October Must Do: Hersheypark in the Dark

Two weekends remain for Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween fun! My family and I experienced HersheyPark in the Dark for the first time last weekend and it was an excellent two days to get out of town and get into the spooky (but not too scary) season. Even the Hersheypark characters are feeling Halloween in their costumes.  TRICK OR TREAT AT TREATVILLE Kids 12 and younger are invited to dress up and enjoy a trick-or-treat adventure beginning throughout Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction Read more...

Free Fall Style Event Thursday Night with DC Style Factory

You need a women's night out. You know you do. How about a comped night out while you get to see firsthand how to wear fall's best trends and see the picks from DC's coolest boutique? DC Style Factory, Rosana Vollmerhausen's celebrated personal stylist service is hosting this fabulous, free, fall style event. I will be there and I would love you to join me as my personal guest. The location is the delish DC Noodles on U Street, providing eats and drinks. Featured boutiques include GoodWood, Betsy 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...

APISS Calendar Improved + Weekend Picks Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22

I am BEYOND excited to announce that the A Parent in Silver Spring Calendar has been updated, improved and I have hired help to keep this free service up-to-date and useful for parents! Please add/restore the A Parent in Silver Spring Calendar to your bookmarks list and access it for the latest family fun! And if you have an item you would like added to the calendar, send me an e-mail with the details.WEEKEND PICKS Disney On Ice skates into town with the Rockin' Ever After show at the Patriot Read more...

Fiesta Musical Celebration at National Zoo Sunday September 16 + More Zoo Happenings

Sunday, September 16 11 a.m.-5 p.m.From the National Zoo's website: Free and open to the public!¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo!With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone.Special family activities Animal demonstrations and feedings Making authentic Read more...

GapKids Back to School Parties for DC-area Families

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn.It's officially BTS (that's Back to School) season. My kids and I have been hitting the dollar store and Staples for items on the class supply list, the shoe store for new sneaks and one of our regular stops for new school clothes is GapKids and the GapOutlet store at the beach.I Read more...

Weekend Pick November 12 & 13: Free Family Fun – The Great Zucchini! Reptiles Alive! Games! Prizes! Holiday Shopping! ALL FREE!

What are you doing this weekend? Like Friday night and especially Saturday November 14th from 9am-4pm? Get your holiday season started with some FREE FAMILY FUN? Head to the kid-tastic St. John the Evangelist Christmas Bazaar in Silver Spring! Did I mention it's totally free? And The Great Zucchini is performing a free show at 1pm? And Reptiles Alive will be there at 11am? And in between the two shows you and your kids canShop for cool, artisan gifts featuring oodles of fabulous vendors Grab Read more...

Halloween Rocks! – Family Festival on Friday to Start the Halloween Weekend

Disney on Ice Toy Story 3 in Fairfax Wednesday-Sunday

DISNEY ON ICE  PIXAR’S TOY STORY 3 is COMING TO FAIRFAX, VA OCTOBER 20-24!Toy Story 3 was one of my kids' favorite movies this year (OK, mine too!) And we're also big fans of Disney on Ice, having attended the shows that have come to the DC area the last two years. So we're totally excited that a cast of world-class skaters is bringing Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the gang to town tomorrow through this weekend. The show's plot: Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie escape Read more...