3 Free Summer Outings for Families

In addition to the segment on A Parent in Silver Spring featured on Montgomery County Media last week,  MCM's Sonya Burke also produced a short video in which she asked for my top three places to take kids during the summer. I went with three outing options that every local family -- no matter your neighborhood or 'burb -- has nearby and which are always absolutely free.Hitting a playground, the local library or nature center may seem like a total no-brainer, but for summer-frazzled brain-addled Read more...

Washington DC With Kids: Activities from A to Z

Washington, DC Things to Do with Kids from A-Z In honor of the end of the school year, I thought I would compile for you a list of suggested summer activities in the style of those bulletin board alphabets teachers staple above the chalkboard. I hope you and your family enjoy these 26+ outings as much as my family and I have!AMF Free Summer Bowling and Regal Cinema $1 Movies -- Summer is a great time for freebies from kid-oriented businesses, such as AMF's program of two free games per Read more...

Guest Post: Spring Into Action by Yihung Mohs of Silver Spring Dream Dinners

Yihung Mohs is the owner of  Silver Spring Dream Dinners and the talented writer of the The Silver Spring Dream Dinners Blog.It’s that time of the year when we are ready to pack away our winter coats, gloves and hats and start thinking about shorts, swimsuits and tank tops!With warmer days upon us, it’s time to think about fun outdoor activities that will make you jump off the couch and get active. Breathing in some fresh air is not only physically benefiting, but also emotionally healing.  Read more...

Happy Earth Day! 40 Years and Counting – Guest Post by Jennifer Chambers of Hiking Along

Jennifer Chambers is the founder and leader of Hiking Along, a hiking and science program that “engages children in exploration of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it.” Jennifer leads groups of children, preschool to high school, on hikes of scenic trails around the Metro DC region and in hands-on science activities.  Read on for her recommendations on how we can likewise share a respect of the Read more...

National Harbor Family Fun

Charlie & Eve pose on the Lady Josephinewhile water taxiing from National HarborMy family and I really love the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Not only do we enjoy the Launch Zone of the future National Children's Museum, but the entire area is gorgeous and much less crowded than the Georgetown waterfront on a sparkling summer day. The Saturday American Market, an outdoor producer-only market of artisans, is a perfect Saturday destination and the Launch Zone always has a kids' tent Read more...

National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel – Another Great Family Outing Destination

This week my kids and I checked out the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. It was the first of many more visits to come - we loved it!Though we consider ourselves nature center connoisseurs with all of our frequent visits to Rock Creek Park Nature Center & Planetarium, Montgomery County Nature Centers and other local wildlife-y destinations, we'd never been to the Laurel center before. It took us just 20 minutes to get there and we called the morning-of the free Nature Tots program Read more...

Clark’s Elioak Farm Opens for Spring!

Clark's Elioak Farm opens Wednesday, April 1st for the spring-fall season. This charming land of family fun is located right on the Howard County-Montgomery County border off of Rt. 29. A working farm since 1797, the 540 acre farm has oodles of animals that children can view up close, pet and feed. Pigs, cows, horses, turkeys, ducks, chickens, rabbits, turtles, sheep, donkeys and goats will delight your kids, and pony rides will send them over the moon. There are hay rides through the farm fields, Read more...