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Five Things: June 29, 2022

 

1. Great news:  The water features at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront are finally running again after being closed for repairs!  Take the kids to play in the wade pool and splash around in the fountains.  You can also  hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, take in the scenic views, and have a picnic by the water or go for lunch at one of the many nearby eateries. Access to all of it is free!  (Note that the link above is to a very old post about Yards Park, like from the first day it opened, but descriptions of the water features are still accurate. Find more about the area here.)

 

2. Happening today:  Pick up some new reads for the kids and enjoy a fun day out at the Children’s Book Festival.  From 10am – 5pm on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,  there will be opportunities to meet authors, book readings, and hands-on activities led by the National Children’s Museum and Planet Word.  You can also shop thousands of gently-used books (for all ages) on sale for $6 or less provided by Carpe Librum, benefitting Turning the Page, an education-based nonprofit.. Admission is free, The Plaza is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

 

3. Little ones can get creative at an art museum!  Tomorrow, June 30, the Hirshhorn’s Art Cart, which offers young artists a hands-on maker experience during their visit, will share a project from 10am – 12pm inspired by Laurie Anderson’s 2011 tribute to Lola, her terrier, now on view.  And the Hirshhorn is once again offering regular in-person programming for kids — check out the full calendar here.

 

4. New Smithsonian Nighttime Adventures will offer kids opportunities to explore the National Museum of Natural History after hours! When the crowds are gone, and the doors have closed, one of the world’s most popular museums will become their playground until nearly midnight.  Children ages 8-14 and their adult chaperones can join other night owls in this unique experience held Fridays: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, and August 12 from 7-11pm.  Participants will wander through the museum’s galleries to explore the Earth’s past, discover the wonders of the ocean, and more as they are guided by the fun and challenging “Adaptation Game” filled with activities to complete. Tickets are $85 for general admission and $70 for Smithsonian Associates members, and advance registration is required.Cost includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, interactive exploration, and a pre-packaged individually wrapped snack.

 

5. Bravo to my friend Jody on her raw, thought-provoking, impeccably-written piece in the Washington Post that brings to light yet another potential consequence of the Roe v. Wade overturning.

 

Bonus: July 4th sales are beginning!  Some good ones: Anthro, REI, Target, West ElmLowes, GAP.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 24-26

Teddy gets a view of the Mall, where there will be lots of fun happening this weekend

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts full of ideas for activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Bike Rides
* The Great Indoors
* Peaceful Places

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Where: 7th – 12th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Back in person after two years, the event will once again celebrate living cultural heritage and community traditions, this year highlighting United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism. Through June 27, then June 30 – July 4, all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more will be on the National Mall between 7th & 12th Streets NW from 11am – 6pm each day. Admission is free. Definitely make time to go — it’s always a fantastic event with so much for all ages to enjoy! View scenes from a past Folklife Festival here.

Mr. Poppers Penguins
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Friday, 10:30am | Saturday, 4pm | Sunday 1:30pm
Tickets: $14

See a new show at Imagination Stage!  Mr. Popper, a painter of modest means, dreams of taking an Antarctic adventure. So he’s thrilled when a penguin named Captain Cook waddles out of a mysterious box left on his doorstep. The zookeeper donates a female companion and soon…the patter of 20 baby penguin feet! To feed all of these mouths, the imaginative Mr. Popper and his wife turn his talented penguins into a must-see traveling vaudeville act full of song and dance. But the rigors of performing take a toll on them all, and they must make a difficult decision. This musical play, featuring expert puppetry, depicts a wild and witty way to follow your dreams — and your convictions. Recommended for ages 3-10.

