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Five Things for Today: May 30, 2020

Enjoy a day on the water


1. Recreation on local waterways is an outdoor option again. Boating in DC is renting kayaks and stand up paddleboards at Thompson Boat Center and The Wharf by reservation only — availability for this weekend is very limited, but you can get on a wait list in case of cancellations. NoVa Parks have also opened boat rentals, though some facilities may be limited or closed, so be sure to confirm it’s open at the location you plan to visit.

2. If you can’t get on the water, you can still enjoy a nice day by it at The Yards Park, the lovely space on the Anacostia, which has reopened. The water features are not on, but you can hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, and maybe even pick up a food for a picnic (or dine on a patio if you’re ready) from one of the nearby eateries. Just be sure to heed these social distancing rules. (And if you’re worried about crowds there, check out these walks in the woods for places to get outdoors with more space.)

3. As DC reopens, here are details from DPR on what is accessible now. You can also read Phase 1 FAQ’s from the mayor here.

4. We just watched Beastie Boys Story on AppleTV, and it’s engaging, even endearing, plus a fun little trip down memory lane. View the trailer here.

5. Whatever you do today, carve out 20 minutes to watch and listen to this.

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Five Things for Today: May 28, 2020

A little pop of yellow in nature


1. It’s official: DC begins Phase 1 of reopening tomorrow, May 29. The Washington Post has details on what this entails along with more info on Maryland and Northern Virginia’s reopenings.

2. Little ones can go on a virtual outdoor adventure with a FONZ Educational Specialist in a series of videos from the National Zoo. The latest one explores the color yellow in nature. (PS: These also provide inspo for IRL nature walks with kiddos!)

3. For parents interested in Hebrew School for their kids, here is a great way to keep them learning and maybe even trying a newΒ language as they finish up school: Hebrew School To You continues to offer engaging, customized private and group sessions for kids and adults in Judaics and Hebrew Language. With COVID-19, classes have gone virtual and you can start at any time, even throughout the summer.Β  (They can also help with Bar/Bat Mitzvah prep!)

4. Shop a trove of unique art, goods, and wares and support a local business! Steadfast Supply has locations at The Yards in DC and Ballston Quarter in NoVa, but the store has gone online during this time. You can find all kinds of items from independent brands and designers that would make perfect gifts for the people you miss, fun things for the family, or even a nice treat for yourself.

5. Goodnight Zoom.

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Five Things for Today: May 26, 2020

A Fairy Art Studio from a past visit to Annmarie Sculpture Garden


1. The grounds of Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Calvert County have reopened and are a lovely place to enjoy an art-filled stroll. Even better, their wonderful annual fairy house exhibit is back making the walk through the woods and garden even more delightful. The Fairy Lolly playground and Arts Building are still closed, and visitors must maintain safe social distance from others. Open 10am – 5pm, and a donation of $7/car is suggested. Read more about Annmarie here and here.

2. And for a related activity at home with kids, make your own fairy garden or fairy house. Find ideas and inspiration for it here, here, here, and here.

3. DC primaries are June 2, and today is the deadline to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Download the request form here and email the completed PDF to [email protected]

4. ‘Tis the season for chilled soup! (On a personal note, cold soup is one of my favorite food groups — gazpacho, anyone? It’s also a good strategy for trying to get picky eaters to eat more veggies.)

5. Mmmm…cheese.

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Five Things for Today: May 24, 2020

Celebrating the World Series Champions Nats in pre-coronatimes


1. Nats fans, clear your schedule this evening! Tonight at 7pm, the team will unveil their 2019 World Series championship rings during a historic virtual celebration, the first virtual championship ring ceremony in MLB history. The event will be live streamed on on their Facebook and YouTube channels and aired on MLB Network and MASN. (PS: Before that at 5:30pm, Part 2 of their documentary “Improbable” will air on Nationals.com and MASN. Sorry to miss posting Part 1, but the second half is sure to be more exciting.)

2. Kids can chat with a former Top Gun fighter pilot this afternoon. From 4-4:45pm, they can join a free virtual hangout via Zoom as part of a Kids Get Inspired! Series presented by Fig and Wally, the online invitation and gifting site.

3. We may not be able to enjoy it live on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol this year, but the annual National Memorial Day Concert is still happening, just on TV only. Tune in to PBS at 8pm for performances and tributes filmed around the country and featuring some of the most iconic and powerful segments from past concerts — see specifics here.

4. Because it’s the weekend and many people will be looking to get out for some fresh air and exercise, and because hiking is permitted during stay-at-home orders, here’s a quick link to the round-up of local places for walks in the woods. It’s been updated to reflect the current status of sites, but it doesn’t hurt to check websites or call ahead to confirm.

5. What reopening looks like around the world.

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