1. You don’t need a special event to get into the spirit of the spooky season. Here are some ongoing activities perfect for the Halloween lead-up: A hike at Prince William Forest Park, where you might happen upon old, small family grave sites; a stroll through Congressional Cemetery; a visit to the National Museum of Health & Medicine (best for older kids); a tour of Ford’s Theatre.
2. The Capital Art & Craft Festival is coming to Northern Virginia this weekend, October 15-17, and will feature art in more than a dozen mediums — jewelry, paintings, prints, glass, leather, photography, pottery, wearable art, and wood, and more. (Think early holiday shopping!) Even better, I’ve got five pairs of entry tickets ($24 value) to give away. If you want a chance to win one of them, simply leave a comment below by noon (12pm) on Thursday, October 14. Admission to the festival is free for kids age 12 and under.
3. Loads of ideas for DIY Halloween costumes for kids. (And all kinds of ready-to-wear options if you aren’t so crafty.)
4. This round-up of the 40 Best Movies on Netflix You Probably Haven’t Seen looks bookmark-worthy.
5. Every now and then he nails it.
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Savoring lake life at Deep Creek, a great destination for a getaway from DC
1. If you’re looking for ideas for last minute Labor Day Weekend getaways, here are some destinations convenient from DC to consider.
2. The Big Bounce America, the world’s largest bounce house, is coming to the DC area starting this Friday. The massive touring inflatable event will run for two weekends, September 3-6 and September 10–12, at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
3. The 25 Best Sandwiches in the DC area, according to the Washington Post. Do you agree? What’s your favorite local sammie?
4. How you can help hurricane Ida victims.
5. A timely and moving Humans of New York… and a reminder that there are many important people working in our kids’ schools.
Batman costumes on display at the 2019 Awesome Con
1. Awesome Con, the annual convention celebrating pop culture and geekdom, is returning to DC this weekend! Held at the Washington Convention Center, it’s running Friday – Sunday, and tickets start at $15/day. We’ve been a few times, and it is always a blast with fantastic guest panels (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd this year!), comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. There’s something for all ages, including a whole Awesome Con Jr. area with programming especially for kids.
2. You can add another Smithsonian to your museum rotation this weekend: The Hirshhorn reopens on Friday, August 20! Hours will be 10am – 5:30pm Wednesday – Sunday, and no timed-entry passes will be required. In the meantime, get kids excited about going back to the modern art museum with some online projects especially for little artists.
3. The National Children’s Museum will start welcoming visitors again on September 2! It will be open Thursday – Sunday with two timed sessions each day: a morning session from 9:30am – 12:30pm, and an afternoon session from 1:30-4:30pm. Tickets are now available — reserve yours here! And read more about the museum in this KFDC write-up from its brief opening in early 2020.
4. How to help Haiti earthquake victims. How to help Afghan refugees resettle in the DC area. And more ways to help the country in crisis.
5. He may not be a Nat anymore, but you still gotta love this slide.
Pick your own summer treats
1. The time is ripe for a pick-your-own outing! Not only are a variety of fruits and veggies ready for harvest at farms around the area — blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, tomatoes, and more — the weather this week will be mild for a DC summer, perfect conditions for getting out and gathering. This post has a round-up of places where you can reap some of the best treats of the season.
2. The annual Citi Open tennis event has begun, and with Rafael Nadal in the mix, tickets are very much in demand and hard to get. BUT, you can sign up to be notified of Limited Ticket Access as any become available throughout the tournament.
3. From the Washington Post, movies to satisfy your pent-up wanderlust.
4. New(ish) podcast rec: Gravity from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi (wife of Paul who wrote the exceptional book When Breath Becomes Air). The episode On Mortality and Meaning… is especially good. I also loved the interview with her twin sister Joanna Goddard, founder of one of my favorite blogs.
5. A sweet Olympic gold(s) story. 🥇🥇