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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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Five Things: May 8, 2024


1. A corpse flower bloomed this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden!  The rare plant is known for its stench, which is strongest in the first 24 hours of blooming, but it’s quite interesting to view after that, too.  The bloom only lasts a few days, so try to see it while you can. If you miss it, though, there’s still plenty to see and do at the USBG.  Tour the plant collections, check out the interactive Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World exhibit, and take kiddos to the adorable Children’s Garden, which has opened for the season.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, the outdoor gardens 7:30am – 7pm, and admission is free. Read more about the USBG here.


2. The Downtown DC BID is looking for talented youth to perform at Kids World on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, in Franklin Park — and they will be holding auditions at a Kids World 2024 Talent Call. The call is open to singers, dancers, rappers, bands, poets, cheer squads, magicians, and others between the age of 5-17. Auditions will take place on May 25, from 12-4pm, and are limited to 10 minutes each. Register here!


3. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy some “me” time around DC on Mother’s Day, here are some ideas. (And re-sharing this round-up of ways to celebrate with the fam.)


4. Mother’s Day gifts that will get there quickly, if you need… This cookbook (I’ve perused it, and the recipes look so good and easy to make),  this neck massager (a friend highly recommends it), and this Stanley (not your kids’ water bottle).


5. 10 Happy Things for May!

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Five Things: April 30, 2024


1. The Drive-In at Union Market, the outdoor monthly movie series  that takes place during the warm seasons, begins on Friday, May 10, with a screening of Grease — and it’s a great family night out! The parking lot opens at 7:30pm, and the movie begins at 8:45pm, so you can also get food from the many vendors in the food hall for a pre-movie bite.  Tickets are $20/car, and they often sell out, so snag a (parking) spot while you can. Purchase here.


2. The Pick Your Own season has begun!  A few area farms have opened their strawberry fields to the public, so you can get out there and gather your own.  More places will start welcoming guests over the next few weeks, and more fruits and veggies will be available for PYO over the next few months. This KFDC round-up has details on where you can enjoy a pick-your-own outing.


3. If you need to do some shopping at IKEA, try to go on a Wednesday when Kids Eat Free. Specifically, you can get two kids’ entrees with the purchase of one adult entree. There is also a spring sale going on, plus a couple more offers to take advantage of now. See them all here.


4. Packing recommendations for a trip to South Beach Miami (and most of the ideas could work for any beach getaway destination).


5. Can’t wait to see you! 😂



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