Thursday Morning Music at Strathmore

We attended Strathmore’s fabulous Backyard Theater for Children last Thursday morning and had a wonderful time, so I thought I’d break down our experience for those of you who might want to check it out. I’ll be perfectly honest: water play activities and indoor fun in this blazing heat usually top my list of summer activities. Seeing my youngest daughter’s huge smile while singing and dancing to …


Celebrate National Moth Week With the Kids By Sandra Lanman

Special Guest Blog Post by my moth-loving mother-in-law, Sandra Lanman, the Director of Communications for National Moth Week:

How many children can say their grandmother used to be a cold-blooded killer? Mine can.

A.k.a. “Grandma Sandy” to little Leah and Naomi, I used to be a moth assassin. I’m contributing this guest blog as part of my rehabilitation and also to enlighten Culture Vulture …


Summer Lovin’ at Strathmore

There aren’t that many places in the DC area where I can quickly rattle off numerous reasons why I’m a huge fan. Strathmore is one of these truly special cultural gems and the summer is a particularly enticing time to check it out! This past Sunday, we attended Strathmore’s free Discover Strathmore: Off the Page event presented in association with Story Tapestries. We could have stayed lying on th…


Learn Your Risk, Save Your Life

If only ONE person meets with a genetic counselor because of this blog post, I’ll know it was worth writing.

In March 2015, I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, inherited from my father. I am represented in the statistic that one out of every 40 people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. This is ten times the rate of the general popu…


Art Hop Takoma 2016

You can’t say I didn’t give you a heads-up about this super cool, free outing on a beautiful day! If you didn’t get the memo, please join my Culture Vulture Mama group on Facebook, where I’ll invite you to join us on our adventures.

Art Hop Takoma offered two full days of awesome art and music from April 9-10, 2016, in Takoma (spanning Maryland and DC). Our weekend schedule only allowed us a sh…


Art Studios, Bakery, and Beer: All-in-one Fun around Wilkins Avenue

Create your own art. Watch professional artists at work in their studios. Listen to live music. Eat lunch at food trucks. Shop for art. FREE. These are all magic words to me when planning a creative excursion for my family. An all-in-one outing o’fun! The fact that Washington ArtWorks’ Open Studio Weekend: A Festival of the Arts was happening inside on a rainy day and practically in my backyard wa…


Stepping Back in Time: Noyes Library and Kensington

When I think in the future about my time with young children, I know I will see images of sweet days spent cuddled up in a corner with my girls at Noyes Library in Kensington. As you’ve probably gathered from my blog, I will drive great distances for special experiences with my kids. Noyes Library is one of those special places and, fortunately for me, it’s only 10 minutes from my house. I go ther…


Art, Soup and Takoma Park

When the snow plows finally excavated us from our cocoon and we were able to get out into the world, I was jonesing for a fun day of exploring. It was time for an excursion to Takoma Park to the “art space” Little Loft. After days cooped up in the house making lots of art messes, I was looking forward to creating art in someone else’s place. Watching the snow accumulate to over two feet throughout…


The Magic of Puppets and Glen Echo

I always knew puppets cast a magic spell over children, but I didn’t know quite the extent until I became a parent and music teacher. Puppets, by nature, are non-threatening, fun and often ridiculous. These are all critical components when it comes to child’s play and interacting with children, in general. I started collecting puppets while we were living in Beijing because the most-trusted, affor…


Family Drum Circle in Ivy City and Union Market

UPDATE: Hands on Drums has moved to 600 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC. Here is their new flyer about their Saturday Family Drum Circles. 

Happy New Year! Welcome to my blog and my first post. Thanks for reading! I’m here to share unique ways to explore culture and enjoy creative experiences in the DC area with your family. This post features an exceptional musical activity and also gives …

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