Stargazing at Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Planets at Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory

Stargazing at National Air and Space Museum - Looking at Pleiades

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 had rings, was the closest to the sun, the farthest, the coldest.  And threw Pluto in there for good measure. I was just living my fascination More...

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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 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...

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...

Najwa at the National Air and Space Museum
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 7th, 2016
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National Air and Space Museum

Again, Najwa asked if we could go to the National Air and Space Museum. Again, how can anyone say no to your child wanting to go to a museum? The main attraction at the museum for Najwa is the How Things More...

Najwa at Post Office Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 4th, 2016
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Visit to the Post Office Museum

Since we were in the area, Najwa and I made an impromptu visit to the Post Office Museum in the Union Station area. An interactive display to collect virtual stamps. The beginning of the exhibit telling the story More...

Najwa at Renwick Gallery
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
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Return to the Renwick Gallery

Out of nowhere, all of the sudden, Najwa was harping on going back to the Renwick Gallery. We visited the Renwick Gallery last month, as part of Museum Live Day!, and though it was a fascinating (albeit crowded) More...