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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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The World & Me Family Program: Amphibian Week Celebration with the USDA Forest Service & Friends!

 

Celebrate Amphibian Week with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s family program, The World & Me! Join the fun this Saturday, May 6, to learn about amphibians with friends and resources from the USDA Forest Service, USGS, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!

Families with kids of all ages are invited to explore different stations and learn through play, art, and museum collections.  Learn all about these remarkable vertebrates that spend their lives in both land and water. Discover how a healthy ecosystem supports frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, and why we need to preserve their habitats.

 

 

The program will take place at the National Museum of Natural History. Meet at the entrance of Q?rius, the Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, on the Ground Floor of the museum. Q?rius is located next to the Constitution Avenue entrance.

This is a drop-in event — families can join anytime from 10am – 12:30pm and stay for as long as they’d like. No registration is required.

The World and Me Family Program: Amphibian Week Celebration
Where: National Museum of Natural History
Location: Constitution Ave.  & 10th St. NW, DC
When: Saturday, May 6, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: FREE!

 

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

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Music & Stamps Family Day at the National Postal Museum this Saturday!

 

Save the date for this coming Saturday, August 6!  The National Postal Museum is hosting its first in-person Family Day in over two years — and if it’s anything like its pre-pandemic events, it’s sure to be a festive, well organized, and super fun time.

The United States Postal Service recently issued a series of five postage stamps depicting mariachi musicians. Designed by the Postal Museum’s Guest Artist, Rafael Lopez, the stamps joyfully celebrate the vibrant colors and sounds of mariachi music and Mexican culture.

This weekend, you can join Rafael for Music & Stamps Family Day, a celebration of Latinx music and the new mariachi stamps.  He’ll be at the museum leading visitors through stories, musical performances, crafts, and games.

Keeping visitor comfort in mind, a Take-A-Break space will be available throughout the program for anyone who needs to step away from the festivities. And, of course, the rest of the museum is fantastic to explore — I’ve always recommended it as an especially great one with young children.

Music & Stamps Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, DC
When: Saturday, August 6, 11am – 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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