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Around the World Cultural Food Festival - Washington DC- 2017
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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 More...

National Arboretum - Najwa, Alani, Aiyanna
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 20th, 2017

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...

Najwa and Alani building Lego-inspired robot at Family Engineering Day at National Building Museum
By David Gaines On Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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

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 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 22nd, 2016

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, Dayla and Alani at Washington Nationals game.
By David Gaines On Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Najwa and Friends at the Last Washington Nationals Game of the Year

The forecast called for rain, but since I already bought a bunch of tickets to take Najwa and her friends to the Washington Nationals’s baseball game, we were there. Our first stop, naturally, was More...

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

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...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 17th, 2016

The Birthday Celebration Continues on U Street

After the birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese wound down, we kept it going into the night. I took Najwa and Alani to U Street where they were screening Finding Nemo outdoors. The first stop was McDonalds, though. More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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Najwa Celebrates Her 6th Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese

We celebrated Najwa’s 6th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. Najwa’s Princess Tiana birthday cupcakes by Erin Cooper, an amazing pastry chef. Highly recommended: http://erinsdelights.com/ Kennedy, Alani More...

Najwa and Alani at BBQ Festival, Washington DC
By David Gaines On Sunday, June 26th, 2016
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Najwa and Alani at the Giant BBQ Battle

It’s weird calling it the Giant BBQ Battle when for years it’s been the Safeway BBQ Battle, but whatever. This year Alani, one of Najwa’s friend, joined us to help us not have to chase More...

Alani and Najwa at National Zoo
By David Gaines On Friday, April 22nd, 2016

School Trip to the National Zoo

When I was in school, I remember taking a field trip. Twice maybe. Throughout my entire schooling career. Perhaps there were more, but I vaguely remember any of my schools taking us on trips to anywhere. Najwa’s More...

DC Prep trip to the National Aquarium
By David Gaines On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

DC Prep Visits the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Najwa’s DC Prep class took a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  Nduku went with them and actually took some photos!  I’m used to only getting three, but she did better this time. More...

DC Prep - Argentine Program
By David Gaines On Thursday, December 11th, 2014

DC Prep Shares What They Learned About Argentina

As the calendar year comes to an end, DC Prep puts on another show for the parents.  They’ve been learning about other cultures and the program they put together revolved around Argentina.  I doubt More...