Category Archives: Social Distancing

Five Things for Today: September 26, 2020

Hit the trail at  Rock Creek Park


1. Free Park-ing!  National parks are waiving entry fees to celebrate National Public Lands Day, so there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge admission. Celebrate by heading to one of our local national parks, that include ShenandoahPrince William ForestGreat FallsHarpers Ferry, Fort McHenry, and Rock Creek Park (see below for a specific event).  Find even more to visit here.


2. Today and tomorrow, the Friends of Peirce Mill are joining with the National Park Service and other park partners to celebrate National Public Lands Day and Rock Creek Park Day.  A full weekend of free family activities online and IRL in the park will include a family scavenger hunt at Peirce Mill (note that the Mill is closed; the hunt takes place nearby it outside). 


3. In case you missed it a couple of days ago, there’s a new round-up of indoor places that have reopened for an easy go-to list if you’re looking for inside outings. But if you ant to be outside to enjoy the season, check out the list of fall festivals or the post about great places to enjoy autumn (that are not fall festivals).  And for more round-ups of local activities, hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown full of inspo.


4. The Mom Edit offers more than just fashion tips… here are 5 ways you can take action for Breonna Taylor.


5.  Hamilton PSA: Do not throw away your shot… to vote.


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Five Things for Today: September 25, 2020

The fountain at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall


1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival begins today and will run through the weekend.  For obvious reasons, it’s all virtual this year, but the author lineup and programming  are as stellar as ever!  Today is completely focused on schools, children, and teens at home — author videos and specials, including from kid faves Jon Scieszka and  Jason Reynolds, will be released for streaming at 9am. Over the weekend there will be on-demand author videos live Q&A’s, and more with 120 authors on nine virtual stages.  And since we’ll miss live signings by our favorite writers,  signed books available for purchase through Politics & Prose.  See more about the Festival and register for free here.


2. Catch an airshow over the National Mall today starting at 11:30am. The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will feature approximately 70 World War II aircraft soaring in formations that represent the War’s major battles in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory.


3. Add another museum to your list of reopened places:  The American Visionary Art Museum is welcoming visitors again starting today.  The Baltimore venue is full of wonderful, whimsical works that can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. All of the galleries will be open, though some interactive exhibits will be off to limit contact. New hours will be 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/child age 7+, free/6 & under. Reserve tickets in advance and see their  visitor guidelines for COVID safety.


4. This evening, join Dumbarton House for a virtual Family Game Night featuring Federal period card and dice games! Learn some fun games and use math skills along the way,  and find some new activities  to stay entertained throughout the pandemic.   This program is suitable for elementary ages and up. Household tickets are $15 — register through the link.


5. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Outdoor Dining Begins 🙂


PS:  Seeking weekend activities?  Hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown with all kinds of ideas.


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Five Things for Today: September 24, 2020



1. Something cool to keep in mind on your outdoor adventures…  You can help the Virginia Department of Forestry continue producing quality seedlings and grow the forests of tomorrow by collecting and donating acorns to them this fall.  Just collect acorns and nuts from the tree species listed here, store them in a paper bag, and deliver them to your local VDOF office by October 16.  This guide to native trees of Virginia will help identify them.


2. Since they can’t hold their annual Boo at the Zoo this year, Friends of the National Zoo just announced they will be hosting a Boo Drive Thru instead.  Pack your car full of ghouls, ghosts, princesses, and superheroes and cruise down the Zoo’s North Road. Look out for witches, vampires, Count Pandula, and other supernatural sights — and get a fun photo opportunity — before receiving treat bags stuffed with M&Ms, Twix, and more candy.  It will be held October 24 & 25 from 4:30-9:30pm.  Tickets are $45/members and $55/non-members per car, all in support of FONZ’s mission, and their bound to sell out fast.


3. Tomorrow, September 25, make plans to dine with the fam at The Yards.  They are celebrating back-to-school and local restaurants with its newest reimagined initiative, Back to The Yards! While school looks a bit different this year, The Yards wants to help parents with dinner and school supplies for their kids. Tomorrow, families can pick up a box of fun with their receipt from dining in or picking up dinner at one of the many great restaurants at The Yards.


