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Five Things for Today: June 21, 2021

The view from the Potomac Heritage Trail at Turkey Run Park


1.  Turkey Run Park  is a great local place to hit the trail.  I’m always surprised at how few people seem to know about it.  Like most of our outings there, we encountered barely any other visitors on our Father’s Day hike.  Located right off the GW Parkway on the Potomac, it’s a beautiful park with trails that stretch along the river banks and through the woods.  We always park in lot C-1, then usually start our hike at the northwest corner, where a path leads down to the Potomac Heritage Trail.  We follow it about a mile and a half to a creek area (that’s actually flowing more than usual right now), then take the trail up the hill and follow it back through the woods to the parking lot.  Of course, you can do the loop the other way or even just wander around, play, and picnic in the open spaces.  Park hours are 6am – 10pm, and admission is free. Check out the trail map ahead of time to help plan your visit there.


2. As you’re reserving tickets for the many reopened museums, don’t forget about Planet Word, one of the newest on the DC scene. The museum all about language is full of fun and interesting exhibits, most of them interactive. There are elements that all ages will love, though tween ages and older will get the most out of it , having more grammar lessons under their belts and generally better comprehension. It’s now open Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Admission is free, but you need to book tickets in advance. Right now there are some available for a few weeks out, and more will be released July 1. A limited number of day-of, walk-up passes are available on the half-hour.


3. It’s Amazon Prime Day!  There are loads of amazing deals to be scored, including on some of the recommendations in this post about summer must-haves for little ones.


4. Ways to make a small backyard look super awesome — good tips from The Spruce, especially for us city dwellers who don’t have big yards.  (PS: This KFDC post about creating an outdoor set-up for the Covid winter also has ideas that work for summer, too.)


5.  It’s great to hang out after self-isolating for a year.


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Five Things for Today: June 14, 2021

Reunite with some (very) old friends as the Natural History Museum reopens!


1. The National Gallery of Art East Building reopens this Friday, June 18!  Free, timed-entry passes will be required for admission, and you can reserve them here.  The museum will be open daily 11am – 4pm. See more about the East Building in this KFDC post about a different reopening.


2. Also reopening this Friday: The National Museum of Natural History!  Hours will be 11am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday.  Free, timed-entry passes are required, though currently sold out.  But consider this your heads-up to check back for them — they are released throughout each day, starting at 8am, for time slots 30 days out.


3. The Washington Nationals’ Summer Reading Program returns for another season! The team has partnered up with libraries around the DC area to promote reading during the summer break from school.  Programs vary by library system, but most encourage kids to read at least 20 minutes a day (or have parents read to them) — from books to magazines to  blogs — and many offer the chance to win prizes like tickets to future Nats games.


4. Want to watch Euro 2020 and Copa America with other local soccer fans?  Washington Post has a round-up of places around the area that will be showing the matches.


5.  Even though this has been circling the Internet for years, it still makes me tear up every time I read it. 😭🌈



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