Kidriffic Weekend Events For May 17 – 19 2013

Ack! I know I’ve been MIA, but with Mother’s Day comes a whole lot of baggage for me and, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. I just may tell it in the coming days.

This weekend calls for, ugh, THUNDERSTORMS. So here’s a list of things you can do with your kiddos INSIDE (ok ok, and a couple of things outside too) this weekend!

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW
(between N Desales St & N Sumner Row)
Washington, DC 20036
10am – 6pm
Admission: Adult $11/Members, Students, Seniors and Military $9/Children 5-11 $7/Children Under 5 FREE
Okay honestly, I think Meerkats are the cutest little wild things and what’s better than seeing them in 3D??? And why not check out the Real Pirates exhibit while you’re there?

Be With Me Playseum
7000 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815
Mon-Sat 9 am – 5:30 pm
Admissions: $7 per person
I love the Playseum because it’s great for all kids. Have a manicure, make a cupcake, or just have fun going from room to room dressing up like a princess or reading a book.

Thrill-O-Rama
5711 Woodcliff Rd. Unit 102
Bowie MD, 20720
301.262.4889
Ages 0 – 14
Admissions: Call for Pricing
Kids love to slide, jump and bounce, so they will love Thrill-O-Rama! Call for Open Play times.

Cinderella
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.,Glen Echo, MD 20812
Kids ages 4 to 10. Times and dates vary.
Admissions:$$
Set in 17th-century France, this story combines elaborate costumes and puppets to tell the tale of Cinderella.

Good Night Walk: Hop To It.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA
Kids ages 4+
7 p.m.
Admissions: FREE
It’s National Frog Jumping Day! What better way to celebrate than by meeting live amphibians and listening to frog-themed stories at the Nature Center? Hop on over if you can.

DC’s First Family Obstacle Course Challenge!
American University
The field at Massachusetts Avenue/45th St.
Saturday, May 18th 2013
Heats begin at: 10am, 10:45, 1:45, 2:30
Admissions:
Single Participant: $25
Team of 2: $45 / $22.50 per person
Team of 3: $60 / $20 per person
Team of 4+: $17.50 per person
Parking is available at the Katzen Arts Center Parking Garage
Get your exercise on with your family at this fun event. Your whole family will enjoy and your heart will thank you for it.

~JM

Kidriffic Weekend Events For May 3 – 5 2013

For once I have absolutely NOTHING planned this weekend. I’m simply going with the flow. I’ll wake up when Johanna wakes up, do some housework, take a nap when she naps and simply relax! However, if you’re looking for activities to do with your little ones this weekend, checkout one of the following events:

Flower Mart
National Cathedral
Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free
The annual spring festival, in its 74th year, at the National Cathedral will take place today and tomorrow. While plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths will likely be of more interest to grown-ups, there will also be music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other fun activities to delight kids as well. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Proceeds from other sales benefit the Cathedral’s gardens, grounds and woodlands. See the website for the entertainment schedule.

Music by the River
Yards Park
Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free
The Yards Park Friday Concert series starts up again this evening! I’m personally psyched about this; it’s one of my favorite activities during late spring and summer. Lloyd Dobler Effect will be kicking off the series, and concessions will be available from Pepe, Jose Andres’ food truck (or you can BYO). Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine, and make an evening of it with the family. A heads-up: The fountains that the Yards are so well known for are not on while construction is going on at the park, but there’s still plenty of space for kids to frolic, and, of course, the boardwalk where everyone can dance!

Birds and Afternoon Tea
Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD
Admission: Free
Kids ages 3+. 1 to 3 p.m.
Sit on the deck and look at the birds while you sip tea.

From Here to There
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Admission: $$
Kids ages 0 to 5. Times vary.
England’s Tell Tale Hearts Company travels to D.C. to premiere this show about bridges. Using rhythm, vocal play, shoe boxes, cards and a lot of imagination, kids will explore the many types of bridges.

A-RTS Festival
Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
Admission: Free
All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
The square turns into an outdoor art gallery for the weekend! Shop from vendors and enjoy live entertainment.

Let’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC
Admission: Free
All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making Mexican crafts.

Family & Youth Casting Call
Fletcher’s Cove on the C&O Canal, Washington, DC
Admission: FREE
All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday May 4th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spend a day fishing in the C&O Canal! We’ll provide the instructors and all the gear. When not fishing, children can participate in water quality testing, fish art, scavenger hunts and more.

Space Day
National Air & Space Museum
Admission: Free
Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Fun activities nurture young peoples’ enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspire them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). Special activities throughout the museum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Skylab and the 30th anniversary of the flights of Guy Bluford Jr., the first African American in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

Kids World Cinema
Goethe-Institut Washington
Admission: Free
This is recommended for children ages 3-9
Saturday, 2-4:30pm
Start nurturing little foreign film buffs at the 2013 Kids World Cinema. With an aim to inspire the artistic development of DC children through the discovery of quality foreign films, significant international children’s films and accompanying workshops are coming to venues around Washington. On Saturday, they can see short animated children’s films from China and Germany, followed by related craft activities, including creating simple figures from a Chinese paper craft. Read about the films being presented here.

