Rainy Sunday Salvation: Kidsinger Jim at Miracle Theatre

Sunday forecast: Rain, more rain, and a chance of Halloween-themed fun! If you’re dreading another indoor Sunday AND you want to do something seasonal with the kids, I have the ticket for you: Kidsinger Jim and the Big Barn Puppets are performing “Halloween at the Farm,” a 60-minute show featuring life-sized puppets and live music, at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row.

Do you know Kidsinger Jim? He performs … Read the rest

Reader Question on a Rainy Day: Indoor Play Spaces

AJ at Elemeno

Hey neighbors, I received a question from a reader this morning: Does Capitol Hill Kid have a list of all the indoor play spaces in the metro area?

Well, nope, I don’t, but check out these great lists:

As I’ve … Read the rest

Capitol Hill Kid to Launch Discussion Forum

Hi neighbors! I started Capitol Hill Kid (CHK) about six months ago to share information about activities, camps, events and resources for families on the Hill. I also had in mind that CHK could eventually be a place where Hill moms and dads could share information and interact with each other. To that end, I’m announcing my intention to put up a discussion forum here at CHK.

I’ve been following the recent discussion on MOTH … Read the rest

Halloween Kids Art Project Tomorrow at Plum Patch

Make this bat puppet at Plum Patch tomorrow.

Make a bat puppet with wings that flap and create spooky Halloween scene at Plum Patch tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon at Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave NE. Halloween costumes are welcome.

Plum Patch is the project of two Capitol Hill moms of toddlers who want their kids to have more opportunities to create, explore and have fun in a class-based environment. Plum Patch believes in using … Read the rest

New Hill Photographer Holding Mini Sessions This Sunday, Oct. 20

Damon Bowe and family/Photo by Damon Bowe

Damon Bowe, Navy Yard dad of twins and owner of Rose Physical Therapy Group, is starting a new photography business and holding mini photo sessions this Sunday, Oct. 20, 8-11 a.m. near the Supreme Court.

“Because I take a TON of photos of my twins, I’ve become really proficient at family photography,” Damon said. “I also take photos for commercial clients like Yelp, Smithsonian, numerous personal … Read the rest

Fall Festivals This Saturday at Maury and Van Ness

This Saturday, Oct. 19, you have your choice of fall festivals. Or you can hit both of them up! Here are the deets.

Maury Elementary Fall Festival

WHAT: Food, music, haunted house, arts and crafts,
face painting, carnival games, and the ever popular cake walk.

WHERE: Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave NE. Enter from the playground.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHY: Help Maury 5th graders raise money to go to Space Camp.… Read the rest

Pumpkin Patch Adventure at Montpelier Farms

Pickin’ pumpkins at Montpelier Farms.

It’s fall, and AJ is crazy about “punkins!” My current criterion for a pumpkin patch is that it be nearby. Montpelier Farms in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is less than 25 miles and about 35 minutes from the Hill, so that does it. We headed off there today. This farm exceeded my expectations.

Montpelier Farms is holding its Fall Festival through Nov. 11. In October, it’s open on Friday evenings, Saturdays … Read the rest

A Swimming Start at Old City Swim School

Old City Swim School holds classes at the Model Secondary School for Deaf (MSSD) pool on the Gallaudet University campus.

Last weekend, AJ had his first swimming lesson with Old City Swim School, a local swim school that holds lessons at pools on the campus of Gallaudet University. Old City offers “Parent and Tot” classes for children ages 2-3, and “Learn to Swim” for kids 3 and up (see descriptions here). AJ, … Read the rest

Nicole Harkin Photography Offers Discount for CHK Readers

Photo by Nicole Harkin Photography

If you’re looking to do a family photography session–and from recent discussion on MOTH, I know that many of you are–check out Nicole Harkin’s beautiful photography. Nicole, a mom on the Hill, is offering 10 percent off if you mention that you found her through Capitol Hill Kid. Book here.

Here’s how Nicole describes her approach to family sessions: “Working with you and your family, I will make sure … Read the rest