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Five Things for Today: May 30, 2020

Enjoy a day on the water


1. Recreation on local waterways is an outdoor option again. Boating in DC is renting kayaks and stand up paddleboards at Thompson Boat Center and The Wharf by reservation only — availability for this weekend is very limited, but you can get on a wait list in case of cancellations. NoVa Parks have also opened boat rentals, though some facilities may be limited or closed, so be sure to confirm it’s open at the location you plan to visit.

2. If you can’t get on the water, you can still enjoy a nice day by it at The Yards Park, the lovely space on the Anacostia, which has reopened. The water features are not on, but you can hang out in the grassy areas, stroll the boardwalk, and maybe even pick up a food for a picnic (or dine on a patio if you’re ready) from one of the nearby eateries. Just be sure to heed these social distancing rules. (And if you’re worried about crowds there, check out these walks in the woods for places to get outdoors with more space.)

3. As DC reopens, here are details from DPR on what is accessible now. You can also read Phase 1 FAQ’s from the mayor here.

4. We just watched Beastie Boys Story on AppleTV, and it’s engaging, even endearing, plus a fun little trip down memory lane. View the trailer here.

5. Whatever you do today, carve out 20 minutes to watch and listen to this.

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Five Things for Today: May 29, 2020

Empty streets of Downtown DC…when will they start filling up again?


1. Phase 1 of reopening DC includes restaurants offering socially distanced outdoor dining. If you’re ready for it, Eater has a running list of places you can go for an al fresco meal or drinks.

2. Kids and teens can work on projects that focus on service learning, the practice of connecting core SEL (social-emotional learning) concepts to actions that serve others, with Project Tie-Dye. The subscription service founded by two local moms delivers a new kit each month with all the supplies needed to complete service-learning projects that are thoughtfully designed and fun for kids to do.

3. If you’ve been cleaning out closets and drawers during your time at home and need somewhere for all the “give away” clothes to go, check out thredUP. You can send in clothes and shoes for donation or consignment, plus you can shop the website. There are some great finds and deals to be had! And if, like me, you enjoy secondhand shopping and are missing your local places for thrifting, thredUP can help fill that void. (PS: I used my referral link, which gives you $10 after your first order.)

4. ‘Tis the season (and circumstances) for park picnics and backyard barbecues, a great time to try some new side dishes.

5. How have I only just now discovered Momsplaining with Kristen Bell? So funny.

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Five Things for Today: May 28, 2020

A little pop of yellow in nature


1. It’s official: DC begins Phase 1 of reopening tomorrow, May 29. The Washington Post has details on what this entails along with more info on Maryland and Northern Virginia’s reopenings.

2. Little ones can go on a virtual outdoor adventure with a FONZ Educational Specialist in a series of videos from the National Zoo. The latest one explores the color yellow in nature. (PS: These also provide inspo for IRL nature walks with kiddos!)

3. For parents interested in Hebrew School for their kids, here is a great way to keep them learning and maybe even trying a newΒ language as they finish up school: Hebrew School To You continues to offer engaging, customized private and group sessions for kids and adults in Judaics and Hebrew Language. With COVID-19, classes have gone virtual and you can start at any time, even throughout the summer.Β  (They can also help with Bar/Bat Mitzvah prep!)

4. Shop a trove of unique art, goods, and wares and support a local business! Steadfast Supply has locations at The Yards in DC and Ballston Quarter in NoVa, but the store has gone online during this time. You can find all kinds of items from independent brands and designers that would make perfect gifts for the people you miss, fun things for the family, or even a nice treat for yourself.

5. Goodnight Zoom.

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Five Things for Today: May 27, 2020

Strolling through the gardens at the Supreme Court on a recent neighborhood walk


1. J.K. Rowling just started publishing a new fairytale, The Ickabog, and it’s available for free online in weekly installments. When it’s completed, it will be published in print this fall. Even better, kids ages 7-12 have a chance to help illustrate the printed version through an official competition! Get details on how to enter here.

2. Soccer fans missing their local pro team this season, can get a fix through the DC United website, where there’s a hub to help them stay active and engaged. Activities includes puzzles and coloring printables, video workouts withs players, a downloadable cookbook with recipes by DCU players, and throwback matches to view online. Vamos United!

3. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 launch to the International Space Station — the first U.S. human spaceflight in almost a decade — is happening today! Coverage of the rocket on the launch pad will start at 12pm, and liftoff is scheduled for 4:33pm. It will be a historic moment, as its the first-ever launch in a spacecraft built by a private company, Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

4. For a yummy, healthy take-out option the whole gang will enjoy, the Family Meal from Cava Grill is perfect and a good deal. It comes with greens, a protein or veggies, four toppings, two dips or spreads, and two dressings. We just ordered it, and everyone was happy and full, plus we had lots of leftovers. Just $45 and you can pick up curbside or have it delivered through UberEats. (This is not sponsored, just a rec for something we enjoyed.)

5. This article (re)posted by a friend is a few years old, but an important one to share now.

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