Archives for August 2012

Free LazyTown Concerts and KidFest in Annapolis Saturday September 15

Sportacus and Stephanie will appear LIVE at the Westfield Annapolis on Saturday September 15 for three FREE interactive concerts, meet and greets with kids (OMG, bring your camera!) and a KidFest carnival. The three 15-minute concerts (noon, 2pm, 4pm) will feature singing and high-energy dancing by Sportacus and Stephanie, and the LazyTown hit music. The shows are designed to get kids active and moving.This looks awesome! My family and I soooo love the techno-pop music of LazyTown, and I'm a Read more...

Photographer Denise George Family Sessions September 15 & 16 — Special Price

My dear family friend and renowned on location photographer Denise George, based in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, is coming into town and offering her services for professional family/children's sessions the weekend of September 15 and 16 at Brookside Gardens. She is also available Monday September 17. Charlie 2 years, Eve 5 weeks, Chris and I looking the best in our lives, thanks to Denise George Just look at these gorgeous photos of children and families on Denise's photography website, iPhotograph Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Rascal Flatts at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday September 2

Best place to see live music outdoors in the DC-area: Merriweather Post Pavilion. Best band to see if your husband loves country music and you are decidedly a rock girl: Rascal Flatts Best night to catch a concert: Sunday September 2 during Labor Day Weekend -- the last "Saturday night of Summer"I'm not a modern country music person. I have tried. I love bluegrass. Blues. Folk. But straight up CMT acts are not really my style or iPod choice. My husband Chris, however, loves modern country music Read more...

Family Show at the Fillmore This Sunday: Dave Brewer and the Pre-K Kings

Celebrate Back to School with a Show: Another great family show at the The Fillmore with Dave Brewer and the Pre-K Kings This Sunday. Sunday August 26 -- After-nap, pre-dinner show! Doors 3:30 p.m., Show 4 p.m. SHARPTickets $5 or family special of 4 for $15Live music and singalong for all ages, art projects for children, face painting, floor coloring, raffles and early bird giveaways. Kid-friendly band The Pre-K Kings will accompany popular music teacher and performer Dave Brewer Read more...

GUEST POST: Travel to New York City with Kids with SmartSave.com

This post was inspired by SmartSave.com -- a website with fabulous deals on family travel and attractions in New York, California and Florida -- three of my family's favorite destinations. Entrance to the Central Park Zoo Children's Zoo While visiting New York City recently for the annual BlogHer conference, I was happy to experience a  few adult-only days for professional growth...but I was also struck by all the opportunities for family-friendly travel to the City of All Cities.The Read more...

Movies With Babies in the DC Area: My Latest Piece in the Washington Post

Been looking for when and where to find those baby-mama movies? Here's the scoop!Places for parents with babies to go to the movies By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostWhen you first become a parent, helpful friends, parenting books and Web sites list certain activities as de rigueur while you’re on maternity leave or beginning your stint at home. In addition to taking bonding-filled parent/child yoga classes and finding a moms or dads group, another oft-recommended outing is a Read more...

CONTEST: Win a Luxurious Trip to Ontario

I don't often promote contests, but this one is just too cool to not share. The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership is offering one lucky winner a luxurious, bookwormy getaway to Toronoto and Muskoka  for you and FIVE friends for four days, three nights.I have never been to Ontario before, but I have loved visiting other parts of Canada, luxury travel, and this contest is limited to residents of a few select states or territories, of which the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are Read more...

GapKids Back to School Parties for DC-area Families

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn.It's officially BTS (that's Back to School) season. My kids and I have been hitting the dollar store and Staples for items on the class supply list, the shoe store for new sneaks and one of our regular stops for new school clothes is GapKids and the GapOutlet store at the beach.I Read more...

GIVEAWAY: TOMORROW’s Final Strathmore Backyard Theater for Children Concert of the Summer

ENTER TODAY - WIN TONIGHT - GO TOMORROW! A Parent in Silver Spring and Strathmore are proud to have offered families giveaways of tickets to each show in the four concert series. Make sure to catch the final concert tomorrow. Strathmore's Annual Backyard Theater for Children is one of the best parts of summer! This Thursday August 2 catch Farafina Kan at Strathmore, and a lucky winner will be drawn tonight at 6 p.m.Washington, D.C.-based Farafina Kan shares its namesake “sound of Africa” Read more...