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past events (from may 20 2015)

"Ma famille et moi nous nous sentons en famille dans la librairie Bonjour Mama. 
L'atmosphère est toujours détendue et joyeuse, on lit des livres, on joue des jeux,
on écoute des chansons en français. C'est le type d'environnement propice pour stimuler
l'amour de la littérature et du français."  
----Claudia G., Rockville, MD

 

 "We were thrilled to learn about Bonjour Mama!  We have two children in immersion schooland are alwayslooking for French books and activities.  Jennifer, the owner, easily selects books appropriatefor our children's reading level and has happily ordered several special requests. We have attended many fun events at her store, such as story time.  A great local resource!" 

--Becky P., Silver Spring, MD

BONJOUR MAMA AND THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

***BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION***

THURSDAY, JULY 7TH FROM 3:30-5PM IN KENSINGTON!
Our 3rd annual family Bastille Day Event is coming early this year:  

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!  

Join us Thursday July 7th from 3:30-5pm in Kensington for an afternoon of French stories and activities with the Alliance Française!

We’ll be located around the corner from the Bonjour Mama Bookstore at at Reinhardt Park (Intersection of Armory Ave and Knowles Ave).

Stick around for Kensington's Food Truck night at 5pm!

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 RSVP requested via the Alliance Française web site.

SUMMER STORE HOURS:
We will be closed JULY 11- JULY 20, re-opening JULY 21
SUMMER ONLINE ORDERING/DELIVERY SCHEDULE:  
ORDERS PLACED:                                   

WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PICK UP AT THE STORE:

BEFORE JUNE 13 JULY 21ST
AFTER JUNE 13 AND BEFORE JUNE 30

 

AUGUST 16

 

AFTER JUNE 30 AND BEFORE  JULY 20: 

AUGUST 31

AFTER JULY 20

REGULAR SHIPPING RESUMES (Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery to store)

*Allow an additional 7-10 business days for home delivery

 

 Please note: Bonjour Mama will be closed from Tuesday, February 2 thru Friday, February 19 while we join the  Kensington Row Bookshop again in their annual winter pause.  We will re-open Saturday, February 20th. The web store is open 24-hours (please confirm product availability prior to purchase by calling or texting 240-383-9163 or via email:bonjourmamadc@gmail.com)    Merci!

Sunday, January 31st at 3pm

Meet the Author! Rencontrez l'Auteur! 

Lucas Salomon reads from and signs  Le Corbeau et le Renard ou la Gravitation du Camembert and  Le Spermatozoide qui ne savait pas nager.
Reading & Presentation will be in French, with questions taken in French and English. FREE, RSVP appreciated (not required) to bonjourmamadc@gmail.com

Friday, December 4th

Annual Holiday Open House

Friday, December 47-9pm
The shops along Howard, Armory, Fawcett and Montgomery Streets will be open late for holiday festivities and shopping. Sage Consignment features a ukulele band, Santa and snacks. Kensington Row Bookshop and Bonjour Mama will host Ben Williams and his Traditional String Band with sing-alongs and readings of holiday classics.JennyCakes Bakery will be giving out free shortbread and Gala Artisan Jewelry & Giftsis offering hot cocoa and seasonal nibbles. Many other shops will be open with specials during the evening.


FREE Storytime with COMMUNIKIDS!

Thursday, December 3rd

10:30am-11:15am


 
FREE, RSVP (not required) via bonjourmamadc@gmail.com.

Friday, September 11th through Saturday, September 26th

Bonjour Mama Book Sale at the Alliance Française!  

A percentage of each book purchased will be donated to the Alliance Française Library.  

During regular library hours: 

Monday/lundi: 2 pm - 8 pmTuesday/mardi: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Wednesday/mercredi: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Thursday/jeudi: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Friday/vendredi: 10 am - 1 pm
Saturday/samedi: 9 am - 3 pm 

Thursday, September 24th

 10:30am: French Storytime with Bonjour Mama

Stories & songs for ages 0-5. 

FREE, RSVP requested: bonjourmamdc@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, September 27th

French-language Game Sunday with Blue Orange Games!  

