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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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A KFDC Drive to Help Emergency Departments Get Critical Supplies!


You likely have read by now that emergency departments around the country are experiencing a shortage of critical supplies as they contend with the coronavirus. DC is not immune — our local hospitals and clinics are in dire need of personal protective equipment, specifically surgical masks and hand sanitizer. Without them, doctors and nurses in emergency rooms taking care of patients with COVID-19 aren’t able to protect themselves.

These medical professionals are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, putting their own health — and lives — at risk to help others.

We need to help them.

KFDC is launching a drive for critical supplies and seeking donations of surgical masks and hand sanitizer. If you stocked up heavily on either and have any to contribute, please contact me at [email protected] I will provide information on where to send supplies and facilitate getting it to an emergency department.

Thank you and please share widely!


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The Weekend: March 20-22


For the second week in a row, this regular Thursday post is not like the others. Where you usually find a round-up of weekend events and activities instead is a recap of the latest KFDC posts, plus a mix of links around the Web, all of which hopefully will be of some help during this unusual time. Happy Weekend!

*KFDC POSTS*

* Articles, Posts, Memes, and More Relevant Links for Right Now
This mix of links posted last weekend was a quick way of relaying some practical information, offering suggestions, and providing some smiles and laughs.

* What to Do on the Weekdays At Home During the Coronavirus
The title might say it’s for the weekdays, but certainly the suggestions for kids’ activities can be enjoyed on weekends, too.

* Tips for Parents During this Social Distancing Time at Home (that Don’t Involve the Kids)
Some of these ideas especially for parents may actually be better for the weekends, especially for moms and dads who are working from home during the week. Since we can’t dine out, see shows, go to events, or visit many local places, we’ll have more time at home — and this post has suggestions to help make the most of it. Yes, the kids will be home more, too, but parents could take turns giving each other their own time while one hangs with the kids.

* Virtual DC Activities & Experiences for Kids at Home During the Coronavirus
If kids can’t get to some of their favorite local places and activities during this time, you can bring the experiences to them — virtually. From webcams featuring the cherry blossoms and zoo animals to special live streamed programs especially for kids to online tours of iconic spots, there are a bunch of ways to access DC and keep your crew entertained while you #optinside.


*MORE GOOD STUFF*

* DCist offers motivation to stay in with one-star Yelp reviews of DC monuments.

* I recommend reading this article by an Italian mom under lockdown.

* It’s official: DC Public Schools will be closed and distance learning will take place through April 24.

* Humans of New York Quarantine Edition has begun, sharing happy stories, just getting them in a different way. Start reading them here.

* Just watched Grand Budapest Hotel (for the second time, which I realized after I was partly into it). Like every Wes Anderson movie, it’s brilliant.

* Consider ordering take out this weekend to support your favorite local restaurants.

* Get some new family, kid, or adult games and puzzles to make your inside time more fun. Labyrinth has an amazing selection and is open for pick-up and delivery, to boot.

* Funny, but true? 😂

* Trevor Noah ❤️


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