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Five Things: March 28, 2023


1. Have you heard about the new Candytopia that just opened at Tysons Corner? The immersive, pop-up “museum” features candy sculptures, interactive exhibits, and of course, sweet treats to enjoy. Think Willy Wonka meets Kusama meets ICE!, and get your imaginations, cameras, and social media poses ready. The experience takes an hour or less, depending on your children’s ages, interest, and amount of time spent diving in the pit of faux marshmallows. Tickets are $30/adult, $23/age 4-12, free for kids 3 and under. (Thanks to KFDC Contributor Emily Moise for sharing this one!) And PS: If you’ve heard of CAMP stores, you’ll be excited to see one coming soon across from Candytopia!

2. This Thursday, March 30, is MLB Opening Day, and the Nats are swinging into the season with a home-opener against the Atlanta Braves — good timing for families with kids on Spring Break this week!  The game begins at 1:05pm, and there will be extra activities to enjoy before it starts. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will take a tour of the Navy Yard neighborhood before finishing up at Nationals Park.  There will also be live entertainment by several DJs in the ballpark. And caricature artists, face painters, and balloon twisters will bring more fun to the Family Picnic Area.  Tickets are still available and start at $35.  If you can’t make it Thursday, plan for a game another time this season, and be sure to check out special promos.  And for a chance to see some Nats stars even sooner, fans are invited to attend the red carpet arrivals prior to the 2023 Nationals Homecoming Gala that is being held this evening at The Anthem located at The Wharf. Arrivals are scheduled from approximately 5-7pm outside The Brighton, host of the official Red Carpet Watch Party.


3. We recently had a chance to try Spicebird, a new takeout/delivery food option that specializes in Southeast Asian roast chicken.  It was delicious, and perfect for feeding our family of four!  The spice-rubbed chicken was so flavorful, and the sides were tasty and interesting — we especially enjoyed the Thai basil fried rice, tumeric cabbage, and berempah potatoes, but everything was so good.  A whole chicken with two sides is just $33, and you can order more a la cart. (Full disclosure: Our meal was complimentary, but sharing my honest opinion!)


4. Spring things to get excited about! (This was kind of shared in the Weekend Round-Up, but under a veiled link to this.) 🙂


5. I wish I didn’t feel a need to share posts like this.


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Five Things: March 22, 2023

Rhino sculptures for RiverRun at the Kennedy Center


1. RiverRun, an international festival celebrating the world’s rivers, begins today at the Kennedy Center! Fittingly starting on World Water Day and running through Earth Day, April 22, the festival will present all kinds of performances and events by talent from across the globe. Performing and visual artists, authors, chefs, filmmakers, climate experts, and more fascinating people will help carve an artistic path throughout the Kennedy Center — from the concerts halls and theaters to the Hall of States to The REACH to the outdoor grounds — with world-class performances, exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, and more events. View more details and the full schedule here.


2. Cherry Blossom Update:  The iconic Tidal Basin trees are realllly close to peaking (see some pics here), but not quite there yet.  My completely non-expert prediction is that they will be in full bloom in the next couple of days, which means it will be packed this weekend. Once again, I strongly recommend reading my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms if you plan to see them, and I can’t stress enough to avoid driving if you can. Not only is parking a pain, traffic getting to and nearby the blossoms can be a total cluster during bloom time, especially when big blossom events are happening like the annual Kite Festival on Saturday.  And, generally, Metro is great way to get around anytime — and a DC thing to do!


3. Highly recommended patios for outdoor dining around DC.


4. I just watched an interview with Ari Shapiro discussing his new book, The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening — and immediately bought it, sounds that good.


5. If you like dance competition shows (I love them!), watch this one.


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Five Things: March 15, 2023


1. The newest exhibition at ARTECHOUSE is a delightful and mesmerizing celebration of spring!  PIXELBLOOM: Timeless Butterflies features vivid projections of flowers and the flitting insects on the walls and floors of the main gallery room. You can sit on a bench (or right on the floor) and immerse in the dazzling scenery or roam around and play — interactive elements, including beautiful displays that swirl, grow, even chime with your movement are in other areas.  There are also neat augmented reality ops.  Both kids and adults will be enchanted.  Timed-entry tickets are available for 10am – 9pm daily.  Admission is $20-25/adult, $17/age 4-15, $72/family 4-pack — and you can find a discount here.


