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Five Things: May 8, 2024


1. A corpse flower bloomed this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden!  The rare plant is known for its stench, which is strongest in the first 24 hours of blooming, but it’s quite interesting to view after that, too.  The bloom only lasts a few days, so try to see it while you can. If you miss it, though, there’s still plenty to see and do at the USBG.  Tour the plant collections, check out the interactive Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World exhibit, and take kiddos to the adorable Children’s Garden, which has opened for the season.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, the outdoor gardens 7:30am – 7pm, and admission is free. Read more about the USBG here.


2. The Downtown DC BID is looking for talented youth to perform at Kids World on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, in Franklin Park — and they will be holding auditions at a Kids World 2024 Talent Call. The call is open to singers, dancers, rappers, bands, poets, cheer squads, magicians, and others between the age of 5-17. Auditions will take place on May 25, from 12-4pm, and are limited to 10 minutes each. Register here!


3. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy some “me” time around DC on Mother’s Day, here are some ideas. (And re-sharing this round-up of ways to celebrate with the fam.)


4. Mother’s Day gifts that will get there quickly, if you need… This cookbook (I’ve perused it, and the recipes look so good and easy to make),  this neck massager (a friend highly recommends it), and this Stanley (not your kids’ water bottle).


5. 10 Happy Things for May!

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Five Things: April 30, 2024


1. The Drive-In at Union Market, the outdoor monthly movie series  that takes place during the warm seasons, begins on Friday, May 10, with a screening of Grease — and it’s a great family night out! The parking lot opens at 7:30pm, and the movie begins at 8:45pm, so you can also get food from the many vendors in the food hall for a pre-movie bite.  Tickets are $20/car, and they often sell out, so snag a (parking) spot while you can. Purchase here.


2. The Pick Your Own season has begun!  A few area farms have opened their strawberry fields to the public, so you can get out there and gather your own.  More places will start welcoming guests over the next few weeks, and more fruits and veggies will be available for PYO over the next few months. This KFDC round-up has details on where you can enjoy a pick-your-own outing.


3. If you need to do some shopping at IKEA, try to go on a Wednesday when Kids Eat Free. Specifically, you can get two kids’ entrees with the purchase of one adult entree. There is also a spring sale going on, plus a couple more offers to take advantage of now. See them all here.


4. Packing recommendations for a trip to South Beach Miami (and most of the ideas could work for any beach getaway destination).


5. Can’t wait to see you! 😂



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Five Things: April 23, 2024



1. I’ve mentioned Congressional Cemetery a lot on the blog. One of our favorite places in our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, we’ve been visiting for years — to explore the historic sites, attend community events, do a little geocaching, and enjoy dog walks.  And there is now a new, fun way to experience the locale… Congressional Cemetery just launched a Kids History Hunt geared toward young visitors from kindergartners to 12th graders. The challenge has cemetery explorers find locations marked with a number on a History Hunt map and answer as many questions as possible to win a prize.  There are also interesting tidbits about the sites as well as prompts for related discussions.  You can pick up a free history Hunt packet from the gatehouse (just knock on the back door and ask for one).  When you have finished as much of the hunt as you can, return it to an  educator at the gatehouse to receive your reward.  Gatehouse hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, and an educator is stationed at the gatehouse on Saturdays, 8am – 4pm, and Sunday, 10am – 6pm.


2. How about some augmented reality at one of our art museums?  Before it was the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the building at 8th & F NW housed the Patent Office. And SAAM just launched the Temple of Invention AR Experience that lets guests explore it in a new way.  You can “meet” inventors, artists, architects, presidents, and more fascinating people who walked the storied halls.  As you play the game, collect cogs, restore the temple’s heart, and see how this building is still a place where exploration, creativity, and change are celebrated.  The experience is recommended for families with elementary school-age children, but all are welcome to play. Registration is encouraged; walk-ins welcome on a limited basis.


3. This Sunday, April 28, DC area cookie lovers can sweeten up their weekend and help prevent child abuse, by hitting up a bake sale hosted by more than 20 of DC’s most acclaimed pastry chefs.  Limited edition community cookie boxes are being assembled and sold in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and benefit SafeShores.  The boxes will be filled with more than 20 cookies…here’s a sample of what you can expect:
* Blueberry-cornmeal-thyme cookies from Caitlyn Dysart, former RAMMYS Pastry Chef of the Year
* Pineapple-coconut cream, 5-spice sandwich cookies from Susan Bae of Moon Rabbit, current RAMMYS pastry chef of the year nominee
* Cranberry-rosemary shortbread from Rachelle Cooper of The Duck and The Peach, La Colllina, and The Wells
* Corn Conchas from Isabel Coss, Pascual and Lutece
* Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Alex Levin of Schlow Restaurant Group
Orders can be placed here, and purchasers must pickup their cookie box on Sunday, April 28, at La Collina  located at 747 C Street SE from 1-3pm.


