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Five Things: November 9, 2022

 

1. Have you been to the National Museum of the American Indian lately?  This weekend will be a great time to go!  On Veteran’s Day, this Friday, November 11, the NMAI is dedicating the National Native American Veterans Memorial, the first national landmark in DC to focus on the contributions of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who have served in the military.  Events begin at 2pm with a Native veterans procession that will begin at the museum then make its way along the National Mall (via Jefferson Drive SW, 3rd Street SW, and Madison Drive SW) to the dedication ceremony stage in front of the U.S. Capitol, which will begin at 4pm. Supporters can gather at viewing areas along the procession route. The museum also will be staying open until 8pm on Friday  and hosting a full weekend of activities on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13, in celebration of the event.  so, keep the NMAI in mind for your weekend plans — festivals there are always lively with activities for all ages, not to mention the imagiNATIONS activity center is a fantastic space to hang out with kids!

 

2.  The annual KFDC guide to the holiday season around DC was posted on Monday!  You’ve likely already seen it, but check it out a again as there have been a few great additions, including Winter City Lights, a brand new area light display; holiday parties at the American Art Museum and DAR; and a holiday show in Annapolis.

 

3. If you haven’t yet experienced Yayoi Kusama’s One with Eternity at the Hirshhorn, it’s about to get a little easier to do so.  Starting today at 12pm, free next-day passes to the exhibit will be released daily at noon on the Hirshhorn website.  (Until now, passes have been distributed same day in person, making it tricky to plan,since getting them is not a guarantee.)  And in case you hadn’t heard, the exhibit’s run has been extended though spring 2023!

 

4. This kids movie out on Netflix today sounds like a perfect watch ahead of the World Cup!

 

5. Something fun from the Washington Post (that might come in handy as election results roll in).

 

 

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Five Things: November 2, 2022

 

1. This evening, the National Portrait Gallery is hosting its annual Día de los Muertos celebration.  The festival kicks off inside at 5pm with music, dancing, art activities, and a community altar, which will all run until 8pm. And outside from 6:30-8:30pm, artists MasPaz and Guache will project live video artwork on the museum’s G & 9th St facade. ¡Esta fiesta es para todos!

 

2. Start your holiday shopping early… After a two-year hiatus the International Arts & Crafts Fair has returned to the World Bank headquarters through November 3, 10am – 5pm each day. The public, children included, are welcome to the World Bank main complex for food and holiday shopping.  Find clothes, accessories, jewelry, and other unique gifts from all over the world. The event benefits the Margaret McNamara Education Grants, a charitable organization that provides scholarships to women from developing countries.

 

3. Parents are always looking for new birthday party ideas for their kids, so here’s a cool service to check out:  My Tent Parties.  Started by a local mom, the parties are kinda like indoor glamping, essentially elevated sleepovers with fun themes and special decorations, plus all the necessary basics, to create magical spaces for kids’ events.  Visit the website for details — it sounds wonderful!

 

4. In the spirit of Día de los Muertos, this Washington Post article about cemeteries, including one of my favorite DC places pictured above, is a great read.

 

5. It’s November, and here are 12 Happy Things for it.

 

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Five Things: October 25, 2022

The National Tree from a Christmas past.

 

1. The lottery for tickets to the 100th National Christmas Tree Lighting opens today!  Starting at 10am through November 1 at 10am, you can submit your entry for a chance to win tickets. This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30 at 5pm.  And in case you’re unfamiliar with this DC holiday tradition, here’s the scoop: Every year, the National Christmas Tree is illuminated at President’s Park on the Ellipse in a big ceremony  presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. The President of the United States delivers a message of peace, big-name entertainers perform, and the whole event is televised (and webcast) for the world to witness. And every year, tickets to the ceremony are issued to the public via an online lottery. To enter the lottery, go to Recreation.gov, scroll down, and click Lotteries.  Be sure to apply for enough tickets, as every attendee, including children, must have one. You’ll find out whether or not you are successful in scoring tickets on  November 8.

