Visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement

If you are looking for an affordable but incredibly exciting walk through history, I have just the drivable trip for you. Head to the Yorktown's American Revolution Museum and Jamestown Settlement in America's Historic Triangle in Williamsburg, Virginia. Both of these destinations will make bring American history to life in a modern, engaging way for your family.The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation recently invited my family and I to take in the Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Read more...

Chrysler Pacifica Real Mom (and Kid) Review

After ohhing and ahhing about the cool new Chrysler Pacifica this fall, the A Parent in Silver Spring crew had the chance to test drive the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica one for one week this December. I really liked this fully-loaded minivan, but my three children LOVED it. Charlie, Eve and Alice were living in bummed out land when they came home yesterday and the ride and drive folks had taken it back to the dealership.Usually the kids are crawling into my 2015 three-row SUV, so they were Read more...

The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...

DIAMOND GIVEAWAY from Best Shopping Destination: Disney Springs!

Disney Springs is full of family fun for all ages of kids, for sure.  But it is also jam-packed with the best shopping in the country!  On my recent trip to Walt Disney World Resort, shopping at Disney Springs blew me away...but I didn't blow all of my cash. I found incredible deals while finding unique gifts, fashion and beauty items that I could not locate anywhere else. The curated selection of shops provide an exciting mix of accessible but cutting-edge retail experiences.Pictured Read more...

Why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is So Worth It

Last week my family and I experienced our first Walt Disney World visit during the holiday season, and as a member of the media I was invited to check out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It was a Magic Kingdom experience like I have never seen before. On the party dates in November and December The regular rides are in operation, sure, but there are special surprises throughout the night that you can only experience during the party and snow machines Read more...

Disney Springs with Kids This Holiday Season and All Year

Every time I get together with friends in the DC area and we talk family vacations, the conversation always turns to Walt Disney World. All of us are angling to get back there as soon as we can with our kids, and we are constantly comparing notes. Where should we stay? When should we go? How should we plan our days? It's hard not to become a bit obsessed with Disney after you realize how enjoyable and memorable it is for everyone in the family.  (And those $48-64 non-stop tickets from BWI-MCO on Read more...

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Expect the Unexpected

Wildlife habitats, luxury accommodations, adventure activities, golf, dining, swimming and play: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania is an ideal getaway for DC-area families. A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Tucked away in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands was purchased by 84 Lumber founder Joseph Hardy III for his daughter, Maggie. The father/daughter Read more...

Waterfront Family Getaway Near DC: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

A waterfront, swimsuit-soaked weekend getaway without the long drive or the crowds is what the A Parent in Silver Spring crew found at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina last weekend. The resort is less than two hours from DC (only 1.5 hours for us Marylanders), located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore and directly on the Choptank River. On Friday night as we made the turn for Cambridge, we breathed sighs of beauty at the surroundings and relief as we left Read more...

Luxury Family Hotel Near DC: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

If you are visiting the DC area with your kids, consider the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for your home away from home. And if you already live in the DMV, I suggest you leave the dishes and the laundry behind and head to this local hotel for an awesome staycation with your family.The A Parent in Silver Spring crew spent the night before Mother's Day at this blissful, beautiful hotel and both the adults and kids had a marvelous time. We headed over the river to Virginia and enjoyed being 10 Read more...