Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum

I read somewhere recently that girls are a long shot to become scientists, engineers, anything STEM-related, not because of an inability to do those jobs, but because of a lack of interest.  And that lack of interest isn’t because they’re simply not interested, it’s because they don’t get as much exposure or encouragement More...

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Stargazing at National Air and Space Museum - Looking at Pleiades
By David Gaines On Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Stargazing at Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Planets at Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

When we first moved into our home, I got glow-in-the-dark stars for the ceiling in Najwa’s room.  Before she even started Kindergarten, I made sure she knew all the planets, in order, which ones More...

National Air and Space Museum - African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Celebrating African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

The National Air and Space Museum is one of Najwa’s favorite museums.  So, I put it on the calendar because they were having a Heritage Family Day with the focus on African American Pioneers in More...

Making newspaper fort at the National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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Building Newspaper Forts and Visiting Timber City at National Building Museum

In the afternoon Najwa and Nduku were headed to a birthday party in Waldorf. Wanting to get back to getting Najwa out of the house on weekends, and considering tomorrow’s Super Bowl meant we only More...

Najwa and Alani at Side Yards in Washington DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, November 5th, 2016
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Trabants, Wonderplace, SparkLab, National Mall, Capitol Riverfront, Side Yards — One Long, Adverturous Day

Today was dedicated to the little ones. I wanted to get Najwa out the house, spend the day away from all the devices that Najwa gets glued to when we’re at home. I was going to need some help, so More...

Najwa - Halloween - PG Plaza
By David Gaines On Monday, October 31st, 2016
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Najwa as Mal for Halloween at PG Plaza

The original plan was to do an outdoor trick-or-treat. But with the temperatures a bit chilly for Nduku’s equatorial blood, we headed back to PG Plaza Mall. I wasn’t impressed last year, with More...

Najwa inventing something at Spark!Lab
By David Gaines On Sunday, October 30th, 2016
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Visit to the National Museum of American History and Spark!Lab

As soon as I learned about the Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History, I planned on taking Najwa. Picking a lazy Sunday, the timing couldn’t be more perfect with the Redskins playing More...

Najwa at Alani's Birthday
By David Gaines On Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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Celebrating Alani’s Birthday at Cabin John’s Regional Park

Being so close to Halloween, Najwa’s friend Alani had a halloween costume-themed birthday celebration at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. The celebration started out with a train ride through More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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Day of the Dead at the National Museum of the American Indian

Najwa’s buddy was having a birthday celebration later this afternoon; so what to do until then? A quick search and I found a celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian. So off we went. They More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
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We Went “Under The Big Top” Then Checked Out the Portraits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

It wasn’t quite the circus, and there wasn’t a huge tent with elephants and tigers dancing about, but we had a good time at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Under The Big Top nevertheless. More...