- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 17, 2009

Inaugural parties can be kid stuff. Today, Washington’s smallest celebrators will have their own event and they can drag their parents along as their play dates. The Children’s Inaugural Ball is a free family-friendly activity designed to teach kids about the history being made and to allow them to share the fun of the festive weekend.

“The swearing in of a new president is always a hopeful event - and children are nothing if not hopeful. Kids may not know exactly what presidents do - but they know that they affect them,” says Michael Petit, president of the Every Child Matters Education Fund, the major sponsor of the event.

Mr. Petit expects 2,000 wee ones to crowd the National Historical Society at 801 K St. NW from noon to 5 p.m. Event organizers have arranged for play and changing rooms for babies and toddlers who may be tagging along with their older siblings.

Entertainment will include live music, magic tricks, puppets and interactive exhibits on how presidents have helped children through the years.

“Fortunately, K Street isn’t just for lobbyists, but for kids, too. My wife and I are looking forward to sharing this with our 5-year-old. He was an early supporter of Barack Obama, and we’re thrilled that he’ll grow up with him as president,” says corporate lobbyist and family man Lyndon Boozer.

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