Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Like many families in DC (and around the country), I have found myself at home with my 9 year old daughter with many hours to fill.

A good friend let me know about the Kindness Rocks Project, and my daughter and I painted some rocks over the last few days.

Just this morning we walked around the neighborhood and picked a few spots to leave them for people to find and hopefully bring them a smile. Read More


1408 Okie Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Any word on what this is gonna be? It’s in ivy city in front of the Hecht apartment building and planet fitness.”

I’ve been getting a lot of queries about this spot. Back in October we reported: “The Lane will redefine leisure time for urban parents.” If you have kids, this could be a game changer.

Thanks to Zach for sending more photos: Read More


“Opening Winter 2020 in Ivy City. 1408 Okie Street, NE”
From a press release:

“he Lane, a family social club providing a modern and stylish space for today’s families to play, relax, eat, and build community, will open its first location in Washington, DC’s Ivy City neighborhood in late winter 2020. The two-level concept will feature one-of-a-kind play structures for children, comfortable seating areas for parents and caregivers, exciting programming for the whole family, a café and bar serving food and drinks from local makers, and private spaces for celebrations, classes, and other special events. The brainchild of two local working mothers, Molly Nizhnikov and Rachel Lubin, The Lane will redefine leisure time for urban parents. Read More


via National Building Museum

Thanks to Theresa for sending: “Total bummer – this place is a lifesaver in the winter”

From the National Building Museum:

“In 2020, the National Building Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary–an exciting milestone in a remarkable trajectory of service since 1980. During this landmark year, we will reimagine how visitors experience our mission to inspire curiosity about the world we design and build in thrilling new ways.

As a valued Member of the National Building Museum, we want you to be among the first to know that the Museum will undergo an extensive restoration to the Great Hall’s 19th-century flooring. This means thatwe will close to the public during this construction work on Monday, December 2, 2019 and reopen in March 2020. Read More


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”


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


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.”


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.”


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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