Washington, DC

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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“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!”


From a press release:


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: Read More


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“Dear PoPville,

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.”


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“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?


716 Monroe Street, NE

From Brookland Pint:

“Bring your little ones in for a breakfast designed with them in mind. Featuring a free Pint Sized Breakfast for the kids, Storytime with Barnes & Noble, an interactive performance by Only Make Believe and Pint Sized Pumpkin Painting. Open seating: first come, first serve. Your $5 ticket purchases your child’s Pint Sized Pumpkin. The rest of the morning’s activities are included with the purchase of a pumpkin. Limited quantity available, purchase your pumpkin today!

Saturday morning Highlights:

9:00am: Story Time with Barnes & Noble
9:15am: Only Make Believe Performance
10:00am Breakfast is served! Pumpkin Painting will occur during and following breakfast.

Get there at 9am to enjoy all that the morning has to offer!”




Thanks to a reader for sending. H Street Organic Market closed back in August of ’15. Kiddie University’s website says:

“Kiddie University has found a way that we can work together with parents and community to open a brand new childcare facility and help solve the critical shortage of quality childcare in Washington, DC, particularly Capitol Hill. The premise will accommodate approximately 60 infant, toddler, and pre-school children.

You now have the first access to reserve your child’s space for this Fall/Winter. Exclusive to waitlist families for a limited time, you have the opportunity to join our tuition buy down program and secure your child’s space in the program now, before spaces are announced to the community. No need to join any more 1 yr+ long waitlists! This program allows us to provide a high quality childcare center and program, without the need to charge outrageous tuition prices.”

806 H Street, NE


Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

“Dear PoPville,

For the past 3 seasons, my son has taken a soccer class at the Raymond Rec Center through DPR. He is now 4 and a half, and I was ready to sign him up for the fall. However, DPR appears to be offering no soccer classes for 3 and 4 year olds this fall (in the past there were several at different locations). I have emailed, called, and Tweeted DPR to find out why they are not serving this age group, but, unsurprisingly, I have gotten no response. I thought I would write and see if anyone else has any information about when or if they will offer classes for 3s and 4s again.”


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