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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 16, 2024

A past snow day on Capitol Hill


1. Snow day!  If you’re looking for ideas for inside outings, The Great Indoors list has loads of them. It’s a good day to visit an off-the-beaten-path museum or go someplace that offers fun and games indoors.  And if you’re hoping to take advantage of the surprise day off from school by zipping down hills, you can find a huge round-up of sledding spots around the DC area here.


2. Get revved up for the Washington Auto Show!  The annual showcase of hundreds of makes and models of cars will be at the Washington Convention Center from January 19-28.  And if there’s any “grown-up” event that is equally fun for kids and adults, this is it.   The Auto Show is like a Truck Touch, but with automobiles on display for guests to check out. Other activities like a driving area and bouncy fun for kids, opportunities for test drives, an exotic car display, a classic car zone, and so much more will give guests even more to do and see. Tickets are $15-20 age 13+, $7/child. Get a glimpse and an idea of what to expect in KFDC posts about it here and here.


3. It’s Washington Restaurant Week!  Through January 21, DC restaurants will be offering 3-course lunches and brunches for $25 and $35, and 3-course dinners for $40, $55, and $65.  Some of our kid-friendly faves are in the mix including La Collina, Maketto, Jaleo, Joselito, All Purpose Pizza, Ambar, Duke’s Grocery, Mi Vida, Oyamel, The Salt Line, and Zaytinya.  And you can read about all of them in the  KFDC round-up of family-friendly restaurant picks.


4. If this winter weather has you scrambling for winter gear, you can get it quickly from Amazon.  Find kids’ snow suitskids’ snow boots, adult boots, waterproof gloves,  and of course, sleds. Even if you don’t have them in time for this snow day, you’ll get use out of them later.


5. (Not so) Guilty Pleasure: Emmys red carpet fashion.  My favorite was this.  What was yours?

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