Minecraft Adventure at iPic Pike & Rose Saturday: Big Screen Gaming!

Tomorrow, Saturday October 1, your Minecraft-loving kids can experience Minecraft in the most exciting way possible: on the big screen of a movie theater. Minecraft Adventure reinforces STEM educational concepts, encourages creativity, and promotes teambuilding and sociability. Parents can attend for free, and every participant receives a free Super League t-shirt! And just for readers of A Parent in Silver Spring, there is a code for 25 percent off the $20 ticket price.This experience is Read more...

Magic Wands and Woodturners at RennFest: Sleeping Beauties

Hear ye, hear ye: The Maryland Renaissance Festival is here for five more weekends!  This day out with the family is the perfect place to enjoy the excitement of Renaissance England with King Henry and his court, jousting, turkey legs, mead, puppet shows, flower crowns, the amazing playground, performances and more Middle Ages fun.My friends and the most Renaissance-rad couple I know, Mike & Sue Ann Colella, are operating a booth selling fine-turned wood items, including magic wands Read more...

Join me for a Kids’ Brunch at Jake’s: Magician, Mimosas and More!

My family and I love brunch at Jake’s American Grille, and we are so excited to invite you to join us for a fabulous Fall Kid’s Brunch on Saturday, September 10th.  Weekends just got easier for parents looking for a kid-friendly brunch, as the Chevy Chase, DC neighborhood restaurant Jake's American Grille relaunches its family brunch filled with fun and good times in the DMV. Jake’s American Grille is reintroducing its family-friendly Kids Brunch with an all ages bash that both parents Read more...

Kings Dominion Free Pre-K Pass and Family Guide to the Park

Kings Dominion is inviting kids age 3-5 to visit the park for free ... now through October 29, 2017! (Children age 0-2 are always free.) If you have a child age 3-5, you have to sign up for the Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass! This brand new, limited time pass gives preschool-aged children complimentary admission through the entire 2017 season.And if you sign up for the pass now, your 3-5 year old child will also receive one free visit during the fall of 2016 to enjoy the Great Pumpkin Fest in Read more...

Bucket’s Buddy Adventures: Explore the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia is just a short drive for DC-area families, but it is BIG on amazing summer fun! We DMV parents may know that heading West to Virginia is full of fun for our families, but where should we begin?What are the best outdoor, historic, entertainment and foodie-focused offerings available between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains?Go Blue Ridge Travel Kids Trail resources are a great place to help us find the best day-trip and Read more...

Gaylord National Harbor SummerFest for Families (With Pirates!)

SummerFest Package at Gaylord National for 2016 Featuring Pirates on the Potomac This summer our family is not going to the beach for a week. Instead, we are experiencing unique adventures on the weekends at nearby jaunts.But although Gaylord National is only one podcast length's drive away from our house in Silver Spring, our two day/one night pirate-themed weekend getaway felt like a completely special vacation.The SummerFest 2016 Package featuring Pirates of the Potomac getaway for 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...

We Got Annie (in DC) and You’ve Got to See It!

Apparently I earned my Coolest Mom Ever card by scoring media review tickets for my girls and me to attend the national Broadway tour of Annie.Annie is playing for a very limited run at The National Theatre daily through this Sunday, March 20th and tickets are still available for all six remaining shows!All three of us had never before seen the classic Broadway production of Annie. I was raised on the Aileen Quinn 1982 film (I probably have seen it more than 100 times and I literally Read more...