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Five Things: April 17, 2024

 

1. What once felt like DC’s secret garden has become quite a popular spot — with good reason.  The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens are one of the most enchanting places in the District, imo, with an amazing array of flora that’s especially gorgeous in spring.  You can read about it on KFDC here,  herehere, and here (yes, we love it that much).  You used to be able to walk right up and buy tickets on the spot, but now reserving in advance is a good idea — tickets were sold out for this past weekend days ahead.  Admission is $11, and hours are 2-6pm Tuesday – Sunday.  You can make a longer outing of it by taking kids to play next door at Montrose Park or go for a short hike on the Dumbarton Oaks Park trail located behind the estate, maybe have a little picnic or get lunch nearby, then head to the garden for its afternoon open time.

 

2. Heads-up for a couple of big events this weekend:  On Saturday, April 20, the National Building Museum is hosting the Big Draw, a free day-long festival that invites visitors to discover the world we design and build through drawing. All ages can engage in drawing prompts, contribute to a community mural, color in chalk, and attend lightning talks with engineering, architecture, and design professionals who will share how drawing is used as a tool to create. Register for free here.  And Sunday, April 21, is Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s annual Fairy & Gnome Home Festival, a day of whimsical fun that will delight the whole family.  Search for over 180 fairy houses in the Wondrous Wood;, meet whimsical characters and wandering performers; make arts & crafts; engage in imaginative play; and enjoy nature explorations, adorable animal encounters, unicorn rides, and more!  Admission is $10 in advance, $13/at the gate. Reserve here before it sells out!

 

3. Tickets for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth starring Ralph Fiennes have been mostly sold out for awhile.  There are still a few tickets left for some dates starting at $115, or you can find good but pricey resale seats.  But another way to get them cheap:  Enter a lottery through the TodayTix app for a chance to score $20 tickets!

 

4. In case you haven’t seen it yet. there’s an awesome round-up of Amazon finds, by KFDC contributor Emily, to enhance spring and summer adventures with kids.

 

5. LOL (for everyone involved, too).

 

 

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Five Things: April 10, 2024

A view of the Wharf from the Jitney

 

1. The Jitney is running again on weekends at the Wharf!  In case you’re not familiar, this is one of my favorite KFDC tips to share:  The small boat is essentially a free taxi between East Potomac Park and The Wharf.  Parking can be difficult and expensive in the Southwest Waterfront area, but this service lets you park at East Potomac, where there is lots of free parking, then ferry over to the Wharf.  Not only do you avoid the hassle and cost of finding a spot for your car, you get to enjoy a fun, little cruise! It runs 12-6pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Another KFDC Tip: You can enjoy some play time at East Potomac Park/Hains Point, too!

 

2. The National Cherry Blossom Festival winds down this weekend with the big Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday and Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese street festival, on Saturday and Sunday.  Both are super fun, signature events of the season and great for families to attend.  Plan to get to the parade route early to get a good viewing spot along Constitution Avenue — it’s forecasted to be a beautiful day (plus, it’s free), so there are sure to be crowds.  Afterwards, you can walk over to the street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue.  There is an admission fee for ages 13 and up — tickets are $15 if you purchase by April 12, and $20 day-of.

 

3. Does your daughter love to bike or want to learn more biking skills?  Check out Girls in Gear, an organization that offers programs to teach life skills through bike skills. Programs are designed for riders of all ability levels with a focus on having fun and trying their best.  The new sessions begin this weekend, April 13, at several locations around the DC area.

 

4. Launching today:  The Little Dreamer Box!  Co-founded by local mom Sarah Breitenother, the toy box created for newborns aged 0 to 3 months is carefully designed by play experts to support babies at every developmental milestone. Not only are these toys developmentally beneficial, but they’re also crafted to bring vibrant, fun play experiences into every home. And during this first launch week, you can get $30 off your first order by signing up with your email. They have also released a companion app, available on the App Store and Google Play, that offers all kinds of resources for engaging and stress-free playtime.

