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Five Things for Today: August 15, 2020

Enjoy a Story Walk and scenic river views at The Wharf



1. Through August 21, take a Story Walk at The Wharf! In partnership with Politics & Prose, the fun and educational activity places a children’s story — a page by page deconstructed book — along a walking route in the community. Discover the pages of I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison on the windows of 15 shops. The first four pages of the book can be found at Politics and Prose. Then continue to the following shops: Martha Spak Gallery at The Wharf, A Beautiful Closet, Maisons, Shop Made in DC, UPS, Maggie O’Neill, Chopsmith, Diament Jewelry, Grazie Grazie, CVS, Orangetheory, Toastique, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Praline Bakery. Plan to grab a bite to eat, too — there are lots of options for outdoor dining or take out that you enjoy by the water. Read more about The Wharf (pre-COVID) here.

2. The National Zoo just launched Zooguardians, a new mobile game where you build your own zoo, care for animals, and find out what it takes to be a conservation hero. It’s free to download and available to play on Android and Apple devices. Rated E for Everyone.

3. It’s not a bad idea to have a supply of at-home activities for kids right now. A great place to shop for that is Michaels — they have everything from complete craft kits to individual items to use in all kinds of creative ways.

4. Metro service will return to almost-normal starting today.

5. The first week of a post pandemic social calendar 😂


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Five Things for Today: August 14, 2020

The lovely Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden


1. County fair season isn’t completely canceled because of coronavirus (whoa, unintentional alliteration!), it’s just gone online this year. The Arlington County Fair is this weekend, and you can experience it from home via Facebook starting today at 12pm through Sunday. Performances, a scavenger hunt, bingo, cooking demos, a family dance party, trivia, and more events will be among the festivities. Seethe website for the schedule of virtual events.

2. Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s annual Fairy Day of Play is tomorrow. From 9am – 2pm, enjoy all kinds of activities at the wonderful, whimsical locale in Calvert County — all of them socially distanced. Frolic in the fairy lolly, design fairy houses, make a nature wand, meet a “unicorn” and other animals, dance to drums, and much more. Reserve tickets in advance. And read more about Annmarie here and here. UPDATE: This has been postponed due to weather! Find another activity here.

3. Mt. Pleasant based yoga studio Past Tense Yoga is hosting a socially-distanced pop up class on the rooftop of The Lane tomorrow at 9:30am. The hour-long, donation based class led by instructor Nicole Ferrigno will raise money for need based scholarships for The Lane’s fall partnership with Flex Academies Social Learning Club.  Recently mentioned here, the partnership aims to create small, academic “pods” of kids to supplement virtual learning with in-person socialization, enrichment, play and tutoring.

4. The annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale returns this weekend as 60+ boutiques throughout Old Town and Del Ray offer deeply-discounted summer merchandise. See the website for a map of stores and learn about an Instagram giveaway, too.

5. The Onion’s Pros and Cons of Canceling College Football.

Weekend Bonus: A couple quick links for the next few days:
Activities Around DC During These Corona Times
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids


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Five Things for Today: August 13, 2020

Bright and cheery black-eyed Susans for a rainy day


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1. A rainy day activity: Kids can explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home with #MetKids. (Of course, there is plenty for adults to enjoy online, too.)

2. And something else for indoor weather: The Indonesian Embassy is hosting a coloring contest for kids in commemoration of 75 years anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Go here for instructions and rules to participate.

3. Washingtonian has details for five great scenic drives near DC.

4. If you, too, are an avid fan of Humans of New York, you’ll be happy to know about this.

5. Very excited about this reboot! Like, this excited.

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Five Things for Today: August 12, 2020

Gorgeous Potomac views at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve


1. Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is a great place to hike and spend time outdoors. Located in McLean just a few miles down the road from Great Falls Park, you can walk through the woods or follow a fire road flanked by a creek down to the river, where there is a lovely waterfall and fantastic Potomac views. If it’s crowded by the falls, just head the opposite way down the trail along the water for more secluded spots to hang out and enjoy a picnic.

2. Labyrinth, the game shop on Capitol Hill, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with online games, daily deals, and other fun stuff. Read a KFDC write-up about the store from just after it opened.

3. Even more to be excited about on Capitol Hill: The Safeway in southeast, now called the Beckert’s Park Safeway, reopens today! The Hill Rag offers a sneak peek, and a good thing to know is that it will be open 24/7.

4. Have you listened to The Michelle Obama Podcast yet? There are only a few episodes, but so far so good. This second one is a great listen and resonated in many ways. (And there’s a new one out today.)

5. Yes!

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