Archives for October 2012

Hurricane Sandy and an Unexpected Week in the Sand

My apologies for the dearth of posts this week -- my grandfather unexpectedly passed away and so I have been in Southern California helping my mother with the funeral preparations. When I heard the news I jumped on a plane with Alice that day, and upon landing learned that my small town could only accommodate a funeral held a week later.It has been a surreal experience saying farewell to a man who helped raise me, who has been with us and "with it" nearly 96 years, while communicating with my Read more...

Looking for a School for Your Child? Local Open Houses and School Fairs

DCJCC What Do We Do After Preschool?! Kindergarten Fair Tuesday, October 23, 6:00–8:00 pm 1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036 $5 per family/Free for 16th Street J Preschool Families Babysitting available ($10/family) available; must be reserved by October 21 The 4th annual "What Do We Do After Preschool?!" Kindergarten Fair will help families with young children answer the question.  School representatives and experts will provide you enough information to help you feel prepared Read more...

Corinne Keeps Us Cool: New Column on A Parent in Silver Spring

The wickedly smart and funny Corinne Gracyalny has joined the A Parent in Silver Spring staff to help keep the calendar up to date and packed with loads of awesome activities for families.Corinne is a recent Maryland graduate who majored in communication, and as a fashionable woman in her twenties can contribute key coolness insights to us slightly-older parental units.Recently she attended a book signing in Bethesda featuring Capital Girls series authors Marilyn "Maz" Rauber and Amy Reingold. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Dracula Ballet at the Kennedy Center (Spooky Date Night or GNO)

Halloween is not just for the kids -- we adults can get our creep on at the Washington Ballet's performance of Dracula!Bram Stoker's masterpiece is one of my favorite gothicly-good reads, seeing the Washington Ballet on the Kennedy's Center historic stage is a decadent treat, so I am very excited to be able to offer a lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader 2 tickets to this show! From The Washington Ballet company:"One of the entertainment events of the year, The Washington Ballet presents Read more...

APISS Calendar Improved + Weekend Picks Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22

I am BEYOND excited to announce that the A Parent in Silver Spring Calendar has been updated, improved and I have hired help to keep this free service up-to-date and useful for parents! Please add/restore the A Parent in Silver Spring Calendar to your bookmarks list and access it for the latest family fun! And if you have an item you would like added to the calendar, send me an e-mail with the details.WEEKEND PICKS Disney On Ice skates into town with the Rockin' Ever After show at the Patriot Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Experience and Grand Opening Annapolis

A new Build-A-Bear High Tech store is opening at the Westfield Annapolis this Friday, October 19th and YOU can win an in-store or online Build-A-Bear buddy for your child! A newly-designed, digital experience Build-A-Bear store at Westfield Annapolis opens its doors on Friday! This local store is one of only six that Build-A-Bear will open this year in select markets across the United States.The new store merges the hands-on bear-making process with innovative technology designed especially Read more...

HUGE Baby Shower Event for Expectant Mamas: T.H.E. Baby Shower DC!

Expectant, adopting and brand new mothers in the Washington, DC area deserve to be pampered with at least three baby showers each, in my opinion. So what better way to celebrate your M.O.M. status than attending T.H.E. Baby Shower DC -- it's an exclusive event celebrating (and showering) YOU!Held at the gorgeous Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, T.H.E. Baby Shower is a deluxe evening hosted by The Bump, Inova Alexandria Birthing Center, The Purple Goose children's boutique Read more...

Guest Blogging All Over the Place

This week I took some time to write for some other websites...I guest posted on ScaryMommy as her Washington, DC family travel expert. There I suggested 10 out-of-the-ordinary tips for exploring the DC area with children, such as how to score an exclusive tour of the White House or how to see all of the major monuments and memorials without constant worry that your car will be towed.For the DC Urban Moms homepage I posted an original interview of Susan Smith Blakely, the author of the new Read more...

Middle of Nowhere Opens Friday October 12 at Regal Gallery Place

Reason #4371 why I love living in the Washington, DC Metro area:We get to see limited-release, incredible films such as Middle of Nowhere.Don't miss this film while it is showing at Regal Gallery Place this weekend! Tomorrow is opening day for the film that won independent writer-director Ava DuVernay the 2012 Sundance Best Director Award.  Middle of Nowhere is a portrait of a woman struggling between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. The film deals with the very Read more...