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...

Bucket’s Buddy Adventures: Explore the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia is just a short drive for DC-area families, but it is BIG on amazing summer fun! We DMV parents may know that heading West to Virginia is full of fun for our families, but where should we begin?What are the best outdoor, historic, entertainment and foodie-focused offerings available between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains?Go Blue Ridge Travel Kids Trail resources are a great place to help us find the best day-trip and Read more...

Gaylord National Harbor SummerFest for Families (With Pirates!)

SummerFest Package at Gaylord National for 2016 Featuring Pirates on the Potomac This summer our family is not going to the beach for a week. Instead, we are experiencing unique adventures on the weekends at nearby jaunts.But although Gaylord National is only one podcast length's drive away from our house in Silver Spring, our two day/one night pirate-themed weekend getaway felt like a completely special vacation.The SummerFest 2016 Package featuring Pirates of the Potomac getaway for Read more...

Best of Hersheypark A-Z and Ticket GIVEAWAY!

This summer you have to head to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This amazing amusement park has thrilling rides, a water park and zoo included in your single admission, and more incredible family fun. Read on for the reasons A-Z that this getaway for East Coast families rocks, and at the end of the post enter to win 4 free tickets to Hersheypark for 2016! App - The official Hersheypark app is like having a Hersheypark staff member guide in your pocket when you are on-site at the park. Read more...

Best Butterfly Garden in DC: Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens

Wings of Fancy is back at Brookside Gardens! The family favorite Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit has returned to Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland.  I took our first child Charlie to see the seasonal display of hundreds of live butterflies when he was an infant in the Baby Bjorn, and we have visited nearly every year since. (Check out my old post from 2009 to see pictures of Eve and Charlie as littles!)Here you and your children will be Read more...

Hershey Family Getaway

My family and I had always wanted to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth," and experience all of the chocolately family fun. This summer we did it! We rode the rides at Hersheypark, talked to the animals at ZooAmerica, explored Hershey's Chocolate World, learned how the Hershey biz began at The Hershey Story, and stayed and played at Hershey Lodge.Read on for our recommendations for your own family trip to Hershey and opportunities to save. Hershey Park Hershey 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...

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...

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...