Councilmember’s Corner: Let kids play – save parent play groups!

Councilmember’s Corner: Let kids play – save parent play groups!

On Thursday, October 31st, the Council’s Committee on Education held a public hearing on the Parent-led Play Cooperative Amendment Act of 2018. This legislation, temporarily enacted in emergency form last month, would fully exempt parent-led play co-ops from the regulatory requirements imposed on formal child care facilities. I voiced my full and enthusiastic support for the legislation. We cannot allow this critical service for families to be regulated out of existence.

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Jamiere still missing but has been seen in the area (Update: Found!)

Jamiere still missing but has been seen in the area (Update: Found!)

The parents of Jamiere Warner are still looking for their 12-year old son who’s been missing since Wednesday, September 27th.

You can help find Jamiere by looking out at area parks, stores and libraries, places he enjoys going and has been seen at recently. They ask you to call 911 if you see Jamiere.

Jamiere’s mother shared the following statement with Petworth News:

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Did you find some lost toys at Celebrate Petworth?

Did you find some lost toys at Celebrate Petworth?

A little 11-month old Petworthian girl lost her toys at Celebrate Petworth on Saturday somewhere along Upshur Street. Apparently she just learned the art of throwing your toys out of the stroller. What fun!

Did you happen to find them?

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Updated: DPR offers more local kids' movie nights

Updated: DPR offers more local kids' movie nights

UPDATED 4/29.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is sponsoring more movies nights in the area this month and in September.

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Family March from Sherman Circle to Petworth Library on Saturday, 1/21

Family March from Sherman Circle to Petworth Library on Saturday, 1/21

Inauguration is happening on Friday, and the Women's March is set for Saturday, but it's not all happening down on the Mall. Petworth is having its own Family March on January 21st from 9:45am-11:00am for neighborhood children and families to show their support and solidarity with the Women's March on the National Mall. 

With the crowds and potential craziness that such a large, national march might entail but still wanting to participate, some Petworth parents are creating a local march that will be calmer and share with children the importance of community.

 "By marching together, we believe we are helping our children learn to use their voices and stand for what they believe in.”

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DC’s Sticks+Bars student marimba band to perform at Annie’s Ace Hardware

DC’s Sticks+Bars student marimba band to perform at Annie’s Ace Hardware

A youth ensemble marimba band will perform at Annie's Ace Hardware on Saturday, December 10th from 11am until noon. The Sticks+Bricks band is amazing, and recently performed this summer at the Celebrate Petworth Festival

It should be a great show that you can bring your kids out to enjoy!

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Petworth Library gets your kids ready for a summer of reading with Library-Con

Petworth Library gets your kids ready for a summer of reading with Library-Con

The "Library Con" at the Petworth Library is a semi-annual event held to promote summer-time reading programs for kids at the Library. With programs on Legos, Star Wars, anime, science and even face painting, it sounds like a great way to introduce reading to kids (or keep existing readers enthusiastic). Read more for details...

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Uniting with DC SCORES on childhood development and being awesome

Uniting with DC SCORES on childhood development and being awesome

One of the benefits of writing a blog that reaches thousands of readers is getting invited to work with organizations on some truly worthwhile causes. I'm really excited to say that Petworth News is partnering with DC SCORES, a non-profit that runs after-school programs at public schools around the city (and here in Petworth). It's going to be a great partnership -- and it benefits you, too!

Read more about DC SCORES >

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A historic sleepover at the National Archives

History, Heroes & Treasures: The National Archives Sleepover

Ever wanted to sleep with history? Well, maybe you can!

The National Archives is doing a "sleepover" for kids 8-12 years old to experience the museum at night and learn about history. It sounds cool. It comes at a price, though: $125 per person. At least you'll be able to say not only do you know the Constitution, but you've slept with it.

Have you ever wondered what happens in a museum after the building closes and the lights go out? Now’s your chance!

Join the National Archives for a special sleepover at the National Archives Museum in Washington DC, and spend the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. (Cool, right?)

Throughout the night young explorers investigate  some of the greatest adventures of all time through music, chats with historical figures, games, and more. 

When: July 25, 2015, 6:30pm Saturday until 8:30am Sunday
Where: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC
Price: $125 per attendee; $100 for Foundation members
Ages: Children 8-12 years old; Chaperones must be 21+

More information on the National Archives website. 

Or, jump right to the registration page.

 

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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Getting kids excited about technology

The 2015 GSK Science in the Summer program at the Petworth Library will introduce young students (2nd grade through 6th grade) to simple machines through fun activities designed to help them discover how and why machines can lift huge boulders, build bridges and pump water. The program is free.

Kids will learn about the six kinds of simple machines: lever, inclined plane, screw, wheel, pulley and wedge and build simple machines that help people to do work more easily. They will discover that everything in the universe moves and why.

This program is free, and will take place in two sessions:

  • Level I for rising 2nd & 3rd graders from 2:00 to 3:00 pm July 20-23,
  • Level II for rising 4th, 5th & 6th graders from 3:30-4:30 pm July 20-23

A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip for children to participate.

Registration began on May 30th and continues until all spots are reserved.  

Sign up at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW). See the program flyer (pdf).

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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