Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
It’s not a surprise that a pizza joint won this category. What is surprising is that Pete’s Apizza is not a cardboard-crust, cartoon-mouse-dominated pizza joint. The three locations use tons of locally sourced ingredients: All the beef and pork come from area farms, and the antipasti platters change with what’s available seasonally. The kitchen avoids processed foods at all costs; even the sodas are made with real cane sugar. Smaller portions of spaghetti and ravioli dishes are available for those 10 and under, but who needs a kids’ menu when the main dish pleases everyone? K.P.K.
Kids’ Classes: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Kids with fingerpaints make cute fridge candy. “Color Theory for Preschoolers” makes kids who can judge that fridge candy and find it wanting. Children in CHAW’s classes “are learning not only to do art, but also to be able to talk about it,” says executive director Jill Strachan. Each eight-class session costs $152; target audiences range from 3-year-olds to sixth-graders. Topics include music, sculpture, graphic design and Harry Potter. The fall session has already begun; check the website for winter class updates.
1st: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop: 545 7th St. SE; 202-547-6839. (Eastern Market)
2nd: Imagination Stage: 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda; 301-280-1660. (Bethesda)
3rd: DCJCC: 1529 16th St. NW; 202-777-3200. (Dupont Circle)
Kids’ Clothing Store: Monkey’s Uncle
Going shopping for kids is often fun. Going shopping WITH kids is often not. The consignment store Monkey’s Uncle, which carries clothes for buns-just-out-of-the-oven on up to teenagers, keeps kids occupied while Mom or Dad shops. Personal service also reigns. “If I know one mom is gaga for Mini Boden and we get some in, I’ll give her a call,” co-owner Jay Keegan says.
Kids’ Museum: National Air and Space Museum
The top three museums in this category prove that kids are interested in stuff that makes noise, stuff that can eat them and stuff they can knock down. Space won, because space is awesome. The museum is free; if you want to shell out, you can enjoy an IMAX movie, a show in the planetarium (there’s one film featuring political touchstone Big Bird) or a flight simulator.
1st: National Air and Space Museum: Independence Avenue and 6th Street SW; 202-633-2214. (L’Enfant Plaza)
2nd: Museum of Natural History: 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW; 202-633-1000. (Federal Triangle)
3rd: National Building Museum: 401 F St. NW; 202-272-2448. (Judiciary Square)
Editor’s Pick — Place to Realize Presidents Are People Too: National Portrait Gallery
In the National Portrait Gallery’s Hall of Presidents, the haunted eyes and generous paunches of past POTUSes show that even Rulers of the Free World had nightmares and sweet tooths.
Winner: National Portrait Gallery: 8th and F streets NW; 202-633-8300. (Gallery Place)