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Five Things: March 27, 2024

Cherry blossoms meet Easter at this Capitol Hill Petal Porch


1. Petal Porches are once again part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This tradition that started during Covid encourages residents and businesses around the area to show their blossom spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and windows to spread joy and connect communities.  A bonus is that viewing them makes for a fun activity!  This map shows locations of all registered Petal Porches, so you can plan a walk or drive to see them and share in the celebration of spring. (KFDC Tip:  A Street NE from 6th to 7th always gets festive for holidays and special occasions — and is very pink right now!)


2. Batter (and tee) up! Batting cages and mini golf courses just opened for the season at several NoVa Parks. At Cameron RunUpton Hill, and Occoquan Regional Parks, choose slow pitch softball or take a crack at baseballs featuring a variety of tough speeds.  And you can putt around at Cameron RunUpton HillPohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.  (PS: Most are open extra hours this week for Spring Break!)


3.  As we start winding down Women’s History Month, read about some yummy, unique eats around DC owned and powered by women. JoAnn Hill, author of the new book Unique Eats and Eateries of Washington, DC, highlights five of those places, the second part in a series (see the first part here).


4. So many great swimsuit options for the whole family!  How adorable are these rashguard suits for babies?  And lots of fun prints for older girls and boys.  There are also some really cute two-pieces for women and swim trunks for men. Even better, they’re all on sale right now!


5. Recipe recommendation: Alison Roman’s Vinegar Chicken With Crushed Olive Dressing. This was easy to make and so delicious — our whole family loved it!

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“In Peak Bloom” at ARTECHOUSE is a Fantastic Celebration of Spring

The newest digital art exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, the gallery in Southwest DC known for its fusion of art and technology, may just be my favorite yet. Perfectly timed to open on the first day of spring, In Peak Bloom is a fantastic celebration of the season and its beauty, and visitors are encouraged to join in through interactive works that are delightful and enchanting, unique and profound.

Of course, cherry blossoms are featured in some of the installations. Digital projections of the flowers float along the walls of the main room along with other vibrantly colored blooms. Like many of the works at ARTECHOUSE, you can engage with the imagery, directing it back and forth and in swirls as you move your arms. Owen looked like a conductor as he stood in front of the floral scenes waving his hands around. And the floor painted a glossy black looks like water with images from the walls above reflected on it. It’s quite a stunning scene to take in from the balcony above or even standing (or lounging) within.

In a smaller room, you can make an image of a cherry tree bloom through connection with others. Powered by biometric sensors in four circular pads on the floor, you stand on one while other people stand on the rest, and touch hands (or lock arms or hug), and the tree goes from a pre-bloom white to a flourishing pink. Created by Korean-American artist Lisa Park, the work is inspired by Park’s experiences living abroad in the US and feeling detached from family and friends back home in Korea. It shows how connection and physical contact between people helps them thrive.

There is a nod to Japanese culture with an area of shoji screens, panels of translucent paper and wooden frames used as doors, windows, and room dividers in traditional Japanese design. In this exhibit, some of them have shadowy plant scenes on them, indicating their use as windows, while others are backlit so you can make shadows appear on the other side. (Great for photo ops, and kids will undoubtedly have fun in that area — Owen and I did!)

The maze of shoji screens leads to a wonderful, wild installation of “musical” plants, three planters of live hanging ivy that respond to contact. Each plant makes a different sound from nature — tweeting birds, croaking frogs, and either chirping insects or chattering monkeys (I couldn’t quite tell). You walk below and gently touch a leaf or stem to hear them sing. And multiple people touching them is like a little symphony of nature.

Finally, there’s the Enchanted Garden, a room full of whimsical designs created from a mix of natural and recycled artistic mediums. An augmented reality (AR) app accompanies the installation to tell the story of The Rabbit in the Moon, a legend from Japanese folklore. Right now, it’s only available on android phones, and there are a couple available there to access it. The AR will be available on iPhones soon. But even without the AR, it’s neat to wander around and explore details of the art.

