Archives for December 2011

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (with your kids)?

What are you doing New Year's Eve? The A Parent in Silver Spring crew will be attending a family-friendly board game marathon (Apples to Apples, anyone?) with the kids at our amazing neighbors'. Chris and I have decreed NYE amateur night in DC and surrounding suburban hot spots, and besides, after 12 New Year's together we have spent our share of twelve-thirty-ones drinking champagne from a bottle while dancing on a speaker (OK, that was just me). We had our wild date night on December 26 when Read more...

Merry Christmas from A Parent in Silver Spring

For our family, Christmas is sacred and the perfect time to tell you all how much we love your kindness and support. Thank you for reading, commenting, suggesting, following and supporting this site. May you and your children have the most blessed of holidays! Love, Jessica, Chris, Charlie, Eve and Alice McFadden - The A Parent in Silver Spring Family Our Christmas photos were all taken by the incredible Marian Lozano, whose session was SUCH a gift. And of course Marian captured our most wonderful Read more...

Washington, DC Holiday Activities for Families – Daytime Edition!

How do you get into the holiday spirit if your children are too young to stay up late for the night time lights displays, or to sit through a full-length performance of The Nutcracker?  You get your Christmas party on during the day! Here are our family's fav daytime activities during the holidays.The Water-skiing Santa Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2011, 1 p.m. FREE. This crazy fun event has a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac Read more...

Washington DC Christmas Family Outings

Christmas Activities for Families in the Washington, DC AreaAt our house, we like to stretch our Christmas celebrating from the week before Christmas all the way until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. Here's our go-to list of fun outings to keep us from staying in and eating too many See's candies and Christmas cookies.Walk through Brookside Gardens' Seasons of Lights - evenings until January 3rd.  Don't miss the electric trains displays in the South Conservatory (this is open Read more...

Holiday Gift Guides at TLC’s Parentables

This year I am simplifying not only my gift-giving with single large presents for my children (such as a basic Kindle for eight-year-old speed reader Charlie and an American Girl doll for obsessed and old-enough-now-to-appreciate-it kindergartener Eve), but I am also paring down my online gift guide writing. As opposed to pages and pages of links to toys this year, I hope you found the American Express $250 gift card and T-Mobile myTouch smartphone giveaways helpful and not too "shilly." I am trying Read more...

T-Mobile Happy Holidays and Giveaway Winners

Just as two of you readers will win myTouch smartphones today on A Parent in Silver Spring, five bloggers won at the T-Mobile blogging event! Pictured L-R: Maria of Mummys Busy World, Tonia of The Chatty Momma, Thien-Kim of I'm Not the Nanny, Amy of Teach Mama and Leticia of Tech Savvy Mama. Please tell me that YOU too are in the midst of mad holiday shopping.If you were one of those awesome types who had this all done last month, the cards addressed, the names drawn in your family gift exchange, Read more...

ICE! Merry Madagascar at Gaylord National Harbor Open Daily Until January 8, 2012

For our family, heading to National Harbor to check out ICE! and all of the Christmas on the Potomac features at Gaylord National Harbor has become a holiday season tradition. And we loved this year's version of the ice sculpture wonderland, ICE! Dream Works' Merry Madagascar.Yes, King "I like to move it,  move it" Julien and friends pictured above are crafted completely from blocks of ice.Our Freeze and Fun Day Pass included bundling up in the warm blue coats the ICE! attraction loans Read more...

Hands-On Hanukkah Events – UPDATED

UPDATED: The Wednesday December 21 event location and time changed! Check out these three local Hands-On Hanukkah events in our area. All of these events are totally free and look like a great ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights. The events will include activities like origami dreidel-making, Hanukkah story time, and calendar decorating featuring Elmo, Ernie, and other Muppet friends from Shalom Sesame!  There will also be free raffles for families to win lots of exciting prizes. The goal Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Parent Blogger Brunch on Friday: Learn About Blogging & Connect With Local Organizations!

Have YOU ever wanted to start a blog? (I highly recommend it, by the way!)Or do you have local business or cause that you would like to share with a wide audience of parents through blogs, Facebook and Twitter?  Are you intrigued by the new industry (yup, it's an industry) of parent/"mommy" blogging? Well, what are you guy doing on Friday, December 9, 2011 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm?Please come to the Parent Blogger Brunch, hosted by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Read more...