Medieval Times Spring Break Savings and Junior Knight Training

The last time we went to Medieval Times' Baltimore/Washington, DC castle was in 2012. Five years later, we saw that our favorite elements had remained intact, but exciting new features (and special savings for Spring Break 2017) have been added to the medieval tournament show!New Junior Knight Training Experience at the April 11, 12 and 13th, 2017 5pm Shows  Your children ages 5-12 can have the chance to train with the Knights of the Realm, free with their child's admission! At 3:30pm, Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Last Hurrah in DC!

  One More Time: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Final Farewell If you are fans of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show On Earth, be sure to catch it one last time before it permanently closes this spring. The Out of This World production of the circus will be our last chance to see the extraordinary performers and exotic animals in this ultimate circus spectacle. In this production, prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family Read more...

Silver Spring Family Run April 1st: Ben’s Run to Benefit Children’s National and Pediatric Cancer Research

Ben's Run on April 1st in Silver Spring - Great Time, Great CauseEach year my family and I run for Ben Goldfogle, a boy in our neighborhood who we sadly did not get the honor of meeting. Ben bravely fought leukemia under the care of Children’s National for six and a half years, until he passed away from an infection in September 2009 after his second bone marrow transplant. He was just one month from his 12th birthday. This race honors Ben’s amazing spirit and the many other children Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC

Catch Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC...and enter for a chance to win 4 free tickets for your family! Ella Enchanted  February 3 – March 19, 2017A co-commission with First Stage, Milwaukee, WI Adapted from the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine By Karen Zacarias - Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma - Directed by Mary Hall Surface Recommended for all agesOur daughters were fans of the Anne Hathaway version of Ella Enchanted, but that favorite status has been usurped by Read more...

My latest in Washington Post: Best Indoor Play Places for DC Kids in Winter

These indoor destinations are the fun-filled remedy for your kid’s winter bluesby Jessica McFadden for The Washington Post Weekend & Going Out GuideWe love raising our kids in the D.C. area — except in January, February and March, when outdoor play options are limited, cold weather drives us indoors and schools are often inexplicably closed. If you and your crew have had your fill of family-focused hygge this winter, check out these 12 get-out-of-the-house destinations filled Read more...

Holiday Outing for DC Families: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre MTC

We are massive Adventure Theatre MTC groupies now, but back in December of 2007 we selected Adventure Theatre for our then four-year-old Charlie's first stage production ever. It was a two-person telling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book we had been reading to him at bedtime. We guessed that the small theater, children-centric storytelling and one-act format would be a great first foray to theatre for our preschooler.We were so right. The outing was a success, as Charlie was Read more...

NEW Dave and Buster’s in Downtown Silver Spring

Theres a brand new Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring! Located on the 5th floor of Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall), this was the biggest and most beautiful Dave & Busters we have ever played visited. It's 40,000 square feet of top-of-the-line video games and a modern sports-bar style restaurant.The A Parent in Silver Spring kids and parents enjoyed playing as many of the 160 Dave & Buster's games in the Million Dollar Midway as our $10 game cards would Read more...

ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor: Christmas on the Potomac

Since Gaylord National Harbor brought ICE! and the Christmas on the Potomac celebrations to the Washington, DC area, our family has made this visit a treasured holiday tradition. It's the perfect way to get excited for the season!This year the theme is especially magical, Christmas Around the World! Celebrate a world of cultures and celebrations, all done in amazing ice artistry.To experience ICE!, you walk through an ice wonderland village of over two million pounds of colored 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...