Put In Peak Bloom on your family’s must-do spring activity list — it’s one you’ll all enjoy! Kids are welcome during all-ages daytime hours, but evenings are for adults only. The bar is open during these hours, and ARETCHOUSE always serves unique and tasty exhibit-inspired cocktails.

In Peak Bloom
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, WDC
When: Daily, March 20 – May 27, 2019
All Ages Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am – 7pm, Fri-Sat 10am – 5pm
After Hours (Age 21+): Sun-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11:30pm
Admission: $16-20/adult, $8-10/child


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 30 – April 1

The view above at a Kite Festival past.


You have an extra day to plan for the weekend!  I’m posting this round-up of activities a bit early, as we’re heading out of town for Spring Break. This also means that KFDC will likely slow down over the coming week, but I’ve got at least one post planned, as long as the Internets cooperates. You can always dig through the blog for ideas, and the “Go-To Posts” on the sidebar are loaded with recommendations for outings, too.

As for family fun over the next few days, Cherry Blossom Festival activities, early Easter celebrations, live entertainment, and museum programs are among your options.  Plus, there are plenty of mainstay adventures, both outside and indoors, to pursue.

And while I’m slightly bummed to miss out on the kite flying, I’m looking forward to doing some flying of my own (via zipline!) at our destination.  Happy Weekend!

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Cross fingers for a nice, breezy day for optimal kite flying conditions. This is one of the best events of the Cherry Blossom Festival, in my opinion. The sight of hundreds, maybe thousands, of kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes dancing in the air around the Washington Monument is spectacular. There’s a competition element to the Festival, but you can fly one right along with the best of ’em – everyone is invited to unravel a spool of string and let a sail soar!

Cherry Blossom Festivities
Where: Various venues
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy some blossom-related fun at several National Cherry Blossom Festival events taking place at a few locales. This post highlights the best ones for families, and you can find more on the official NCBF website.

Easter Events
Where: Various locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun early. At least one big festival has already begun and even more will kick off festivities this weekend. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole family hopping with joy. This post lists a bunch of them.

The Entertainers
Where: Various local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
The Puppet Co’s version of Rapunzel is delighting young audiences — and older ones, for that matter. Our family saw it a couple of weeks ago, and we all enjoyed the marionette interpretation of the Grimm classic (Read Wired Momma’s longer review). Really little ones will enjoy the Tiny Tots production of The Mother Goose Caboose on Saturday. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is still on stage at Adventure Theatre. Owen’s Kindergarten class just took a field trip to see it, and the kids all gave it rave reviews. And Nana Malaya: A Song, A Story, A Dance will showcase African culture at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National series.

Kids’ Farm Month
Where: National Zoo
When: April 1 – 30
Admission: Free
Celebrate the Zoo’s Kids’ Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, throughout the month of April with a variety of activities and events. Every day, the Zoo will have special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. There will also be an exclusive Kids’ Farm giveaway from State Farm® for children every weekend in April. And it all kicks off this Sunday!

Mysteries of Mail Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free
Take a time-traveling journey through postal history. Discover the inner workings of the system that made it possible to send a newspaper in the 1800’s, mail a postcard home from the battlefield during World War I, and ship a crate of eggs to Alaska. Discover how machines read your handwriting and how engineers solve complex sorting problems. And, most of all, enjoy a variety of fun activities.

Find Your Way at the Launch Zone
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Navigate your way to the Launch Zone to celebrate the anniversary of the publishing of the first U.S. map. Once you’ve learned how to read them, make your very own map of your town and compass to help you get around. Learn to make your own travel frame using recycled maps in a special workshop presented from 12-1pm, while supplies last. Once this day is over, there will be no need to ask “Are We There Yet?”

Portrait Story Days: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1–4pm; Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about American social activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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