Five Things: April 23, 2024

 

 

1. I’ve mentioned Congressional Cemetery a lot on the blog. One of our favorite places in our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, we’ve been visiting for years — to explore the historic sites, attend community events, do a little geocaching, and enjoy dog walks.  And there is now a new, fun way to experience the locale… Congressional Cemetery just launched a Kids History Hunt geared toward young visitors from kindergartners to 12th graders. The challenge has cemetery explorers find locations marked with a number on a History Hunt map and answer as many questions as possible to win a prize.  There are also interesting tidbits about the sites as well as prompts for related discussions.  You can pick up a free history Hunt packet from the gatehouse (just knock on the back door and ask for one).  When you have finished as much of the hunt as you can, return it to an  educator at the gatehouse to receive your reward.  Gatehouse hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, and an educator is stationed at the gatehouse on Saturdays, 8am – 4pm, and Sunday, 10am – 6pm.

 

2. How about some augmented reality at one of our art museums?  Before it was the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the building at 8th & F NW housed the Patent Office. And SAAM just launched the Temple of Invention AR Experience that lets guests explore it in a new way.  You can “meet” inventors, artists, architects, presidents, and more fascinating people who walked the storied halls.  As you play the game, collect cogs, restore the temple’s heart, and see how this building is still a place where exploration, creativity, and change are celebrated.  The experience is recommended for families with elementary school-age children, but all are welcome to play. Registration is encouraged; walk-ins welcome on a limited basis.

 

3. This Sunday, April 28, DC area cookie lovers can sweeten up their weekend and help prevent child abuse, by hitting up a bake sale hosted by more than 20 of DC’s most acclaimed pastry chefs.  Limited edition community cookie boxes are being assembled and sold in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and benefit SafeShores.  The boxes will be filled with more than 20 cookies…here’s a sample of what you can expect:
* Blueberry-cornmeal-thyme cookies from Caitlyn Dysart, former RAMMYS Pastry Chef of the Year
* Pineapple-coconut cream, 5-spice sandwich cookies from Susan Bae of Moon Rabbit, current RAMMYS pastry chef of the year nominee
* Cranberry-rosemary shortbread from Rachelle Cooper of The Duck and The Peach, La Colllina, and The Wells
* Corn Conchas from Isabel Coss, Pascual and Lutece
* Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Alex Levin of Schlow Restaurant Group
Orders can be placed here, and purchasers must pickup their cookie box on Sunday, April 28, at La Collina  located at 747 C Street SE from 1-3pm.

 

4. These monogrammed necklaces and rings are so pretty and cool (and potential Mother’s Day gifts)!

 

5. Some fun entertainment.

 

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