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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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Five Things: January 8, 2024

 

1. How about a fun weekday program for little ones at one of DC’s best museums for kids?  The National Postal Museum is hosting Hello, Museo every other Tuesday starting tomorrow, January 9. The bilingual program runs from 10:30-11:30am and features music, stories, crafts, and gallery exploration. It’s designed for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers, but all are welcome! Best of all, it’s FREE!  Read more about the National Postal Museum in this KFDC post.

 

2. This Sunday, January 14, catch a performance by The Great Zucchini at Hook Hall in Petworth.  The show is part of the venue’s weekly Family Funday series, which presents entertainment especially for kids.  Admission is just $5/family, and coffee and drinks are available for purchase along with a kid-friendly breakfast and snacks.  Reserve tickets in advance to ensure your spot!

 

3. CertifiKid is currently offering a deal for Super, Awesome, and Amazing, the 30,000 square-foot active entertainment center for kids at the St. James.  You can get two-hour admission + socks  for just $15 — that’s over 50% off the regular price! See more about the facility in this new KFDC post about local places for indoor fun and games.

 

4. The new year is a great time to start a new way to save and invest.  I’ve mentioned Acorns before — it’s an app that makes investing really easy. It offers bonuses when you buy certain brands as well as a “Round-Up” option that invests “spare change” from linked credit card purchases.  It adds up quickly! We’ve been using it for several years and can vouch it’s a great service.

 

5. A message for the new year.

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Five Things: December 19, 2023

 

1.  Enchant the kids for free!  Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas light maze and village, is teaming up with Washington Gas to give away 10,000 junior tickets to the DC area community, giving more families the opportunity to experience the holiday light event. Tickets are available for ages 3-17, for admission now through December 21. All minors must be accompanied by an adult, there is a maximum of two complimentary junior tickets per order, and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Use the promo code FREEJR23redeem here.   You can view scenes here from last year’s event and read a KFDC review (from the first season it was here in 2019) of the holiday attraction.

 

2. Three immersive experiences recently opened in the area:  I already shared details about Disney Encanto x CAMP and the Hot Wheels Champion Experience, both at Tysons and great for young kids.  And last week Dopamine Land, a walk-through, multisensory experience full of colorful, interactive installations, opened at Friendship Center in  Friendship Heights.  All ages are welcome, and tickets start at $17/child, $23/adults.

 

3. If you want to leave the cooking to someone else or just like to celebrate the holidays with a festive feast out, Eater has a round-up of restaurants offering Christmas and Christmas Eve dinner (and brunch), with options for for both dine-in and take-out.

 

4. Last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers that will arrive in time for Christmas:  This super fun group game (we’ve played with multiple families), string lights that display photos, the best inexpensive sunglasses, and bike lights.

 

5.  Sweet fancy Moses! Some inspiration for your holiday parties. 🙂

 

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Five Things: December 12, 2023

 

1. Have you been to the National Museum of Natural History lately?  It’s always such an interesting museum to explore, and a couple of exhibits have opened in the past year that are neat to check out:  Cellphones: Unseen Connections is all about how cellphones impact our lives in positive ways.  (I especially like the display, pictured above, of what we used before cellphones existed — a good “back in my day” to show the kids.).  Also recent is Lights Out: Recovering Our Night Sky, which explores the effects of light pollution, solutions for it, and why it matters.  Of course, the whole museum is full of fascinating artifacts and history, from dinos to insects to geological wonders to human origins and so much more.  Open daily 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free.

2. Most public tree lightings have already happened, but one still has yet to take place: The Capitol Riverfront’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be a whole holiday season party this Thursday evening at the Canal Park Ice Rink! Washington Capitals beloved mascot Slapshot will be visiting, a Snow Globe Photobooth will offer instant photos, Crush Funk Brass Band and DJ CiCi will provide holiday music, a cozy Holiday Lounge above the rink will have mulled wine for adults along with a Hot Chocolate Bar and S’mores Station for all ages (while supplies last). Plus, the first 150 attendees to arrive can get free skate rentals at the ice rink and the first 100 will receive an exclusive Capitol Riverfront mug & hot cocoa kit giveaway.  This will all take place December 14, 6-9pm, and admission is free (though you need to purchase tickets to skate).

 

3. Another exciting immersive experience for kids is coming to Tysons!  The Hot Wheels Champion Experience combines exhilarating digital and hands-on play in a 16,000-square foot interactive environment for all ages.  Look for a detailed post about it soon, but get a glimpse on the website for now.  It opens this Friday, December 15, and will be here through late February.

 

4. Sunday pizza, anyone? All Purpose is offering half-off pies every Sunday (and 25% off bottles of wine) when you dine-in at the Riverfront location.  Even better, it’s a short walk from Light Yards, which is one of the activities suggested for a family evening out during the holiday season!

 

5. A friend said this card game is a super fun condensed version of the classic board game. (And perfect stocking stuffer size!)

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Five Things: December 6, 2023

 

 

1. The National Museum of Women in the Arts recently reopened after a two-year renovation.  The redesigned spaces are lovely, more open and light-filled, perfect for showcasing the permanent collection and a fantastic exhibition currently on view. The Sky’s the Limit features large-scale installations that are delightful, thought-provoking, beautiful, and some on display for the first time ever. A great time to visit the museum is on one of their Free Community Days on the first Sunday and second Wednesday of the month, when there is no admission, though you do still need timed tickets. They tend to get snatched up, so find a date that works and reserve yours! Otherwise, admission is $16/adult, $13/DC residents, free for ages 21 and under.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday.  I’d recommend the museum for older kids, tweens and up.

 

2. Chanukah begins tomorrow evening, and if you’re looking for ways to celebrate throughout the eight days and nights, the KFDC Holiday Guide has a whole section of things to do, from the National Menorah Lighting to smaller menorah lightings to ice skating parties to theatre productions…and more!

 

3. I just wrote about my first taste of Love, Makoto, the Japanese food hall that opened last spring. Have you been?

 

4. Latest and greatest TV binge: Squid Game: The Challenge, thanks to Darcy’s recommendation (see below).  Anyone else watching it?  Can’t wait for the finale tonight!

 

5. 10 Happy Things for December 🤗

 

PS:  In case you missed it yesterday:  5 Ideas for a Family Evening Out in DC During the Holiday Season.

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