Playing on the ‘Lawn’ Is Perfect for Preschoolers

Hello again, Capitol Hill moms and dads! Last weekend, my sisters were in town and we checked out “Lawn” at the National Building Museum. Everyone–including my tween nieces–had a great time, but I think the preschooler had the best time of all.

“Lawn” is a rolling, fake-grass hill with steep inclines and plateaus. We hiked straight up and found unoccupied hammocks to loll around. Then we played cornhole.

AJ ran around and rolled down the … Read the rest

Celebrate With the Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade

The Mall may be too much this year, but luckily we have our own parade. Bring your little ones to the Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade on Barracks Row. Parade starts at 10 a.m. at 8th and I Streets SE and ends at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Follow it up with brunch at one of the many delicious restaurants on Barracks Row. Also note: Elemeno will be closed for play, but open … Read the rest

Exploring–and Getting Muddy–With Tinkergarten

City kids might need more direction in getting dirty than their rural/suburban counterparts. Enter Tinkergarten, an outdoor class where kids explore and learn about nature. AJ and I had a great time–and got really muddy–at Tinkergarten this past spring at Lincoln Park.

Below I’ll tell you all about our recently completed spring session–but first, I want to let you know that you can still join summer sessions at Lincoln Park at a discounted rate. Also, … Read the rest

Alleypalooza: Turning Alleys Into Birthday Party Venues

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently kicked off Alleypalooza 9.0, an effort to restore alleys across D.C., and I was reminded of an awesome birthday party we attended earlier this summer in NE.

This party had ALL the outdoor fun–water table, beach balls and a unicorn sprinkler! I complimented the birthday girl’s mom on the space, and she said that it would not have been possible had the alley not been the recipient of an Alleypalooza … Read the rest

Report from Watkins Spray Park

Happy Monday, neighbors! Yesterday morning, AJ and I went to Watkins spray park for the first time this summer. I got him all pumped up by showing him photos of how much fun he had last year. Then I took him to Lincoln Park to work up a sweat. “This is NOT spray park, Mommy,” he said, so after a little bit we headed over to Watkins, arriving just before 10 a.m., which is when … Read the rest