My latest in Washington Post: Best Indoor Play Places for DC Kids in Winter

These indoor destinations are the fun-filled remedy for your kid’s winter bluesby Jessica McFadden for The Washington Post Weekend & Going Out GuideWe love raising our kids in the D.C. area — except in January, February and March, when outdoor play options are limited, cold weather drives us indoors and schools are often inexplicably closed. If you and your crew have had your fill of family-focused hygge this winter, check out these 12 get-out-of-the-house destinations filled Read more...

The Inn at Pocono Manor: A Wes Anderson Style Family Getaway

Last weekend my family I drove up to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and went back in time to an earlier era during our three day, two night stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor. If you have ever wanted to live on the sets of The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums, then this is the place. We had a otherworldly, magical, family-focused time. It was awesome!The ambiance of the entire hotel is like a retro Christmas dream, with dozens of decorated trees and holiday charm everywhere.We Read more...

NEW Dave and Buster’s in Downtown Silver Spring

Theres a brand new Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring! Located on the 5th floor of Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall), this was the biggest and most beautiful Dave & Busters we have ever played visited. It's 40,000 square feet of top-of-the-line video games and a modern sports-bar style restaurant.The A Parent in Silver Spring kids and parents enjoyed playing as many of the 160 Dave & Buster's games in the Million Dollar Midway as our $10 game cards would Read more...

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg: Waterpark and Wonder

Curious about Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg? A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Wolves and I are not great friends. I’m a child of the '80's,  and I distinctly remember a fiasco where my teenage aunts were babysitting a pack of us and they thought it would be a stellar idea to pop An American Werewolf in London in the VCR. The movie terrified me and I swore off wolves forever.That was until my kids Read more...

October Must Do: Hersheypark in the Dark

Two weekends remain for Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween fun! My family and I experienced HersheyPark in the Dark for the first time last weekend and it was an excellent two days to get out of town and get into the spooky (but not too scary) season. Even the Hersheypark characters are feeling Halloween in their costumes.  TRICK OR TREAT AT TREATVILLE Kids 12 and younger are invited to dress up and enjoy a trick-or-treat adventure beginning throughout Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction Read more...

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart: Spectacular Stunts, New Acts

Last night at Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart, I was having flashbacks to our first time seeing the show in 2009, when Charlie was barely five and Eve was just three.As we have nearly every year since, our family adores this chance to be immersed in our love of Disney storytelling, combined with ice stunts, dance, great music and amazing special effects. But now in 2016 at Follow Your Heart, there are aerial tricks and special sets, technology and surprises like we have never seen before!Plus Read more...

Summers Farm Adventure: Best DC Area Pumpkin Patch for Big Kids (and littles, too)

Do you want to hit a pumpkin patch with your family on a fall weekend, but are worried about dragging your older elementary, middle and high school kids to something "babyish"? Then Summers Farm in Frederick, MD is the perfect farm for you. Summers is open now through October 31st and is packed with activities that kept my almost teenager and pre-teen laughing and entertained all day. There are more than 30 farm-focused activities for families!Baltimore Orioles corn maze, hay ride to Read more...

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort: Expect the Unexpected

Wildlife habitats, luxury accommodations, adventure activities, golf, dining, swimming and play: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania is an ideal getaway for DC-area families. A Parent in Silver Spring writer Guiomar Barbi Ochoa experienced the resort with her family and has the scoop for us. Tucked away in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands was purchased by 84 Lumber founder Joseph Hardy III for his daughter, Maggie. The father/daughter Read more...

The Navy Mile Family Fun Run Sunday 10/2

 Our kids work on their mile times in PE at school, so The Navy Mile is the perfect distance race for a family fun run...and it's happening this weekend on America's Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue! Come on out tomorrow morning between 7-7:30am to sign up, and then run the 8am Family Fun Run portion of The Navy Mile with your kids. Bring your jogging stroller, the grandparents and your running attitude for a fabulous morning running past historic sites. You will run past the National Read more...