Five Things: April 17, 2024


1. What once felt like DC’s secret garden has become quite a popular spot — with good reason.  The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens are one of the most enchanting places in the District, imo, with an amazing array of flora that’s especially gorgeous in spring.  You can read about it on KFDC here,  herehere, and here (yes, we love it that much).  You used to be able to walk right up and buy tickets on the spot, but now reserving in advance is a good idea — tickets were sold out for this past weekend days ahead.  Admission is $11, and hours are 2-6pm Tuesday – Sunday.  You can make a longer outing of it by taking kids to play next door at Montrose Park or go for a short hike on the Dumbarton Oaks Park trail located behind the estate, maybe have a little picnic or get lunch nearby, then head to the garden for its afternoon open time.


2. Heads-up for a couple of big events this weekend:  On Saturday, April 20, the National Building Museum is hosting the Big Draw, a free day-long festival that invites visitors to discover the world we design and build through drawing. All ages can engage in drawing prompts, contribute to a community mural, color in chalk, and attend lightning talks with engineering, architecture, and design professionals who will share how drawing is used as a tool to create. Register for free here.  And Sunday, April 21, is Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a day of whimsical fun that will delight the whole family.  Search for over 180 fairy houses in the Wondrous Wood;, meet whimsical characters and wandering performers; make arts & crafts; engage in imaginative play; and enjoy nature explorations, adorable animal encounters, unicorn rides, and more!  Admission is $10 in advance, $13/at the gate. Reserve here before it sells out!


3. Tickets for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth starring Ralph Fiennes have been mostly sold out for awhile.  There are still a few tickets left for some dates starting at $115, or you can find good but pricey resale seats.  But another way to get them cheap:  Enter a lottery through the TodayTix app for a chance to score $20 tickets!


4. In case you haven’t seen it yet. there’s an awesome round-up of Amazon finds, by KFDC contributor Emily, to enhance spring and summer adventures with kids.


5. LOL (for everyone involved, too).



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