Duck into a matinee kids’ show at the Atlas, or jump the rails for an old-fashioned ride on a modern streetcar, and you might find D.C.’s revitalized H Street corridor a great afternoon destination, especially if exposure to the arts is on your family activity list. The debut pop-up installation called The Future of Sports, now on display through Nov. 30 by , adds a new reason for a visit with your littlest hipster.
Join the Team
Occupying two floors of a former clothing store at 7th and H Sts., NE, the boldly themed, and boldly painted space, is inviting for kids and adults. Contemplate the intersections of art and sport as you and the littles mix with selfie-happy 20 some-things and art enthusiasts. Interact with visitors showing off their athleticism in a no pressure, keep the energy going kind of way. Engage in a new sport of selfie-watching, and don’t be shy if asked to take a few shots with your young draft pick. Watching kids and adults navigate the scaled down space and still get their game on is entertaining. Whether it’s a pick-up basketball game, or an impromptu tennis or soccer match on one of the mini versions of playing fields that make up the show, without much fanfare your team players may surprise you with their prowess—and you may surprise yourself as well.
Kids are naturals for this space where there is stuff to touch, ride, pick up, and even throw. However, it is also an art exhibit and not meant for regulation play. Consider the futuristic twist from an artistic perspective on how, or frankly if, we engage in sport. The word Fearless splashed across the basketball wall, or the salt filled volleyball court scattered with light and airy blue beach balls inspires. Rather come back and take advantage of the scaled down bleacher seating, or engage in some of your own adults only sport? The folks from Made in the District have you covered with drinks at the upstairs bar, and adult events planned throughout the run.
What’s up at the Atlas?
Combine a visit to the pop-up with a show at the Atlas. Free to ride, the goes from Union Station on metro’s red line to Oklahoma Avenue, N.E. From the pop-up, walk one block to 8th Street and ride one stop to the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 14th and H Streets where a new series is on tap.
Where to Eat
Two options as hip as H Street itself are just steps from the Atlas—the already well-received tex-mex centered , and , a haven for the savory and the sweet among your hungry crew. With names like Hot Rod and Baltimore Bomb (the restaurant started in Baltimore), the pies here are meals to remember. Savory selections with beef, chicken and tofu, also including a variety of quiches, are served with a fresh salad, and be sure and order a nice big glass of milk for the sweetie pies.
The Future of Sports
700 H St., N.E. (Union Station)
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