Archives for August 2009

Fall Free Week at Blue Heron Yoga and New Yoga Classes for Moms & Kids at Rock Creek Sports Club

Not only has school started for most of our kids, but we can sign up for new classes too. Blue Heron Wellness in Silver Spring is again allowing us to try before we buy an entire class series through a week's worth of free class offerings for us and our kids.Free classes for kids include:Preschool Yoga for ages 2-4 and their parents, Thursday 9/10 9:30-10:15amKids Yoga for ages 4-7, Thursday 9/10 5:15-6pmTweens Yoga for ages 8-12, Thursday 9/10 6:15-7pmBaby and Me Yoga for babies and parents, Friday Read more...

Free Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Stadium, Kennedy Center Open House & Children’s Opera Storytime

Take me out to the opera? If hearing "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro" from free open air seats while chomping a hot dog sounds fun to you, then mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Washington National Opera Simulcast at Nationals Park on Saturday September 12 at 7 pm (gates open at 5:30pm.)General Director Plácido Domingo's Opening Night of The Barber of Seville at the Kennedy Center will be simulcast live at Nats Park on the jumbo tron screens. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, but you Read more...

A Week of Giveaways on APISS Reviews

While my family and I enjoy the sun, sand and mini-golf in the Outer Banks this week, I hope you guys will enjoy a week of giveaways on A Parent in Silver Spring Reviews! Head on over to APISS's consumer-greedy-mommy-blog-marketing evil twin site and you could win free back to school gear for your kids: school supplies, stationery, clothes, lunch boxes and MORE!Because you all deserve a pressie for back to school, even if that present is just the saving of you one more drive to Tar-jay. Free stuff Read more...

Sport Bounce of Loudoun: Guest Post by Becky Hill

The response to Becky Hill's earlier guest post was fabulous! Thanks so much for all your kind comments - she's a great writer and a connoisseur of kid-tastic fun. I bow to her greatness. We're so lucky to have another review by Becky of a local open gym outing she and her three boys checked out. Photo courtesy Sport Bounce of LoudounOur second adventure took us in the opposite direction to Virginia, near Dulles Airport to the Sport Bounce of Loudoun.I know there are other moon bounce places in Read more...

Family Activities in DC & Nearby: What’s Going On

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair has just four days left! Don't miss this awesome annual event. At the fair you'll find carnival rides, 4-H farm animals, rodeo acts, magicians, monster trucks, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, musical acts, carnival games, vendors selling agricultural gems of fresh food and others selling the yummiest artery-clogging treats in the county.10am - midnight daily, last day is Saturday August 22Saturday is African American Heritage Day at National Colonial Farm Read more...

APISS Won Parents Picks…and this means readers will win too

For Local Blogin WashingtonThanks to all of your diligent and completely appreciated votes, in the race to win Nick's ParentsConnect's title of Parents' Picks Best Local Blog in Washington, DC....APISS won!Again, this is thanks to all of YOU and doesn't have much to do with me. You guys voted and voted and voted some more. And I am totally grateful.What do I win besides a cool button to display on my site and some big bad bragging rights? (And who I will brag to 'bout this, I haven't the foggiest...oh Read more...

The Baltimore Zoo: Guest Post By Becky Hill

This fabulous, funny, incredibly informative guest post is by my friend and idol, Becky Hill of Silver Spring. Becky is a mom of three boys - a ten year old and five year old twins - and if it's an educational or entertaining activity for families in the DC area (and most of the East Coast), Becky and the Hill crew have done it. She's also the witty writer of Elvis, Corgis and Me. The Hill boys come face to face with a cheetah at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Photo by Becky Hill.Last week we Read more...

The Mommy Wars Are Being Waged…In My Gut!

In case you were wondering, no I haven't given up this blog. I simply bit off more than I could chew:I tried to be both a stay at home mom and a full-time working mom this week.I totally sucked at both.I'll back up. This week my oldest wanted to do an almost all-day camp with some friends, so I thought this week would be the perfect time to hire a teenage girl who's out of school for the summer (aka a real-life Disney Princess) to play with my youngest a few of those days. I'd use those days Read more...

Woman of the Week: Jean aka Stimey of Stimeyland.com

How many times have you heard,"What camps have you signed your kid up for this summer?"Most of us hem and haw our answers, fearing that the other parent will judge us for1) not signing our kid up for anything other than a long date with Dora and the neighborhood parkor2) farming your child out to every week-long soccer, synchronized swimming and Star Wars program across three states.How about if you turned the entire concept on its ass and developed your own curriculum of adventure and fun for your Read more...