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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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...

Najwa at DC State Fair
By David Gaines On Sunday, August 28th, 2016
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DC State Fair

I find it ironic that it’s called the DC State Fair when DC isn’t a state. It’s not even part of the 50 United States of America. And compared to what I remember a state fair being like growing More...

Najwa - 17th Street Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, August 27th, 2016
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Najwa Attacked by a Dragon at the 17th Street Festival

Najwa and I took a trip down to 17th Street for its annual 17th Street Festival. With a ton of vendors and spanning a couple of blocks, Najwa really only wanted to do the moon bounce. Najwa patiently waiting More...

Liberia Independence Celebration - Washington DC
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
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Celebrating Liberian Independence Day

Last time we came out to celebrate with the Liberians, Nduku and Najwa were one. But this would be Najwa’s first time standing on her own two feet. And like the last time, it was HOT! Vivian and her More...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
By David Gaines On Saturday, July 9th, 2016
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival Featuring Basque Culture and the Music of California

Each summer we make it a point to check out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year featured the Basque and the Music of California. Basque cuisine is interesting. We ordered talo con chistorra, a grilled More...