Five Things for Today: March 25, 2020

For over 10 years — yes, KFDC recently celebrated a big blogaversary! — I have loved sharing information and inspiration on where to go and what to do with kids in DC. Needless to say, the coronavirus and its broad effects have impacted that. But while I can’t keep you updated on new places to visit or upcoming events and activities around the area, I still want to inform and inspire and help us all navigate this new, bizarre socially distanced world. Since we’re all absorbing so much right now, I’m keeping it small and simple with five daily things. It’ll be a mix of informative, interesting, and fun… links, ideas, maybe even anecdotes, some that are quite useful and others that might just make you smile. Thanks so much for reading KidFriendly DC!

1. In case you missed this on the KFDC Facebook Page, a new service just launched that parents may want to check out as many kids begin distance learning. Capitol Teachers, founded by veteran educators, JoAnn Hill and Liz Kraemer, offers tutoring services, enrichment opportunities, and homeschooling programs to students in grades K-12 throughout the greater DC area. As one of the few tutoring companies in the DC area where all tutors are experienced teachers, Capitol Teachers provides data-driven instruction to meet the diverse needs of individual learners.

2. Lots of kids love earning Junior Ranger badges from National Parks. While they can’t visit them right now, there are some badges that can be earned at home by mail, and this blog post lists all of them.

3. We rarely bake because I’m so bad at it, but yesterday we made Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies, and I gotta say they turned out pretty delicious (albeit after one botched batch of caramel and a burned-now-blistered finger (mine), but worth it).

4. There still is a massive shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals battling the coronavirus. Masks are particularly needed right now. If you have some or know anyone who might, perhaps someone with a contracting business, please consider donating to local hospitals. I could help facilitate it for you — see this KFDC post for more information.

5. In case you haven’t yet read about the head of security at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum who has taken over the Twitter account, you have to go check it out now. It’s really the best! (You can also follow on Twitter.)

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