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Read, Build, Play with LEGO DUPLO at Local Libraries this Week

Photo, courtesy LEGO DUPLO


Looking for something different to do with little ones this coming week? LEGO DUPLO, of the preschool building toys designed for little hands, has partnered with the Association of Library Service to Children, to host FREE fun-filled library days, led by LEGO DUPLO Play Masters.

Developed to encourage play, building, reading, and creativity, the program includes a number of unique activities designed specifically for children under 5 and their parents. After a full week of local library stops in DC, the experience will be stationed at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, offering more inspiring opportunities for playing, building and learning.

Here’s where you can drop in to enjoy it this week:

Monday, September 17, 10-11am
Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Road NE

Monday, September 17, 3-4pm
Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Tuesday, September 18, 11am – 12pm
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library
1630 7th St. NW

Tuesday, September 18, 3-4pm
Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
5625 Connecticut Ave N.W.

Wednesday, September 19, 11am – 12pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

Friday, September 21, 10-11am
Palisades Neighborhood Library
4901 V St. NW

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LEGOS Galore at BrickFair 2012 + Ticket Giveaway!


Heads up, LEGO enthusiasts!  BrickFair ’12, the nation’s largest annual LEGO fan festival, is coming to the area August 4-5, and you have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the event.

BrickFair brings together LEGO fans from across the country to showcase their amazing brick constructions, from tiny intricate works to elaborate, towering creations. Over a thousand exhibitors will be there to display their designs, along with vendors selling all things LEGOS — T-shirts, hats, mini figures,  models, and more.

And it’s not all just looking and buying.  Visitors can get hands on in the Stay-n-Play Area chock full of bricks for guests to build with and get creative.

This will all take place at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va, August 4-5 from 11am – 4pm both days.  Tickets are $10/ages 4 and up, free for ages 3 and under. Be sure to check out this FAQ about the event, so you know what to expect.

GIVEAWAY: Want a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to BrickFair ’12?  Then simply leave a comment below that says, “I want those BrickFair tickets.” To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and follow on Twitter (let me know that you did). A winner will be drawn at random and announced this weekend. Good luck!



Filed under All ages, Annual, Exhibit, Festival, Giveaway, Summer, Virginia, Weekend

Washington Kastles Serve Up Fun & Excitement in DC

Riverfront tennis at a Washington Kastles match


Tennis, anyone? The Washington Kastles, the 2011 World Team Tennis Champions, are getting ready to return to the DC court!  The season began on July 9, and their first home match at Kastles Stadium is tomorrow, July 12, against the New York Sportimes.

The Kastles are the DC franchise of World TeamTennis, the professional league that, you might say, is a complete 180 from Wimbledon. WTT breaks from the familiar traditions of tennis — teams play by a unique set of rules, loud music and fun spectacles occur during the match, and the crowd is not just welcome, but encouraged to be a part of it all. It’s a sporting event that focuses on the fans just as much as the stars.

Owen & friend cheer on the team

As they defend their title, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting season.  Not to mention, some of the sport’s biggest stars are on the team, Serena and Venus among them. Tickets are still available for all of the matches (though the cheap seats are gone for the star-studded ones), and this coming Sunday, July 15, is a Family Night with lots of fun activities for kids and adults around the grounds of Kastles Stadium. Owen and I attended last year, and we had a blast, both during the pre-game festivities and watching the match.  The stadium isn’t huge, so you have a good view no matter where you sit and really feel like you’re in on the action.  Plus, the music, mid-match exhibitions, and the players keep the crowd amped up.

With team mascot, Topspin

And I have to mention the location. Kastles Stadium is located at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront.  You get views of the river, a nice summer breeze, and exciting tennis action all at once. If you’re a fan of tennis, it really is a can’t-miss local event.

The Washington Kastles season at home lasts through July 28.  See the full schedule and purchase tickets here.


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