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Five Things for Today: April 20, 2022

A glimpse of the National Capitol Columns through the azaleas at the National Arboretum


1.  Cherry blossom season may be winding down, but there are still some great Spring Things coming up (and still going on) over the next few weeks!   Among them are the azaleas at the National Arboretum, which is well known for the bloom — people come from all over to see the colorful array of flowers blanketing the Mount Hamilton hillside there.  The bloom just started, and it should last for several weeks, as the flowers peak in stages. What’s even better about viewing them at the Arb are all of the other things to enjoy there, including numerous plant collections, the old Capitol columns, the recently reopened Bonsai Museum, and much more. A few features little ones will especially love:  The Washington Youth Garden and natural playground, the Asian Collection with its “secret” path leading down to the Anacostia River, the stream in Fern Valley where it’s fun to look for frogs, the gazebo in the Conifer collection, and the fountain full of koi fish by the Visitors Center. View scenes from past azalea blooms here and here.   And read more about the Arboretum — it’s one of my very favorite spots in DC — here, here, and here.


2.  This coming Saturday you can celebrate Earth Day at Brookside Gardens’ GreenFest 2022!  The free events offers a chance for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and neighbors, to come together, share ideas, and get involved.  Plus, there are activities for all ages —  art and craft vendors, an interactive electric car display, tree climbing, kids’ yoga, plant giveaways, face painting. and a variety of food trucks. Register for free here. And see more about Brookside here and here (but note that the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit, sadly, is not happening this year.


3. Union Market just announced the line-up for its annual Drive-in Movie Series, which takes place on Friday evenings monthly through October.  It kicks off with Space Jam on May 13.  Tickets are already on sale ($20/car), and they sometimes sell out, so you may want to snag them soon.


4. I love getting our outdoor areas ready for hanging out this time of year, and dig these hanging lanterns for our back patio to replace our old ones. (For more outdoor hang out area inspiration, see this post. It was written with winter in mind, but many of the ideas can be adapted for warm weather, too!)


5. Happy day to all who celebrate! 🙃


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Five Things for Today: April 12, 2022


1.  As many DC students are on Spring Break this week and the weather has been fantastic, it’s a good time to (re)share the big list of the Best Places to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids. Gravelly Point, pictured above, is one you’ll find among them.  (And don’t forget about the guide for Where to Go & What to Do During Spring Break 2022!)


2. Most Smithsonian museums have extended returned to regular hours being limited due to Covid,; just a few still are still closed one day a week — see all current hours here.  And not a Smithsonian, but neighboring them them on the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art is open daily, 10am – 5pm  (and the new Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibit there looks great!)


3. If you’re celebrating the holiday and need help with the meal (or just really love matzo ball soup and brisket), Eater has a round-up of where to find Passover meals around DC.


4.  Did you know Little Free Library has an app?  It shows you where nearby (or farther away) LFL’s are located, even providing directions and a map.  Some of them also include sweet stories and background about the Library.


5.  We’re spending Spring Break in Folly Beach and Charleston, SC, and highly recommend the area for family getaway!  This is actually the second time we’ve spent a Spring Break here. Have you been?  If so, what are some of your favorite things to do?  (One of mine is fossil hunting — the shores in Folly are great for it!)

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Five Things for Today: April 4, 2022

Tulips galore at Burnside Farms


1. Burnside Farms’ annual Festival of Spring begins tomorrow, April 5, and tickets are available for this week! Blooming tulips and daffodils in an array of colors and varieties — more than 200 varieties of tulips and 30+ varieties of daffodils! —  is an absolutely stunning sight. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home (PYO flowers included with admission… 5 stems for adults, 3 stems for children). Admission also includes all kinds of play opportunities — bouncy fun,  cornhole games, hop on-hop off wagon rides, antique tractors and a real life size caboose, authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in, and more.  You can BYO food for lunch or a snack al fresco in the picnic area, too.  Burnside Farms is located in Nokesville, VA, about a one-hour drive from DC.   Hours are 10am – 6pm daily.  Admission is $14-19 for weekdays,  $16-21 weekends — purchase in advance. This a a perfect activity if your kids are on Spring Break this week! See what other big blooms are literally coming up around the area in this KFDC post.


