Archives for December 2013

Winter Break Washington DC Kids Outing Ideas

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and loads of love from the A Parent in Silver Spring family! We hope you have a wonderful winter break, and that these suggestions keep the fun coming! Christmas Eve Only: Water-Skiing Santa at 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 River.  Best view of Santa and crew is from National Harbor. No matter the weather, this event is on!Catch Aquarium at Imagination Read more...

Sprinkles Cupcake Toy & Holiday JOY Box

The only thing my daughter will love more than a visit to the Sprinkles Cupcakes shop is very own Sprinkles Cupcake shop to play with!  This adorable, locally-focused, fun holiday gift is just $15 and is available at the Sprinkles Cupcake Georgetown location. It is the perfect size for play with Barbie-sized dolls or a cute addition to a dollhouse. I remember having a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors toy for my dolls when I was a little girl, and I love that my daughter will be able to serve her Frozen Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...

Exclusive FREE Moms’ Night Out at C. Wonder for A Parent in Silver Spring Readers

FREE Moms' Night Out Party at C. Wonder!  - Giveaways - Refreshments - BIG Discounts - So Much Fun! Snow days.Kids home.Snowsuits on. Then off. Then back on.Power off. Then back on! Nope, back off.Nerves rattled.We need a night out. How about a FREE night out? With pampering and prizes and refreshments and a big honking discount?At probably the cutest store in the whole freaking world, C. Wonder?Will you join me? You can bring friends.Because these would look Read more...

UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet – 2 tickets

Win Two Tickets to The Washington Ballet's Magical Performance of Septime Webre's The Nutcracker The holiday wonder and magic is happening at the Warner Theatre! My daughter Eve and I saw this beautiful ballet last year and we were completely awed and entranced. It was very child-friendly and accessible, but also grown up and sparkly-special, too! Wear your patent Mary Janes and a fancy dress (well, if you're under 12) and get your tickets before they sell out -- prices start at $32. The Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Dec. 8 Family Concert with Cathy, Marcy & Justin Roberts!

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will be joined by special guest Justin Roberts for The Blanket and Pillow Concert!  This Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:30pm Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd  Silver Spring, MD 20910 Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at door Groups of 5 or more $10 in advance Advance tickets are available online and also at House of Musical Traditions, 7010 Westmoreland Ave., Takoma Park. Bring your blanket, pillow, stuffed animals and wear your pajamas to Cathy & Read more...