Boys Basketball Camp and How to Choose a Great Summer Camp for Your Child

Carl Parker is again leading his celebrated Boys Basketball Academy this summer for grades 4-7 at the Sandy Springs Friends School. During the school year Coach Parker serves as Sandy Springs Friends School Head Coach and Director of Basketball Performance, as well as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Washington Adventist University. Coach Parker brings to the boys basketball camp his collegiate-level skills to aspiring student-athletes. The Academy focuses on skill development, Read more...

STEM for the Summer: Camp Invention

This week I was chatting with Marisa Langford of Adventures of a Tampa Mama, a fellow mother who works from home and has four children. I asked her, "What are you doing with the kids this summer?" My intention in asking that question was to learn how she was going to cover both her workload and her children's care when school was out of session, a dilemma I believed we shared. I thought she might answer with her childcare or work arrangement, or even commiserate with me on how tough Read more...

Spring Break Blues Buster: Ringling Bros. in DC!

  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME The A Parent in Silver Spring crew stayed in town for spring break, but that does not mean that this week can't be magical -- we are heading to the circus! Circus XTREME, the newest production of The Greatest Show On Earth, is sure to make our week of staycation one to remember. is also our last chance to see the Asian elephants perform before they retire from the tour and move to their permanent home at the Ringling Bros. Center Read more...

Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Poster Contest: Win a Celebration at YOUR School!

Montgomery Parks Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students The elementary school-attending "artist in residence" at your kitchen table can be the next designer of the Montgomery Parks Arbor Day poster.  For the very first time, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is sourcing designs for their annual Arbor Day poster from the third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the county. The winning poster, along with Read more...

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Concerts for Families in Downtown Silver Spring: Next Show February 27

A Review and Guest Post by Ashley Tuck Thanks so much to Ashley and her friends for attending December's Music Box Concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Downtown Silver Spring. These parents and babies had a great time. Read on for the full scoop on the experience, and be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday, February 27th Music Box shows!  Boy, it was it a great day to be a friend of Jessica McFadden! Thanks to Jessica, two of my close friends and I were gifted tickets to attend Read more...

Best Baby and Maternity Photographer in DC: Marian Lozano Photography

I have written before of how highly I recommend Marian Lozano for family photography. I love her style and the gorgeous way in which she uses both natural and studio lights. And her way with newborn babies and expectant mothers is an art form. Marian will come to your home to photograph your baby in his or her comfortable, familiar setting. When Alice was just weeks old Marian came to our house with beautiful props, lights, and outfits and captured Alice's precious first photos. Marian Read more...

Winter Weekend Getaway: Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg

With apologies to the "Cheers" theme song, sometimes you don't wanna go where everybody knows your name. Sometimes you just need to get the heck out of Dodge. weekend the A Parent in Silver Spring crew jumped into the car with our swimsuits, jeans, sneakers and groceries and headed to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. This beautiful and convenient spot for a weekend jaunt is family favorite of ours, and a secret that we are very happy to share. The family packages are perfect planners Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains: AMAZING Family Overnight

For years the A Parent in Silver Spring crew have been sharing our opinions of local destinations and weekend suggestions, but never before have we experienced a Great Wolf Lodge getaway. Our verdict? Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains was every bit as awesome as the commercials on TV. And it was not a budget breaker! I was completely surprised and we were all completely into our howling good time at GWL. Here are our favorite aspects of the resort. The. Water. Park. OMG. This Read more...

Skincando Organic Skincare Pop-Up at Emerald Door Spa Silver Spring

  Skincando, the luxury and locally-based (but taking the nation by storm) organic skincare line is hosting its first-ever organic facial pop-up at The Emerald Door Spa in Silver Spring. Now through April 2016, we lucky DC-area dwellers can experience the handcrafted products and cutting edge eco-treatments firsthand at The Emerald Door. An eco-facialist will guide you in exploring the benefits of using high end green beauty products and customize your treatments for your individual skin care Read more...