For another weekend, I’m keeping it simple as we wind down 2022. This post doesn’t contain the usual round-up of event listings, but these links will still lead you to ideas galore to help fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.
Kick off 2022 with a nice hike! (Turkey Run Park pictured here)
Once again, I’m taking a little break and keeping it simple as we wind down 2021. Not to mention, with Omicron spreading like wildfire, there aren’t many special events and activities happening this weekend. The links below will still lead you to info and inspo to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want, including holiday happenings and ongoing and seasonal fun. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.
1. Not that you haven’t heard, but Covid is everywhere. Our family had our own bout with it, which resulted in a canceled trip to see family, a winter break quarantine, and a Christmas celebration over the basement stairwell, since two of us were negative, two were positive at the time. (There is more to it, which you can read about here.) The CDC just shortened the recommended isolation time for Covid-infected people without symptoms. It’s now only five days instead of 10, then five days of wearing a mask around others. Also, it is now being reported that rapid antigen tests are not picking up Omicron as reliably as PCR.
2. If you’re looking for family New Year’s Eve celebrations, Noon Yards Eve is returning to Yards Park on Friday. The free, outdoor annual event features a magician, live music, carnival games, glitter tattoos, crafts, 2022 giveaways, a giant blow up slide, and more! Catering to kids of all ages, it will all culminate in a countdown to noon for young ones who might not make it to midnight. UPDATE:This even has been canceled.
Metrobar in NE is also hosting a family-friendly NYE sesh. Starting at 4pm, there will be festive cocktails for adults along with kids activities and games. Countdown the New Year with a 7pm toast (bubbly for adults, sparkling cider for kids) and watch the ball drop at midnight in London on a 20-foot screen. Firepits, patio heaters, a heated tent, deck heat lamp, and hot cocktails will keep everyone cozy outdoors. Free admission, but plan to purchase food and drinks, of course.
This is the time of year I give myself a little break with weekend posts. So, just like the modified title, I’m keeping this round-up simple — but definitely not leaving you hanging. The links below will still lead you to info and inspo galore to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want, including holiday happenings and ongoing and seasonal fun. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.
Merry Christmas to all… and to all a Happy Weekend!
1. In case you missed it over the weekend… In light of Omicron and the rising rates in Covid cases everywhere, I (re)shared on social media the post about Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter. It was originally published last December, but unfortunately (and frustratingly) seems necessary to highlight once again, with all activities mentioned being outdoors. And if you have seen the post, it’s worth checking out again, as a few new ideas have been added.
2. Did you know that walk-up vaccinations are available just about everyday in DC? Several libraries and rec centers around the city are among the sites in Mayor Bower’s Take the Shot, DC program. The sites change daily, so be sure to check which are open and hours before you go. No appointment is necessary, and they offer vaccinations for ages 5+ and boosters for ages 16+.
And starting tomorrow, December 22, DC Health will launch the Test Yourself Express program. Residents will be able to pick up free at-home Covid testing kits, two per day, at eight locations around the city. (More details available tomorrow through the link.)
3. DC’s indoor mask mandate was reinstated yesterday, and masks are now required at indoor public places in the District. There currently are no statewide mandates in Virginia or Maryland (though masks are encouraged indoors), but there is one in Montgomery County. (Update: Prince George’s County has a mask mandate, too.)
4. A few “Best of” lists from someone with great taste: Books, Movies, Music. (I’ve found some of my favorites on these lists over the years!)