If you love discovering new places as much as you heart Boogie Babes, then don’t miss their Valentine’s Day show this week!
The weekly gatherings for musical fun with the area’s most popular children’s performers will take place at a new venue on February 14, the vibrant and hip Union Market that opened in northeast DC this past fall.
The inaugural Union Market show will present Boogie Babes fave, The Singing Lizard. Her poppy, synthesized renditions of children’s classics as well as her original tunes have an 80’s vibe (and I mean that in a very good way) that will have the Valentine’s crowd dancing their little hearts out.
Even better, the good time doesn’t have to end (or start, for that matter) with the Boogie Babes. Union Market is full of wonderful eateries and food stalls, so you can get there early for coffee from Peregrine Espresso (opens at 8am) and/or stay after the show for lunch from a number of places offering tasty eats.
A peek inside Union Market
The Boogie Babes Valentine’s Day show begins at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child and siblings 6 months and under are free. Union Market is located at 1509 5th Street NE, a couple of blocks off Florida Avenue. I promise, you will heart it, too.
After months of anticipation, the first-ever Great Nurse-In is happening THIS Saturday, August 4, on the West Lawn on the U.S. Capitol Building! With a mission to normalize nursing for today’s society and future generations, the event welcomes everyone — nursing moms, fomerly nursing moms, non-nursing moms, partners, children, friends, community members — who wants to support the cause.
I originally posted about the event several weeks ago, and since then more festivities have been planned, including a Launch Party taking place at The Tabula Rasa on Capitol Hill, tomorrow, August 3. From 9am – 6pm, you can stop by for boobie cupcakes and swag bags for the Saturday celebration, and to mingle with other breastfeeding supporters.
Tomorrow is also the Great Nurse-In’s Action Day, when many GNI attendees will be visiting their Congress members to solicit support for a federal breastfeeding law. Participants can pick up talking points for their scheduled meetings at the Launch Party.
As for Saturday’s big event, there will be guest speakers, a Big Latch-On assembly, children’s performers presented by the Boogie Babes, open mic sessions, and more. The program schedule is available here.
And if you can’t make it to the Great Nurse-In, you can visit the website to find out other ways to show your support.
Tuesday – Head to the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone for Toddler Tuesday. This week, toddlers ages 2-4 can drop in from 10:30am – 2:30pm to discover which animals hibernate and which animals can stand the cold. Activities may include stories, games, art, and movement for children and adults to experience together. Admission is free. The Launch Zone is located at the National Harbor.
Wednesday – Explore seasonal nature topics through stories, crafts, and activities at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. There are still spots available in the Nature Detective program for 3-5-year-olds. The class starts at 1:30pm. (A few spots are also open in the Thursday sessions.)
Thursday – See Mouse on the Move at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. The show about two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse hole is recommended for ages 1-5. Showtimes are 10:30am and 11:45am, tickets are $10.
Lots of interactive fun at the National Geographic Museum's Animal Grossology exhibit
Hellooo, 2012! May this year bring lots of new adventures and good times, starting with these suggestions for activities with the kids this Monday through Friday…
Monday – You only have one more week to learn about some of the ickiest parts of the animal world at the National Geographic Museum’s Animal Grossology exhibit. Through several creative, interactive installments, kids can discover all they’ll ever need to now about animal poop and other, um, natural processes. It’s presented along with Weird But True, a collection of odd facts about the wild world. Admission to both exhibits is $8/adults, $6/ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under.
Tuesday – Enjoy storytime for little ones. The National Building Museum is hosting its Book of the Month Program with readings of Snowflake Bentley at 10:30am and 11:30am in the Building Zone ($3/person). Barnes & Noble regularly welcomes guests for free storytime programs — go here for days/times at a location near you. And check out this old post for my personal take on the activity and for links to local libraries that offer it.
Wednesday – Have a laugh on Old Man Winter’s behalf and indulge in a most unseasonal activity: Swimming! At least six public indoor pools in DC are currently open. And there’s year-round swimming in Maryland and Virgina, too — follow these county and city links to find an aquatic facility near you: Montgomery County, PG County, Arlington, Alexandria. Be sure to check open swim hours, as they vary from pool to pool.
Thursday – Join the Boogie Babes for their first show of the year at Eastern Market. Bridgette with Dawn on Conga will get the 2012 fun started at 10:30am in the North Hall. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings months and under.
Friday – It’s show time! Be among the first audiences to see one of several children’s productions opening in theatres this week or catch one that’s getting ready to end its run. See this post about live entertainment this winter to see what’s on stages now.
Checking out a display at the at the National Museum of American History
We all deserve a break now and then. My husband and I just took a much-needed one and enjoyed a couple of kid-free days in NYC. And that’s a quick explanation of why Monday is missing from these suggestions for weekday fun. Enjoy the rest of your week!
Wednesday – See a show especially for little ones as The Puppet Co. Theatre presents Nutcracker Fantasy, the Tiny Tots production of the holiday season. The lights stay on and doors stay open during these performances for the youngest audiences. Showtime is 10am. Tickets are $5 for everyone, including babies.
Thursday – Show the kiddos relics from your own childhood at the National Museum of American History, where collections include some of the best toys and games of our days of yore. While you’re there, check out some of the other exhibits, like America on the Move,a history of transportation in the U.S. featuring some of the earliest automobiles, a train car, and an old street car that guests can actually climb aboard. The museum is open from 10am – 5:30pm. (Note the Spark!Lab is closed for renovations.)
Friday – Join the Boogie Babes for their last show of 2011. Bridgette with Dawn on Conga will bring their island beats to the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, free for siblings 6 months and under.