Archives for November 2010

GIVEAWAY & Holiday Gift Guide: $25 Gift Cards for You and What I’m Really Giving My Kids

The winners have been randomly drawn and contacted - they were Kelly O., Retromommy, Sarah O., and Mary Rose M.!This year, my gift guide is a study in total truthiness. These are the items that I have purchased for my kids with my hard-earned cashola. Except in three cases noted below, these items were not sent to me for free by marketing peeps. (And those three toys are truly awesome presents that I sincerely recommend.)And thus it is fitting that my holiday gift guide giveaway is similarly Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Two Family 4 Packs of Tickets to Strathmore’s Bowfire, Holiday Heart Strings

The winners drawn were Beatrice and Maggie C., and both have been contacted via email.I think it's important that the first time a child hears a violin played well, it's not at a smelly Irish pub as she tries to score with the hot Australian backpacker, or via the string quartet his mother-in-law books for his own wedding as he sweats into his rented clothes. Let's start a real appreciation of the beautiful sounds of strings early!That's why us families in the DC area are so lucky to have Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Two Families Will Receive FREE Tickets to ICE at Gaylord National Resort

THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN DRAWN: Congrats to Stephany C. and Rachel S. who have been emailed directly.Last year my family and I experienced ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor and we loved, loved, loved it.And this year, two A Parent in Silver Spring reader families get to check it out...for free!This year's ICE! theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 10 different scenes from the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic story book are sculpted from TWO-MILLION pounds of ice. Of Read more...

PEP Lecture on Thursday Night with Po Bronson, Author of NurtureShock

Weekend Pick November 12 & 13: Free Family Fun – The Great Zucchini! Reptiles Alive! Games! Prizes! Holiday Shopping! ALL FREE!

What are you doing this weekend? Like Friday night and especially Saturday November 14th from 9am-4pm? Get your holiday season started with some FREE FAMILY FUN? Head to the kid-tastic St. John the Evangelist Christmas Bazaar in Silver Spring! Did I mention it's totally free? And The Great Zucchini is performing a free show at 1pm? And Reptiles Alive will be there at 11am? And in between the two shows you and your kids canShop for cool, artisan gifts featuring oodles of fabulous vendors Grab Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Candide – FOUR Winners!

Now I know you parent couples out there love your standard hot date night of stuffing your faces with tacos, doing tequila shots, shotgunning beers and then attacking each other in the minivan in the parking lot before heading home to pay the sitter.[Insert dead silence, crickets chirping.]OK, um, well, maybe that's just me.But what about a high-brow date night? Because the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. is putting on a musical version of Voltaire’s satire, CANDIDE Read more...

Family Fun Double Feature at The Avalon Next Weekend Nov. 13

Free Winter Fun at The Rio in Gaithersburg

Facebook Safety for Parents: A New App by BitDefender

Over the last few years I've found myself using Facebook more and more...like so many of you. At first I used it just like Classmates or Friendster (remember those?).  I created a superficial profile of what was going on in my world so that old friends from schools and jobs could catch up on my life in 2 secs and I could check out what they were doing (you had to give it up on those sites to catch a peek of others). And then the whole world joined Facebook. And now we use it for everything, in place Read more...