When we get a date night we jump at this unicorn moment!!!
Living in the city makes the night so much more enjoyable! Quick Uber rights to our destination and endless options for fun!
We started date night at Toki Underground which is so hidden by the H st vibes that if your tastebuds are not leading the way you could easily miss the door to this tasty hideout. Before feasting on ramen we enjoyed the fried chicken steamed buns which are SO flavorful! I mean it’s fried chicken, with bread and sweet little pickles…. everything your hungry desires crave!
After dinner we spent the rest of our night experiencing the XYZT exhibit at ARTECHOUSE! I love art so much! We love art so much! If you enjoy being apart of art then you must experience this! XYZT brings out the childlike inquisitive nature in us all. It felt like a reset and a inspiration to have this experience in my memory bank. And of course experiencing art with someone you love only amplifies the potency of the experience!
Now that mommy and daddy have had this experience we are all set to return with the kids!
Last night Step Afrika “stepped” off the beginning of their tour throughout the wards! If you have yet to see this talented group this FREE tour around the city is the perfect opportunity to get familiar with their talent! And for those of you who have attended a Step Afrika performance prior I’m sure you’ve already made arrangements.
The energy at TheArc in Ward 8 last night was positively elevated, as people of all ages Sold Out the venue eagerly filling the theatre anticipating a good time. We enjoy theatre as a family, we enjoy movement and our connection to uplifting African American moments runs deep.
The show had a bit of education regarding the origins of stepping, tons of crowd participation, as well as live music just to highlight a few elements. SN: I was personally thrilled to see one of my Fellow Elon Alum shining so brightly throughout the performance. *Go Dionne Go!*
Here is the link to reserve your tickets for the tour and more info/ show offerings from Step Afrika
Princess Liv took sometime to read her brochure while experiencing an interactive exhibit at TheArc.
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You will need…
Fall Colored Tissue Paper: Orange, Red, Yellow
Cut out the interior of your paper plate. Be sure to leave a thick enough
border for the tissue paper to attach too.
Cut the three colors of tissue paper into strips
Cover the brim of your plate in glue
Allow your child to crumple up each strip into their hand and hold them in the glue until the entire plate is covered
Voila! Attach ribbon if you like or use tape on the back and there you have a inexpensive wreathe made with love
*T is for Turkey
This is a wonderful opportunity for little ones who are mastering their letters and sounds to really connect with the letter T
You will need…
Construction Paper: Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red, White
Cut the brown paper in the shape of the letter T
Use the colored paper to make an assortment of feathers
Orange paper can be used to make feet and a beak
White paper will be used to make two eyes. Use the marker to darken the eyes
Glue on all of your pieces and have fun reviewing the sounds of the letter T and asking your child what other words begin with the same sound
* Letter Tree
This project requires a little creativity from the parents and brain power from your little!
I plan to up cycle a paper bag to create my tree and free hand the leaves on various colored construction paper. Laminating the tree and leaves would be wonderful for extended use.
* Pinecone Painting
You will need…
As many pinecones as you like
White, Brown, Red & Orange paper
Place white paper and paint in your box
Add pinecones and shake around
Let your art dry
Then cut out a turkey body, waddle and beak
Use your white sheet to make eyes
Assemble your turkey on the painted sheet and glue it together
Sunday we started our day with Disney on Ice! Honestly, I felt like this performance was just ok…. ” 100 Years of Magic” wasn’t that magical to me. Mulan and Lion King were definitely highlights. However, my issues were where the hell was Princess Tiana? and Why is there always violence ie. the stabbing of the Beast.
After, we headed to The National Portrait Gallery which is probably my favorite museum in DC. They are currently running an ” American Cool ” exhibit highlighting influential tastemakers, artist, athletes, rebels, and charismatic souls. From the 1940s until present those we have chosen to lead the cool brigade in this country were all represented
Unfortunately with the crowd I wasn’t able to get any good shots.
The complimentary warm tea and hot coco for kiddies was a yummy treat.
Taking Liv to museums is such a joy to teach her and highlight aspects of art that are relatable to her. Hearing her interpretation of things she sees is just wonderful.
Have I mentioned that I’m tired of wearing a coat and that this winter wonderland we are in is starting to get pretty outrageous?! Well the Botanical Gardens gave us a mini escape from the elements and it gave us a indoor / outdoor vibe that we all appreciated!
How have you snow bunnies been keeping busy?
We have been so busy lately that I’ve been putting off the Silver Clouds Exhibit at the Artisphere. I’m really happy that we made it!
Humongous body pillow style shiny silver “Clouds” flew around the room as my precious princess pushed and pulled them all about! Twirling her Saturday away!
Another cool site was the live chalk art and comic strip coloring area.
Liv was feeling so artistic the entire display area had to have been all of her work!
How did you spend your weekend?
This past weekend we had the pleasure of hanging with Liv’s new friend Sebastion.
Lucky for us our play date was scheduled for National Ice Cream Day!
The kids were thrilled when they heard we planned to get some cold treats in this heat. Union Market hosted DC Scoop which was a wonderful event with tastes of the best ice cream, gelatto, and other frozen treats. My fave frozen treat hands down was the Liv was entertained by the Boogie Babies musical guest while we stood in crazy long lines for our desserts. One of my favorite beverage brands Honesty set up a really cute pop up shop. A free photo booth was also part of the event that the kiddies enjoyed. Dolcezza Gelatto was hands down my favorite! They served up a blackberry flavor that was SO good! They have a few locations around the city so that is very convenient for my taste buds.
After we finished at the DC Scoop we headed over to ArtJamz so Liv and her buddy could unleash their inner creative!