Maryland Emancipation Day Weekend with Montgomery Parks

Election anxiety got you down? Looking for educational activities with the family that teach of a time when our country righted its wrongs? The line-up of family events hosted by Montgomery Parks this weekend, November 4-6, fits the bill.These historic learning opportunities celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county. On November 1, 1864, a Maryland state constitution freed all those held in bondage within its boundaries, abolishing slavery on the state level. Read more...

Win a Family Field Trip or a Chrysler Pacifica #PacifiKids

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew is all about family field trips...it's why we started this blog about Washington with kids, charting all the cool ideas we have encountered when we get out of the house for adventures as a family! We, like all our fellow DC-area families out there, have logged some serious mileage on our cars in the pursuit of exciting and educational outings with our kids.Which is why this Chrysler contest is the coolest: Families who live within 100 miles of the District Read more...

Summers Farm Adventure: Best DC Area Pumpkin Patch for Big Kids (and littles, too)

Do you want to hit a pumpkin patch with your family on a fall weekend, but are worried about dragging your older elementary, middle and high school kids to something "babyish"? Then Summers Farm in Frederick, MD is the perfect farm for you. Summers is open now through October 31st and is packed with activities that kept my almost teenager and pre-teen laughing and entertained all day. There are more than 30 farm-focused activities for families!Baltimore Orioles corn maze, hay ride to Read more...

Best Butterfly Garden in DC: Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens

Wings of Fancy is back at Brookside Gardens! The family favorite Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit has returned to Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland.  I took our first child Charlie to see the seasonal display of hundreds of live butterflies when he was an infant in the Baby Bjorn, and we have visited nearly every year since. (Check out my old post from 2009 to see pictures of Eve and Charlie as littles!)Here you and your children will be Read more...

Baltimore Over Spring Break: Stay + Play BOGO Coupons

Is Baltimore on your spring break agenda? It should be! My kids and I are in town for Spring Break and like so many of you, I am trying to plan a week of nearby excitement and entertainment for my crew.Baltimore is packed with stimulating options for kids, for visiting family and friends and to SOS - Save Your Springs!Best of all, right now Downtown Baltimore is offering BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) on kids' admissions to amazing attractions. Get your coupons + the details here.Stay 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: Rio Washingtonian Family Date Night – Share the Love

One of the most perfect days my kids and I have spent this summer was on our family fun "date" at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg. There are so many options for family fun! In one blissful afternoon, my children and IHad a yummy lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Works Took a turn on the beautiful brand new carousel, full of interesting animals (and we saw the horse that one of YOU readers named!) Walked around the lake, making friends with the ducks and geese Played at the multi-age playground Hopped 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...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...