Archives for November 2009

TICKETS ALL GONE to The Princess and the Frog Next Saturday December 5

In the APISS household, Princess Tiana's arrival has been more highly anticipated than Santa's UPDATE:  In an APISS record, all the tickets were handed out in just one afternoon.  But you can see the film when it opens in theaters on December 11! Oh yes, it's true.  I have 80 tickets (40 Admit 2 passes) for you guys to attend a free advance screening to see Disney's The Princess and the Frog.  The fun goes down next Saturday December 5th at 10:30am at the Majestic in Downtown Read more...

Washington Post: Leonardo da Vinci, National Philharmonic and more fine arts for kids

I had the sheer pleasure of providing a good deal of the content for today's Washington Post Weekend section's focus on fine arts for kids in the DC area.From the cover story on the Maryland Science Center's Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit, to a piece on the free tickets for kids to the National Philharmonic in residence at Strathmore, I had a ball researching these awesome activities for kids.  (And I'm sure my editors had a ball editing my filings into submission - thank you all!)Moira E. McLaughlin Read more...

On Washington Times Communities

The Washington Times has recently revamped their online edition and has recruited teams of writers for their Communities section.   I was honored to be asked to head up the Family Today section on parenting and family topics, and I will be writing on WT several times a week.Joining me are parenting writers whose work constantly engages and amazes:  Leticia Barr (also of Tech Savvy Mama), Beth Greer (also of Super Natural Mom), Kristen Hammond (also of Mommy Needs a Cocktail), Jessica Claire Read more...

Giveaways on APISS Reviews

Come on over to APISS Reviews to win holiday gifts for your kids now and all the way until the week before Christmas.  Every day (or so) until USPS stops shipping Priority Mail for delivery by Christmas Eve,  I'll be posting reviews of toys, books, CDs and DVDs of new kids' Christmas movies for your information and possible winning. In particular, I've got four Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs of Santa Buddies, The Legend of Santa Paws that I need to give away NOW so my kids don't become even more Read more...

Thanksgiving Weekend Volunteer Opportunities in the DC Area

Would you like to show your thankfulness this weekend by volunteering with your children? Here are some events and organizations that could use your help! 9th Annual Thanksgiving Feast at the Washington Convention Center  on Wednesday November 25.  Volunteers are needed to help serve, set up, and manage the lines, along with many other activities. If you are looking for a heart-warming opportunity this Thanksgiving,please call or email Faith Williams at (202) 422-8968, feastofsharing@hotmail.com.Washington Read more...

Second Sundays at Let’s Dish! are for Families

After all that Thanksgiving cooking you're doing today and tomorrow (my latest perfume?  why it's eau de nutmeg and raw gizzards), wouldn't it be nice during the crazy time between Turkey Day and Christmas to have a bunch of meals pre-made?  And bond with your kids while you make them?Then sign up for a Second Sunday session at a Let's Dish! location in Maryland or Northern Virginia. On these special days, parents and kids make meals together.  Times vary by store, so be sure to check Read more...

ICE at the Gaylord National and more holiday fun at National Harbor

On the ice bridge  ICE! at Gaylord National Resort and Convention CenterICE! at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the Potomac (in National Harbor) is fabulous.  My family and I were generously given a chance to preview this winter wonderland the day before it opened and we were awed.  And you can experience it too through January 10th!  Here's what to expect. ICE! is kept at a frigid 9° Fahrenheit (-13° Celsius) so be sure to bring gloves and hats for your family.  Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro & Drew Barrymore

I have 100 tickets for you guys to see an advanced screening of Everybody's Fine, starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, at AMC Mazza Gallerie on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30pm. It's rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language. The movie opens nationwide on December 4th and for you international film devotees, is a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Stanno Tutti Bene."  The story follows a widower (De Niro) who takes a random road trip to Read more...

Annual Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Silver Spring

We love this parade! We've attended every year since Silver Spring sprung and we've never been disappointed. It's happening Saturday at 9:30am - Noon.  We usually grab a seat half an hour before the start.  The route's in downtown Silver Spring on Georgia Avenue from Sligo to Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Drive to Fenton Street.More info here!Photo shamelessly stolen from the Silver Spring Downtown Read more...