One thing that makes my heart sing more than anything else is seeing families out having fun. It is an honor to provide resources to the community and it is even more exciting to see the purpose of The Playful Parent coming alive. Providing opportunities for learning through play and family bonding in the community is what The Playful Parent is all about. I was overwhelmed with the feedback of how helpful and how needed the resource is.




The Playful Parent was published in 2016 by myself Kristy. I am a mother of two energetic boys. I have a masters degree in clinical community counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a under graduate degree in art education. I believe that children learn through play! I love to do fun things with my children and hope that sharing our adventures provides other families with inspiration and resources that lead to quality time together and a love for learning! I started this site so parents would have a family friendly place to come to, feel supported and leave with information that is useful. This site is kept advertisement and influence free in order to keep the site from clutter and non-bias opinion. Since it is non-monetized and profit free; your feedback, likes and comments on social media is how I get support from other companies to provide the community with FREE events and information.


Something very important to me is providing frequent community events. Past events have included; educational programs, family board game nights, toy testing parties, summer camp fairs and more. It is an honor to bring free events to the community and something I hope to continue to bring in the future. Don’t worry if you miss events that sound fun, the next event is coming soon! The Playful Parent also has a great calendar and articles for homemade activities and community outings.



The Playful Parent collaborated with The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to provide a family fun night that offered discounted tickets and special entertainment for families on Sunday June 10, 2018. I chose to work with the Blue Crabs because it is a place that our family really enjoys coming. We attend almost every Backfin Buddy game and highly recommend this as a fun family outing. Don’t forget to enter The Playful Parent Father’s Day giveaway where one lucky dad will win four tickets to a game this season, plus hot dogs, popcorn and soda for the family. Enter on Facebook or see article.

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It was a joy to see smiling faces at our booth where we painted many happy faces. Thanks to our sponsors Snazaroo and Tryazon who sent us supplies to provide face painting. Many parents were asking me about the Paint Brush Pens we were using. They are a new and clever two-in-one face paint that features a brush applicator and high-quality liquid face paint. I love them more than a face paint palate because they are easier to use and super convenient. They will come in handy at Halloween when touch ups are needed on the go! They come in 12 different colors and are fragrance and paraben free. It is nice to have a face paint that safe for applying on kids and those with sensitive skin. (Use the Promo Code: SUMMERPARTY for 20% off your next purchase at

***I want to thank The Blue Crabs and Snazaroo for making this event possible! The Playful Parent is not paid to write articles. All pictures and information presented are my own unbiased opinion and are property of The Playful Parent.  It is an honor to share tips and suggestions to help planning family fun.***