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Strasburg Rail Road and Choo Choo Barn: Sweet Holiday Getaway

As soon as the chill of November hits, I begin dreaming of cozy, family-centric, winter weekend getaways. No trip is more sweet, kid-friendly, affordable, convenient and just plain delightful than the nearby train-and-Amish paradise of historic Strasburg, Pennsylvania and its neighboring Lancaster County villages. Check out our recommended kid outings in this slideshow I created for you. [imagebrowser id=1] Just last weekend my family and I drove the scenic hour and a half drive to Strasburg Read more...

Best Getaway: Salamander Resort and Spa

My husband Chris and I have never been away together for a weekend...without the kids. We have had a handful of overnights together (one of which was when Chris stayed the night in Holy Cross Hospital with me after Alice was born) and solo trips to see friends, family or do work. But this was the first time we spent two consecutive nights away without kids since December 2003...when our oldest child was born. We are not martyrs. We are not helicopters. We just had not yet had the opportunity, Read more...

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...

Day Out With Thomas 2010

Charlie in his favorite Thomas hat at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, where Thomas the Tank Engine’s rolling in this month. Attention all you parents of a train fanatic:  Thomas is coming into Baltimore in just two weeks! For an honest review of the experience, check out the piece I wrote last year for The Washington Post Weekend today on Day Out With Thomas. Fun fact: the article features special guest star appearance quotes by Jodifur and Corina of Celebrate Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring in The Washington Post Weekend: Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine

Charlie in his favorite Thomas hat at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, where Thomas the Tank Engine's rolling in this weekend & nextPeep peep! I wrote a piece for The Washington Post Weekend today on Day Out With Thomas. The article features special guest star appearance quotes by Jodifur and Corina of Celebrate Mama. (Thanks gals for lending your words!)Head on over to APISS Reviews for the chance to win four tickets to Day Out With Thomas in Baltimore next weekend on Read more...

Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster County, The Perfect Family Getaway

Willow Valley's Olde Fashioned Holiday Package includes a ride on the SantaExpress at Strasburg RailroadWinter is just beginning, but already my family and I need a vacation. Sure, I can dream about throwing caution to the wind and charging thousands on the credit card for a tropical all-inclusive, but that's about as prudent as driving a Jet Ski into a hurricane. And with the holiday cheer cozily enveloping us, I'm thinking a traditional, old-fashioned, chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire family Read more...

Nearby Get-Aways, for a Day or Two

As we prepare to blow this pop stand for BlogHer, local resource expert Leticia from Being Savvy DC & Tech Savvy Mama and I collaborated on this list of family friendly getaways for summer and throughout the year:Overnights we love:Going train and Amish crazy in Strasburg PA. Ride the rails, visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and Dutch Wonderland, and stay at the Strasburg InnPretending we're colonialists in Williamsburg, VA, we stay at the Williamsburg Lodge and get the tickets to Colonial Read more...

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore: Family Fun With or Without the Big T

Jodifur just wrote a hilarious account and photo diary of her and her family's "Day Out with Thomas" experience at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.My own 4 and 2 year olds are train-crazy and this obsession has become a family pastime that has taken us to the National Capital Trolley Museum, Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, Walkersville Southern Railroad and the B&O ourselves. I also believe that we should own stock in the Wheaton and Cabin John mini trains, have brought a travel Read more...