Archives for September 2011

CORRECTION: SUNDAY is the Gem and Fossil Show with Special Kids Section

Runway Moms for a Cause: Friday Night Moms Night Out or Date Night at the Embassy of Nigeria

This Friday night September 30, please join me and an array of Washington, DC moms for the Runway Moms for a Cause at the Embassy of Nigeria. This event is an accessibly-priced but extravagant gala night out in which proceeds will go to fighting poverty and illiteracy through education and social welfare programs in Nigeria. The night's philanthropy is the United for Kids Foundation (UKF) -  a 501c3 organization committed to improving the lives of mothers and children in Nigeria.  Runway Moms Read more...

Family Friendly Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services in the Washington, DC Area

Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase and social media superstar Stacey Palosky forwarded me the following information on family-friendly High Holy Day services for Jewish families: Are you a Jewish family with young kids? Temple Shalom invites you to free family-friendly services for the High Holy Days. Come join the services and be part of this welcoming community where kids are always welcome. No tickets are needed - simply show up! Temple Shalom is a reform congregation made up of families from Takoma Read more...

National Book Festival This Weekend With PBS Kids – Saturday and Sunday

The PBS Kids pavilion at the National Book Festival will be located on the National Mall near 10th Street and the Smithsonian Castle.The National Book Festival is completely free and open to everyone. Learn more! Read more...

GIVEAWAY: $40 to Spend at Halloween Express from Plum District

As a child, my mom made many of my Halloween costumes using a Butterick pattern and a sewing machine. I remember an adorable witch costume with a skirt trimmed in orange rickrack, a silver Judy Jetson miniskirt, a pink tulle ballerina tutu, a fairy princess wand made from a star-shaped sponge squeegie sprayed with glitter.(She created those costumes, mind you, while working over 40 hours a week as a single mom of two girls.)You know how I "sew" my children's Halloween costumes? I give them Read more...

Building Events This Weekend: Strathmore and Habitat for Humanity

This weekend two incredible family events begin. One explores how photography builds bridges across cultures and time, and the other literally gets families involved in building...with blocks.  SATURDAY - Building Bridges, Not Fences Opens at Strathmore Photo at left: All rights reserved Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons, "Island Treasures" via Strathmore.org.The Building Bridges, Not Fences exhibit presents photography in all its  forms in a family-friendly setting, free and open to the Read more...

One-Thousandth Post: Three and a Half Years of A Parent in Silver Spring

This is my blog's one-thousandth post. Even after three and a half years of blogging here at A Parent in Silver Spring, it is hard to believe I have hit the "Publish" button 1,000 times.Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for staying with me as I have struggled with the juggle of family life and blogging, the balance of paid work versus offering a free public service, and the website's transition from homespun exhibitionist pastime to bona fide professional blog. Thank you for bearing with Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Mechatars Robot Toy – An Offline Toy, An Online Game

My son Charlie loves himself some Lego Star Wars Wii, Beyblades, Kung ZhuZhu pets, Bakugans and Pokemon cards. Notice a theme here? He loves futuristic toys that also provide a challenger-style game he can play with his sister or a buddy.Which is why the new Mechatars toys are right up his alley. They are remote control robots who complete R/C-powered missions and "battle" each other, and then using the nifty USB port on the toy, you upload the toy's activity to a parallel online world. The Read more...

Alexandria Story Festival This Saturday September 17

The 2nd Annual Alexandria Story Festival 10am-1pm on Saturday, September 17, 2011.Jefferson Houston Elementary School & Field 1501 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314the Alexandria Story Festival is FREE.Ideal for children ages 4-10 and their families. (children must be accompanied by an adult)RAIN OR SHINE 8 authors reading on two stages.  Games, Crafts, Activities & Music.Read more...