Category Archives: Social Distancing

A Whole Bunch of Things for the Next Few Days


We’re heading into the woods for a few days and likely won’t have much Internet access, so here are a bunch of quick links for local activities and some other things until I’m back online next week. Happy Weekend!

Activities

* The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has an update for every locale on its current status.

* Local Hikes

* Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in bloom (more about it here)

* Shark tooth hunting (be sure to note restrictions)

* DC playgrounds

* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks, MoCo Parks

* Pick Your Own places

* Paddling opportunities

* The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

* Patapsco State Park for hiking and swimming

* DC’s 51 new statehood murals

* The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is open.

* The National Arboretum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1-5pm. More about the spot, one of our faves, here.

* Disc golf courses at Calvert Park in College Park, Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

* The International Spy Museum has reopened.

* ARTECHOUSE just started welcoming visitors again with new health and safety measures.

* TopGolf at National Harbor and Germantown are welcoming visitors to play in their outdoor hitting bays with new health and safety protocols.

* Eater DC’s running list of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. And I’m going to add O-Ku, which has a fantastic rooftop overlooking Union Market.

Other Things

* A First Draft of a History-Textbook Entry for the Year 2020.

* And the first half of this year in photos.

* A cautionary tale.

* Washington Post recs for 20 Books to Read this Summer

* What’s next, ‘supposively?’

* This essay on changed plans due to the pandemic and the subsequent comments are a great read.

* Thank you, Washington Post, for the heads-up on my new obsession: Unclaimed Baggage.

* Summer grilling recipes

* Muppets sing Hamilton Act I.

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Five Things for Today: July 9, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk


1. ARTECHOUSE is reopening today, implementing special safety measures along with Hanami: Beyond the Blooms, a cherry blossom themed installation that was supposed to run in the spring. Tickets are $19-24/adult, $12-16/age 4-14 (the lower price is advance online purchase).

2. It may not be the same as visiting (especially that magnificent Great Hall), but the National Building Museum has a bunch of online activities for families.

3. Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights begin this Saturday and will run weekly in July and August. Space is limited and registration is required and begins tyoday — subscribe to the newsletter to be among the first to receive the registration link.

4. Good advice for when your tween is bored.

5. A reboot of The Wonder Years from a new POV is in the works!

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Five Things for Today: July 8, 2020

Hike, camp, and enjoy the views at Shenandoah National Park


1. A new art installation just opened at Waterfront Park in Alexandria that is both timely and enlightening. Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies by Olalekan Jeyifous frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history from the 17th to 20th centuries. It was scheduled to open in March, but delayed due to COVID, and will be on display trough November 2020. Plan to go see and enjoy some socially distanced time along the riverside.

2. Shenandoah National Park has reopened campgrounds and trails that were closed for awhile. Check out and book available campsites through Recreation.gov. And read more about recreation at the Virginia park in this KFDC post.

3. Today is $5 Greens Day at sweetgreen! Three of their most popular bowls/salads are just $5: Harvest Bowl, Kale Caesar, and Shroomami. Yay and yum!

4. The Atlantic’s Social Distance podcast is a good listen. A few episodes I recently listened to and found interesting: People are Panic Moving, How the Coronavirus Affects Kids, and Why the World Can’t Reopen if Schools Can’t.

5. Reflections on Frog and Toad.

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Natural History Summer Explorations: FREE Virtual Programs from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History  


Discover the world of natural history science in a fun and interactive way! The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is offering a FREE virtual summer program series called Natural History Summer Explorations. These week-long online programs, hosted by museum educators, allow students to explore their interests in ocean science, paleontology, and other natural history topics. Students will have daily live webinars with artists and Smithsonian science experts, do activities and projects, and create their own scientifically inspired artwork.
 
Natural History Summer Explorations are recommended for rising 3rd through 7th graders, but all are welcome to attend. Live video webinars will be presented in Zoom video from 11am – 12pm EDT daily, during these weekly sessions:


July 13-17: Deep Sea Adaptations
Dive into a virtual week of ocean explorations that looks at how science and art are interconnected. Daily live online programs will include demonstrations and conversations with museum scientists and artists who will explore adaptations of some amazing deep-sea animals through puppet making, drawing, dance and more! Each day will also include a self-directed activity that our young explorers can share with friends, family, and even our scientists and other participating explorers.



July 27-31: Paleo Art – The Edge of Extinction
Explore fossils! Join museum experts for a virtual week of explorations to learn how to use fossils to understand what life on our planet looked like in the past. Through daily live online demonstrations and conversations with museum scientists and artists, you will use fossil evidence to create your own science-based mural of a North American ecosystem just before the extinction of the dinosaurs! Each day will also include a self-directed activity that explorers can share with friends, family, and even our scientists and other participating explorers.


August 3-7: ¡Descubre la historia natural! / Discover Natural History!
Check our website at the link below for more information. Registration for this session, which will be conducted primarily in Spanish, will open on July 20.

 
A link to join the webinars will be emailed to everyone who registers. For those who would like to share their projects and drawings with educators, scientists, and other participants, a parental permission form will be provided.
 
If you have any questions, please send an email to: [email protected]
 
LEARN MORE & SIGN UP HERE


This post is sponsored by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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