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: Kidz Bop Show at The Fillmore

THE KIDZ BOP KIDS’ “MAKE SOME NOISE” TOUR ROLLS INTO SILVER SPRING JUNE 5TH, 2015 Kidz Bop, that fun music brand that makes current pop rated K for Kids, is bringing the “Make Some Noise” tour to Silver Spring!. The singing  Kidz Bop kids will take the stage to perform family-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in an energetic and interactive live show. Want to go with your family? How about FOUR tickets to the show? JUST LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH THE NAME OF THE SONG Read more...

Have the Coolest Summer Ever at Walt Disney World

Ray Charles sang that the night time was the right time to be with the one you love, but I say that SUMMERTIME is the right time to be with the ones you love ... at Walt Disney World. I just returned from an incredible summer press preview of the cool new offerings Walt Disney World Resort has cooked up for the Coolest Summer Ever. Although WDW hosted me as a media attendee, I could not resist bringing my husband Chris and kids Charlie, Eve and Alice along. Direct flights to Orlando from Washington Read more...

DC In-Home Beauty Service: Beauty in a Beat

My blogging neighbor Tammy of JeepMomma.com and I had an utter blast reviewing the newly-launched Beauty in a Beat (BIAB) service at my house. BIAB is Washington, D.C.’s new convenient and instant on-demand beauty services app (free on iTunes and Google Play) that brings highly trained hair stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists directly to our homes, offices or any location we need. You can book your appointment on your mobile device through the app, or through the BIAB website or Read more...

GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Runway Moms for a Cause Fashion Event Friday, May 8

  The best, and most awesomely fun, fashion gala event in the DC area is Runway Moms for a Cause.  This fashion fundraising event features 20 philanthropic “Power Moms” to promote the year's cause and grace the runway, adorned in one of- a- kind pieces by L~Shandi Designs designer and Runway Moms for a Cause event founder Lara Akinsanya. The 2015 cause is the Tigerlily Foundation, which works to educate young women about breast health and improve the quality of life of women Read more...

Free Family #SoCozyKid Party on Friday 2-5pm at Make Meaning Bethesda

You are invited to the #SoCozyKid Party at Make Meaning Bethesda on Friday, April 24 from 2-5pm.  Free family fun? Check! Witching hour game plan? Check! Fabulous activities and fun for you and your kids? Check! You have to be there! SoCozy, the amazing line of children's hair products and kid salons, is hosting for us an afternoon of kids' activities, hairstyling and professional photos! As part of SoCozy's Nationwide Model Search for the Next #SoCozyKid, stylists will be Read more...

Non-Profits and Schools Can Receive Garden Grants

Do you know of an organization that would like to fund or expand a community garden, urban farm or famers market in an underserved neighborhood? Urge them to apply for an Aetna Foundation Local Roots: Supporting Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets grant! RFPs are due May 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. Review the RFP for program details. This incredible grant program will make more fresh fruits and vegetables locally available, accessible and affordable to families. A total of Read more...

Ninjas, Camps, Birthdays and More Awesome at the International Spy Museum

My kids and I visited the International Spy Museum for the very first time. Survey says? OH YEAH! During our two-hour visit we followed the Family Missions Guide which broke down the museum into the most accessible exhibits and interactives for Alice and Eve. History buff Charlie went rogue and spent his time on a solo mission soaking up all the history. He was especially interested in the Spies Among Us section. All kids loved the code-cracking stations, James Bond villain lair, and Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Hikes with Kids Washington, DC, the Beltway and Beyond

Jennifer Chambers is the founder of Hiking Along, the local educational outdoor hiking guide business which leads families, scouts, schools and other groups on informative and inspiring hikes in our area. Chambers has contributed great pieces to A Parent in Silver Spring over the years, from pieces on hikes to celebrate Earth Day to family hiking basics, and she is a prolific blogger on her Hiking Along blog. And now she has given all of us local parents an incredible gift: Chambers Read more...