From BBQ to baby dolls, the wares sold at some of the coolest D.C. pop-up shops appeal specifically to the under-10 set and their grown-ups. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the adorable brick and mortars are only temporary (insert sad face). So, what are you waiting for? Assemble your crew and make a mad dash to check out one of these kid-friendly pop-up shops…before it’s too late.


Poketo at Nordstrom Tysons Corner (through Aug 3)
From greeting cards and jewelry to kids’ toys and home decor, it’s near impossible to not want to buy something from Poketo because everything is beyond adorable. While the indie boutique’s home base is Los Angeles, eight stores across the country (including Nordtroms at Tysons Corner in McLean, Va) will have a summer pop-up of the shop. Need something unique for an extra special little one in your life? This is the place to go to get it.

Poketo at Nordstrom Tysons Corner
8075 Tysons Corner Center (McLean, Va)

bullfrog-bagel-dcBullfrog Bagels at CakeLove (July 17-29)
Show your bagel-loving babe what a real NYC bagel tastes like when Bullfrog Bagels founder Jeremiah Cohen brings his fresh batches to our favorite cake-in-a-jar spot, CakeLove. Flavors include everything, onion, poppy seed, sesame, and plain, and some seriously delish house-made shmears to go on top. It may be carb overload, but it’s nothing a nearby playground (think: Fort Ward Park) can’t handle.

Bullfrog Bagel at CakeLove
1506 U St., NW (U Street)

angelika-pop-up-dcAngelika Pop Up at Union Market (through late 2015)
You’ve got a little bit of time to visit this family-friendly microcinema located at Union Market—the luxe full-scale Angelika Film Center (which will also be at Union Market) isn’t slated to open until late 2015. While the pimped out cinema is being built, an old warehouse has been converted into a theater with three cozy viewing rooms. How cute is that? The cinema offers arthouse kids movies (like The Secret of Kells), Crybaby Matinees for parents of babies on Wednesdays at 12 pm, and live performances that the whole fam can enjoy.

Angelika Pop Up
550 Penn St., NE (Union Market)


Hill Country at National Building Museum (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Aug. 30)
If you haven’t had the chance to try Hill Country food yet (their BBQ is world renowned, ya’ll), here’s your chance. The popular eatery will set up shop on the West Lawn of the National Building Museum—backyard barbecue-style—through the end of August. Kids will love the smoky brisket, the lawn games and the live music. Metro-ing grown-ups can snag a beer or cocktail, throw out a picnic blanket and just relax. But, don’t leave without taking a stroll through the museum’s Big Maze.

Hill Country at National Building Museum
401 F St., NW (Judiciary Square)

Have you heard of any great pop-ups? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos courtesy of Poketo, Bullfrog Bagel via Facebook, Angelika Pop Up via Facebook, Hill Country via Facebook