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“Dear PoPville,

I am a little stuck and wondered if you could help. My daughter turns 5 in June and we want to have a birthday party at a 3rd party vendor in the city and not in MD or VA. The zoo has great parties but is a little expensive. We are looking into the building museum too. I wondered if you had suggestions for any other ideas that we could explore that wouldn’t be astronomical.”

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From an email:

“D.C. Parenthood: Who Stays and Who Leaves?

For the analysis I tracked people from 2001 to 2012 in D.C.’s local income tax data.

The analysis suggests that:

· Once D.C. residents have their first child they’re more likely to leave the city than other residents.

· The first four years after having a child is when parents are more inclined to leave compared to the rest of residents. After that, exit rates drop to near or below those of the general population.

· New parents today appear to leave the city at rates similar to the rates of people who became new parents in early 2000’s.

· Middle-income new parents are more likely to leave D.C. than low- and high-income new parents.

· The neighborhoods that lose the largest portion of new parents are downtown or close to the city’s center. Zip codes 20011 (Brightwood Park, Petworth) and 20002 (Capitol Hill, Eckington, Kingman Park, Trinidad) are the most popular among new parents paying taxes in the city, both the year their first child is born and five years later.”

Read the full report below:

D.C. Parenthood – Who Stays and Who Leaves (PDF)


From an email:

“On Saturday from 12-2 we will be doing a pumpkin painting at Brookland Pint (716 Monroe St, NE)! While supplies last, we will be handing out pumpkins and supplying paint for the kids to decorate! This is the start point for the annual “Boo-land Halloween Parade” which will have the kids heading over to Turkey Thicket park to end.

On Monday Meridian Pint (11th and Park Rd, NW) will have a craft & cider happy hour. Halloween arts & crafts will be provided alongside complimentary hot apple cider for the kids. This our third annual event and is sure to be a ton of fun again!”



City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about the Boogie Babes at Union Market.

This extra cold winter has made for some desperate times in many toddler households. It’s too cold to go to the park, you’ve been to the library and museums umpteen times, and you’ve walked all the corridors of the area malls. We recently visited the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex and ran, bounced, and slid to our hearts’ content. On our visit, we only sampled the gymnastics center, though there is also a pool with waterslides and other children’s activities (in addition to scores of adult activities).

The gymnastics center was enchanting even for the adults. The floor was padded, and large areas were all trampoline. There were trapezes, rings, balance beams, and rope swings that all dropped into a large foam pit. Other areas had gymnastics competition equipment, rope climbing nets, and a foam block obstacle course. After the hour-long open play time, we had lunch at the cafe in the complex.

What: Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex – gymnastics open playtime
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road Landover, Maryland 20785
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30-12:30; Fridays 4:30-5:30; Saturdays 1:30-2:30.
Cost: $6



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

Every Wednesday, the toddler set takes over Union Market with fun music and dancing. When we checked it out, we saw Mr. Skip, a singer and guitar player. Other regular performers include children’s artists such as Baba Ras D (also of BloomBars Harambe!), Mr. Gabe, Uno Dos Tres con Andres, and Ukelele Phil and the Hula Kids. Mr. Skip played fun songs including “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and Elvis’s “Hound Dog”. Kids in attendance ranged in age from newborn to age 4. Some kids preferred to sit with their caregivers, while those who wanted were invited to come forward to dance. Seating was provided for the adults, but it seemed to run out, and people were scattered along the perimeter. The show wrapped up just as the market vendors were opening for lunch—perfect timing for us to grab a bite and clear out before our nap time and the lunch rush.

Where: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE. Walk from NoMA-Gallaudet Metro, or park on the street.
When: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (visit the Boogie Babes site for information on Thursday and Friday shows at Eastern Market and the ATLAS Performing Arts Center).
Cost: $5 per child, siblings under 6 months free.
More info: here


City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about DC’s spray parks.

The Be With Me Playseum, with locations in Bethesda and Eastern Market, is a great destination for rainy days or days when the Zoo or Smithsonian Museums are not an option (hopefully this will not be the case again for a long time).

The space is set up with a series of “City Shops”—small rooms, each with a different theme.  Inside are a variety of related toys and activities.  We spent our time in the mini-sized grocery store, pet store (with real animals!), art area, and fire and construction zone.  Other areas include a mini pizzeria, kitchen (with real appliances so kids can help make a treat to take home), and a tiny doctor’s office.  The activities available included books, puzzles and games, toys, dress-up gear, and in some cases, regular adult equipment that a kid could check out up close, like a phone, typewriter, or cash register.

Staff facilitate a daily story time and are available for assisting with activities.  Some activities were available at an additional cost, such as the kiddie spa services (nail painting and lip gloss), advanced art projects like painting a birdhouse, or baking cookies or cupcakes.  There was more than enough among the basic activities to keep us busy and entertained for the duration of our visit, however.

Our only disappointment was that my daughter wanted to play with dolls.  I promised her there would be dolls…aren’t there always?  Well, no, there are not always dolls.  We didn’t find dolls in any of the activity areas, but there was enough other interesting stuff that it was ok.

I had heard among the parent network that the Playseum was dirty and unsanitary.  I didn’t find this to be the case.  To be sure, there is that little kid patina that you might find at a preschool or daycare, but not to an unpleasant level.  There is bound to be wear and tear on items that get such heavy use.  I found no problem, and will be back to visit again.

Where: Bethesda: 7000 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20815; DC: 545 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
When: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm.
Cost: $7 for everyone over 11 months.”