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Five Things: February 27, 2024

Immerse in 1.8 Renwick


1. After being closed several months for maintenance, the Renwick Gallery reopens to the public today! There is always interesting art on display that all ages can enjoy.  Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 is still on view along with more than 100 works of contemporary craft.  And Janet Echelman’s 1.8 Renwick, always a visitor favorite, remains upstairs — lay back on the floor and watch it change colors above you.  Renwick hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.  See more about the Renwick in posts about past exhibitions here, here, and here.


2. The lottery for tickets to the 2024 White House Easter Egg Roll is open!  The annual event, taking place April 1 this year, is held on the South Lawn is full of family activities, including storytime, games, live entertainment, and the traditional Easter Egg Roll.  The lottery will be open through Monday, March 4 at 12pm, and results will be announced on March 11.  You can only enter one time per household.


3. The Washington Nationals just announced the Nats Summer Concert Series, which will bring a fun lineup of artists to the ballpark:  Flo Rida on June 7, Carly Rae Jepsen on July 19, Teddy Swims on August 9, and Lady A on September 27.  All of the concerts will follow Nats home games, and they are FREE for fans attending the games!  Purchase tickets here.


4. If you’re getting your garden ready for spring, how about some fun things like this and this to get the kids into it, too?


5. Lego fans will dig this.

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Five Things: February 20, 2024


1. Have you been to the Kennedy Center and The REACH lately?  The next couple of weeks will be a great time to go.  Starting today through March 3, the REACH to Forest Festival will bring free programs, films, art installations, conversations, and more that explore the symbiotic relationship between forests and the human world. This includes a bunch of events and performances that kids and families will love, so be sure to check the highlights and plan for them. You can see free performances with giant puppets, attend an environmental book fair especially for children, enjoy special youth days, and more!


2. A new family-friendly beer garden just opened in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. Gustave Boulangerie et le Jardin welcomes both kids and dogs (and their parents and people, of course) to enjoy the outdoor space with picnic tables, a sandbox and more areas for kids and dogs to play, an outdoor kitchen serving Mediterranean cuisine, and bocce! Read more about it here.


3. An activity my teen daughter and I enjoy together:  Consignment shhopping through Old Town Alexandria, where there are several great stores to browse for secondhand finds.


4. Love the look and color selection of these bags — and only $20!


5. Next time you’re in the Navy Yard, plan to get lunch (or breakfast or a snack) at the newly opened Maman.  Just had a great first taste — and the space is as pretty as the food is yummy. (They also have locations in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, and Bethesda, though this was the first one I’ve been to.)




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Five Things: February 14, 2024


1. One of DC’s most stunning spaces is even more so right now:  The Kogod Courtyard within the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery is blooming with around 350 live orchids as Smithsonian Gardens and the U.S. Botanic Garden presents their annual orchid exhibition.  The Future of Orchids: Conservation and Collaboration also features artworks by contemporary multimedia artist, Phaan Howng, to help audiences visualize the future of orchids and be inspired to take action toward a sustainable future. Stop in to see it all — and bring some paper and colored pencils to do some sketching with the kids!  The exhibition runs through April 28.  Hours are 11:30am – 7pm daily, and admission is free.


2. Heads up for the long weekend ahead:  Every year, Mount Vernon, which was George Washington’s estate, offers free admission on Presidents’ Day (a great deal as it’s usually $26/adults, $13/ages 6-11, free for 5 & under).  Tickets will be distributed on-site upon arrival on Monday, February 19, and a limited number are available, so plan to get there early — hours are 9am – 5pm.  (PS: If you can swing a weekday, admission will also be free on February 22 for George Washington’s birthday!)


3. A perfect, easy Valentine’s Day dinner the whole fam will ❤️.


4. Sooo many lovely things in this President’s Day home sale that is starting early.  A few picks: This vase, this flatware, this sconce, this table, this painting.


5. 100 Small Acts of Love.


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Five Things: February 8, 2024


1. Do you know about Relume on Capitol Hill?  The shop in the Eastern Market area sells all kinds of vintage, handmade, and repurposed goods, from apparel to home decor to accessories to books — and more! They also host workshops and welcome guests to come in and craft — you pick a project and time.  Plan to bring the kids on a weekend, then you can also explore the fantastic Flea Market, grab lunch, and make a fun day of it on the Hill.


2. Calling all Indiana Jones wannabes: Registration recently opened for the Young Archaeologists’ Club, a FREE educational camp for elementary-aged students with both  in-person and virtual options.


3. The Avalon Theatre in Chevy Chase announced its Weekend Family Matinee lineup through early March. You can see both films and live performances, including one this weekend — The Great Zucchini and Abracadabra Alex!


4. There are some great deals right now on tickets for both current and upcoming shows:  Mindplay at Arena Stage; Romeo & Juliet coming to Synetic Theater tomorrow (their version is breathtaking!); Little Shop of Horrors coming to Ford’s Theatre next month; The Kite Runner coming to the Kennedy Center in June, and Back to the Future coming to the Kennedy Center this summer. 


5. Magic 💫

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Five Things: January 31, 2024


1. Are you ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon?  A bunch of Lunar New Year events will be happening in DC over the next few weeks.  A few to keep on your radar: The Lunar New Year Family Festival at the National Museum of Asian Art this Saturday (2/3),  the Lunar New Year Family Festival at the National Postal Museum next Saturday (2/10), and the Lunar New Year Family Celebration at the American Art Museum also next Saturday.  And a can’t-miss is the annual Chinese New Year Parade next Sunday (2/11).


2. If you’re looking for a unique show to see with teens, or something fun for a date night or evening out with friends, I highly recommend Mindplay at Arena Stage.


3. Levi and I just dined at the newly opened Pastis, and it was fantastic!


4. For anyone else in the throes of college apps and decisions right now (or anticipating it in the near future), this New York Magazine article will be an interesting read.


5. Prep for Valentine’s Day…  how awesome are these for classmates?  A couple sweet gifts for kids: This book and this heart toy.  And this for significant others.


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