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Five Things for Today: October 19, 2020

The fountain at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden


1. The National Gallery of Art’s popular program for art enthusiasts ages 7–12, Artful Conversations, is returning virtually with a special guest. Haywood Turnipseed Jr., a writer and stand-up comedian, will help participants find the humor in art. It’s free, but registration is required — sign up for one of four sessions being offered on October 22 & 23 at 4pm and October 24 & 25 at 10am.   And don’t forget you can visit the museum in person with free timed entry passes or just pop in at the Sculpture Garden, where no tickets are required.


2. If you still haven’t made it to a fall festival, weekdays are a great time to bring little ones, when crowds are smaller and admission prices often lower. Pick out a pumpkin, visit farm animals, walk through corn mazes, and more.  This KFDC post has info on where you can find the seasonal fun.


3. Watson Adventures has a new Halloween themed virtual scavenger hunt.


4.  Adding the Solo Stove to our winter wish list.  We’ve sat around one at our friends’ house, and it really does make for a great smoke-free fire pit experience, perfect for the COVID cold months.


5. A powerful message.


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Five Things for Today: October 15, 2020

Immerse in blue at ARTECHOUSE


1.  A new digital art exhibit opens at ARTECHOUSE today!  Crystalline is a dazzling blue-hued immersive experience. Tickets are $12/child, $19/adult online ($17/child, $24 at door).  Read about their COVD policies here. And look for a full KFDC review soon!


2. Get ready for Halloween virtually with the Spy Museum this evening.  Spies in Disguise: Halloween Edition will help recruits (recommended for ages 8-13) and their handlers take their transformation to the next level by learning the top secret tradecraft used by spies on undercover missions.  Join the program from 5:30-6:30pm.  Admission is $20/family.


3. While international travel may not be possible right now, you can still enjoy European adventures.  The annual Kids Euro Festival is going digital this year, offering families all over the world access to an extended virtual festival with a full 6 weeks of online programming — all of it free. From October 17 – November 29, tune in for performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, and more.  Create your own Finland with Minecraft, do some pumpkin carving with Cypress, bake baguettes with France, and see what other Euro activities will be available.


4. 36 Essential Kids Halloween Movies


5. Tips for going apple picking… from The Onion. 🍎


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Five Things for Today: October 14, 2020

On the trail at Riverbend Park


1. Another lovely fall day, and another rec for enjoying it:  Hike along the Potomac from Riverbend Park to Great Falls.  It’s a fun two-mile walk (each way) in the woods that little trampers can tackle, plus the magnificent vistas of the gushing falls are a great reward before you turn around to hike back.  You could also just explore the area around Riverbend and enjoy the nature and views there.  Riverbend Park hours are 7am – dark, though the Visitor Center is closed right now.  Admission is free.


2. The Phillips Collection reopens tomorrow, October 15!  New safety guidelines will be in place along with new hours — Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm.  Timed tickets are required, and only six tickets are available every 15 minutes.  Reserve them in advance here.  And for more about the Dupont Circle art museum see this KFDC post and this one.


3. Have you checked out the Kennedy Center’s Small Works Project with Mo Willems?  The series highlights the stories of people who effect change by helping in small ways — and it’s paired with an artwork by Willems. They are sharing  a new story for 50 weekdays and will be up to 38 today.  And if you have a Small Works Story to share, you can submit it here.


4. DC United fans, you can support the team from inside Audi Field and help fight childhood cancer through the Fan Cutout Program. For $50, have an image of your choice made into a fan cutout that will be placed in Audi Field sections 123 – 131 for the remainder of the 2020 season.  Part of the proceeds goes to Children’s National to help #KickChildhoodCancer.


5. Haha… right?


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Five Things for Today: October 13, 2020

Exploring Kingman Island by bike


1. It looks like the rain is done for now, and we’ve got a few beautiful days ahead!  The KFDC round-up of the best places around the area to hang outdoors is loaded with ideas for enjoying them.  A specific rec:  Visit Kingman Island in Northeast DC.  There are wooden bridges to cross over the Anacostia, easy trails to hike or bike, wildlife to spy, and tables where you can enjoy a picnic.  For even more activity,  head to the playground at RFK Fields located right next to the parking lot.  Admission to both the park and playground are free.


2. Ford’s Theatre reopens tomorrow, October 14.   The historic site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is a fascinating place to visit — read about touring it in this KFDC postAdvance tickets are required, and they will be available online starting today at 10am for admission October 14-18. Read about their safety procedures and protocols in response to COVID.  


3. How to Tell a Great Bedtime Story


4.  Halloween crafts to try with kids. 


5. Today is the deadline to register to vote in DC! (Update: As a KFDC reader clarified below, it’s the deadline for advance registration. Same-Day Registration will be available in person during Early Voting and on Election Day — remember to bring your proof of residency!)


PS: Don’t forget it’s Amazon Prime Day!



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