Archives for August 2011

National Children’s Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: New Programming and Fun!

Washington, DC National Children's Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: A Preview of the Coming New Children's Museum Last week the kids and I were invited to the Launch Zone to learn about the new offerings and programs, and a good deal has changed since I reported on the free children's learning site back when it opened. Although the upcoming National Children's Museum (NCM) at National Harbor is scheduled to open in 2013, kids can get a taste of what the museum will offer NOW at this interactive, Read more...

Washington, DC Area School Fundraiser: Easiest School Moneymaker EVER

The chocolate bars. The book sales. The cookie dough. Wrapping paper. Coupon books. Mulch. Honey-baked hams. Sweatshirts. Silent auctions. Holiday bazaars.Yes, it's back to school time and I know you're ready for the learning...but are you ready for the fundraising?Well, I'm excited to tell you about the all time easiest-peasiest school fundraiser ever:Every time a parent subscribes to Plum District DC, Plum District will donate $3 to your child's school.How many families belong Read more...

Hurricane Irene in DC: Will She Mess With Our Weekend?

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is forecasting showers and winds for Saturday during the day, heavier rains on Saturday night and says, "It appears we may actually end up with a decent Sunday...."However, I don't believe we're going to get through this weekend without having to call Pepco to report an outage (1-877-PEPCO-62 or 1-877-737-2662), do you? They have already been making the electronic rounds with their "expect loss of power for multiple days" automated messages. Fun!J.J. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: LUNA Protein Bar Prize Packs

Thank you to LUNA Protein for providing me a LUNA Protein sample pack to review. The opinions I've expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.I had a baby at the end of April. It's now the end of August. And even though I am runningrunningrunning like a chicken with her head cut off getting the older kids ready to start school, taking care of baby Alice, breastfeeding at least 8 times a day, sometimes skipping meals due to hectic schedules, even exercising several times Read more...

Newseum Free September 10 and 11 in Honor of 9/11

The Newseum just announced that in honor of the anniversary of September 11th, it will waive its admission price on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11. This will be the first time since the Newseum’s grand opening in 2008 that admission has been free to the entire public. Tickets are available at newseum.org or at the Newseum the day of your visit.If you've hesitated visiting The Newseum’s because of the entry fee, then this promotion is a great time to check it out, as well Read more...

Last (and Best!) Free Strathmore Summer Concert: Ukefest on Wednesday Night !

This Wednesday night August 24 is Strathmore's last free evening concert of summer and it's the biggest and best: UKEFEST. Striving for the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Ukulele Ensemble, more than 50 live musicians will be performing and the kids and parents in attendance can get in on the act: You can purchase a ukulele on-site and strum along. Or you simply kick back on the Mansion at Strathmore lawn and listen to this massive group strum-along at 7:30pm. Ukefest 2011 is emceed Read more...

Plum District DC Deal: $650 In-Office Teeth Whitening for Just $99!

I have tried everything. I have purchased the whitening strips, special toothpaste, even whitening pens in which you draw onto your teeth with bleach. My mouthwash, dental floss and the chewing gum in my purse all sport claims of whitening abilities. I have even ponied up for the special molded whitening trays from a dentist in which you squirt whitening solution.And still, my smile betrays that I am a late-thirties mom who loves coffee and Diet Coke during the day, and red wine at night. The Read more...

Rockin’ Events for DC Area Kids – Mark Your Calendars for Musical Family Fun!

Rock-n-Romp Kids Fest THIS Saturday August 27 at the Silver Spring Fenton Street Market On Saturday, the celebrated Rock-n-Romp Kids Fest  - featuring rocking music for parents and kids - is back! This series is famous for providing local families with a good time and featuring non-pandering live music played at a kid-friendly volume. This Saturday the lineup is fantastic local artists Ugly Purple Sweater, Lady Hatchet (the band you get when you combine Olivia Mancini + The Mates with The Scotch Read more...

Movie Ticket Advance Screening Pass Giveaways Moving to Facebook and Twitter

Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed the free movie screenings I have helped the movie studios promote, at absolutely no personal compensation, over the past three and a half years. I hope that you all still enjoy them and can easily obtain your tickets via the new giveaway format.I am moving all movie free screening ticket giveaways to the A Parent in Silver Spring Facebook page and I will also be alerting readers via Twitter when I have passes available from movie promoters.The reason? Read more...