Category Archives: 2020

Inside Info: Indoor Places Open During COVID

Social distancing indoors at the National Gallery of Art

 

More and more indoor places around the DC area are figuring out how to safely open their doors to visitors again. I’ve been to a couple of Smithsonian museums and felt very comfortable and safe with the extra measures taken for COVID — and was very happy to wander the galleries and enjoy art in person once again.  As weather gets colder and our itch for outings that aren’t outdoors grows, having some go-to indoor spots will be appreciated by many.  (But, of course, everyone should do what they’re comfortable with during this unusual and uncertain time!)  Here’s a handy list of them, and I’ll continually add to it as more places reopen.  Happy revisiting!

 

DC

National Gallery of Art
When: Daily, 11am – 4pm
Where: 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed entry passes.
COVID policies

National Museum of African American History and Culture
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1400 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 7pm
Where: 8th and G Streets NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Renwick Gallery
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Admission: Free, no passes required
COVID policies

National Museum of American History
When: Starting 9/25, Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 1300 Constitution Avenue NW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

National Museum of the American Indian
When: Starting 9/25, Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

International Spy Museum
When: Daily, 10m – 6pm
Where: 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Admission: $24.95/ adult, $16.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under | purchase online
COVID policies

ARTECHOUSE
When: Monday – Thursday, 12-8pm & Friday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Where: 1238 Maryland Ave SW
Admission: $24/adult, $20/senior & first responder, $17/age 4-14, free/under 4 (purchase online for $5 off)
COVID policies

National Museum of Women in the Arts
When: Daily
Where: Monday – Saturday, 10am -5pm & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: $10/adult, free/child – timed entry tickets required
COVID policies

Kennedy Center Grand Foyer and The REACH
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 2700 F Street NW
Admission: Free and passes are not required
COVID policies

Mansion on O Street
When: Daily, 11am – 3pm
Where: 2020 O Street NW
Admission: Tours start at $25 — online reservations required
COVID policies

 

MARYLAND

Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 12-3pm (a few areas)
Where: 601 Light Street | Baltimore
Admission: $25.95/adult, $19.95/age 3-13
COVID policies

B&O Railroad Museum
When: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Where: 901 West Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $20/adult, $17/senior, $12/ages 2-12
COVID policies

National Aquarium
When: Sun-Thurs 9am – 5pm | Fri 9am – 8pm | Sat 9am – 6pm
Where: 501 E Pratt Street | Baltimore
Admission: $39.95/adult, $29.95/age 3-11, free/2 & under
COVID policies

American Visionary Art Museum
When: Starting 9/25, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: 800 Key Highway | Baltimore
Admission: $15.95/adult, $13.95/senior, $9.95/age 7-17, free/6 & under
COVID policies

ClimbZone
When: Mon-Wed 12-7pm | Fri 12-8pm | Sat-Sun 11am – 8pm
Where: 13200 MidAtlantic Blvd Suite 130 | Laurel
Admission: $15/age 2-5, $25/age 6+ for 2 hours — reserve online
COVID policies

Calvert Marine Museum
When: Daily, 10am – 5pm
Where: 14200 Solomons Island Road | Solomons
Admission: $9/adult, $7/senior, $4/child — reserve two-hour time-slot
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 40 Southlawn Court, Rockville
Admission: Starts at $21.50/hour
COVID policies

 

VIRGINIA

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Daily, 10am – 5:30pm
Where: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway | Chantilly
Admission: Free with timed-entry passes
COVID policies

Super, Awesome, & Amazing at the St. James
When: Thursday & Friday 1-8pm (GA), Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm for events only.
Where: 6805 Industrial Road | Springfield
Admission: $13/hour, $23/2 hours
COVID policies

Zava Zone
When: Thursday – Monday, hour vary by day
Where: 45685 Oakbrook Court Suite 110 | Sterling
Admission: Starts at $12/hour
COVID policies

 

Do you know of a place that has reopened, but don’t see it listed here?  Let me know in the comments!

 

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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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Five Things for Today: September 22, 2020

 

1. It’s fall, y’all!  As the season officially starts today, here are some Great Places to Enjoy Autumn in the DC Area (that are not Farm Festivals). The post was originally published a couple of years ago, but there are updates to reflect any status changes due to COVID.

 

2.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, September 23-24.  Her casket will arrive there tomorrow at 9:30am, and a private ceremony inside will follow.  The public is invited to pay respects outdoors in front of the building from 11am – 10pm both days.  It’s guaranteed to draw a lot of people, so plan accordingly if you intend to go.  Another tribute for those who like to seek out DC murals… there’s a new one honoring RBG at 1620 I Street NW, close to the White House and just one block from Black Lives Matter Plaza.  There is also one at 15th & U Streets NW that was painted about a year go.  (PS: On Friday, RBG will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.  That will not be a public event.)

 

3. Two more Smithsonian Museums are reopening this Friday, September 25!  The National Museum of American History and the National American Indian Museum will once again welcome visitors with  safety measures in place for COVID.  New days/hours at both are Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm. Capacity will be limited, so free timed-entry passes are required — reserve them here.

 

4. While Halloween is sure to look a lot different this year 😱 , one tradition that can safely continue is decorating for the holiday.  Michael’s currently has a great sale going on — 40% off Halloween decor.  Maybe 2020 should be the year we all go all out on the Halloween decorations, both indoors and out!

 

5. What did you think of  Ellen’s return? (I found it sincere and well done.)

 

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Five Things for Today: September 21, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

 

1. The DC Board of Elections is kicking off National Voter Registration Week — a nonpartisan civic observance of American democracy, highlighting the importance of registering and voting — with an event at The Wharf from 12-2pm today.  Volunteers and organizations from all over DC will come together in a single day, creating widespread awareness of opportunities to maximize and deploy residents to register and vote. Join them outside of The Anthem — there will be prizes and giveaways, too!

 

2. National Harbor has created a roundup of experiences throughout and around the property where parents can take their children to enhance home schooling or distance learning. The various locations and activities provide hands-on learning opportunities in math, science, history and art. Read more about National Harbor in pre COVID times here.

 

3. NPR’s 100 favorite children’s books.

 

4. Keeping cool during pandemic parenting.

 

5. Math Problems for the Fall

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