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Five Things for Today: January 13, 2021

A view down East Cap, the Capitol dome visible through the leafless trees


1. The National Portrait Gallery ‘s programs for children that used to be offered in person are available online.  Introducing…  is essentially the new Portrait Story Days, highlighting some of our country’s historymakers and their portraits in the museum’s collection. Today at 11am they will be Introducing… Abraham Lincoln.  Young Portrait Explorers takes place monthly via Zoom, also on Wednesdays 11-11:30am and 3-3:30pm, and explores portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes along with the stories behind them. Free registration is required.


2. Weekdays are a great time to visit Great Falls, when you can enjoy some of the most scenic nature in the area without the weekend crowds.  Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you really can’t go wrong. Take in spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks and hike easy trails along the river or through the woods.  Open 7am to 30 minutes after sunset. Admission is $20/vehicle. (You can also opt to hike there from Riverbend Park, where admission is free.)


3. Are you looking for a way to celebrate and honor MLK? Join Rock Creek Conservancy’s MLK Weekend of Service. Register to help with trash clean-up and invasive removal throughout Rock Creek Park — there are opportunities to volunteer on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


4. AOC speaks about the attack on the Capitol (long but worth the watch/listen).


5. Such a powerful, human moment.


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Learn About Washington Waldorf School at a Virtual Open House


This post is sponsored by the Washington Waldorf School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Lesson with the International School of Music!


Is this the year your child learns to play music?  Did you or someone you know get a guitar, keyboard, drum set, or another instrument for the holidays?

If so, then it’s time to TAKE MUSIC LESSONS at the International School of Music!  With two locations in Bethesda and Potomac, the school is the premier provider of music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels.

With online and in-person lessons, the International School of Music brings together a community of dedicated, experienced, world-class faculty that offers personalized lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, drums, saxophone, clarinet, harp, recorder, trumpet, trombone,  toddler and preschooler music classes and more!

Their teaching methods are student-centered, focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential.


The School’s fun and exciting Musical Ladder curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement helps students with motivation as they win certificates, wristbands, and trophies.  And students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, or music from another genre.

Even more, the amazing virtual performance opportunities as well as many Ambassador community recitals all lead up to exciting concerts at the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Strathmore where students thrive & have fun!

So, for the musician in your family or circle of friends, there is nothing quite like the joy that comes from learning music! They’ll be thanking you every time they learn a new song, or master a new technique.

For more information about International School of Music and their programs, visit their website. Or give them a call at 301-365-5888.  And be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free lesson and claim their amazing $94 offer when you register for lessons by January 15!

Give your kids something to get excited about and let The International School of Music bring out their inner star!


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Giveaway:   Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson with the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers! Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me your or your child’s current favorite song.  Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through Monday, January 4, 2021, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Five Things for Today: December 9, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk 🦖🤔


1. The National Building Museum is celebrating its 40th birthday this week with all kinds of free online programming!  That includes Trivia Night this evening at 7pm, behind-the-scenes virtual tours of the museum’s collections and the building, and a celebratory video about its illustrious history.  And, FYI, the Museum Shop has a fantastic inventory of items perfect for holiday gifting.


2. Today, the Capitol Riverfront BID kicks off 12 Days of CapRiv, an exciting lineup of festive activities to safely celebrate the holidays in fun and socially-distant ways. Holiday ornaments, family photo pop-ups, drive-in movies, pet portraits, and more special offerings are happening over the next couple of weeks. See the full schedule of activities and details here.


3. This Friday, December 11, the Smithsonian is hosting a daylong virtual program, “24 hours in a Time of Change,” and invites the public to share their stories about this time.  You can submit stories here, and there are prompts to help guide you.  Select responses will be shared during the program.


4. Rolling Stone’s list of the best TV shows of 2020. (Several on there that I really enjoyed:  Better Things, My Brilliant Friend, Pen15, The Great, and I May Destroy You.)


5. 2020: The Year in Pictures.



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