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Five Things for Today: November 25, 2020

Checking the temporary trail map at Rock Creek Park


1. Kids and families are invited to create art related to Rock Creek Park.  Starting today through December 16, they are hosting Creativity Day with a different theme every week.  Every child who participates will earn a Junior Ranger sticker at least once, and if they participate every week, they’ll win a cool prize.  This week’s theme is fall leaves — draw, paint, sketch, or otherwise create something representing your favorite fall leaf or leaves and post your art in the event.  Be sure to check back every week and post your artwork in the corresponding event!


2.  And speaking of Rock Creek, our local national park is a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation right here in the city.  Layer up and hit the trail — we usually park at the Nature Center lot or by Peirce Mill, then hop on a trail from there.  Some areas might be closed right now, but there are maps on trees indicating where to go. Admission to Rock Creek Park is free. And for more places to hit the trail, the round-up of walks in the woods is full of good recs.   [Note: Links above offer more info about the Nature Center and Peirce Mill, but both are closed right now.]


3. A KFDC reader let me know about this new online resource created by her cousin:  Map Your Holiday is a digital, interactive map that crowdsources holiday lights and other happenings, so folks know where to go to find safe ways to enjoy festive displays (including residential), markets, and more.  The default map is based in Seattle where she lives, but you can add events to any area. (I added the outdoor flea market at Eastern Market as a test!)  


4. Do you know about Acorns? It’s a neat, easy way to invest and save, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands or giving the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases. We’ve been signed up for a couple of years now and always designate the fund to something like an upcoming trip or holiday gift shopping.  It’s cool to see how fast it grows! (PS: That’s my referral link that gives you a little starter gift.🙂)


5. The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far — according to the New York Times. (Do you agree?  I hadn’t even heard of some of them, but now am interested to check them out!)



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Five Things for Today: November 24, 2020

The newest memorial in the National Mall area


1. The National Museum of the American Indian is closed, but you can still enjoy the outdoor areas including the new Native American Veterans Memorial that opened on Veterans Day.  Learn more about it here.  (PS: The museum also shared Thanksgiving recipes from Native American chefs.)


2. CertifiKid currently has deals on a couple of aerial adventure and zipline parks in the region, where you can enjoy a thrilling outdoor activity while social distancing.  Tree Trekkers is in Frederick, MD, and Empower Adventures is in Middleburg, VA.


3. Several authors and reviewers pick the best children’s books of 2020.


4. Is anyone else watching The Undoing on HBO?  If so, any theories about who did it? (Feel free to share in the comments!)


5.  Funny not funny (because it really does feel that long) 😂😭


PS:  Making plans for the holiday season?  Don’t forget the annual KFDC guide has all the info you need on how to enjoy it around the area!


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Discover DC by Foot this Holiday Season

Holiday lights and history on a tour through Georgetown

[Note: This is a Guest Post contributed by Canden Arciniega from DC By Foot.]


Hi! I’m Canden, a tour guide and historian in Washington, DC, and a mom of two. It has been a weird line between getting the kids out of the house and keeping the kids in the house this year, not quite knowing what to do or what’s open and meets the safety standards that we’ve set for our family.  KidFriendly DC has been my go-to in figuring out what is happening [editor’s note: 😊], so I’m excited to share with you what my company is doing this December as a kid-friendly option for something fun, festive, and perfect for these social distancing times.

DC by Foot offers over a dozen walking tours, available each day. Let’s get the safety protocols out there first: All our tours are entirely outdoors, in small groups to allow physical distancing, with mask requirements of all guests and guides.

We offer tours of the National Mall that have a scavenger hunt element for kids, our popular Lincoln’s Assassination tour, family-friendly Ghosts of Georgetown tours, and private neighborhood tours of Georgetown, Eastern Market, Capitol Hill, the Wharf, and more.


Creative lights make the season bright


For the holiday season, starting December 4, we’re excited to offer a Holiday Lights and History tour of Georgetown daily! This 1.5-hour tour starts at 6pm and explores the holiday windows and light displays. We’ll weave in stories of Georgetown history as we walk — for instance, did you know the Gap in Georgetown used to be a Civil War prison for deserters?

If you’re not interested in Georgetown, we also offer a Downtown History & Lights tour on a private basis that visits the Holiday Market, Macy’s Windows, Willard Hotel, and National Christmas tree display.

Wondering whether our guides will be engaging and fun enough for your kids?  Not to worry!  In the before times, our team of full time guides worked mostly with student groups. We tell jokes so bad they are good and pride ourselves in winning over even the most angsty teen.


See festive window displays in local shops


Our Georgetown Holiday Lights tours are name-your-own-price from Wednesday to Saturday, and ticketed Sunday to Tuesday. Name-your-own-price tours allow you to take the tour and then decide at the end what you thought it was worth, paying the guide directly when the tour is finished. Guides strive to make the tour such a memorable experience that you’ll want to support them, but if that’s not in your budget, or you didn’t feel like it was worth it… that is your choice.

With the limited number of people and tours right now, many of our tours are ticketed in order to support our guides, but we’re happy to be able to offer select tours on the name-your-own-price basis.

Interested in more information about our Holiday Lights or any other tours?  You can find them all on our website, DC by Foot, or send me a message at [email protected].

I look forward to exploring DC with you!


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Five Things for Today: November 23, 2020

Smithsonian museums are closed, but outdoor gardens, including the Haupt, remain open


1. A fun way to explore some of your favorite outdoor places and discover new ones:  Geocaching!  It’s like a scavenger hunt, and perfect for adding a little adventure to your outings. 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.


2. Just in case you haven’t yet heard, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closing to the public as of today in response to rising Covid-19 rates.  Outdoor Smithsonian gardens remain open. The National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden also closed this past Saturday.


3. Thanksgiving crafts for kids.


4. 100 Notable Books of 2020 from the New York Times.


5. A Thanksgiving quiz from McSweeney’s.


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