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Hunt for Harry Potter in the National Gallery of Art with Watson Adventures

A couple of wizards at work on their clues

A couple of wizards at work on their clues



I love discovering new ways to explore old favorites. Like many Washingtonians, we’d been to the National Gallery of Art countless times, but never on a scavenger hunt, nor with Harry Potter as inspiration for a tour.

When I first learned about Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt, I was immediately intrigued. Not only does our crew love a good clue-driven search, we’re also big Harry Potter fans. Not to mention it takes place at a magnificent museum, where wandering through the galleries even without a purpose is fantastic.

Does one of these paintings reveal an answer?

Does one of these paintings reveal an answer?

This scavenger hunt is also a competition, adding a whole other fun and challenging element to the adventure. You sign up as a team, which can be a family/youth or all-adult, and compete against other groups. You’re all on a mission to find art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies in search of answers to 24 questions. There are clever Harry Potter-themed clues to help you locate each one, but many of them are tricky to decipher and take some sleuthing and careful examination of the art to figure out!

Exploring the galleries armed with clues

Exploring the galleries armed with clues

Every team has the same questions, but ordered differently for each group to stay spread out, though we did run into other teams searching for the same art a couple of times. You have 90 minutes to complete the hunt, which takes place throughout most of the West Wing of the NGA. And that hour and a half goes by quickly — we were scrambling for those last few clues to finish before the hunt time was up!

The search covers a lot of museum ground

The search covers a lot of museum ground

So excited to come across the guy they always sing about (Alexander Hamilton)

So excited to come across the guy they always sing about (My name is Alexander Hamilton…)

One point is given for every question answered correctly. The team that comes up with the most creative name also gets points. And you lose points if you’re not back to the starting place before the hunt time is up. The teams (one family/youth, one all-adult) that have the most points win.

Someone is feeling stumped

Someone is feeling stumped

Waiting for the announcement of the winners

Waiting for the announcement of the winners

As the Hogwarts crew might say, this adventure is bloody brilliant! It’s unique, fun, and exciting, and something the whole family can do together. All four of us contributed to the effort, and while we didn’t win, we had such a great time together completing the task. On top of that, we all agreed that it made us take a much closer look at some of the art that we often casually stroll by, something we’ll keep in mind on our next visit.

Want to see the clues?  Go sign up!

Want to see the clues? Go sign up!



So, is your family ready to prove yourselves wizards among muggles? If so, here’s what you need to know about Watson Adventures:

* The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt is hosted monthly at the National Gallery of Art. The next one takes place Saturday, April 8, at 2pm. Sign up here.
* Cost is $17.50/ages 17 and under, and $19.50/adults
* While the website recommends this for ages 10 and up, I’d say about ages 8 and up can enjoy it. Sasha (8) loved it, and a couple of her 2nd grade classmates were there and had a great time, too.
* Watson Adventures also hosts scavenger hunts with other themes at different locations. Most are geared toward adults (think KidFree!), but Secrets of Georgetown is also for teens.
* Scavenger hunts are hosted in other cities, too. Visit the website to see where.


Disclosure: Our family received complimentary admission for the Wizard School Scavenger Hunt from Watson Adventures, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Join the Launch Party for the Acton Children’s Business Fair

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Giveaway! Go KidFree with FUN HOME at The National Theatre

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Who’s up for a parents’ night out? (Me!) This giveaway is for those looking for a KidFree evening — and some FUN entertainment.

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, life-affirming, and exquisite new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway. (New York Times)

FUN HOME is running at the National Theatre April 18 – May 13. Tickets are $48-98.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win tickets to see FUN HOME at the National Theatre on grand opening night, Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below naming your all-time favorite musical. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook, and you can get an extra entry by entering there, too! This giveaway will run through March 20, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and announced shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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Sample a Class, Sign up for a Session at CityDance POP! @ Tenleytown DC

Photo credit: media4artists

Photo credit: media4artists



Is your tiny dancer ready to move, groove, and have fun? Or maybe you are? CityDance POP! offers classes for all ages in a variety of genres! Conveniently located in Upper Northwest DC, POP! is THE destination for high quality, fast-paced fun.

