Bucket’s Buddy Adventures: Explore the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia is just a short drive for DC-area families, but it is BIG on amazing summer fun! We DMV parents may know that heading West to Virginia is full of fun for our families, but where should we begin?What are the best outdoor, historic, entertainment and foodie-focused offerings available between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains?Go Blue Ridge Travel Kids Trail resources are a great place to help us find the best day-trip and Read more...

Gaylord National Harbor SummerFest for Families (With Pirates!)

SummerFest Package at Gaylord National for 2016 Featuring Pirates on the Potomac This summer our family is not going to the beach for a week. Instead, we are experiencing unique adventures on the weekends at nearby jaunts.But although Gaylord National is only one podcast length's drive away from our house in Silver Spring, our two day/one night pirate-themed weekend getaway felt like a completely special vacation.The SummerFest 2016 Package featuring Pirates of the Potomac getaway for Read more...

Best of Hersheypark A-Z and Ticket GIVEAWAY!

This summer you have to head to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This amazing amusement park has thrilling rides, a water park and zoo included in your single admission, and more incredible family fun. Read on for the reasons A-Z that this getaway for East Coast families rocks, and at the end of the post enter to win 4 free tickets to Hersheypark for 2016! App - The official Hersheypark app is like having a Hersheypark staff member guide in your pocket when you are on-site at the park. Read more...

Luxury Family Hotel Near DC: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

If you are visiting the DC area with your kids, consider the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for your home away from home. And if you already live in the DMV, I suggest you leave the dishes and the laundry behind and head to this local hotel for an awesome staycation with your family.The A Parent in Silver Spring crew spent the night before Mother's Day at this blissful, beautiful hotel and both the adults and kids had a marvelous time. We headed over the river to Virginia and enjoyed being 10 Read more...

Giveaway: Massage Envy of Olney 1-Hour Customized Massage

I had a massage at Massage Envy of Olney on a Wednesday morning. I was not on vacation. I was not using a Mother's Day gift certificate. I went in there on a weekday to take care of my bod.After dropping Alice at preschool, I sauntered in for a customized massage to review for the blog, as well as the chance to offer another customized 1-hour massage as a giveaway for a lucky reader.Located in the space where a beer and wine store used to be, Massage Envy of Olney has transformed this Read more...

Winter Weekend Getaway: Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg

With apologies to the "Cheers" theme song, sometimes you don't wanna go where everybody knows your name.Sometimes you just need to get the heck out of Dodge.weekend the A Parent in Silver Spring crew jumped into the car with our swimsuits, jeans, sneakers and groceries and headed to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. This beautiful and convenient spot for a weekend jaunt is family favorite of ours, and a secret that we are very happy to share.The family packages are perfect planners Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains: AMAZING Family Overnight

For years the A Parent in Silver Spring crew have been sharing our opinions of local destinations and weekend suggestions, but never before have we experienced a Great Wolf Lodge getaway.Our verdict?Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains was every bit as awesome as the commercials on TV. And it was not a budget breaker!I was completely surprised and we were all completely into our howling good time at GWL. Here are our favorite aspects of the resort.The. Water. Park.OMG. This Read more...

GIVEAWAY, Discount & Review: Weekend in DC with Marriott #StayDC

For many of us, the bachelorette party weekends are less frequent than yesteryear, but our needs for girls' getaways with friends are still strong. Far-off exotic locales beckon and we chat with our pals about "someday" going away without the spouses and kids, but to quote The Smiths, "How soon is now?" I think a fab pre-New Year's Resolution for all of us hardworking moms is to grab our girlfriends and book a weekend or even an overnight in the best city in the world, Washington, DC.This Read more...

Hershey Family Getaway

My family and I had always wanted to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth," and experience all of the chocolately family fun. This summer we did it! We rode the rides at Hersheypark, talked to the animals at ZooAmerica, explored Hershey's Chocolate World, learned how the Hershey biz began at The Hershey Story, and stayed and played at Hershey Lodge.Read on for our recommendations for your own family trip to Hershey and opportunities to save. Hershey Park Hershey Read more...