Archives for November 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Fun

What are you doing this weekend? Here are some ideas to get your started! And may you all have very happy Thanksgivings. Ever wonder what happens to the Presidentially-pardoned turkey? He runs around George and Martha's pad! Mount Vernon is open Thanksgiving Day with lots of holiday-themed fun, and also Friday November 29 - Sunday December 1 for special Christmas Candlelight Tours.Looking for a turkey trot or family fun run? Our Kids has a great round up of the Thanksgiving Day races!Namaste Read more...

#GivingTuesday 2013: Easy Ways We Can Help

This post is sponsored by #GivingTuesday and TheMotherhood. Funds received go to support the charities mentioned. All words and opinions are mine. Although I am a professed consumerist, I don't put much stock into Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I look for great deals all year online, and I have no patience for crazy crowds. I would much rather spend the time off with my loved ones.I can get behind Small Business Saturday and especially #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to Read more...

Playseum Bethesda UPSTAIRS for Kids 8-14

Tween and Teen Play and Party Space: The Playseum UPSTAIRS My family and I are longtime fans of The Playseum locations, which are wonderful toddler-preschooler-young elementary play spaces. But I just had the chance to check out The Playseum UPSTAIRS, which is big kid heaven!On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, older kids can drop in and experience all the fun UPSTAIRS has to offer for a mere $10 a kid entry fee. If you bring a friend, the price drops to $7 each. This is a fabulous solution Read more...

Fantastic Free Family Celebration Saturday November 16 in Downtown Silver Spring {sponsored}

DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING 2ND ANNUAL ‘RE-IMAGINING THE HOLIDAYS’ This Saturday evening your family fun plan is set: Come see the unveiling of Playtime Jubilee, a public art installation tree made of hundreds of toys on the Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring. Do not miss this incredible annual free party for families! The fun goes down from 6-8 pm on Ellsworth Drive at the Downtown Silver Spring fountain. Kids and grownups will have a blast...Meeting The Washington National’s Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Gift Card for High Tech Westfield Montgomery Location

Updated, High Tech Build-A-Bear Workshop at Montgomery Mall One reader will win a $25 gift card for your child to create his or her own cuddly pal! Last year my children and I had the chance to try out one of the first new high tech Build-A-Bear locations at Westfield Annapolis. I wrote about how the expanded technology made the Build-A-Bear experience more joyful, exciting and longer for the kids when they created their Build-A-Bear friends.The Westfield Montgomery location in Read more...

Shalom Kosher Market Silver Spring: Healthy, Affordable Foods for Everyone {sponsored}

Shalom Kosher Market in Silver Spring Celebrates 40th Anniversary! Locally-owned market through three generations offers area families low prices on healthy foods. Feeding my family the healthiest, highest-quality foods is extremely important to me, but so is staying within our means. While certain organic markets in our area are exceedingly pricey, they are not our only option.Personally, I do a good deal of my shopping at Shalom Kosher Market in Silver Spring, located in the Kemp Mill Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Children’s Tea & Scary Mommy Reading Tickets at JCC Greater Washington Book Fest

The Lessan’s Family Annual Book Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington at 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville opens Friday, Nov. 8 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. This year's 44th annual show will feature more than 20 authors (many of whom are local) with books covering all aspects of Jewish life as well as topics of general interest to families and children.  Check out the calendar of all the authors and events. The JCCGW asked me to highlight two special Read more...

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner: Washington, DC Getaway Luxury {sponsored}

My husband Chris and I have not been away together, without the children, for an overnight date since 2010. Alice was born in 2011. But now we have had the most luxurious, romantic getaway date ever, thanks to the The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. I was connected to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner by the talented and connected Andrea Khoury of the NOVA Housewives and Socially Infused. And of course the experience was made possible by a generous aunt and uncle who took our three kids Read more...

GIVEAWAY: ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor + $3 Off Tickets

ICE! featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at Gaylord National Harbor November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014$3 off promotion code for all A Parent in Silver Spring Readers: SOCIALMOM13 (valid on non-peak dates) One family will win 4 tickets: Enter at the end of this post! Heading to National Harbor to don the big blue coats and view the sparkling, interactive ice sculptures has become a family holiday tradition. And while I can get my Christmas kicks driving around in Read more...