Archives for October 2015

Cotillion Class for Modern Kids – Friday, November 13

I have been mulling over the idea for a kids’ co-ed manners party that has elements of the cotillion class model but embraces the diversity, community and modernity that we seek for our kids’ upbringing. I also think that a fun-filled, tween dance take on the whole cotillion and young etiquette thing would be best received by my own modern kids, Charlie and Eve.So I did it. I called a children’s etiquette leader, Rebecca (Becca) Czarniecki, of Tea with Mrs. B., a children's etiquette Read more...

Pumpkin Patches, Preschool Fair, Open Houses & More: Community Cool

Favorite Pumpkin Patches in the DC Area This piece I contributed to The Washington Post still stands as a round-up of my family's all-time favorite pumpkin patch destinations! I hope you and yours have fun pumpkin picking this weekend!Wheaton Area Moms Annual Preschool Fair Saturday, October 24, 10am-12pm at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 30 local preschools listed so far and the list is growing. Meet representatives from Read more...

Chime, Sittercity’s New App, Comes to DC (+ $55 credit for YOU!)

Finding a fabulous, member-of-the-family babysitter is truly the parenting Holy Grail.Even if you already have a favorite young weekend sitter, eventually they leave to go to college, or are frequently busy with Homecoming, sports and other activities. The veteran, career babysitters in the neighborhood are often booked weekends ahead of time. It is impossible to have someone awesome on your phone who is always available to watch your kids when you need ...Well, it was impossible, until Read more...

DC Date Night: Washington National Harbor

Is there a Saturday night on your calendar that does not include reffing a soccer game, driving carpool to a bounce house birthday party or the screeching of a sleepover in your family room? Then quick! Book a sitter and jump in the car to National Harbor before someone asks you to help set up for book fair!Chris and I made it to National Harbor this past Saturday night and had a deliciously decadent date night. We usually go to National Harbor with the kids, so it was a treat to trek around Read more...

Olive Garden Fun Pass: Go Out to Dinner, Earn a Family Outing

Going out to dinner as a family and then to a fun activity such as a movie, bowling, mini golf or roller skating sounds like an ideal way to spend quality time together. But as the mom of a family of five, I know firsthand how hefty the final tab on a night like that can be. That is why I am always on the lookout for kids eat free and family discount deals.One of the coolest ones I have found is Olive Garden's Fun Pass promotion. This is only available for a limited time (through October Read more...

Best Tween Birthday Party: Gametruck

 Every since we hosted a Gametruck Party for friends last summer, my kids have been begging to have another one.Luckily, GameTruck's Erik Maxwell obliged. I called Erik to reserve a GameTruck (the traditional, non-blogger parent way: with my credit card) for Charlie's birthday in December, and Erik suggested an August weekday review to remind A Parent in Silver Spring readers about this awesome service.The kids screamed so loudly my ear drums have still not recovered.We had Read more...