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  • Feb25

    The weather is getting nicer and if your family is looking for something to do that is educational and outside then we have the perfect place for you – Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens.

    So here’s the background: Hillwood was owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, who once was the richest woman in America and owned Post Cereal Company. Hillwood was one of three houses she owned. (You may have heard of one of the others, Mar-A-Lago, now owned by President Trump.)

    Hillwood Museum

    My mom and I went to Hillwood a few years ago and we liked it. When we heard there was a new exhibit we were excited to visit again. The exhibit is called the Four Seasons and it is four giants made out of things found during each of the four seasons. While you are exploring outside don’t miss the Japanese Gardens and don’t fall in the water. We thought this would be a great place to read a book. Across from the Japanese Gardens is a family dog graveyard that is so sweet.

    Hillwood Museum

    This trip we did a quick browse through the house and had fun looking at some of our favorite rooms. Don’t miss the breakfast room and her closet and the sign on her bedroom door. The house is almost like an American palace.

    Hillwood Museum

    The Four Seasons exhibit ends on March 31st so get this on your weekend agenda.

    • Where: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC
    • Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Cost: There is a suggested donation of $18 for adults and $5 for children
  • Feb15

    The White House

    The First Lady’s office announced today that the White House will reopen for tours on Tuesday, March 7th. Click here for the complete press release with information about tour times.

    As has been the practice in the past, requests for tickets to tour the White House should be submitted through your Member of Congress or Senator. Don’t know who that is? Click here and enter your zip code to find your Member of Congress and click here to find your Senator.

    Keep in mind requests may be made up to three months in advance and should be made no less than 21 days in advance.

  • Aug31

    The National Building Museum has a really cool Icebergs exhibit that will only be here until Monday. If you are in DC for Labor Day weekend this would be a great thing to do with your family.

    iceberg glow

    At the Icebergs exhibit there are big and small icebergs and ones that glow and icebergs inside of an iceberg. Icebergs is almost as cool as Beach last summer.

    There are two slides and a viewing tower to see the top of the icebergs. There are also bean bags to sit and play in. My favorite part was seeing all of the icebergs because it was so realistic.

    national building museum

    After your visit can get gelato up the street at Pitango. There’s not much parking downtown so you should consider taking an uber or a taxi.

    • Where: National Building Museum
    • Address: 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
    • Hours: 10:00am- 5:00pm
    • Ends: September 5, 2016
    • Tickets are needed. Adults: $16 and Kids over two years old: $13

    (Photos by Elice Lebedev)

  • Mar04

    Washington DC Tidal Basin Jefferson Memorial

     *** UPDATE: Because of the warm weather we have been having in Washington, DC the peak cherry blossom dates have been moved up to March 18-23.***

    The dates are in! This year the peak week for the Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms will be March 31st through April 3rd March 18th – 23rd. It is predicted that 70% of the blossoms will be open during this week. This also means the National Mall will be 70% busier than usual. If you plan to make a trip to the Tidal Basin to view the beautiful blossoms we recommend going early in the morning before the bulk of the tourists arrive.

    Visit the National Park Service website for more information about DC’s famous cherry trees and visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website for a list of the activities taking place during this year’s festival – which will run from March 20th through April 17th.

  • Jan06

    Renwick Gallery Wonder

    The Renwick Gallery is back and better than ever with a special exhibit called Wonder that will be here through the Summer. The Gallery was closed for a two year renovation and although you won’t notice any real changes to the building, it has reopened in grand fashion with this new exhibit. Photography is encouraged and your children will be amazed. Don’t miss it.

    Renwick Gallery

    Renwick Gallery

    Missing some of your old favorites at the gallery? No need to worry, the Ghost Clock and other pieces in the permanent collection will be back on display this summer when the Wonder exhibit ends.

    Renwick Gallery Wonder

    The Renwick Gallery is located across the street from the White House, which makes it an easy stop to add to your touring agenda. There are also several kid friendly restaurants near by such as Grilled Cheese DC, which has grilled cheese and wine – just sayin’.

    • Where: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC
    • Hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm daily
    • Cost: The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and therefore is free.
    • Metro Stop: The two closest metro stops are Metro Center and Farragut West.
    • Wonder Exhibit: The upstairs exhibit will be on display through May 8, 2016 and the downstairs portion of the exhibit will close on July 10, 2016.