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Swing into Baseball Season with the National Postal Museum this Weekend!


Baseball season has begun, but you don’t have to go to the ballpark to celebrate it this coming weekend. On Saturday, April 6, the National Postal Museum is hosting a fun-filled family festival to kick off the MLB season as well as the one year countdown until the opening of their exhibition Baseball: America’s Home Run.

The Baseball Opening Day Family Festival will be loaded with festivities for all ages. In addition to an array of food vendors, visitors can enjoy a variety of baseball-inspired activities that will make the day a grand slam!

19th Century Baseball Re-enactors
Explore origins of our national pastime with the Diamond State Base Ball Club of Delaware, the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York, and the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia.You’ll not only learn how the game has evolved over time, you’ll also be able to partake in old bat and ball games!

Bat-Making Demonstrations with Juan Baret
Ever wonder how a baseball bat is made? Juan Baret, the founder and owner of Baret Bats, will perform live bat-making demonstrations throughout the day. Following his career in the U.S. Air Force, Baret taught himself how to make baseball bats and started his own company. Learn his amazing story as you watch his craft in action!

Story Time
Before the Nationals became the Major League team of our Nation’s Capital in 2005, another baseball club with the same name played here from 1886-1889. William Hoy played for the Nationals from 1888-1889. As a deaf ballplayer, Hoy cleverly invented many of the non-verbal signs that are now a fundamental part of the game. An ASL-interpreted Story Time will explore Hoy’s incredible life and career.

Crafts Station
Use your favorite team as inspiration for decorating a pop-out baseball stadium card at the crafts station. Mail your 3-D card to someone special or take it home as a keepsake.

Picnic Area
Refuel on the outdoor terrace with a cold beverage and some creative baseball grub catered by Rasa, DC Central Kitchen, and the Washington Nationals. Food offerings will include classic options like hotdogs and nachos as well as more modern ballpark cuisine like samosas and slow-roasted pork sandwiches. Enjoy lawn games and the arrival of spring while you snack.

Baseball Opening Day Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, DC
Location: Across from Union Station (Metro Red Line)
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE!


This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Create Your Own Valentines at the National Postal Museum this Weekend!



Homemade love is in the air at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop! Taking place this Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, the open-house event is a perfect opportunity for visitors of all ages to have fun and get creative as they make their own Valentines.

All of the supplies are provided by the museum. Choose from a superabundant array of patterned papers, rubber and postage stamps (of course), gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, markers of every color (with a surplus red and pink!), lots of hearts decor, and more. Just come ready to be creative and have fun!

Once finished, cards can be placed in envelopes, addressed, and adorned. In keeping with educating children about the postal service and how mail works, kids can pop their own cards in an official USPS mailbox in the adjacent post office. Of course, visitors are encouraged to explore the whole museum and everything else it has to offer (which I highly recommend — it’s full of exhibits that appeal to both kids and adults)!

The workshop takes place in the museum’s lower-level Atrium, which, for those new to the National Postal Museum, is full of various postal transports from over the years, including a real train car, semi-truck (yes, kids can climb in and pretend to drive!), a horse-drawn carriage, and airplanes hanging from the ceiling. The layout of the card-making stations and supply tables fosters sharing, friendliness and a sense of community. And the museum’s pleasant staff and volunteers are always available to answer questions, provide examples of beautiful completed cards, or help in any other way.

In this modern, digital era, a handmade card can be hard to come by, so this event offers a perfect way for kids to express their love for friends and family with a heartfelt note of affection and appreciation. They can also experience firsthand the satisfaction of crafting their very own unique creations from start to finish, and the pure joy of giving that creation to someone special.

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, DC
When: February 9 & 10, 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE


This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day-Inspired Activities Around the DMV

Make-your-own Valentines at the National Postal Museum’s annual workshop



If you celebrating Valentine’s Day with your little (and big) sweeties, here are some activities happening around the area over the next couple of weeks that you’re all bound to love. Happy V-Day!

