Archives for December 2008

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations

First Night is a family's answer to a rowdy New Year's Eve party. I'm all about booking my crazy date with the hubs or girls gone semi-wild night any other date on the calendar and spending NYE with the kids. The DC area is great place to find fun First Night and New Year's Eve Day celebrations. Here are some super selections:New Year's Annapolis 3pm-Midnight With two sets of fireworks, the first at 7:30pm for the kiddies, the second at midnight for the night owls, this big celebration is a literal Read more...

Sassy Satchel Sales

I love love love finding a new handbag. And in honor of the incredible online sales, I dedicated a post on APISS Reviews to my faves.If you're in search of the perfect purse, come on over.Regular family activity programming and lack of materialism will resume tomorrow, I swear.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Holiday Events This Weekend at the National Museum of the American Indian

Merry Federal Holiday!What better way to celebrate the country's day off and the holiday weekend than learning about our indigenous people's history and traditions and partying American Indian-style? Head on over to the National Museum of the American Indian for native tribes' holiday celebrations and fabulous free fun for families. And while there, don't miss the incredible food at the cafeteria. You know you don't really feel like noshing on leftovers anyway.Friday, December 26 Father & Read more...

Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for your readership, kindness & support.May you and your family have a beautiful Christmas & a happy Hanukkah!Love,Jessica, Chris, Charlie & EveThe APISS CrewThanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Christmas Tunes – Part II

I'm trying to focus enough on my "job" here on APISS, but my numero uno role of mom is taking precedent during this precious family season. Christmas carol sing-a-longs at our church, catching the sublime Frosty the Snowman at the Adventure Theatre (only a few tickets left!) and making gingerbread houses are filling our days. But the soundtrack of the days continues to be 97.1.Thanks to all of you who chimed in on the comments and sent emails and even made CDs!! (Thanks Kristin and Kevin!) The Read more...

Giveway and Last Minute Gifts Under $20

Need to send a couple more gifts before the big day?Looking for items that cost less than $20, can get there by Christmas and are super cool?Feel like winning a giveaway for a gift certificate to Build-A-Bear?Come on over to APISS Reviews and let me take care of you. There there, it'll be fine.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Local notes

Photo courtesy of Arnie Hoffman, Jeff Schmaltz, and John Waters-HeflinIn addition to the Garden of Lights show at Brookside on holiday evenings, don't miss the 4th annual Washington Virginia Maryland Garden Railroad Society miniature electric train displays in the South Conservatory at Brookside. The train-enthusiast club teamed up with the staff of Brookside Gardens to add a multitude of choochoos to the garden holiday display. WVMGRS members designed and constructed the layout and scenery, Brookside Read more...

Elsewhere today…

Today I'm over on the DC Metro Moms talking about the countdown to Grandma's arrival.And I'm also over on A Parent in Silver Spring Reviews lauding the awesomeness of Rosetta Stone language learning software, specifically the Italian package.La nonna viene! Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Free & Discounted PEP Classes

If you've ever asked yourself "why don't my kids listen to me?", be sure to sign up for the free Parenting Education Program (PEP) introductory class that will answer that very question. With a free session in Kensington, Maryland on Tuesday January 6 from 7-8:30pm and another in Great Falls, Virginia on Saturday January 17 from 11am-12:30pm, you'll get a completely free taste of the great parenting classes offered by PEP and learn how to gain more cooperation from your children. Space is limited Read more...