GIVEAWAY: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Weekend Getaway!

Our family turned a free summer weekend into a majorly marvelous summer vacation, simply by hopping in the car and heading to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. We spent a full day at each park, spending one night in Williamsburg in between, and we created a season's worth of amazing memories with our children.Water Country USA is just a few miles down the road from Busch Gardens Williamsburg and these two parks are the perfect pair for your summer getaway. Water Country Read more...

The Aquabats Concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring + Giveaway

 The AQUABATS! are a band of costume-clad crime fighters who "battle all things lame in the pursuit of ultimate radness" and produce some very entertaining and kid-friendly rock and roll, as well as a wacky TV show you can catch on Netflix and Hulu. These five singing superheroes are bringing their celebrated family rock show to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday evening!The AQUABATS! are led by the fearless MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs, co-creator of the hit children's Read more...

Badlands Playspace Rockville Rocks!

The most beautiful open gym and playspace my family and I have ever visited in the DMV is - hands down! - the new Badlands Playspace on Randolph Road in Rockville. This nature-inspired play space and interactive environment was designed with the goal of creating an interactive environment where "children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way."Targeted to children ages 2-13, Badlands offers many diverse areas for learning and play. The focal point of Read more...

Activities and Cool New Products for a Hot 4th of July

Our family's favorite 4th of July fun (not on the National Mall because we are officially too old for the long lines for the Metro home)...July 1st: SummerFest at Bohrer Park, GaithersburgJuly 1st: Free Concert by the US Navy Band The Commodores at Black Rock Center for the ArtsJuly 4th: Takoma Park Independence Day Parade and FireworksJuly 4th: Kensington Children's Bike ParadeJuly 4th: Palisades DC Parade and Picnic July 4th: Mid-County Sparkles at Einstein High School, Read more...

Culkin School of Irish Dance Summer Camp in July and August

Looking for a summer camp for your kid? Interested in learning Irish dancing, for boys and girls? The Culkin School of Irish Dance has teamed up with Glen Echo to offer an enriched series of summer camps for your Irish Dancer. The Culkin School offers summer camps for experienced Culkin dancers and for new-time beginner dancers who would like to give Irish dancing a try. Camps are held at Glen Echo Park, an historic landmark, geared to the arts.Beginning Irish Dance: Footworks and Figures Read more...

Perfect 4th of July Weekend Staycation: Gaylord National Resort SummerFest

Seeking to go somewhere fabulous with the family for 4th of July weekend, but want to skip the excruciating holiday traffic? Head to our family's go-to vacation spot right in the DMV, Gaylord National Resort, for a SummerFest staycation!Gaylord National Resort is offering reduced room rates June 30 through July 7, which allow you to book a night for as low as $129! There is also the amazing SummerFest package that starts at $299 but include big savings that make that weekend getaway more Read more...

Soccer Summer Camp with DC Way: Win a Week of Free Camp!

Your summer prayers are answered:Local treasure DC Way is offering seven weeks of Summer Soccer Camp! Developed for boys and girls ages 5-14, the number one goal of DC Way's soccer camp is that campers have a blast, as the coaches believe players learn best when they are having fun. DC Way uses simple and engaging games to challenge players and teach them essential skills. The program is for anyone at any level: true beginners, kids who have come in and out of soccer lessons and leagues, Read more...

Montgomery Parks Summer Camps

Make it an active and exciting summer with Montgomery Parks’ Summer Camps!The summer camps offered through Montgomery Parks have been some of the best enrichment experiences of my three kids' summers. Led by incredible education experts and caring counselors, my children have had a blast with camps focused on archaeology, basketball, chess, outdoor adventure, dance and art. With full- and half-day options located throughout Montgomery County all summer long, you can easily find the camp Read more...

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...