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...

Mudderella DC is Saturday, July 25, 2015: Join me?

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mudderella. I received complimentary admission to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.I love spending time with my women friends.About once a month I get together with my gals for an evening of great conversation, food and wine. It feeds my soul.Sometimes we organize something beyond the bar or kitchen table kvetch session.We paint (shout out to Jeep Momma Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Hikes with Kids Washington, DC, the Beltway and Beyond

Jennifer Chambers is the founder of Hiking Along, the local educational outdoor hiking guide business which leads families, scouts, schools and other groups on informative and inspiring hikes in our area. Chambers has contributed great pieces to A Parent in Silver Spring over the years, from pieces on hikes to celebrate Earth Day to family hiking basics, and she is a prolific blogger on her Hiking Along blog.And now she has given all of us local parents an incredible gift:Chambers Read more...

Ropes Course for Kids at Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill

Terrapin Adventures in Savage Mill, Maryland has added a Terrapin Explorers course for kids age 5-9.My Charlie and Eve were some of the first kids to try out the new course on opening day, and they were dazzled by the experience. Both of my kids are a little tentative when it comes to heights and risks, but the gentle, confident, plentiful staff members are with the children every step of the way. Knowing they had constant support made all the difference to Charlie and Eve, and gave them Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Rio Washingtonian Family Date Night – Share the Love

One of the most perfect days my kids and I have spent this summer was on our family fun "date" at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg. There are so many options for family fun! In one blissful afternoon, my children and IHad a yummy lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Works Took a turn on the beautiful brand new carousel, full of interesting animals (and we saw the horse that one of YOU readers named!) Walked around the lake, making friends with the ducks and geese Played at the multi-age playground Hopped Read more...

List of Local Hills for Sledding

Since beginning this blog I have hoarded lists of hills recommended by other local parents. I have only launched my children and myself down a couple of them. I would just like to say that I accept NO LIABILITY for any injuries incurred. I do knot that none of the hills listed dump children out into oncoming traffic. Sled at your own risk, supervise the kiddies, mind the icy roads, and stay safe today! 20910 The hill behind the Silver Spring library leading into Ellsworth Urban ParkRosemary Read more...

Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion Rock My World

I <3Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion My husband Chris and my biggest date night splurges this summer have been on tickets to our favorite venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion. We spring for seats for the spectacular view of the bands but love idling around the lawn before the show, sipping brews and people watching.This is not only my favorite place to catch a concert, it is simply my favorite evening haunt in the DC area. My happiness sensors start going haywire as we walk Read more...

Glen Echo Park Family Day Saturday: Free Family Fun, Carousel Opens

The Glen Echo Park Partnership's Annual Family Day is a Free, Can't-Miss-It Family Celebration Glen Echo Family Day celebrates local families and kicks off spring with a sweet, party-packed day of free family activities on Saturday May 4 from 11am-4pm.Free awesome activitiesstorytelling by Diane Macklin Irish Dancing by the Culkin School of Irish Dance Washington Conservatory of Music  -- Voice & Piano Concert: “BritHits: A Cabaret” magic shows with Barry Wood and Alex Read more...

Weekend Pick: Family Fitness Fun with KazokuFit on Saturday

This family fitness event on Saturday November 10 at The Kentlands looks incredible! Hosted by KazokuFit, the focal point of the fun is an entertaining obstacle course challenge for kids and their parents.  All participants 12 and under receive a T-shirt and temporary tattoo upon completion of the challenge.There will also be loads of kids' fair fun brought to us by Andy's Parties: inflatable slides and moon bounces, face painters, additional fitness challenges. Other sponsors are providing Read more...