Jumanji at Adventure Theatre MTC: Do Not Miss!

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew almost missed Jumanji this summer, but we are so happy we didn't! Swim team. Summer camps. Vacations. Sitter coordinations. As my kids get older, summers become an even more complicated Jenga game of adding and taking away activities and obligations.But there is one game you need to make time for this summer before it is put back away in the closet: JUMANJI at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park. This children's theatre play runs through August 28, and Read more...

STEM for the Summer: Camp Invention

This week I was chatting with Marisa Langford of Adventures of a Tampa Mama, a fellow mother who works from home and has four children. I asked her, "What are you doing with the kids this summer?"My intention in asking that question was to learn how she was going to cover both her workload and her children's care when school was out of session, a dilemma I believed we shared. I thought she might answer with her childcare or work arrangement, or even commiserate with me on how tough Read more...

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...

Sprayground Fun with CLIF Kid #OutToPlay

OUTSIDE. That's the name of the game in our house this summer. Less screen time, more play time. Less video game characters, more playdates with friends. Less virtual running from Koopas and Doom Raiders, more real running around with Joe and Owen and Lauren and Cora.So when the CLIF Kid crew contacted me and my fellow DC-area social media moms Stacey Ferguson of Justice Fergie and BeBlogalicious and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to host a big ol' outdoor playdate with our kids' friends, 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...

7 Best Things About Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Have you taken your family to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? I applied to serve as a Busch Gardens Williamsburg blog ambassador, and was selected to review the experience with my family during the 2014 season. We just returned from our visit to this massive, marvelous, seriously beautiful amusement park. Our day at the park was full of spectacular summer memories. Here were my family's 7 favorite aspects of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  1. The Rides for FamiliesOur family ages from early Read more...

Free Summer Arts Events for Families

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran through August 30, 2014 This summer, join the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design for its Free Summer  Saturdays series of programming, including Gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is FREE every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Be inspired by the Corcoran's permanent collection and special summer exhibitions American Read more...

Summer 365: Summer Camp Experts

This summer my husband and I are considering sending our 10 year old son Charlie to his first overnight summer camp experience. I know I am more nervous at the prospect than is Charlie! Thankfully, the camp experts -- "counselors" -- at Summer 365 are available to walk my family and me through this process!Summer 365 is a summer camp placement service that makes the entire camp research, selection, registration and preparation process as painless and enjoyable as possible...at no additional 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...