Category Archives: Black Lives Matter

Five Things for Today: September 11, 2020

“Murals that Matter” outside the National Building Museum


1.  We can’t go in the National Building Museum right now, but you can stop by the west lawn (5th Street NW, between F and G streets) to see Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art, an exhibition featuring DC street art created earlier this summer in response to social justice protests in the nation’s capital and elsewhere.  It will be on display from now through November.


2. Catch an outdoor flick and pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman at the Union Market Drive-In tonight.  The weekly series is featuring the late actor’s films all month, this week showing the James Brown biopic Get On Up.  The lot opens at 7:15pm, and the movie starts at 8:30pm. Parking fee is $20 — book in advance here.  And see what else is playing at more drive-in movie series around the area this weekend.


3. The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington is hosting its annual Unity Walk on Sunday.  Although virtual this year, the walk will offer an opportunity to visit houses of worship and faith centers from Baha’i to Zoroastrian, participate in meaningful dialogue, learn a new recipe from a local chef, and partake in service projects. Learn more and register for it here.


4. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new post on the blog with a round-up of places to go in DC if you just want to chill out in a lovely locale: Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC.


5. Scenes from San Francisco…  and how you can help victims of the west coast wildfires. (Update:  See the comments below on why I opted to highlight this today.)


PS:  As you’re making weekend plans, an easy way to find things to do… hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a drop down of all kinds of ideas.



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Five Things for Today: August 20, 2020

A peek into Ginkgo Gardens on Capitol Hill — a great place to purchase plants!


1. The gardens at Tudor Place in Georgetown have reopened. From 12-4pm Thursdays – Sundays, you can take a free self-guided tour through the 5 1/2 acres of flora with a reserved timed ticket entry. Tickets are for two hours of time, but you can reserve multiple slots for a longer visit.


2. The new National Children’s Museum was barely open a month before it closed due to COVID. But they’ve been providing online offerings for kids since then, including STEAMwork videos with cool experiments, virtual field trips, digital exhibits, a podcast, and more fun and educational activities to enjoy at home. Read a KFDC write-up about the museum from its brief pre-COVD days to see what you can look forward to when it’s accessible again.


3. The BlackStar Film Fest, an annual festival showcasing films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from around the world that usually takes place in Philadelphia is going digital this year. Starting today through August 26, view a variety of films, listen to panel discussions, and join more special events online. The schedule of events and “tickets” are available on the website.


4. An illustrated guide to house plants.  (Wow, didn’t realize so many are toxic to kids and pets!) And Real Simple has 5 things to consider before bringing a new plant home.


5. My, how they’ve grown!

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Five Things for Today: July 15, 2020

Evening picnics in the park

1. Today, Opera Starts with Oh! is kicking off a weekly summer series with new opera lessons and experiences especially for kids every Wednesday. Sessions are live from 11:30am – 12pm on Zoom, and shortly after registrants will receive “at-home” activities to enjoy on their own time. Classes are ideal for ages 4-8, but all ages are more than welcome. Register for today’s “I Love to Act”-themed session and others coming up in July in August. Cost is pay-what-you-want ranging from free to $15.

2. Kids and families can embark on an urban farm adventure with the DC Farm Field Trip Challenge. Washington Youth Garden, Common Good City Farm, and City Blossoms have teamed up to bring youngsters across the DMV this fun challenge. It could be a backyard garden, an ant hill on your sidewalk, a local park — they want to see kids putting on their explorer eyes and learning about the natural world right in their own neighborhood or backyard. Enter by July 19 (it says June 30 on the website, but it’s still open) for a chance to win some cool prizes.

3. The annual Books in Bloom book festival — Columbia, Maryland’s ultimate celebration of the joy of books and reading — has gone virtual this year. Over the next six weeks, it will bring together some of the country’s best and brightest authors with panels, contests, workshops, and event partnerships with local businesses. This year’s festival will also continue its tradition of activism through literature by encouraging open dialogue on themes of diversity, racism, inequality, and culture through the art of books. Headlining the festival is sociologist Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. View the schedule of upcoming events here.

4. Tips for picnicking during a pandemic. And a bunch of easy picnic food ideas.

5. Say his name: DJ Henry.

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Five Things for Today: June 15, 2020

Working on slime techniques

1. Have your kids made their own slime? It’s one of Sasha’s favorite activities at home — she loves to experiment with different ingredients, colors, and materials, adding things like glitter, food coloring, and beads. Recipes for making it vary, and Home Depot has some good videos with demos. You can also just search “how to make slime” on Google or YouTube for ideas.

2. The Explore! Children’s Museum, an upcoming children’s museum in the DC area that currently operates in a space at the National Portrait Gallery, has launched the Explore! Sandbox, a free database with over 100 virtual, interactive and hands-on activities for children up to nine years old. 

3. If you haven’t tried geocaching (or even if you have), it’s a good time to give it a go. It’s like a scavenger hunt, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors with a little adventure. Even better, you can pick and choose where and when you want to do it. This KFDC post has info on how to get started.

4. The Library of Congress presents the Boccaccio Project, a series of musical responses to COVID-19. Ten pairs of composers and performers will write and perform brief solo works online over the course of 10 weekdays. It starts this evening at 8pm with a collaboration by Jeremy Jordan (piano) and Damien Sneed (composer).

5. Inspired by DC: Black Lives Matter murals on city streets around the country.

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