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Five Things for Today: September 26, 2020

Hit the trail at  Rock Creek Park

 

1. Free Park-ing!  National parks are waiving entry fees to celebrate National Public Lands Day, so there’s no cost to visit those that usually charge admission. Celebrate by heading to one of our local national parks, that include ShenandoahPrince William ForestGreat FallsHarpers Ferry, Fort McHenry, and Rock Creek Park (see below for a specific event).  Find even more to visit here.

 

2. Today and tomorrow, the Friends of Peirce Mill are joining with the National Park Service and other park partners to celebrate National Public Lands Day and Rock Creek Park Day.  A full weekend of free family activities online and IRL in the park will include a family scavenger hunt at Peirce Mill (note that the Mill is closed; the hunt takes place nearby it outside). 

 

3. In case you missed it a couple of days ago, there’s a new round-up of indoor places that have reopened for an easy go-to list if you’re looking for inside outings. But if you ant to be outside to enjoy the season, check out the list of fall festivals or the post about great places to enjoy autumn (that are not fall festivals).  And for more round-ups of local activities, hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown full of inspo.

 

4. The Mom Edit offers more than just fashion tips… here are 5 ways you can take action for Breonna Taylor.

 

5.  Hamilton PSA: Do not throw away your shot… to vote.

 

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Five Things for Today: September 25, 2020

The fountain at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall

 

1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival begins today and will run through the weekend.  For obvious reasons, it’s all virtual this year, but the author lineup and programming  are as stellar as ever!  Today is completely focused on schools, children, and teens at home — author videos and specials, including from kid faves Jon Scieszka and  Jason Reynolds, will be released for streaming at 9am. Over the weekend there will be on-demand author videos live Q&A’s, and more with 120 authors on nine virtual stages.  And since we’ll miss live signings by our favorite writers,  signed books available for purchase through Politics & Prose.  See more about the Festival and register for free here.

 

2. Catch an airshow over the National Mall today starting at 11:30am. The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will feature approximately 70 World War II aircraft soaring in formations that represent the War’s major battles in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory.

 

3. Add another museum to your list of reopened places:  The American Visionary Art Museum is welcoming visitors again starting today.  The Baltimore venue is full of wonderful, whimsical works that can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. All of the galleries will be open, though some interactive exhibits will be off to limit contact. New hours will be 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/child age 7+, free/6 & under. Reserve tickets in advance and see their  visitor guidelines for COVID safety.

 

4. This evening, join Dumbarton House for a virtual Family Game Night featuring Federal period card and dice games! Learn some fun games and use math skills along the way,  and find some new activities  to stay entertained throughout the pandemic.   This program is suitable for elementary ages and up. Household tickets are $15 — register through the link.

 

5. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Outdoor Dining Begins 🙂

 

PS:  Seeking weekend activities?  Hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown with all kinds of ideas.

 

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Five Things for Today: September 24, 2020

 

 

1. Something cool to keep in mind on your outdoor adventures…  You can help the Virginia Department of Forestry continue producing quality seedlings and grow the forests of tomorrow by collecting and donating acorns to them this fall.  Just collect acorns and nuts from the tree species listed here, store them in a paper bag, and deliver them to your local VDOF office by October 16.  This guide to native trees of Virginia will help identify them.

 

2. Since they can’t hold their annual Boo at the Zoo this year, Friends of the National Zoo just announced they will be hosting a Boo Drive Thru instead.  Pack your car full of ghouls, ghosts, princesses, and superheroes and cruise down the Zoo’s North Road. Look out for witches, vampires, Count Pandula, and other supernatural sights — and get a fun photo opportunity — before receiving treat bags stuffed with M&Ms, Twix, and more candy.  It will be held October 24 & 25 from 4:30-9:30pm.  Tickets are $45/members and $55/non-members per car, all in support of FONZ’s mission, and their bound to sell out fast.

 

3. Tomorrow, September 25, make plans to dine with the fam at The Yards.  They are celebrating back-to-school and local restaurants with its newest reimagined initiative, Back to The Yards! While school looks a bit different this year, The Yards wants to help parents with dinner and school supplies for their kids. Tomorrow, families can pick up a box of fun with their receipt from dining in or picking up dinner at one of the many great restaurants at The Yards.

 

4.  Another cool dining event starting tomorrow: The Downtown DC BID will kick off Dine Out on 8th Street, a new streatery on 8th Street NW, between H & K Streets, featuring outdoor seating  from several restaurants in streets closed off to traffic.  It will be open Fridays 5-10pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 12-10pm.  Social distancing and masks are required, and there is a maximum of 6 people per table.

 

5. Humans of New York’s current #TattletalesFromTanqueray series is fantastic!

 

PS:  Don’t forget today is the final chance for the public to pay respects to RBG at the Supreme Court — details are in this post from a couple of days ago.

 

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Five Things for Today: September 23, 2020

River meets woods at Turkey Run Park

 

1. It’s going to be another lovely day!  If you’re looking for an out of the house activity with DCPS (or any other) kids who have Wednesdays off, how about a hike?  We just enjoyed a nice walk in the woods at Turkey Run Park, and there are lots of other great places to hit the trail around the area — especially on weekdays, when there aren’t big crowds. And if you’re looking for more fun with little ones, Clemyjontri, the sprawling playground in McLean, is just a few minutes’ drive from Turkey Run.

 

2.  After a three-year renovation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library is reopening tomorrow, September 24, and there will be a week of virtual programs to celebrate! On opening day, join an Opening Ceremony at 11am., and see what other online activities are coming up here.  The brick-and-mortar library will be open with limited services — read more about that here

 

3.  Yogis and goat lovers, plan ahead for the weekend: Congressional Cemetery is hosting No Kidding: Baby Goat Yoga at various times on Saturday and Sunday. The 45-minute gentle and informative yoga class will be taught by instructors from St. Mark’s Yoga Center, while the cutest baby goats roam and climb around participants. After the class, there will an opportunity to buy a ticket for bottle feeding or a snuggle session with your new friends. Cost for the class is $40 (which includes mimosas for yogis 21+) — sign up in advance here.  PS: Be sure to check out other events going on at the Cemetery this weekend, including a Yard Sale and tours. And read more about the Capitol Hill locale here — though note that it’s closed to most visitors outside of events.

 

4. Brightest Young Things just published an awesome fall entertainment guide with recs for movies, shows, music, books, and more.

 

5. This Tiny Desk Concert broke records for most views on its first day.  I hadn’t heard of the group (and my kids would probably call me a Boomer for admitting that), but it’s a fun watch and listen!

 

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