POP! has more than 20 dance classes for all ages, starting as early as 15 months, including: Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African, Break Dancing, Contemporary, Zumba and more. See the schedule below for days, times, and rates. Register by December 31 and use the code EARLY16 for 10% of.

Want to try a FREE class to get a feel for POP! before you commit to a whole session? RSVP to ivy@citydance.net with the subject line KidFriendly DC!

Something else to note: The space available to rent for birthday parties! Email ivy@citydance.net for more details.

CityDance POP! is located at 4435 Wisconsin Avenue NW 20016 in Tenleytown. Metro: Tenley/AU (Red Line). For more information contact tenley@citydance.net or call 202.545.7207.

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CITYDANCE POP! Spring SCHEDULE:

January 30- June 10, 2017 (18 Weeks)

Ongoing Enrollment

MONDAY
Jazz (Age 7-10) | 3:45-4:45pm | $425
Jazz (Age 11-17) | 4:45-5:45pm | $425
Hip Hop (Age 11-17) | 5:45-6:45pm | $425
Adult Contemporary Jazz | 7:00-8:00pm | $270

TUESDAY
Pre-Ballet | (Age 5-6) | 4:00-4:45pm $346
Beginning Ballet | (Age 7-9) | 4:45-5:45pm $425
Adult Zumba | 6:30-7:30pm | $324

WEDNESDAY
Creative Movement (Age 2.5-3) | 10:30-11:15am | $346
Break Dance/B Boy (Age 6-10) | 3:45-4:45pm | $425
Break Dance/Hip Hop (Age 11-17) | 4:45-5:45pm | $425
Adult Fit Hop | 7:00-8:00pm | $324

THURSDAY
Creative Movement (Age 3-4) | 10:30-11:15am | $346
Creative Movement (Age 3-5) | 4:00-4:45pm | $346
Hip Hop (Age 8-10) | 4:45-5:45pm | $425
Jazz (Age 8-10) | 5:45-6:45pm | $425

FRIDAY
*Mommy & Me (Age 15 mos-2.5) | 1:30-2:00pm
Pre-Ballet (Age 5-6) | 4:00-4:45pm | $346
Jazz (Age 11-17) | 4:45-5:45pm | $425
Contemporary African (Age 11-17) | 5:45-6:45pm | $425

*2 Sessions / $140 per session
*Session = 9 classes

SATURDAY
Creative Movement (Age 3-5) | 9:00-9:45am | $346
Hip Hop (Age 4-6) | 9:45-10:30am | $346
Hip Hop (Age 6-8) | 10:30-11:30am $425


This post is sponsored by CityDance, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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PTO Playoffs: The Ultimate Fundraising Competition Where Every School Wins!

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Time to put your game face on! Parents, teachers, and administrators — you understand the fight to raise money for your school. Well, PTO Playoffs is the ultimate way! Raise thousands of dollars. Get dirty. Run a relay. Test your wits. Unleash your inner athlete. Walk (or limp) away with money to support your school!

Public, private, and charter school parent teacher organizations and associations (PTOs and PTAs) will compete in a series of outdoor games & challenges for a grand prize of $10,000. In addition to the opportunity to win a large cash prize, teams can raise money for their schools through individual donations and corporate sponsorship. So every school wins!

The mission of PTO Playoffs is to:
* Provide a spirited way for schools to raise funds to support programming needs
* Model teamwork and positive play for students
* Promote exercise and interactive play
* Build camaraderie among parent teacher organizations and associations

PTO Playoffs will take place May 20, 2017 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. PTOs and PTAs interested in signing up to compete must complete the short questionnaire ASAP and submit a pitch video by November 12, 2016, like the one below from Anne Beers Elementary School. Schools selected to participate will be notified by December 1, 2016.

Click Image to View Anne Beers Elementary School PTO Playoffs Pitch!

Click Image to View Anne Beers Elementary School PTO Playoffs Pitch!



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PTO Playoffs, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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