Washington Nationals’ Family Days on Sundays

We love attending a Washington Nationals baseball game as a family, but especially on Sundays! Home game Sundays at Nationals Park now throughout the regular season are official Family Days. There is a kid-friendly ticketing deal for families, Kids Run the Bases and a new Family Fun area, located inside the Right Field Gate.On Sundays, kids 12 and under receive Nats Wiffle ball and bat sets at the end of the game, and this kids' giveaway is in addition to the various other goodies offered Read more...

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...

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...

Imagination Stage’s Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure

This Saturday, I took my daughter Alice to see a rocking take on her her literary namesake at Imagination Stage. In Wonderland: Alice's Rock and Roll Adventure, Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live musicians. Both my six-year-old and I adore the imaginative, modern musical based upon the classic story.The writers have successfully translated Carroll’s irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and 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...

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...