The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...

ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor: Christmas on the Potomac

Since Gaylord National Harbor brought ICE! and the Christmas on the Potomac celebrations to the Washington, DC area, our family has made this visit a treasured holiday tradition. It's the perfect way to get excited for the season!This year the theme is especially magical, Christmas Around the World! Celebrate a world of cultures and celebrations, all done in amazing ice artistry.To experience ICE!, you walk through an ice wonderland village of over two million pounds of colored Read more...

Why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is So Worth It

Last week my family and I experienced our first Walt Disney World visit during the holiday season, and as a member of the media I was invited to check out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It was a Magic Kingdom experience like I have never seen before. On the party dates in November and December The regular rides are in operation, sure, but there are special surprises throughout the night that you can only experience during the party and snow machines Read more...

The Nutcracker at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

Don't miss Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's 28th Annual Production of The Nutcracker! Tickets are on sale now for these breathtaking performances at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, in Rockville.Year after year audiences are enchanted by MBT's performances which feature professional dancers and students, fabulous costumes and beautiful scenery including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever. There are magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant Read more...

Disney Springs with Kids This Holiday Season and All Year

Every time I get together with friends in the DC area and we talk family vacations, the conversation always turns to Walt Disney World. All of us are angling to get back there as soon as we can with our kids, and we are constantly comparing notes. Where should we stay? When should we go? How should we plan our days? It's hard not to become a bit obsessed with Disney after you realize how enjoyable and memorable it is for everyone in the family.  (And those $48-64 non-stop tickets from BWI-MCO on 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...

Skincando Organic Skincare Pop-Up at Emerald Door Spa Silver Spring

 Skincando, the luxury and locally-based (but taking the nation by storm) organic skincare line is hosting its first-ever organic facial pop-up at The Emerald Door Spa in Silver Spring. Now through April 2016, we lucky DC-area dwellers can experience the handcrafted products and cutting edge eco-treatments firsthand at The Emerald Door. An eco-facialist will guide you in exploring the benefits of using high end green beauty products and customize your treatments for your individual skin care Read more...

Holiday Concert for Families in Downtown Silver Spring Dec. 12 : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Sleigh Ride

Holiday concerts are a (wonderful) dime a dozen this time of year.But musical, seasonal events designed especially for babies, toddlers and preschoolers? Now that is a true Christmas miracle.The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is bringing their Music Box Series to downtown Silver Spring's Civic Building on Saturday, December 12 for two morning little-kid-centric concerts. At both 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., an ensemble of BSO musicians will perform classical holiday songs for children age 0-3 Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Ice Skating at Cabin John or Wheaton Montgomery County Parks Rinks

Montgomery County Maryland is home to two county parks-owned indoor ice skating rinks, Cabin John Ice Rink, located in Cabin John Regional Park, and Wheaton Ice Arena, located in Wheaton Regional Park. Both facilities offer a wide range of ice skating and ice hockey classes and camps for all ages and skill levels, as well as special events and skating exhibitions throughout the year. The facilities are open year-round but are especially fun for families during the holiday season and when outdoor Read more...