Chocolate Lovers Festival
Where: Several locations in the City of Fairfax, VA
When: February 1-3
Admission: Varies by activity

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand, and you can savor it and then some at this sweet event. The City of Fairfax presents its annual festival centered around one of the most wonderful things in the world: Chocolate! There will be all kinds of activities for all ages throughout the weekend, both chocolate and non-chocolate themed — tastings, story time, puppet shows, face painting, chocolate challenges, a chocolate caper mock trial, and much more. The schedule of events has details.

Heart Candy Box DIY Project
Where: Home Depot locations around the DMV
When: February 2, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate love and kindness at this free hands-on workshop. Kids with their parents can build a heart shaped box for Valentine’s Day perfect as a gift for someone you love or to stash super sweet Valentine’s Day goodies and keepsakes. Once the heart is built, it can be customized with paint and stickers. All kids’ workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register in advance — visit the website to find a store near you offering the class.

Kids Handmade Valentines
Where: The Paper Source | Georgetown, DC
When: February 2, 11am – 1pm
Admission: $30

Grab your BFF and some glitter for a workshop that will give you heart eyes! Make 5 – 6 Valentines for your classmates, friends, and family using your favorite stickers, stamps, washi and more!

Valentine Makers Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: February 2, 9am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Find that special gift for all the sweeties in your life! The market will feature more than 30 vendors with a delightful selection of gifts for men and women, girls and boys, pets and more! From jewelry to leather goods, the market has thoughtful and unique gifts for all your special peops.

Valentine’s Day Crafts
Where: Michael’s Stores around the DMV
When: February 2 & 9
Admission: Varies by session

Head to a Michael’s location for some creative Valentine’s fun. The arts & crafts supply store is hosting drop-in workshops over the next couple of Saturdays at select stores — all with a love-y theme. Search the website to find a store near you.

Library Love
Where: DC Public Libraries | Around DC
When: Various dates
Admission: Free

Join story times, craft sessions, and sing-alongs at some of the city’s libraries; Valentine’s Day-themed activities are taking places on several dates over the next couple of weeks. Find one that your child will love here.

Feel the Pulse
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

This exhibit at the Hirshhorn may not be a Valentine’s event per se, but it will capture your heart — kind of literally. It’s comprised of three large-scale installations that use heart rate sensors to produce audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. It’s beautiful and thought provoking, making you consider our connections as humans and the cycle of life. With interactive elements, cool visuals, and an interesting combination of science and art, kids and adults alike will love it.

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | NoMa, DC
When: February 9-10, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Homemade love is in the air at the National Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop! We’ve attended this event many times, so I can tell you firsthand it’s one you’ll adore. They’ll have pretty papers and neat Valentine-themed supplies, all you need to bring is your creativity to decorate your card. For more about the museum, see this KFDC post.

Open Studio: Love in Every Language
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: February 9-10, 12–4 pm
Admission: Free

Head to the ImaginAsia Studio in the Sackler Gallery for an afternoon all about love and art. Enjoy a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art, create Valentine’s Day cards using woodblock prints that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages, and fold heart-shaped origami. For all ages and adult companions.

Chocolate Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: February 9-10
Admission: Free

So, it’s not a Valentine’s Day activity, per se, but the timing of this festival focusing on chocolate isn’t a coincidence. Join the NMAI to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved foods. Enjoy tastings, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on activities while listening to songs played on a traditional wooden harp.

Unshrink My Heart
Where: Gateway Arts Center | Brentwood, MD
When: February 9, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

This annual Valentine’s workshop with an 80’s twist is back! Create handmade Valentine keepsakes for your loved ones using Shrinky Dinks amazing, shrinkable sheets. Craft your own jewelry, key chains, and any other Valentine’s Day gift you can imagine. Children will receive their first two sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free, additional sheets will be available for purchase for 50 cents each.

