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Five Things for Today: August 4, 2020

Social distancing indoors at the National Gallery of Art


1. If you’re looking for rainy day activities out of the house, the KFDC round-up of things to do around DC during this time has a whole section of places that offer socially distanced experiences indoors — scroll to the end of the post. (And the rest of the list will come in handy after the wet weather passes!)

2. Pods are the new buzz these days with the changing landscape of school. The Lane Social Club and Flex Academies are embracing it in a great way. They are teaming up to create learning pods throughout the DMV to help families who are struggling without full-time school available this fall. Even better, they have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for scholarships, so they can help make the pods accessible to all families. Visit their websites linked above to learn more.

3. Watson Adventures has a couple of Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunts coming up on August 9 & 22. (We’ve done the IRL version, which is awesome, and also had a great time participating in a virtual Family Trivia Slam with them.) Their hunts often sell out, so sign up for it soon — cost is $19/family.

4. 30+ Black-owned children’s brands that I learned about from my friend Darcy’s 15 Happy Things for August.

5. How sweet is this?

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Five Things for Today: August 3, 2020

On the trail at Potomac Overlook Park, where nature programs are also running


1. Potomac Overlook Park has a bunch of nature-themed events for families this summer, including a Survival SKills program this Wednesday and an Owl Campfire and Hike on Thursday. You must pre-register! The park is also a great place to hike and enjoy some outdoor time.

2. PJ Library has brought their Summer Sweetness series online. The program brings families together for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Each session is 30 minutes long, and it’s being presented on many dates through August, including this evening at 7pm.

3. The National Portrait Gallery’s Young Portrait Explorers program has gone online. Tuesdays at 11:00am, kids and families can join the museum on their Instagram to explore portraits of astronauts, activists, scientists, and star athletes and discover the stories behind them. They are also presenting Open Studios Fridays on YouTube, posting a video each week with a new activity or technique.

4. Time Out’s picks for the best kids shows and movies on Netflix this month are good to keep in mind for rainy days — or anytime, really.

5. I’m Traveling, Even Though I’m Stuck at Home by Rick Steves.


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Five Things for Today: August 2, 2020

Plenty of space and lovely grounds to roam at Brookside Gardens


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1. The gorgeous grounds of Brookside Gardens are open to visitors, though a limited amount of parking is available to help maintain safe social distancing practices. It’s a lovely place to wander, view the variety of plants and flowers, and look for creatures in the turtle pond. Check the website to be aware of what’s prohibited right now. And for more about Brookside and a glimpse of what’s there, see this past KFDC post — but note that the Wings of Fancy exhibit is not happening this year.

2. Today at 3pm, theatres for young audiences across the country are presenting a virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory. You can view it “locally” through Adventure Theatre on Facebook. And FYI: Their Sunday Story Time featuring My Ancestors’ Greatest Dreams is at 2pm, so you can plan to stream both.

3. The Taco Box from Santa Rosa Taqueria on Capitol Hill has become a go-to for family take out for us. (Go to Order Online and scroll thru to page 4.) They also have other family-style options — all $35 and under and more than enough to feed a family of four. Do you have a go-to place for meals like this? Feel free to share, if so!

4. Now that it’s confirmed our kids will be distance learning for at least the first term of the upcoming school year, these 54 Desk and Chair Combos For Every Age and Budget might be of interest.

5. Cat video for a quick chuckle.

Bonus: The SpaceX Crew Dragon is expected to return to day with a splashdown landing in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48pm. You can watch it here.

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Five Things for Today: August 1, 2020

Guess what’s now open on weekends again?


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1. The National Arboretum is now open on weekends and everyday during the week! Hours on Saturday & Sunday are 8am – 5pm, and Monday through Friday 1-5pm. These things to know before you go will help you plan a visit. And you can read a bit more about the Arboretum in the round-up of the best area places to spend a beautiful day outdoors — it tops the list!

2. Have you heard about Swimply? It’s a new online service that lets you search for private pools to rent. Interesting concept. Would you use it? (Thanks to KFDC reader Jessica for the heads-up on this.)

3. Starting this coming week, Lincoln’s Cottage is offering a safe and socially distanced outdoor version of their Social Studies program for young learners. Each week — Tuesday-Thursday, 10-11am — brings a new and exciting activity. Reserve an outdoor table for your family and join in an exploration of your own emotions through storytelling, hands-on activities, and reflection. The program was developed for ages 2-8, but children of all ages are welcome to participate. Admission is $25-35/family. Be sure to sign up in advance.

4. Do you know about The Girlfriend? The AARP’s weekly newsletter is targeted to Gen X women, and it always includes relevant articles, good tips, and interesting insight for that demographic.

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