The Nat’l Building Museum – A Preschoolers Dream

Last Saturday Johanna was over the moon excited! Not because of what she was going to be doing, but because of the fact that she was meeting up with an old friend for a play-date. After thinking on it for some time, we decided to take the girls to the National Building Museum. I had never been there, but I had heard great things and, well, they were having a groupon deal so why not?

The first thing that made me thrilled was that the museum entrance was literally right across the street from the Judiciary Square metro station. Thank God because the heat was set to Hades!

The first thing I noticed was that this museum is gorgeous inside. Why didn’t I have my wedding there? It would’ve been splendid! Anyway, see that fountain there? That’s where a lot of families go to sit around and relax, or wait for others to join them. That’s where we sat to wait for Johanna’s friend and the fountain was already the favorite part of her morning! When her friend did show up it was like they hadn’t missed a beat. THey just kept running around that open space and that’s all they wanted to do. But there was more museum to see!

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The Play Work Build exhibit was my very favorite one for the kids. There was so much to do! Lot’s of tables for them to work at and a great open space building zone for them. Johanna just kept moving from station to station and I loved it. You could choose to be a lazy parent and just watch, or you could happily get involved and help them build, roll, or even seesaw!

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This wall was my favorite. Amazing! It’s a digital wall where you can build blocks with your body, and then make them come crashing down! I think I might have enjoyed it more than Johanna did.

We then headed to another exhibit that was quite interesting. There were several areas to build things, even a section with legos. The interesting part was that there was a house in the middle of the room and every single girl in that room ran towards the house. I didn’t have a problem with that, I just thought it was interesting. We don’t have traditional gender roles in our house for the most part. We both do all of the chores, so it’s just interesting.

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Why yes, Johanna is pretending to be a construction worker chef. I love it!

The one thing we totally missed because we were tired, hungry, and just plain forgot about it was the BIG MAZE! I’m so disappointed because it is now closed. I hope that they bring it back next summer because that would be a lot of fun.

So if you’re looking for something to do with child this weekend, please take them to the National Building Museum. It’s located at 401 F Street NW and open from 10-5 Saturday, 11-5 Sunday.

If you find yourself looking for more things to do with your little one this weekend, please visit my facebook page. Every Saturday morning I list great events in the DMV to do with your family. Most events are free or cheap. Happy Friday everyone!

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Field Trip Friday: A Rapping Wolf

Friday’s are field trip Friday’s around these parts. Today we took a field trip to the store…yeah, that’s all I got lol. I have quite a few orders to fulfill this weekend, so we’re going to have to try again next week. However, last week we went to the Puppet Co. Playhouse  to see Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs!

The description per their website:

What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf?  At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less.  Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker?  You be the judge!  This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation.

Now to be honest, it did NOT have a ton of audience participation. The great thing is that there is an area on the floor in front of the stage for the kids to sit if they wish, while their parents sit on the benches. Johanna started getting a little fidgety towards the end, but she still enjoyed it. It had really good messages mixed in, a rapping wolf, and a cute little set.  Johanna said that the wolf was her favorite character, but when it was time to take a picture with him she wasn’t having it.

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The great thing about Glen Echo Park is that there is still fun to be had after the show. We headed to the playground, then to the cafe to get donuts. And you know about the Carousel right? Loves it!

The show ends August 31. Tickets are a great price (we paid $10 per ticket). Run time is approximately 40 minutes. So if you find yourself looking for something to do with your little one before they head back to school, checkout the show. Another awesome show, Pinkalicious, is showing now as well if the puppet thing just isn’t for you. You can go here for tickets to both shows.

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The park itself is gorgeous, and old fashion. I hope you go and really enjoy yourself, even if you don’t see a show.

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Kidriffic Events for February 28 – March 2, 2014

You’ve probably noticed I haven’t done events in a while and that’s because I have been looking for a calendar plug in to use for the events. I haven’t figured out one that I like AND can use on wordpress.com. For that reason I will put a list of events here, but you will have to go to my facebook page for the details. I’m guessing you’ve liked my fb page by now, ahem, so that shouldn’t be a problem 🙂 Here are the events for this weekend:

Greenberg Train and Toy Show – Upper Marlboro, MD, 10am-4pm

Sunjata Kamalenya – An interactive play about Mali – Cheverly, MD,  Friday 12 noon & Saturday 11 am

Atlas Intersections Festival – Washington, DC, Saturday 12 noon

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday 12:30pm

Mardi Gras Family Festival – Saturday 11:30am

Black history concert – College Park, MD, Sunday 5pm

For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/johannasmama

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Kidriffic Events for October 26-27, 2013

I know I have been MIA, but our team is incredibly short staffed at my job and I’ve been putting in more hits than usual. I’m sorry. That means no kidriffic events major post this weekend. However, I can quickly tell you that Glen Echo Park is having an event Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The Halloween event celebrates the arts through hands-on crafts, live performances, and activities for all ages. Today and Sunday Mount Vernon is celebrating harvest days. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. Also enjoy boo at the zoo and the white house fall garden tour! Have a great weekend my luvs!

