Washington, DC


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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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.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

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!”

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