Encanto at The REACH
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Friday at dusk
Admission: Free

Catch a children’s fave on the outdoor screen at the lovely grounds of The REACH at the Kennedy Center — presented in honor of World Refugee Day. Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

Lovin’ Summer
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Get your summer on this weekend with a host of activities exclusive to this time of year. Catch an outdoor concert or movie under the stars. Enjoy some water fun at an outdoor pool, sprayground, or water park. Check out a special seasonal exhibit. Do some crabbing (the feasting kind). Take a spin on a carousel or mini train, and so much more. Some are highlighted here, but see the 2022 KFDC Guide to Summer in DC for the full scoop even more summer favorites.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park is a super fun way to start the weekend, and Pop/RnB band Pebble to Pearl is playing this installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

Yappy Hour
Where: The Boro | Tysons, VA
When: Friday, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Here’s one for dog fams… Celebrate summer Fridays with a “Yappy” Hour at The Boro Sandlot. Treat yourself to a cool cocktail and visit the Bone Bar to get a special something for your puppy pal while you enjoy tunes spun by a local DJ. Commemorate the evening with a branded dog bag holder and picture paw-fect moment at the Instagram-worthy “BARK” display. And if you don’t have a four-legged friend of your own, the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue will be joining for a puppy playtime! Pet some cute pups while you learn about how you could foster your own.

Solstice Saturday
Where: Smithsonian Museums | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – midnight
Admission: Free

The Smithsonian is marking the first Saturday of summer — Solstice Saturday — by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances, including a free concert on the National Mall hosted by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a late-night garden dance party with glow yoga, a wellness day, and more. The following museums will be open until midnight welcoming visitors to the free festivities: Smithsonian Castle & Haupt Garden, Arts & Industries Building, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Asian Art, and the National Museum of Natural History. The Hirshhorn and National Museum of African American History and Culture will be open until 8pm.

Barbecue Battle
Where: 3-7th Streets | Pennsylvania Ave NW, DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: Start at $12/adults, free/12 & under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), 13 bands on four stages, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

DC Tennis Festival
Where: Banneker Recreation Center | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Calling all Tennis players, enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning! Join DC DPR at Banneker Recreation Center to meet the DPR citywide tennis staff and their long-standing Tennis at Shiloh partners. Enjoy a full day of tennis activities, lessons, and more! RSVP in advance.

Georgetown Sweets Tour
Where: Throughout Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $35/person or $135 for 4 tickets

Discover Georgetown bakeries and independent retailers at the Georgetown Sweets Tour. Created as a way for DC area and visiting families to discover neighborhood bakeries and independent retailers, this experience takes you to 12 retail locations to pick up a different sweet from each one. By the end of the “tour” you’ll have 12 sweets (if you don’t eat them along the way, of course)!

Astronomy Festival
Where: 3rd-4th Streets | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 6-11pm
Admission: Free

Presented in association with the Smithsonian Solstice Saturday events, get an eyeful of the night sky and a chance to mingle with astronomers at the Annual Astronomy Festival on the Mall. This free public stargazing event features optical and radio telescope observations of the sun, star clusters, and colorful double stars. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, and astronomical image exhibits. This takes place at 3rd-4th Streets, SW, across from the National Museum of the American Indian.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

On stage at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $15 (look for discount)

See a show on string at The Puppet Co… We all think we know the Big Bad Wolf from the classic fairytales, but what if it’s the same Wolf in both stories? What if there’s been a big mistake? What if the Wolf isn’t so big or so bad? Recommended for ages 4+. Run time is approximately 45 minutes. Read a KFDC review of the show from a bunch of years back.

Block Party
Where: Generation Hope
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $50/adult, $10/child

This family-friendly event will be held in the outdoor area of Generation Hope’s office and will include food, music, games, and activities for all ages. Come celebrate the summer with our families!

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: Tickets start at $40

DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Nashville SC on Saturday. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner after the match — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are very convenient and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there). Purchase match tickets here.

Fairy Trail Grand Opening
Where: Piscataway Park | Accokeek, MD
When: Saturday, 6-8pm
Admission: $5-15

Celebrate the grand reopening of the Piscataway Park Fairy Trail near the summer solstice — a magical day for the fairy folk. The Forest Fairies of Piscataway Park are once again opening up their homes and inviting visitors into their world to learn about the forest they call home. This year they will take visitors on an enchanted adventure under the soil Full admission for fairies is $15 and will include wand making, wish bottles, soil activities, face painting, fairy dance class, special “Fairyologist” activity guides, and a popsicle. Partial admission for fairy-guardians is $5. Register in advance.