~JM

Kidriffic Events for October 12-13, 2013

In light of the government shutdown, and knowing how many families in this area are effected by it, I’m only listing free events for this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

18th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari
Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
When: Saturday, 12-4
Admission: Free
The Torpedo Factory will host the eighteenth annual Alexandria Arts Safari with a day of hands-on arts and crafts activities for kids and their families.

POP ART FUN: FREE FAMILY DAY
1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia
When: Sunday, noon to 4
Admission: free
Families can play amongst Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds and engage in pop art “make and take” projects with the Albus Cavus art collective, including how you can “Warhol” favorite everyday objects.

Free Fall Arts Fair
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE   Washington, DC
When: Sunday, noon to 4
Admission: free
Spend the afternoon immersed in D.C.’s rich artistic community. Featuring everything from face painting to food trucks to an instrument petting zoo, WPAS connects families, the neighborhood, and the arts through interactive performances and imaginative workshops.

Kidriffic Events, October 5-6, 2013

 

 

Kid Friendly DC  has a wonderful list of fall festivals taking place in the DMV. Please go check it out!

 

Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest
When: Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Admission: Free to attend
Activities include scarecrow making*, pumpkin painting*, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, pony rides*, petting zoo, hay rides, model trains, instrument petting zoo, and the KidWay MidWay* (with more than a dozen rides and attractions).

Washington DC Premiere of Thomas and Friends: King of the Railway DVD
When: Saturday, 10:15am
Where: Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Admission: Tickets are free, but limited

 

The event is held along Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Admission to the Taste of Bethesda is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets.

Adams Morgan PorchFest celebrates local talent by turning the front stoops and porches of several Adams Morgan homes into performance spaces where local musicians will play for the community for free! The sounds will be spread throughout the residential side streets of the neighborhood, making the stunning architecture the backdrop as you follow your ears from house to house.

Fabulas Mayas Open Rehearsal
When: Saturday, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20010
Admission: Free to attend
The Gala Hispanic Theatre presents an Open Rehearsal of Fabulas Mayas, a bilingual children’s show for GALita. In this entertaining children’s play the Creator and Shaper provide lessons about life through the creatures they create to populate the earth. An adaption of traditional Maya legends and fables that features puppets, music, and song.

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Kidriffic Events for September 14-15, 2013

Hello all. I just want to say that I do owe you all an updated entry on meeting up with my biological father, but I’m still processing. I haven’t even discussed it with dh yet. But I promise not to leave you hanging. When I’m ready to, I will write about it. Thank you for all of your support and prayers. They mean a lot to me.

Speaking of dh, he left for Afghanistan and has been gone for a week. Johanna isn’t taking it very well. She looks like she is to others, but I know this child really well and I can see how it has affected her. She’s even sleeping more than normal. So I decided to take us on a mini-staycation. That’s when you don’t leave your state, but just get a hotel room nearby and relax, do some site seeing, etc. Today we did a lot of resting and went to see a Nats game (we won, go Nats!). Tomorrow we will swim a little and just relax, grab some ice cream, chill. I hope everyone had a great week, and here’s to an even better weekend!

1001942_713659711982854_397197306_nThere will be over 70 exhibiting artists, live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts. While you’re there, go visit Pretty Girl Cupcakery, open from 10am-7pm this Saturday. They are also giving away 100 cupcakes this week and the flavor is White Chocolate Espresso! New fall flavors include Mint Chocolate Chip, Apple Pie A La Mode, Pumpkin Spice and Black Cherry.

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,
Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday and Sunday 91m-5pm
Admissions: $17 age 12-61, $8 age 6-11, Free 5 & under, $16 62 and over

Eighteenth-century fun and colonial craftsmanship come together in this popular annual event. Enjoy lively entertainment, including sword-swallowing, tight rope-walking, magic, comedy, music, and shop for furniture, glass, pottery, rugs, clothing, and more, hand-crafted by leading artisans.

As an added treat, festival-goers can also take advantage of FREE Potomac River sightseeing cruises throughout the weekend.  Entry to the Colonial Market & Fair is FREE with your general admission ticket. 

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Baby Loves Disco
U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW, Washington D.C
When:
Sunday at 11am
Admission:
$15
A family dance party featuring BLD’s signature DJ and MC, face painting, tattoos, crafts, games, dance contests, kid-friendly spa services, and goody bags are all part of the admission fee, as are snacks for everyone.

Don’t forget to checkout Doc Mcstuffins at Nats Park on Tuesday from 10-4. And bring a stuffed animal friend for her to diagnose 🙂

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