Around the World Embassy Tour
More than 40 Embassies
Admission: Free
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
You might get to hear live Australian didgeridoo music, sample tasty Korean dishes, see a Peruvian dance show, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! On Saturday, Cultural Tourism DC presents it annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event will showcase art, music, traditional dress, culinary delights, and more. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those huge mansions along Mass Ave that you usually just admire from the street. The tour runs from 10am – 4pm. Free shuttle bus service will be available throughout the day (see route on the website), and many embassies are convenient to Metro for walking. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks.

Super Family Sunday
Signature Blue Events
Admission: Online – $13/adults, $10/kids online, $15/adults, $13/kids at door
Sunday, 4-6pm
This event produced by Culture Kingdom Kids features the best of family friendly music, storytelling, crafts, and vendors for your super family, including Grammy-nominated musician/storyteller Chrystylez Bacon, an all children’s Motown Revue by Visions Performing Arts Company and Zumbatomic by Zukossa Fitness.

Washington Jewish Music Festival in the Park
Stead Park
Admission: Free
Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Enjoy a day of free outdoor concerts with games and fun for all ages. Featuring performances from children’s music sensation Robbie Schaefer (of Eddie From Ohio), footstomping bluegrass fusion group Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and biblical bubblegum pop duo Stereo Sinai. Other amusement for kids includes a moonbounce, arts and crafts, face-painting, field games, and more. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Stead Park is located at 1625 P Street NW.

~JM

A$AP Rocky, I Loathe You

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Monday night I had a mommy night and it felt gooooooooooood! My bestie took me to the Rihanna concert at the Verizon Center and I was geeked! I love Rihanna. Love.Her. I love her style, attitude and music. So obviously, even though I had the Monday blues and the never ending fatigue that plagues me, I was ready! We rushed to get there on time because we didn’t want to miss a thing, only to find out that we could’ve stayed at the restaurant for another hour really.

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Some dude name A$AP Rocky opened the show. Welcome to me feeling like I’m 50 instead of in my early 30s. I was HORRIFIED. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide from the hideousness that was taking place on stage. The lyrics to his songs…I…well…uhhh…

I was baffled. I was even more baffled that all of these KIDS in the audience knew the lyrics and thought that crap was hot. That ain’t hot! I mean is this really what’s going on in the streets? Is this the world I have to raise my daughter in? I mean seriously, peep the lyrics to this song titled…wait for it…Fuckin’ Problems -_-

Hold up bitches simmer down
Takin’ hella long bitch give it to me now
Make that thing pop like a semi or a nine
Oh baby like it raw with a shimmy shimmy ya
Huh, ASAP get like me
Never met a mother fucker fresh like me
All these motherfuckers wanna dress like me
Put the chrome to your dome make you sweat like Keith
Cause I’m the nigga, the nigga nigga
Like how you figure?
Getting figures and fuckin bitches
She rollin swishers for her bitches
I bought my niggas they getting bent up off the liquor
She love my licorice, I let her lick it
They say money make a nigga act nigger-ish
But at least a nigga nigga rich
I be fuckin broads like I be fuckin bored
Turn a dyke bitch out have her fuckin boys
Beast

I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
If findin somebody real is your fuckin problem
Bring ya girls to the crib maybe we can solve it

Dude…dude…duuuuuuuuuuuude! Miss Honeybee Free and I were like .

Straight up disgust and confusion. And all of these 13/14/15/16 year olds were acting like this was everything! No ma’am. Noooo! This is nothing! This is crap! You shouldn’t listen to it. You shouldn’t be allowed to listen to it. As a matter of fact, where are your parents???

Let me tell you something. It takes a village to raise a child right? Well VILLAGE, if you ever see Johanna out anywhere listening to crap like this, you have my permission to carryout the discipline that you see fit because that right there? Chile…

But seriously, I’m concerned. I hate this world that we brought Johanna into. I’m constantly thinking about how to combat the bad influences of those around her. How do I raise her with the Christian morals I was raised on, enforce them, and ensure that she follows through with them? That really bothers me. The influence of friends and society is very strong. Society accepts so much now, so much that goes against my moral fiber. Will she look at us like we’re the ones that are wrong because we don’t go with what society says is acceptable? That scares me. And my God, will her self esteem ever be so low as to think that the lyrics above are sexy? Are cool? Are hot? My God. My.God.

So needless to say, I’m in deep prayer about Johanna’s life and how I should raise her. I’m constantly asking the Lord to reveal to me what to do and help with the decisions that I make. I know my husband and I will make mistakes. I know we will fail at a lot. But dear God, I cried on the inside at the horror that was on that stage Monday night and at the little girls who were wowed by it. By the way, Johanna can’t even go to see an artist like Rihanna until she’s 18. No ma’am. Not going down. Not gon’ happen captain. Not on my watch.

What do you think? Am I being too strict and weird about this? Would you allow your teenager to go see A$AP Rocky?

~JM