Animal Valentines
Where: Hidden Pond Nature Center | Springfield, VA
When: February 9, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $9

It’s the social event of Hidden Pond Nature Center’s winter season! There will be dancing, refreshments, crafts, and live animals to entertain. Recommended for ages 3-5. Sign up in advance online.

Open House + Valentines Craft Party
Where: Makeshift | H Street NE, DC
When: February 10, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Get a first look and enjoy a love-ly activity at a new creative space for art and music classes! Makeshift is hosting an open house and Valentines Craft Party this Sunday. Meet instructors and create a pop-up card, treasure box, or ribbon wall hanging during a free Valentines craft workshop. All ages welcome! Makeshift is located just off H Street NE at 1321 Linden Ct NE, behind The Atlas theatre.

Valentine’s Day Books & Crafts
Where: Solid State Books | H Street NE, DC
When: February 10, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join Solid State Books staff for a Valentine’s Day-themed storytime followed by a crafting session. Children can make bookmarks, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. Staff will assist, but kids should be comfortable using scissors, glue, and hole punch (ages 5 and up). Supplies will be provided, but are limited.

All You Need Is Love 7: A Tribute to The Beatles & Love Songs (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Jammin Java
When: February 10, 7pm
Admission: $16

Are you in love, looking for love, or scorning love? Either way, this is how love songs are meant to be heard — intimate and stripped down. Jammin Java’s official Valentine’s tradition is back by popular demand. Anthony Fiacco, Todd Wright and Luke Brindley pay homage to the group that influenced every musician out there with covers of your favorite Beatles love songs as well as originals of their own. Three singer/songwriters sharing the stage, telling stories, and playing songs, it’s like seeing the best local musicians singing your favorite songs in your living room.

Storytime: Love You, Love Me
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: February 13
Admission: Free

Can an artwork depict love? Join the Hirshhorn as they look at the large photo print Untitled (for Jeff) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and read Love by Matt de la Peña. Following the story, participants will create their own works for a friend or loved one.

Seeing Deeper: Cathedral Prom (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Washington National Cathedral
When: February 14, 7:30-9:30pm
Admission: $10

Whether you loved, hated, or skipped out on your prom, it’s time to make some new memories in a setting just a bit more stunning than your high school gym. Grab your sweetie, besties, or just go stag. Dress up in the prom stylings of your decade and they’ll play the musical hits to match. Enjoy snacks and non-alcoholic bevvies, fun photo ops, and raffles, too.

Nature Valentines
Where: Brookside Nature Center | Wheaton, MD
When: February 14
Admission: 10:30-11:30am

Everyone loves homemade Valentines and none are sweeter than those made by your preschooler! We’ll go on a short walk in search of nuts, sticks, and other natural items to decorate with, and then come inside and get to work! Recommended for ages 2-5.

Valentine Night Hike
Where: Black Hill Nature Programs | Boyds, MD
When: February 14, 6-7pm
Admission: $6

Bring your valentine for a night-time stroll at the park the Valentine’s Day. We’ll look and listen for creatures that are most active at night. Hikes are approximately 1 mile. Dress warmly and please, no flashlights. Meet at the gravel parking lot across from the Boat Launch on Black Hill Road. Recommended for ages 8+.

Naked Scavenger Hunts (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: National Gallery of Art & American Art Museum, DC
When: February 15 & 16
Admission: $24

No, you don’t get naked on these scavenger hunts with Watson Adventures! Rather, you search for nude artworks throughout the museums by tracking down tricky clues and answer quirky questions to uncover alluring and amusing pieces. The American Art Museum hunt take places February 15 and 16, the National Gallery of Art hunt just the 16th. Follow links for more details about both.

Wild Love
Where: City Wildlife | Northeast DC
When: February 17, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Take advantage of this rare occasion to visit City Wildlife, the animal rescue and rehabilitation center, as it’s the only time of the year they open their doors to the public. At the 5th Annual Valentine’s Day Open House, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitation facility, enjoy some goodies, and get a gift for your Valentine. Free-will donations will be collected to ensure that the Center can help its animal patients.

