Best Brunch for Families in DC: Jake’s American Grille

Bodacious Brunch + On-Site Kids' Room at Jake's American Grille in DC  Remember those lazy, lengthy weekend brunches before kids? No having to eat in shifts or race through your meal? Mimosas perfectly chilled? Eggs Benedict piping hot? You can still have 'em at Jake's American Grille in NW DC/Chevy Chase (right across from the Connecticut Avenue Politics and Prose.)  There's no need to book a sitter, because Jake's has a kid room staffed with an awesome preschool teacher, enthusiastic Read more...

DC Schools Served by Surprise Donation from STAPLES

I love the DC Metro area. I love our local schools. I love surprises. So I am totally in love with the amazing announcement that Staples made this morning. Staples has made a surprise donation of more than $117,000 to local classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org All literacy projects and all career and college prep projects that were posted on DonorsChoose.org by teachers in the DC metro area received full funding this morning as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org! With Read more...

Free Babysitting From Chime and Neighborhood Restaurant Group

If you are having one of the best meals of your citizenship in the DMV, it is likely that you are dining at a Neighborhood Restaurant Group location. And if you were able to score a sitter at the last minute or when your personal network was bone dry, then you probably found a wonderful woman to watch your kids via Chime by Sittercity. These two entities beloved by me and so many DC area parents have come together for the remainder of summer to bring you an amazing deal: $60 in babysitting Read more...

Hair Cuttery Back to School Haircuts for Good: #ShareAHaircut

Getting ready for back to school in our house always means shopping for springy tennis shoes, sharpening a bushel of new non-chewed-on pencils, and heading out for fresh haircuts. New tees, jeans and school folders are nice, sure. But as long as you have comfy new shoes, bright yellow pencils and a reflection in the mirror that makes you smile, you're ready to face a brand new grade. We all may know of a few local and national back to school programs that connect kids in need with necessary Read more...

Jumanji at Adventure Theatre MTC: Do Not Miss!

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew almost missed Jumanji this summer, but we are so happy we didn't! Swim team. Summer camps. Vacations. Sitter coordinations. As my kids get older, summers become an even more complicated Jenga game of adding and taking away activities and obligations. But there is one game you need to make time for this summer before it is put back away in the closet: JUMANJI at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park. This children's theatre play runs through August 28, and Read more...

UniverSoul Circus DC Discount Tickets

My crew and I had a blast at UniverSoul Circus this week! This Atlanta-based but internationally renowned big top show is performing at National Harbor through July 31st, and if you and your family would like to see it before it leaves I am proud to offer this exclusive ticket discount for you! Get 25% off the following shows with the special code HARBOR  With this discount, tickets start at just $10 for weekday shows and just $17.50 for weekday evening shows!  Wednesday July 20 10:30am Wednesday Read more...

Waterfront Family Getaway Near DC: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

A waterfront, swimsuit-soaked weekend getaway without the long drive or the crowds is what the A Parent in Silver Spring crew found at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina last weekend. The resort is less than two hours from DC (only 1.5 hours for us Marylanders), located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore and directly on the Choptank River. On Friday night as we made the turn for Cambridge, we breathed sighs of beauty at the surroundings and relief as we left Read more...

DeNada Summer Fashion GIVEAWAY

DeNada is the coolest knitwear line you have ever seen...and now there are warm-weather designs to keep us cool in the DC heat!  Last summer I met the incredibly modest and approachable Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, designer and founder of DeNada. This DC-based artist and weaver has been blending cutting edge styles with the traditions of her Peruvian heritage in her scarves, wraps, cloaks and now, summer pieces. Virginia is also a mom of a preschool-aged son, and she invited me to drop Read more...

Bucket’s Buddy Adventures: Explore the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia is just a short drive for DC-area families, but it is BIG on amazing summer fun! We DMV parents may know that heading West to Virginia is full of fun for our families, but where should we begin? What are the best outdoor, historic, entertainment and foodie-focused offerings available between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains? Go Blue Ridge Travel Kids Trail resources are a great place to help us find the best day-trip and Read more...