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Five Things: March 14, 2024

 

1. While we’re waiting for the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms to peak, go see the blooming saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (and plan on some museum visits while you’re there).  Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.  You can also prep for the big peak with my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms.  There are some good things to know before you go, so I highly recommend reading it if you’re planning to see the bloom.

 

2. Get ready for this year’s NSO in your Neighborhood!  The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program that presents free performances in a different area of DC each year begins on Monday.  From March 18-24, NSO musicians will play free concerts in Riverfront areas — Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.   Events are offered at a variety of loal venues — churches, libraries, museums, The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse, even a boxing gym. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

 

3. Something cool coming to the National Mall next week: Metro is hosting the family-friendly Fleet of the Future expo, highlighting a full-sized walk through mock-up of WMATA’s upcoming 8000-series trains and new electric buses. The public is welcome to tour the new vehicles, take fun pictures in photo booths, and take a Metro quiz. The event run daily March 20 – April 3, 9am – 5pm, near 12th St. & Madison Dr. NW.  Admission is freewill .

 

4.  Do you, like me, have a cartful of potential purchases on Amazon?  I recently took a good look at all of the items that have collected in mine, and thought it would be fun to share them in a post.  I may not be ready to buy them just yet, but maybe they’ll provide some inspo for others.

 

5. Happy Pi (e) Day!

 

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Five Things: March 5, 2024

Bring the fam to the Library of Congress!

 

1. The Library of Congress is hosting a new monthly series of Family Days through the spring and summer!  Visitors of all ages can enjoy all kinds of creative activities focused around the Library’s collections. The first one is this Saturday, March 9, and celebrates Women’s History Month.  You can contribute to a communal mural of female trailblazers, transcribe Clara Barton’s personal papers and correspondence, reimagine the Jefferson Building to showcase the diversity of women’s achievements, and join a conversation (and book signing) with Chelsea Clinton, author of the “She Persisted” picture book series.

Future Family Days will be focused around National Library Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  But keep the Library of Congress in mind for a visit anytime — the iconic DC site is a  beautiful and fascinating place to explore.  Read more about it in this KFDC post.

 

2. Starting tomorrow, March 6, Storytime at the Hirshhorn will extend to two hours every Wednesday, from 10 am – 12pm.  Recommended for children from birth to age 8, the sessions are designed around a fun and fresh theme each week and include read-alouds, music, tales, and lots of movement. Admission is always free! Also, the Hirshhorn’s Art Cart, which offers a weekly hands-on maker activity for young artists, returns on Saturdays starting March 23 — find it in the galleries  from 10am – 1pm.  See the post about regularly occurring programs at DC area museums for even more enriching activities.

 

3. Watson Adventures has some  scavenger Hunts coming up this month: Murder at the Museum of American History Scavenger Hunt takes place this Saturday, March 9, at 2pm, and is probably best for teens and older.  And the wonderful Wizard School Scavenger Hunt is on Saturday, March 23, at 2pm.  Read about one of our experiences with the Harry Potter inspired hunt  — it’s very well executed and so much fun for families!

 

4. Baseball season begins in a few weeks, and the Nats just launched District Tickets, a program offering DC residents tickets starting at just $5!  District Tickets are available for all home games on a first come, first served basis and must be purchased at the Nationals Park box office.  More details are available here.

 

5. Easter is still a few weeks away, but now is a good time to prep for it by getting fun supplies and treats for the kids, like these adorbale baskets, really pretty eggs for a hunt, a super cute dying kit, this fun game, and of course Easter sweets.

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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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