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Five Things for Today: April 10, 2020

Family game time, anyone?

1. Here’s a great way to add some family fun to your time at home AND support a couple of local businesses. Labyrinth Game Shop has had to close its doors due to COVID-19, but you can still place an order with them and pick up at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvanis Ave SE), a restaurant right down the block that remains open. Just email [email protected] and include your phone number — they are happy to work with you to find exactly what you need. I’ve always said that’s one of the things I like best about Labyrinth is that you just give them a few details about who you’re shopping for, and they’ll show you just the right game or puzzle to buy. Make it a two in one stop by placing an order with Mr. Henry’s, too — the menu is limited now, but still plenty of yummy options that will please the whole family, including a kids’ menu! (PS: Labyrinth is also hosting virtual events, some specifically for kids, so be sure to check their Facebook page to see what coming up and for details on signing up!)

2. When all of this is finally over, we’re all going to be excited about traveling with our families. Why not start thinking about it now? A great resource for inspiration is Everybody’s National Parks, a podcast dedicated to family adventure in our national parks.

3. GW Hospital is now offering an appointment-only COVID-19 testing site for adults with a physician/health care provider referral. If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms, contact your regular health care provider to discuss them and receive an assessment. Children’s National Hospital also has a drive up/walk up testing site with a physician’s referral at Trinity University located at 125 Michigan Avenue NE that will be open 10am – 2pm on Saturday April 11, weather permitting. Note that you must have a referral for both of these, and if you need emergency care, go to your closest emergency department.

4. Have you heard? Saturday Night Live will be back on air tomorrow with a remotely produced episode. Can’t wait!

5. It’s totally possible that I’m the last person in the world to learn about this… but send the text message “pew pew” from one iPhone to another. Just do it.

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Five Things for Today: April 8, 2020

Explore our lovely city — and other places — virtually while you can’t IRL

1. While we can’t be out and about in DC (and cities all over, for that matter), we can explore them virtually with Free Tours by Foot. View 3-5 minute clips on their Instagram and Facebook stories or watch longer videos on their YouTube channel — there are even 360* tours for some DC sites. They also offer audio tours, podcasts, and special social media events like a live chat with a tour guide about Lincoln’s last day coming up on April 14.

2. If, like me, you thought Peloton was just a stationary bike with spin class videos, think again. They actually have an app with loads of fitness classes, everything from yoga to strength training to audio running workouts to HIIT. Even more, they just introduced Peloton Family, fitness classes parents and kids can do together! FYI: You can get a 90-day free trial right now.

3. Fun masks and more merch from local artist Kelly Towles. (Note: These would require another cloth or filter inserted underneath, but they make for a really cool look!)

4. Children’s National Hospital has set up an online information hub for donating supplies and helping meet their needs during this time. And if you just want to express gratitude and send good wishes to their staff, you can add a message to this Kudoboard.

5. The Nats & José Andrés ❤️

PS: Chag Sameach to all celebrating Passover tonight!

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Five Things for Today: April 7, 2020

Is it nap time yet?

1. I’ve been trying to take advantage of all this time in the house by sprucing it up, doing things like switching up bed linens, finally hanging art on walls we had painted months ago, cleaning out closets and drawers, etc. Some of my favorite resources for inspiration: Apartment Therapy, Style by Emily Henderson, HGTV, and #moderndiydesign on IG. Any other good recs?

2. Adventure Theatre MTC Academy is going online with its classes for Grades K-5! ATMTC teaches in an interactive format with limited class size so every student gets attention from their teacher. Grades K-2, join us for PLAYlabs on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am to act out a different story every session. Grades 3-5 can join us for Acting Up!, a journey through the process of acting using creative drama and improvisation techniques, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. Classes begin April 13th.

3. The American Visionary Art Museum has a bunch of online experiences available — how-to videos, instructions for projects, coloring pages, and more — that look really neat for kids and adults. Read more about the wonderful AVAM here.

4. Looking for fun Easter crafts with kids? Pinterest, of course, has ideas galore! Also, with Passover beginning tomorrow, and Easter on Sunday, these ideas for celebrating them while social distancing are worth checking out. There are some good Easter tips in this Real Simple article, too.

5. Quarantine FOMO. 😆

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Five Things for Today: April 6, 2020

1. CDC instructions on wearing cloth face coverings and making them. And here is a quick video tutorial on making your own with a bandana and hair bands. This article about the best materials for a mask is good to read, too.

2. Check out all the virtual events The Lane (Anti) Social Club is offering this week. The play and hang out space in Ivy City had its doors open for only one month before social distancing began. While you can’t visit the awesome space, you can still be part of the virtual community, enjoy their programming, and support a new business through their virtual activities. It’s a pay what you can model, so it’s accessible to all, but donations are greatly appreciated.

3. KID Museum has some cool, free Make It! projects online. They also just launched Make It! Plus — live, interactive programming led by their Maker Educators, geared toward kids in Kindergarten – 4th grade and delivered to you at home. Cost is $20/member, $24/nonmember, and the next session is Tuesday, April 7 at 1pm.

4. If your children are anxious about this topsy turvy time we’re in, this NY Times piece has four good tips to help.

5. I usually read The Mom Edit for fashion tips, but they’ve been adapting some of their content and newsletter a bit lately with things like this round-up of favorite family board games. (I’m partial to Shana’s recs because we also love Anomia, and she mentions our fave, Rummikub.)

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