Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley
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!”
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
Love is in the air at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s annual Valentine’s Day Card Workshop!
Perfect for visitors of all ages, this open-house event will be held from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on both Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. The museum provides a bountiful spread of patterned papers, postage and rubber stamps, gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, markers of every color (with a surplus of red and pink) and more!
Following their own creative instincts, kids and adults can choose whichever supplies they would like to design one-of-a-kind Valentine greetings
Once finished, cards can then be placed in envelopes, addressed and adorned with a distinctive National Postal Museum postmark at the museum’s stamp store.
In keeping with educating children about the postal service and how mail works, kids can pop their own cards in an official USPS mailbox that is decorated to exactly resemble — none other than — SpongeBob SquarePants! Of course, visitors are also welcome to explore the whole museum and everything else it has to offer.
In the modern era, a handmade card can be hard to come by. This event is the perfect environment in which kids can express their love for friends and family with a heartfelt note of affection and appreciation.
They can also experience firsthand the satisfaction of crafting their very own unique creations from start to finish, and the pure joy of giving that creation to someone special. The National Postal Museum’s Valentine’s Day Card Workshop is free and requires no advance registration.
Visit the museum’s event calendar for information on the many fun and educational programs available at the National Postal Museum.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil
We are first time parents, expecting this summer, and currently looking into feasible daycare options for when we both return to work. We are on waiting lists for full-time infant care at Bright Horizons and KinderCare facilities, which fall in the $2300-$2500 per month range. While they seem standard for the metro area, the tuition estimates are comparable to our current rent and we both have flexible work schedules which will allow us to work from home one day per week. Any suggestions from other parents out there for finding part-time daycare or a part-time nanny in the downtown area? We would appreciate all the help we can get!”
From a press release:
“NOON YARDS EVE
D.C.’S LARGEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE YARDS
Kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party to culminate with a countdown and balloon drop at noon
WHO: The Yards, D.C.’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining and shopping
WHAT: The Yards will host its fifth annual Noon Yards Eve festival, the FREE family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that transforms The Yards into a holiday wonderland, complete with interactive activities for children and adults. Activities will include: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
Lo and behold another Christmas is set to arrive any day now, the usual folks I know are going to receive gifts. This year, again, my nephew, my sister’s only child is asking for expensive games and gaming equipment. I find myself, whenever I’m around my sister and nephew, constantly seeing my nephew glued to his phone or some TV and phone video gaming situation. My sister is a single parent who has not much money for any outside study courses but what would the answer be given my nephew is a latch-key kid until she gets home from work at 6:00-6:30 daily. Any suggestions to change this behaviour? My nephew’s daily how are you; response; fine, got any homework; no, I did it. Nothing, is becoming too stale for words there has to be a better answer….thanks.”
A 2002 in Park View.
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!” Tennessee Williams
“The only thing worse than a liar that’s also a hypocrite is a jackwagon.” Dan Silverman
Ed. Note: The Gentry of Gentrification hahaha it kills me every time.
Side Note: The Prince of Petworth is the King of Gentrification would probably stick better. (Trademark pending) Alliteration is not always your friend. Don’t force it. Now the Ruler of Revitalization on the other hand…
Ed. Note: Gentrification is the root of all urban evil is the most intellectually lazy argument one can make. Life and cities are full of nuance that cannot be captured by a single word. Complex problems require complex solutions and you do a disservice by oversimplifying the problem. It’s much more difficult than coming up with catchy slogans. Of course, camp was so much better last summer, right?