Kids’ Birthday Parties in DC: Playseum UPSTAIRS

My big kids love the Playseum UPSTAIRS (read my comprehensive review) for every day play stops and friend hangouts. So it came as no surprise that a birthday party at the Playseum Upstairs was one of our best parties ever.  My son, his boy friends and his two tag-a-long sisters had a blast! The boys kept remarking how this was one of the most awesome birthday parties they had attended. Here's how the party went down. The boys arrived and were gifted with BU Bucks, good for them to spend Read more...

Playseum Bethesda UPSTAIRS for Kids 8-14

Tween and Teen Play and Party Space: The Playseum UPSTAIRS My family and I are longtime fans of The Playseum locations, which are wonderful toddler-preschooler-young elementary play spaces. But I just had the chance to check out The Playseum UPSTAIRS, which is big kid heaven! On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, older kids can drop in and experience all the fun UPSTAIRS has to offer for a mere $10 a kid entry fee. If you bring a friend, the price drops to $7 each. This is a fabulous solution Read more...

Kings Dominion in Fall: Great DC Family Road Trip #PlanetSPOOKY

Disclosure: Kings Dominion Virginia provided review park tickets for my family and passes to the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. All other expenses of the day were covered by me. All opinions expressed are my own.  We all have seen the Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt ads on TV portraying zombies staggering through the park, rides transformed to fright fests and other delightfully scary touches. But that is just after dark! During the day at Kings Dominion the fun is all family friendly and directed Read more...

Teen Dance at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday Night

Parents of teenagers: Check out this awesome evening activity! The Fillmore Silver Spring is hosting a Teen Night this Sunday night February 17 from 7-10pm. With school out on Monday, your kids aged 13-18 (ID required) are invited to get their dance on while DJ Jonny Mel spins. Snacks, cotton candy, glow sticks, and more will also be on sale.  TEEN NIGHT @ The Fillmore Silver Spring $10 in advanced / $15 at the door Tickets available at FillmoreSilverSpring.com 8656 Colesville Road, Read more...

Are You Friends With Your Child on Facebook?

This infographic by Lab42 explores how parents interact with their own minor children on Facebook. I found this interesting, as more children daily acquire Facebook accounts. Remember, Facebook requires users to be at least 13 years of age.      Facebook is in no way connected with this survey, infographic or blog post. Survey and infographic credit: Lab42.   Read more...

Guest Post: New Parenting Book – Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?

Vanessa Van Petten is the creator of RadicalParenting.com, a parenting website written from the teen perspective to help parents understand them. Her approach has been featured by CNN, Fox News, and Wall Street Journal. She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. She is also the author of the parenting book, “Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded?” When I was 16 I thought it was my Dad’s goal in life to make me miserable. Read more...

Woman of the Week & Giveaway: Candor by Pam Bachorz

Update - The winner is Mary Beth! For the first time in months, I was sucked in by a book so good, so engaging,that I didn't want it to end.When was the last time that happened to you? When you picked up Twilight last winter? When your book club read The Time Traveler's Wife? Because this book is a Young Adult novel and a science fictiony novel too, but it's so finely written and deliciously creepy that you forget that the target audience is high schoolers about two sentences in.Candor is the Read more...

Free Movie Tickets to See BANDSLAM & Honor Society Plays Acoustic Show After

UPDATE: All 30 Tickets have been taken.I have 30 Admit 2 passes for parents and kids to attend a free pre-screening of BANDSLAM, a PG teen-targeted film starring Disney Channel superstars Vanessa Anne Hudgens (High School Musical) and Alyson Michalka (pop duo Aly and AJ) and more actors your kid will recognize. Quickie synopsis: When gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte asks new kid in town Will to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her Read more...

Washington Kastles: See Wimbledon Winners Right Here in DC

AP Photo/Nick WassSo you didn't make it to Wimbledon, don't fret. You can see 2009 and three-time Wimbledon Ladies' Singles winner Serena Williams and her Washington Kastles teammates all this month in the second season of Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT). You can also see sister Venus Williams, Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe when their own WTT teams are in town.Check out the schedule and purchase your tickets here (they're going fast.) The matches take place in the intimate Kastles Stadium at Read more...