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Five Things for Today: December 15, 2020

This past summer at Potomac Overlook, where you can search for Santa this week




1. Starting today through December 20, you can go on a scavenger hunt around Potomac Overlook Park to find Santa’s helpers so they can get back to the North Pole in time for the holidays.  Cost is $5 per family, and no reservations are needed, but check in at the Nature Center from 11am – 3pm to begin.  The park in Arlington is a great place to hike around, even better when there’s an extra holiday adventure!  Get some background on Potomac Overlook in this KFDC post from very pre-Covid times — but all still applicable now.


2. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new giveaway running for a chance to win a Family Four-Pack of Tickets to Crystalline at ARTECHOUSE.


3. As biking has grown in popularity during Covid, this workshop from WABA, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, may be of interest to many:  Cycling Maintenance Tips for Colder Months with Jafe Cycling will take place on Zoom today at 12:30pm.  Register here.


4. Washington Post’s On Parenting has tips on managing kids’ expectations for the Covid holidays. (Hopefully, the KFDC holiday guide can help with that a bit.)


5. Love this clarification from Wardrobe Oxygen.


Wingspan comparison – 4 years ago



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Five Things for Today: December 14, 2020


1. The National Gallery of Art’s  Virtual Artful Conversations for December begin today.  During these “Color your Feelings” themed sessions, participants will create colorful works of art along with museum staff guiding the workshops.  Have on hand a pencil, tempera or acrylic paints, paintbrush, and a cup of water and paper towel for rinsing your paintbrush. As an alternative to paints, they recommend colored pencils or crayons on paper.  And working with paint, they recommend painting on cardboard. Recommended for ages 7-12 and an adult companion. Sessions take place today and December 16 & 17 at 4pm, and December 20 at 10am & 1pm.  Free registration is required.


2. Lots of ideas for Christmas crafts with kids, perfect for a rainy day.


3. Early Christmas present: If you order today, you can get some of these sleds in time for the snow that’s supposed to come on Wednesday. (And you can start scoping out sledding hills — the recent post about Activities During the Covid Winter includes a link on where to find some good ones if you want to go beyond your neighborhood sledding spot.)


4. A Cookbook Gift Guide from Bon Appetit.


5. Ugly holiday sweaters for 2020.



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The Weekend Round-Up:
December 11-13

Shopping and a little seasonal magic at the Downtown Holiday Market


Happy Weekend!

Downtown Holiday Market
Where: F Street, 7th-9th NW | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

The DC holiday market may be even more wonderful this year with extra space and a holiday magic vibe that we probably need more than ever right now. Festive music plays as you stroll and browse the fantastic array of exhibitors and vendors — more than 70 of them, including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, plus six food vendors providing tasty treats and hot beverages.  For better social distancing, it’s now set up in the middle of F Street between 7th & 9th instead of along the sidewalk. And to ensure safety even more, temperatures are taken at the entrance, and exhibitors are offering contactless and convenient payment methods for purchases.

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Five Things for Today: December 9, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk 🦖🤔


1. The National Building Museum is celebrating its 40th birthday this week with all kinds of free online programming!  That includes Trivia Night this evening at 7pm, behind-the-scenes virtual tours of the museum’s collections and the building, and a celebratory video about its illustrious history.  And, FYI, the Museum Shop has a fantastic inventory of items perfect for holiday gifting.


2. Today, the Capitol Riverfront BID kicks off 12 Days of CapRiv, an exciting lineup of festive activities to safely celebrate the holidays in fun and socially-distant ways. Holiday ornaments, family photo pop-ups, drive-in movies, pet portraits, and more special offerings are happening over the next couple of weeks. See the full schedule of activities and details here.


3. This Friday, December 11, the Smithsonian is hosting a daylong virtual program, “24 hours in a Time of Change,” and invites the public to share their stories about this time.  You can submit stories here, and there are prompts to help guide you.  Select responses will be shared during the program.


4. Rolling Stone’s list of the best TV shows of 2020. (Several on there that I really enjoyed:  Better Things, My Brilliant Friend, Pen15, The Great, and I May Destroy You.)


5. 2020: The Year in Pictures.



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