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...

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...

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...

UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Gift Card for High Tech Westfield Montgomery Location

Updated, High Tech Build-A-Bear Workshop at Montgomery Mall One reader will win a $25 gift card for your child to create his or her own cuddly pal! Last year my children and I had the chance to try out one of the first new high tech Build-A-Bear locations at Westfield Annapolis. I wrote about how the expanded technology made the Build-A-Bear experience more joyful, exciting and longer for the kids when they created their Build-A-Bear friends.The Westfield Montgomery location in Read more...

Kings Dominion in Fall: Great DC Family Road Trip #PlanetSPOOKY

Disclosure: Kings Dominion Virginia provided review park tickets for my family and passes to the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. All other expenses of the day were covered by me. All opinions expressed are my own. We all have seen the Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt ads on TV portraying zombies staggering through the park, rides transformed to fright fests and other delightfully scary touches. But that is just after dark!During the day at Kings Dominion the fun is all family friendly and directed Read more...

GIVEAWAY + Discount Code: Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate! at Patriot Center

Win FOUR tickets to see Disney on Ice with your family on opening night, Wednesday October 23 at 7pm!If your kids are one iota as excited as mine at the prospect of seeing their favorite Disney characters skate, spin and flip on the ice, they will have a fabulous time at Let's Celebrate! Going to see Disney on Ice with my children has become a wonderful wintertime tradition. This year will be preschooler Alice's first time, and she cannot wait. From our very first show when Charlie and Eve Read more...

Mini Maker Faire in Silver Spring 9/29 – FREE

Free family festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects  to encourage kids to explore their own curiosities and to make something new and different.  The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday, September 29th at Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building in from12:00-5:00p.m. The Mini Maker Faire features free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, hackers, artists, and do-it-yourselfers Read more...