We are excited to announce that Blue Orange Games--the award-winning, eco-friendly makers of Spot It!, Tell Tale, Super Genius Addition/Multiplication and many more fun, family-friendly games) are coming HERE TO BONJOUR MAMA NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH from 3pm to 4pm to demonstrate--in FRENCH--several of their games, including Spot It! Basic French. Event is appropriate for families with children ages 6-10.

http://www.bonjourmama.com/…/…/products/spot-it-basic-french

Space is limited -so please RSVP to bonjourmamadc@gmail.com as soon as possible if you would like to attend this FREE, fun event. In addition, all Blue Orange products in stock at Bonjour Mama will be 10% off this Sunday only!  Read more here

 

 

 

 Bonjour Mama French Summer Reading Adventures!



Who will you spend your summer with?

 Harry & Hermione? Percy & Grover?  Greg & Nikki?

The Bonjour Mama French bookstore has teamed with local French immersion teachers and media specialists to put together a fun, affordable program this summer of French immersion teacher-led workshops based on popular book series and characters.

These Thursday evening (6:15pm-7:30pm) and Sunday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm) workshops at the Bonjour Mama bookstore in Kensington are designed to fit within your summer schedule to help make sure your budding bilingual children are reading, writing, listening and speaking in French throughout the summer – all while having beaucoup fun!   For details and to register click here.

Tuesday, July 28st

10:30 - 11:20am

Play around the world

Discover Francophone Countries with Play Around the World

Dates: June 23 - July 28

Location: Bonjour Mama Bookstore, 3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895
Times: Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:20am
Ages: 3-8

We are delighted to have Play Around the World come to Bonjour Mama this summer to offer a unique program for ages 3-8 presented introducing young children to Francophone countries and culture through music, stories, and crafts!

Cost: $21 per session. Discounts available. 

For more information and to register please contact Play Around the World via email: Playaroundtheworld1@gmail.com or phone: 301-728-9448.

Be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

Sunday, July 12th

1pm-3pm

Bastille Day Fun in Kensington with the Alliance Française!

In honor of the French national holiday, join the Alliance and Bonjour Mama for an afternoon of fun kids' activities in Kensington...tout en français!

Sunday, July 12th
1pm-3pm


1 PM: Heure du conte (storytime) in French
at Bonjour Mama
(3786 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895)


1:30 PM - 3 PM: Arts and craft activities, traditional French games for kids
(
chamboule-tout, pêche à la ligne...)

at Reinhardt Park (around the corner from Bonjour Mama, on Armory Ave next to Safeway)

Cost: FREE. RSVP required 
 
P.S. Come early and explore Kensington! Browse all the lovely antiques & boutiques along Howard Ave, then have lunch at one of our many restaurants -- there are lots of options from kid-friendly Chipotle and 5 Guys across the Connecticut to a gourmet meal at the award-winning K-town Bistro right next to the store. Find out all about Kensington here!

Parking:
Street parking is available on Howard Ave and surrounding streets. There is also a public parking lot located at the Armory/Town Hall on Mitchell St. and a few spots at the Kensington MARC train parking lot on 3701 Howard Ave. (each about 2 blocks from the store).

 

 

 

Thursday, July 9th

10:30am-11:15am
 
FREE Storytime with Melissa Kerley, PhD


Come for free storytime and tips for encouraging bilingualism in children with Melissa Kerley of French in DC. 

FREE, RSVP requested.

  

Sunday, July 5th

2:00pm - 3:00pm  

 

Le Petit Salon de Kensington - A Literary Salon Sans Prétentions.

Advanced conversation class with discussions of French literature. 

Cost: FREE to try one session.  Please RSVP to bonjourmamadc@gmail.com.

Thereafter: $5 per session (please bring $5 cash in person)

Age: Adults

Wednesday, May 20th

9:45 a.m. to 10:30am

Les Chansons de Rosalie - French Mommy and Me workshop with Language Planet DC!

Prix/Price: $25 (includes a $5 gift certificate to spend at Bonjour Mama!)

View Flyer. Register here

“The class is far above average. Emilie is not just a native speaker, but a well trained teacher using innovative methods that are excellent for language acquisition and show true results. Above all, the class is fun!!.”  --Tara, Bethesda, MD

After a brief summer break we will continue with more fall sessions. Contact us for more info and to secure a spot!