Archives for January 2009

Free Stuff for APISS Readers

Just a couple reminders of the free stuff available this week on APISS!Enter the contest for free tickets for your family to see Disney on Ice in DC in February. There are multiple ways to win!Go to APISS Reviews and enter to win one of FIVE feature-length, brand new children's DVDs. A new movie is a great way to beat winter boredom, or handy to have for the next birthday party gift!Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring in The Washington Post: NASA Goddard and More Indoor Play Options

Several local parents and I wrote essays in The Washington Post Weekend Section today on our favorite out-of-the-ordinary, exciting indoor play options with our children.Toddler nirvana is the National Building Museum, says Amy JoyceLiz Seymour's family finds that there's no tickets required at the Kennedy CenterThe Hirshhorn Museum's art captures the attention of Kim Honor Matkovsky's kidsRachel Hartigan Shea's family likes walking with the dinos at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural HistoryAnnys Read more...

More Open Houses in February

School open houses haven't ended, they're just getting warmed up!Actually, many Montgomery County Public Schools begin their open houses in February. Need to find your child's assigned public school? Enter your address at the school locator here, and then click on the links provided. The public schools should have their open houses on their websites, or call the numbers provided for dates and times. Due to the difficult January weather, many schools are scheduling extra open house sessions for Read more...

Because we’re all brain dead after 2 snow days

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in 2009:Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.Shamelessly ripped off of the gorgeous NoVa-blogging Suzie of Confessions of a Not So Well Behaved Woman.Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Giveaway: Disney On Ice Is Coming to Washington & Baltimore

Disney on Ice is coming to Washington and Baltimore in February!And I have an even more exciting announcement: One lucky APISS reader family will win FOUR tickets to see the show! UPDATE: Kirstin G. and her family are the lucky winners, chosen by Random.org!The winner will get to choose either an afternoon show on Saturday, February 14 or Sunday, February 15 at the Verizon Center in downtown DC, thanks to the generous folks at Disney! Tickets are $15-75 each, so this is a fabulous gift!The show Read more...

Material Girl

I'm over on APISS Reviews today waxing on about the best gifts I've ever bought myself. From jeans to vacuums to cameras to cats, I'm dishing on the items that make my life easier and bright.And none of the items reviewed was gifted to me by a company or PR person - each one was bought with hard-earned APISS buckeroos that bring me oodles of materialistic happiness.Come have a look. Thanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

Pump It Up’s Pop-In Playtime Rocks!

This morning it was freezing, there wasn't a playdate on the calendar and the kids were bouncing off the walls. Racking through our standard outing destinations, I knew I had to find a new, cool indoor play option to change up the routine and save our sanity.Thank goodness for Pump It Up, The Inflatable Party Zone's Lanham-Bowie, MD location. Just a twenty minute drive from Silver Spring and a half hour from DC, it offers a wonderfully active open gym every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30am Read more...

Annual T?t Lunar New Year Festival This Weekend

A million thanks to Kim for supplying the info & links! The Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association will be hosting its Annual T?t Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 24, 2009, from 11am-3pm at Springbrook High School at 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904.There will be performances such as a dragon dance, an Áo Dài Vietnamese Traditional Dress Fashion show, an adorable children contest for kids 5 and under (first prize is $50), a karaoke contest cleverly titled "MVMA Idol," Read more...

Annual T?t Lunar New Year Festival This Weekend

A million thanks to Kim for supplying the info & links! The Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association will be hosting its Annual T?t Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 24, 2009, from 11am-3pm at Springbrook High School at 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904.There will be performances such as a dragon dance, an Áo Dài Vietnamese Traditional Dress Fashion show, an adorable children contest for kids 5 and under (first prize is $50), a karaoke contest cleverly titled "MVMA Idol," Read more...