Free Summer Arts Events for Families

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran through August 30, 2014 This summer, join the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design for its Free Summer  Saturdays series of programming, including Gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is FREE every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Be inspired by the Corcoran's permanent collection and special summer exhibitions American Read more...

Free Family Party on Sunday + $15 Gift Card & Swag for Attendees!

I am so excited that our RUUM American Kids Wear party at  The Mall in Columbia is THIS SUNDAY! I am soooo hoping to see you and your kids there!What you and your kids will receive at this awesome event:Free admission $15 off $50 purchase Goody bags full of RUUM swag Chances to win one of the big gift card door prizes! Portrait by professional children's caricature artist Fun print-outs from the on-site photo booth Kids activities, games, crafts and more coolness No Read more...

INVITATION: Free Party (with swag!) at RUUM on Sunday June 1

Save the date and mark your calendars for a private, free, awesome family party exclusively for readers of A Parent in Silver Spring! RUUM is shutting down the store just so that my friends and I can have a party. RUUM American Kids Wear, located at The Mall in Columbia, is cordially inviting you and your family to a fabulous party to celebrate summer. At the party your children will be treated to complimentary caricature drawings by a professional cartoon artist, unlimited photos in the cool Read more...

Summer 365: Summer Camp Experts

This summer my husband and I are considering sending our 10 year old son Charlie to his first overnight summer camp experience. I know I am more nervous at the prospect than is Charlie! Thankfully, the camp experts -- "counselors" -- at Summer 365 are available to walk my family and me through this process!Summer 365 is a summer camp placement service that makes the entire camp research, selection, registration and preparation process as painless and enjoyable as possible...at no additional Read more...

Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up: Saturday April 5th Family Fun

Your family can get a jump on environmental activism (and fun!) before Earth Day by participating Saturday April 5th in the largest effort to clean both the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds, the annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up. This area-wide Clean-Up offers many local sites where families can help clean litter from along streams and river banks. From Sligo Creek to Rock Creek Park to Northwest Branch, you can find a local clean-up site that is close to your home and close to your Read more...

My Pepco Quick Home Energy Check-Up by greeNEWit

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by greeNEWit. All opinions and experiences are my own.Did you know that each month on our Maryland utility bills, we pay into a service that most of us never utilize? And that once we do use it, we receive loads of home upgrade products as well as save hundreds annually on our energy bills? I had no clue! I received 17 home improvement products I would normally have paid more than $200 for at Home Depot, and I will now save $259 on my annual Pepco bill! You 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...

Exclusive FREE Moms’ Night Out at C. Wonder for A Parent in Silver Spring Readers

FREE Moms' Night Out Party at C. Wonder!  - Giveaways - Refreshments - BIG Discounts - So Much Fun! Snow days.Kids home.Snowsuits on. Then off. Then back on.Power off. Then back on! Nope, back off.Nerves rattled.We need a night out. How about a FREE night out? With pampering and prizes and refreshments and a big honking discount?At probably the cutest store in the whole freaking world, C. Wonder?Will you join me? You can bring friends.Because these would look Read more...