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Where to Celebrate Black History Month Around the DC Area (2019)

The National Museum of African American History & Culture is a powerful and moving experience



February is Black History Month, and there are many great events and activities throughout the DC area to celebrate it. Museum programs (including an entire museum), special events, tours and exhibits, live entertainment, story time sessions, and more will be enlightening and fun for all ages. Here’s where many are happening over the next few weeks.

Tour the NMAAHC
Where: National Museum of African American History & Culture
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

This museum is the best place to learn about black history and culture in America. September through February, which is off-peak season, you can get in on weekdays without tickets, but timed entry passes are still required for weekend admission. They are available online on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 6:30am until they run out. Be sure to read the KFDC Guide to Visiting the National Museum of African American History & Culture with Kids before you go.

Museum & Memorial Tour
Where: African American Civil War Museum | Shaw, DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free

Take a tour of another museum dedicated to the contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops. The African American Civil War Museum tells the stories and preserves for posterity the historic roles these brave men of African, European, and Hispanic descent played in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag. A rich collection of artifacts, documents, primary sources, and technology create a meaningful learning experience for families, students, Civil War enthusiasts and historians about the period from the American Civil War to Civil Rights and beyond. Be sure to stop by the nearby African American Civil War Memorial, too.

Library Programs
Where: Public Libraries throughout DC
When: Throughout February
Admission: Free

The DC Public Library proudly celebrates Black History Month during February with all kinds of programs — author talks, lectures, arts & crafts, and story times. Visit the website to see what activities are going on at a location near you.

Black Diamond
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 1, 12-13, 19-22
Tickets: $3-8

This spirit-rousing musical play chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. The all-star lineup of heroes includes Moses “Fleet” Walker, who became the game’s first black pro in the 1880s; power hitter Josh “Spitfire” Gibson; athlete-philosopher Satchel Paige; and young Jackie Robinson, who first integrated the major leagues. You’ll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history—and American history, too!

Black Panther
Where: Select AMC theaters nationwide
When: February 1-7
Admission: Free

Disney just announced that Black Panther, the blockbuster Marvel film, will be returning to theaters for one week in celebration of Black History Month and their Best Picture win at he SAG Awards. And screenings will be free! Go here to snag tickets!

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Most Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story from friends at the DC Public Library about a notable person featured in the collection and complete a hands-on art project. All through February, the program highlights black Americans in honor of Black History Month — this year, Toni Morrison, Tuskegee Airmen, Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama will be in the spotlight. Read more about the program and museum here.

The Slave Memorial & Exhibits
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Throughout February
Admission: $18-20/adult, $11-12/ages 6-11, free/5 & under

Make a point to see these on a visit to George Washington’s estate. The memorial is located approximately 50 yards southwest of George and Martha Washington’s tomb, on a bluff above the Potomac River. A gray, truncated, granite column which represents “life unfinished” is the center of three concentric brick circles. The three steps leading up to the column are inscribed, respectively, “Faith,” “Hope” and “Love” – the virtues that sustained those living in bondage. The exhibit Lives Bound Together explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.

Jim Crow on Streetcars
Where: National Trolley Museum | Colesville, MD
When: Through February, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

In recognition of Black History Month, the Museum presents this temporary exhibit. Learn about the nature of segregation aboard the cars in 19th century New York, the efforts to black the practice as it developed across the South, and the eventual success in opening employment opportunities.

Frederick Douglass House Tour
Where: Frederick Douglass Historic Site | Anascostia, DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: $1

Learn about the life of Frederick Douglass on a guided tour is his historic house — it’s the only way to see the inside. Rangers guide interpretive tours of the house every day at the scheduled times (listed on the website). Tours cover the first and second floors and last about 30 minutes.

