Ninjas, Camps, Birthdays and More Awesome at the International Spy Museum

My kids and I visited the International Spy Museum for the very first time. Survey says? OH YEAH! During our two-hour visit we followed the Family Missions Guide which broke down the museum into the most accessible exhibits and interactives for Alice and Eve. History buff Charlie went rogue and spent his time on a solo mission soaking up all the history. He was especially interested in the Spies Among Us section. All kids loved the code-cracking stations, James Bond villain lair, and Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Best Hikes with Kids Washington, DC, the Beltway and Beyond

Jennifer Chambers is the founder of Hiking Along, the local educational outdoor hiking guide business which leads families, scouts, schools and other groups on informative and inspiring hikes in our area. Chambers has contributed great pieces to A Parent in Silver Spring over the years, from pieces on hikes to celebrate Earth Day to family hiking basics, and she is a prolific blogger on her Hiking Along blog. And now she has given all of us local parents an incredible gift: Chambers Read more...

Go See The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre-MTC

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre-MTC is truly wonderful. My three children and I saw Adventure Theatre-MTC's latest production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and it was magical. Based upon the first book in the Oz series (not the MGM movie), the traditional tale of a young girl navigating a storybook land was joyously adapted by playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton. I am a little obsessed with the whimsical mastery of Director Roberta Gasbarre and how she combines puppetry, movement Read more...

Spring Break Activities … No Matter the Weather!

I had the extreme pleasure of being the lead guest last week on Let's Talk Live, our nation's capital's news show focused on entertainment, style, fitness and health. They had me on to talk about - what else? - activities to share with your kids! Check out the segment, and below the video player are links to access more information about the amazing local outings I recommend. Indoor Climbing Centers for Kids  ClimbZone Indoor Climbing in Laurel, MD (check out my family's photos Read more...

Baltimore Over Spring Break: Stay + Play BOGO Coupons

Is Baltimore on your spring break agenda? It should be! My kids and I are in town for Spring Break and like so many of you, I am trying to plan a week of nearby excitement and entertainment for my crew. Baltimore is packed with stimulating options for kids, for visiting family and friends and to SOS - Save Your Springs! Best of all, right now Downtown Baltimore is offering BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) on kids' admissions to amazing attractions. Get your coupons + the details here. Stay Read more...

The Daily Dish in Silver Spring: Delish, with and without the kids

"The Daily Dish is a play of words that reflects the passion of its two owners, Jerry Hollinger and Zena Polin, who believe in serving comfort food with a twist — food that is seasonally inspired, locally sourced and farm fresh." I have been a regular visitor to The Daily Dish restaurant in Silver Spring since it opened. It is one of my favorite places to bring friends or share a meal with my husband. For me, living in east Montgomery County, The Daily Dish is the perfect place to meet up with Read more...

Weekend Pick: Ringing Bros. at Verizon

Nothing makes this ho-hum time of year (I'm looking at you, cold, annoying March) special like a night out at The Greatest Show on Earth. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's LEGENDS is in town this weekend, and moving on to Baltimore and Fairfax for subsequent shows. Washington, DC March 19, 2015 - March 22, 2015 Baltimore, MD March 25, 2015 - April 05, 2015 Fairfax, VA April 08, 2015 - April 19, 2015 We have come to consider ourselves Ringling Bros. groupies. Every single Read more...

Best Hair Salon in Damascus: Hypnotic Hair Salon, Saturday Open House

Hypnotic Salon in Damascus is Open and Fabulous  My favorite local salon, Hypnotic Salon in Olney, has expanded with a second Upper County location, Hypnotic Salon Damascus!  Owner Chrissy Mayo not only cuts and highlights hair with extraordinary artistry and on-point style, she is also an amazing entrepreneur. In order to serve more clients with her and her team of stylists' mad skills, she has opened a new location on Main Street in Damascus, right near the Jimmy Cone. I have never Read more...

uberFAMILY DC Tablets and Carseats

Cool family transpo tip: Now when you request an uberFAMILY DC car the driver will not only have carseats for your kids, it will also have a Fuhu’s nabi 2 tablet. These tablets are packed with console-quality HD learning games and child-centric entertainment. Now an uber ride in the DC Metro with kids in tow is even more enjoyable! Alice and I tried out a ride in an uberFAMILY car with a tablet last week. She enjoyed having me sit next to her in the back seat, trying out a new five-point Read more...