Archives for July 2008

Silver Spring Preschools With Openings

A Parent in Silver Spring is on the alert for important, life-saving information and one of the word combinations that makes my ears and eyes prick up is local preschool openings. Especially in the last month of summer. I feel the Superman music building around me, as I cut and paste this valuable information that a family may need for the child's growth, or rather, the parents' sanity.If you are in need, here are the deets...duh-duh-duh-DAAAA, duh-duh-duhhhh!:Evergreen Montessori School in Wheaton Read more...

Wine Party for Moms (and Kids, and Dads too) at the Pyramid Atlantic Community Arts Store on Friday

Pyramid Atlantic's executive director Jose Dominguez sure knows his audience! He is hosting a happy hour for parents and kids on Friday August 1st at Pyramid Atlantic's retail store in downtown Silver SpringFrom 3-4pm there will be a wine tasting for mommies and daddies and from 5-7pm the champagne celebration begins. You are urged to "bring the toddler, sample great wine, meet other neighborhood moms and get into the mix again. It is distinct from a playgroup in that it's a social event for mommies Read more...

Silver Spring Libraries That Love Kids

So, have you and your kids Caught the Reading Bug? I feel like this summer we have spent even more time at the local libraries than the usual. We're starting to smell pretty dusty and alternate between calling the kids Max and Ruby or Jack and Annie.Here's the scoop on our fave local bookworm hideouts:Silver Spring Library in downtown Silver Spring on Colesville Road has a good children's section and a fantastic, packed schedule of events for kids of all ages. It is also located right next to Read more...

BlogHer Swag Giveaway Winners

As promised this week, here are the winners and items for the A Parent in Silver Spring BlogHer Swag Giveaway!The IT Girls Guide to Blogging with Moxie goes to MeredithMod Mum Sling goes to Stephanie O.Mommy Needs a Cocktail cocktail shaker goes to OliviaFit Mama: A Real-Life Fitness Guide for the New Mom goes to JenniferWere You Raised by Wolves? Clues to the Mysteries of Adulthood goes to PiperHappy Panda onesie goes to Joey O.Gift certificate for a free pair of panties from HerRoom goes to KelleyMommy Read more...

APISS in the New York Times

Nope, I haven't nabbed a freelance assignment at the top daily in the world BUT a tiny bit of my blonde head made an appearance! Other fuzzy heads include WhyMommy, Tech SavvyMama and Stimeygirl (who I just found also posted the photo with similar perezhiltonesque doctoring - great minds!)Here's the accompanying NYT article on BlogHer, which features the conference organizers and other women bloggers (and their children) um, slightly more prominently.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring Read more...

My Spray Parks article in The Washington Post

I hope you enjoy "A Hot Time to Get Soaked", an article on local spraygrounds I wrote in today's issue of The Washington Post.Spraygrounds featured in the article:Good Hope Sprayground in Silver SpringSouth Germantown Splash PlaygroundFriendship (aka "Turtle") Park in NW DCRiggs-LaSalle Sprayground in NE DCHayes Park Sprayground in ArlingtonLyon Village Sprayground in ArlingtonFairfax Corner Water Fountain FeatureThanks to all the DC Metro Moms and local parents that provided recommendations and Read more...

Hikes with Tykes – Guest Post by Alexandra Rackoff

Alexandra Rackoff is a mother of two, a medical student and a nature lover. She has wonderfully offered her experienced insights of family hikes in the DC area!I love hiking with my kids. They are two and four and they are so happy to walk through the woods. My four year old has eagle vision, can find a bug or snake that I never would have seen. First thing he wanted for his birthday: binoculars. He loves to learn the names of plants and birds (the few that I can remember), and to talk about Read more...

BlogHer Part 2 – The People

Me with WhyMommy and Canape (and the delicious Canape Jr.) The best part of BlogHer was meeting all of the wonderful writers and positive people in person that I have connected with online. It was an intense experience, with over 1,000 online personas grouped together as real bodies under one roof and surrounded by a blitzkrieg of marketing. I found it all very overwhelming.I tried my best to learn and enjoy the intense focus on this activity of blogging. I would have been completely freaked out Read more...

BlogHer Part 1 – Sharing the Swag

Thought I'd start the BlogHer recap off with giveaways of yummy-licious swag. Most of you may not see how my attendance at a women's blogger conference relates to activities to share with your kid, but all of us like some free gifts, right?So leave a comment below and you just might receive one of the following fabulous items I picked up in San Francisco, courtesy of the sponsors of BlogHer, the Silicon Valley Moms Blogs, various rockin parties and awesome mamapreneurs:The IT Girls Guide to Blogging Read more...