Take a Dip
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

As temps rise over the weekend, this round-up of non-pool places to swim around the area will be useful. Find beaches on the Bay (and even Atlantic), lakes and rivers, and swimming holes and creeks — all that welcome the public to take a dip!

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

It’s summer, so head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Beachy Keen
Where: Several destinations in Maryland
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Do something quintessentially summer and hit the beach! You don’t have to go all the way to the ocean — there is sand and surf (and shark tooth hunting, in some places) within day trip distance from DC! Head a bit past Annapolis to Sandy Point, go to one of several spots in Calvert County, or make fossil hunting your main focus at the Purse Area in Charles, County. See the summer guide for details and links on all of these beaches.

Exhibit This
Where: Museums & venues around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by exhibit

There are some extraordinary installations and delightful annual exhibits at our museums and galleries right now. See Fairies in the Garden, immerse in the work of Yayoi Kusama, make a wish, explore King Tut’s tomb, take the kids to play at the Botanic Garden. Get details on all of these exhibits in the Summer Guide.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens on June 30 after being closed several months for renovations.
* On Monday, June 27, the National Postal Museum is hosting a virtual program for kids on Diversity Awareness with Guest Artist Rafael Lopez & Guest Author Sonia Sotomayor.
* The next Movies on the Pitch at Audi Field on Thursday, June 30, will feature Sing 2. Watch it from the stadium’s field as it’s transformed into an outdoor cinema. Reserve free tickets through the link.
* Tom Sietsma’s 7 favorite places to eat right now.
* The planets are aligning, and you can still get a view of them over the next couple of days.
* How cool would it be to have one of these?
* My last pair broke after 10 years of wear, so I just ordered these to replace them. One of my favorite brands…on sale, too!
* This new series is a fun watch for tween ages and up. (FTR, I enjoyed it, too.)
* Very important summer bbq advice.
* A couple of late additions… Where to find abortion services and donate to abortion funds. Plus, some thoughts from a wise, beloved woman.
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Five Things: June 22, 2022

 

1, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins today! Back in person after two years, the event will once again celebrate living cultural heritage and community traditions, this year highlighting United Arab Emirates and Earth Optimism.  From June 22-27 and June 30 – July 4, all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more will be on the National Mall between 7th & 12th Streets NW from 11am – 6pm each day.  Admission is free.  Definitely make time to go — it’s always a fantastic event with so much for all ages to enjoy! View scenes from a past Folklife Festival here.  (PS: I recommend taking Metro if possible as parking is tough around the National Mall, especially during this time of year.)

 

2,  This evening, join the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for E.T. : The Extra Terrestrial in Concert, a 40th anniversary celebration of the classic film.  The NSO will performs the  complete Academy Award–winning score as the movie is projected in HD on the big screen. Tickets are $29-49, and you can use the code 472964 to get 50% off orchestra seats for the performance.

 

3, Tomorrow, June 23, the National Museum of Natural History is celebrating Pollinator Week with a free family concert followed by a book signing with Latin Grammy winner, Mister G. There will also be hands-on activities and learning stations, plus fun giveaways from the Pollinator Partnership, the US Forest Service, and USDA. Join the fun from 10am – 12:30pm in Q?rius on the Ground Floor of the museum.  Admission is free.

 

4, For those times that you can’t get out, 50 at-home kids’ activities.

 

5, A fun watch with a children’s fave.

 

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The Weekend Round-Up: June 17-19

 

Happy Weekend! Happy Juneteenth! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Go-to posts full of ideas for activities around the area:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Swim Spots
* On the Water
* The Great Indoors
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Peaceful Places
* Bike Rides

Celebrate Dad
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s a special day for the dads this weekend, and there are a bunch of great ways for the whole fam to celebrate if you’re still looking for ideas, from ballgames to big feasts to outdoor recreation to Juneteenth celebrations. See a whole round-up of them in this post, some of which are included below.

