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Five Things for Today: April 1, 2020

A socially distanced bike ride at Kingman Island

1. Biking is one of the recreational activities still permitted during the stay-at-home orders, and it’s a good one with kids, since it’s easy to maintain social distance while you do it. I recommend riding someplace with wide trails or where it’s easy to steer clear of other people. Close to home, stay in bike lanes as much as possible, so you don’t worry pedestrians on sidewalks. And be sure to stay with just your family. We recently rode at Kingman Island, Anacostia Park, and on the Anacostia River Trail — a great way to safely get outdoors and be active together. (Note: The link to the Anacostia River Trail details a bike ride to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, which is closed right now.)

2. Educational activities you can do at home from the National Zoo.

3. JK Tutoring Group has been offering one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions with experienced teachers and learning specialists throughout DC and parts of Montgomery County for five years. In the past several weeks, they have transitioned to fully virtual tutoring sessions to maximize social distancing. Parents and students have been thrilled with the results and have found it to be effective at maintaining academic progress and providing a change of pace during an otherwise monotonous quarantine day. Learn more here or by emailing [email protected]

4. Outside Magazine has suggestions on how to get away without leaving your house. And I’ve got one, too: YouTube videos! Before traveling to new places, we always watch them for tips on what to do, where to eat, good places to stay, etc. And along with getting recommendations, we get a good sense of what it’s like to be there — it’s an neat way to research. (We also like to watch them after a vacation and recall actually being there.) You don’t have to have a trip on the horizon to check out destinations around the world — just search for a place you’d like to see and do some armchair traveling for the fun of it!

5. I’ve decided to do something new and fun: I’m going to start hosting virtual dance parties — and I hope you’ll join! Every evening at 7pm, I’ll be live streaming, showing off all the new dances my kids teach me and busting some old-school moves, too. Get a preview here!

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Five Things for Today: March 31, 2020

Sent by Levi after he snapped it on his way to work yesterday (he’s essential) and it made me smile

1. Yesterday, official stay-at-home orders were issued for DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This Washington Post article details what that means.

2. Ten digital education resources from the National Gallery of Art.

3. Washingtonian Magazine is having a Design Your Own Cover contest for kids. Each month, the magazine cover shows off that issue’s theme, ideally with compelling imagery and a memorable headline. This month, they are inviting young readers to do the same while expressing what their lives are like right now. ⁠(UPDATE: A KFDC reader pointed out that the deadline was March 30 (oops!), but I just reached out to Washingtonian, and they said they’ll still accept entries until 6pm today.)

4. This WTOP article has comprehensive information and links on learning plans and free meals for students during school closures. Sites providing meals are essential and still open, and visiting them still permitted.

5. 30 Funny Pics From Parents Stuck In Quarantine With Their Kids. (A lot of these will make you LOL, I promise!)

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Five Things for Today: March 30, 2020

The coronavirus version of hopscotch

1. In case you didn’t see when I posted on Facebook: This American Life stories that kids seem to like.

2. These creative designs with everyday objects are amazing — and great inspiration for an activity at home.

3. Since we can’t go out to catch a flick, Amazon just introduced Prime Video Cinema, access to the latest movies that were just released (or would have been) in theaters.

4. When I talked to a friend recently about the anxiety I (we all) feel right now and how overwhelming and hard-to-process everything can be, she sent me this article, which I found insightful and helpful.

5. Kudos to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. I hope more people who are in a position to do so follow his lead. (Also, Hoda ❀️❀️❀️)

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Five Things for Today: March 29, 2020

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1. National Geographic is offering free access to all of their coronavirus coverage, including their Resources for Families with good articles and tips for being at home with the kids during this time. And their National Geographic Kids section is always great to check out with children.

2. I’m not usually a post-my-meals person on social media but recently shared my very favorite, super delicious, easy to make breakfast that I eat all the time.

3. While the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is closed, they have moved online, offering science activities, events, and even content for adults.

4. Being “stuck” inside might be a bummer, but this will make you feel a little better. Actually the whole episode it came from is a great, feel-good watch.

5. This Washington Post piece is incredibly moving. Warning: I didn’t promise rainbows and unicorns in all of these five things.

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