Find Your Ben’s Run by Clare Goldfogle

This piece is by Clare Goldfogle, who with her family founded Ben's Run in honor of her son Ben.While running one day in 2010, my friends and I had a serious discussion about what it would take to create our own neighborhood fundraising run in memory of my son, Ben, who had recently passed away. Could we pull off a run? Would anyone participate? Could we raise any money to help fight this horrific cancer that took Ben's life? All good questions that only raised even more questions the more Read more...

Alice in Wonderland Ballet for Kids March 17 and 18

My family and I adore the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's performances for families, and next weekend there are four amazing times you can catch this spring's fairytale ballet, Alice in Wonderland! Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents a different full-length ballet each spring, and this year children can watch curious young Alice’s adventures with mischievous and comical characters such as the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Duchess, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Read more...

Kings Dominion 2017: New Deals and Fun for Families

Kings Dominion is OPEN for the 2017 season, and open daily for Spring Break, April 7 - April 16! Kings Dominion is one of the best amusements parks in the nation, and it's just a quick drive for us Washington, DC area families - how lucky are we? The A Parent in Silver Spring family loves to visit Kings Dominion as much as possible, and so when the park opened last week we knew spring had finally sprung. Our day at the park was packed with brand new fun rides and ways for families to bond.Adults Read more...

Medieval Times Spring Break Savings and Junior Knight Training

The last time we went to Medieval Times' Baltimore/Washington, DC castle was in 2012. Five years later, we saw that our favorite elements had remained intact, but exciting new features (and special savings for Spring Break 2017) have been added to the medieval tournament show!New Junior Knight Training Experience at the April 11, 12 and 13th, 2017 5pm Shows  Your children ages 5-12 can have the chance to train with the Knights of the Realm, free with their child's admission! At 3:30pm, Read more...

Spring Break Blues Buster: Ringling Bros. in DC!

  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREMEThe A Parent in Silver Spring crew stayed in town for spring break, but that does not mean that this week can't be magical -- we are heading to the circus! Circus XTREME, the newest production of The Greatest Show On Earth, is sure to make our week of staycation one to remember.is also our last chance to see the Asian elephants perform before they retire from the tour and move to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center Read more...

Family + Spa Getaway Near DC: Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg

KINGSMILL RESORT IN WILLIAMSBURG IS A GREAT GETAWAY FOR FAMILIES, COUPLES & FRIENDS  My daughter Eve and I booked it out of town for a girls getaway to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.We spent a blissful three days and two nights soaking up the serenity of Kingsmill's family-friendly activities, pools, riverside views, delicious dining and newly-renovated spa.Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond Condominium Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Although the property is luxurious Read more...

Spring Break Activities … No Matter the Weather!

I had the extreme pleasure of being the lead guest last week on Let's Talk Live, our nation's capital's news show focused on entertainment, style, fitness and health. They had me on to talk about - what else? - activities to share with your kids!Check out the segment, and below the video player are links to access more information about the amazing local outings I recommend.Indoor Climbing Centers for Kids ClimbZone Indoor Climbing in Laurel, MD (check out my family's photos Read more...

Baltimore Over Spring Break: Stay + Play BOGO Coupons

Is Baltimore on your spring break agenda? It should be! My kids and I are in town for Spring Break and like so many of you, I am trying to plan a week of nearby excitement and entertainment for my crew.Baltimore is packed with stimulating options for kids, for visiting family and friends and to SOS - Save Your Springs!Best of all, right now Downtown Baltimore is offering BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) on kids' admissions to amazing attractions. Get your coupons + the details here.Stay Read more...

Friday May 9: Runway Moms for the Cause – Support Needed

Date Night ~ Girls Night Out ~ Great Cause! An event close to my heart which I passionately recommend to families is happening this spring, Runway Moms for the Cause. Runway Moms for a Cause (RMFC) is a fashion show and gala which raises funds for non-profit organizations.  The beneficiary of the Friday May 9, 2014 show is Kidsave International, which finds loving homes for forgotten older children worldwide living in orphanages and in need of parents.Kidsave International. Kidsave has Read more...