Two Greats on Sunday: The Great Zucchini and Great Kids Village Silver Spring!

The Great Zucchini Show @ Great Kids Village Silver Spring Get Your Tickets Before They're GONE! DATE: This Sunday the 19th TIME: 10:30am LOCATION: 8040 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MORE: Tickets are $8 per person ages 2-100 in advance or $10 that morning Get tickets at www.greatkidsvillage.com/events.html Read more...

Washington Weekend Picks September 11 and 12

Alternative title: How APISS got its groove back. Finally, I'm back with a good local round-up of lots of fun things for you and your families to do this weekend! Sorry I was not able to provide this over the summer.  Because until I am able to afford a hot assistant who looks like Troy Bolton, a housekeeper like Tony Micelli or a nanny who gives me jolly holidays, I'm much more dependable during the school year. Enjoy! SATURDAY Kennedy Center Annual Open House Arts Festival Read more...

Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday

I don't know much, but I know that Aaron Neville and his Quintet featuring Charles Neville are coming to the S.S. on Saturday. So I'm going to tell it like it is. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Head to the new Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building for a day of jammin' jazz.  In addition to the New Orleans legend headliner, local greats Marcus Johnson, Chopteeth, Rumba Club, and Janine Carter will be performing. It's totally FREE. So bring the kids, or go later and get a Read more...

Shark Watch This Weekend, Cupcake Love and GIVEAWAYS

Discovery Channel Shark Week Alert: According to Patti, as of noon today Chompie is up! The big inflatable shark that sometimes appears on the Discovery headquarters building to celebrate SHARK WEEK is rumored to make his appearance this weekend. His name is Chompie. And he is awesome. What's also awesome?  The cool wildlife shows about SHARKS that will dominate the programming waters on Discovery starting August 1. Shark Week is the longest-running annual special on Discovery - the Read more...

Great Kids Village Silver Spring Re-Opens SUNDAY in Mayorga Coffee Building on Georgia Ave.

After a month of limbo, Great Kids Village's Silver Spring location is re-opening tomorrow, Sunday June 13th in a brand new space: the former Mayorga Coffee shop at 8040 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring/NW DC border. Great Kids Village is kicking off their first day in the new digs with a kids concert by Melissa Green!  Melissa Green is a great children's musician who parents enjoy too.  In fact, she's so cool, she will be featured on the next Putamayo Kids CD, Rock & Roll Playground. Doors Read more...

Best Mom Blogs Ever: Momz Share Attendees Rock the Write

If you're reading this you probably have a kid.  And you obviously read blogs (thanks!) But do you have a blog yourself?  Are you thinking of starting one? Then you have to get your cute self to a Momz Share event!  These great in-person networking parties just started this year, thanks to the genius of Hip As I Wanna Be's Jennifer Gerlock and Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom's Lara Di Paola. The second event was held this weekend at The Little Gym of Silver Spring (a SUPER party Read more...

Silver Spring Moms Group: Wheaton Area Moms

Are you a stay at home mom or dad, either full or part time?  Do you live in Silver Spring, Wheaton or Kensington and are you looking for a wonderful, warm group of parents and kids?    Then look no further and join the Wheaton Area Moms (WAM.) WAM is an independent support group for moms and dads.  The group plans activities for the member parents and kids, and most activities are held on weekdays, when at-home parents need the most support.  The group can help you find a weekly play Read more...

What’s Open on Thursday February 11

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is open today!  All other Smithsonian musuems/locations are closed. Great Kids Village Silver Spring is open today for open gym! Be With Me the Kids Playseum is open today all day. The Newseum is open. The Show Must Go On: Disney on Ice is showing tonight and has added an extra performance on Monday.   GREASE is showing tonight too. Find more stuff that's open by following the #opendc hashtag on Twitter Merchants Open in Silver Spring Read more...

Open Gyms, Indoor Play Spaces, Kids Theater: A Parent in Silver Spring for The Washington Post

Andrew and Anna Ross, children of Great Kids Village masterminds and owners Andrew & Paula Ross, think Mom & Dad's "office" is pretty darn fun.   I wrote a piece for The Washington Post Weekend section about some new, fab indoor play spaces you should definitely check out with your kids!Need to entertain the kids this winter? A few Washington area indoor activities.By Jessica McFaddenThe Washington PostWeekendFriday, January 22, 2010Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn't Read more...