SUMMER FUN WITH KIDS IN DC: 101 Wonder-Full Outings and Ideas

101 DC Summer Outings, Activities and Day Trips: Your Summer Plan for Fun!  OUTDOOR ADVENTURES 1. Admire the butterflies in the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens. 2. Go for a dip in a refreshing local outdoor pool: Montgomery County outdoor pools, Rockville Swim Center, District outdoor pools, Prince Georges County Aqua Access, Northern Virginia Magazine's public pools guide. 3. Set sail with the Urban Pirates of National Harbor. 4. Play in a sprayground or splash park. 5. Read more...

Best Butterfly Garden in DC: Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens

Wings of Fancy is back at Brookside Gardens! The family favorite Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit has returned to Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland.  I took our first child Charlie to see the seasonal display of hundreds of live butterflies when he was an infant in the Baby Bjorn, and we have visited nearly every year since. (Check out my old post from 2009 to see pictures of Eve and Charlie as littles!) Here you and your children will be Read more...

New Comcast XFINITY for Families

Back in 2001, when we were first engaged and dreaming about our future family, Chris and I mused about having a TV-free household. Fast forward to 2016, and me calling down to 12-year-old Charlie watching Brain Games in our home's designated TV room to please DVR the Tonys for me because he does a better job. The reason we were formerly anti-TV for our kids is because it used to be something we remembered from our 1980's childhoods as being so outside of our parents' control, and that Read more...

Easy Kid-Crafted Father’s Day Gifts (for the Craft-Challenged!)

There’s nothing as special as a handmade gift from a child…especially for Father’s Day. But what if the other parent is arts-and-crafts-challenged? I myself do not have a crafting room, a crafting closet or even a plastic bin full of wasabi? washi tape, rick-rack and acrylic paints. Although I love admiring all the beautiful projects on Pinterest, in my real life I am a crafting mama failure. So when it is truly necessary to provide some hands-on art experiences for the kids, I Read more...

Pajama Glam for Moms and Daughters June 18

Fabulous and fun way to bond with and educate your daughter...and benefit this important breast cancer foundation. If you have daughter in elementary through high school, sign up to attend the 4th Annual Pajama Glam with them on Saturday, June 18th. At this event women and girls dress in their favorite pajamas and celebrate their fabulosity, while learning about health, wellness and prevention.   Activities including a fashion show, yoga, zumba, dancing, pamper stations, glam stations, delicious Read more...

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...