Historic Getaway for DC Families: Thomas Stone National Historic Site – Guest Post

The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is this week's National Parks Service (NPS) Weekend Getaway. I got so excited when I saw that the featured park was in La Plata in Charles County, Maryland and only a short drive for DC area families. I got even MORE excited when I read the inspiring and informative article by  Scott Hill, supervisory park ranger of the Thomas Stone National Historic Site that I asked Mr. Hill and NPS for permission to reprint it here. They said yes and suggested we local Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Strathmore Backyard Theater for Children Tickets on July 12

A Parent in Silver Spring and Strathmore are proud to offer families giveaways of tickets to each show in the four concert series! Strathmore's Annual Backyard Theater for Children is one of the best parts of summer! Thursday mornings July 12 - August 2 at both 9:30am and 11:30am, kids can experience performances designed to make them get up and MOVE!  These interactive, family-focused shows will keep kids (and their parents, grandparents and nannies) active and engaged as they learn about diverse Read more...

3 Free Summer Outings for Families

In addition to the segment on A Parent in Silver Spring featured on Montgomery County Media last week,  MCM's Sonya Burke also produced a short video in which she asked for my top three places to take kids during the summer. I went with three outing options that every local family -- no matter your neighborhood or 'burb -- has nearby and which are always absolutely free. Hitting a playground, the local library or nature center may seem like a total no-brainer, but for summer-frazzled brain-addled Read more...

Washington DC With Kids: Activities from A to Z

Washington, DC Things to Do with Kids from A-Z In honor of the end of the school year, I thought I would compile for you a list of suggested summer activities in the style of those bulletin board alphabets teachers staple above the chalkboard. I hope you and your family enjoy these 26+ outings as much as my family and I have! AMF Free Summer Bowling and Regal Cinema $1 Movies -- Summer is a great time for freebies from kid-oriented businesses, such as AMF's program of two free games per Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Medieval Times Tickets and Memorial Day Special

Medieval Times Rocks, Tickets for Memorial Day Weekend are the Lowest Prices of the Season, Win Free Tickets for Your Family This Summer The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at the Baltimore/Washington, DC Castle (located at Arundel Mills in nearby Hanover, MD in Anne Arundel County) was, in the words of my son Charlie, "The most fun out-to-dinner Saturday night ever!" I have heard about this show ever since I was a little girl growing up seeing the ads on TV, but had never experienced. We all Read more...

Washington, DC Holiday Activities for Families – Daytime Edition!

How do you get into the holiday spirit if your children are too young to stay up late for the night time lights displays, or to sit through a full-length performance of The Nutcracker?  You get your Christmas party on during the day! Here are our family's fav daytime activities during the holidays. The Water-skiing Santa Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2011, 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 Read more...

Presidents’ Day Fun with Abe and George

George Washington's 279th Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. 703-780-2000. http://www.mountvernon.org. When: Today FREE admission for George's b-day!  Open daily November-February from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March, September and October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April-August from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: On days other than today, adults $15, ages 6-11 $7, age 5 and younger free. Parking is free. Admission fees are waived on the national observance Read more...

Summers Farm Adventure in Frederick Opens Saturday Sept. 25th – Guest Post by Tricia Scharnberger

This is a re-post of an awesome guest post by Tricia Scharnberger, a supermom of two in Kensington who loves finding fun, educational activities for her family. She's always got the latest and greatest ideas for fun outings. She REALLY needs to start a blog!!! Here's some great pumpking patch info: my family and I love  Summers Farm Adventure in Frederick, MD. It is by far the best farm in the area we have visited for fall festival fun. There are so many things for the kids to do, Read more...

Washington Weekend Picks September 11 and 12

Alternative title: How APISS got its groove back. Finally, I'm back with a good local round-up of lots of fun things for you and your families to do this weekend! Sorry I was not able to provide this over the summer.  Because until I am able to afford a hot assistant who looks like Troy Bolton, a housekeeper like Tony Micelli or a nanny who gives me jolly holidays, I'm much more dependable during the school year. Enjoy! SATURDAY Kennedy Center Annual Open House Arts Festival Read more...