Kings Dominion Free Pre-K Pass and Family Guide to the Park

Kings Dominion is inviting kids age 3-5 to visit the park for free ... now through October 29, 2017! (Children age 0-2 are always free.) If you have a child age 3-5, you have to sign up for the Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass! This brand new, limited time pass gives preschool-aged children complimentary admission through the entire 2017 season.And if you sign up for the pass now, your 3-5 year old child will also receive one free visit during the fall of 2016 to enjoy the Great Pumpkin Fest in Read more...

Pumpkin Patches, Preschool Fair, Open Houses & More: Community Cool

Favorite Pumpkin Patches in the DC Area This piece I contributed to The Washington Post still stands as a round-up of my family's all-time favorite pumpkin patch destinations! I hope you and yours have fun pumpkin picking this weekend!Wheaton Area Moms Annual Preschool Fair Saturday, October 24, 10am-12pm at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 30 local preschools listed so far and the list is growing. Meet representatives from 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...

UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...

Childcare in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Olney: Wee Friends Daycare

Wee Friends Daycare in Burtonsville is Incredible This is my first-ever personal daycare endorsement. Although my most common e-mail advice question these six years of blogging has been how to find a daycare, nanny or babysitter, I have been reluctant to recommend any individual or facility that my family has not personally used. And as a mainly stay-at-home mother, I have never before employed a daycare provider. In fact, the idea scared me.Until this year. Alice turned two, I turned up my Read more...

Wheaton Area Moms Preschool Fair 2013

Looking for a preschool for your child but not sure where to start?Intimidated to call a ton of nursery schools to set up interviews and school visits?Too busy to attend an endless stream of open houses?Thank goodness for the Wheaton Area Moms moms' club (one of the best parents' groups in the DC area). They are hosting their amazing Annual Preschool Fair, a fabulous FREE event for parents to meet representatives from a variety of schools in the area.Yes, you can bring your Read more...

Kings Dominion in Fall: Great DC Family Road Trip #PlanetSPOOKY

Disclosure: Kings Dominion Virginia provided review park tickets for my family and passes to the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. All other expenses of the day were covered by me. All opinions expressed are my own. We all have seen the Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt ads on TV portraying zombies staggering through the park, rides transformed to fright fests and other delightfully scary touches. But that is just after dark!During the day at Kings Dominion the fun is all family friendly and directed Read more...

GIVEAWAY + Discount Code: Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate! at Patriot Center

Win FOUR tickets to see Disney on Ice with your family on opening night, Wednesday October 23 at 7pm!If your kids are one iota as excited as mine at the prospect of seeing their favorite Disney characters skate, spin and flip on the ice, they will have a fabulous time at Let's Celebrate! Going to see Disney on Ice with my children has become a wonderful wintertime tradition. This year will be preschooler Alice's first time, and she cannot wait. From our very first show when Charlie and Eve Read more...

Preschool Fair Saturday October 5

Searching for a preschool for your child for this year or next? I think preschool fairs are one of the best ways to get a sense of the early childhood education options in our area, and on Saturday October 5th the Sandy Spring Friends School and the Olney Moms Group are co-hosting one! Sandy Friends School & Olney Moms Group Preschool Fair Saturday, October 05, 20139:00AM - 12:00PMSandy Spring Friends School16923 Norwood RoadSandy Spring, Maryland 20860Follow the signs Read more...