Hanging on the front plaza at the Library of Congress, which reopens next week!
1. The Library of Congress’ annual Summer Movies on the Lawn series begins this Thursday, July 8, and it’s kicking off with a classic: The Princess Bride! BYO blanket and join the free event on the North Lawn (along East Capitol Street) at 8pm. Even more LOC news: the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building reopens to the public next Thursday, July 15! Hours will be 10am – 4:30pm Thursday – Saturday, and free, timed-entry passes will be required to visit. Read all about the Library of Congress in this KFDC post.
2. We’ve got some hot days in the forecast this week, so this round-up of swim spots will come in handy, as will info about public pools, spray parks, and waterparks in the 2021 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area.
3. Local nonprofit Rosie Riveters is hosting two free programs to keep kids excited about STEM all summer long: a geocaching adventure and a summer reading program! Follow the links for details on both. (And learn more about geocaching in this KFDC post.)
4. The 100 best movies on Netflix right now, according to Vulture.
5. Every mom in summer. 😂
1. The lotus and water lilies have begun to bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! This is my very favorite bloom of all the big blooms in the area, the park stunningly gorgeous when it’s bursting with the pink, white, and peach-hued flowers. It hasn’t yet reached the peak, but it’s still so pretty to see, plus now is a good time to get an early look before the crowds descend. And, FYI, the annual festival to celebrate it will be virtual this year. See scenes from a past bloom here and read about a great way to combine a visit with another activity here. (PS: If you go and post photos on Instagram, please tag @kidfriendlydc (and #kidfriendlydc) to let folks know where you heard about it — and so I can see your pics! 🙂).
2. Glenstone, the indoor/outdoor modern art museum sprawling gloriously over 300 acres in Potomac, releases it’s next batch of tickets on July 1 at 10am. These will be for visits in September, and the free tickets go fast, so be ready to get them here. And note that children under 12 are not permitted, but I highly recommend a KidFree visit there if your kids aren’t old enough to go.
3. How amazing do the cupcakes from this local kid biz look? (Yes, you can order them!)
4. Lots of yummy sounding recipes for July 4th (or anytime, for that matter).
5. Hahaha… thank you, Reese.
Reunite with some (very) old friends as the Natural History Museum reopens!
1. The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens this Friday, June 18! Free, timed-entry passes will be required for admission, and you can reserve them here. The museum will be open daily 11am – 4pm. See more about the East Building in this KFDC post about a different reopening.
2. Also reopening this Friday: The National Museum of Natural History! Hours will be 11am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday. Free, timed-entry passes are required, though currently sold out. But consider this your heads-up to check back for them — they are released throughout each day, starting at 8am, for time slots 30 days out.
3. The Washington Nationals’ Summer Reading Program returns for another season! The team has partnered up with libraries around the DC area to promote reading during the summer break from school. Programs vary by library system, but most encourage kids to read at least 20 minutes a day (or have parents read to them) — from books to magazines to blogs — and many offer the chance to win prizes like tickets to future Nats games.
4. Want to watch Euro 2020 and Copa America with other local soccer fans? Washington Post has a round-up of places around the area that will be showing the matches.
5. Even though this has been circling the Internet for years, it still makes me tear up every time I read it. 😭🌈