Summer Time
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It still may not be official on the calendar, but when it comes to local recreation, summer has arrived. Free concerts in the open air, outdoor swimming, movies under the stars, sprayground fun, and SO much more! Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area this weekend. Some are listed in this round-up, and the 2022 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on the rest.

Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
Where: Old Town Waterfront | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday, 6-9pm & Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate summer with the return of the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival! This free festival features an array of live music, local craft beer from Port City Brewing Company, and fun for the whole family on the Alexandria waterfront. Merging with the annual Alexandria Jazz Fest on Friday evening, the event will showcase jazz performances and readings by Alexandria poets, and the festival continues on Saturday with an eclectic musical lineup, local food, hands-on art and history activities, and more.

Jazz on the Riverfront
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off the weekend with some live music in the fresh air. The Friday Night Concert series at Yards Park is underway, and the The JoGo Project is playing this installment of the summer staple. Enjoy the music along with food and drinks for purchase (or BYO picnic), let the kids play in the grassy spaces, and take in the scenic river views.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…
Where: Sagra Field | Leesburg, VA
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Cheer on our local women’s pro soccer team, Washington Spirit, as they host Racing Louisville FC on Friday. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting women in sports. Note that this match takes place on their home pitch out in Leesburg. Purchase tickets here.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest & Juneteenth Walk
Where: Several venues |in Arlington, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free (some activities are extra)

The annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival i s bringing music to Arlington. Starting on Saturday at 1pm and going through Sunday, the event will feature performances by many local blues bands and artists along with more family-friendly activities. Interact with the Arlington Art Truck, and enjoy food, beverages, arts, and a KidsZone. On Sunday, join a Historic Juneteenth Walk through the neighborhood in collaboration with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and Walk Arlington from 9-10am, visit the Columbia Pike Farmers Market for the live performance of Rick Franklin, followed by a special “Blues Brunch Menu” at Café Sazó. Close the weekend with a free screening of the musical-comedy The Blues Brothers at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse at 3pm.

Juneteenth Family Day
Where: National Archives | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of legal slavery in the United States, with family-friendly art-making and activities at the National Archives Museum. For the Juneteenth weekend, the museum will also be extending hours June to stay open to the public longer, until 7pm, on June 18, 19, & 20.

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name. Be sure to enjoy all of the wonderful offerings at Watkins while you’re there.

Bubbleworks DC
Where: CityCenter | Downtown DC
When: Through July 4, 1-7pm
Admission: Free
There is fun bubbling up at CityCenter in Downtown DC! BubbleworksDC, an immersive world-class bubble spectacle, is bringing some extra delight to The Plaza through July 4. Stop by to play for free in the 6-8 minute interactive shows — they run every hour at the top of the hour. Since it’s a short experience, make the most of your visit to the area and head to the nearby National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Columbia Heights Day
Where: 11th St NW btwn Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 14th year, the event brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors, and more.

Create by the Creek
Where: Peirce Mill | Rock Creek Park, DC
When: Saturday, 10-11:30am & 2-3:30pm
Admission: Free

Create by the Creek is a day-long celebration of art and community in Rock Creek Park. There will be art supplies for people of all ages to borrow, and local artist Denaise Seals will be teaching Animation Unplugged, a free, family-friendly workshop, where artists age 7 and up will create 24-page flip books, then watch their drawings magically come to life as the pages are flipped. Register in advance – for Workshop 1, 10-11:30am, here and Workshop 2, 2-3:30pm here. And read more about Peirce Mill in this KFDC post.

Fantastagirl and the Math Monster
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)

Opening this weekend at Adventure Theatre….   Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.

Shows on Strings
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $12

See a puppet version of the fairytale classic, Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs, where the wolf might not be what you think. Recommended for ages 4+.  Really little ones will enjoy The Three Billy Goats Gruff,, this week’s Tiny Tots show that keeps the lights on and doors open and makes it a gentle experience for the youngest theatre-goers.

