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Entries in Washington (4)


Field Trip to the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Spring break was not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be.

Actually, it was kinda FUN!

I did get work done but I also took a few days to just enjoy exploring our city as tourists.

One stop I want to re-visit is the National Gallery of Art...both wings

The Twofer learn about various artists in school and I should take the time to show them original works up close. But also, it's just a really cool place to browse around and chat quietly. A good place to get back in touch with your kids.

Calder at the National Gallery

And art.



Dancing with Beyonce and snapping Larry King's Suspenders at the Wax Museum

A Little History and a Little Camp Never Hurt Anyone

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum offers the right balance of campiness and seriousness for a Washington, DC  museum. Wandering among the wax figures of famous people, you can actually learn a little about history, as you experience it.

You can cross the Potomac with General George Washington.

You can sit at the back of the bus with Rosa Parks.

And you can dance with Beyonce...

dancing with Beyonce

Flirt with Larry King

Well Hello Larry!

Hang with the President and First Lady

El with the Obamas

Plus, even the bathrooms are fun. Em felt right at home.

The rule at Madame Tussauds is no touching the hair and face. Everything else is welcomed and they even supply props. The museum is located in downtown DC just around the corner from the Metro Center station. You can save 15% if you pre-order your tickets online. Expect to spend at least an hour, maybe more if there's a crowd because you'll have to wait your turn to pose with the figures.

Have you been to a Madame Tussaud's in another city?


The Kids Get to Experience a Rally in DC

How do you explain the idea of a rally to kids?

El and I at the Rally to Restore Sanity

We figured the best was was to take them to a rally. But not a rally with any specific political agenda. It just so happened there was this rally in town that called for nothing more than, sanity.

Sounds good to me!

But this did not sound like such a great idea to the kids.

Kids Rally around NOT Going to the Rally

The kids wanted to go swimming at the indoor pool instead.

And so, they formed a rally, complete with signs.

Rally signs


And like any good rally, you feel empowered by the crowd by making your point. Life lesson: a rally does not always mean you'll get your way.

Tips for bringing kids to a rally in DC

We knew it might get a little crazy so we talked it over amongst ourselves (the adults) and figured we'd do our best but bail if it just seemed too much. Here's what we learned:

1. Don't watch TV that morning - if we had actually watched TV and seen how many people were already there and how packed metro was at 9:00 am we would never have attempted it.

massive crowd at Rally to Restore Sanity

2. Pack snacks and water - downtown DC does not have a lot of food options and with thousands of people around the snack vendors are difficult to find. Plus, it gives them something to do while you take in the funny rally signs.

funny sign at the Rally to Restore Sanity

3. Dress in layers - a metro car packed with people (packed does not really give you an idea, take a bag of marshmallows and squeeze all the air out of it and mush it down into a ball and that's more like it) can feel like 85 degrees, even if it's 40 degrees outside.

Packed metro car to the Rally to Restore Sanity

4. Be flexible - it's good to go into it knowing that at any point you may bail. You may get all the way down there only stay at the rally for 40 minutes. But at least you'll get impressive photos of the crowd for your friends.

5. Ditch the Stroller - our kids were 6 and up so that wasn't an issue. My advice - you'll do better to carry a little one on your shoulders than try to maneuver a stroller out of a packed metro car or Constitution Ave. mobbed with people. One stroller with 2 kids in it got stuck as the doors closed on it. They got it out, but there was a moment of panic on everyone's face in that metro car.

When all was said and done we decided it had been a good 'experience'. Though we might have had more fun had we listened to the kids and gone swimming. Have you taken your kids to a large rally?



Eastern Market - a favorite DC destination...with donuts!

I have a few things that I love to do when I venture into Washington, DC. One of them is Eastern Market which is a blending of food festival and flea market just south of the Capitol.

Most recently I went with my cousin and her boyfriend who moved literally across the street from Eastern Market almost a year ago.

Sometime I envy their location, but I know my wallet is heavier because I live in the burbs. If you go you MUST stop by these vendors...

First, get a crepe from Crepes at the Market. There is a full menu of suggested combinations (sweet or savory) and you are free to come up with your own. We had strawberry/banana/Nutella, apples/ham/cheddar, and egg/spinach/tomato/feta (see story below for a closer look) The crepes are served in faux newspaper (oui, tres francais) and drinks are just $1. Oh, and don't give the crepe chef the money. You'll see a set of four fishbowls filled with money ($1s, $5s, $10s, $20s) so you can make your own change.

Second, browse around the outside of the brick building and you'll find Kessler Art. I love the folk-art type of work he does and this work would look great in child's room or office.

Third: ss you enter the fenced area of the Flea market find The Red Persimmon. It's not hard to find with colorful handbags and Indian-inspired printed tees.

Finally, don't you dare leave the market without getting a large order (seriously - to get a small is not only pointless but insulting) of Migue's Magnificent Mini Donuts. Made to order on the spot, these donuts are light and fluffy AND flavored however you like. Choose from powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, colored sprinkles and more. You choose the topping, shake it on, and enjoy! (see more photos in the whrrl story below)

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Thinking of getting my own donut machine,