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Five Things for Today: March 28, 2020

Only about 900 pieces to go…


1. If you’re thinking about heading out to Shenandoah National Park to get outdoors with a lot of space, be sure to check these alerts as many parts are closed due to COVID-19. In a similar vein, I’m no longer recommending getting out for certain activities, as some places seem to be drawing too many visitors to maintain safe social distance. More here — scroll down to the Hang Out(side) section.

2. Certifikid has a bunch of cute ideas for crafts with empty TP rolls. (And we know that everybody has a lot of them lately!)

3. This is a perfect time to work on a puzzle. Local stores that sell them are closed, but you can still buy them online. Whether you pick one the whole family can to do together or opt for something tougher just for adults, it’s not just a good activity that takes up time, there’s also something very soothing about it. Surely, we can all use some soothing right now.

4. Sasha and her friends are missing their sleepovers, but Netflix Party has been a great substitute in the meantime, since spending the night at each other’s houses always includes a good movie or show and lots of chatting. Don’t forget the popcorn! (Of course, this would be a fun thing for adult friends to do, too.)

5. Need an awesome distraction, even just for a minute? Here you go!

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Five Things for Today: March 27, 2020

Working on Brazilian toe taps on the front sidewalk


1. This social distancing time began just as Sasha’s soccer season was about to kick off, and while she’s bummed about it being postponed, her club and coaches have been great about keeping players engaged. They have daily assignments, like practicing ball manipulation, taking a short jog, and watching pro soccer matches on YouTube for player/team observations. They’ve also set up virtual lessons and chats with the team. It’s not only helped her stay “in the game,” it’s been really fun for her, too. If your kids are missing their sports, you might consider similar activities for them: You can search for easy at-home drills, find past games of some of their favorite teams on YouTube, and/or set up video chats with teammates.

2. While they can’t host their fantastic scavenger hunts in museums, Watson Adventures has come up with virtual activities to engage in some family fun. On Saturday at 11am, join the Trivia Slam, Family Edition and play against other teams all over, and you can even create a team with friends in other places. It’s $35/team and recommended for ages 8 and up. There will also be one on April 4 at 1pm. Read more about Watson Adventures here.

3. An app is being released next week that will let you know in real time what food and supplies are available at stores. OurStreets Supplies sounds like it works kind of like Waze, but with store inventory instead of road situations. That will certainly be helpful during this time!

4. Amazon just made a bunch of their kids shows available for free.

5. Any other Kishi Bashi fans? If not you will be after watching this: Earlier this week he played his entire Omoiyari album acoustically (for the first time ever) live online.

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Five Things for Today: March 26, 2020

Channeling Frida Kahlo with a fun and reflective art prompt.


1. The National Children’s Museum, which just opened last month, but like most places is now temporarily closed, launched a daily, digital “STEAMwork” Series on their Facebook page. Each day at 2:30pm, talented members of their team feature different STEAM projects, challenges, experiments, and story times for children under 12 and their caregivers.

2. My kids had such a wonderful art teacher in elementary school, and she’s been doing some great prompts on her blog that encourage thoughtfulness and reflection along with creativity. This Frida Kahlo-inspired post is especially fantastic.

3. Kidstir, a company that makes subscription boxes providing cooking inspiration for children, is giving away 15,000 kits to keep the joy of cooking and baking alive as families are affected by the coronavirus. Sign up to get one! (Note: there is a $4 shipping fee so they can support as many families as possible).

4. An instant mood booster.

5. My friend, Shannon, just revived her blog, But I Do Have a Law Degree. Some of you might remember it from several years ago — it was really popular when she was writing regularly. Anyway, she’s super cool, funny, and real and that all comes through in her fantastic writing.

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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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