Published On: Sat, Mar 1st, 2014

Najwa Back at “Kids in the Kitchen” at the YMCA

For the second year in a row, we took Najwa to Kids in the Kitchen:

This annual event showcases ways for kids to eat smart and make healthy lifestyle choices. Celebrity chefs will host healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness experts will lead kids in high-energy exercise sessions, and certified nutritionists will be on hand to answer questions. This fun-filled day will offer games, crafts, hands-on learning, and exciting raffle prizes – all to celebrate and promote nutritional literacy!

This year, the Junior League of Washington is partnering with the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Campaign® and will have Colgate’s Mobile Dental Van on site for kids up to age 12 to get free dental screenings. With long-standing partnerships with governments, schools and communities, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® has reached more than half a billion children and their families across 80 countries with free dental screenings and oral health education, and the Junior League is thrilled to have them at Kids in the Kitchen.

And for the second year in a row, I forgot to take Najwa to the Colgate Mobile Dental Van for the free dental screening. But she did get a goody bag, her hand and face painted, and a lesson in the hula hoop.

Najwa and her goody bag

Najwa with her goody bag.

Najwa chose a unicorn as the image to be painted on her hand. Kind of wished the painter painted it so that it appeared right-side-up when Najwa looked at her hand, but whatever. I don’t think Najwa could tell it was a unicorn.

Najwa getting her hand painted

Najwa getting her hand painted

So we got her face painted. Not that she would be able to see that either, but she chose a butterfly.

Najwa waiting for face painting

Patiently waiting for her turn.

Najwa getting her face painted

Najwa getting her face painted

Najwa getting her face painted

Najwa and her chef's hat

Najwa and her toque.


Like last year, Najwa wanted to play with the hula hoops. Like last year, she’s still a little too small. And uncoordinated. And impatient. Nduku did what she could to help, but we’re still years away before Najwa can get it on her own.

Najwa and the Hula Hoop

Najwa learning how to hula hoop

Najwa learning how to hula hoop

Last year Najwa was in the the racquetball rooms where there were hockey sticks and beach balls [as huge yellow tennis balls] just hitting the balls around. This year, she elevated her game and participated in a hockey game. A little slower than most of the other kids, a little smaller and a lot more uncoordinated, she still gave it all she had.

Najwa playing hockey

Najwa playing hockey

Najwa playing hockey

Najwa playing hockey

Najwa playing hockey


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David Gaines

- David Gaines is a Washington, DC, resident transplanted from North Carolina whose dream career was a newspaper writer but settled for the recruiting industry and simply blogging about whatever thoughts crosses his mind.

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