A small town girl making the big city home. She loves everything DC, and is slowly introducing her one-year-old to the world of Smithsonians, monuments, cherry blossoms and the DMV. A perfect day in town would include breakfast at Eastern Market (or Founding Farmers), checking out the National Gallery of Art, a burger and/or shake at Good Stuff or sandwich from Taylor Made, the two mile walk around the monuments, and cupcakes from Sprinkles (or Georgetown Cupcake if the line isn't forever long) to go.

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Kids Euro Festival: Through Nov. 14

The idea of traveling overseas with children may seem daunting—but exposing them to other cultures doesn’t have to be.  The Kids Euro Festival is a great way to introduce young children to art and stories of the European Union.

The monthlong festival brings together storytelling, movies, dance and other performances specifically designed for kids throughout the DC Metro area. It is sponsored by the Washington based EU embassies and other local cultural institutions.

The Kids Euro Festival runs through November 14, which means there are still a couple weeks left to enjoy a taste of Finland, France, Germany, Denmark among others.

Here are a few we may try to hit up, if I can get over my Halloween sugar coma:

– Nov. 8 @ 10 a.m.- Celebrate Italy at Preschool Story Time.

– Nov. 10 @ 10:30 a.m.- Sing and Shine Around the Globe– A 45-minute sing and dance workshop hosted by Sanna Valvanne, a world renowned Finnish performer.

And here are a couple I’d love to hit up if my daughter were a bit older:

– Nov. 8 @ 6 p.m.- Soma Show– Hungary’s two-time world champion of magic Hungary’s Soma Hajnóczy.

– Nov. 10 @ 1:30 p.m.- The book book workshop– An art workshop aimed for 7-10 year olds with Italy’s Sophie Benini Pietromarchi. She’ll be helping children transform everyday scraps into a picture story. She’ll help them write, illustrate and complete their own books.

– November 10 @ 3 p.m.- Alexander’s Mermaid and the Ship of Kyrenia, presented by Kyrenia’s mayor at the Georgetown Library.

My husband and I hope to encourage our children to find joy in learning about and experiencing other cultures. And while we may not exactly think taking our one-year-old on a 9-hour plane ride sounds like any fun, I think we can handle manage a 30-minute car ride to a performance. Small steps.

And guess what? There’s something like this for adults too in the spring. The EU Embassy Open House is one of my FAVORITE DC events.

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