4. These monogrammed necklaces and rings are so pretty and cool (and potential Mother’s Day gifts)!


5. Some fun entertainment.


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Five Things: April 17, 2024


1. What once felt like DC’s secret garden has become quite a popular spot — with good reason.  The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens are one of the most enchanting places in the District, imo, with an amazing array of flora that’s especially gorgeous in spring.  You can read about it on KFDC here,  herehere, and here (yes, we love it that much).  You used to be able to walk right up and buy tickets on the spot, but now reserving in advance is a good idea — tickets were sold out for this past weekend days ahead.  Admission is $11, and hours are 2-6pm Tuesday – Sunday.  You can make a longer outing of it by taking kids to play next door at Montrose Park or go for a short hike on the Dumbarton Oaks Park trail located behind the estate, maybe have a little picnic or get lunch nearby, then head to the garden for its afternoon open time.


2. Heads-up for a couple of big events this weekend:  On Saturday, April 20, the National Building Museum is hosting the Big Draw, a free day-long festival that invites visitors to discover the world we design and build through drawing. All ages can engage in drawing prompts, contribute to a community mural, color in chalk, and attend lightning talks with engineering, architecture, and design professionals who will share how drawing is used as a tool to create. Register for free here.  And Sunday, April 21, is Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a day of whimsical fun that will delight the whole family.  Search for over 180 fairy houses in the Wondrous Wood;, meet whimsical characters and wandering performers; make arts & crafts; engage in imaginative play; and enjoy nature explorations, adorable animal encounters, unicorn rides, and more!  Admission is $10 in advance, $13/at the gate. Reserve here before it sells out!


3. Tickets for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth starring Ralph Fiennes have been mostly sold out for awhile.  There are still a few tickets left for some dates starting at $115, or you can find good but pricey resale seats.  But another way to get them cheap:  Enter a lottery through the TodayTix app for a chance to score $20 tickets!


4. In case you haven’t seen it yet. there’s an awesome round-up of Amazon finds, by KFDC contributor Emily, to enhance spring and summer adventures with kids.


5. LOL (for everyone involved, too).



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Five Things: April 10, 2024

A view of the Wharf from the Jitney


1. The Jitney is running again on weekends at the Wharf!  In case you’re not familiar, this is one of my favorite KFDC tips to share:  The small boat is essentially a free taxi between East Potomac Park and The Wharf.  Parking can be difficult and expensive in the Southwest Waterfront area, but this service lets you park at East Potomac, where there is lots of free parking, then ferry over to the Wharf.  Not only do you avoid the hassle and cost of finding a spot for your car, you get to enjoy a fun, little cruise! It runs 12-6pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Another KFDC Tip: You can enjoy some play time at East Potomac Park/Hains Point, too!


2. The National Cherry Blossom Festival winds down this weekend with the big Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday and Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese street festival, on Saturday and Sunday.  Both are super fun, signature events of the season and great for families to attend.  Plan to get to the parade route early to get a good viewing spot along Constitution Avenue — it’s forecasted to be a beautiful day (plus, it’s free), so there are sure to be crowds.  Afterwards, you can walk over to the street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue.  There is an admission fee for ages 13 and up — tickets are $15 if you purchase by April 12, and $20 day-of.


3. Does your daughter love to bike or want to learn more biking skills?  Check out Girls in Gear, an organization that offers programs to teach life skills through bike skills. Programs are designed for riders of all ability levels with a focus on having fun and trying their best.  The new sessions begin this weekend, April 13, at several locations around the DC area.


4. Launching today:  The Little Dreamer Box!  Co-founded by local mom Sarah Breitenother, the toy box created for newborns aged 0 to 3 months is carefully designed by play experts to support babies at every developmental milestone. Not only are these toys developmentally beneficial, but they’re also crafted to bring vibrant, fun play experiences into every home. And during this first launch week, you can get $30 off your first order by signing up with your email. They have also released a companion app, available on the App Store and Google Play, that offers all kinds of resources for engaging and stress-free playtime.


5.  Welcome to Miami… read a recap of our family’s recent South Beach getaway.


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