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...

Muse Paintbar in Gaithersburg – New!

As a kid, I used to love watching Bob Ross on "The Joy of Painting." I never got around to convincing my parents to purchase for me the canvases, brushes and paints that he used in order to emulate his happy little trees, mountains and clouds. But recently my Ross-ian dreams came true thanks to a night at Muse Paintbar Gaithersburg with my dear friend Jeep Momma Tammy.Muse Paintbar just opened its Gaithersburg location at the RIO Washingtonian on July 1st  it has been a roaring success. Read more...

Easy Kid-Crafted Father’s Day Gifts (for the Craft-Challenged!)

There’s nothing as special as a handmade gift from a child…especially for Father’s Day. But what if the other parent is arts-and-crafts-challenged?I myself do not have a crafting room, a crafting closet or even a plastic bin full of wasabi? washi tape, rick-rack and acrylic paints. Although I love admiring all the beautiful projects on Pinterest, in my real life I am a crafting mama failure.So when it is truly necessary to provide some hands-on art experiences for the kids, I Read more...

Smithsonian Children’s Programs with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)

Cynthia Raso is a fellow parent in Silver Spring of two girls who is a museum educator and is the manager of community engagement for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. She shares with us her passion for new arts learning programs offered for families of all ages. Almost four years ago, I took the plunge and went back to work. The transition was more than just a job though, it was a culmination of all that I had experienced as a new mom with young children. Staying at home with my Read more...

Free Summer Arts Events for Families

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran through August 30, 2014 This summer, join the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design for its Free Summer  Saturdays series of programming, including Gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is FREE every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Be inspired by the Corcoran's permanent collection and special summer exhibitions American 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...

Fine Arts for Families

Imagination Stage Free Classes on Saturday September 7 This coming Saturday September 7 from 9am-1pm, Imagination Stage in Bethesda is offering a slew of free sample classes for children age 1-10 years. Sample classes are about 20 minutes in length, and give students and families a taste of the Imagination Stage classroom setting. The classes are not drop-off events -- kids must keep their caregivers with them during the classes. Pre-registration is highly-recommended, as limited spots will be Read more...

TomTom Founders Fest Charlottesville April 11-14: Free Family Fun

TOMTOM FOUNDERS FESTIVAL -- Road Trip! TomTom Founders Festival, presented in partnership with the University of Virginia, is Charlottesville’s SXSW. This relaxing yet exciting, innovative festival is kid-friendly and visually beautiful. Events run from Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14 (celebrating Founders Day -- Thomas Jefferson's birthday) and it is completely free. Check out interactive exhibitions for young foodies, artists, and inventors, as well as lots of concerts, block parties Read more...

Artomatic: Free Fun for DC Families

Artomatic opens tonight, May 18, at 6pm. Artomatic 2012 is a month-long art festival in the DC area that is "by artists, for everyone," with no charge for admission or workshops.This year's event is a Crystal City office building scheduled to be demolished, featuring 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists. of every medium. Visual art, music, performance, film, fashion, and more are highlighted. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events are held all month long.Special events for kids Read more...