2. Starting today through April 9, National Geographic Live presents the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Nat Geo headquarters downtown.  The festival offers an awe-inspiring slate of more than 20 short films, shot on location and spanning multiple countries and continents around the world.  This year’s World Tour includes three exceptional programs of films, each screened on two separate nights starting at 7pm — see details here.  And as a special perk for this year’s attendees, you can show your film festival ticket for entry into the National Geographic Museum during normal hours until May 1 to explore the new exhibit Once Upon a Climb: Stories From Everest.


3. In honor of Earth Month, The Yards and Capitol Riverfront BID are hosting The Yards Green Guide Movie Night this Friday, 7:45-9:30pm, with a screening of The Lorax. It’s free to attend, but a $5 donation to the Ancostia Watershed Society is suggested — register in advance here. BYO chairs and blankets, and to pick up a food for a picnic under the stars at one of the many nearby restaurants and eateries.


4. Just bought a new set of these hanging planter bags to get our back patio ready for hang outdoors season! They are a very cheap and easy way to pretty things up (see below).


5. Out of the mouths of babes… these kids’ comments made me laugh.  What are some funny things yours have said?


Bonus: If your kids are off from school this week, and you’re looking for more ideas for things to do, be sure to check the KFDC guide for Where to Go & What to Do During Spring Break 2022!



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Five Things for Today: March 22, 2022

A cherry blossom scene from the FDR Memorial


1.. The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are peaking — and it is gorgeous! Get a glimpse of the scene from a visit there on Sunday, and if you plan to go see it, be sure to read my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (trust me… there’s a reason I’ve been reposting these tips for years).  Also be sure to check out this post listing activities and events during cherry blossom season that are particularly great for families.  Some have already started, and there’s a big one happening this weekend!


2. A special and delightful way to celebrate spring and the bloom: Afternoon cherry blossom tea!  The Washington Post has details on several of them around the area.


3. Steadfast Supply, the great shop at The Yards stocked with unique items by independent brands and designers from around the world, just announced a new recurring family event that will take place the first Saturday of every month from April – September. It will include a book reading, a kid’s activity, and an opportunity to connect with a local small business. The first one takes place on April 2 from 11am – 12:30pm  as local author, Scott McBride, reads his book, Connor The Courageous Cutter. Kids can also enjoy a fun craft, and local food delivery service, Vegetable & Butcher, will provide samples from their menu. This event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, and it’s all free!


4. Have you checked out the deals on CertifiKid lately?  There are some good ones for activities this spring, including PIXELBLOOM at ARTECHOUSE, Wizards games, DC United matches, an NSO family show at the Kennedy Center, getaways, and much more!


5. A chuckle from The Onion.



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Five Things for Today: March 16, 2022



1.  On the National Mall through Friday, March 18, is a striking installation of small blue flags planted in the stretch between 3rd & 4th Streets.  I posted about “United in Blue” and why it resonates on IG here.  You can also learn more about it here.


2. A great, inspiring read:  In this Washington Post article, some of the real local women depicted in the #IfThenSheCan exhibit talk about which area museums and objects inspire them.


3. Looking for new books for your kids?  Check out the Kids Indie Next List for March/April 2022 with recs for a range of ages — and look for them at some of our local bookstores:
East City Book Shop on Capitol Hill,
Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle
Solid State Books  on H Street NE
Politics & Prose at Union Market, The Wharf, and Northwest
Hurray for Books in Old Town Alexandria
Loyalty Bookstore in Petworth and Silver Spring


4. In case you haven’t heard, Hamilton will be returning to the Kennedy Center this summer!  Tickets  currently are available only to members through the KC website, but Goldstar has discount pre-sale tickets.


5.  I had something else planned for this spot, but this now seems more important to share. (Warning: Part of it includes really sad, graphic images.)


Bonus: How people in the DC area can support Ukraine.



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