Washington, DC


Photo by PoPville flickr user Ryan Maxwell

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are expecting our first at the end of August. We’ve been living in the city for eight years now and enjoy walking to our local beer garden (shoutout to Midlands) or getting coffee at Harrar. We will proudly fight anyone who says that it is necessary to move out of the city to raise a child.

Obviously life is about to change, so we’re curious what baby life is like in the city? What are the bars and restaurants that are friendly or that you took your baby to when they were young? Are there any resources in the city that you took advantage of when you had a baby? What’s the best thing about parenting in the district?

-Park View Parents”

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From the Nationals:

“Today, the Washington Nationals launched the Kids Eat Free program, a brand-new initiative that will offer complimentary meals for children ages 12 and under beginning with the July 22nd game against the Colorado Rockies and running through the Labor Day game vs. the New York Mets. The Nationals are the first Major League team to offer free meals to all young fans at every home game. Read More

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904 H Street, NE

From an email:

“Saturday, July 13 from 3:30pm-5pm

One Saturday a month, Dio Wine Bar hosts Saturday happy hour for parents, guardians and their children. Families are welcome to enjoy drinks and food without the added expense of finding a sitter or getting the stink eye for bringing their little ones to the bar. On Saturday, July 13, we are opening at 3:30pm and are excited to host Lola and Pear Publishing for a children’s book reading as part of their Book, Babies, and Booze Tour. Sip on sangria while listening to The Adventures of Duke, the Therapy Dog: Duke Finds A Home. No tickets required, just bring yourselves!

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner takes place one Saturday per month from 4pm-5pm. Future dates are August 10, September 28, and October 26.”

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Not really a baby birthday photo but this picture cracks me up every time I come across it and cannot resist posting. Credit PoPville flickr user Betsy Law

“Dear PoPville,

Anyone have recommendations for venues in D.C. Maryland or Virginia for a baby’s first birthday or first birthday ideas? We’re looking for something that is mostly aimed toward adults, but is still friendly to little movers. All of the kid-friendly venues seem to cater to older toddlers.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“Dear PoPville,

I’m considering enrolling my son in a foreign language immersion pre-school, starting when he’s 2 years old (He’s 8 months old now and I need to get on waitlists/applications in the next couple months for even a slim chance at starting when he’s 2 years old–crazy.) Would love to know other readers experiences in similar programs in DC. We are mostly interested in French but I’d consider any recommendations.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

We’re expecting our first child in December.  I would love to get an update on the 2013 discussion of daycare in Petworth.  We’re in the SW part of Petworth, so we’re open to places in Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant (and frankly, anywhere within striking distance from the S bus lines down 16th Street).  What daycare centers would readers recommend?  And any recommendations for good general resources for new parents in the neighborhood?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone have any tips for commuting on the metro with an infant? My husband and I are coming to the end of our parental leave periods, and our little one (7 months old) will be starting day care in the city near work soon. We can get a parking spot that is several blocks away from the daycare, but since we live right by a metro station, we are wondering if commuting on the metro with an infant is doable, since it is cheaper and we won’t have to deal with the longer walk from the parking spot. What is the latest time in the morning we could leave and not have to deal with major crowds? How early do we need to leave in the afternoon to avoid crowds?

Would love to know what other parents do!”

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Photo Credit: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

But still, good news!!

From a press release:

“The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing over a new pollinator-themed playground: Me and the Bee, sponsored by Land O’Lakes Inc. Adjacent to the Kids’ Farm and Conservation Pavilion, Me and the Bee encompasses 4,900 square feet of space where children of all ages can climb atop honeycomb steps, slide down a tree stump overflowing with golden honey and crawl inside hollow trees where bees make their abodes. The playground was made possible by support from farmer-owned cooperative Land O’Lakes Inc. Open to the public during regular Zoo hours, Me and the Bee is an inclusive playground with ADA-accessible features. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jeffrey Morris

Thanks to Kelsey for sending:

“Since we haven’t had one in a bit – I thought I’d submit one. No picture but, while I was in Whole Foods, a woman was attempting to patiently wait out her toddler’s complete meltdown. It went on for pretty much the entire time I was in the store, screams, tears, lying in the ground. Her mom managed to get into check out with the toddler still screaming. Beyond the looks she was getting and the under the breath remarks, one woman was audacious enough to let her know that this wasn’t normal behavior and her child was probably autistic. Read More

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