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...

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...

Best Party Decor: SimplyGenie Designer Parties in a Box

SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box will make your event burst with personality & awesome  I had the honor of receiving an offer from the artistic mastery of Valerie Biaggi and Andrea Walker of SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box to provide décor kits for an event. What an amazing chance to see a locally-based business shine! SimplyGenie provides Parties in a Box so that we parents can order to make our children's birthdays and celebrations special and spectacular. They provide both 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...

Ninjas, Camps, Birthdays and More Awesome at the International Spy Museum

My kids and I visited the International Spy Museum for the very first time.Survey says? OH YEAH!During our two-hour visit we followed the Family Missions Guide which broke down the museum into the most accessible exhibits and interactives for Alice and Eve. History buff Charlie went rogue and spent his time on a solo mission soaking up all the history. He was especially interested in the Spies Among Us section. All kids loved the code-cracking stations, James Bond villain lair, and Read more...

Ropes Course for Kids at Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill

Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill, Maryland has added a Terrapin Explorers course for kids age 5-9.My Charlie and Eve were some of the first kids to try out the new course on opening day, and they were dazzled by the experience. Both of my kids are a little tentative when it comes to heights and risks, but the gentle, confident, plentiful staff members are with the children every step of the way. Knowing they had constant support made all the difference to Charlie and Eve, and gave them Read more...

GIVEAWAY: GameTruck Party (our family LOVED it!)

GameTruck was an exciting experience for our kids and their friends My family and I received an offer from GameTruck of Howard County to host a GameTruck party for our children and 17 of their friends. Although no one had a birthday any time soon, we thought this was an incredible way to celebrate summer.GameTruck offers a premier party experience in an interactive, multi-player environment that accommodates 16 or more players (the GameTruck Howard County vehicle can hold 20 kids.) Totally Read more...

Kids’ Birthday Parties in DC: Playseum UPSTAIRS

My big kids love the Playseum UPSTAIRS (read my comprehensive review) for every day play stops and friend hangouts. So it came as no surprise that a birthday party at the Playseum Upstairs was one of our best parties ever. My son, his boy friends and his two tag-a-long sisters had a blast! The boys kept remarking how this was one of the most awesome birthday parties they had attended. Here's how the party went down.The boys arrived and were gifted with BU Bucks, good for them to spend Read more...

Playseum Bethesda UPSTAIRS for Kids 8-14

Tween and Teen Play and Party Space: The Playseum UPSTAIRS My family and I are longtime fans of The Playseum locations, which are wonderful toddler-preschooler-young elementary play spaces. But I just had the chance to check out The Playseum UPSTAIRS, which is big kid heaven!On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, older kids can drop in and experience all the fun UPSTAIRS has to offer for a mere $10 a kid entry fee. If you bring a friend, the price drops to $7 each. This is a fabulous solution Read more...