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Five Things for Today: August 14, 2020

The lovely Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden


1. County fair season isn’t completely canceled because of coronavirus (whoa, unintentional alliteration!), it’s just gone online this year. The Arlington County Fair is this weekend, and you can experience it from home via Facebook starting today at 12pm through Sunday. Performances, a scavenger hunt, bingo, cooking demos, a family dance party, trivia, and more events will be among the festivities. Seethe website for the schedule of virtual events.

2. Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s annual Fairy Day of Play is tomorrow. From 9am – 2pm, enjoy all kinds of activities at the wonderful, whimsical locale in Calvert County — all of them socially distanced. Frolic in the fairy lolly, design fairy houses, make a nature wand, meet a “unicorn” and other animals, dance to drums, and much more. Reserve tickets in advance. And read more about Annmarie here and here. UPDATE: This has been postponed due to weather! Find another activity here.

3. Mt. Pleasant based yoga studio Past Tense Yoga is hosting a socially-distanced pop up class on the rooftop of The Lane tomorrow at 9:30am. The hour-long, donation based class led by instructor Nicole Ferrigno will raise money for need based scholarships for The Lane’s fall partnership with Flex Academies Social Learning Club.  Recently mentioned here, the partnership aims to create small, academic “pods” of kids to supplement virtual learning with in-person socialization, enrichment, play and tutoring.

4. The annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale returns this weekend as 60+ boutiques throughout Old Town and Del Ray offer deeply-discounted summer merchandise. See the website for a map of stores and learn about an Instagram giveaway, too.

5. The Onion’s Pros and Cons of Canceling College Football.

Weekend Bonus: A couple quick links for the next few days:
Activities Around DC During These Corona Times
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids


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Five Things for Today: August 13, 2020

Bright and cheery black-eyed Susans for a rainy day


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1. A rainy day activity: Kids can explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home with #MetKids. (Of course, there is plenty for adults to enjoy online, too.)

2. And something else for indoor weather: The Indonesian Embassy is hosting a coloring contest for kids in commemoration of 75 years anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Go here for instructions and rules to participate.

3. Washingtonian has details for five great scenic drives near DC.

4. If you, too, are an avid fan of Humans of New York, you’ll be happy to know about this.

5. Very excited about this reboot! Like, this excited.

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Five Things for Today: August 11, 2020

Love a good Tader Joe’s haul


1. Clarks Elioak, the delightful farm in Howard County, is open. The grounds are straight out of a fairytale, charmingly adorned with recovered installations from an old storybook park. A petting zoo and fairy forest are highlights right now. Pony rides and more fun are also available. It’s open Tuesday thru Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is $8, and some activities are an extra small fee.

2. The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking over the next couple of nights. Get tips for viewing it.

3. If you don’t have a Costco membership, now is a great time to get one. Groupon is offering a one-year Costco Gold Star Membership Package with a $60 Costco shop card and $40 off an online order. (Note: Valid only for new members and those whose memberships expired prior to April 1, 2020.)

4. Experts predict what life will be like after a COVID-19 vaccine.

5. The Trader Joe’s What’s New page is a good one to bookmark.

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Five Things for Today: August 9, 2020

Yards Park is a great waterfront spot for socially distanced hanging out


1. Join Leesburg Animal Park for a Fishing Derby today from 11am – 3pm. Of course, you can visit the animals, too. The rest of the park is open 10am – 5pm (Wednesday – Sunday), and admission is $15/adult, $13/ages2-12.

2. And for places you can always go fishing in or near DC, here are seven recommendations.

3. Came across this nice round-up of waterfront spaces around DC to enjoy warm weather. It was obviously compiled pre-COVID, so there are some suggestions for activities that are not currently offered, but most of the spots recommended are still good for socially distanced hanging out.

4. From the Washington Post’s On Parenting: 6 strategies for sharing disappointing news with kids, in a year with lots of it.

5. March for Our Lives’ powerful new campaign ad.


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