City Kids – BloomBars Harambe!


City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about the Arboretum.

City Kids: BloomBars Harambe!

With squishy mat floors and a selection of musical instruments to sample, Harambe is every little kid’s dream!

To answer the first question of those not familiar with BloomBars, no, it’s not a bar. BloomBars describes itself:

BloomBars is not something you can easily describe. Some have called it an artist and non-profit incubator, performance space, art gallery, theater, dance studio, screening room, youth academy, and center for health, wellness, and community engagement-They were all correct.

On Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, BloomBars welcomes little ones from six months to six years to sing, dance, and explore musical instruments. Baba Ras D, a musician, educator, and activist, leads the way. He invites the kids to express themselves however they wish, whether it’s singing into the microphone, dancing on stage, or playing along from the audience or a caregiver’s lap.

We sang some of the ubiquitous favorites, including “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” classics like Bob Marley’s “One Love”, and some fun international call-and-response songs.

Little ones who are timid or sensitive to sensory overload might get maxed out easily. When mine started feeling that way, we were able to retreat to the back of the space and continue to participate and play with a little more elbow room.


What: Harambe!
Where: BloomBars, 3222 11th Street NW
When: Mondays at 9:30 am, Thursdays at 10:00 am, Saturdays at 9:30 and 10:30 am.
Cost: $7 suggested donation.

10 Comment

  • My 2-year old and I LOVE Harambe! We have only been 3 or 4 times, but some of their songs (a lot of originals in addition to the baby/toddler classics) are in our singing rotation at home. This has got to be the best community artistic activity for kids I’ve seen in DC.

  • Baba Ras D is the man!

  • Although Bloombars can get super crowded on Saturdays, we are also fans of Harambe and Baba Ras D. We had my son’s 1st birthday party there and it was a smashing success. Also – Baba Ras D is perfomring at the jazz at the park event at Taylor park on Memorial Day weekend before the other musicians!

  • We go almost every Saturday and Harambe is awesome. But more importantly, it is amazing to have a community arts space like Bloombars in the neighborhood. Hats off to the owner, John, for following a dream and making our neighborhood a better place.

  • It’s Saturday!
    At Harambe!

  • On Thurs, Baba Ras D said that the Saturday sessions have not been so crowded lately. We can’t wait to go back!

  • BloomBars is a gem. It’s a kid’s musical circus houseparty. John has gotten everything right. And Baba Ras D is a sweet and amazing performer. And the Bloombars newsletter is extremely well done and a wealth of information. I have loved watching the offerings and community bloom and can’t wait to see even more to come. We are so lucky to have BloomBars in our community.

  • thanks for writing citykids! great addition!

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