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

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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