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...

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...

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...