Northern Virginia Pumpkin Patch: Wayside Farm (with Angry Birds!)

Wayside Farm off of Route 7 in Berryville, Virginia has animals, hayrides, a big pumpkin field and yummy food. They also have an Angry Bird-themed corn maze and an live Angry Bird launch coming up! The 10-acre Angry Bird corn maze is full of twists, turns and dead ends. Use your imagination to see the Angry Bird being "launched" at Wayside farm with a superhero-like slingshot and land at Dan-D Farms in Knoxville, Iowa. It's the first-ever multi-state corn maze!There are also pig Read more...

Best Washington DC Area Pumpkin Patches: My Piece in Washington Post Weekend

11 Pumpkin Patch Family Favorites in Maryland and Virginia I was honored to contribute to the Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Weekend a directory for DC-area parents of some Great Pumpkin places. Have a read and happy orange squash season!Pick your perfect pumpkin at one of these area patches By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostFinally, the 90 degree days are over, and between the weekend soccer games, birthday parties and other obligations, it's time to kidnap your Read more...

End of Summer Family Fun Ideas from the Got Plans? Chat

Planning outings with the kids those first weeks of summer is easy, right? You have energy, enthusiasm and the summer is your oyster. You are full of ideas...the zoo! the pool! the sprayground! $1 movies! camps!But after nine weeks of ideas, are you ready for some new ones?That's where the Washington Post Going Out Guide's Got Plans? chat comes in. Yesterday I was invited to join the Going Out Gurus and Weekend assignment editor Amy Joyce for a live discussion of what to do in the DC Read more...

Weekend Picks and Family Events at Partners in Preservation Sites

A Parent in Silver Spring is an official blog ambassador for Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I have been compensated to assist in raising awareness of the importance of preserving Washington, DC’s historic sites. As we vote to preserve our favorite local historic sites in the Partners in Preservation competition, I thought I would highlight the landmarks in the running which make for great Read more...

National Children’s Museum is Open and Awesome

The National Children's Museum, located at National Harbor, is a harbor for families looking for indoor, interactive play! After years of planning and construction, the National Children's Museum (NCM) officially opened on Friday December 14. My crew and I got to test play the new digs at a press preview. I have to say, we will be purchasing a family membership so that we can head there for creative indoor play all winter long!We enjoyed the 3 and Under Gallery, sponsored by Sesame Workshop, Read more...

Build-A-Bear at Westfield Annapolis: High-Tech Holiday Heaven

The Build-A-Bear High Tech store at Westfield Annapolis updates and improves the Build-A-Bear experience, expanding the fun for children.We were already HUGE Build-A-Bear store fans. My three children all adore the build-your-own snuggly animal experience. Charlie and Eve regularly ask for Build-A-Bear gift cards for Christmas, because they love how a trip there is a special day AND a top-notch, customized toy.But the brand new Build-A-Bear High Tech store at Westfield Annapolis simply blew Read more...

Washington DC Travel Using GoGoBot

I just learned about Gogobot.com, a new travel review website, and I am finding the site very easy to navigate with a toddler on my lap. I like the layout and real person reviews of hotels, museums and restaurants in other cities, as well as my own nearby Washington, DC.The SITS Girls and GoGoBot invited me to write about Washington, DC places I recommend for family travel, which is like asking a circa 1999 single me to go to second base with Clive Owen. TWIST MY ARM.Washington DC Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Experience and Grand Opening Annapolis

A new Build-A-Bear High Tech store is opening at the Westfield Annapolis this Friday, October 19th and YOU can win an in-store or online Build-A-Bear buddy for your child! A newly-designed, digital experience Build-A-Bear store at Westfield Annapolis opens its doors on Friday! This local store is one of only six that Build-A-Bear will open this year in select markets across the United States.The new store merges the hands-on bear-making process with innovative technology designed especially Read more...

Washington DC Family-Friendly Hotel: Hotel Monaco Alexandria

The best hotel for a family visiting Washington, DC and Northern Virginia? A hotel that is focused on making both parents and children feel welcome and entertained, such as Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria.Kid-Friendly Hotel Monaco Alexandria Our family loves staying at hotels. Even before becoming a blogging family we have been hotel reviewers, comparing and contrasting pools and pillows and continental breakfasts and window views at the places we have stayed. However, 99 percent of our Read more...