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Five Things for Today: October 5, 2021


1. Woodend Nature Sanctuary, the Audubon Naturalist Society’s beautiful grounds in Chevy Chase, MD, is hosting a Grand Reopening tomorrow, October 6, after undergoing a big restoration.  The public is welcome to join  from 10am – 5pm for tours by docents, an all-ages scavenger hunt, a native plant sale, discounts at the Naturalist Shop, and giveaways.   If you can’t make it tomorrow, keep Woodend in mind for a visit another time — the beautiful, tucked away place is great for walks in the woods with kids.  You can hike the trails, look for wildlife in the forest and small creatures in the stream, cross footbridges, check out small exhibits, and more.


2. A couple of other tucked away spots we’ve discovered over the years (that many people don’t seem to be aware of given that they’re often empty):  Winkler Botanical Reserve and Green Spring Gardens.  Smaller grounds and delightful features make them perfect for exploring with little ones, especially this time of year as fall colors begin to emerge.


3. Beloved children’s author and artist Mo Willems will be back at the Kennedy Center this weekend for the We Are All Connected Art Opening Festival. He’ll be creating a large-scale public art playscape, essentially a giant mural, on the REACH Plaza with invited community members — and the public is welcome to watch.  There will also be art making, live music, family-friendly activities, and food and drinks available at Victura Park. It’s all free, but register online in advance.


4. What the 700,000 flags I put on the National Mall really mean, by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the artist who created In America: Remember.


5. Back-up plan 🙂


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Five Things for Today: September 29, 2021

Twilight at the Tides Inn


1. A perfect destination for a KidFree getaway?  The Tides Inn, a small resort right on the water in Irvington, VA, is just under three hours’ drive from DC — and so lovely.  I just enjoyed a mini-break there with a couple of friends, and we had such a nice time relaxing by the pool, dipping in the creek, biking into town, dining at the restaurant, and hanging out on the beach talking and stargazing.  They have even more activities — spa, tennis, golf, boating, paddling, nature tours, libations classes — but we couldn’t fit them all in during our stay.  And I should mention that families are welcome there, but it’s especially great for a grown-ups-only escape.


2. Girls ages 4-9 can try out ice hockey for free!  The Reston Raiders Hockey Club will be hosting a Learn to Play event on October 23.  No skating experience is needed, and loaner equipment will be available. Register in advance!


3.  From DCist, all you need to know about vaccine booster distribution in the DC area.


4.  Has anyone else seen Squid Game on Netflix?  WHOA.  It is not an easy watch — it’s grim, violent, often disturbing, and very intense — but also immensely gripping with an original, intriguing storyline.  A really well-done show that I recommend only if you can handle all of the above.  Needless to say, it is not for children.


5. Fall Expectations vs. Reality 🍁

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