Archives for February 2008

Woman of the Week: Jane Kurtz, Author

Nationally-acclaimed children's author Jane Kurtz is A Parent in Silver Spring's Woman of the Week, and this weekend Silver Spring parents and kids can meet her! She will be reading and speaking at Highland Origin Cafe at 8200 Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring this Sunday, March 2nd, from 1:30-4pm. Ms. Kurtz will be reading from her children's books and telling stories of her upbringing in Ethiopia. She will also be showing a slideshow and discussing the non-governmental organization she Read more...

Tech Savvy Mama: Dreaming of Summer with Sweet Treats

We love ice cream. We laugh at winter as we head to York Castle Ice Cream for the frozen stuff because the tropical flavors at York Castle always instantly transport us to an exotic location with pristine water and white sand beaches. Guava, lychee, mango, pineapple coconut, ginger and passion fruit are just some of the tropical fruit flavors that York Castle serves and I find myself yearning for even in winter. Traditional flavors such as Swiss chocolate, grapenut, vanilla, coffee and peppermint Read more...

Bad Mommy: Eating our way through the grocery store

The domes of cheese and bread cubes at Whole Foods started it.The Costco vendors of mini bagel dogs and one-gulp fruit smoothies reinforced it.Chef Charley at the Trader Joe's took it to a whole new level, what with his cups of cat-shaped cookies, apple cider and other yummies.My children cannot get through a grocery run without eating their way through the store. I let them. One whine and I am a goner. Anything to get through the hunting and gathering for the family with a minimum of meltdowns Read more...

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Food for Thought Events

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP), a non-profit dedicated to supporting and encouraging parents, is now offering dinners or brunches and expert speakers in a delicious combination! PEP describes the new new Food for Thought series as "a unique opportunity to enjoy great food, welcoming hospitality, scintillating conversation & keen insights into many of the issues parents face today."See below & the A Parent in Silver Spring calendar for the different lecture topics and dates, and visit Read more...

The Insect Zoo is Open at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo, a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of theSmithsonian Natural History Museum, is now open! After years of reading the "coming soon" posters, my family excitedly anticipated this unveiling of 15 incredible habitats for over 65 live species of arachnids, centipedes, crustaceans, insects and millipedes. There are also many preserved species, interactive displays, video presentations, hold-the-creepy-crawler opportunities and tarantula feeding demonstrations. The Smithsonian Read more...

Carpet Cleaning – A Mom’s Fantasy Come True

I used to look forward to salon and spa appointments that improved my looks and the state of my bod, but oh how times have changed. Today I am excited that the dudes from Ayoub Carpet & Rugs are coming to deep clean the funky Berber in the finished basement family room and zap the wall-to-wall in the bedrooms upstairs. They are also going to roll up the living room rug, take it back to their magical lair and return it all prettified.I sincerely wish the kiddies and I were going to have time Read more...

More Weekend Family Ideas: Black History & Art

African American Family Festival at the Walters Art Museum in BaltimoreSaturday, February 23rd, 11am-4pm, FreeParticipate in an all day celebration of African traditions in art! Enjoy storytellers, musicians, and artists to engage your whole family. Learn about the treasures of African American heritage with hands-on workshops, a musical instrument "petting zoo" with the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and much more.Directions & parkingNational Capital Trolley Museum in Silver Spring Celebrates Rosa Read more...

Winter Weekend Wrap-Up: Ideas to help you deal Friday-Sunday

Playwise Kids in Columbia, Maryland is open, even when area schools are closedIf you haven't yet been to this kid and parent paradise, ice storm cabin fever days are the perfect opportunity to check it out. Over twenty distinct play areas for various developmental levels are in this massive warehouse. The fun includes a "beach" room with real sand - my kids' favorite in the middle of winter, real life fire truck & ambulance for imaginative play, ball pits, tap dance & puppet show theaters, Read more...

Woman of the Week: Jennifer Deseo of The Silver Spring Penguin

Jennifer Deseo is the Editor-in-Chief and creator of The Silver Spring Penguin, an online news source for the Downtown Silver Spring business district and neighborhoods with a mission "to deliver straight-dope coverage with chutzpah." Amidst her busy schedule of reporting, restaurant reviews and town hall meetings, Jennifer took time out for an e-mail interview and to accept her award as A Parent in Silver Spring's Woman of the Week.Q: When & how did you start The Penguin? A: The Penguin started Read more...