Tag Archives: DC Weekend September 26-27

Five Things for Today: September 28, 2020



1.  A new presidential memorial recently opened.  The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial is a four-acre “urban park” located in front of the Department of Education at 4th & Independence SW.  Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, it features heroic-sized bronze sculptures, a one-of-a-kind stainless steel tapestry depicting beaches of D-Day,  stone bas reliefs, and some of Eisenhower’s most famous words inscribed in the walls.


2. Something fun from Fairfax Parks: A Chalk Challenge! Grab some chalk and turn any space into a park with drawings. Since monarch butterflies are currently migrating south, this week’s theme is Butterflies. Send photos of your artwork for a chance to be featured on their social media platforms — email parkpix@fairfaxcounty.gov, send by private message on social media, or tag them #fairfaxchalkchallenge on IG.


3. Free after school meals for kids are now being offered at 17 recreation centers around DC Monday through Friday from 2-4pm.  More food resources provided by DC government can be found here — please share, especially with anyone who needs them.


4.  A week of cheap and healthy slow cooker dinners from The Kitchn that all sound yummy.


5. I mentioned recently that we were planning to watch My Octopus Teacher… Update: We all loved it, and I highly recommend! Who knew a documentary about an octopus could be so moving 🐙


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Five Things for Today: September 25, 2020

The fountain at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall


1. The annual Library of Congress National Book Festival begins today and will run through the weekend.  For obvious reasons, it’s all virtual this year, but the author lineup and programming  are as stellar as ever!  Today is completely focused on schools, children, and teens at home — author videos and specials, including from kid faves Jon Scieszka and  Jason Reynolds, will be released for streaming at 9am. Over the weekend there will be on-demand author videos live Q&A’s, and more with 120 authors on nine virtual stages.  And since we’ll miss live signings by our favorite writers,  signed books available for purchase through Politics & Prose.  See more about the Festival and register for free here.


2. Catch an airshow over the National Mall today starting at 11:30am. The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover will feature approximately 70 World War II aircraft soaring in formations that represent the War’s major battles in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of victory.


3. Add another museum to your list of reopened places:  The American Visionary Art Museum is welcoming visitors again starting today.  The Baltimore venue is full of wonderful, whimsical works that can be appreciated by art buffs of all ages. All of the galleries will be open, though some interactive exhibits will be off to limit contact. New hours will be 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, and admission is $15.95/adults, $13.95/seniors, $9.95/child age 7+, free/6 & under. Reserve tickets in advance and see their  visitor guidelines for COVID safety.


4. This evening, join Dumbarton House for a virtual Family Game Night featuring Federal period card and dice games! Learn some fun games and use math skills along the way,  and find some new activities  to stay entertained throughout the pandemic.   This program is suitable for elementary ages and up. Household tickets are $15 — register through the link.


5. Where the Sidewalk Ends, Outdoor Dining Begins 🙂


PS:  Seeking weekend activities?  Hover over the ADVENTURES tab at the top of the blog for a dropdown with all kinds of ideas.


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Go Free Beyond the Smithsonian During Museum Day Live!

Visit the Newseum for FREE during Museum Day Live!

Visit the Newseum for FREE during Museum Day Live!

Free access to amazing museums is a wonderful and convenient perk of living in the DC area. But if you find yourself always opting for the Smithsonian venues over places that charge admission, you’re missing out on many collections of art, culture, science, and nature that are fascinating, beautiful, even fun!

But thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, you can check out some of those museums without spending a dime. This Saturday, September 26, is their annual Museum Day Live!, when many museums that usually charge an entrance fee will waive it for guests. All you have to do is register to get your ticket and you can visit a participating museum of your choice for free. Tickets are good for two people, and you must print it and bring with you or show it on your mobile device to receive gratis admission.

These are some of the participating area museums (that usually require a fee) that families will enjoy:

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens (KFDC review)
Kreeger Museum
National Building Museum (KFDC review)
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Newseum (KFDC review)
Tudor Place & Historic Garden

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center (KFDC review)
B&O Railroad Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Industry (KFDC review)
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
College Park Aviation Museum
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

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