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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 and Alani at the Turkish Festival in Washington, DC
By David Gaines On Sunday, September 25th, 2016
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Najwa and Alani at the Turkish Festival

As it has become an annual event for us, we returned to the Turkish Festival once again this year. This time, we invited Najwa’s friend Alani.  More...