NEW Dave and Buster’s in Downtown Silver Spring

Theres a brand new Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring! Located on the 5th floor of Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall), this was the biggest and most beautiful Dave & Busters we have ever played visited. It's 40,000 square feet of top-of-the-line video games and a modern sports-bar style restaurant.The A Parent in Silver Spring kids and parents enjoyed playing as many of the 160 Dave & Buster's games in the Million Dollar Midway as our $10 game cards would Read more...

Minecraft Adventure at iPic Pike & Rose Saturday: Big Screen Gaming!

Tomorrow, Saturday October 1, your Minecraft-loving kids can experience Minecraft in the most exciting way possible: on the big screen of a movie theater. Minecraft Adventure reinforces STEM educational concepts, encourages creativity, and promotes teambuilding and sociability. Parents can attend for free, and every participant receives a free Super League t-shirt! And just for readers of A Parent in Silver Spring, there is a code for 25 percent off the $20 ticket price.This experience is Read more...

New Comcast XFINITY for Families

Back in 2001, when we were first engaged and dreaming about our future family, Chris and I mused about having a TV-free household.Fast forward to 2016, and me calling down to 12-year-old Charlie watching Brain Games in our home's designated TV room to please DVR the Tonys for me because he does a better job.The reason we were formerly anti-TV for our kids is because it used to be something we remembered from our 1980's childhoods as being so outside of our parents' control, and that Read more...

Best Apps for Making Parents’ Lives Easier (and Chime Sittercity Discount!)

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the team of Great Day Washington to talk about those apps that can make a parents' life a little easier. Show host Markette Sheppard is a fellow mom and she had her own app to add to my list.Watch the Apps for Making Parent Life Easier segment and then read on for links to the apps and more essential information, as well as a how to get $50 off your Chime sitter!Cozi Family OrganizerWe use the free version of the Cozi app to keep our Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Build-A-Bear Gift Card for High Tech Westfield Montgomery Location

Updated, High Tech Build-A-Bear Workshop at Montgomery Mall One reader will win a $25 gift card for your child to create his or her own cuddly pal! Last year my children and I had the chance to try out one of the first new high tech Build-A-Bear locations at Westfield Annapolis. I wrote about how the expanded technology made the Build-A-Bear experience more joyful, exciting and longer for the kids when they created their Build-A-Bear friends.The Westfield Montgomery location in Read more...

Mini Maker Faire in Silver Spring 9/29 – FREE

Free family festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects  to encourage kids to explore their own curiosities and to make something new and different.  The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday, September 29th at Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building in from12:00-5:00p.m. The Mini Maker Faire features free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, hackers, artists, and do-it-yourselfers Read more...

Facebook Safety for Parents: A New App by BitDefender

Over the last few years I've found myself using Facebook more and more...like so many of you. At first I used it just like Classmates or Friendster (remember those?).  I created a superficial profile of what was going on in my world so that old friends from schools and jobs could catch up on my life in 2 secs and I could check out what they were doing (you had to give it up on those sites to catch a peek of others). And then the whole world joined Facebook. And now we use it for everything, in place Read more...

June Giveaway: Bitdefender Internet Security Software 2010 & 2011 – THREE COPIES

Mom blog giveaways of gift cards, gift certificates and free products rock, right?  That's why every time you leave a comment on a post on A Parent in Silver Spring, you're entered to win. (Dude, that sounded so commercial-y!  Can you tell I've been letting the kids watch more TV since they've been let out of school?  Yikes.)Thanks so much for all your comments in May – there were officially over 200 entries for the May giveaway of a $50 Mastercard Gift Card to be used where ever Mastercard Read more...

Taste of Wheaton on Sunday by Tech Savvy Mama

If you have never been to Taste of Wheaton before but like sampling ethnic food without the highbrow prices of other street fair tasting events, Taste of Wheaton is for you! At Taste of Wheaton you can stall-hop and get a sample of dim sum, fried chicken, a pupusa covered with cabbage slaw, slice of pizza, a doughnut, along with an ice cream novelty and your chicken satay skewer for a dollar a taste. You can absolutely find something for every eater in your family at Taste of Wheaton without Read more...