Smithsonian Early Enrichment Classes for Babies 3-18 months

If you are waiting until your infant is older to introduce her to our incredible local Smithsonian Institutions, the wait is officially over: The Smithsonian offers classes for babies and parents!I just learned that the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers family workshops for young children and their parents to learn together. The curriculum is carefully crafted by early childhood educators with museum experience. The developmentally appropriate workshops promote critical thinking, Read more...

End of Summer Family Fun Ideas from the Got Plans? Chat

Planning outings with the kids those first weeks of summer is easy, right? You have energy, enthusiasm and the summer is your oyster. You are full of ideas...the zoo! the pool! the sprayground! $1 movies! camps!But after nine weeks of ideas, are you ready for some new ones?That's where the Washington Post Going Out Guide's Got Plans? chat comes in. Yesterday I was invited to join the Going Out Gurus and Weekend assignment editor Amy Joyce for a live discussion of what to do in the DC Read more...

Weekend Picks and Family Events at Partners in Preservation Sites

A Parent in Silver Spring is an official blog ambassador for Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I have been compensated to assist in raising awareness of the importance of preserving Washington, DC’s historic sites. As we vote to preserve our favorite local historic sites in the Partners in Preservation competition, I thought I would highlight the landmarks in the running which make for great Read more...

International Spy Museum Family Night on Friday

We have not yet visited the International Spy Museum, but the Exquisitely Evil Family Night just might be our incentive to go!FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmTICKETS: $14MEMBERS OF THE INNER CIRCLE: $12 Your mission… enjoy an evening of Family BONDing!Families are invited for a kid-friendly after-hours viewing of the Spy Museum's recent exhibition, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. There will be Code Cracker competitions, Bond Spy Trivia contests, Read more...

National Children’s Museum is Open and Awesome

The National Children's Museum, located at National Harbor, is a harbor for families looking for indoor, interactive play! After years of planning and construction, the National Children's Museum (NCM) officially opened on Friday December 14. My crew and I got to test play the new digs at a press preview. I have to say, we will be purchasing a family membership so that we can head there for creative indoor play all winter long!We enjoyed the 3 and Under Gallery, sponsored by Sesame Workshop, Read more...

Washington DC Travel Using GoGoBot

I just learned about Gogobot.com, a new travel review website, and I am finding the site very easy to navigate with a toddler on my lap. I like the layout and real person reviews of hotels, museums and restaurants in other cities, as well as my own nearby Washington, DC.The SITS Girls and GoGoBot invited me to write about Washington, DC places I recommend for family travel, which is like asking a circa 1999 single me to go to second base with Clive Owen. TWIST MY ARM.Washington DC Read more...

Kids Free at the Newseum July 1 – September 3, 2012

Just when we felt like we were reaching the bottom of our bags of summer tricks with the kids, The Newseum again opens their doors for free to kids 18 and under with a paying adult (offer good for up to six kids per paying adult). Additionally, all Newseum tickets are always good for two consecutive days.The Newseum's Summer Fun Deal goes is in effect all July and August, and Labor Day weekend through September 3, 2012. The regular $12.95 admission price for kiddos is waived! (The Summer Read more...

Washington DC Family Weekend Picks: April 27 – 29, 2012 + GIVEAWAY

Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum FRIDAY APRIL 27On Friday, April 27, the Newseum will open the HP New Media Gallery, an interactive experience that uses the latest technology to allow visitors to physically step into a social network that shows media’s powerful impact on our world. Live Twitter feeds fill touch-screen monitors and connect visitors with trending news stories. The 2,500-square-foot gallery is the first permanent addition to the museum since its grand opening in 2008.As Read more...

National Children’s Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: New Programming and Fun!

Washington, DC National Children's Museum Launch Zone at National Harbor: A Preview of the Coming New Children's Museum Last week the kids and I were invited to the Launch Zone to learn about the new offerings and programs, and a good deal has changed since I reported on the free children's learning site back when it opened. Although the upcoming National Children's Museum (NCM) at National Harbor is scheduled to open in 2013, kids can get a taste of what the museum will offer NOW at this interactive, Read more...