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Five Things for Today: December 28, 2020

Arrr… the pirate ship playground at Anacostia Park


1. Anacostia Park, an often overlooked locale in southeast DC, is full of opportunities for fun and recreation. You can walk, bike, and run along the path that stretches along the river. There are three playgrounds, including one that looks like a pirate ship. You can lace up your rollerblades and skates and hit the skating pavilion. Large grass fields are perfect for ball play or Frisbee. There are tennis and basketball courts, too.  And it’s all located right along the Anacostia, offering lovely views of the river and the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (expected to reach completion in 2021). Read more about the park in this KFDC post (but note that a few facilities mentioned are not available now due to Covid). 


2. Need some family New Year’s plans?  First Night Alexandria, the annual, largest family-focused New Year’s Eve event in the region is ON — though different for 2020. The event full of live music that usually takes places at several venues will be a Drive-Up Concert instead.  Load up the car to celebrate the arrival of 2021 — sing along, dance, and enjoy a night filled with classic hits, local food trucks, and exciting giveaways.  Tickets are $60/vehicle, $75/vehicle for a VIP package (premium parking, extra swag bag goodies, and more).  If you don’t want to drive up, a virtual experience is also available for $20.


3. Eight family-friendly TV series to watch.


4. Washington Post’s top food trends from 2020.  What were some of your favorite food fads?


5. This American Life recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary by sharing some classic episodes.  Break-Up, about songs for post-relationship, is an especially good listen.


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The Weekend: December 25-27



It’s become my annual tradition to take a bit of a break on the final weekend of the year.  So, just like the modified title, I’m keeping this round-up simple — though definitely not leaving you hanging. The links below will still lead you to tons of info and inspo to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.  Merry Christmas & Happy Last Weekend of 2020!


The 2020 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Walks in the Woods

Ice Skating Around the DMV

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids



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Five Things for Today: December 24, 2020


1. Happy Christmas Eve!  Celebrate by visiting one of the seasonal light displays around the area this evening.  There are several you can drive through if it’s raining, and seeing the sparkling wonderlands is a fun and socially distant way to experience some holiday magic.✨


2.  There’s a new, beautiful art installation at the National Cathedral.  Les Columbes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit, is showcased in the Cathedral’s grand nave.  Unfortunately, the National Cathedral is closed right now due to Covid, but you can view the work online and find instructions on how to fold your own paper doves.  You can also sign up to receive notification when it opens.


3. Looking for a last minute holiday present?   A KFDC reader let me know about her unique business of writing personalized short stories. Using real details about a person, pet, place, thing, or event, she creates fun, fantastical custom tales. Each short story is presented with embellishments and graphics and spans from 12 to 20 pages. You can give your giftee a future opportunity to have one made about them!


4. Some good safety tips for the holiday.


5. It’s impossible not to smile listening to yesterday’s The Daily episode, The Year in Good News. (Have some tissues handy, too.)


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Five Things for Today: December 23, 2020

Holiday decor outside the US Botanic Garden


1. The legendary Waterskiing Santa and friends that have been skimming along the Potomac on Christmas Eve for years had to come early this year due to covid.  While they couldn’t have a crowd watch them this year, they did record their show for all to see.  View it on YouTube here!


2. The US Botanic Garden is usually one of DC’s most popular spots this time of year with its annual Season’s Greenings exhibit.  As we all know, that’s not happening in 2020, but the USBG does have some online offerings to enjoy, including a free cooking demo tomorrow.  Join the Decadent Desserts session at 12pm (apparently, they’ll be talking about veggies a bit, too).  And for a look back at a few past Season’s Greenings, go here, here (one of my favorites), and here.


3. Very good advice for parents of tweens (and teens).


4.  If you haven’t watched any of Beau Miles‘ documentaries I highly recommend them. This one about running a different kind of marathon is fascinating — he is one productive person!  He’s also really interesting and inspiring — and a great storyteller.


5. Dreaming of my vaccination day



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Five Things for Today: December 22, 2020

It’s Christmas time in the city…


1. Winter Break starts this week for DC area students!  Though the title might not call it a guide, the new post Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter definitely can serve as one while kids are off from school. It’s full of ideas for covid-safe things to do, from hikes to art experiences to seasonal sports to garden explorations to all-season fun to holiday happenings.


2. For something at-home indoors, KID Museum is offering virtual Winter Break Workshops, December 28-30. They’ve scheduled fun, creative options for K-4th and 5th-8th graders at varying times throughout the day. From building a Rube Goldberg machine to learning about coding to designing a kinetic sculpture or video game, there’s a program for everyone. Cost is $15 for KID Museum members, $20 for nonmembers.


3. It’s several months away, but this outdoor detective adventure sounds intriguing!


4. For those who prefer savory to sweet, try a charcuterie chalet instead of a gingerbread house.


5. The most liked New Yorker cartoons of 2020 on Instagram.


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