Five Things: March 14, 2024


1. While we’re waiting for the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms to peak, go see the blooming saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (and plan on some museum visits while you’re there).  Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.  You can also prep for the big peak with my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms.  There are some good things to know before you go, so I highly recommend reading it if you’re planning to see the bloom.


2. Get ready for this year’s NSO in your Neighborhood!  The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program that presents free performances in a different area of DC each year begins on Monday.  From March 18-24, NSO musicians will play free concerts in Riverfront areas — Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.   Events are offered at a variety of loal venues — churches, libraries, museums, The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse, even a boxing gym. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.


3. Something cool coming to the National Mall next week: Metro is hosting the family-friendly Fleet of the Future expo, highlighting a full-sized walk through mock-up of WMATA’s upcoming 8000-series trains and new electric buses. The public is welcome to tour the new vehicles, take fun pictures in photo booths, and take a Metro quiz. The event run daily March 20 – April 3, 9am – 5pm, near 12th St. & Madison Dr. NW.  Admission is freewill .


4.  Do you, like me, have a cartful of potential purchases on Amazon?  I recently took a good look at all of the items that have collected in mine, and thought it would be fun to share them in a post.  I may not be ready to buy them just yet, but maybe they’ll provide some inspo for others.


5. Happy Pi (e) Day!


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