Category Archives: Winter

Five Things for Today: January 27, 2021

A bridge into the fortress at Fort Washington Park

 

 

1. A great place to get outside and get a glimpse of the past:  Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, MD.  You can explore the historic remnants of the fortress dating back to 1824 — including bastions and barracks and cannons — within the grounds and enjoy beautiful views along the Potomac River. Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is $10/vehicle to the park, free to Fort Washington. 

 

2.  The National Gallery of Art has new Artful Conversations starting today.  During these sessions of the free family program (recommended for kids ages 7–12), participants will explore Rozeal’s afro.died, T. (2011) and connect discoveries to music, all guided by DC-based DJ and multimedia artist Virtual Chicana.   Register in advance — sessions take place today at 4pm,  tomorrow at 4pm, and on Sunday, January 31, at 10am1pm.

 

3. Did you know REI offers all kinds of classes outdoor recreation classes and events?  See what’s coming up locally, including How to Ride a Bike for Kids on several dates in March.

 

4. A really interesting NYT piece on financial aid, excerpted from the book, The Price You Pay for College.

 

5. A simple and important message from the (new) White House.

 

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Registration is Open for DC Way’s After-School Soccer Programs!

Kickin’ it with DC Way (Note: These are older photos – kids & coaches DO wear masks now.)

 

Are you looking for a fun and safe learning experience for your child to enhance their soccer skills this winter? DC Way has you covered!  The popular soccer club provides After-School Programs for kids ages 4-7 at Lincoln Park and Providence Park on Capitol Hill all throughout the winter. These programs are currently being offered through February 4 — you can sign your child up either for weeks or even just a day.

Founded in 2013, DC Way has been giving children an opportunity to learn, grow, and shine in a fun, no pressure environment. With top quality certified coaches, DC Way provides one of the best after-school soccer programs on Capitol Hill. Participating in their After-School Programs can benefit your child in multiple ways — physically, emotionally, and socially. At each class, the coaches demonstrate a new topic, skill set, and life lesson to build a strong foundation for your little athlete.

One of many great things about DC Way’s After-School Programs is that the classes are non-competitive and use positive reinforcement to teach children soccer skills in a fun, engaging, and educational environment. Their unique age-specific curriculum is designed by a combination of behavioral, soccer, and education specialists to ensure that each child is developing skills, improving their self-confidence, and having a blast.

It’s never too early to start learning soccer!  Even without ever playing soccer before, they guarantee your child will enjoy their programs. A single class at their programs will make your child fall in love with soccer!

At DC Way, players’ safety is their top priority. The soccer club is implementing extra precautions to provide the best experience possible under CDC and other local health authorities’ health and safety guidelines. And the players and coaches DO wear masks (these photos are from pre-covid).  Since June, after the quarantine, no player has tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of their comprehensive safety measures.

 

Are your kids ready to play some soccer — and have an awesome time? Sign them up online today!

More information about their programs — including descriptions, pricing, schedules, and registration — is available on DC Way’s website and Facebook page. You can also call 571.490.1275 or email [email protected] to learn more.

 

This post is sponsored by DC Way, however, I only promote programs, services, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Five Things for Today: January 26, 2021

A message in art on the grounds of The REACH

 

1. The Kennedy Center just debuted a new art installation at The REACH.  A response to this time of unprecedented challenges, Unity | Peace | Forward is a free exhibit in three parts scattered around the grounds.  You can see it daily and stroll the lovely outdoor area while the KC is closed.  It gets a multimedia boost on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30–8:30pm, when a video of quotes from 65 artists around the world is projected on a Video Wall.  (It can also be viewed online at any time.) Get a glimpse on the Kennedy Center website.

 

2. It’s Pajamuary for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington through the end of the month.  They are collecting new pajamas (all sizes) to donate to local organizations to help keep people in need warm and cozy this winter.  If you want to contribute, find your local drop-off point, or the place to mail them, here.  They’re also hosting a virtual  Tu B’Shevat Seder tomorrow night to celebrate the birthday of trees.  And kiddos can close out Pajamuary with a Pajama Weekend celebration —  join for any or all of these virtual events (recommended for ages 1-6).

 

3.  Have you heard about Science Moms?  The organization was founded by moms who are climate scientists to help educate others about climate change.  I first learned about them in this WaPo article.

 

4.  A healthy spin on Taco Tuesday:  We recently had this easy-to-make meal for dinner, and it was so delicious!

 

5. Cheers to this 🍻

 

Bonus:  We had a sprinkle of snow last night, and the forecast calls for more this weekend, so get ready for it by checking out some ideas for seasonal fun — especially since you may need to book some activities in advance!

 

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Five Things for Today: January 25, 2021

Seen at The Wharf (where you’ll also find several Restaurant Week participants!)

 

1. The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and DC Public Library have teamed up to for the Winter 2021 season of Books & Baseball. The free, non-competitive, co-ed literature and baseball program for children ages 3-5 takes place every Monday at 5pm through February 22. Each 35-minute session includes the reading of a children’s book by a DC Public Librarian, followed by a beginner-level baseball clinic led by YBA coaches. Virtual clinic activities are easy to complete at home and focus on enhancing motor skills and learning the fundamentals of baseball.  Register for it here!

 

2. How about something fun and creative to work on this winter?  Annmarie Sculpture Garden has put out a Call for Entries for their wonderful, whimsical annual Fairies in the Garden exhibit. They welcome fairy and gnome homes, dragon lairs, magical creatures, fairy gardens, elf abodes, goblin grottos, and more imaginative structures that will be placed in the woods, lawn areas, and trails of the sculpture garden this spring and summer to create a magical experience for guests of all ages.  It’s a non-juried, open show, and anyone is welcome to participate.  Just fill out an entry form and get started!  (PS: Annmarie is a great destination for a socially distanced day trip with art outdoors and a delightful play area for kids.  See more about it and Fairies in the Garden here and through the first link above.)

 

3. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week begins today and runs through February 7.  Specially priced meals for both dine-in and take-out are $22/lunch, $35/dinner, and $55/dinner (fancier, I assume).  And if you’re taking out for two or more people, you can get even better deals —  the $35 dinner menu is $60, $120 for four and the $55 dinner menu is $100 for two, $200 for four.  Follow the above link to see participating restaurants and menus.

 

4.  Need a show to watch?  Ted Lasso is so funny and heartwarming.

 

5. How Bernie got his now famous mittens.

 

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