2. Looking for enrichment activities for kids? Aristocrafts, a company started by two local moms, will begin offering classes for ages 5-11 at The Palisades Hub this weekend! Their Arts and Crafts Workshops will take place on Saturdays from 9:30-11am, March 18 – April 8. Students will make beautiful creations featuring macramé, block printing, wool felting, clay molding, plaster casting, and much more.  Their Lego© Club will also be held on Saturdays, March 18 – April 8 — sign up for morning from 11am – 12pm or afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm. Posing challenging and exciting activities for your little builders, the classes are based on challenges and STEM experiments with a different project every class for tremendous fun, with classes designed to let children develop their creativity through hands-on activities.


3. Registration for DC Department of Parks and Rec (DPR) summer camps is by lottery this year, and it just opened a couple of days ago.  Four, two-week sessions will run from June 26 – August 18 at locations all around the city.  There are a variety of options for kids ages 3 – 13 starting at just $80 per session.  The lottery will be open through April 5, and results will be out on April 18.  More info is available on the website — be sure to read all details.  These camps are only open to DC residents.


4. Wirecutter says this scooter is the best one for kids. (Comes in a foldable version, too!)


5. A flavor for the new season, and I don’t mean spring. 🙂



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Five Things: March 8, 2023

A past Spring Break at a Shenandoah area farm


1. Looking for last minute Spring Break ideas?  Some suggestions for easy escapes within a few hours’ drive from DC:  Colonial Williamsburg is a really fun (and educational!) time trip.  Great Wolf Lodge, also in Williamsburg, is currently 30% off when you stay two or more nights Sunday – Thursday.  (You could even combine those two trips!)   Shenandoah also makes for a great family getaway destination — we once enjoyed a fantastic Spring Break stay at this beautiful farm with day trips for recreation around the area (more pics here).


2. There are still some time slots available for virtual hand cut portrait sessions with reknown silhouette artist Karl Johnson!  These make for fantastic Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gifts…or any occasion, for that matter.


3. Support a local school and score some great stuff! Bidding has started for Ross Elementary’s silent auction, and you don’t have to be part of the school to bid on nearly 200 items and experiences. These include an incredible baseball packagea pair of tickets to a New York Fashion Week showa Specialized kid’s biketheater, museum and sports tickets; and dozens of restauranthealth & beauty, and other gift certificates.  (PS:  All are also welcome to attend the in-person Starry Night auction on March 18! Tickets available for purchase here.)


4.  Tea Collection’s swimsuits for kids are so cute!  And right now you can get 20% off with the code SWIMWEAR.


5. That is hypocisy at its highest order.


BONUS:  Happy International Women’s Day!  See the round-up of ways to celebrate — today and beyond!

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Five Things: March 2, 2023

A scene from last year’s cherry blossom peak


1. Yesterday, the National Park Service announced their predicted cherry blossom peak dates:  March 22- 25. Other sources have projected both earlier and later dates — it remains to be seen who is right!  In the meantime, if you’re hoping to see the iconic flowers while they’re at their best, my annual Tips for Families Viewing Cherry Blossoms are a must to check out as you’re making plans for it.

2. The cherry blossoms aren’t the only bloom in town, and there’s one now starting to pink-en up parts of DC: Magnolias! Specifically, saucer magnolias have begun blooming, and one of the best places to see them is the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. The KFDC post Bloom Town: Where and When to See the Best Flower Displays Around DC has details along with more about big local blooms to look forward to. It was created several years ago and is updated every year to reflect new dates for festivals and any other pertinent info.


3. NSO in Your Neighborhood, the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program that presents free performances in different areas of DC each year  begins next Monday. From March 7-13, NSO musicians will play free concerts in Brentwood, Brookland, Eckington, Fort Lincoln, Trinidad, University Heights, and Woodridge.  Events are offered both indoors and outdoors — at parks, restaurants, arts and rec centers, libraries, a yoga studio, the Basilica of the National Shrine, and more local venues — with pre-concert festivities at some of them. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.


4. Looking for  a new swimsuit?  I still am and just ordered a few pretty ones from Boden to try.


5. If you know the show (and many probably do), this will make you laugh.


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