GIVEAWAY: Monster Jam 2014

Start your kids' year off with a trip to check out the Monster Trucks! Monster Jam is happening at the Verizon Center on January 24 and 25th. The last time Monster Jam was in DC was in 2011, so apparently this is a rare chance to see the massive trucks race, jump and crush.I will be heading to the show for the first time with my son Charlie and Jeep Momma and her son. We are excited to experience an American phenomenon. All I know of monster trucks is from a few TV promotions and catching Read more...

Blue Heron Wellness: Drop Your Kids at Yoga, Take a Class Next Door

Indoor exercise for all ages while the cold blows outside. Seeking to warm up and tire out the kids during this week of indoor recesses? AND grab some fitness and inner peace for you? Then sign up for Kids' Yoga at Blue Heron Wellness Silver Spring. This Wednesday afternoon January 8 from 4:30-5:30pm, kids age 5-10 will enjoy an introductory, kid-oriented yoga class. Kids will stretch, relax, breathe and have fun. (My Charlie and Eve love these classes at Blue Heron!)The cost is simply $5/child Read more...

Winter Break Washington DC Kids Outing Ideas

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and loads of love from the A Parent in Silver Spring family! We hope you have a wonderful winter break, and that these suggestions keep the fun coming! Christmas Eve Only: Water-Skiing Santa at 1 p.m. FREE. This crazy fun event has a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.  Best view of Santa and crew is from National Harbor. No matter the weather, this event is on!Catch Aquarium at Imagination Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...

GIVEAWAY: ICE! at Gaylord National Harbor + $3 Off Tickets

ICE! featuring 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at Gaylord National Harbor November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014$3 off promotion code for all A Parent in Silver Spring Readers: SOCIALMOM13 (valid on non-peak dates) One family will win 4 tickets: Enter at the end of this post! Heading to National Harbor to don the big blue coats and view the sparkling, interactive ice sculptures has become a family holiday tradition. And while I can get my Christmas kicks driving around in Read more...

National Children’s Museum is Open and Awesome

The National Children's Museum, located at National Harbor, is a harbor for families looking for indoor, interactive play! After years of planning and construction, the National Children's Museum (NCM) officially opened on Friday December 14. My crew and I got to test play the new digs at a press preview. I have to say, we will be purchasing a family membership so that we can head there for creative indoor play all winter long!We enjoyed the 3 and Under Gallery, sponsored by Sesame Workshop, Read more...

GIVEAWAY: ICE at Gaylord National Family 4 Pack

Attending ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor has become one of my family and my favorite holiday traditions.  And this year one lucky A Parent in Silver Spring reader family will get to check it out too, for free!  This year’s ICE! theme is “Shrek the Halls." Based on the DreamWorks animated holiday TV special, the family-focused interactive world is full of colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of Read more...

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (with your kids)?

What are you doing New Year's Eve? The A Parent in Silver Spring crew will be attending a family-friendly board game marathon (Apples to Apples, anyone?) with the kids at our amazing neighbors'. Chris and I have decreed NYE amateur night in DC and surrounding suburban hot spots, and besides, after 12 New Year's together we have spent our share of twelve-thirty-ones drinking champagne from a bottle while dancing on a speaker (OK, that was just me). We had our wild date night on December 26 when Read more...

Washington, DC Holiday Activities for Families – Daytime Edition!

How do you get into the holiday spirit if your children are too young to stay up late for the night time lights displays, or to sit through a full-length performance of The Nutcracker?  You get your Christmas party on during the day! Here are our family's fav daytime activities during the holidays.The Water-skiing Santa Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2011, 1 p.m. FREE. This crazy fun event has a water-skiing Santa, flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac Read more...