4.  Another cool dining event starting tomorrow: The Downtown DC BID will kick off Dine Out on 8th Street, a new streatery on 8th Street NW, between H & K Streets, featuring outdoor seating  from several restaurants in streets closed off to traffic.  It will be open Fridays 5-10pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 12-10pm.  Social distancing and masks are required, and there is a maximum of 6 people per table.


5. Humans of New York’s current #TattletalesFromTanqueray series is fantastic!


PS:  Don’t forget today is the final chance for the public to pay respects to RBG at the Supreme Court — details are in this post from a couple of days ago.



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Inside Info: Indoor Places Open During COVID

Social distancing indoors at the National Gallery of Art


More and more indoor places around the DC area are figuring out how to safely open their doors to visitors again. I’ve been to a couple of Smithsonian museums and felt very comfortable and safe with the extra measures taken for COVID — and was very happy to wander the galleries and enjoy art in person once again.  As weather gets colder and our itch for outings that aren’t outdoors grows, having some go-to indoor spots will be appreciated by many.  (But, of course, everyone should do what they’re comfortable with during this unusual and uncertain time!)  Here’s a handy list of them, and I’ll continually add to it as more places reopen.  Happy revisiting!



National Gallery of Art
When: Daily, 11am – 4pm
Where: 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed entry passes.
COVID policies

National Museum of African American History and Culture
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1400 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 7pm
Where: 8th and G Streets NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Renwick Gallery
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Admission: Free, no passes required
COVID policies

National Museum of American History
When: Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1300 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Museum of the American Indian
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

International Spy Museum
When: Daily, 10m – 6pm
Where: 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Admission: $24.95/ adult, $16.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under | purchase online
COVID policies

When: Monday – Thursday, 12-8pm & Friday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Where: 1238 Maryland Ave SW
Admission: $24/adult, $20/senior & first responder, $17/age 4-14, free/under 4 (purchase online for $5 off)
COVID policies

National Museum of Women in the Arts
When: Daily
Where: Monday – Saturday, 10am -5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, free/child – timed entry tickets required
COVID policies

Kennedy Center Grand Foyer and The REACH
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 2700 F Street NW
Admission: Free and passes are not required
COVID policies

Mansion on O Street
When: Daily, 11am – 3pm
Where: 2020 O Street NW
Admission: Tours start at $25 — online reservations required
COVID policies



Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 12-3pm (a few areas)
Where: 601 Light Street | Baltimore
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/age 3-13
COVID policies

B&O Railroad Museum
When: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 901 West Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $20/adult, $17/senior, $12/ages 2-12
COVID policies

National Aquarium
When: Sun-Thurs 9am – 5pm | Fri 9am – 8pm | Sat 9am – 6pm
Where: 501 E Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/age 3-11, free/2 & under
COVID policies

American Visionary Art Museum
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 800 Key Highway | Baltimore
Admission: $15.95/adult, $13.95/senior, $9.95/age 7-17, free/6 & under
COVID policies

When: Mon-Wed 12-7pm | Fri 12-8pm | Sat-Sun 11am – 8pm
Where: 13200 MidAtlantic Blvd Suite 130 | Laurel
Admission: $15/age 2-5, $25/age 6+ for 2 hours — reserve online
COVID policies

Calvert Marine Museum
When: Daily, 10am – 5pm
Where: 14200 Solomons Island Road | Solomons
Admission: $9/adult, $7/senior, $4/child — reserve two-hour time-slot
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 40 Southlawn Court, Rockville
Admission: Starts at $21.50/hour
COVID policies



Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Daily, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway | Chantilly
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Mount Vernon – Museum & Mansion
When: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway | Mount Vernon
Admission: $20/adult, $12/age 6-16, free/under 6
COVID policies

Super, Awesome, & Amazing at the St. James
When: Thursday & Friday 1-8pm (GA), Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm for events only.
Where: 6805 Industrial Road | Springfield
Admission: $13/hour, $23/2 hours
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 45685 Oakbrook Court Suite 110 | Sterling
Admission: Starts at $12/hour
COVID policies


Do you know of a place that has reopened, but don’t see it listed here?  Let me know in the comments!



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