Archives for October 2009

Halloween Weekend Picks

Image courtesy Rock-N-RompDon't tell me that after the pumpkin patch field trips, classroom parties, and all the other activities that require multiple costume-washings, all you've got planned for the weekend is some measly trick or treating! Come on. Caffeinate yourself and check out all this fun that won't conflict with your neighborhood candy begging. FRIDAY OCTOBER 303rd Annual Halloween Rocks! Kentlands DowntownFriday 3-7pm. An enormous trick-or-treat, concert, and family festival in the Read more...

Washington Post: Museum Story Times

I have piece in The Washington Post Weekend section today on various museums in the area that offer story times for children and families. Story time at the museumBy Jessica McFaddenFriday, October 30, 2009 If you're a parent or grandparent of young children, you have undoubtedly become a practiced bedtime storyteller, complete with voices for each character. And it's very likely you've also become a regular at your neighborhood library or bookstore's story times.Full Article Here And here are Read more...

GIVEAWAY: A Christmas Carol in 3D Pre-Screening Tickets for Monday Nov. 2 at 7pm in Silver Spring

Up for seeing Disney's A Christmas Carol for free before it opens?More free movie tickets! With comic genius Jim Carrey! And Colin Firth (forever Mr. Darcy, squee!) And Gary Oldman! And those cool Buddy Holly 3D glasses! (This is a serious steal - as all of us know who've shelled out for an evening showing for their family to see a flick in 3D these days...)Come get in the Christmas spirit early this year by attending this free advance screening of Disney's A Christmas Carol for APISS readers. Read more...

Pumpkinville & the Leesburg Wild Animal Park

Eve, her cousin and one very patient sheepMy kids and I had a blast visiting Pumpkinville at the Leesburg Wild Animal Park this week with their aunt and cousins. The kids ranged in age from almost six-almost one, and everyone had a great time (including two moms in their thirties.) I'd first visited this place back in 2004 when my oldest was a baby and it's still as I remember it - a homey, accessible, cute place for kids to experience animals and fall fun.The Leesburg Animal Park park goes Fall Read more...

Family and Pet Event on Tuesday October 27 Hosted By Petfinder and Discovery

At last year's Petfinder event at Discovery in Silver Spring, kids had a blast!Update from Petfinder & Discovery: NEW LOCATION! Due to the weather, this event will be held in the lobby and covered area immediately in front of Discovery's building. We look forward to seeing you later today!Looking to kill the "witching hours" tomorrow afternoon between 4-6pm with your kids? Come on down to a super fun and informative family event, the Third Annual Petfinder and Discovery Channel Adoptable Pet Read more...

APISS Weekend Picks October 24-25, 2009

At Disney on Ice last night we saw the most adorable woman in the world,Princess Tiana from the upcoming movie The Princess and the Frog.In addition to Boo at the Zoo, the Waterfront Fall Festival, the free screening of the new Tinker Bell movie and Disney on Ice, there's lots going on this weekend.SATURDAYSilver Spring Library BOOKFEST10am-3pmThis event's got everything from County Exec. Ike Legget unveiling the new Silver Spring Library plans at noon to a petting zoo and free pony rides for the Read more...

Waterfront Fall Festival in Gaithersburg on Saturday

Washingtonian and Rio Center’s Waterfront Fall Festival this Saturday October 24 from 1-5pm looks like a ton of fun. Held all over the family friendly complex happily referred to as "the Rio," the party will be happening rain or shine and there'll be lots of Halloween fun for all ages.(See the photo at left for my then-baby Charlie and his dad demonstrating refreshment fun for all ages.)Activities include:Halloween and fall crafts like pumpkin decorating and scarecrow making to benefit Manna Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Tinker Bell Movie Tickets for Saturday October 24

I have 200 tickets for you guys for a free preview of the new Tinker Bell movie, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure this Saturday morning, October 24 at 10am in Fairfax. The latest installment in the new, much-loved by little girls Tinkerbell and her faerie friends franchise is being released to DVD & Blu-Ray next week, just in time for it to reach Santa's workshop. But thanks to the Walt Disney Home Entertainment folks, you and your kids can watch it ahead of time for free on the big screen.The Read more...

Boo at the Zoo Friday & Sunday – Tickets Still Available

Surprisingly, tickets are still available for one of the best, not-too-spooky Halloween parties in town for families: Boo at the Zoo at the National Zoo. Saturday night is sold out, but you and the kids can attend Friday October 23 and Sunday October 25's parties from 5:30-8:30pm both nights. The Zoo puts on a Halloween costume of enhanced eerie lighting and 46 stations serving up a variety of candy, healthy, and organic goodies for the kids to hit for trick-or-treat. The kids can also enjoy the Read more...