 

2. A couple of fun, FREE ways to entertain kiddos this Friday, October 28…

* Join the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for a Fall Festival on Wilson Plaza from 10am – 1pm. Activities will include a hay bale maze, face painting, a petting zoo, balloon twisting, a “Baby Jam” music class with the National Children’s Museum, strolling characters, and more.

* Go to the USDA Farmers Market for their annual Harvest Festival, an event celebrating the end of the market season.  Along with the weekly offerings, there will be exhibitors, charities, and family-friendly activities, including a face painter, petting zoo, pumpkin picking and decorating, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin themed recipe demonstrations at the VegU tent.  Enjoy it all from 9am – 2pm.

 

3.  With Halloween happening next Monday, this coming weekend (and even this week) is jam-packed with events that celebrate it.  Get a jump start on planning for it with the round-up of wicked fun ways to celebrate.

 

4. The Washington Post recently published an enlightening article about kids clothing waste and how to cut down on it.

 

5. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous…” 👏👏👏

 

 

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This Saturday is the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival!



If you’re going to be in town this holiday weekend — and especially if you’ve got some bookworms in your crew — plan for one of DC’s biggest, most anticipated annual events on Saturday: The 18th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival!

Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances.

All genres are represented on stages throughout the festival — Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, Thrillers & Fantasy, Fiction, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Graphic Novels — where readings, presentations, book signings, photo ops with writers (and costumed PBS characters), and more exciting experiences for guests will take place. And a Book Sales area gives guests an opportunity to purchase selected reads — and possibly have them signed by the authors.

If your children love books, chances are an author of one of their favorite stories will be there. Kate DiCamillo, Jason Reynolds, Danica McKellar, and David Ezra Stein are just a few of many. Kids will also be able to enjoy an array of fun and exciting activities on the Expo Floor, from the Parade of States where they can learn about each state’s literary heritage and collect a stamp to special story times to poetry slams to National Geographic’s Explorer Academy, and much more.

Of course, there’s bound to be an author — or several — that parents will be excited about, too. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first book, Turning Pages, at the festival. Best selling authors Isabel Allende, Dave Eggers and Amy Tan; former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham will be featured on the Main Stage. And acclaimed writers Jeffrey Eugenides, Annie Proulx, Ron Chernow, Richard Russo, Celeste Ng, and Tara Westover are among the many that will be presenting.

Have a look for yourself at the complete list and start planning your National Book Festival experience. Most presentations are first come, first served — and people do line up early to get seats, so plan accordingly.

The 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, September 1, 9am – 7:30pm (doors open 8:30am)
Admission: FREE

*Information on getting there and parking is available here.

*You can read about one of our past visits when it was still held on the National Mall — including an interview with Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne! — here.


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The 17th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival is on Saturday!



If you’re going to be in town this holiday weekend, then plan to book it to one of DC’s biggest, most anticipated annual events on Saturday: The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival!

Book enthusiasts young and old come from all over for the day of reading-related activities. Works by more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators will be showcased, and the creators themselves will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for special appearances.

All genres are represented on stages throughout the festival — Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, Thrillers & Fantasy, Fiction, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Graphic Novels — where readings, presentations, book signings, photo ops with writers (and costumed PBS characters), and more exciting experiences for guests will take place. And a Book Sales area gives guests an opportunity to purchase selected reads — and possibly have them signed by the authors.

If your children love books, chances are an author of one of their favorite stories will be there. Kids will also be able to enjoy an array of fun and exciting activities on the Expo Floor, from a literacy corner reading space to special story times and a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt.

Even more, there’s bound to be a writer — or many — that parents will be excited about, too. David McCullough, Diana Gabaldon, J.D. Vance, Thomas Friedman, and Julia Glass are among the many that will be in attendance. Have a look for yourself at the complete list and start planning your National Book Festival experience. Most presentations are first come, first served — and people do line up early to get seats, so plan accordingly.

The National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 2, from 9am – 7:30pm. Admission is free. You can read about one of our past visits when it was still held on the National Mall — including an interview with Magic Treehouse author Mary Pope Osborne! — here.

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