Into the Great Unknown: African American Adventures & Explorers
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 5-8
Tickets: $3-8

Leadership, courage, and adventure take center stage in this inspiring Discovery Theater original. Meet Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole, and Barbara Hillary, the first African American woman to reach it nearly 100 years later. Thrill to the frontier exploits of the hard-riding mail carrier “Stagecoach Mary” Fields and Nate Love, the former slave who became the legendary cowboy nicknamed Deadwood Dick. And learn how astronauts and aerospace pioneers Guion Bluford and Mae Jemison are charting a whole new frontier today. From the Pole to the prairies to outer space, the histories and heroism of these African American women and men attest that true grit and personal power can push us toward greatness. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: February 8 – March 10
Tickets: $20

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world.

African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum | National Mall, DC
When: February 9
Admission: Free

Each February, the museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments.

Black History Month Family Day
Where: Woodlawn Manor Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: February 9
Admission: $3-8

Bring the entire family out to celebrate African American Culture. The event will feature presentations and activities to highlight the rich culture of the free and enslaved communities and the connection to contemporary culture. All ages are welcome.

Young Portrait Explorers: Barack Obama
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: February 11, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: Free

Join the National Portrait Gallery to learn about Barack Obama in a program that touches on art and history through storytelling. For toddlers up to age 5 and their adult companions. Registration is required. Class size is limited — register in advance! Parents and guardians must remain with their children.

Lunch and Learn: Black History Month
Where: Sully Historic Site | Fairfax, VA
When: February 13, 12-1pm
Admission: $5

When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, he wanted schools and other organizations to study black history. The week of recognition has since grown to Black History Month. In honor of this month, learn about the enslaved people who made Sully their home during the 18th century. The program includes a visual presentation and hands-on elements. Bring your lunch and your questions, as discussion is welcome. For ages 12+.

Celebration: Black History Month 2019
Where: Parks in PG County, MD
When: Throughout February
Admission: Varies by activity

Celebrate and honor African American heritage during Black History Month with PG County Parks and Recreation. From performances to art exhibitions to history lessons to tours, there are many events and activities planned throughout the area. For a complete listing of Black History Month events, go here.

Expressions of a People Festival
Where: Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center | Fort Washington, MD
When: February 11, 1-6pm
Admission: Free

Join this free Black History celebration featuring musical performances, children’s activities, workshops, the unveiling of the 2019 Black History Month poster, and entertainment for the entire family. Children can also enjoy mask making, face painting, and a caricaturist. Among the performers will be Culture Queen, a teaching artist who uses interactive music, movement and storytelling to teach your royal children their history and to love themselves.

Frederick Douglass Annual Birthday Commemoration
Where: Frederick Douglass Historic Site | Anacostia, DC
When: February 16
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service as they end the bicentennial year of Frederick Douglass’s birth and continue a celebration of the man, his legacy and his impact to the world. Enjoy a commemorative ceremony D.C. Prep Academy (1409 V Street, SE) from 1-2:30pm. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding Douglass Cedar Hill estate titled “Douglass Anacostia” and enjoy ranger led house tours on the quarter of every hour from 1-4pm. Registration required at the visitor center.

Meet Dr. King
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: February 23
Admission: Free

The National Theatre’s free weekly series for kids presents this performance fro Bright Star Theater. The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy. In this dramatic show, audiences come to see that the rights won during the American Civil Rights Movement came with a heavy price. Showtimes are 9:30am and 11a. Reserve free tickets in advance online to guarantee seats.

Black History Month Winter Walking Tour
Where: Woodlawn Manor Park | Sandy Spring, MD
When: February 23, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $3-8

Take a guided tour of the grounds and buildings of Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and discover the role enslaved labor played on this 19th century farm. Explore how the enslaved could have nature for escape and evasion while seeking freedom. This guided tour includes exterior space and a natural trail. Participants are recommended to dress to be in the elements. Best for ages 8+. Register in advance.


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