Drumfolk
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through June 26
Tickets: $36-75

Electrifying percussive dance fused with contemporary art forms fuels StepAfrika!’s latest production, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 in South Carolina. As a result, state laws mandated that enslaved Africans could not assemble or use their drums which were used to signal the uprising. They took away the drums, but they could not stop the beat. This is the rich and “inspiring” (The New York Times) story of a movement that could not be stopped and transformed African American culture from then to the present day.

Volunteer Clean Up
Where: Tyler Elementary Area | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

DC Way is hosting a clean-up event, part of their quarterly environmental project on Sunday, and volunteers are invited to help with it! It will take place on the four blocks surrounding Tyler Elementary School. The goal is that the cleanliness of the streets surrounding their primary camp location will be improved, a clean community will be present, and a good environment for children to grow in is maintained. Let them know if you’ll be joining!

Juneteenth: Freedom Day Celebration
Where: National Harbor, | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free
Celebrate dad and Juneteenth at National Harbor, where there will be performances on the Plaza stage from the Prince George’s County Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate, local dancers, live music, artists, and more. The property is partnering with the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council for a day of education, reflection and celebration. Food truck Mardi Gras Tyme will add to the festivities and offer a variety of southern cuisine samples, plus there are dozens of nearby restaurants. And there are even more fun activities to enjoy at National Harbor — read more about all of them here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Be aware that many DC roads will be shut down for the Something in the Water music festival (and it was already causing traffic back-up on Thursday). And there are still tickets available for the festival, though they are $$$.
* The National Museum of African American History & Culture is hosting a Juneteenth Community Day on Monday, June 20. It’s also a great place to visit this weekend (or anytime).  Reserved passes are gone, but you can try for same-day passes starting at 8:15am. Read more about the NMAAHC here.
* Beyond Kind Tut, opens at the National Geographic Museum, and while tickets are sold out fort this weekend, but you can reserve them for a later date.
* In case you missed it, there’s a new post all about Mount Vernon, a great DC area destination to out on your most-go list for this summer!
* Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Friday Night Fishing series has begun. It’s sold out for this weekend, but you can register for a later date.
* The 25 best tacos in the DC area according to the Washington Post.
* Father’s Day Gift for Every Type of Dad 😁

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Five Things: June 16, 2022

Taking in views of DC from the Old Post Office Clock Tower

 

1. One of the neatest DC adventures (that many people never seemed to know about) is back after a pandemic hiatus! We can once again see the city from a unique vantage point at the Old Post Office Clock Tower. Located at 12th & C Streets NW (within the former Trump Hotel, now Waldorf Astoria) and operated by the National Park Service, it’s free to visit and go up to the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in DC.  It’s fascinating to see the inner-workings of the big ticker and exhilarating to take in the sweeping views of the city.  Read more about it in this post about our first visit there many years ago. It’s open daily from 9am – 4pm, but note there are closure dates during the first week of every month — in 2022 they are July 5, August 2, September 1, October 4, November 1, and December 1.  The building is located at 12th & Pennsylvania NW, and the entrance for the Tower is at 12th & C Streets NW (on 12th between Pennsylvania & Constitution Ave.).

 

2. There is fun bubbling up at CityCenter in Downtown DC!  BubbleworksDC, an immersive world-class bubble spectacle, is bringing some extra delight to The Plaza through July 4.  Stop by to play for free in the 6-8 minute interactive shows — they run every hour at the top of the hour 1-7 pm daily.  Since it’s a short experience, make the most of your visit to the area and head to the nearby National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Both are open daily 11:30am – 7pm, and admission is free.  CityCenter is located bewteen 9th & 11th. Streets and New York Ave. & H Streets NW.  The museums are located at 8th & F Streets NW.

 

3. Looking for a family volunteering opportunity?  DC Way is hosting a clean-up event this Sunday, June 19, from 9am – 3pm.   Part of their quarterly environmental project, it will take place on the four blocks surrounding Tyler Elementary School, their primary soccer camp location.  The goal is that the cleanliness of the streets surrounding will be improved, a clean community will be present, and a good environment for children to grow in is maintained. All are welcome to help out, but let them know if you’ll be joining!

 

4. Shows to watch during Pride Month.

 

5.  Happy end of the school year! 😂

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