 

5.  Welcome to Miami… read a recap of our family’s recent South Beach getaway.

 

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Five Things: April 2, 2024

The US Botanic Garden is an indoor fave in DC

 

1. The recent rainy days warrant a reminder of the many, many options for indoor fun there are around the DC area.  You can get ideas and details for them in these go-to KFDC posts:
* The Great Indoors, a list of over 100 activities that take place inside
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums in DC (That Are Great to Explore with Kids)
* Off the Beaten DC Path: Museums in Maryland and Northern Virginia
* Indoor Action: Fun & Games Around the DC Area that Take Place Inside
* Regularly Occurring Museum Programs for Kids Around the DC Area
* Seven Stunning Spaces in DC Where You Can Hang Out with Kids

 

2. The solar eclipse takes place next Monday, April 8, and while it will only be partial (87%) from DC, there will be some great activities to prep for and experience it around the area. This Saturday, April 6, the Air & Space Museum is hosting a special Family Day to get ready for the event. On the day of the eclipse, there will be a big Solar Eclipse Festival on the National Mall from 4th – 12th Streets with all kinds of activity stations for all ages. And the Washington Post has a round-up of even more places hosting special events for the celestial occasion.

 

3. Artomatic, the big community art event, is back and running through April 28!  Throughout 300,000 square feet of an empty office building in Downtown DC (2100 M Street NW), you can view art by over 1,o00 artists.  There are also special workshops, interactive experiences, and live performances with some that kids can enjoy, too.  View the schedule here.  Hours are Wednesday – Thursday, 5-9:30pm; Friday – Saturday. 12pm – 12m; and Sunday, 12-9pm.  Admission is free!

 

4. On the topic of rainy days… When we were on a recent drizzly college tour, I was very happy to have my bubble umbrella with me, so I could stay dry tucked under it, yet still get a good view of everything through the clear panels. I also like that, since it fits over me, it isn’t a hazard to others and doesn’t get in their way.  It’s great for watching the kids’ soccer matches in the rain, too!

 

5. Oh, hey, Perry! 😂

 

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Five Things: March 27, 2024

Cherry blossoms meet Easter at this Capitol Hill Petal Porch

 

1. Petal Porches are once again part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This tradition that started during Covid encourages residents and businesses around the area to show their blossom spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and windows to spread joy and connect communities.  A bonus is that viewing them makes for a fun activity!  This map shows locations of all registered Petal Porches, so you can plan a walk or drive to see them and share in the celebration of spring. (KFDC Tip:  A Street NE from 6th to 7th always gets festive for holidays and special occasions — and is very pink right now!)

 

2. Batter (and tee) up! Batting cages and mini golf courses just opened for the season at several NoVa Parks. At Cameron RunUpton Hill, and Occoquan Regional Parks, choose slow pitch softball or take a crack at baseballs featuring a variety of tough speeds.  And you can putt around at Cameron RunUpton HillPohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.  (PS: Most are open extra hours this week for Spring Break!)

 

3.  As we start winding down Women’s History Month, read about some yummy, unique eats around DC owned and powered by women. JoAnn Hill, author of the new book Unique Eats and Eateries of Washington, DC, highlights five of those places, the second part in a series (see the first part here).

 

4. So many great swimsuit options for the whole family!  How adorable are these rashguard suits for babies?  And lots of fun prints for older girls and boys.  There are also some really cute two-pieces for women and swim trunks for men. Even better, they’re all on sale right now!

 

5. Recipe recommendation: Alison Roman’s Vinegar Chicken With Crushed Olive Dressing. This was easy to make and so delicious — our whole family loved it!

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Five Things: March 19, 2024

 

1. Spring things to get excited about around DC!

 

2. The 32nd Annual DC Environmental Film Festival begins this Thursday, March 21, and runs through March 30.  The line-up includes special family programming this weekend: Puffin Rock and the New Friend will be screening at Woodridge and Anacostia Neighborhood Libaries this Saturday, and at The Benning/Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library on March 30. Admission is free. Be sure to check out the rest of the films — there are more that older kids can see, or you can catch them kid-free.

 

3. The Washington Spirit’s first home match of the season is this Saturday, March 23, at 7:30pm. Watch them play Bay FC to see some exciting soccer play and support women in sports. Tickets start at just $14.

 

4. Now that it’s spring, how about a new outdoor game?  These lawn darts look like a perfect family game…like bocce for kids, but fun for all ages.

 

5. Quite possibly the best comments on a single IG post ever!

 

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