Guest Post: Family Hiking 101 – Join the Hike on Sunday May 15

Jennifer Chambers is the founder and leader of Hiking Along, a hiking and science program that “engages children in exploration of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it.” Jennifer leads groups of children, preschool to high school, on hikes of scenic trails around the Metro DC regionand in hands-on science activities. Do these questions or thoughts enter your mind when you think of a “family hike?” How do Read more...

Guest Post: Truck Touch Thunders into Cheverly on Saturday, May 7

Today's post is from Aimee Olivo of the popular mom blog Smiling Mama, where she explores the joys of life as a mom to two young boys, and the useful what-to-do-with-your-kids site Out By Ten, which features family-friendly activities to help your family get out the door and explore all the wonderful things to do in Cheverly, Prince George's County and the greater DC-Metro area. Hi, I'm Aimee (aka Smiling Mama) and am uber-excited to guest post for Jessica today. Sorry to say, though, that Read more...

Birthday Party Places for Kids in Washington, DC (and nearby)

This fabulous, informative guest post is by my friend and idol, Becky Hill of Silver Spring. Becky is a mom of three boys – a twelve year old and seven year old twins – and if it’s an educational or entertaining activity for families in the DC area (and most of the East Coast), Becky and the Hill crew have done it. She’s also the witty writer of Elvis, Corgis and Me. And this mom sure knows how to throw a party!  Here are her kid party location and theme party first-hand recommendations. Black Read more...

Volunteer in Montgomery County – Guest Post by Meghan Dwyer Biko

Fellow local parent Meghan Dwyer Biko emailed me about her rewarding volunteer experience with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s Pro Bono Consultant Program and I urged her write a guest post. Read on for her great insights and info! Like many parents out there, I recently gave up a successful and rewarding career so that I could stay home full-time with my toddler son.  Since I’ve been home, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to volunteer my time, to find something meaningful Read more...

New Year’s Weekend Family Fun – Guest Post by Thien-Kim Lam

Thien-Kim Lam is one of my all-time favorite bloggers and IRL pals. She blogs about parenting her multicultural kids at I’m Not the Nanny, and chronicles her adventures cooking and crafting with her kids over at My Cup of Creativi-Tea. Thien-Kim is also a parent in Silver Spring, so maybe lots of you DC and MoCo-area peeps know her too. Last night she rang in the New Year on her couch with her handsome husband and a bottle of bubbly, but they can usually be found out and about with their fabulous Read more...

Season’s Greeetings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens – Guest Post by Rachel Saladino

Rachel is a reader of A Parent in Silver Spring and a  stay at home mom of two. She grew up in the DC area, and now is sharing all the outings (and more!) with her children that she herself loved as a child. And she was awesome enough to share her family's experience at the U.S. Botanic Gardens holiday display with us! Recently my school-aged kids and I stumbled upon a fantastic exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Gardens, right next to the Capitol and the Air and Space Museum. We went the day before Read more...

Wednesday Morning Lectures for Moms, On-Site Childcare

What Are You Doing Wednesday Mornings? Guest Post by Joan Wolf Wednesday Morning Group Program Coordinator Have you heard about the Wednesday Morning Group Lecture Series?  We have been penned as an "intellectual injection" and "mom's sanity pill". Intrigued? The WMG is a weekly meeting of professional women, men and parents who gather in a spirit of mutual support, camaraderie and intellectual curiosity to hear and interact with stimulating guest speakers and each other. We Read more...

Fall Festival for Children Saturday at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School

This guest post is by Elaine of the super blog Connor and Helen. She has the 411 on a great family event this weekend and has also provided some background on Waldorf education. This Saturday October 16 is the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School's Fall Festival, a fun family event from 10am-2pm at the school, located at 923 S 23rd Street, Arlington, VA 22202. The event takes place rain or shine. Cost per child is $10 (adults and children not participating in games and crafts are free). The Read more...

Making the Decision to Begin Therapy

Cindy Kim, LICSW is a licensed independent clinical social worker providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy in the Washington, DC area. She serves children, adolescents and adults across a broad cultural spectrum. Her full bio and philosophies on therapy can be found on her website, Cindy Kim Therapy. Read on for her insights for parents and families new to therapy who may be considering seeking professional assistance. Making the Decision to Begin Therapy for Your Child Read more...