Five Things: November 1, 2023


1. Have you been to the National Building Museum lately?  A new, little exhibit just opened that is really fun to check out if you’re there.  Mini Memories features a collection of 400 miniature souvenir buildings from places around the world.  See everything from small replicas of the U.S Capitol to a tiny Windsor Castle to a baby Cathedral de Brasilla to a toy-sized Golden Temple from Laos.  And be sure to bring kids to the interactive exhibits, too: In Brick City, they can view iconic architecture from across the globe constructed from LEGO bricks and build their own LEGO masterpieces.  And the beloved Play Work Build welcomes young guests to play in the space filled with big, blue foam building blocks. The museum is open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 4pm. Admission is $10/adult, $7, child (free to hang out in the Great Hall).


2. Tomorrow, November 3, the National Portrait Gallery is hosting its annual El Día de los Muertos Festival. There will be live music, dance performances by a local folk dance company, a chance to create calaveras and papel picado to decorate the community altar, face painting to look like la Catrina, and more. Once again, Artists MasPaz and Guache will project their live video artwork on the museum’s G & 9th Street facade. The festival runs 5-8:30pm, and admission is free.


3. There’s nothing like following a hike with some good aprés hike fun — think a hearty meal, wine and brews, and outdoor games. I just shared some great combos for that around the DC area.


4. Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time to start thinking holidays! Begin prepping for them by browsing seasonal decor.  Our interfaith household displays this every year.  So many fun, unique finds here.  And Food52 is full of great holiday items (and currently has a 25% off sale with the code SAVENOW).


5. Some of the best Friends. ❤️


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