Archives for April 2008

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore: Family Fun With or Without the Big T

Jodifur just wrote a hilarious account and photo diary of her and her family's "Day Out with Thomas" experience at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.My own 4 and 2 year olds are train-crazy and this obsession has become a family pastime that has taken us to the National Capital Trolley Museum, Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, Walkersville Southern Railroad and the B&O ourselves. I also believe that we should own stock in the Wheaton and Cabin John mini trains, have brought a travel Read more...

Celebrate Mama on Saturday

You've marked this Saturday, May 3rd from 11am-4pm as Celebrate Mama! day on your calendar, right?You're cool on the location, Bethesda Row on Woodmont Avenue between Elm & Bethesda Aves in downtown Bethesda?You're ready to rock out to Rocknoceros as they kick off the Celebration with an 11am performance? You know that Miss Belle plays too?You're psyched to receive oodles of freebies from 100 amazing vendors, all focused on celebrating mothers, families and kids?You're aware that swag-filled Read more...

Get Organized in Style, Thanks to the Silver Spring Mocha Moms

The Silver Spring Mocha Moms group, the local chapter of a fantastic national organization for mothers of color (and open to moms of every color), is offering a way to get organized for a good cause: Visit www.ssmochas.lovablelabels.ca, order labels by Saturday May 3rd and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the SS Mocha's events in the community.I love being organized and revel in the sense of peace that not mistaking the cumin for cinnamon brings to my household and the morning cinnamon Read more...

Free face painting on Mondays at Barston’s Child’s Play

On manic Mondays, sometimes the kids and I head over to Rockville Pike's Congressional Plaza.One of the kids might need a haircut by Debbye at Cartoon Cuts ($2 off coupon if you click "special promotions,") I'll use one of our 20% off coupons at Buy Buy Baby (if you don't get those in the mail, you can join the email list) or we'll have another errand at one of the family-focused bank account drains located in this shopping center.To turn the drudgery of Monday errands into magic, we'll hop into Read more...

Local bloggers featured in the Express, including A Parent in Silver Spring

Thanks to Katie Aberbach, World News Editor, and photographer Lawrence Luk of the Washington Post Express for profiling A Parent in Silver Spring in the article on local bloggers, "Blogs in the 'Hood."Awesome local blogs featured in the article include:In ShawPrince of PetworthNear Southeast DC RedevelopmentDC BlogsPenn Quarter LivingDC Metrocentric14 & YouAnd Now, AnacostiaFrozen TropicsOde Street TribuneOn the Red LineDC Daily VoicesThanks everyone for reading and supporting this bloggy adventure! Read more...

APISS Picks for the April 25-27 Weekend

Friday and SaturdayDallas Black Dance Theater Performs at the PG Publick PlayhouseThis internationally-famous dance troupe brings an innovative modern program to our area. 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD. Box office 301.277.1710. 8pm performances both nights. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students.Friday nightChildren's book author Robert Brooks at Kefa Cafe's Space 7:10Brooks will read from his new children's story Sonrieta, a story of tolerance and the importance of friendship. Read more...

New lilaguide group for Montgomery County Moms

I have received several requests for online message boards on APISS as a way for readers to share and discuss their favorite family activities, preschools, day care providers and more. In response I have set up a Montgomery County Moms group on lilaguide.com. The first 10 members to sign up receive a $5 Target gift card, and if you write 10 reviews of your favorite DC and MoCo vendors and outings, you'll receive another $5 Target card. lilaguide is a Zagat-style online community for parents developed Read more...

Pirate Adventure on the Chesapeake, in Annapolis

One of the most fun adventures we have had as a family has been taking the Pirate Adventure on the Chesapeake in Annapolis, and we can't wait to sail the seas again! Designed specifically with young children and families in mind, this is such a cool way to spend an hour on the water while fulfilling your little swashbucklers' dreams.The Pirate Crew and Captain are energetic, young college-aged kids that really get into the whole "shiver me timbers" and "walk the plank, matey" thing. They help the Read more...

Flip Ultra Series Video Camera Giveaway on This Full House

Just in time for Mother's Day; you could win yourself (or, your mother) The Flip Ultra Series Video Camera, which retails for $149.00. This contest closes midnight on April 30, 2008.Just visit This Full House and leave a comment for the chance to win! Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...