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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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