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 views As 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...

Family + Spa Getaway Near DC: Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg

KINGSMILL RESORT IN WILLIAMSBURG IS A GREAT GETAWAY FOR FAMILIES, COUPLES & FRIENDS  My daughter Eve and I booked it out of town for a girls getaway to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. We spent a blissful three days and two nights soaking up the serenity of Kingsmill's family-friendly activities, pools, riverside views, delicious dining and newly-renovated spa. Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond Condominium Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Although the property is luxurious Read more...

Have the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World

Ray Charles sang that the night time was the right time to be with the one you love, but I say that SUMMERTIME is the right time to be with the ones you love ... at Walt Disney World. I just returned from an incredible summer press preview of the cool new offerings Walt Disney World Resort has cooked up for the Coolest Summer Ever. Although WDW hosted me as a media attendee, I could not resist bringing my husband Chris and kids Charlie, Eve and Alice along. Direct flights to Orlando from Washington Read more...

Baltimore Over Spring Break: Stay + Play BOGO Coupons

Is Baltimore on your spring break agenda? It should be! My kids and I are in town for Spring Break and like so many of you, I am trying to plan a week of nearby excitement and entertainment for my crew. Baltimore is packed with stimulating options for kids, for visiting family and friends and to SOS - Save Your Springs! Best of all, right now Downtown Baltimore is offering BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) on kids' admissions to amazing attractions. Get your coupons + the details here. Stay Read more...