Five Things: April 2, 2024

The US Botanic Garden is an indoor fave in DC


1. The recent rainy days warrant a reminder of the many, many options for indoor fun there are around the DC area.  You can get ideas and details for them in these go-to KFDC posts:
* The Great Indoors, a list of over 100 activities that take place inside
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums in DC (That Are Great to Explore with Kids)
* Off the Beaten DC Path: Museums in Maryland and Northern Virginia
* Indoor Action: Fun & Games Around the DC Area that Take Place Inside
* Regularly Occurring Museum Programs for Kids Around the DC Area
* Seven Stunning Spaces in DC Where You Can Hang Out with Kids


2. The solar eclipse takes place next Monday, April 8, and while it will only be partial (87%) from DC, there will be some great activities to prep for and experience it around the area. This Saturday, April 6, the Air & Space Museum is hosting a special Family Day to get ready for the event. On the day of the eclipse, there will be a big Solar Eclipse Festival on the National Mall from 4th – 12th Streets with all kinds of activity stations for all ages. And the Washington Post has a round-up of even more places hosting special events for the celestial occasion.


3. Artomatic, the big community art event, is back and running through April 28!  Throughout 300,000 square feet of an empty office building in Downtown DC (2100 M Street NW), you can view art by over 1,o00 artists.  There are also special workshops, interactive experiences, and live performances with some that kids can enjoy, too.  View the schedule here.  Hours are Wednesday – Thursday, 5-9:30pm; Friday – Saturday. 12pm – 12m; and Sunday, 12-9pm.  Admission is free!


4. On the topic of rainy days… When we were on a recent drizzly college tour, I was very happy to have my bubble umbrella with me, so I could stay dry tucked under it, yet still get a good view of everything through the clear panels. I also like that, since it fits over me, it isn’t a hazard to others and doesn’t get in their way.  It’s great for watching the kids’ soccer matches in the rain, too!


5. Oh, hey, Perry! 😂


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