Family Fun at NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo This Weekend

The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo is at the Washington Convention Center this weekend -- free family activities Saturday 3/16 and Sunday 3/17 from 9am-5pm. AT&T will be there with its ground-breaking texting and driving simulator. Awesome family activities at the Expo include:Fit Kids Let’s Move! Fun Zone: Wacky Relays, a Hop-a-thon, Hula Hoopla, Bean Bag Challenges, Parachute Palooza, a nutrition station including My Plate coloring and healthy eating games that will help the children Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Buy $25 Gift Cards (5 Winners!) + New Best Buy Stores in DC Area

The newly redesigned Best Buy stores in the DC region have the feel of Apple stores, but with the space and the diverse gadgets, gifts and low prices that bring us to the big blue and yellow again and again. They are awesome. And what's even more awesome is that Best Buy gave me FIVE $25 gift cards to give away to you guys!I visited the Rockville Pike Best Buy on November 10, the day the new design was revealed. I was impressed. It felt larger, with more products, but with a more intimate, Read more...

Free Frankenweenie Movie Tickets and iBook

What can be better than Tim Burton + Disney + animation = Frankenweenie? Why, getting Frankenweenie for FREE, of course!Free Movie Passes for Frankenweenie If you would like first-come, first-served movie passes for a free 3-D showing of Frankenweenie on Tuesday October 2 at the Regal Majestic Silver Spring, go the A Parent in Silver Spring Facebook page.  Hit that Like button if you have not already and then click on the Frankenweenie icon at the top of the page. There you will receive directions Read more...

Washington DC Family Weekend Picks: April 27 – 29, 2012 + GIVEAWAY

Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum FRIDAY APRIL 27On Friday, April 27, the Newseum will open the HP New Media Gallery, an interactive experience that uses the latest technology to allow visitors to physically step into a social network that shows media’s powerful impact on our world. Live Twitter feeds fill touch-screen monitors and connect visitors with trending news stories. The 2,500-square-foot gallery is the first permanent addition to the museum since its grand opening in 2008.As Read more...

Great Websites for Parent Volunteers

I believe the biggest pitfall of parent volunteering for schools or clubs is the reading of lengthy reply-all e-mails. I have lost days off my life slogging through those massive missives and the replies from fellow parents. And even after reading through, signing up for duties and saving them to a personal calendar, those beasts rear their ugly heads when a child gets sick and a parent needs to swap or change.Once in a while an industrious parent will recommend an online organizational website Read more...

Are You Friends With Your Child on Facebook?

This infographic by Lab42 explores how parents interact with their own minor children on Facebook. I found this interesting, as more children daily acquire Facebook accounts. Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years of age.   Facebook is in no way connected with this survey, infographic or blog post. Survey and infographic credit: Lab42.  Read more...

Best of A Parent in Silver Spring: How to Delete All Unread Messages in Gmail

Every month or so I receive an e-mail from a fellow Gmail user asking for the link to my old post on how to get rid of the dreaded Inbox (863) or whatever three digit number is haunting you. As I work to muster the mojo to create new content again, here is that oldie but helpfulie.How to Delete All Unread Messages in GmailAnd when I say all, I mean ALL. Every last one of those messages that you figured out from the subject you didn't need to open.Like those hundreds and thousands of Read more...

Cool iPad App for Elementary Schoolers: Who?Comics

Thank you to who?Comics for sponsoring this post and encouraging my child to read biographies in comic book form! Please click here to learn more about the app. And follow who?Comics on Twitter for updates Who?Comics iPad App for Children Age 8 and UpOur kids believe the iPad is a just one big gaming tool. Angry Birds was the gateway, opening up a world of fruity sous chef-dom,  cute monsters cutting ropes, even rainbow tooting unicorns.You know, VERY intellectual.I know there are Read more...

Facebook Safety for Parents: A New App by BitDefender

Over the last few years I've found myself using Facebook more and more...like so many of you. At first I used it just like Classmates or Friendster (remember those?).  I created a superficial profile of what was going on in my world so that old friends from schools and jobs could catch up on my life in 2 secs and I could check out what they were doing (you had to give it up on those sites to catch a peek of others). And then the whole world joined Facebook. And now we use it for everything, in place Read more...