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Five Things for Today: July 1, 2020

Kayaking on the Potomac last summer

1. If you tried for a paddling adventure on the weekend, but found kayaks and canoes all booked up, go during the week instead, when more vessels seem to be available. Four Boating in DC locations are now open, and you can check this KFDC post about recreation on the water for more places to go. Since information is always changing these days, I recommend checking websites and calling ahead to confirm availability. And this post has some pics and more info from one of our paddling outings last summer.

2. DC DPR is offering Camp-At-Home, an online hun to help keep kids busy this summer. It includes a Fun Pack for campers, an Activity Guide, and Virtual Camp Content — all of it free!

3. Wolf Trap shared a sweet idea for a Firefly Party at home.

4. The Union Market Drive-In returns this Friday evening! Captain America: The First Avenger will be shown on the outdoor screen. The lot opens at 7:30pm (closes at 8:45), and the movie begins at 9pm. Admission is $20/vehicle, and tickets can be purchased in advance online. And FYI: Two more drive-in dates are coming up in July.

5. Ian Desmond ❤️ ⚾️

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Five Things for Today: June 30, 2020

DC’s best flower bloom (imo) has begun!

1. The area’s best flower bloom (imo) has begun at a recently reopened hidden gem of a place. The lotus flowers and water lilies have started to put on their seasonal show at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, where they are welcoming visitors to enjoy the park full of ponds and wetlands once again — with restrictions. Some of the paths, the boardwalk area, and visitor center are closed, and you have to follow a route through it all. But it’s wonderful as ever and will be even more so over the coming weeks as the bloom reaches its peak. A great way to get there is by bike along the Anacostia River Trail — read more about that here. And view more pics from our visit there on IG. Hours are 8am – 4pm, and admission is free. (Extra: The DC area’s best flower blooms.)

2. Montgomery Parks playgrounds have started reopening and will continue over the next couple of weeks. Two especially good ones are at Cabin John and Wheaton Regional Park (both have Miniature Trains that have started operating on weekends). Whether you plan to visit one of those or another Moco play area, be sure to check ahead and confirm it’s open.

3. Plan ahead: Mount Vernon is hosting An American Celebration on July 4th. It all takes place during the day, so no fireworks, but there will be special festivities like military demos, appearances by General Washington, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. And many exhibits, both outdoors and in, will be open to tour (the Museum is open, but the Mansion is not). Capacity is limited for social distancing, so advance purchase is recommended. Admission is $18-20/adult, $10-12/age 6-11, free/under 6.

4. In case you haven’t heard, the Hamilton movie is coming to Disney Plus this Friday, July 3. It’s not free, and you need to be a subscriber, but there is a way to do it cheaply — follow the link for details.

5. And here’s a little something awesome to get you psyched for it.

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Five Things for Today: June 29, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has launched Rec @ Home, free daily virtual activities geared for pre-school & elementary audiences ages 3-10. You can also join them on Facebook weekdays at 11am for an  activity based on a fun theme selected for the week.

2. The grounds of River Farm, the American Horticultural Society headquarters in Alexandria, recently started welcoming visitors again. While the adorable Children’s Garden isn’t yet open, the rest of the outdoor areas are accessible and lovely to wander. Hours are 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, and admission is free. Read more about it in this KFDC post.

3. Perfect for summer fun, WaPo KidsPost reviews some new outdoor toys and games. (For even more, I recommended some classic ones a few weeks ago.)

4. Sprucing up the house? HGTV has a round-up of 20+ black-owned home decor brands to check out.

5. U.S. maps with interesting facts.

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Five Things for Today: June 28, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. A new DC park just opened in NoMa. Alethia Tanner Park, named for a freed slave who supported education for black children, features a large lawn, playground, dog park, gardens and a meadow, plaza areas, and a connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. It’s located at 227 Harry Thomas Way, NE.

2. It’s a bit of a drive from DC and on the later side, but the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, VA, is showing Zootopia and The Avengers this evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

3. If you’re looking for a fun (and yummy) birthday party idea that allows for social distancing, check out Peruvian Brothers Food Truck. They’ll drive up to your outdoor space and supply the food (ovbi) and other fun like yard games and blow-up toys. They can also help with furniture rentals and even a llama petting zoo! Learn more through the link.

4. Created several years ago, but just made widely accessible last week, Love is the Message, The Message is Death is a powerful work by video artist Arthur Jafa.

5. This note from a dad to his son went viral a couple of years ago, but as we wind down Pride month, it’s still fitting to share now.

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