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Five Things for Today: August 6, 2020

‘Tis the season — for blackberries!


1. It’s blackberry season at many PYO places around the area. Schlagel Farms, one of the closest to DC, is offering it today from 9am – 1pm. Homestead Farms, Butler’s Orchard, and Hollin Farms also have them. And more fruits and veggies are available at other locales. Get more details in this round-up of area farms with pick your own ops.

2. The Bullpen at Nats Park is partnering with Due South to offer Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11am. It includes your choice of entree with two family-style sides and a choice of bottomless beverage. Tables of 6 or less are available with a two-hour limit. Cost is $55/adult, $20/child Reservations are not required, but are encouraged — email [email protected] to reserve. It’s also open for game viewing when the Nats are playing — doors open an hour before games.

3. The newly renovated MLK Library is scheduled to reopen on September 24, and you can get a peek inside here.

4. Serve Your City and the Ward-6 Mutual Aid Network have organized the Back To School Bash to make sure students in the community have the resources they need to be successful as they start the school year. They’ll be helping provide those in need with backpacks that include a digital device, traditional school supplies, personal protective equipment, and some fun activities/surprises to add some back-to-school joy. You can support their efforts by donating, purchasing supplies, or volunteering your time to help assemble backpacks (email [email protected] for this).

5. Songs for social distancing that are so spot on. 😂

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Five Things for Today: August 5, 2020

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden between the Smithsonian Castle & the Hirshhorn


1. From 10am – 12pm today, an outdoor installation will be unveiled on the U.S. Capitol grounds that features artwork by kids describing their suffering, anxieties and hopes in the pandemic. It’s being presented by ParentsTogether, an organization of more than two million American parents, as a message to Congress asking for COVID relief. Look for it on the southest side of the Capitol across from the Library of Congress, on the corner of Independence Avenue & First Street SE.

2. The Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB NO LAB is a virtual space presenting weekly art and music challenges, fun discussions, and contests. (It’s the digital version of their pre-COVID ARTLAB program for teens, but anyone can enjoy it now.)

3. The Lily suggests seven books that feel like an escape, perfect for times when you can’t take one of your own.

4. I’ve mentioned it before, but giving another shout out because it’s such a great service: ThredUp is an online secondhand store and an ideal way to shop right now. You can get great deals on all kinds of apparel, including kids’ clothes, at a time when it might feel odd to pay full price; thrifting is good for the environment; and it’s really satisfying when you score those perfect pieces. The link provided is my referral code, which gives you $10 to shop when you place your first order.

5. Live updates on Beirut and a quick link to the Labanese Red Cross for one way to help.

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Five Things for Today: August 4, 2020

Social distancing indoors at the National Gallery of Art


1. If you’re looking for rainy day activities out of the house, the KFDC round-up of things to do around DC during this time has a whole section of places that offer socially distanced experiences indoors — scroll to the end of the post. (And the rest of the list will come in handy after the wet weather passes!)

2. Pods are the new buzz these days with the changing landscape of school. The Lane Social Club and Flex Academies are embracing it in a great way. They are teaming up to create learning pods throughout the DMV to help families who are struggling without full-time school available this fall. Even better, they have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for scholarships, so they can help make the pods accessible to all families. Visit their websites linked above to learn more.

3. Watson Adventures has a couple of Wizard School Virtual Scavenger Hunts coming up on August 9 & 22. (We’ve done the IRL version, which is awesome, and also had a great time participating in a virtual Family Trivia Slam with them.) Their hunts often sell out, so sign up for it soon — cost is $19/family.

4. 30+ Black-owned children’s brands that I learned about from my friend Darcy’s 15 Happy Things for August.

5. How sweet is this?

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Five Things for Today: August 3, 2020

On the trail at Potomac Overlook Park, where nature programs are also running


1. Potomac Overlook Park has a bunch of nature-themed events for families this summer, including a Survival SKills program this Wednesday and an Owl Campfire and Hike on Thursday. You must pre-register! The park is also a great place to hike and enjoy some outdoor time.

2. PJ Library has brought their Summer Sweetness series online. The program brings families together for stories and hands-on activities around Jewish values. Each session is 30 minutes long, and it’s being presented on many dates through August, including this evening at 7pm.

3. The National Portrait Gallery’s Young Portrait Explorers program has gone online. Tuesdays at 11:00am, kids and families can join the museum on their Instagram to explore portraits of astronauts, activists, scientists, and star athletes and discover the stories behind them. They are also presenting Open Studios Fridays on YouTube, posting a video each week with a new activity or technique.

4. Time Out’s picks for the best kids shows and movies on Netflix this month are good to keep in mind for rainy days — or anytime, really.

5. I’m Traveling, Even Though I’m Stuck at Home by Rick Steves.


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