Weekend Notes: More Scavenger Hunts; Parks Reopen

Look for Brandt and pick up a new scavenger hunt this Sunday, noon-3 p.m., at Lincoln Park.

Two family-friendly happenings this weekend: Ravens Duet is offering new scavenger hunts, and DC parks are reopened as of today (Friday). I nearly called this a Weekend Roundup, but hesitated to return to that feature of normal times, because DC is still in a public health emergency, and I hope you all stay safe. The following are … Read the rest

Social Distance Diary, Day 74: Running Into the Unknown

Bridge to Kingman Island

I didn’t keep up with my Social Distance Diary. I did entries for Day 6, Day 8 and Day 10, and then I lost the energy–and I’m sure you know why. When given a small, kid-free block of time (he’s finally freaking asleep!), we face sad choices, like: Shower or sleep? Zoom with friends or sleep? Clean kitchen or sleep? Blog or sleep? You can see how the … Read the rest

Sunday Funday With Scavenger Hunts Around the Hill

Lizzy finds a creature that hides from the rain. Lizzy’s husband is Brandt Jeffers, founder of Ravens Duet, an adventure company that creates scavenger hunts on the Hill.

Hey Hill neighbors, have you seen Josie the giant giraffe from Johannesburg? If not, Sunday is the day. What happens on Sunday? Well, it’s National Scavenger Hunt Day (of course!), just in time to make your essential pandemic exercise more interesting. Brandt Jeffers, Lincoln Park … Read the rest

10 Marvelous Mother’s Day Menus on the Hill (Plus 3 More Ideas)

Mother’s Day brunch by Emilie’s

You can treat mom to an awesome Mother’s Day restaurant meal this weekend (pickup or delivery), but you may need to plan ahead. Some of the following restaurants have specified deadlines on Wednesday or Thursday for pre-orders, and availability may be limited. This list focuses on restaurants on Capitol Hill. Note that some are offering hot, ready-to-eat meals, while others are offering heat-and-serve or meal kits. Call the restaurants with … Read the rest

Mother’s Day, Delivered: 10 Lovely (and Local) Ideas

Give mom a gorgeous bouquet from local florist Fleurs DC.

Since no one is sure what day of the week it is, a friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10, a week from tomorrow. As we are all (painfully) aware, moms have it especially tough this year. Mother’s Day won’t be quite the same, but it can still be special. To that end, here are 10 ideas for treating superhero moms while … Read the rest

Shop Fun and Games for Babies Through Teens at Labyrinth’s New Online Store

Labyrinth has launched a new online storefront.

Labyrinth Game Shop yesterday launched its first online store, and it has a feature that will be helpful to moms and dads: You can shop by age, with age groups starting at “under 2 years” and going up incrementally to 18+.

“We know playing games and doing puzzles can be a small escape during these trying times, so we’re still committed to getting you new games and puzzles, … Read the rest

“Paula and the Pandemic”: Explaining Social Distance to Preschoolers

In “Paula and the Pandemic,” a little girl watches a flower grow from a seed while missing her best friend.

“I have been in this house forever!” my frustrated 3-year-old complained earlier this week. It was a good time to introduce him to “Paula and the Pandemic,” a sweet children’s book that I discovered through a recommendation on Moms on the Hill (MOTH).

The story follows Paula, a little girl who struggles when she is … Read the rest

Wild Animals Spotted in Capitol Hill

This lion lives at the National Zoo.

Lions, tigers and bears have been spotted all around the Hill–as part of a new no-contact kids’ activity: Safari Hunt. Aside from fun for kids, the safari is intended to raise awareness to help protect wildlife at risk during the coronavirus due to an uptick in poaching.

This activity was spearheaded by Elizabeth Gordon, a Mom on the Hill and founder of Extraordinary Journeys, and supported by … Read the rest

Paint and Plant With Home Garden Kits for Kids

Makeshift partnered with Bloompop to create Home Garden Kits for kids.

Here’s a fun idea to entertain the kids, brought to you by Makeshift, the local art-and-music workshop: paint and plant with a Home Garden Kit. Makeshift partnered with Bloompop to create the kits for kids, which include succulents and mosses, pot, specialized potting mix, craft paint and paintbrush.

Use the promo code MAKESHIFT to get $15 off each kit in your order. The kits … Read the rest

Sign Up for Art Club and More With Capitol Teachers

In Art Club, kids will learn techniques like dot painting (pointillism).

Do you have a little artist, grade 1-4, stuck at home and in need of inspiration? Art Club is your answer! Capitol Teachers, a tutoring company on the Hill, is offering a virtual Art Club and a variety of additional learning opportunities for students from kindergarten to grade 12.

In Art Club, students will explore different mediums and modalities of art while learning about … Read the rest