Food Festival, Butterfly Garden, Sculpture Garden To Start Off Summer Break

With the heat index breaking into the 90s [humidity sucks] and a threat of a thunderstorm, we decided to head out to the Around The World Cultural Food Festival anyway.  We parked somewhere in Penn Quarter and walked to the National Mall, cutting through Moynihan Plaza.  The area has a bit of a European feel to it, the cobblestone, stone More...

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By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Reptiles, Books and Just Playing Around at the New Woodridge Library

Najwa and I took a trip down the road to check out the new Woodridge Library.  I had planned on coming here eventually, but with live reptiles for the kids, this made for the perfect reason. I More...

Truck Touch DC 2017 at RFK Stadium
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 10th, 2017
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Touching Trucks

It’s been a couple of years since we first went to Truck Touch, somehow missing the date last year.  But because of Najwa’s swimming lessons, we only caught the last couple of hours of this More...

Astronomy Festival
By David Gaines On Friday, June 2nd, 2017
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Viewing Jupiter, The Moon, Otherworldly Stuff at the Astronomy Festival

When Najwa was a lot younger, I had her saying she wanted to be an astronaut.  Almost had her wanting to dress up as one for Halloween.  I put glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of her room, got her More...

National Arboretum - Najwa, Alani, Aiyanna
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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An Unplanned Visit to the National Arboretum

The plan for the day was to go downtown for the Asian Street Festival with Najwa and a couple of her friends.  Which we did.  Only there was no festival.  Apparently it was postponed; until next year. More...

Math Festival DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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A Festival Where Math is the Highlight and Source of Entertainment

It’s interesting how you can take any subject and make it a festival.  When you think of festivals, you think of fun and games, clowns, music and food.  The festival we went to this weekend, though, More...

National Postal Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 18th, 2017
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Najwa Earns Her Detective Badge at Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt

Nduku on several occasions said she wanted to sign Najwa up for the girl scouts.  Coincidentally, at the National Postal Museum’s Women’s History Month Family Day, they were having a events More...

Najwa at the Heurich House Museum aka Brewmaster's Castle in Dupont Circle
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 11th, 2017
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Photo Scavenger Hunt in Dupont Circle’s Brewmaster’s Castle

It was a cold day today, but Najwa and I didn’t feel like sitting around the house.  So, we set off in search of something to do.  We almost changed our minds, though, when we got the Metro with More...

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 18th, 2017
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Robotic Challenge, Slime Making, Rocket Balloon Race and More at NBM’s Engineering Family (and Friends!) Day

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 More...

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...