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?
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.
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.)
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!)
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.
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