Archives for November 2016

NEW Dave and Buster’s in Downtown Silver Spring

Theres a brand new Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring! Located on the 5th floor of Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall), this was the biggest and most beautiful Dave & Busters we have ever played visited. It's 40,000 square feet of top-of-the-line video games and a modern sports-bar style restaurant.The A Parent in Silver Spring kids and parents enjoyed playing as many of the 160 Dave & Buster's games in the Million Dollar Midway as our $10 game cards would Read more...

ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor: Christmas on the Potomac

Since Gaylord National Harbor brought ICE! and the Christmas on the Potomac celebrations to the Washington, DC area, our family has made this visit a treasured holiday tradition. It's the perfect way to get excited for the season!This year the theme is especially magical, Christmas Around the World! Celebrate a world of cultures and celebrations, all done in amazing ice artistry.To experience ICE!, you walk through an ice wonderland village of over two million pounds of colored Read more...

DIAMOND GIVEAWAY from Best Shopping Destination: Disney Springs!

Disney Springs is full of family fun for all ages of kids, for sure.  But it is also jam-packed with the best shopping in the country!  On my recent trip to Walt Disney World Resort, shopping at Disney Springs blew me away...but I didn't blow all of my cash. I found incredible deals while finding unique gifts, fashion and beauty items that I could not locate anywhere else. The curated selection of shops provide an exciting mix of accessible but cutting-edge retail experiences.Pictured Read more...

Why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is So Worth It

Last week my family and I experienced our first Walt Disney World visit during the holiday season, and as a member of the media I was invited to check out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It was a Magic Kingdom experience like I have never seen before. On the party dates in November and December The regular rides are in operation, sure, but there are special surprises throughout the night that you can only experience during the party and snow machines Read more...

The Nutcracker at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

Don't miss Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's 28th Annual Production of The Nutcracker! Tickets are on sale now for these breathtaking performances at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, in Rockville.Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's performances which feature professional dancers and students, fabulous costumes and beautiful scenery including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever. There are magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant Read more...

Disney Springs with Kids This Holiday Season and All Year

Every time I get together with friends in the DC area and we talk family vacations, the conversation always turns to Walt Disney World. All of us are angling to get back there as soon as we can with our kids, and we are constantly comparing notes. Where should we stay? When should we go? How should we plan our days? It's hard not to become a bit obsessed with Disney after you realize how enjoyable and memorable it is for everyone in the family.  (And those $48-64 non-stop tickets from BWI-MCO on Read more...

Holiday Must-Do: Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens

It's not the winter holidays in the DC area without a visit to Brookside Gardens' Garden of Lights! This gorgeous holiday outdoor walk-through light exhibit celebrates its 19th season, and my family and I have attended with our children every year since Charlie was a one-year-old, clapping his hands with delight at all of the lights.Beginning November 25th through January 1st (except December 24th and 25th), families can enter this evening enchanted wonderland that is illuminated with more Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) on Creating Playful Family Memories

Today's guest post is from Brooke Shoemaker, a Museum Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC). SEEC is an early childhood program that I love that you may be familiar with from past pieces on A Parent in Silver Spring. SEEC resides within the Smithsonian museums and utilizes the vast collections of the museums and the community to support its curriculum. SEEC has a full-time school during the week that serves children from two months to five years, while SEEC’s Read more...

Rufus the Rednose Raindog at Arts Barn Gaithersburg

 Rufus the Rednosed RaindogPerformed by Blue Sky Puppet TheatreDecember 3, 2016 - Purchase Tickets Online December 10, 2016 - Purchase Tickets Online December 17, 2016 - Purchase Tickets Online All performances are at 3 p.m., tickets are $12An entertaining and humorous puppet show to celebrate the holiday season.  A lost and lonely dog shows up at Santa's workshop. At first he's rejected because he has a red nose, but eventually he and everyone around him realizes how Read more...