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...

Best Baby and Maternity Photographer in DC: Marian Lozano Photography

I have written before of how highly I recommend Marian Lozano for family photography. I love her style and the gorgeous way in which she uses both natural and studio lights. And her way with newborn babies and expectant mothers is an art form. Marian will come to your home to photograph your baby in his or her comfortable, familiar setting. When Alice was just weeks old Marian came to our house with beautiful props, lights, and outfits and captured Alice's precious first photos. Marian Read more...

Winter Weekend Getaway: Kingsmill Resort Williamsburg

With apologies to the "Cheers" theme song, sometimes you don't wanna go where everybody knows your name. Sometimes you just need to get the heck out of Dodge. weekend the A Parent in Silver Spring crew jumped into the car with our swimsuits, jeans, sneakers and groceries and headed to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. This beautiful and convenient spot for a weekend jaunt is family favorite of ours, and a secret that we are very happy to share. The family packages are perfect planners Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains: AMAZING Family Overnight

For years the A Parent in Silver Spring crew have been sharing our opinions of local destinations and weekend suggestions, but never before have we experienced a Great Wolf Lodge getaway. Our verdict? Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains was every bit as awesome as the commercials on TV. And it was not a budget breaker! I was completely surprised and we were all completely into our howling good time at GWL. Here are our favorite aspects of the resort. The. Water. Park. OMG. This Read more...

Skincando Organic Skincare Pop-Up at Emerald Door Spa Silver Spring

  Skincando, the luxury and locally-based (but taking the nation by storm) organic skincare line is hosting its first-ever organic facial pop-up at The Emerald Door Spa in Silver Spring. Now through April 2016, we lucky DC-area dwellers can experience the handcrafted products and cutting edge eco-treatments firsthand at The Emerald Door. An eco-facialist will guide you in exploring the benefits of using high end green beauty products and customize your treatments for your individual skin care Read more...

Holiday Concert for Families in Downtown Silver Spring Dec. 12 : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Sleigh Ride

Holiday concerts are a (wonderful) dime a dozen this time of year. But musical, seasonal events designed especially for babies, toddlers and preschoolers? Now that is a true Christmas miracle. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is bringing their Music Box Series to downtown Silver Spring's Civic Building on Saturday, December 12 for two morning little-kid-centric concerts. At both 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., an ensemble of BSO musicians will perform classical holiday songs for children age 0-3 Read more...

Gaylord National Harbor ICE! 2015: Santa Claus is Coming to Town (and free fun, too!)

The Christmas on the Potomac celebrations at Gaylord National, with the crown jewel being ICE!, are wonderful Washington holiday traditions to share with your family this holiday weekend and in the days leading up to Christmas. My family and I have attended ICE! and enjoyed the holiday offerings for families at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort every year since it's inception, and this year is especially magical. To experience ICE!, you walk through an ice wonderland village of over two million Read more...

GIVEAWAY, Discount & Review: Weekend in DC with Marriott #StayDC

For many of us, the bachelorette party weekends are less frequent than yesteryear, but our needs for girls' getaways with friends are still strong. Far-off exotic locales beckon and we chat with our pals about "someday" going away without the spouses and kids, but to quote The Smiths, "How soon is now?" I think a fab pre-New Year's Resolution for all of us hardworking moms is to grab our girlfriends and book a weekend or even an overnight in the best city in the world, Washington, DC. This Read more...

Best Party Decor: SimplyGenie Designer Parties in a Box

SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box will make your event burst with personality & awesome  I had the honor of receiving an offer from the artistic mastery of Valerie Biaggi and Andrea Walker of SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box to provide décor kits for an event. What an amazing chance to see a locally-based business shine! SimplyGenie provides Parties in a Box so that we parents can order to make our children's birthdays and celebrations special and spectacular. They provide both Read more...