Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) on Creating Playful Family Memories

Today's guest post is from Brooke Shoemaker, a Museum Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC). SEEC is an early childhood program that I love that you may be familiar with from past pieces on A Parent in Silver Spring. SEEC resides within the Smithsonian museums and utilizes the vast collections of the museums and the community to support its curriculum. SEEC has a full-time school during the week that serves children from two months to five years, while SEEC’s Read more...

Maryland Emancipation Day Weekend with Montgomery Parks

Election anxiety got you down? Looking for educational activities with the family that teach of a time when our country righted its wrongs? The line-up of family events hosted by Montgomery Parks this weekend, November 4-6, fits the bill.These historic learning opportunities celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county. On November 1, 1864, a Maryland state constitution freed all those held in bondage within its boundaries, abolishing slavery on the state level. Read more...

Smithsonian Children’s Programs with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)

Cynthia Raso is a fellow parent in Silver Spring of two girls who is a museum educator and is the manager of community engagement for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. She shares with us her passion for new arts learning programs offered for families of all ages. Almost four years ago, I took the plunge and went back to work. The transition was more than just a job though, it was a culmination of all that I had experienced as a new mom with young children. Staying at home with my Read more...

Heritage Montgomery Days This Weekend

My family and I recently visited the Oakley Cabin in Brookeville, MD 18th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days This Weekend, June 27 & 28 Although storms are predicted for this weekend, rain cannot keep our area's history down!Each year, Heritage Montgomery hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration on the last weekend in June. This countywide festival offers us families the chance to explore and learn all over Maryland's Montgomery County. Learn about local history as it applies Read more...

Ninjas, Camps, Birthdays and More Awesome at the International Spy Museum

My kids and I visited the International Spy Museum for the very first time.Survey says? OH YEAH!During our two-hour visit we followed the Family Missions Guide which broke down the museum into the most accessible exhibits and interactives for Alice and Eve. History buff Charlie went rogue and spent his time on a solo mission soaking up all the history. He was especially interested in the Spies Among Us section. All kids loved the code-cracking stations, James Bond villain lair, and Read more...

The Mansion on O Street: Exploration and Imagination for Kids

The Mansion on O Street is a unique experience, unlike any other outing my family and I have encountered in our years of DC area adventures. Mystery and history abound, and kids are warmly welcomed, at the super cool massive art house exploration offered at The Mansion on O Street. Children can wander halls, discover thousands of interesting artifacts and objects, open hidden doors, and complete scavenger hunts.My children loved the controlled independence they found meandering around the Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Madame Tussauds DC Tickets, and Review

 I will admit that it never occurred to me to visit Madame Tussauds in Washington DC until they reached out to me.In this town of  free admissions to some of the best museums in the world, why would I pay to visit a collection of wax figures? Is not that place simply for tourists? Even when in London I have never had the desire to check out the original Madame Tussauds.But in the spirit of blogger journalism and a feeling of obligation to at least try this family-focused attraction Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Classes for Families

I am enormously proud to be working with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as a blogger consultant to this incredible non-profit that serves local families, children and museums throughout the country. The best perk of my helping out a bit is the chance to check out their offerings for families with my own children! This past weekend, my almost-three-year-old Alice and I had the chance to experience a sample SEEC class.My kids and I are veterans of the kids' class circuits. Music Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...