MotherNation: A Resource for New Moms

Attention, new Capitol Hill mamas and mamas-to-be! I would like to introduce you to MotherNation, a wonderful resource that I recently discovered. Described as “a wellness community for women in the beginning stages of motherhood,” MotherNation was started by two local moms, Adrienne and Cait, who met in a D.C. house share (perhaps the most D.C. way to meet), and whose friendship deepened as they became mothers.

MotherNation is currently offering the following nurturing … Read the rest

March for Moms, May 11: A Demonstration in Support of Maternal Health

The March for Moms will be held Saturday, May 11, 1-3:30 p.m. on the National Mall. The march is a family-friendly, peaceful demonstration to call attention to the critical need to address maternal health.

You can also sign up for March for Moms Advocacy Day on May 10 to help explain to Members of Congress the importance of taking on maternal mortality issues.

Get your T-shirt and get ready.

News Roundup: Summer Camps and More

Camp News

  • Camp Adventura, a Spanish immersion urban adventure camp for ages 3-12, is filling up quickly with a few spots left in some summer weeks. Learn more and register online at
  • Tomorrow, May 1, is the last day of the “early bird special” to register for DC Way soccer camp. This camp is for kids ages 5-14 and is held at Tyler Elementary field.
  • Terp Discovery invites middle school students (rising
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FIT4Mom Is Celebrating Mothers With Free Classes, Playgroups and More

FIT4MOM is giving moms the special treatment next week, celebrating Mother’s Day with free classes, playgroups, a Moms’ Night Out and membership discounts. Sign up for a membership at one of the free classes listed below, and get 20 percent off your first month of membership. Register.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Monday, May 6

“Good Morning Washington” will be working out with FIT4MOM all morning:

  • 5:45 a.m.: Body Back Preview Class, Realignment Studio,
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Thanks for Your Comments on Kid-Friendly Dining–New List Coming Soon!

I was thrilled at the response to my previous post, “Kid-Friendly Restaurants on the Hill: Is the Struggle for Real?” I received a number of comments here, and I received 51(!!) comments over at the Hill East Facebook group, where I shared the post.

Neighbors wrote to share their specific recommendations (local Mexican joints are extremely popular), as well as more general observations about what makes a restaurant kid-friendly: generous table size, fairly loud … Read the rest

Kid-Friendly Restaurants on the Hill: Is the Struggle for Real?

I got to thinkin’ about kid-friendly restaurants on the Hill after reading this DCist article last week, “Parents Say They Struggle to Find Kid-Friendly Bars and Restaurants in DC.” I am wondering, the struggle: Is it real?

I’d love to know what CHK readers have to say. Hey you, passing through! Please comment below on the neighborhood restaurants that you’ve enjoyed with kids. What made it kid-friendly?

I think “kid-friendly” varies quite a … Read the rest

Weekend Roundup: Theater, Bookstore Event, Kids’ Show and (Monday) Family Movie Night

This weekend, Atlas Performing Arts Center has several showings of children’s theater production, “Aquarium.” Rocknoceros is performing at Pie Shop DC. East City Books is having a birthday event, and Hill Center is hosting Volunteer Capitol Hill. Just past the weekend, Monday is CHCNS Family Movie Night. See details below:

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Power Tots Registration Opens Today and Tomorrow for Saturday Sessions at Sport and Health

Registration is open (today for some classes, and tomorrow for others) for the Saturday sessions of Power Tots held at the Capitol Hill Sport and Health. These Saturday Power Tots sessions are extremely popular and fill up fast, because Power Tots might be the best class for toddlers and preschoolers on the Hill.

What makes it great? For starters, Ms. Kyanna and Ms. Jamie are awesome instructors who handle the children with enthusiasm and sure … Read the rest

CHK Blog Update, April 23: Draft Summer Camp List and Other Updates

This week I am reporting exciting developments:

  • I released a Summer Camps on the Hill list! Although it’s in draft, I think it’s already the best and most complete list of Hill camps available. I want to make sure the list is totally comprehensive before I officially debut it. It is “under review,” as I await edits from some kid business owners.
  • I installed a new WordPress theme! This theme is Penscratch, and it looks
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Atlas Arts for Young Audiences Presents Aquarium, April 24-28

I just bought tickets for AJ and me to a Sunday performance of “Aquarium” at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Atlas’s Arts for Young Audiences features programming for young people including bilingual shows, music, puppetry and theater. “Aquarium” is described as best for ages 1-5 and as follows:

Enter a fantastical island world where fish soar through the air, lemons light up the sky, and sheep go parading by. With gentle music, puppets, Read the rest