Favorite Washington-Area Holiday Fun (with Target Gift Card Giveaway!)

I have had Southern California Christmases with tumbleweed trees and pink cactus lights, San Francisco Christmases with gingerbread Victorian houses and mens chorus performances so beautiful you could cry. My family and I have even spent the winter holidays in Austin, complete with food truck dinners and trips to the Zilker Holiday Tree. But my favorite Christmas is a Washington, DC Christmas. Here are ways that my family and I are planning to celebrate this spectacular season. I hope this Read more...

Make a Gingerbread House at Make Meaning Bethesda Row (less than $10!)

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Many places in the DC area offer gingerbread house making experiences for kids. Usually the prices drive us to Michael's for one of those sad looking kits or compel us to make crime scene messes in our kitchens with graham crackers and canned frosting. However, one local business, Make Meaning Bethesda Row, is cutting through the crazy with the coolest holiday deal ever: Make Meaning Read more...

Washington Winter Getaway: Gaylord National Harbor

Kids are not the only members of the family who can have a holiday dream of a time at the Gaylord National Harbor. Although we have before enjoyed wonderful experiences staying overnight at the Gaylord National Harbor with the kids, this time Chris and I left the kids with Grandma for quick weekend "couplecation." We found the year-round amenities at the Gaylord, as well as the seasonal Christmas on the Potomac offerings, were an ideal way to spend a weekend together. Gaylord Overnight Stay Read more...

GIVEAWAY + Discount: Pippin at The National Theatre

Pippin, the Broadway hit, is coming to the National December 16 – January 4 This four-time Tony Award-winning musical is full of extraordinary acrobatics, Fosse-inspired choreography and songs from the composer of Wicked. What a fabulous holiday treat! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U2Ji5-MebA I am excited to offer you a 10 percent discount on the ticket price. Just enter the password CELEBRATION when purchasing online.  Show Times for entire run: Tuesday Evening 7:30 PM Wednesday Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Cathy and Marcy Winter Family Concert with Justin Roberts

Cathy and Marcy’s annual Winter Family Concert features Justin Roberts Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer's Annual Winter Family Concert is always a huge holiday treat. This, its 29th year, will include two shows on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 11 am and 1 pm. They will be held in the auditorium of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville, MD 20852.  Tickets are $12 in advance online, $15 at door. Justin Roberts will perform as the special guest with the Grammy winners. Read more...

NEW Indoor Play Area for Washington, DC Kids in Silver Spring: Pop Up PlayZone

Pop Up PlayZone Inflatables - Special Events - Edutainment - Games - Music Grand Opening this Weekend Saturday November 22 at 9am Andy's Parties and the former Great Kids Village play spaces saved my family on many a cold winter weekend. Thanks to their amazing indoor offerings, my jumping-off-the-walls kids have played, bounced, made crafts, made friends....and my husband and I have retained our sanities. Lucky us, because Andy has done it again...this time partnering with The Great Zucchini! Read more...

Win Tickets to ICE! 2014 at Gaylord National Harbor: GIVEAWAY + Twitter Party Prize

ICE! 2014 featuring Frosty the Snowman at Gaylord National Harbor  November 14-16, 2014 and November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015 $3 off promotion code for all A Parent in Silver Spring Readers: FROSTYFUN2014 (valid on non-peak dates)  One family will win 4 tickets here on A Parent in Silver Spring.  Another family will win 4 tickets during the #HollyJollyGN Twitter party on Tuesday November 11 from 8-9pm! Heading to National Harbor to don the big blue coats and view the sparkling, Read more...

Free Family Event Saturday November 15: Reimagining the Holidays Downtown Silver Spring

Mark your calendars for Reimagining the Holidays on Saturday November 15 on Fountain Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring. View the unveiling of "Silver Symphony." Silver Symphony is a public art installation 35-foot interactive musical "please touch" tree. And the unveiling is just one aspect of an entertainment-packed, holiday party evening!  This Year's Important Theme: Music Education in Schools The beautiful art tree "Silver Symphony" will be made of recycled chimes, bells, pinwheels and Read more...

DC Family Getaway: Lansdowne Resort

For a fabulous family vacation without a long drive or expensive airfare, Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg was perfection. This surprisingly affordable and simultaneously luxurious getaway was just what my family and I needed to relax and reconnect. We arrived on a Friday evening after school and work, and upon pulling into the beautiful grounds we felt our stresses of the week melt away. The kids spotted a playground and Chris and I ooohhed and ahhhed over the gorgeous landscaping. At check-in Read more...