Category Archives: 2020

Five Things for Today: July 14, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. DC Public Library has reopened 14 branches, allowing visitors inside. Hours are 11am – 2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays.

2. DC DPR is offering Fun & Sun Camps, limited, in-person, full-day summer camps for DC Residents. Programs will be hosted at over 25 locations from July 20 through August 28. Campers will participate in traditional camp activities, including fitness, noncontact sports, arts and crafts, in-camp field trips/enhancements, nature walks, and games — all while practicing social distancing. Learn more and register here.

3. The National Gallery of Art will reopen the Ground Floor of the West Building starting Monday, July 20. Free, timed passes will be required to ensure a safe experience for visitors — they’ll be released every Monday for the following week. Reserve yours here.

4. More library news: Arlington Public Libraries eliminated late fees, just as DC did back in May, to make libraries more accessible to everyone.

5. Finally.

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A Whole Bunch of Things for the Next Few Days

We’re heading into the woods for a few days and likely won’t have much Internet access, so here are a bunch of quick links for local activities and some other things until I’m back online next week. Happy Weekend!


* The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has an update for every locale on its current status.

* Local Hikes

* Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in bloom (more about it here)

* Shark tooth hunting (be sure to note restrictions)

* DC playgrounds

* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks, MoCo Parks

* Pick Your Own places

* Paddling opportunities

* The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

* Patapsco State Park for hiking and swimming

* DC’s 51 new statehood murals

* The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is open.

* The National Arboretum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1-5pm. More about the spot, one of our faves, here.

* Disc golf courses at Calvert Park in College Park, Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

* The International Spy Museum has reopened.

* ARTECHOUSE just started welcoming visitors again with new health and safety measures.

* TopGolf at National Harbor and Germantown are welcoming visitors to play in their outdoor hitting bays with new health and safety protocols.

* Eater DC’s running list of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. And I’m going to add O-Ku, which has a fantastic rooftop overlooking Union Market.

* On Monday, July 13, join the Grand Opening of The Little Gym on Capitol Hill. They will be offering kids and families a socially distanced experience of the clean facility, fun and educational gym games, skill demonstration and spotting on bars, beam, and vault. Call 202.450-1175 to book an appointment for a free introductory visit on opening day — hors are 8:30am – 7:30pm.

Other Things

* A First Draft of a History-Textbook Entry for the Year 2020.

* And the first half of this year in photos.

* A cautionary tale.

* Washington Post recs for 20 Books to Read this Summer

* What’s next, ‘supposively?’

* This essay on changed plans due to the pandemic and the subsequent comments are a great read.

* Thank you, Washington Post, for the heads-up on my new obsession: Unclaimed Baggage.

* Summer grilling recipes

* Muppets sing Hamilton Act I.

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Five Things for Today: July 9, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk

1. ARTECHOUSE is reopening today, implementing special safety measures along with Hanami: Beyond the Blooms, a cherry blossom themed installation that was supposed to run in the spring. Tickets are $19-24/adult, $12-16/age 4-14 (the lower price is advance online purchase).

2. It may not be the same as visiting (especially that magnificent Great Hall), but the National Building Museum has a bunch of online activities for families.

3. Columbia Pike Drive-In Movie Nights begin this Saturday and will run weekly in July and August. Space is limited and registration is required and begins tyoday — subscribe to the newsletter to be among the first to receive the registration link.

4. Good advice for when your tween is bored.

5. A reboot of The Wonder Years from a new POV is in the works!

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Five Things for Today: July 8, 2020

Hike, camp, and enjoy the views at Shenandoah National Park

1. A new art installation just opened at Waterfront Park in Alexandria that is both timely and enlightening. Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies by Olalekan Jeyifous frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history from the 17th to 20th centuries. It was scheduled to open in March, but delayed due to COVID, and will be on display trough November 2020. Plan to go see and enjoy some socially distanced time along the riverside.

2. Shenandoah National Park has reopened campgrounds and trails that were closed for awhile. Check out and book available campsites through And read more about recreation at the Virginia park in this KFDC post.

3. Today is $5 Greens Day at sweetgreen! Three of their most popular bowls/salads are just $5: Harvest Bowl, Kale Caesar, and Shroomami. Yay and yum!

4. The Atlantic’s Social Distance podcast is a good listen. A few episodes I recently listened to and found interesting: People are Panic Moving, How the Coronavirus Affects Kids, and Why the World Can’t Reopen if Schools Can’t.

5. Reflections on Frog and Toad.

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