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Five Things for Today: October 26, 2021


1. Have you been to the Hirshhorn lately?  The exhibition Laurie Anderson: The Weather, which opened there in late September, is fantastic. The collection of multimedia works includes beautiful abstract paintings, captivating stories, interesting photography, original instruments, spoken word video sculptures, and much more.  Most striking of them all is an entire black and white gallery hand painted by Anderson with sketches, quotes, poems, and passages  — and you’ll want to examine all of them.

I’d recommend the exhibit for tween ages and up, though younger children could definitely tag along — there are visual elements that would appeal to them, too. (Plus, art can always be presented to them as something that was in someone’s imagination that they have made real… that is what I did, anyway, when my kids were younger and we encountered art that was over their heads.)

The exhibit is running through July 2022, and, of course, the rest of the museum is always great to explore, too.  The Hirshhorn is currently open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm.  Admission is free.


2. There are still some appointments available for virtual sessions with renowned silhouette portrait artist Karl Johnson on November 12 & 13.  Just in time for the holiday season, the sweet cut outs make for great gifts!


3. Mayor Bowser and Lyft just announced that to help ease travel disruptions caused by reduced Metrorail service, all DC residents can get a free 30-day membership to Capital Bikeshare.  Follow the link for instructions on getting your membership.  (And fingers crossed Metro issues will be fixed soon.)


4. I have been obsessed lately with The Rewatchables, a podcast that analyzes movies that are very, well, rewatchable.  If you love to discuss films, especially from the 80s and 90s (though they cover flicks beyond that), you will really enjoy this show.  Even though it has been around for awhile, I only first learned about the podcast recently here, and I was hooked after my first episode.  It not only resonates with the movie lover in me, it really speaks to my Gen X sensibilities.  Favorite episodes so far have been The Talented Mr. Ripley, Reality Bites, What About Bob?, and St. Elmo’s Fire. Can’t wait to listen to the latest: Halloween.


5. Jason Sudeikis as The Devil on SNL. 😂


Bonus:  There have been some additions to the round-up of Halloween events, so check out all the Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween Around DC again to make sure you don’t miss anything good!



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Five Things for Today: October 19, 2021

Art and golden hour light at Victura Park


Thank you to Bright Horizons for sponsoring these Five Things!



1. Victura Park, the lovely family-friendly wine and beer (and food) garden on the grounds of The REACH at the Kennedy Center, is now open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am – 9pm.  I first mentioned it in summer of 2020, and it’s now gone from seasonal pop-up to year-round fixture!  We just enjoyed a family hang there a couple of evenings ago, and it was so nice to wind down the weekend with snacks and bevies, then wander around the pretty grassy areas, check out the new Mo Willems art installation on the Plaza, stroll along the KC terrace, and take in the river views.  We usually ride bikes to Victura Park, but since we brought Teddy along — it’s pet-friendly, too! — we drove to West Potomac Park, then walked along the river to the pedestrian bridge that takes you right to the Victura Park entrance.  Admission is free.


2. ARTECHOUSE is offering a STEAM Family Days promotion every Tuesday and Wednesday all day.  Book through this link to receive special pricing and an activity guide inspired by the current exhibit Life of a Neuron. Through this limited offer all tickets are $17 (adults tickets normally start at $24) and Family Packages (two adults, two children) are $60. (Note: The offer is not valid the week of Thanksgiving.)


3. Are you looking for a daycare or early childhood education option for your little one?  Bright Horizons at 2 Bethesda Metro just opened its doors last month and is currently enrolling in their Infant – Pre-K programs. Learn more and schedule a visit — spaces are limited!


4. 40 fall dinner recipes that look and sound yummy.


5. Just caught a sneak preview of The French Dispatch, the new Wes Anderson movie that officially releases this Friday, October 22. If you’re a fan of his films, you’ll love this one as much as the rest.  It’s rated R — I’d recommend it for mature tweens (with adult, obvi) and up.


