Archives for September 2012

Historic Getaway for DC Families: Thomas Stone National Historic Site – Guest Post

The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is this week's National Parks Service (NPS) Weekend Getaway. I got so excited when I saw that the featured park was in La Plata in Charles County, Maryland and only a short drive for DC area families.I got even MORE excited when I read the inspiring and informative article by  Scott Hill, supervisory park ranger of the Thomas Stone National Historic Site that I asked Mr. Hill and NPS for permission to reprint it here. They said yes and suggested we local Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Free Tickets to Sea Monsters 3D at National Geographic DC

Beginning October 6, the National Geographic Museum will show the giant-screen film Sea Monsters 3D in the Grosvenor Auditorium in NW DC every Sunday at 1 and 3 pm.The film takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles who lived beneath the water. I know my own elementary school aged-kids will love to cozy up in a theater wearing 3D glasses and learning about swimming dinos. (If anyone is going to be scared? It's Read more...

Gigi Hill Bags: Moms Night Out Roadshow Events

Gigi Hill is a company run by two moms, Gabrielle DeSantis-Cummings and Monica Hillman, who met on the sidelines of their daughters’ soccer game, became friends, and decided to launch their own handbag line. Their handbag line now includes purses, totes, accessories, travel products and more.The founders are hosting moms' night out roadshow events next week in our area: Dumfries on Monday, October 1 and Gaithersburg on Tuesday, October 2. At the events, DeSantis-Cummings and Hillman will Read more...

Free Frankenweenie Movie Tickets and iBook

What can be better than Tim Burton + Disney + animation = Frankenweenie? Why, getting Frankenweenie for FREE, of course!Free Movie Passes for Frankenweenie If you would like first-come, first-served movie passes for a free 3-D showing of Frankenweenie on Tuesday October 2 at the Regal Majestic Silver Spring, go the A Parent in Silver Spring Facebook page.  Hit that Like button if you have not already and then click on the Frankenweenie icon at the top of the page. There you will receive directions Read more...

Free Kids Classes at Whole Foods: Half Pint Kids Club

Free classes for children? Hands-on learning? Promotion of healthy food? The Half Pint Kids Clubs at Whole Foods Silver Spring and Whole Foods Bethesda have 'em all! Half Pint Kids Club events typically require parent/caregiver assistance with the activity, and snacks are usually served (or made by the kids themselves!).  Be sure to call the individual Whole Foods locations ahead of the event to make sure there is space for your child and that there are enough goodies to go around. Whole Foods Read more...

Southwest DC Waterfront Free Family Festival Saturday (Bring a Sock!)

National Book Festival on the Mall Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23

The National Book Festival takes place on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets this weekend Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5:30 p.m.  The event is free, no tickets necessary, and happens rain or shine. Cool Stuff for Families Download the Children's Guide for the National Book Festival: The guide provides families with insider tips to navigate this fabulous annual event, and locate the children’s and teen’s authors appearing Read more...

DC Metro Car Seat Safety Inspection Locations and Events

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and Saturday September 22 is National Seat Check Saturday. This initiative is all about keeping our kids and babies safe when traveling by car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids and the GM Foundation have pulled together some very important information and events to make car seat safety easy on us busy parents. Have Your Car Seat Installed By An Expert Although some fire stations may be able to install your Read more...

Quench in Rockville Sunday Brunch Half-Off for Kids

Quench makes homemade donuts = brunch nirvanaThis Sunday September 23 my new favorite restaurant, Quench, opens its special kid-friendly brunch. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. kids eat for 50% off with a paying adult. There will be $5 mimosas for adults and innovative drinks for kids such as Carnival Lemonade, which is not your plain old CountryTime powder. This stuff is fresh lemonade in flavors like cotton candy and bubble gum.But the real focus is the incredible food that both Read more...