“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

Easter Bunny to Ride Around Hill East on Sunday

Last year, the Easter Bunny greeted children. This year, the Easter Bunny will wave from a convertible.

The Easter Bunny will make an Easter Sunday appearance in Hill East SE, courtesy of the 13th Street Community Park and Garden. The Bunny will make a loop in a convertible starting at 11 a.m. Stand out on your porch and wave! See map of the route in flyer below.

In years past, the 13th Street Community Park … Read the rest

Miss Elaine Seeks Southeast Library Regulars for Story-Time Fun

Join Miss Elaine and Friends @storytimeshelter on Facebook.

A neighborhood-favorite children’s librarian is looking for her little story-time regulars to join her for songs, stories and puppets on her new Facebook page. You might know Miss Elaine from Southeast Library, where she has charmed swarms of toddlers and preschoolers over the past year (Capitol Hill Kid professed its love in this post).

“I started Miss Elaine and Friends with the hope of reaching out … Read the rest

“Solo Streaking”: New Social-Distance Trend?

Close the blinds, avert your eyes! “Solo streaking”–the trend of running while nude–has hit Capitol Hill just as the mayor’s stay-at-home order goes into effect. Residents have reported sightings of runners wearing only a smile at Lincoln Park, Eastern Market and even the Supreme Court.

Combining fresh air, exercise and joie de vivre, running al fresco appears consistent with the spirit, at least, of the mayor’s order, which specifies that individuals may leave … Read the rest

Missing Kidsinger Jim? He’s Now on Video!

Does your child miss Puppet Show Tuesdays and Singalong Fridays with Kidsinger Jim? Now kids can watch their Kidsinger Jim favorites online on his new video page. The videos are free, and there is a link to leave a tip.

Jim is also working on a custom video service: He will create a video just for your kids and include their favorite songs by request. When the custom video service is ready, Capitol Hill Kid … Read the rest

Kids’ Matzah Baking, Tomorrow at 11 a.m.

If you have flour, you have a kids’ baking activity for tomorrow. Join a Kids Matzah Baking class right in your kitchen using Zoom. Watch dough go from flour to crunchy matzah in under 18 minutes.

Geared to those ages 2 and up, it’s happening on Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m. and brought to you by the same friends who helped kids make hamantasch at the Hill Center last month. Register here.

Here … Read the rest