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Five Things for Today: December 7, 2021

Get ready for winter recreation!


1. There’s snow in the forecast for tomorrow!  And while it’s highly unlikely there will be enough to close school or  zip down hills, it’s prompted a reminder to start planning for winter recreation like skiing, snow tubing, skating, and sledding. Read about one of our ski experiences at White Tail Resort, and find suggestions for even more places to ski and enjoy other seasonal activities.  For ice skating, check out this current round-up of rinks around the DC area.


2. DC’s annual EdFEST will be virtual this year. The event this Saturday, December 11, is a great opportunity to learn about DC’s public schools with representatives from 200+ DCPS and DC public charter schools showcasing their programs.  Great timing to help make informed school selections for the 2022-23 school year common lottery.


3. In case you missed it over the weekend, local author JoAnn Hill shared Five Interesting Sites & Stories for the Holiday Season in the DC Area.


4. TV recommendation: Colin in Black and White. The series about Colin Kaepernick during his adolescence (and narrated by him) is immensely captivating and moving — and a great show to watch with kids tween ages and up.  [Common Sense Media review here.]


5. Can’t help but smile (be sure to have your volume on).


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Five Things for Today: November 30, 2021

Happy Chanukah to all celebrating!


1.  It’s Giving Tuesday! If you want some ideas for where to donate, the GIVE page here on the blog has a long list of charities and causes, all of them shared by KFDC readers. And if you have one you’d like to highlight, leave a comment on that page or on these Five Things, and I’ll add it.


2. Starting tomorrow, December 1, the Hirshhorn Museum will be rolling out the Art Cart, where kids can stop by and pick up their own free self-guided art making kit. Each kit features a hands-on activity inspired by an artwork on view and includes tips for looking at the work with kids. It will be in the the galleries every Wednesday, 10am – 12pm, with new featured artworks and activities each week.  Admission and the Art Cart are free. (PS: While you’re there, I very highly recommend checking out Laurie Anderson: The Weather, the fantastic exhibit I mentioned last month.)


3. A gift for younger children that lets them give back: Little Loving Hands provides parents and caregivers with a fun way to teach kids about kindness in their world, their community, and their homes through subscription craft boxes.  Most of the crafts that are completed are sent back to Little Loving Hands in an included prepaid envelope to be donated to a charity. The boxes are specially designed for elementary-school kids, but fun for all ages!


4. Something neat:  You can view the front page of the Washington Post from your birthday, the actual date you were born.  You have to sign up and sign in, but it’s fun and interesting to check out. It would also make for a great present — you can download a PDF and print it.


5. The most amazing sweater keeps popping up in my IG feed (what does this say about me?!), and I wanted to share because somebody needs to buy it… just not me.😉🦄


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Five Things for Today: November 23, 2021

Inside the new FUTURES exhibit


1.  Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will all be open on Thanksgiving Day — good to keep in mind if you’re looking for things to do while the turkey is cooking and/or have out-of-town guests to entertain. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm at all of them, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm, and the Zoo from 8am – 4pm (be sure to reserve passes).  The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.  [KFDC Tip:  The new FUTURES exhibit at the just reopened Arts & Indutries Building (mentioned last week) is a great one to check out with the fam!]


2. Tell your friend Veronica… it’s (almost) time to celebrate Hanukkah!  We start lighting the menorah on Sunday night — giant ones, at some places! If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the holiday around the area, there are a bunch of events happening that are open to all — menorah lightings, theatre performances, ice skating parties, even a Chanukah firetruck parade. Some of them require advance registration and/or offer discounts for early sign-up (though most are free), so check out the KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season, where there’s a Chanukah section with info on where and when to celebrate the eight craaaazy nights!


3. The Downtown Holiday Market opened this past weekend, and it always makes for a fun and festive outing during the season, plus you can pair it with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (open Weds-Sun) that are right next to the market.  Located at 8th & F Streets NW in Penn Quarter, hours are 12-8pm daily through December 23, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and December 6. Admission is free.


4.  Lots of tasty sounding recipes from an always trusted source — for Thursday or anytime.


5.  Weird Al narrates Thanksgiving. (Totally going to be singing ‘You’ve got the right stuff..ING!’)


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Five Things for Today: November 16, 2021

Explore FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building


1. The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building is reopening and celebrating the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with a new groundbreaking exhibition! “FUTURES” is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall, spanning 32,000 square feet inside. It is “your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter.”  Opening Day is this Saturday, November 20, and there will be a free opening festival that includes live-streamed programs on Friday, in-person activities on Saturday, and a public concert that evening.  And on Sunday, November 21, “FUTURES Remixed” will be a day for the littlest future-makers, welcoming families of all types for fun, pop-up, guided activities and bite-size experiences celebrating the everyday magic of futures ahead of everyone. The day includes “FUTURES” Roulette tours, robot races, craft making, and more. It’s all free, but RSVP to let them know you’re going.


2. Several holiday shows for kids are opening this weekend — at The Puppet Co., Adventure Theatre, and Gunston Performing Arts Center.  Get details on those and see all the live entertainment coming to local stages throughout the season!


3. One of my favorite dishes to make for Thanksgiving — sounds a little different than your traditional holiday fare, but trust me, it’s delicious and always a hit with many palates. (And more TG recipes from a reliable source.)


4. Hottest holiday toys of 2021.


5. Rockin this bitch (at the Kennedy Center) 🙂 🎶

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Five Things for Today: November 9, 2021

Autumn at the Tidal Basin


1. The Tidal Basin may be most popular in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming, but it’s a great DC destination for a fall outing, too (or any season, for that matter).   The autumn foliage adds vivid color to the already beautiful views of iconic sites, and all of the memorials along the way — MLK, FDR, and Jefferson — are marvel-worthy and interesting to explore.  The whole loop is just over two miles, plus it’s flat and paved, easy for little ones to walk.  Just make sure they don’t get too close to the edge; there are no barriers between the path and the water.   If we drive there, we always find parking at West Potomac Park pretty easily, then start our stroll at the FDR Memorial.  (And speaking of, those of you who said the image in the Where in DC? photo contest was taken there  answered correctly — it’s the ear of the sculpture of Fala, FDR’s dog!  A winner will be picked and notified soon.)


2. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new round-up of live entertainment coming to local stages and other venues in late fall through the winter. (Tickets to shows make excellent holiday gifts!)


3. Last week I linked to a round-up of places offering Thanksgiving take out.  Since then, Jen from Kid Up and Go shared her annual Thanksgiving to Go list — and it is amazing!


4. Has anyone done a Stitch Fix lately?  It’s been years since I had a box of “surprise” clothes and accessories picked by a stylist sent, but I’m giving it another go.  If you’ve never tried the service and are interested in checking it out, this referral link will get you a $25 credit. 🙂


5. Quiz: Is Your Child Two Years Old?


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