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...

Go See The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre-MTC

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre-MTC is truly wonderful. My three children and I saw Adventure Theatre-MTC's latest production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and it was magical. Based upon the first book in the Oz series (not the MGM movie), the traditional tale of a young girl navigating a storybook land was joyously adapted by playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton. I am a little obsessed with the whimsical mastery of Director Roberta Gasbarre and how she combines puppetry, movement Read more...

Spring Break Activities … No Matter the Weather!

I had the extreme pleasure of being the lead guest last week on Let's Talk Live, our nation's capital's news show focused on entertainment, style, fitness and health. They had me on to talk about - what else? - activities to share with your kids! Check out the segment, and below the video player are links to access more information about the amazing local outings I recommend. Indoor Climbing Centers for Kids  ClimbZone Indoor Climbing in Laurel, MD (check out my family's photos Read more...

Baltimore Over Spring Break: Stay + Play BOGO Coupons

Is Baltimore on your spring break agenda? It should be! My kids and I are in town for Spring Break and like so many of you, I am trying to plan a week of nearby excitement and entertainment for my crew. Baltimore is packed with stimulating options for kids, for visiting family and friends and to SOS - Save Your Springs! Best of all, right now Downtown Baltimore is offering BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) on kids' admissions to amazing attractions. Get your coupons + the details here. Stay Read more...

The Daily Dish in Silver Spring: Delish, with and without the kids

"The Daily Dish is a play of words that reflects the passion of its two owners, Jerry Hollinger and Zena Polin, who believe in serving comfort food with a twist — food that is seasonally inspired, locally sourced and farm fresh." I have been a regular visitor to The Daily Dish restaurant in Silver Spring since it opened. It is one of my favorite places to bring friends or share a meal with my husband. For me, living in east Montgomery County, The Daily Dish is the perfect place to meet up with Read more...