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Five Things for Today: March 27, 2020

Working on Brazilian toe taps on the front sidewalk

1. This social distancing time began just as Sasha’s soccer season was about to kick off, and while she’s bummed about it being postponed, her club and coaches have been great about keeping players engaged. They have daily assignments, like practicing ball manipulation, taking a short jog, and watching pro soccer matches on YouTube for player/team observations. They’ve also set up virtual lessons and chats with the team. It’s not only helped her stay “in the game,” it’s been really fun for her, too. If your kids are missing their sports, you might consider similar activities for them: You can search for easy at-home drills, find past games of some of their favorite teams on YouTube, and/or set up video chats with teammates.

2. While they can’t host their fantastic scavenger hunts in museums, Watson Adventures has come up with virtual activities to engage in some family fun. On Saturday at 11am, join the Trivia Slam, Family Edition and play against other teams all over, and you can even create a team with friends in other places. It’s $35/team and recommended for ages 8 and up. There will also be one on April 4 at 1pm. Read more about Watson Adventures here.

3. An app is being released next week that will let you know in real time what food and supplies are available at stores. OurStreets Supplies sounds like it works kind of like Waze, but with store inventory instead of road situations. That will certainly be helpful during this time!

4. Amazon just made a bunch of their kids shows available for free.

5. Any other Kishi Bashi fans? If not you will be after watching this: Earlier this week he played his entire Omoiyari album acoustically (for the first time ever) live online.

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Five Things for Today: March 26, 2020

Channeling Frida Kahlo with a fun and reflective art prompt.

1. The National Children’s Museum, which just opened last month, but like most places is now temporarily closed, launched a daily, digital “STEAMwork” Series on their Facebook page. Each day at 2:30pm, talented members of their team feature different STEAM projects, challenges, experiments, and story times for children under 12 and their caregivers.

2. My kids had such a wonderful art teacher in elementary school, and she’s been doing some great prompts on her blog that encourage thoughtfulness and reflection along with creativity. This Frida Kahlo-inspired post is especially fantastic.

3. Kidstir, a company that makes subscription boxes providing cooking inspiration for children, is giving away 15,000 kits to keep the joy of cooking and baking alive as families are affected by the coronavirus. Sign up to get one! (Note: there is a $4 shipping fee so they can support as many families as possible).

4. An instant mood booster.

5. My friend, Shannon, just revived her blog, But I Do Have a Law Degree. Some of you might remember it from several years ago — it was really popular when she was writing regularly. Anyway, she’s super cool, funny, and real and that all comes through in her fantastic writing.

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Five Things for Today: March 25, 2020

For over 10 years — yes, KFDC recently celebrated a big blogaversary! — I have loved sharing information and inspiration on where to go and what to do with kids in DC. Needless to say, the coronavirus and its broad effects have impacted that. But while I can’t keep you updated on new places to visit or upcoming events and activities around the area, I still want to inform and inspire and help us all navigate this new, bizarre socially distanced world. Since we’re all absorbing so much right now, I’m keeping it small and simple with five daily things. It’ll be a mix of informative, interesting, and fun… links, ideas, maybe even anecdotes, some that are quite useful and others that might just make you smile. Thanks so much for reading KidFriendly DC!

1. In case you missed this on the KFDC Facebook Page, a new service just launched that parents may want to check out as many kids begin distance learning. Capitol Teachers, founded by veteran educators, JoAnn Hill and Liz Kraemer, offers tutoring services, enrichment opportunities, and homeschooling programs to students in grades K-12 throughout the greater DC area. As one of the few tutoring companies in the DC area where all tutors are experienced teachers, Capitol Teachers provides data-driven instruction to meet the diverse needs of individual learners.

2. Lots of kids love earning Junior Ranger badges from National Parks. While they can’t visit them right now, there are some badges that can be earned at home by mail, and this blog post lists all of them.

3. We rarely bake because I’m so bad at it, but yesterday we made Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Caramel Pretzel Blondies, and I gotta say they turned out pretty delicious (albeit after one botched batch of caramel and a burned-now-blistered finger (mine), but worth it).

4. There still is a massive shortage of personal protective equipment for medical professionals battling the coronavirus. Masks are particularly needed right now. If you have some or know anyone who might, perhaps someone with a contracting business, please consider donating to local hospitals. I could help facilitate it for you — see this KFDC post for more information.

5. In case you haven’t yet read about the head of security at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum who has taken over the Twitter account, you have to go check it out now. It’s really the best! (You can also follow on Twitter.)

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The Weekend: March 20-22

For the second week in a row, this regular Thursday post is not like the others. Where you usually find a round-up of weekend events and activities instead is a recap of the latest KFDC posts, plus a mix of links around the Web, all of which hopefully will be of some help during this unusual time. Happy Weekend!


* Articles, Posts, Memes, and More Relevant Links for Right Now
This mix of links posted last weekend was a quick way of relaying some practical information, offering suggestions, and providing some smiles and laughs.

* What to Do on the Weekdays At Home During the Coronavirus
The title might say it’s for the weekdays, but certainly the suggestions for kids’ activities can be enjoyed on weekends, too.

* Tips for Parents During this Social Distancing Time at Home (that Don’t Involve the Kids)
Some of these ideas especially for parents may actually be better for the weekends, especially for moms and dads who are working from home during the week. Since we can’t dine out, see shows, go to events, or visit many local places, we’ll have more time at home — and this post has suggestions to help make the most of it. Yes, the kids will be home more, too, but parents could take turns giving each other their own time while one hangs with the kids.

* Virtual DC Activities & Experiences for Kids at Home During the Coronavirus
If kids can’t get to some of their favorite local places and activities during this time, you can bring the experiences to them — virtually. From webcams featuring the cherry blossoms and zoo animals to special live streamed programs especially for kids to online tours of iconic spots, there are a bunch of ways to access DC and keep your crew entertained while you #optinside.


* DCist offers motivation to stay in with one-star Yelp reviews of DC monuments.

* I recommend reading this article by an Italian mom under lockdown.

* It’s official: DC Public Schools will be closed and distance learning will take place through April 24.

* Humans of New York Quarantine Edition has begun, sharing happy stories, just getting them in a different way. Start reading them here.

* Just watched Grand Budapest Hotel (for the second time, which I realized after I was partly into it). Like every Wes Anderson movie, it’s brilliant.

* Consider ordering take out this weekend to support your favorite local restaurants.

* Get some new family, kid, or adult games and puzzles to make your inside time more fun. Labyrinth has an amazing selection and is open for pick-up and delivery, to boot.

* Funny, but true? 😂

* Trevor Noah ❤️

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