Luxury Family Hotel Near DC: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

If you are visiting the DC area with your kids, consider the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for your home away from home. And if you already live in the DMV, I suggest you leave the dishes and the laundry behind and head to this local hotel for an awesome staycation with your family. The A Parent in Silver Spring crew spent the night before Mother's Day at this blissful, beautiful hotel and both the adults and kids had a marvelous time. We headed over the river to Virginia and enjoyed being 10 Read more...

DC-Area Kids Need Sunscreen #ChooseSkinHealth

What do DC United soccer players and our kids have in common? Major League Soccer (MLS) and Neutrogena have teamed up to make sure that DMV families are choosing skin safety this summer! When you attend a DC United game in May you will notice Skin Cancer Awareness Month is an important theme. The color of bright orange will be featured prominently to signify the campaign, from banners to the players' sweatbands. Official match balls will bear the decal, and the MLS ball kids are wearing special Read more...

Alexandria Tot Rock Fest on Saturday

Alexandria Tot Rock Fest 2016 on Saturday May 14, 2016 9am-1pm On the fields of the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 Free admission! The Tot Rock Fest is a festival for infant to 7 year olds but kids of all ages are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring a “new” or “used” musical instrument to the festival for Now I Play Along Too. All of the proceeds will be used to buy instruments and go directly to “Now I Play Read more...

Best Apps for Making Parents’ Lives Easier (and Chime Sittercity Discount!)

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the team of Great Day Washington to talk about those apps that can make a parents' life a little easier. Show host Markette Sheppard is a fellow mom and she had her own app to add to my list. Watch the Apps for Making Parent Life Easier segment and then read on for links to the apps and more essential information, as well as a how to get $50 off your Chime sitter! Cozi Family Organizer We use the free version of the Cozi app to keep our Read more...

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...