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To say the very least, it’s the end of an era.

With just a few short days left in the Obama administration, everyone seems to be reflecting on the past eight years and readying themselves for institutional change. Not least of which is the first family, who’ve been cramming their final days in office with plenty of activity.

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the President and First Lady visited their daughters’ former playground (aka "Malia and Sasha's Castle”), which they donated to a D.C. homeless shelter. The structure, which arrived in 2009, previously stood on the White House’s South Lawn.

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Michelle and Barack spent the day showing the newest owners the ropes (quite literally, there’s a rope swing). The President pushed several gleeful children on the play structure’s swing set, noting that the experience brought back memories, “This is about how big Sasha was when we showed up,” he said.

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The President and First Lady also stuck around to help paint the shelter’s “Wall of Hope” mural, which prominently features Dr. King.

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Though it may one of the Obamas’ final acts of goodwill as First Family, we’re certain there’ll be many more in their post-White House careers.