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Five Things for Today: June 1, 2020


1. A few resources for talking about racism with kids:
* This very recent USA Today article has guidance on discussing race in the context of what’s happening now.
* On NPR’s All Things Considered, Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, discusses how to talk with white children about racially-charged events.
* From Commonsense Media, How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids.
* Added thanks to the reader comment below, Talking about Race from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

2. Tune in to the Kojo Namdi Show today at 12:30pm for the Kojo For Kids segment as bestselling YA author Jason Reynolds talks about racism and the protests. (The Kojo show starts at 12pm, but the segment begins a 12:30pm.)

3. The annualΒ Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle won’t be taking place on the National Mall this summer, but you can experience it virtually starting today through June 30, with cooking contests, cooking demonstrations, award-winning recipes, three music “stages,” children’s activities, prizes, giveaways, and more.Β 

4. Coronavirus street art.

5. Listening to Black Voices Amid Murder, Violence, Protest, and Pandemic.

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Five Things for Today: May 31, 2020

A timely message of hope seen on a neighborhood walk


1. Today at 5pm, the Kennedy Center presents The Yo-Yo Mo Show: An Evening of Musical Doodling. All ages are invited to grab some paper and doodling implements and join Mo Willems in doodling as Yo-Yo Ma plays cello to explore ways in which different art forms can inspire each other. Get a glimpse of what to expect here.

2. Many Virginia wineries have reopened, welcoming guests to enjoy their outdoor spaces along with tastings. Most are BYO picnics, and some are even family friendly. Find a list of wineries and more details here. And if you plan to try going, I recommend calling ahead to confirm the status, even if reservations are not required.

3. This evening at 8pm, tune in to Smithsonian’s Project Pride, a virtual concert and digital time capsule celebration of LGBTQ+ Heritage, Culture, and History featuring LGBTQ+ musicians, artists, and allies, as well as highlights from the Smithsonian collections.

4. From the New York Times: The Best Films of 2020 (So Far).

5. Ways to demand justice for George Floyd from wherever you are right now.

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Five Things for Today: May 30, 2020

Enjoy a day on the water


1. Recreation on local waterways is an outdoor option again. Boating in DC is renting kayaks and stand up paddleboards at Thompson Boat Center and The Wharf by reservation only — availability for this weekend is very limited, but you can get on a wait list in case of cancellations. NoVa Parks have also opened boat rentals, though some facilities may be limited or closed, so be sure to confirm it’s open at the location you plan to visit.

2. If you can’t get on the water, you can still enjoy a nice day by it at The Yards Park, the lovely space on the Anacostia, which has reopened. The water features are not on, but you can hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, and maybe even pick up a food for a picnic (or dine on a patio if you’re ready) from one of the nearby eateries. Just be sure to heed these social distancing rules. (And if you’re worried about crowds there, check out these walks in the woods for places to get outdoors with more space.)

3. As DC reopens, here are details from DPR on what is accessible now. You can also read Phase 1 FAQ’s from the mayor here.

4. We just watched Beastie Boys Story on AppleTV, and it’s engaging, even endearing, plus a fun little trip down memory lane. View the trailer here.

5. Whatever you do today, carve out 20 minutes to watch and listen to this.

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Five Things for Today: May 29, 2020

Empty streets of Downtown DC…when will they start filling up again?


1. Phase 1 of reopening DC includes restaurants offering socially distanced outdoor dining. If you’re ready for it, Eater has a running list of places you can go for an al fresco meal or drinks.

2. Kids and teens can work on projects that focus on service learning, the practice of connecting core SEL (social-emotional learning) concepts to actions that serve others, with Project Tie-Dye. The subscription service founded by two local moms delivers a new kit each month with all the supplies needed to complete service-learning projects that are thoughtfully designed and fun for kids to do.

3. If you’ve been cleaning out closets and drawers during your time at home and need somewhere for all the “give away” clothes to go, check out thredUP. You can send in clothes and shoes for donation or consignment, plus you can shop the website. There are some great finds and deals to be had! And if, like me, you enjoy secondhand shopping and are missing your local places for thrifting, thredUP can help fill that void. (PS: I used my referral link, which gives you $10 after your first order.)

4. ‘Tis the season (and circumstances) for park picnics and backyard barbecues, a great time to try some new side dishes.

5. How have I only just now discovered Momsplaining with Kristen Bell? So funny.

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