Disney on Ice This Weekend: All Shows On!

Although Thursday's Disney On Ice shows at the Verizon Center had to be canceled due to the snowstorm (full refunds or exchanges were granted to Thursday ticket holders), the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows are ON! This is a fab, and very apropos way to find some indoor family fun during this snowy weekend.  You will see 65 of Disney's most unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, the beloved Disney Princesses and other favorites including Read more...

Winterfest Children’s Carnival Saturday

WINTERFEST CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 10am-2pm Learning Center for Young Children, 10123 Connecticut Avenue, KensingtonEscape the cold with your kids at the Winterfest Children's Carnival in Kensington.  Hosted by The Learning Center for Young Children (LCYC). This event is geared towards families with children in preschool and elementary school.Acclaimed local entertainer Frank Cassel, "The Banjo Man,” will play his blend of folk, bluegrass and children's music. Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice Family Four Pack

 I used to see the television promotions for Disney On Ice when I was a little kid back in the early eighties. I thought the show looked so beautiful as I watched the commercials. But although my parents were great about taking us kids to lots of shows and amusements, we never got around to seeing those Disney characters on ice skates live and in person.So while I claim that I now attend Disney on Ice to entertain and delight my own children, often the kid in our family who is most Read more...

Miss Nelson is Missing at Adventure Theatre MTC

Currently on the syllabus at the Adventure Theatre MTC? Miss Nelson in Missing, a musical adaptation of the book beloved by kids (and substitute teachers.) Room 207 is terrible. Awful. Their behavior frankly stinks. And they have the nicest, most patient teacher, Miss Nelson. Watch what happens when Miss Nelson goes missing and witchy substitute Viola Swamp takes over the class.Parents and children alike will love the humor, the catchy songs, and the Adventure Theatre’s patented style Read more...

List of Local Hills for Sledding

Since beginning this blog I have hoarded lists of hills recommended by other local parents. I have only launched my children and myself down a couple of them. I would just like to say that I accept NO LIABILITY for any injuries incurred. I do knot that none of the hills listed dump children out into oncoming traffic. Sled at your own risk, supervise the kiddies, mind the icy roads, and stay safe today! 20910 The hill behind the Silver Spring library leading into Ellsworth Urban ParkRosemary Read more...

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...

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: Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet – 2 tickets

Win Two Tickets to The Washington Ballet's Magical Performance of Septime Webre's The Nutcracker The holiday wonder and magic is happening at the Warner Theatre! My daughter Eve and I saw this beautiful ballet last year and we were completely awed and entranced. It was very child-friendly and accessible, but also grown up and sparkly-special, too! Wear your patent Mary Janes and a fancy dress (well, if you're under 12) and get your tickets before they sell out -- prices start at $32. The Read more...