free activities, raffle prizes.

Youngsters pay attention at "Music Together" play station. "Music Together" has strong standing in the Vienna area.

Youngsters pay attention at "Music Together" play station. "Music Together" has strong standing in the Vienna area. Photo by Donna Manz.

Hundreds of parents and their children turned out for www.playtodaydc.com’s public launch at Westwood Country Club on Feb. 4, a "Find the Fun Fair." Favorites activities, from inflatable bouncers to modified "t-ball," and business partners promoting their children’s offerings, ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live entertainment, such as karate exhibitions, engaged the children, as well. Participating businesses donated raffle prizes which were awarded every ten minutes throughout the day.

Www.playtodaydc.com brings together a myriad of resources for parents in one place, from a calendar of activities that is free to website browsers, to events and classes that are purchased at www.playtodaydc.com, frequently at discounted rates. Www.playtodaydc.com founder Elisa Kepner herself recognized that time spent looking for activities could be better-spent enjoying time with her children.

What started out as a concept for an indoor play facility that gave children a place to burn off their energy evolved into a model that benefits families and local businesses.

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Ava Carter, age 3-1/2, exits the obstacle bounce house in a fun manner. Ava met up with Vienna preschool friends at the www.playtodaydc.com Find the Fun Fair.

"The goal is to spend less time planning, and more time having fun with our children," said Kepner.

Businesses sharing their product included sports activities, dance, art and theatre classes, wellness, child development support and language classes. Simply fun activities, such as magic shows, had a presence at the fun fair, as well.

"The kids had fun playing while I learned more about classes and activities available to them," said Elizabeth Lucca, a Vienna mother of two young children. "I had the opportunity to ask representatives from the companies represented specific questions about their programs to help me find the best fit."

Read about www.playtodaydc.com and founder Elisa Kepner in the Jan. 18, 2012, edition of the Vienna Connection.