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Five Things for Today: October 29, 2020

Explore the history of voting in the U.S. at the American History Museum


1. It’s a great time to visit the National Museum of American History with the kids!  Exhibitions like American Democracy that includes a history of voting in the U.S. and Many Voices, One Nation that highlights how our voices shape our country, make an outing there is especially relevant now.  Of course, plan to tour the rest of the exhibits, too.  The museum is open Friday – Tuesday, 11am – 4pm, and free timed-entry passes are required.  (For more inside outings, check out the list of indoor places that are open now.  And find recommendations especially for little kids here.)


2. In case you missed them, there are a couple of new KFDC write-ups:  Read about of Crystalline at ARTECHOUSE and an ideal bike ride with kids.


3. Guidelines for trick-or-treating in the DMV area.


4. Kiwi Co, the monthly enrichment subscription box service, has a sale going on right now. Through November 2, get 50% off the first month of any subscription line with the code SPOOKY50 at checkout!


5. Tenacious D does the Time Warp with a bunch of special guests to Rock-y the vote. 🙌


PS: Be sure to make a plan to VOTE — and get the kids involved so they can experience democracy in action!


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Five Things for Today: October 28, 2020

A flag for every life lost to Covid-19 in the U.S.


1. On the expanse of grass in front of the DC Armory and RFK Stadium, over 227,000 white flags have been planted, one  for every life lost to Covid-19 in the U.S. — and more are being added every day.  “In America, How Could This Happen” was created by Bethesda-based artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, and it’s being updated with the help of visitors who volunteer.  The sight is staggering, to say the least.  It’s free and open to visit,  or you can watch a live feed of the installation here. And view more pics from our visit last Friday when the number was just over 223,000.  By now, you’ve likely had a conversation with the kids about the many deaths caused by Covid, but if not, be prepared to if you bring them. (PS:  The playground at RFK Fields is very close, as is Kingman Island for other nearby activities.)


2. Rockville Recreation & Parks is hosting a Halloween Sweet Treats “Drive-Thru” on Saturday, October 31, for a fun and safe way to trick-or-treat.  Taking place at Glenview Mansion, you can collect yummy treats and craft at fun stations throughout the parking lot. Families are encouraged to decorate the car in the Halloween spirit — you could win a prize!  Space is limited, so registration is required.


3. The Baltimore Museum of Art has reopened.  Some galleries remain closed, but there are plenty accessible to warrant a visit.  Hours are 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and timed entry passes are required.


4. Currently absorbed by Caste. Who else has read it?


5. Another riveting series from Humans of New York. (The first of eight parts; access the rest here.)


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Bike, Play, & Explore Within this Beautiful Stretch of the Anacostia River Trail


Biking with kids along the Anacostia River Trail is not a new recommendation from me.  Spanning the river from Southeast DC to College Park, MD, it’s one of our favorite trails to ride, plus the paved path with just a few gentle hills is a great one for families and kids of all ages to cruise together.

Tackling the whole trail at once would be a bit much for little riders, so biking shorter portions is the way to go with them.  And there is one stretch that is perfect for it, that includes recreation opportunities — hiking, exploring, playgrounding, paddling —  beyond two wheels: From Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (or vice versa).

A view of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

The wetlands at Kenilworth

It’s the locations themselves that help make this bike ride so great; both make for fantastic visits on their own, so even better when you can incorporate them into one outing.  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens — boasting lily pad filled ponds, gorgeous lotus flowers and water lilies (in summer), and acres of wetlands — is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the area.  You can hike around, explore the different areas, and look for creatures like frogs, fish, turtles, and all kinds of birds.

Fall colors popping at the Aquatic Gardens

Paddlers at Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Bladensburg Waterfront Park offers different kinds of activities.  There are kayak and canoe rentals (weekends through Nov. 1), a riverside playground, a pedestrian bridge, gazebos to relax in, plus a train caboose and pontoon boat tours (though both are inaccessible during Covid).

Playground with a water view

The pedestrian bridge

The parks are just over two miles from each other on the Anacostia River Trail, a nice, easy distance for small pedalers to ride each way.  You will have to put your bikes on a rack and drive to whichever park you make your starting point (or you can bike, of course, but then it’s not a short ride anymore) — there are free parking lots at both places.

Open scenic stretches

The path leading into Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

You can visit one park first, ride to the other, visit the second one, then ride back. Or you can start off your adventure with the bike ride, visit one park, ride back, then visit the second.  You could also just visit one park, or even just do the bike ride.

Stop for some info and history on the area

Wind your way along the boardwalk

The route is scenic, flanked by expanses of wetlands, leafy trees and flowering plants, and lovely river views.  You’ll ride mostly along a paved path, but occasionally over boardwalks that wind through wooded areas and also right along the river.  It’s especially lovely right now brightened by brilliant fall colors.

Ride along the river

However you plan your outing, I recommend bringing along lunch or snacks and drinks.  There are picnic areas at both parks, but concessions are not available.  Other good things to know: Bike racks are located next to the entrance at Kenilworth and on the sidewalk by the river at Bladensburg.  There are portable restrooms at both. And as noted above, there are free parking lots at both.

A bit of art, too!

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are located at 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE in DC. Hours are 8am – 4pm daily.  Bladensburg Waterfront Park is located at 4601 Annapolis Road in BladensburgMD.  Hours are sunrise to sunset daily. Admission is free to both.


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Five Things for Today: October 27, 2020


1. Early in-person voting in DC begins today!  Voting Centers are located in all eight wards, and will be open 8:30am – 7pm through November 2, and 7am – 8pm on Election Day, November 3.  You can still cast your ballot by mail, too — Ballot Drop Boxes are available in locations around the city through November 3.

Early in-person voting in Maryland began yesterday and continues through November 2. Early Voting Centers are open 7am – 8pm. (A list of Election Day Voting Centers is available here.). Mail-in ballots had to be requested by October 20, and more instructions for voting by mail in Maryland are available here.

Early in-person voting in Virginia began September 18 and continues through October 31.  Voting Centers will be open again on Election Day.  Mail-in ballots had to be requested by October 18. Submit your address here to find out where to vote in person or drop off your mail-in vote.


2. Annmarie Sculpture Garden has extended their Halloween in the Garden event and are welcoming visitors through November 1 for a self-guided experience. Wear your costume and stop by the front desk to say trick or treat — they’ll have treats for sure.  You can also find fun photo opps throughout the park, complete a corn maze, make a bat fly, try the spider toss, make a scarecrow, and grab an ArtLAB to-go kit.   And on your walk through the beautiful garden, enjoy the Ode to Autumn activities too. Read (and see) more about Annmarie here and here.


3. Tomorrow, October 28, join a virtual story time with Jane Goodall at 12pm, when she will share a reading of Lion Family.  A live Q & A will follow, and Jane will be answering audience-submitted questions. The event will take place on Facebook Live.


4. The National Building Museum Shop is reopening for in-person visits to members starting today.  Hours are 11am – 2pm Tuesday – Thursday. Use the 4th Street NW loading dock entrance, and bring proper ID.  The shop will open to the general public on November 19, but in the meantime the online shop is always open for business.


5. First, listen to yesterday’s great episode of The Daily.  Then, watch this.


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