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...

Sesame Place: Awesome Summer Day Trip

I do not know why we had not before visited Sesame Place in nearby Pennsylvania, but we will definitely be back!  My family is always hungry for travel and adventure, but our budget can not handle constant week-long quests. Day trips, though? Those we can do, especially in summer when we try and make many days feel special.A recent Sunday jaunt to Sesame Place was a winner. My elementary- and pre-school aged kids both loved the rides and water slides. The wet and dryland activity options Read more...

Best of Dublin: DC to Ireland Travel Series, Part 1

7 days 6 nights 0 kids 24 miles walked 700 kilometers driven 10 churches 7 museums 4 castle ruins 2 stately homes 19 Megalithic passage tombs 50,000 cows 1 flat tire 40 pints of Guinness Countless laughs, joyful experiences and beautiful viewsAs I shared on social media and on A Parent in America, my husband Chris and I took our very first week-long kids-free vacation. We chose Ireland, a country where my husband spent 12 years of his childhood and I had never before visited.By Read more...