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The National Postal Museum Welcomes All Aboard for a Train Day Celebration!


Train tracks connecting the coasts of the U.S. allowed the Post Office Department to quickly move mail across the entire country. And over time, trains have played an important role in keeping our nation connected. The National Postal Museum recognizes this every May with an event to commemorate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. This year is extra special as the museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad along with the U.S. Postal Service’s new “Golden Spike” stamp!

​The annual Train Day Celebration will take place this Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 3pm. The museum has all kinds of fun and educational activities planned for all ages, providing opportunities to learn, engage, and play. And it’s all free and open to the public!



Here’s some of what you can enjoy at the celebration:

Model Train Railroad Displays
Enjoy the magical, miniature world of model railroads running throughout the museum thanks to the Rappahannock Model Railroaders; the Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society; and the Northern Virginia NTRAK.

Railway Post Office (RPO) Training School
The tiniest RPO clerks (ages 2-5, up to 45 pounds) can ride on a toy steam train and collect mailbags in between stations. Older kids can learn all about the specialized jargon that was used by RPO clerks and become a certified Junior RPO Lingo Expert.

“Meet” Owney the Dog
Owney was a scruffy mutt who rode with the mailbags on RPO train cars across the country in the late 19th century. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot and good luck charm since no train Owney rode was ever in a wreck. “Meet” Owney and hear all about his adventures.

Train Whistles
Crack the secret code of the railroad crews as you learn to communicate by train whistle. After you master the skill, take a train-shaped whistle home with you.

Railway Post Office (RPO) Sorting Challenge
Do you have what it takes to be an RPO mail clerk? Board an authentic train car and see if you can sort the mail before time runs out!

Story Time
Join a special train-themed story time about trains and the brave and perseverant Chinese railroad workers who made the Transcontinental Railroad possible.

Chug on over and join the fun!

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Musuem | 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, WDC
Location: Across from Union Station (Metro Red Line)
When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free


This post is sponsored by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Swing into Baseball Season with the National Postal Museum this Weekend!


Baseball season has begun, but you don’t have to go to the ballpark to celebrate it this coming weekend. On Saturday, April 6, the National Postal Museum is hosting a fun-filled family festival to kick off the MLB season as well as the one year countdown until the opening of their exhibition Baseball: America’s Home Run.

The Baseball Opening Day Family Festival will be loaded with festivities for all ages. In addition to an array of food vendors, visitors can enjoy a variety of baseball-inspired activities that will make the day a grand slam!

19th Century Baseball Re-enactors
Explore origins of our national pastime with the Diamond State Base Ball Club of Delaware, the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York, and the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia.You’ll not only learn how the game has evolved over time, you’ll also be able to partake in old bat and ball games!

Bat-Making Demonstrations with Juan Baret
Ever wonder how a baseball bat is made? Juan Baret, the founder and owner of Baret Bats, will perform live bat-making demonstrations throughout the day. Following his career in the U.S. Air Force, Baret taught himself how to make baseball bats and started his own company. Learn his amazing story as you watch his craft in action!

Story Time
Before the Nationals became the Major League team of our Nation’s Capital in 2005, another baseball club with the same name played here from 1886-1889. William Hoy played for the Nationals from 1888-1889. As a deaf ballplayer, Hoy cleverly invented many of the non-verbal signs that are now a fundamental part of the game. An ASL-interpreted Story Time will explore Hoy’s incredible life and career.

Crafts Station
Use your favorite team as inspiration for decorating a pop-out baseball stadium card at the crafts station. Mail your 3-D card to someone special or take it home as a keepsake.

Picnic Area
Refuel on the outdoor terrace with a cold beverage and some creative baseball grub catered by Rasa, DC Central Kitchen, and the Washington Nationals. Food offerings will include classic options like hotdogs and nachos as well as more modern ballpark cuisine like samosas and slow-roasted pork sandwiches. Enjoy lawn games and the arrival of spring while you snack.

Baseball Opening Day Family Festival
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, DC
Location: Across from Union Station (Metro Red Line)
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE!


This post is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Create Your Own Valentines at the National Postal Museum this Weekend!



Homemade love is in the air at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop! Taking place this Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, the open-house event is a perfect opportunity for visitors of all ages to have fun and get creative as they make their own Valentines.

All of the supplies are provided by the museum. Choose from a superabundant array of patterned papers, rubber and postage stamps (of course), gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, markers of every color (with a surplus red and pink!), lots of hearts decor, and more. Just come ready to be creative and have fun!

Once finished, cards can be placed in envelopes, addressed, and adorned. In keeping with educating children about the postal service and how mail works, kids can pop their own cards in an official USPS mailbox in the adjacent post office. Of course, visitors are encouraged to explore the whole museum and everything else it has to offer (which I highly recommend — it’s full of exhibits that appeal to both kids and adults)!

The workshop takes place in the museum’s lower-level Atrium, which, for those new to the National Postal Museum, is full of various postal transports from over the years, including a real train car, semi-truck (yes, kids can climb in and pretend to drive!), a horse-drawn carriage, and airplanes hanging from the ceiling. The layout of the card-making stations and supply tables fosters sharing, friendliness and a sense of community. And the museum’s pleasant staff and volunteers are always available to answer questions, provide examples of beautiful completed cards, or help in any other way.

In this modern, digital era, a handmade card can be hard to come by, so this event offers a perfect way for kids to express their love for friends and family with a heartfelt note of affection and appreciation. They can also experience firsthand the satisfaction of crafting their very own unique creations from start to finish, and the pure joy of giving that creation to someone special.

Valentine’s Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, DC
When: February 9 & 10, 10am – 4pm
Admission: FREE


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Make Your Own Season’s Greetings at the National Postal Museum



If you haven’t yet been to a card-making event at the National Postal Museum (or even if you have), then mark your calendar for this fantastic holiday activity: The Annual Holiday Card Workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, from 10am – 4pm. And I can tell you from firsthand experience that these open-house events at the Postal Museum are always perfect for all ages, well-organized, festive, and super fun.

All of the supplies is provided — a bountiful spread of patterned papers, postage and rubber stamps, gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, markers of every color, and more! Following their own creative instincts, kids (and adults, for that matter) can choose whichever supplies they would like to design one-of-a-kind greetings for any holiday, or even just a wintery “Hello!”

Once finished, cards can then be placed in envelopes, addressed, and adorned with a distinctive National Postal Museum postmark at the museum’s stamp store. In keeping with educating children about the postal service and how mail works, kids can pop their own cards in an official USPS mailbox that is decorated to exactly resemble — none other than –SpongeBob SquarePants! Of course, visitors should also explore the whole museum and everything else it has to offer — you can read more about it all here.

The workshop takes place in the museum’s lower-level Atrium, which is full of various postal transports from over the years, including a real train car, semi-truck (yes, kids can climb in and pretend to drive!), a horse-drawn carriage, and airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Thanks to Smithsonian Gardens, the Atrium will be decked out in festive foliage, as well!

The layout of the card-making stations and supply tables encourages sharing, friendliness, and a sense of community, particularly important in this day and age. And the museum’s friendly staff and volunteers are always available to answer questions, provide examples of completed cards, or help in any other way!

So, remind children of the real reason for the season: Giving! And impart in them the tried and true lesson: It’s the thought that counts. Sometimes a handmade gesture can mean so much more to a friend or a loved one than any store-bought gift. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than taking the time to express your love and gratitude for the important people in your life with a heartfelt greeting?

Annual Holiday Day Card Workshop
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, WDC
When: December 8-9, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free


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