Max Brenner Bethesda: Sweet Treat or Birthday Party

The A Parent in Silver Spring crew met up with our old, dear friends the Dalys for a decadently delicious day out at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Bethesda. The day was too hot for a playground and the occasion was too special not to celebrate! Our six kids delved into dipping their fruit, marshmallow and cakes into rich milk and dark chocolate fondue, as well as roasting s'mores right at the table. We had a couple allergies amongst the kids and the Max Brenner staff was amazing about knowing Read more...

National Harbor: Summer Family Day Trip

As a National Harbor "Fun"-bassador, this is a sponsored post, the first in a series about the offerings for DC-area families at National Harbor.  Have a day, an afternoon or an evening wide-open on your calendar and looking to create some summer memories with your crew? National Harbor has lots of options! Free Fun  My kids always clamor to play on the The Awakening sculpture by the water. Just last weekend all three of the kids made friends, ran around, dug in the sand, and posed for Read more...

$25 Google Express Code for YOU! #OneLessErrand

If you live or work in the DC city limits, well, do I have a treat for you: $25 to use at Google Express at your favorite stores! Enter promo code EXPRESSDC at checkout.    Use that $25 at Costco, Staples, Giant, Ulta, Walgreens, ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Barnes & Noble, Petsmart and more stores that are a part of the DC Google Express family.   You will receive same-day or overnight delivery of your selected items thanks to Google Express. Here's how Google Express works: Read more...

Sesame Place Birthday Party This Weekend

If my recent post about Sesame Place has you intrigued, well, THIS is the weekend you should check it out. Sesame Place is turning 35 this weekend and they are celebrating by giving BIG savings to families! Buy tickets online and save $10, as well as obtain a second pass for your next visit free! Are you 35ish, too? Get free admission if you were born in 1980! Visit the park on our birthday week 7/27/15 - 8/2/15 and get free admission that day! Just visit Guest Relations with a valid photo Read more...

Hershey Family Getaway

My family and I had always wanted to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth," and experience all of the chocolately family fun. This summer we did it! We rode the rides at Hersheypark, talked to the animals at ZooAmerica, explored Hershey's Chocolate World, learned how the Hershey biz began at The Hershey Story, and stayed and played at Hershey Lodge. Read on for our recommendations for your own family trip to Hershey and opportunities to save. Hershey Park  Hershey Read more...

Free lecture on benefits of single sex education

Conservative or liberal, suburban or urban, religious or secular, many of us parents are considering the pros and cons of single sex education for our children. This Thursday evening July 16th, guest lecturer and child development expert Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D. will present a free talk, "The Case for Single Sex Schools: Why Gender Matters." The author of Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge and other titles, Dr. Sax will address single sex schooling in today’s world Read more...

Facials with Friends at Center for Plastic Surgery + Discount

What is better than a facial that completely refreshes your mug? Getting that facial with friends! Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase (there is an Annandale location, too) invited me and my dear friends Sandie Angulo Chen of The DC Moms, Leticia Barr of TechSavvyMama and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to review customized, medical-grade facial treatments. The Chevy Chase Village location is beautiful and serves as both a doctors' office and spa. My friends and I met for a tour and then Read more...

Harris Teeter Online Ordering for an Easier Summer

Organic milk, fresh brown eggs, cheese, butter, almond milk, coffee, fruit, organic tortilla chips and other healthy crunchy snacks. In my house of three hungry kids, these grocery staples constantly need to be replenished. Lately I have been choosing Harris Teeter as my regular grocery store due to its More Lower Prices campaign. The fresh and organic items that I buy the most are always on sale. I like saving money. But I often feel like the constant trips to the grocery store are my Sisyphean Read more...

Sprayground Fun with CLIF Kid #OutToPlay

OUTSIDE.  That's the name of the game in our house this summer. Less screen time, more play time. Less video game characters, more playdates with friends. Less virtual running from Koopas and Doom Raiders, more real running around with Joe and Owen and Lauren and Cora. So when the CLIF Kid crew contacted me and my fellow DC-area social media moms Stacey Ferguson of Justice Fergie and BeBlogalicious and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to host a big ol' outdoor playdate with our kids' friends, Read more...