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Five Things for Today: October 5, 2021


1. Woodend Nature Sanctuary, the Audubon Naturalist Society’s beautiful grounds in Chevy Chase, MD, is hosting a Grand Reopening tomorrow, October 6, after undergoing a big restoration.  The public is welcome to join  from 10am – 5pm for tours by docents, an all-ages scavenger hunt, a native plant sale, discounts at the Naturalist Shop, and giveaways.   If you can’t make it tomorrow, keep Woodend in mind for a visit another time — the beautiful, tucked away place is great for walks in the woods with kids.  You can hike the trails, look for wildlife in the forest and small creatures in the stream, cross footbridges, check out small exhibits, and more.


2. A couple of other tucked away spots we’ve discovered over the years (that many people don’t seem to be aware of given that they’re often empty):  Winkler Botanical Reserve and Green Spring Gardens.  Smaller grounds and delightful features make them perfect for exploring with little ones, especially this time of year as fall colors begin to emerge.


3. Beloved children’s author and artist Mo Willems will be back at the Kennedy Center this weekend for the We Are All Connected Art Opening Festival. He’ll be creating a large-scale public art playscape, essentially a giant mural, on the REACH Plaza with invited community members — and the public is welcome to watch.  There will also be art making, live music, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks available at Victura Park. It’s all free, but register online in advance.


4. What the 700,000 flags I put on the National Mall really mean, by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the artist who created In America: Remember.


5. Back-up plan 🙂


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Five Things for Today: September 29, 2021

Twilight at the Tides Inn


1. A perfect destination for a KidFree getaway?  The Tides Inn, a small resort right on the water in Irvington, VA, is just under three hours’ drive from DC — and so lovely.  I just enjoyed a mini-break there with a couple of friends, and we had such a nice time relaxing by the pool, dipping in the creek, biking into town, dining at the restaurant, and hanging out on the beach talking and stargazing.  They have even more activities — spa, tennis, golf, boating, paddling, nature tours, libations classes — but we couldn’t fit them all in during our stay.  And I should mention that families are welcome there, but it’s especially great for a grown-ups-only escape.


2. Girls ages 4-9 can try out ice hockey for free!  The Reston Raiders Hockey Club will be hosting a Learn to Play event on October 23.  No skating experience is needed, and loaner equipment will be available. Register in advance!


3.  From DCist, all you need to know about vaccine booster distribution in the DC area.


4.  Has anyone else seen Squid Game on Netflix?  WHOA.  It is not an easy watch — it’s grim, violent, often disturbing, and very intense — but also immensely gripping with an original, intriguing storyline.  A really well-done show that I recommend only if you can handle all of the above.  Needless to say, it is not for children.


5. Fall Expectations vs. Reality 🍁

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Five Things for Today: September 21, 2021

Plan a visit to Dumbarton Oaks Gardens this fall


1. Fall officially begins tomorrow, so it’s a perfect time to (re)share 10 Great Places to Enjoy Autumn in the DC Area (that are not Farm Festivals).


2. Did you know the Washington Spirit, our women’s pro soccer team, has a Kids Club?  Members get all kinds of benefits and goodies, depending on which option you choose.  Join for free to get the newsletter, entry in a monthly raffle, printable activities, and a welcome letter from the Coach.  Pay $25 to get even more, including a free match ticket, a gift bag, and a Spirit Shop discount!  (PS: The Spirit are doing a Food Drive to support the Capital Area Food Bank. Fans who donate four non-perishable food items at this Sunday’s match at Segra Field in Leesburg will receive two free tickets for the Spirit vs. Racing Louisville FC match on October 9 at Audi Field.)


3. Washingtonian’s Best of Washington 2021 is so good.  I especially loved “The 10 Best Things We Learned About Washington During the Pandemic” (even though some of them we already knew):

1. We believe in science.
2. We follow rules.
3. We look out for one another.
4. We creatively pivot on a dime.
5. We’re an easy drive to great getaways.
6. We have a lot of great parks.
7. We’re a bikeable city.
8. We’re a walkable city.
9. We boost small businesses.
10. We confront our history.


4.  A couple of really interesting/informative/moving reads:  This piece in the New Yorker (long, but worth it) and this recent essay in the New York Times.


5. Happy September 21!


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