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Five Things: July 9, 2024

 

1. The lotus flowers have begun blooming at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!  This is such a spectacular sight, it’s worth braving the high temps to see.  View scenes from a previous bloom, and read about a fun way to get to them. The park is open daily 8am – 4pm, and admission is free.   The annual Lotus & Water Lily Festival will be held July 19-21 and offers more ways to appreciate the flowers and park.

 

2. Something to add to your July agenda:  Washington National Cathedral is launching a summer event series, Wind Down Wednesdays, for families to beat the heat and enjoy the Cathedral’s architecture and culture. The program will run for four weeks, every Wednesday from 5:30-8pm, for the rest of this month, starting tomorrow, July 10.  The sessions include activities such as guided mindfulness practices like Tai Chi and yoga, Labyrinth walks, a LEGO exhibit, and live contemplative music. Admission is $15.

 

3. Have you taken the kids to the LEGO Discovery Center yet? Starting this weekend will be a good time to go.  Not only is it a great way to  stay cool on hot days, from July 12 – August 2, the LEGO DREAMZzz area will offer new activities to enjoy along with the fun already there — read all about that here.  Open daily, and admission is $29.

 

4. We’re currently traveling and have found this item to be very useful. It packs up easily and compactly, and has come in handy in many situations.

 

5. I shared some pics from our travels if interested in viewing, and there’s more to come!

 

 

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Five Things: June 24, 2024

 

1. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins this Wednesday, June 26!  This year the multi-day event celebrates the National Museum of the American Indian with a theme of Indigenous Voices of the Americas. You can see and experience all kinds exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, talks, food, markets, and much more on the National Mall from 3rd-7th Streets, much of it right next to the NMAI, with some activities inside, too.  The festival runs daily through July 1. Hours are 11am – 5:30pm, with evening concerts Friday – Sunday, 5:30-7pm.  Admission is free! Check the schedule of events to help plan your visit as well as the guide for kids and families.

 

2. The Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park is back for the summer starting this weekend!  Perfekt Blend, a local band that performs covers of all kinds of music, will kick off the weekly fun this Friday, July 28, at 7pm. Go early to let the kids play in the water features, then picnic on the grass by the boardwalk (BYO or purchase food there), and plan on some dancing, too.  Admission is free!

 

3. This hot week is a good time to highlight Swimply, a service that lets you search for and rent private pools in the area (and beyond). You can find pools at residences all over and pay to use them by the hour.  The KFDC Summer Guide has info on even more pools around the area.

 

4. Just bought one of these for summer travel.  With all the essentials, it’s great to have on hand, plus it’s small and easy to pack.

 

5. How cute is this?

 

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Five Things: June 11, 2024

 

1. Next time you’re at National Harbor, bring the kids to the The Belvedere, a space next to the Plaza overlooking the waterfront.  Not only does it offer great views of the Potomac, below your feet is a 1600-square-foot mural that highlights the history and geography of Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Over 70 elements of local history and lore are included, and benches along the sides of the mural are etched with prompts to find them, which makes for a fun activity with kids! See what else there is to do at the resort locale in this KFDC post (it’s from several years back,  but all of the activities mentioned are still there).

 

2. As the school year is ending for kids around the area, don’t forget about the awesome Regal Summer Movie Express that shows films for just $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 11am through the summer.  See what other special entertainment kids can enjoy during the season.

 

3. Recipes for Father’s Day…yum!

 

4. And a great Father’s Day gift idea:  Have his favorite faraway food delivered to him! Goldbelly, an online marketplace of well-known purveyors from all over, can ship signature meals and treats to dads. Think lobster rolls from Maine, pizza from New York and Chicago, BBQ from Texas, and so much more. (I had them send my Philly born-and-bred dad cheesesteaks for his birthday, and he absolutely loved it.)

 

5. This may resonate more with those who were around DC in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but look what’s coming back!

 

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Five Things: June 5, 2024

 

1. Enjoy a day in Old Town Alexandria this weekend…   The Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair is this Saturday, June 8, 10am – 6pm at Waterfront Park. Over 90 local and regional artists will showcase all kinds of works — pottery, stationery, fabrics, paintings, jewelry, photography, and more — plus, there will be entertainment and activities for kids.  Plan to see the Interstellar Influencer art installation and stroll/shop along King Street while you’re there, too!

 

2. June is Pride month, and Capital Pride’s two biggest events are this weekend: The annual parade on Saturday is always a spectacular extravaganza of ornate floats, street performers, music and dancing, glitter and beads, and plenty of reveling. Sunday’s family-friendly festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW, will feature several stages of live entertainment, hundreds of exhibitors, and activities for all ages. It’s all a fun and fabulous opportunity to show support for the LGBTAQ community and join the celebration!

 

3. Bethesda Big Train, the local summer collegiate wooden bat baseball team, are playing games at home this Friday evening, June 7, and Sunday morning, June 9.  The games are great for families with young children, showcasing baseball on a much smaller scale than MLB at Nats Park.  At the Friday game, Roda, the car servicing company just introduced on the blog, will be there with swag giveaways for attendees.  And the Sunday game is early, at 10am, to accommodate the youngest fans. It’s a special Grandparents Day with Homer plushie doll (Big Train’s mascot), colored chalk boxes, and other giveaways for the first 100 kid fans, plus there will be ice cream treats for purchase and a chance to run the cases after the game. Buy tickets for the Friday evening game here and the Sunday morning game here.

 

4. A highly-rated lotion that is a bug repellant and sunscreen all in one?  I’ll try it!  And a fantastic sunscreen for the face…  this one that applies so nice and light and gives you a little glow.

 

5. 10 Happy Things for June 🤗

 

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Five Things: May 20, 2024

 

1. Are you aware of all of these awesome offerings for kids at Nats games?
* At every home game for the rest of the season, kids ages 12 and under can get a free meal that includes one Hebrew National hot dog, a bottled water, a bag of chips, and Topps baseball cards (while supplies last).
* On Signature Sundays, fans can get autographs from two Nats plays, coaches, or broadcaster before the game starts — vouchers are given out in Section 103 on a first-come, first-served basis 80 minutes ahead of the first pitch.
* Kids ages 4-12 can run the bases after Sunday afternoon games.
* There are several giveaways coming especially for kids.
* There are Story Time sessions before games on select dates (four more Sundays coming up), with a Nats players reading to attendees.
* The Kids Zone has a super fun play structure for little ones.
* The Jr. Nationals Club gives members all kinds of great benefits to enjoy throughout the season. Read more about it here.

 

2. Jazz in the Garden, the popular summer concert series that takes place in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, begins on May 31.  Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas will  perform the first show– and the lottery for tickets is now open!  Tickets are issued by lottery to give everyone interested an equal chance to attend.  Concerts will take place every Friday, 6-8:30pm, and lotteries take place the week before, opening on Monday at 10am and closing Friday at 12pm.

 

3. Recipes for your Memorial Day menu.

 

4. Speaking of Memorial Day, sales have already begun, and there are some good ones!  Check out Dick’s Sporting Goods for lots of great summer gear, GAP for up to 50% off clothes for the whole fam, Wayfair for home and garden,  and Amazon for, well, everything.

 

5. It’s prom season in DC, and it’s pretty amazing as kids from all over the area descend on the Lincoln Memorial for pictures… 🤩

 

 

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